In case you missed it…

…we have our dates for this year’s Winter Arts Market.

So are you ready with a pen and your shiny new diary?

It’ll happen all over again on Sat 7 & Sun 8 December 2013.

You can expect more of the magic, beautiful crafts, christmassy feeling, food and festivities as last year, and perhaps maybe more…

See our pics below to whet your appetite!

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See you next time!

Phew! What a weekend!

We thought you might like to see some snaps from the Winter Arts Market – there are lots more to follow, but in the meantime we’d just like to say a big thank you to:

– the very talented artists, designers and makers who exhibited and sold their work

– the thousands of people that came along to enjoy and support creatives from across the region.

– the brilliant people behind the scenes who make St George’s Hall a truly magnificent venue

– the impressive mix of performing artists who moved and delighted audiences in the Crown Court Room programmed by the marvelous Mellowtone

– KECS Creative for the children’s magical antler workshop

– the roaming historical characters of Lormac Productions

– our tremendous helper Anna Cahill!

–  and all of our very supportive colleagues, friends and families.

Join us next year for the Winter Arts Market – 7 & 8 December 2013.

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It’s got to be Landbaby, baby!

We’re thrilled to have Landbaby pop-up at the Winter Arts Market this year! A long-time home and treasure trove of glorious handmade and beautifully designed creations in Liverpool, you can find Clare’s wonderful shop in the Bluecoat courtyard all year round.

For this weekend though, you’ll find her amidst the other 120 stalls, selling unique items from up to 30 different designers ranging from cards, gifts, homewares and accessories!

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So join us this weekend for the Winter Arts Market at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall on Sat 8 & Sun 9 December 2012, from 10am-5pm and see what treasures you can find!

www.landbaby.co.uk

landbaby at the bluecoat, school lane, liverpool, l1 3bx

Warra Yer Like

Karen Edwards is an artist specialising in lino-cutting, screen-printing and Letterpress printing. She often combines the techniques to create useful items such as stationery, tote bags and tea towels and also limited edition/bespoke prints for the home.

We love her Scouse Sayings print…

She tells us “My current focus is traditional Letterpress printing using a vintage press and type. I adore this method as each print is unique and the salvaged printing blocks often show their long history in the form of dinks and scratches. I delight in bringing this British made equipment a new lease of life and producing artwork that can be appreciated by a new generation”

All of her work is hand printed and beautiful! Come and visit her and over 120 other artists at the Winter Arts Market on the 8th & 9th December this year!

For the Geek in your Life

Geekcycled make gifts and goodies for the geeky at heart!

Find their stall at Liverpool’s Winter Arts Market this year on the 8 & 9th December at St George’s Hall and snap up their colourful creations. The majority of the items are produced using decoupage from pre-loved original comics and textbooks and the range includes homeware including plates and coasters, jewellery, cufflinks and more.

They tell us “All the images are handselected for their visual impact and to create a cohesive and visually appealing item. We pride ourselves on our innovative and unique style along with giving a quality gift product at a reasonable price along with a fun twist.”

Watch this space for more featured stallholders soon!

The Feltastic Work of Laura Naylor

With only a few days to go, we’re getting SO excited about the event this year. Join us on the 3rd & 4th December at St George’s Hall in Liverpool for the city’s biggest art and crafts fair. We’ve got 120 stalls on both days for just £1.50 entry, and it’s free for children!
Have a peek on the event page to see what else lies in wait, including music, workshops, Queen Victoria and more!

And so, for our next act…

Liverpool lass Laura Naylor will be at the Winter Arts Market (Saturday only) selling a variety of handmade creations which make for great gifts!

Her handcut and sewn textile accessories are vibrant and eyecatching, and can be worn many different ways.

'Explosion' Brooches by Laura Naylor

'Explosion' Brooches by Laura Naylor

Interchange - Cuff by Laura Naylor

Interchange - Cuff by Laura Naylor

Red Blossom Bag by Laura Naylor

Red Blossom Bag by Laura Naylor

A keen printmaker, she will also be selling a range of fun and quirky handmade cards and christmas decorations which have been made using a variety of techniques.

Lino Cut Print Christmas Cards & Bauble by Laura Naylor

Lino Cut Print Christmas Cards & Bauble by Laura Naylor

Bird House Press

Rachel Jones - Shine

Rachel Jones - "We can't all be stars"

Bird House Press is the studio of local printmaker Rachel Jones. She makes bright and whimsical hand drawn illustrations and artworks, created using traditional printmaking methods including screen-printing, letterpress and lino cutting.

She’ll be selling her work as limited edition prints, tote bags and greetings cards at the Winter Arts Market in St George’s Hall this December.

“My first print, and still my most popular to date piece, was a simple paper stencil cut out, with three plump birds. I am always trying new print methods, and enjoy finding different ways to produce my work and always strive to have new work for all the art fairs I attend”

Rachel’s a Winter Arts Market regular having taken part at the very first one back in 2009, and she loves it! Here’s what she told us:

“The Winter Arts Market is a fabulous way to show case the creative talent that is available in Merseyside / North West, and has a wide range of artist makers, which in turn means hundreds, if not thousand of handmade products, all under one (immensely impressive) roof.”

“The great thing is that the public get to chat directly to the artists/makers who have spent their time creating the work – making it a more personal experience.  I love chatting to all the different people who stop by my stall, explaining how a print was created, discussing what the idea was for a particular design, or having a natter about anything and everything!  If people are interested in trying out screen-printing – I know to point them to the Bluecoat – where they are able to try something new – without having to go miles to do it!

The whole day is a great experience, for me its also a great way to get feedback about the work I have done, find out what people are looking for, get new ideas, and meet other artists. Last year was great, this year, I have been focusing more on my screen printing – and have lots of new designs, so hopefully – it will be even better”

Check out Rachel’s website to have a peek at more of her designs, and see them in person at her Winter Arts Market stall on the Saturday 3rd  (although the event runs for the whole weekend Sat 3 & Sun 4th December) between 10am-5pm. Entry is £1.50 for 120 stalls and under 16’s enter for free.

Bird House Press Website Screenshot

Bird House Press Website Screenshot

Rachel Jones “Cat with a Moustache”

Rachel Jones “Cat with a Moustache”