This initiative is supporting Craft and Design Month May 2012 – a brand new initiative designed to raise awareness of the enormous amount of creative talent we have in this country from past to present. Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and promoting best of british makers locally, that are inspired by their make do and mend heritage.
Our fair takes place on 3rd June at 10am through to 4pm at the Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill.
Samantha Mills, Fair & arts Co ordination, says:
“At Saddleworth Vintage we are supporting Craft and Design Month as we recognise the importance of being able to choose handmade or individually designed and created products. They are a desirable alternative to cheap imports where everything looks and feels the same. However, whilst imported goods can be found at almost every supermarket and department store, it is hard to find individual designer makers and quality vintage items. For many, a high street store or exhibition is just not viable.
Saddleworth Vintage is pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for designer makers to shine in the spotlight that is Craft and Design Month 2012”.
Craft and Design Month is a ‘not for profit’ initiative launched by craft&design magazine. The magazine’s editor, Angie Boyer, explains
“There are many thousands of craftsmen and women who manufacture and sell their products in the UK and to the overseas markets who are completely overlooked by newspapers reporting on the demise of domestic manufacturing.
“In fact, the Crafts Council has reported that there are around 35,000 contemporary craftsmen and women with a collective turnover of around £1billion. Crafts is incredibly important to the economy but also to our wellbeing and way of life. If we don’t use the talents of people on our doorstep, they will disappear forever. We hope that by shining the spotlight on the skills of craftsmen and women throughout the country, the general public will think twice about who to go to when they need something for the home. If we succeed in that, Craft and Design Month will have served its purpose.”