I escaped from the day job and hopped on the train to London knowing I would need some pocket money for the V&A shop too.
Poppy is a fabulous artist. She showed us some great tips for papercutting (press hard and mark all the ‘negative’ space on your design first) and was patient and utterly lovely when we shared our first, slightly wobbly attempts.
We worked on some paper cut bunting that Poppy had designed.
A bit rough around the edges, but here are my bunting flags! I’d love to know in the comments if any of you have tried papercutting.
Delicious cakes were provided by The Hummingbird bakery and I was very pleased to learn that a cake break was a scheduled part of the crafternoon.
Camomile tea and a vanilla cupcake for me.
Around 50 people made buunting flags which were strung into a colourful display at the end of the afternoon.
Super pretty eh?! The bunting project was a nod to the V&A Wedding Dress exhibition. I will definitely be giving paper cutting another go as it was very therapeutic, although I had to concentrate hard.
There was a short Q&A with Kirstie after the craft session. I asked her what she wanted people to get from attending The Handmade Fair. She said a sense of community and achivement – like when you bring something you have made home from school, as we don’t often get that feeling as an adult.
What I found most inspiring was that she said she wanted to be a platform for talented designers (such as Poppy) to thrive and grow.
I met some fabulous ladies at this event (Hello Laura, Claire, Lindsey and Michele!) and it was a great example of the wonders of our creative community. Here’s a super video of the day.
Are you going to The Handmade Fair this year? I’ll be there on the Sunday so give me a shout if you are as I’d love to see some of you.
After the event I rushed back to Cambridge to meet some alpacas. More on this tomorrow!
This weekend I also continued the paper crafts theme and went to a bookbinding workshop in Cambridge. We learnt the Japanese stab binding technique. I think I’ll use my book for calligraphy practice.