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Find unique gifts at Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair

PUBLISHED: 12:37 20 November 2017

Large orange tip, by Heather Everitt

Large orange tip, by Heather Everitt


Make a date for the weekend of December 9 and 10 for a fabulous craft fair in Chagford’s Jubilee Hall

A bowl from Karen Murrell A bowl from Karen Murrell

If you are looking for Christmas presents that are unique and hand crafted then head for the Dartmoor town of Chagford on December 9 and 10.

The Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair is now in its 15th year and will showcase the work of 30 crafts people from the South West.

Each designer-maker has been hand-picked via a rigorous selection process for their distinctive designs, innovative methods and contemporary appeal.

Admission to the event at Jubilee Hall is free, but donations to the charity Hospiscare will be welcomed.

Work by silversmith Karina Gill Work by silversmith Karina Gill

The weekend will also include craft activities for children and adults including hands-on clay and felting activities.

A charity raffle with prizes donated by each exhibitor and local businesses runs throughout the weekend.

This year Wonderworks features everything from ceramics, jewellery, toys, textiles and toiletries to metal, leather and wooden products.

Among the exhibitors are:

Andrew Spilsbury crafts Shaker boxes using sustainably sourced North American cherry and maple Andrew Spilsbury crafts Shaker boxes using sustainably sourced North American cherry and maple

Leatherworker Jane Watts: from her forge workshop in the South Hams Jane crafts belts, dog collars and foraging hooks from found materials. Her distinctive, chunky belts and dog collars incorporate buckles forged from metal retrieved from Plymouth Sound, handstitched onto 4mm bridle leather.

Jeweller Karen Adams: based in Bideford, Karen produces individually handmade, hallmarked silver pieces. Her work is influenced by the natural curves and lines within nature and incorporates techniques such as anodising, oxidising and exquisitely textured surfaces.

Karina Gill: Conjured and cajoled from cold, hard sheets of metal, Karina Gill’s decorative and intriguingly sensitive work is full of contradictions. Working in silver, yet rooted in textile, Karina draws influence from nature’s patterns and organic repetition to create a heavily textured yet delicate surface through the process of acid etching.

Charlotte Bouchard: Originally trained as a theatrical prop maker at Wimbledon School of Art, Charlotte’s delicate yet striking hallmarked jewellery resonates with ancient, Deco and vintage influences. Her one-off green amber necklace is inspired by the interior patterns of a spiral shell and seaweed.

Esme Cooper: Esme teaches screen-printing degree courses at Plymouth University. Her own distinctive work features from images of Devon wildlife printed onto natural fabrics incorporating a colourful dyed background.

Andrew Spilsbury: Andrew has worked with wood for 40 years, mostly as a maker of Shaker-style furniture. He now crafts his Shaker boxes based on traditional Shaker patterns and using sustainably sourced North American cherry and maple. The wood is first steam bent, then fastened with copper tacks and rivets.

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