Designers & Makers Market at the Turner Contemporary, Margate

Designer & Makers Market at the Turner Contemporary

EVENT DETAILS:

Saturday 2nd December 10-5pm                                                                                                                        Sunday 3rd December 10-4pm
 
The Designers & Makers Market at the Turner Contemporary is now in its 6th year.

 

For this table top market I will be selling smaller gift sized pieces from my collections. Jewellery, candle holders, key rings and decorations.

Step into a world of creativity and craftsmanship at the Designers and Makers Market, where the finest talents from Kent showcase their original works. Held at the prestigious Turner Contemporary in Margate, this curated event invites you to experience handmade artistry.

On the 2nd and 3rd of December 2023, immerse yourself in an engaging shopping experience, as you explore a diverse range of local creations. From intricately crafted jewellery to captivating ceramics, stylish hats to beautiful woodwork, the market offers an abundance of unique treasures directly from the skilled hands of the makers themselves.

This is also your opportunity to support local talent, connect with the artists behind the works, and take home truly meaningful pieces that tell stories.

Join us at Turner Contemporary, renowned as one of Kent’s premier arts venues, and discover one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect the essence of Kent’s thriving creative scene. You will be inspired and delighted by the talent of exhibiting makers and designers:

 

 

 

Pop up shop in the heart of Folkestone’s creative quarter

Pop up shop folkestone creative quarter Eight squared gallery in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter beautifully Illustration by Ben Baudry.

Objects of Desire

LATE NIGHT OPENING DRINKS FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER 6-8PM

Pop up shop details:

27- 29 October & 3-5 November 2023 Fri-Sun 10-5pm
Eight Squared Gallery 64 Old High Street Folkestone Kent CT20 1RN
My opening drinks HAPPILY coincides with @lastfridaysfolk so there will be lots going on across the creative quarter, performances, exhibitions & music.  

About the pop up shop in the heart of Folkestone’s Creative Quarter.

Looking forward to holding my first pop up in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter. I have heard so many good things about the Old High Street with its colourful buildings and cobbled street that I knew I had to be a part of it!

I am setting up my ‘Objects of Desire’ at the bijou Eight squared gallery with its fantastic floor to ceiling window looking out to the street. To make the most of it we have created a structure to fit so that I can hang all my beautiful chandeliers and lights in the windows to create a magical window display. I will be selling jewellery and lighting from all my collections with a brand new batch of Ambrosia jewellery. A small sample of which is pictured below.

pop up shop in folkestone's creative quarter

Things to do and see in Folkestone.

I visited Folkestone yesterday while the sun was shinning between the down pours to do some flyering in and around the Quarter. I was on a slight voyage of discovery having only been to Folkestone twice before and what a treat it was to meet so many warm and genuine independent businesses.

Here are a few of my favourites that I think you may also like to visit: Starting back to front, as that’s how I like to do things.

THE POTTING SHED: round the corner at the very top of the old high street. It has a great mix of curated vintage pieces along with a secret cocktail bar out the back through…. Yes, you’ve guessed it, a bookcase. I do LOVE an interior with a quirk.

THE BEER SHOP: next door. Beer (obviously) all from independent and Kentish suppliers.

STEEP STREET: Tea & cake (or coffee) halfway down the old high street.

EMERALD FAERIE: I am near the bottom of the hill, there is also an art gallery opposite and a Banksy!

ANTIK: will be my pop up neighbour, (also popping up for 2 weeks) selling vintage homewares, furniture etc

Then of course there is the Harbour arm market with loads of small independent creatives, coffee shops & bars. Plus, the old train station & track you can walk along. You can do a great walk and promenade to the lower leas costal park and could even keep on walking along the seafront (or drive) which leads me to Sandgate….

The potting shed folkestone antique shop and bar The potting shed folkestone antique shop and bar

Things to do and see in Sandgate.

