British Craft Trade Fair
 
AUGUST 2018
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Dear Buyer,

Welcome to our August Newsletter,

Not long now and autumn will be on its way, but what a summer we've had! Loads of lovely sunshine and, hopefully, a few more good weeks before the familiar Blighty weather returns!!

We hope that the sunshine has brought you lots of customers this summer and that it will continue to do so into the Christmas buying period.

BCTF Harrogate 2019, 7th-9th April, will showcase some great new talent. Our stands are filling up nicely with amazing giftware and  exciting new products from both new and returning makers.

With Brexit on the horizon, it's more important than ever to support and buy British. BCTF is a one-stop-shop offering the best and largest selection of British products to be found at any event.

But you don't have to wait until April. Hundreds of makers' products can be seen and ordered from our online catalogue RIGHT NOW. To access the catalogue click on this link and enter the password welcome

Buyers' Lunchtime Talk

This year, for the first time, we are arranging a talk for buyers on Monday lunchtime. All buyers are welcome to attend. The details are as follows:

Ian Retallick - Author, Speaker, Retail Coach

David and Goliath, How Independent Retailers Can Take on the Giants and Win

Ian's talk highlights the plight of the independent retailer. Small bricks-and-mortar retailers have become convenient showrooms for the internet giants and independent traders can't compete with the Goliath's in their industry. It's clear that with the changing landscape of retail, traditional methods of retailing no longer apply. But, there is hope for all independent retailers who are willing to make changes to the way they do business.

If you want to survive the current storm, it is vital that you become a specialist retailer. When you specialise, you immediately separate yourself from your competitors. As a result, you attract more of the right kind of customers, who are willing to pay a fair price for your products and services. 

Join Ian as he shares his five-step formula that defines specialist retailers and sets them apart from the giants. 


Please see below this month's 4 featured artists 
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Kind regards 

Margeret 
 


Nuni Ryder Design

As a newcomer to BTCF, I am excited to bring my products to a new audience. My inspiration comes from nature found in Dorset and meadows of the Algave. 

In my past work as a photographer, I explored a different way of looking at the familiar.
 
This revealed to me an intriguing new world of unimagined micro detail, rich in texture and complex design, which in turn informed my unusual, sometimes geometric, floral, lace and insect designs. 

Created from my own original photographs and reworked in Photoshop, my designs are printed onto quality fabrics, in richly toned velvet and kaleidoscopic silk in a variety of colour ways and sizes. My scarves and shawls make a fabulous addition to any wardrobe and the sumptuous cushions to any sofa or bed.

To see more of Nuni's work, visit her on stand N50at BCTF 2019, or visit her BCTF Online page.


Nimanoma


Behind Nimanoma is the artist, designer and maker, Naomi Southon. She creates jewellery ranges influenced by her background in biology. The forms and intricate details found in nature have always inspired her and are illustrated in much of her artwork and photography, which she incorporates into her jewellery designs. 

Her work carries through it colour and detail, often from a microscopic perspective. By manipulating images of her larger artwork and embedding it in a dome of resin, Naomi creates unique, wearable art. 

All her pieces are silver plated and are often embellished with colourful, tiny glass beads. Her ranges are extensive and include pendants, earrings, rings and brooches as well as pendant and earring sets.

To see more of Naomi's work, visit her on stand 111at BCTF 2019, or visit her BCTF Online page.


Ceramics Buy Anja

Anja's work is largely decorative for the garden, patio, balcony or the indoors. 

Her work is thrown on the potters-wheel and then altered.
She is inspired by natural shapes and colours. In order to achieve those, she develops her own glazes and fires in a gas kiln in reduction or in an electric kiln for the more vibrant colours. 

Anja is "painting" with minerals and fire. Due to the high firing temperature the decorative work can be kept outside all year round.

To see more of Anja's work, visit her on stand 11 at BCTF 2019, or visit her BCTF Online page.


Hesta Scene

In 1979 I qualified as a surface pattern designer. In 2008 I graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Contemporary Applied Arts as a textile designer. 

Since graduating I have established a successful business in Caldbeck in the English Lake District. Hesta Scene acts as my studio, and gift shop/gallery. 

Birds have played a big part in my upbringing, but only in recent times have I fully appreciated their beauty and variety. The beautiful colours and patterns on the green woodpecker provided me with the inspiration to design a collection of knitted accessories. 

Bird prints from my watercolour paintings, greeting cards and porcelain brooches compliment this collection. 

Eleven other garden birds such as the robin, goldfinch and wren provided further inspiration for the 2018/19 collection.

To see more of Julie's work, visit her on stand 56 at BCTF 2019, or visit her BCTF Online page.