The Country Living Spring Fair 2015 took place on the 18-22 March to champion UK craftspeople and small businesses.
We went along on the first day of the fair and have rounded up our main highlights:
Rustique Interiors’ stand featured a variety of home furnishings such as vintage chairs recovered in patchwork designs alongside lampshades, cushions and framed artwork. All of the above is handmade in Scotland and those visiting the stand loved the patchwork designs made from recycled materials. Our favourite was the small set of drawers with button handles that were hand painted with cherry blossom trees. Similar nature scenes also featured on lamps of various sizes.
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Heidi Rhodes is a textile artist based in Brighton who specialises in machine embroidery. Rhodes’ collections include The Naughty Faries, London architecture, Brighton Bathers, The Olympics and The Pageant. The pieces on display stood out among so many stands at the fair and style of embroidery gives a feeling of movement in each piece. The framed textile shown here is inspired by the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, titled ‘Welcome to the world of Willy Wonka!’.
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This self-taught designer started her own line of bags after being inspired by beautiful Scottish tweeds. At the fair, Emma had her 4 shaft Harris Looms Table Loom on display which drew people to the stand and was available for visitors to try their hand at weaving. Also on display was Emma’s latest collection of bags and an inspiration board for The Llanddwyn Collection. A common thread (if you’ll excuse the pun) throughout the collections are the simplistic designs that shows off the great quality fabrics.
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This stand featured a variety of ewe footstools that are hand-made in Dorset. The ‘Ewenique’ stools all have beautiful hand carved heads made of limewood and a sturdy wooden frame. They are also upholstered with real fleece to make it comfortable to use as well as great to look at! When Liz Mangles is not upholstering sheep she is carving rocking horses, hobby horses and carousel animals, so her website is well worth checking out!
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Heather Stowell Jewellery
Heather Stowell’s designs feature vintage buttons that are used to give each piece a sentimental value. In private commissions, customers’ own buttons can be used that results in something both bespoke and sentimental. Heather’s use of buttons in her designs draws attention to their unique qualities and characters which you can see for yourself on Heather’s website.
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Kirkwood-Lockerby – Lamb Feeding
The lamb feeding was one of the highlights of the fair for many people who attended. This was made possible through Real Farm Holidays that gives families the opportunity to experience living on a farm as part of a self-catering holiday. The lambs definitely drew in a crowd; especially once an hour when the lambs were fed!
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