I have just discovered SANDGATE and I am totally smitten with the place. It is just a small high street, but full of interesting architectural buildings each one with its own character, set against the wide-open expanse of the sea and sky. With a growing community of independent businesses- you can see a theme running here. There are a handful of old school junk/antique shops with beautiful frontages, you know the ones with everything piled high you wonder how anyone could ever get in the shop, let a lone look around it?! I am like a moth to a flame! There is even a cockatoo in the window, which I think if I was to start collecting, I might never stop. I would have to create a dedicated ‘bird room’ in the house. But I’m not sure how that would go down….

Sandgate-junkshop-piled-high Sandgate junk shop piled high

Moving on… here are a couple of my favourites:

JOHN DORY: A fantastic wine shop & small plates which is well worth the walk or drive.

WORKSHOP NUMBER 29: A fab architectural salvage shop with beautiful things who have made a point of stocking and selling the work of local-ish (Kent based) makers. Who knows maybe they might stock some of my wirework lampshades. They don’t exist but I can see them in my mind.

East Kent Artists’ Open House at Radford House.

East Kent Artists' open house 2023

A landmark building, Radford House, Ramsgate’s old fire station as it is today.   Image from RadfordHouseRTC FB page.

East Kent Artists’ Open Houses 2023

EVENT DETAILS:

14 & 15 October 2023
11-5pm
Radford House
18-20 Effingham Road
Ramsgate Kent
CT11 9AT

East Kent Artists’ open houses 2023 or EKOH for short, is now in its 23rd year.

With over 250 artists spread over 80 houses and studios. The artists’ trail gives the public a personal insight into how an artist works within their specialist field. 

As part of EKOH Emerald Faerie has been invited to showcase her work at Radford House in Ramsgate, alongside three other local artists for the first weekend 14 & 15th of October.

What will I be doing?

I am super excited to set up studio at Radford House, a building full of history and character. Our current studio workshop is out of town and hard to get to without a means of transportation. It is my first ‘open studio’ event since moving to Ramsgate nearly 5 years ago.

East Kent Artists' open house 2023

Emerald Faerie studio @ Cordy house, London, 2008.    Photographer:  Giles Angel.

For this years East Kent artists’ open house I am recreating a small corner of my workshop, with selected pieces from my jewellery and lighting collections, where you can find me creating wire and glass flowers from my Flora & Fauna lighting collection. Ever wondered how I make them? now you can find out!

Atmospheric lighting, East Kent Artists' open house 2023 Atmospheric detail from the FLORA & FAUNA lighting collection

This is a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of local artists’ studios discover how they create AND have a nose around Radford house as it is now known before renovations are due to commence early next year.
Did you know….

The Effingham Street property was originally a private house belonging to Rear Admiral William Fox. In 1905 Ramsgate Corporation bought the property and converted it into a fire station and the town library and Clarendon House girl’s school were built in the grounds. The station was opened in October 1905 by the Mayor. The Effingham Street station was designed for horse-drawn fire engines, and as firefighting and kit developed, a new space was needed.

Old photograph of Ramsgate's fire station 1905. East Kent Artists' open house 2023 Old photograph of Ramsgate’s fire station on Effingham Road when it first opened in 1905.

Ramsgate Town Council bought the property in 2019 following a bequeathed estate from resident Mr Radford. The building was renamed Radford House and is now set to be a building for the use of the community and EKOH is just one of the many interesting events that are taking place here.

It is Grade II listed, due to it representing a well-preserved fire station of 1905, retaining a range of distinct features from the early 18th and 20th Centuries.

It’s amazing to think it was once a residential dwelling, you can still see glimpses of the old house, some of the plaster has also come away from the wall to reveal where one of 4 fireplaces used to be and it has a small yet elegant staircase at the back of the main room on the ground floor. I think that is what drew me in. I don’t know about you but I love old buildings especially when you see the layers of history revealing themselves.

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Emerald Faerie

Fiona Gall, is a designer-maker artist who makes under the business name of Emerald Faerie. She creates unique opulent & decorative lighting and jewellery from metal, glass and repurposed antique finds. Fiona creates one-off sculptural art lighting pieces and chandeliers. She creates custom designs for private, retail and hospitality clients in the UK & USA. Each piece is handmade to order in her studio in Kent.

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