Sometimes you think you have everything in life, you get to a point when you think nothing that life threw at you would raise even a quizzical eyebrow of intrigue. And then you get knocked for six. Basically, acrylic ink...where you been all my life?
Monday, 25 November 2013
I work in the ugliest building in Brighton that I've simply fallen in love with, we are crammed full with creative units and I'm always discovering new murals and graffiti in and around New England House. I'm so lucky to have a job that lets me be creative, who else gets to say they've made paper plane bunting during their working week?
Read about what I do here.
But don't get me wrong, the craft fair can cover a very wide spectrum of talent. And that's my nice way of saying that, at your average crafty event, its fair to say that you are likely to stumble across a bit of rubbish. And that's okay. This is life. We can't like everything, it would be boring if we found our cup of tea in literally everything we looked at. Well we wouldn't get very far away from our houses.
But here lies my belated point. Made Brighton is NOT your average craft fair. Nope. This is not the time to be nebulous about the word craft. Beautiful ceramics, exquisite jewellery, crisp graphic design... It's another level. It's a long and weathered relationship between material and maker. It's creativity and skill. In harmony. In abundance.
And you get a free tote bag.... I'm such a cheap thrill. I'm not going to rattle off a long list of all the brilliant makers exhibiting from this year, go look for yourself here. Only a shout out to my pick of the bunch because god knows I'm a sucker for letterpress printing done this well. Clare Somerville-Perkins is the clever cookie behind asintended who created that lovely screen printed felt pennant, I treated myself to, photographed below.