Last weekend the Corn Exchange hosted the fantastic Made 11, Brighton’s best design and craft fair.
Artists, both local and national, are invited to showcase some of their finest work, offering visitors a unique opportunity to purchase exclusive pieces direct from their creator.
The standard of art at Made 11 at the Brighton Dome was exceptional with a huge variety of items available, from prints and glass sculptures to jewellery and tableware.
Whatever the budget there was a quirky and unusual gift to suit all ranges, plus, of course, there was an array of stunning work to entertain anyone just coming along for a look.
One of the best things about Made 11 was that the artists were there themselves. As well as being generally friendly they were also on hand to tell you all about their work. They were all keen to talk about their pieces and their craft, regardless of whether you were planning to make a purchase.
There were many disciplines of art on to be seen; Sarah Arnett had her superb Gucci commissioned mixed-media prints on show whilst Kathryn Roberts and Meg Mcgregor displayed their beautiful glasswork next to one another.
Local artist Chris Hawkins had his unusual nature inspired jewellery on display with crab claw cufflinks and monkey necklaces among many other interesting items attracting a lot of attention.
Betty Pepper had a delightful selection of work combining books and embroidery, as well as fabric inspired jewellery. She told us that she has been referred to as a ‘book taxidermist’ in the past for her work with but I found it much more enchanting than that title would suggest, even if I do agree with the concept!
The peer award was handed to Holly Berry for her wonderful collection of hand woven scarves, wraps and shawls. The instantly recognisable and individual patterns of her high-quality and contemporary textiles won her many admirers at the show.
Jon Tutton, director of Made 11, told us how he thought that this year’s show was the best yet, despite everyone being a little less well off than they perhaps were in previous years.
And we spoke to many people at the fair who told us that they were having a great time, from those coming to the fair for the first time to others who were seasoned Made visitors.
But if you didn’t get a chance to visit Made 11 don’t worry too much because I can’t see it going anywhere, so just pencil Made 12 into your diaries now!
And of course you can take a look at our video to find out what was going on at this year’s event.
Video produced with Andrew Collins.
Originally published on Brighton and Hove Free Press.