20th Annual Dunning Craft Fair

 We visited the annual Dunning Craft Fair today. This was a historical day in the Dunning Village  Hall with the Dunning Craft Fair celebrating their 20th year of trading to the public! Lorna Radbourne, who owns Catriona Glass is the founder of this prestige event and has continued to organise it over the past two decades.

The weather outside  was dull and miserable, however entering the Dunning Hall, all was bright and cosy, a traditional style wood lined hall with a stage.

There was a real “Christmassy” feel about the Fair  and both the main floor and stage were efficiently  utilised by exhibitor tables giving the venue some depth, leaving plenty of space for visitors. When we arrived the hall was busy with people looking at the high quality products and interacting with the artisans.

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We had a lovely time mingling around, looking at the diverse range of lovely art and crafts on display and talking to many of the artisans, some of whom are existing members of Art Craft Finder. So, we had the pleasure of meeting new and catching up with existing members.

Exhibitors this year were (facebook links) ……

We now eagerly look forward to the 21st exhibition next year and wish Lorna and all the exhibitors the very best for the remainder of this year and next.

Annie & Neil
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Logie Halls Makers Market, Stirling

Today we had the pleasure of setting up an Art Craft Finder stall at the Logie Halls Makers Market, located in Causewayhead,  on the outskirts of Stirling. The event was efficiently organised by Gina Pearson of Gina Designs.

There was a good variety of art and craft stalls displaying their high quality products, in the quaint old Logie Kirk Hall. The event was well attended by the public and visitors were well catered for with tea and cakes, with proceeds in aid of the church hall.

Each month the Makers Market gives a local charity/community group the opportunity to raise funds for their cause. This month they are supporting the Brionni Trust. They are a registered charity founded in 2000 in memory of Brionni Alexander who passed away in December 2000 aged eleven months. The charity exists to improve the lives of children with life limiting conditions.

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Stalls on display were ….

We had a lovely day at this event and chatted to loads of talented artisans and visitors.  This is the last event for 2018 but we look forward to promoting all the Logie Halls Makers Markets throughout 2019. We sincerely wish this event all the best for the future and would highly recommend it.

Annie & Neil
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Create at NEST – Blairgowrie

Create At Nest – Studio Workspace

Art Craft Finder has had a relationship with Create At Nest pretty much from when they opened their studio workspace, however we have never had the opportunity to meet up or see the extent and range of everything that this jewel of a place has to offer.

Tracie, who also runs  TED Creative made us very welcome and she explained  about the lower floor.  There is gift shop full of handmade crafts and artwork which are on display on a rental scheme and here is where they also hold a variety of different types of workshops.  There was also an art exhibition on display as part of Perthshire Open Studios.

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We headed upstairs where we then met Rachel from Rachel Bower Fused Glass Design. That’s when we realised that the premises are a veritable tardis.  Rachel has her glass workshop and studio on this floor. Tracie also has her work station on this floor, and the remaining work stations and space are rented out to artisans as studio space. We had a good old natter about how the girls work together, all that they do and what they are trying to achieve with the shop.

To get a true feel for everything and to assist us with how best to promote what they do,  we went off to explore.   At the other end of the building we had a chat with one of the artists who decorates and upcycles furniture.  Here is where we also found the remnant area .  Rachel explained that many of the items were donated.  You can find all types of  new & pre-loved, material, wool, threads, tools, equipment, haberdashery…the list is endless, and all at greatly reduced prices.  What a fantastic idea.  A crafters’ paradise.

Rachel & Tracie have hit the spot with their business in Blairgowrie.  They appear to have covered every eventuality and we were blown away by everything that they do there.

There was a constant stream of people coming over the door whilst we were there and with all that there is on offer it is certain to remain that way.

If you have not been yet then now you know what you are missing.

