THESE talented members of the Local Modern Designers Collective have created hundreds of beautiful, handmade items that you can purchase at their Christmas market this weekend at Yattendon Village Hall – from ceramics and jewelry to textiles and paintings, basketry. and bags to woodwork and prints, lampshades and binding to Christmas wreaths and handmade soaps, an abundance of delicacies will be on display.
This festive and fun designer market is an opportunity to find unique gifts or to indulge yourself. It features a host of talented local artists, artisans, designers and makers, including ceramists Andrew Hazelden, who recently moved his pottery to Bradfield, and longtime member of the collective Harriet Coleridge. Andrew and Harriet both started their careers at the famous Aldermaston pottery with Alan Caiger-Smith and the wonderful and different directions they have taken with their own work can be seen side by side in the market.
Local artists Freya Barton and Anne Payton will be at the market. Freya paints colorful and jewelry-like paintings as well as decorated interior pieces and Anne paints and prints dynamic and lyrical paintings. There are three jewelers at the market this year; Charlotte Berry whose stunning jewelry is inspired by the natural world around her, Kate Wilkinson who creates magical shapes in silver and Drawer of Plush, who incorporates hand paint and printed porcelain into her delicate gold jewelry and in silver.
A range of different textiles and accessories will be available in the market, including gorgeous hand-sewn leather handbags by Victoria Baker, gorgeous hand-woven silk scarves by Mary Lowry, and lavish embroidery by Yvette. Phillips.
The collective has several exciting new members, including Hannah Elizabeth, who creates prints and illustrations of local sites, the fabulous Lots of Lovely Art, selling their imaginative and inspiring art boxes for children and Eric’s lost items. Michell transformed into superb interior pieces. .
Natural materials are central to the work of some manufacturers, most notably the charming baskets of willow weaver Louise Arthur and natural handmade soap from Gaia Botanics. Jon Townsin’s fine woodwork and furnishings combine different varieties of wood to create beautiful contrasts and patterns and Michael J Amphlett explores the natural movement of wood with his hand-carved spoons.
Join them Saturday and Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., in this celebration of art, crafts and Christmas.