Visitors are to be invited to roll up their sleeves and attempt some unusual ‘upcycled’ and contemporary crafts at an ambitious new arts event in Richmond.
Those attending The Station’s first ever Designer Makers Market on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April will be able to try their hand, among other things, at making their own pendant from recycled glass with glass artist Karin Walland. Karin will show how to transform discarded glass shards and used bottles into a wearable piece of jewellery that can be fused on the day in a microwave ready to take home. She says there is nothing more satisfying than ‘turning landfill fodder into something truly unique’ and hopes to share this experience with as many people as possible over the weekend.
Visitors will also be able to work with artist Julie Nichols as she shows them how to make decorative flowers from a range of unwanted materials, before moving on to ‘upcycled art’; jewellery-making and clay sculpture.
For those who prefer to watch rather than participate, the event promises some eye-catching demonstrations, including one from blacksmith, Lee Knibbs, who specialises in hand-forged metalwork, as well as David Gross who produces large-scale wood sculptures; Michael Kusz specialising in recycled copper, and ‘Ben the Spoon Man’ with his quirky jewellery and hooks out of old spoons.
‘It is a privilege to be able to bring together so many original and talented craftspeople, all of whom are new to The Station,’ said organiser Kathryn Guy. ‘They are all successful designer makers in their own right and between them they will offer a diverse and interactive visitor experience. There is a strong upcycled theme running throughout the weekend and I hope there will be something of interest for all family members.’
In addition, more than 20 stallholders will exhibit and sell a variety of crafts over the two days, including Kate Bowles’s handmade books made from recycled paper, old shoe leather and used fabrics; Alan Dyson’s recycled trinket boxes; and vintage-style bags made from retro fabrics by Bishopdale Bags.
The Designer Makers Market will be open from 10am-4pm both days; entry is free of charge. Demonstrations will run during both days with the ‘Have a Go’ craft sessions taking place from 1-3pm on Saturday and 11-3pm on Sunday. These sessions are to be run as drop in sessions so no booking is required, though there will be a nominal charge to cover the cost of materials.