Alford Craft Market Spring Bank Holiday 2009: 'Re-cycling' Photographs by Bowhunter Websites
May 23, 24 and 25 ... in the Manor House Grounds
The picturesque setting of the Alford Manor House gardens was again hosting the display by Lincolnshire artists and makers of traditional and contemporary crafts.
In a difficult period of economic change the theme of “re-cycling” was illustrated in a demonstration area showing how materials can be effectively re-used in an artistic way. Using scrap metals Chris Thompson displayed a variety of stoves and ovens designed and built to burn different fuels.
The traditional craft of rag-rug making demonstrated by Angela King evoked many memories of earlier styles of home furnishings with her colourful and striking designs. Other demonstrations showed the skill of felt-making and also the use of waste materials to create books and pictorial art. Recent work of Michel Ducos exploring the technique of “paper-clay” showed how clay can be mixed with paper materials to produce sculptural results with a strong textured surface.
A variety of crafts and artistry were shown by numerous makers from the county. These included jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and wood. Using the theme of re-cycling each stallholder showed on their own display an article which incorporates waste materials; visitors to the event were encouraged to recognise which items these might be and to discuss with the stall-holders their techniques and ideas.
Admission to the event was on a “give what you can afford” basis and has a reputation for it’s safe and friendly atmosphere suitable for the whole family.
The Alford Craft Market is a non-profit making organisation run by volunteers to promote traditional and contemporary crafts and arts.