 

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Visit to Hazel Court Studio, Alyth

POS Visit in Sept 2018

We had the pleasure of visiting  Lesley Garside – Original Art, Fused & Stained Glass Jonathan Mitchell Artworks during Perthshire Open Studios when we were able to see their work and the work of Kerstin Robb of piggleliggle.com   and Liz Watson.

We turned up just after a Facebook message saying we were on our way… it took Lesley a bit by surprise!!

It was great to see such a wide variety of work from all these artists.  Beautiful original artwork from Lesley, Johnathan and Liz and all in such diverse styles. Also, gorgeous glasswork and ceramics from Lesley and Kerstin.

We had a lovely time going through the house and admiring all the lovely pieces of work on display and seeing Jonathan’s work space where he was busy framing up another of his masterpieces.  Thanks for the cuppa and the chocolate!!

We appreciate your membership and support of Art Craft Finder guys and we’ll keep doing our best to help you promote your work and future events you attend or hold.

All the best Annie & Neil

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Visit to Broughty Ferry Craft Fayre, Nr Dundee

Today we had the pleasure of presenting an Art Craft Finder table at the Broughty Ferry Craft Fayre. The craft fayre, held in the local YMCA building  is ably organised by crafter Michelle Wilson (Broughty Beach Peebles).

The venue located centrally in the town, provides a very bright and airy space well suited for displaying fine arts and crafts.

Even before the mid-day kickoff,  people were quickly starting to appear and sales were being made. In fact the footfall was fairly steady right through to the 4pm finish.

Being part of this craft fayre was a great experience for us and  allowed us to meet the local people and speak to all the crafters, who were all very friendly, and made us feel at home.

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The art and craft tables presenting today were (Facebook Links)…..

We had a lovely day and made many new crafting friends and connections with the public. There is one more event this year to be held on Sunday 2nd December, again at the YMCA. So please pop along and secure those special gifts before Christmas!

We look forward to meeting everyone again at some point and we wish the Broughty Ferry Craft Fayre and it’s exhibitors all the very best for the future.

Annie & Neil Dawson
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Visit to Montrose Makers’ Market, YMCA Montrose

We visited one of our member’s events, Montrose Makers’ Market at the YMCA in Montrose on the 20th October 2018. This was a bit more than just a normal visit ….. we hired a stall for the day to help promote Art Craft Finder to the public!

This market is run regularly (monthly) throughout the year from April to December and is very well organised.  All the stall holders we met on the day were very friendly and helpful. Due to its central location in Montrose the footfall was also very good.

The slideshow below shows some of the lovely hand made products that were available to the public ….

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The following artists and crafters were on display (Facebook links)….

The last two events for 2018 are being held at the YMCA, Murray Street, Montrose on the 17th Nov and 15th Dec. Entry is free. We would highly recommend a visit for those wishing to see the local products produced by these talented artists and crafters …. or maybe you are looking for those special gifts before Christmas!

Art Craft Finder wish Montrose Makers’ Market all the best for the rest of 2018 and future years.

Annie & Neil Dawson

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Visit To Beeswax Scotland, Fife

We arranged to visit Paula Colville at Beeswax Scotland,located in Fife. This is a family owned company specialising in traditionally poured candles, melts, balms, lotions & oils blended from beeswax and natural ingredients.

Important things first …..all Beeswax Scotland products are 100% natural with no added colours or synthetic fragrances and are suitable for children, vegetarians & pets. Ethically sourced ingredients that are hand made, Eco friendly & carbon neutral, in addition to being kind to all types of sensitive skin.

After a very warm welcome, Paula gave us the lowdown on why she started up her business, which began almost by accident in 2016! Like many, she loved all the big name scented candles but noticed although they smelled great, they were giving her headaches. So after considerable research on the internet she decided to create some beeswax candles as an experiment. By using only natural ingredients she could enjoy wonderful fragrances but without the headaches! However, it was through creating the melts she also made an exciting discovery – they were healing the dermatitis on her hands! The rest is now history ……and evident by the extensive range of products she now has on offer.

