Last weekend Finest Imaginary was at the Saltaire Arts Trail maker’s fair in Saltaire, near Bradford. It’s only about 30 minutes from our house so the 3 day fair seemed like a great opportunity!
We arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed on the Saturday morning and set about sorting out our stall area. For the first time ever we even had backing boards, I wish I’d done something more spectacular with them but I did manage to bring a piece of fabric with a hole cut out of it (yeah, even seasoned marketeers sometimes screw up) and some press print outs.
Remember the little suitcase I picked up a few weeks ago? It’s now part of my stall display, housing the great outdoors collection… along with some astro-turf and twigs (that Adam went out and hunted down on Saturday morning!). I also forgot my camera, so these are all iPhone photos.
There were over 60 makers at the fair, with work ranging from jewellery to fine art prints, and right over to wood turning & furniture making. There was an amazing variety of stuff!
We were in the main room of Victoria Hall in the centre of Saltaire village, the room had an awesome roof…
My corgis were there, too, on their own little jubilant jubilee display with the london bus necklace and my coronation tin find!
I also took a couple of manequins for my t-shirts, they saved quite a lot of space on the table. Shame they’re too bulky to take to the majority of fairs that I do, though. As always, my stall layout is a work of progress. I had a bit of a melt down a couple of fairs ago because I really HATED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. I was pretty happy with this layout, though. I would like to add more levels, but that gets complicated when you’re going on the train with stuff.
Elsewhere on the trail there were open houses holding small exhibitions. I had chance to visit a couple on the Monday morning when my parents came over & Adam guarded the stall. We visited an exhibition of cigar box guitars that Adam had seen on the first day, and a couple more of print work and painting.
It was such a fantastic event to be part of, over 6500 people came to the fair over the weekend and I bet there were even more just wandering around the open houses. It was also nice to see so many people from The Internetz in real life, and quite a few people came to the stall who follow me on instragram/here! Thank you all for introducing yourselves! :D