Five Reasons to Visit the Northern Craft Summer Fair

IMG_6927Back in April I attended the first Northern Craft Fair, which I loved every minute of! With the next fair this weekend I thought I’d share five reasons why I’m looking forward to it…

You Got This Graphic Print from the Northern Craft Fair in LeedsSuper sellers:
At this fair there will be more sellers than ever before! Across Saturday and Sunday there will be over 40 stalls to peruse with everything showcasing some of the best creative talent the North has to offer (and again, the cutest baby booties I have ever seen)! There’s everything from candles and jewellery to stationery and even furniture! I’m also looking forward to the return of Geo-Fleur (of course), The Lost Fox and Toucan Tango, though I’ll make sure to visit some of the new traders as well as the ones I didn’t buy from last time.

Art for sale:
Despite living out of one room, I already have a small collection of what I would class as art. Various prints, sketches and one or two paintings that I’ve picked up over the past few years. Despite getting an E in Graphic Art for my AS Levels, my favourite medium would have to be graphic prints. At the last fair I picked up a couple of prints, and I’m hoping to do the same again this weekend – though I’ll have to be on my best behaviour to go overboard.

Geo-Fleur plants from the Northern Craft FairPin drop:
As part of the fair Northern Craft have commissioned over 20 artists to create an exclusive enamel pin each. Aside from the occasional Marie Curie daffodil, or the Prostate Cancer UK pin, I haven’t really worn pins before – though I know they are not quite the same. I did recently, in a stroke of luck, manage to get my hands on Welcome To Yorkshire yellow ‘Y’ badge which I’m a little obsessed with! I’ve been checking out (read: stalking) the designs on Instagram and some of them are incredible! There’s a super cute pin of a dog and one of the Yorkshire flag that I definitely have my eye on. The Pin Drop exhibition launches at 6pm this Friday, or you can check them out at the fair.

Workshops on offer:
I’m booked in to attend the Geo-Fleur closed terrarium workshop on Saturday. Using ferns and fittonia I will get to craft my only little haven in a demijohn. At the end of the workshop there will be time for plant advice too, which I most certainly need given the number of dead or dying succulents that I’ve had to put in the compost recently. There’s also a macramé plant hanger workshop being run by Stitch-up which looks amazing.

IMG_6925Location – great food and drink:
If the weather is nice, like it was last time, it’s quite a nice walk down to Northern Monk Brewery. From the train station it doesn’t take that long, and less if you don’t get lost following someone else who looks like they’re going to the. April was the first time that I had visited Northern Monk Refectory, and I’m glad to be visiting again – if you’re hanging around at the fair I’d suggest trying out some of the phenomenal food and drink on offer.

If you’re not doing anything this weekend I’d definitely recommend going to the Northern Craft Fair (as you may have guessed)! The fair takes place 11-5pm on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of August down at Northern Monk Refectory on Marshall Street.

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