Below is a list of the products Paula produces and their uses, however full and more detailed descriptions can be found on her website

http://www.beeswaxscotland.com

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Lotion Bar

This is a moisturising massage bar that is used “without” water and on dry skin. Perfect for Psoriasis, Acne (cystic, hormonal), Eczema, Contact and Irritant Dermatitis, Polymorphic Light Eruption and Rosacea.

Lotion Bar Cream

The lotion bar cream is a creamy moisturiser that can be applied easily where skin is sore to the touch or painful, ideal for those of us with various skin conditions. Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Dry Cracked Flaky Itchy Skin.

Nourishing Honey Skin Serum

Ideally suited for sensitive skin or allergies to the chemically enhanced preservatives used in mass produced skin serum. Apply at night before going to bed.

Himalayan Bath Salts

Pink Himalayan Bath Salts with Hibiscus, Marigold and Lavender. Enriched with soothing therapeutic grade essential oils that will enhance your “chill” time in the bath.  You can also enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the bath salts as an exfoliating foot soak or a pampering hand soak.

Lotion Bar for Scars

The lotion bar for scars is similar to our “lotion bar” recipe and helps to improve the appearance of new or old scars, whether from surgery, stretch marks or accidents.

Peppermint Aftershave Balm

This is ideal for men and women. Even teenagers that have just started to shave. A rich creamy balm that cools the skin, non sting and intensely moisturising.

Pet Calming Oil

Ideal for anyone with a pet or pets that are nervous, afraid of loud noises, not good at travelling etc.

Bug Bite Relief

Soothes and calms the itch, irritation and pain from pesky little bugs and stinging plants.  Ideal for the following: fleas, ticks, bee and wasp stings, spider bites, midges and mosquitos.

Bahookie Lotion

The bahookie lotion can be applied as and when required and is ideal for those of us with various skin conditions that happen to be in “sensitive” areas. Piles, Menopausal itch, Psoriasis, Dry Cracked Flaky Itchy Skin, Bruising and Inflammation to name a few. The bahookie lotion helps “control” flare ups naturally” I also make custom orders taking in to account that individual’s allergies.

Nose and Paw Butter

Just as we might find that dry, chapped and cracked skin on our hands is troublesome, our pets can and do suffer from similar problems on the pads of their paws. Our Nose and Paw Butter is ideal when paws are sore, cracked, inflamed or split.

Thank you Paula for allowing us to see your setup and products. We never left empty handed either. She gave us a few samples for us to try so that we could see for ourselves how good her products are.

We have started using them for a few days between our visit and putting up this blog. They are high quality natural products, easy to use, make your skin feel really good and smell great.

We wish Paula at Beeswax Scotland all the very best for the future.

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Glorious Glass Exhibition Opening Night, Glasgow

We were invited by Catherine Lowe from the Scottish Glass Society,  to attend the Glorious Glass Exhibition opening night at Trades House of Glasgow. We arrived a tad early which was in our favour, allowing us to quickly look round the exhibition before things got really busy. The exhibition was beautifully presented. The 70 pieces of fine glass  artwork were created by 32 exhibitors from all over Scotland. This exhibition is a joint event between The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) and the Scottish Glass Society.

The Scottish Glass Society (SGS) is a registered Scottish Charity and is recognised by the World Craft Council as a UK Craft Organisation. The Mission of the Scottish Glass Society is to promote the appreciation, understanding and development of contemporary Scottish Glass. They encourage excellence, promote and raise the profile of their members’ work through the use of exhibitions, catalogues, and events as well as expand, engage and educate the public in Scotland and beyond.

The Contemporary Glass Society was established to represent the interests of glass makers within the national and international community. The Contemporary Glass Society now has over 900 members and is continuing to grow significantly.  Their vision is that all glass artists reach their artistic potential and that the public and collectors have the opportunity to give them the recognition and acclaim they deserve.

