Music on the Marr is not ‘just’ music! As ever, the Pennine Artisans are staging the ‘Artisans’ Market’ which will be located in the hall between the main music marquee and the Magnificent Tea Emporium – what could be better – arts, crafts and sticky buns, all within your reach at the same time.
This year we are joined by several new exhibitors – Baroque Bags – for those of you who have a habit of lugging a lot of stuff around with you all the time, Wendy Kitching (who is Baroque Bags) will have something for you, and for every occasion.
Luca Serra – all the way from the island of Sardinia (well, actually he lives in the middle of a forest in Northumberland now) brings his beautiful wood sculptures and carvings to the festival. Carved with love and inspiration, Luca’s creations are tactile and stunningly beautiful.
All the way from Sheffield, comes Caroline Brogden of Sea Breeze Designs and a range of handmade and unique silver jewellery. Earrings, rings, necklaces and more – let the magpie in you run wild!
Just a few steps from the festival site is the home of Sally Fryer, an artist who caught our eye as soon as she moved to the village. Happily, she agreed to take part this year and will be displaying a colourful range of prints.
Maggie Feeney is the type of person everyone wants to find at a festival – her array of goodies will appeal to youthfulness and those of a ‘certain age’ – a range of necklaces and bangles with which you can adorn yourselves before taking to the dance floor in the marquee next door.
‘Happy Dog Designs’ aka Ness Bamkin is always a hit with canine lovers – her range of superbly felted and incredibly life-like dogs truly amazing. Ness also does commissions and will create a felted version of your dog from a photograph…..how could you refuse!
Carolyn Marr joins us once again with her ever-changing but always glorious ceramics. Carolyn’s studio in Brampton is always a hive of activity and each exhibition she takes part in seems to bring on a new twist to her designs. We are delighted to welcome her back.
Recycling is a good thing to do – I think we can all agree on that – and what makes Jenia Gorfunkel’s work so special is that it is all created from recycled glass. Her range of styles is endless; creating everything from jewellery to large table lamps, from small glass bowls to magnificent sculptures. Jenia is a founding member of the Pennine Artisans.
Tricia Meynell is an abstract photographer, and also a founding member of the Pennine Artisans. Her work falls somewhere between print making and photography – lots of different imagery to suit all sorts of spaces.
Last on the list, but most certainly not the least important – we have CHOCOLATES!! Neil Jenkinson from Maryport is always a big draw at our Artisans’ Markets with his amazingly delicious handmade artisan chocolates. Particularly recommended are the chocolate gingers….all the little packages would make great gifts if only you could prevent yourself from eating them first.
Woodcarving I create individual pieces inspired essentially by music and nature, my two passions. Carving wood brings out what is hidden in the grain and I work with various types of wood as each one has its own individual strength and character. Living in Kielder forest I’m in the ideal place to find inspiration and I consider Northumberland my home. I carve every day, creating one off pieces for exhibitions and also for specific commissions.
Caroline Brogden is a jewellery designer and maker who creates elegant, contemporary handmade jewellery in sterling silver and more. She takes her inspiration from the coast and the surrounding environment, but enjoys adding a splash of whimsy, using traditional silversmithing techniques to create texture and form.
All items are designed and hand-made by Wendy Kitching, a designer based in the North East of England, with over 20 years of experience in fashion design and embroidery. The collections include carefully crafted, uniquely quilted and embroidered pieces for both special occasions and everyday use.
Ceramics Carolyn studied ceramics at Newcastle College and currently works from her home studio in Brampton. Recently she has been experimenting with the natural pigment, Egremont Red, found on the west coast of Cumbria.
I love glass bottles – the variety of shapes, colours and sizes is almost limitless. They have been with us for a very long time (since around 100 BC) and, I hope, will stay for a while longer. Bottles are a part of all our lives. We all drink something – water, juice, wine, beer, vodka, whisky, gin… Whatever your libation of choice is, it most likely comes in a glass bottle. We drink the contents and discard the containers, and that’s how it goes. I like giving these lovely bottles a new lease on life.
Tricia is a fine art photographer specialising in abstract images which very often blur the distinction between photography and printing – almost (but not quite) painting. She does not use Photoshop to create her work, preferring to ‘manipulate’ images manually by processes such as printing onto acetate and spraying with water to create a painterly effect, or by simply printing two different images onto the same piece of paper to create an abstract image. Her camera is often used to ‘paint’ the subject by selecting colour and form and shooting in such a way that these two elements are rendered as a confusion of colours with just the merest hint of the reality behind them.