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Contemporary craft festival at Bovey Tracey

PUBLISHED: 11:41 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 18 April 2017

Richard Shimnell � Printmaking
Living on the edge of Dartmoor, Richard draws his inspiration from the surrounding landscapes full of stunning trees. He uses traditional lino-cutting tools and methods applied to the more modern alternative of vinyl flooring to get a more detailed finish. He started Printmaking in 2010 and now sells his works through various galleries and at shows like The Contemporary Craft Festival.

Richard Shimnell � Printmaking Living on the edge of Dartmoor, Richard draws his inspiration from the surrounding landscapes full of stunning trees. He uses traditional lino-cutting tools and methods applied to the more modern alternative of vinyl flooring to get a more detailed finish. He started Printmaking in 2010 and now sells his works through various galleries and at shows like The Contemporary Craft Festival.

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It’s one of the largest festival of its kind in Europe - and 2017 marks the 13th year of the Contemporary Craft festival. So what’s in store this year?

Back for its 13th consecutive year, the highly acclaimed, multi-award-winning festival takes place next month at Bovey Tracey.

The prestigious three-day event is designed to showcase the finest makers from across the country. More than 200 woodturners, jewellery makers, textile designers, metal and leather workers, potters, silversmiths and many more have been carefully selected by industry specialists to exhibit at the show with the aim of raising the profile of quality contemporary craft.

Marieke Ringel � Ceramic Sculpture
From her studio in Drewsteignton, German born Marieke creates striking animal sculptures from clay which are designed to demonstrate the differing ways that humans relate to animals. As a result of prolonged studies of animals, their movements and behaviours Marieke�s is able to work by hand in a free and intuitive way. Marieke Ringel � Ceramic Sculpture From her studio in Drewsteignton, German born Marieke creates striking animal sculptures from clay which are designed to demonstrate the differing ways that humans relate to animals. As a result of prolonged studies of animals, their movements and behaviours Marieke�s is able to work by hand in a free and intuitive way.

This year’s festival programme is brimming with exciting workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, children’s activities, street theatre, festival food and live music. The Vintage Craft Cinema and the extremely popular Pottery Showdown, featuring the finalists from the hit BBC show, will be returning.

Whilst the festival’s remit is to celebrate the very best of contemporary craft with emerging artists and makers demonstrating their very latest, evolving techniques and materials, this year’s festival is set to pay tribute to the more traditional skills, methods and materials adopted by an ever growing number of makers looking for a more holistic approach to their works.

Peter Lanyon Furniture
Contemporary furniture maker Peter Lanyon specialises in taking freshly cut, unseasoned �green� wood to make high quality, distinctive lighting and functional pieces using traditional tools and techniques from his base at the Devon Green Wood Centre. See Peter Demonstrating his skills at The Contemporary Craft Festival throughout the weekend. Peter Lanyon Furniture Contemporary furniture maker Peter Lanyon specialises in taking freshly cut, unseasoned �green� wood to make high quality, distinctive lighting and functional pieces using traditional tools and techniques from his base at the Devon Green Wood Centre. See Peter Demonstrating his skills at The Contemporary Craft Festival throughout the weekend.

New to Bovey Tracey this year, Hillary Burns & Friends will be presenting ‘Out of the Woods’, a celebration of British woodlands and the traditional skills and methods applied to woodworking and basket making. Hillary will be joined by Rosie Brewer who specialises in making traditional kitchenware and spoons, as well as Devon based Richard Lewis and Andrew Kirby for this beautiful demonstration where visitors can participate and learn some basic skills.

In this movement of making with tradition, it’s the Devon based designers exhibiting at the festival who are leading the field. Here, we explore some of the local makers who draw on, or are inspired by the traditional and sometimes ancient methods behind creating.

Wayne Victor Meeten
Meeten specialises in creating high end Japenese hammer work. He has a passion for understanding silver’s expressive qualities. A life-long Silversmith, Wayne first learnt the basics of his craft whilst travelling through the UK, Canada and Asia. Over time, and now working from his studio in Devon, his craft has developed to take on larger forms using ancient Japanese metalworking techniques, working in harmony with his materials to create pieces that are striking and evocative. Wayne Victor Meeten Meeten specialises in creating high end Japenese hammer work. He has a passion for understanding silver’s expressive qualities. A life-long Silversmith, Wayne first learnt the basics of his craft whilst travelling through the UK, Canada and Asia. Over time, and now working from his studio in Devon, his craft has developed to take on larger forms using ancient Japanese metalworking techniques, working in harmony with his materials to create pieces that are striking and evocative.

WIN! tickets to The Contemporary Craft Festival

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Where does the Contemporary Craft Festival take place?

A. Bovey Tracey

B. Totnes

C. Exeter

To enter send your answer, along with name, address and telephone number to competitions@devonlife.co.uk putting Craft Festival Competition in the subject heading.

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The Contemporary Craft Festival

9-11 June

Mill Marsh Park,

Bovey Tracey

craftsatboveytracey.co.uk

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