This Friday 7th June sees the return of the annual Contemporary Craft Festival held in the beautiful town of Bovey Tracey in Devon. Showcasing over 200 of the best makers and artists, the event is always worth a visit and making her CF debut this year is Cardiff-based designer Lynda Shell.
The festival attracts over 10,000 visitors coming to enjoy the busy calendar of talks and demonstrations running alongside the main attraction of the makers work. I caught up with Lynda to find out how her preparation is going and what she is looking forward to seeing.
What do you anticipate will be your festival highlights?
Getting to see lots of lovely new makers that I have not seen before….. and possibly buying myself a little something special!
How is your preparation going? How do you prepare quantity of stock for such a big event - any tips for other makers?
Stock is all made and labelled, just gathering together all the final bits, tools, shelves, tables etc for the display now. My advice would be to give yourself plenty of time to make stock and plan your stand carefully so that it's easy to put up when you get there.
What are you looking forward to the most?
Meeting new customers and a nice weekend away with my sister who is coming to help me.
Can you name your favourite three makers who you are hoping to see?
Well as I am hoping to see some new artists, I have picked three from the website that look interesting:
Felix Kary in the wood section - love the spoons
Lisa Wisdom in the metal section - Looks like an amazing technique
Heartfelt dogs in mixed media just looks fun and characterful.
Best of luck Lynda! We hope you have a great show. For more information on the Contemporary Craft Festival, please visit their website.
To find out more about Lynda Shell and see more examples of her work, visit her directory page.
The much anticipated annual Abergavenny Food Festival returns this weekend, and friend of Little Otter Events, Baked by Mel will be there. Mel has been attending the festival for a few years now and will be situated in the Upper Brewery Yard next door to Hallets Cider. (Cider and cake, sounds like a good combination!)
As well as her award winning bara brith, Mel will be selling a beautiful selection of scrummy treats all baked in her kitchen in Llantwit Major. If you haven't tried her persian rocky road, brownies or gin and tonic cakes, you are in for a culinary treat!
I interrupted Mel's baking to ask her a few questions ahead of her busy weekend...
What do you enjoy about the festival?
Well it's all about food of course, and in a relatively small space you can go and try so much variety, see your fave celebs and get in on the party atmosphere too… it's just lovely. It’s a very well attended and prestigious event attracting a lot of people and food fans so there is a lovely festival vibe around the town.
Who you are looking forward to seeing?
So many people!! The Preservation Society, Samosaco, Welsh Coffee, The Parsnipship, Hangfire Smokehouse, Hallets cider, Petals of the Valley, Sytch Farm Studios, Shellys Shortbread and I am hoping to hear Allan Jenkins talk on Sunday…fingers crossed. Its really a big annual event and I love having a catch up!
How is your prep going?
I never seen so many sultanas in my life…
Good luck Mel! We hope that you have an amazing weekend.
Find out more about the festival programme and tickets on the official website.
April Liddell. Founder of Little Otter Markets. Lives a crafty life. Loves going for walks with her dog Betsi, listening to music, and eating chelsea buns.