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The evening was opened with speeches by Rosheen Young (SGS Chair) and Sue Purser Hope  (CGS Chair ) outlining the reasons for the two Society’s creating a joint exhibition followed by a vote of thanks to all those involved in its organisation. The evening was a real “buzz” with all engaged in conversations.

We had a very enjoyable evening, meeting very interesting artists and creators. The stars of the show were without doubt the splendid glass exhibits themselves. We look froward to seeing more creations from these societies in the future.

Exhibitors were as follows …

The exhibition runs from the 11th to the 18th September at Trades House of Glasgow, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1UH

Open daily 10:30 to 1600, Thurs 13:00 to 18:30, Fri 14:00 to 17:00

 

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Visit to The Dunsinane Craft Barn, Blairgowrie

We received a very warm welcome from Carol Clark when we visited The Dunsinane Craft Barn located at the Three Witches Tearoom, Burrleton today.

The Craft Barn and Tearoom are owned and run by Carol with The Craft Barn providing a large and bright space for every type of artisan to display their work, and the Tearoom offering a wide selection of delicious food and home baking.

Carol intends running a variety of regular workshops and classes in The Craft Barn where beginners and improvers can come along and learn a wide variety of new skills.

There was also a nice selection of Carol’s own work on display.  She creates beautiful, bright and attractive ink and resin artwork and art candles of varying sizes and shapes.

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Crafter’s work which was on display whilst we were there ….

  • CANDLE ART PERTHSHIRE
  • CEE CEE DESIGNS
  • LELLEY MAKES
  • MAMMA’S VINTAGE PEARLS
  • REBEL GD
  • WUFFLELUV
  • PERTHSHIRE PEBBLES
  • FUSED GLASS by DEBBIE
  • HAYKEY MILLS ART
  • WENDY WOO CREATION
  • SUPERNATURAL SOAPS

With the Craft Barn being situated on the main road to Blairgowrie, there is potential for a large footfall, enhanced by passing visitors to the tea room. During the short time we visited there were many visitors passing through and almost all were leaving with gifts. So, if you are looking for a great place to display your handmade products then this venue is worth considering. Space can be rented out by artists and crafters and Carol is happy to hear from new artisans who might be interested in displaying their work with her.

We enjoyed our short visit and we were very impressed with what we saw. Art Craft Finder wishes Carol and the Craft Barn every success in the future.

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Opening Night of Kinross & District Art Club Exhibition (POS 2018 Venue 45 Turquoise)

We attended the KADAC 2018 Exhibition opening night this evening, held at Kinross Parish Church. All the seats were full with several people standing at the back so was a good attendance again this year. There was a fine display of quality artwork and craftwork in the exhibition that were produced by the club members.

The evening was formally started off by club president Gillian Ross welcoming everyone to the exhibition. She led on to sadly announce that 3 members of the club had passed away during this last year, David Cochrane, Graeme Hannigan and Jenny Cochrane. There were Tribute boards for all three  showing their original paintings, two of which had made it into the 2019 KADAC calendar.

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The evening was then passed over to the guest speaker, Provost Dennis Melloy who explained that this was the first time whilst in office that he had been asked to a formal event in Kinross. So he felt pleased to be here and open the 51st exhibition, and hopes to visit Kinross officially again in the future. The Provost then formally declared the exhibition open and then he and his wife were presented with gifts from the club.

Before the speeches were closed Glenys Andrews, jumped in to announce and congratulate Gillian on becoming a Grandmother ……now to be renamed “Granny Ross”. Glenys presented her with a lovely bouquet of flowers.

Exhibition (Kinross Parish Church) opening times;

Thursday 6th Sept: 1pm to 8pm

Friday 7th Sept: 1pm to 8pm

Saturday 8th Sept: 10am to 4pm

Art Craft Finder wish the 2018 exhibition to be a prosperous success.

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