Crafting a fair to show off the north

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The talents of more than 35 crafters and makers will be showcased later this month with a fair and street food.

It is the last Northern Craft Fair of 2017 and comes a year after a hugely successful first event, attracting 1000 visitors, which then led to several more throughout this year.

The Northern Craft movement is an independent craft collective founded by Carley Batley and Sean Mort in April last year to showcase and support the craft scene in the city and the north of England.

On Saturday October 14 there will be a variety of crafts under one roof and some of the makers already confirmed include regulars geo-fleur (plants and homewares), HÔRD (leather accessories), Josh Hurley (prints) and two new makers who will be making their first appearance at Northern Craft, Studio Factotum (prints and ephemera) and MaggieMagoo Designs (textiles).

There will also be screen printing by Awesome Merchandise and more workshops to be announced.

The fair, starting at 11am, is at the Northern Monk Brewing Co. at the Old Flax Store on Marshall Street, so there will be beer on tap and street food courtesy of My Thai.

The organisers said: “Our October fair falls on the anniversary weekend of our first fair last year and we’re really excited to bring together some Northern Craft regulars and some new faces for this occasion.

“We’ve assembled a really exciting lineup that we think will offer something to everybody.”

Next month Northern Craft will host a print only event with the inaugral Northern Print Fair taking place at Duke Studios on Sheaf Street.

It is a chance for the people of Leeds to support their local printers with a view to making it a regular spin off event.

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