I made sure I found time to find and chat to Christine Kaltoft as I had previously admired her line-based and chicken influenced jewellery from photos. Today I found that I was admiring them even more up close.
It was lovely to meet Christine - her works is beautiful and I enjoyed my conversation with her. This was one of her beautiful necklaces in oxidised silver and gold:
Another of my favourite stalls out of the hundreds of fantastic stalls was a local artist, Emma Molony whose stand just looked incredible as it was decorated with her own wallpaper that she designs. It has a fairytale theme based on Saki's stories from his childhood in North Devon. Her prints (particularly Winter Trees) and wallpaper were exquisite so I was even more delighted to discover that she is local and works in Exeter. I had no purse with me today - sensible girl - but I feel I will inevitably make a purchase from this fine selection of goodies. Thanks to Catherine Cartwright (also an artist but not exhibiting today), her lovely assistant, who filled me in on all the info!
The fair was buzzy and busy - this was the lunchtime scene when I bumped into a couple of local mums (J and A-M) visiting with their kids:
I helped out as a volunteer in the Children's Craft Tent
100 local school children visited and had a great time - Jackie had organised a feast of crafty treats: making Egyptian jewellery, creating clay artefacts, decorating brown paper bags (amazingly popular with teenagers), rag-rugging, dipping candles, finger knitting and giant communal mosaic making.
This wool mountain looked good enough to dive into - I think some of the kids probably did.
The food stalls were enticing and beautifully presented - this one bedecked with freshly cut flowers:
An amazing event that must take the organisers a huge amount of time and effort - top notch artists, inspiration for all, fun for kids and a great day out.
Sign outside the craft tent (sensible advice at any time....)