Modern Makers Collective winter market at Christmas tree village of Yattendon
Head to Yattendon on Saturday and Sunday (November 25, 26) for the Modern Makers Collective Winter Market and indulge in a celebration of top-notch modern craft.
Twenty four makers, carefully selected for their expertise and originality, will be showcasing exquisite, hand-crafted work for you to discover. The market has a reputation for championing some of the finest makers in the South; you can expect to see a display of the highest quality art, craft and design.
Modern Makers Collective is a group of skilled makers who come together to showcase their thoughtfully designed and beautifully made products.
Three of the Modern Makers Collective members work with traditional techniques which are on the Heritage Crafts endangered list, with only dozens of people still practising them professionally in the UK. Albert Harvey is returning with his block printed textiles, furnishings and his hugely popular oversized baubles. Albert’s delicate natural tones and designs inspired by the English countryside embody an Arts and Crafts aesthetic.
New to the collective and working with straw, Penny Maltby, aka Ministry of Straw, will be bringing her corn dollies with a modern twist to the market as well as beautiful, vibrant textiles based on her straw work. Another recent member, Lucinda Goulden, makes the most luxurious make-up brushes and turned bowls using sublime exotic timber.
You may have seen Lucinda on the popular BBC show Make it at Market, where her exacting standards and finish impressed the hosts and viewers. Her fellow star, Emmy Palmer, is returning for another year with her unique blown glass vessels. Emmy’s unusual method of combining glass and knitting, as well as her gorgeous choice of colour, makes for outstanding glassware.
Amy Whittingham casts recycled glass to create her striking sculptures and jewellery which are inspired by weathered chains and rope found at the shoreline. Also working with texture is Kate Wilkinson who produces divine necklaces and earrings in silver and semi precious stone. Kate takes natural and urban decay as a starting point for her ideas.
Jynsym Ong is also interested in patterns and surfaces found in nature which she transposes into her fascinating pottery. Jynsym’s wares show the influence of her time in Japan as an apprentice to a master potter. Jynsym’s rich earthy style forms a contrast to the bright painted ceramics of Andrew Hazelden who worked with Alan Caiger Smith at Aldermaston Pottery. Andrew’s lively and free brushworks depicting flora and fauna as well as the occasional lobster. Another firm favourite, Freya Barton, returns with her hand painted Christmas decorations and artworks. Freya also paints a range of joyous homewares including colourful lamp bases. You can find more lighting by Eric Michell who brings found objects back to life with a vintage aesthetic.
Your new lamp can be completed with a handmade lampshade by Aimée Alice Payton. Aimée’s use of sumptuous fabrics and exquisite hand stitched techniques create shades which are each a work of art. Also working with stitch are two expert embroiderers both creating unique and beautiful artworks.
Yvette Phillips uses hand stitched threads to paint intricate bird and animal portraits whereas Harriet Riddle uses her sewing machine to draw characterful people and places. Join us in Yattendon and you can have your portrait stitched by Harriet live at the market.
With the festive season around the corner, take a trip to the Christmas-tree growing village of Yattendon on the 25 and 26 . The makers will be showcasing their hand-crafted work between 10am and 4pm, and entrance is only £2 in support of Yattendon Village School.
Make a day of it at one of the many fine lunch spots or beautiful walks, and return home laden with handmade delights. Discover everything from velvety smooth woodturning, flawless fine jewellery and sumptuous silk weaving to exquisite ceramics, lustrous glass sculpture and much much more.