A crafty weekend
How would you like to meet around 100 contemporary designer makers in person? Talk to the people who create beautiful and unique items by hand about their inspiration, the materials they source and choose for their work and the techniques and skills involved. Shop for those one-off pieces for your home or as gifts (or as a treat for yourself pourquoi pas?). The highly successful Design and Craft Fair at West Dean College returns for its third year.
Find textiles, silverware, jewellery, original prints, ceramics, fashion accessories, wood and more beautiful items in The Marketplace, curated by the successful team behind MADE LONDON Bloomsbury and Marylebone. NEW this year is a printmaking area presenting original prints to buy. Take a peek at the exhibitor's gallery online.
Go one step further and try your hand at a creative skill in a mini workshop run by the college's expert short course tutors. How about throwing a pot on a potter's wheel or making a textured silver ring? Or have a go at watercolour painting or weaving a basket. The relaxing one and a half hour sessions run throughout the weekend and they are pretty popular, so it's a good idea to book in advance online to make sure of your place.
The Grade II* Listed college is the former home of Edward James, poet and lifelong patron of the Surrealist Movement. The historic country mansion makes the perfect backdrop to the fair which is set partly in the stunning award-winning gardens.
Enjoy a seriously relaxing and enjoyable day out in a unique setting.