Organiser Margeret Bunn from the The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has reported strong support from the home and gift industry for this year’s trade fair with an attendance of 4,750.
Margeret commented "Although we did not see any significant shift in numbers this year, what we did see was a number of new buyers from the very top-end of the industry including department stores, independent galleries and retailers along with more interior designers and architects looking for commission work for both commercial and domestic projects.'"
Due to its unique content many of the buyers who attend BCTF are loyal to the fair and cite it as the only trade fair in the UK calendar that they attend. Buyers can still view the 2014 exhibitors in detail by going to www.bctfonline.co.uk and registering. This service will be available until May 31st when it will be replaced with the new on-line catalogue detailing the confirmed 2015 exhibitors.
BCTF Harrogate awards
With a 39-year tradition, the categories have been extended over the years and now include seven awards judged by a panel of experts from industry associations. With over 500 exhibitors to choose from the judges are kept busy making a short list and selecting the winners.
BCTF Award for Excellence is sponsored by Bluefin Insurance Group Ltd
Winner was Tom Philipson- www.craftmaker.co.uk/tomphilipson
For his traditionally constructed contemporary furniture, designed for the future.
"Tom uses a traditional material to create modern stylish furniture. His work stood out with high quality and craftsmanship that was easy to see. His work stood out and had to be our winner," comment Margeret Bunn BCTF Organiser
Highly commended included: Lauren Van Helmond, www.laurenvanhelmond.co.uk and Bridget Mcveywww.bridgetmcvey.co.uk
The Best Newcomer Award sponsored by Craft & Design Magazine
Winner was Lawrence West Glass Art - www.lawrencewestglassart.co.uk
For his decorative and sculptural hot-glass art.
"Naturally enough, when judging this award we look for excellence in craft and design, in keeping with our own magazine title. Lawrence's glass stood out in the Newcomer's Gallery, not only for its technical skill, but also the diversity of designs that he created, bringing together traditional skills in stylishly contemporary work. Although much of Lawrence's work is decorative and sculptural, we particularly liked his functional glass lighting," said Angie and Paul Boyer, Craft & Design magazine.
Highly commended – Sarah Knowles Design, www.sarahknowlesdesign.co.uk
Best Fashion Accessory Award sponsored by our Attire Accessories magazine
Winner was Sophie Court Designs www.sophiecourtdesigns.com
For her reversible contemporary jewellery made from paper, acrylic and sterling silver.
"I chose the children's collection by Sophie Court Designs as the Attire Accessories Best New Fashion Accessory Award winner because the range demonstrated a high level of skill and imagination while also being far more appropriate for children than a lot of collections that are aimed at this market. Acrylic jewellery is very popular at the moment, but no one is doing what Sophie is - she takes the versatility of the medium even further, using pattern, paper and colour to create reversible, one-of-a-kind pieces," said Laura Sutherland, Editor of Attire Accessories magazine.
Highly Commended – Berty B www.bertyb.co.uk
Best New Gift Product Award sponsored by our Gift Focus magazine
Winner was Memo Illustration www.hellomemo.com
For their hand screen printed stationery, art prints and accessories inspired by mid-century kitsch.
"There has been a big boom in recent years in the stationery sector, with more people choosing to hand-write letters rather than send emails – it's all about the personal touch. Memo Illustration's winning range, Atomic, offers a variety of eye catching designs inspired by the 1940s and 1950s. Items include patterned notecard sets, notepads, drink coasters and gift tag/sticker packs. What I loved about Helen's work is her passion to make objects that are sustainable and of lasting quality. Every item is individually hand-printed onto 100 per cent recycled paper or natural cotton sourced from within the UK. The majority of the clear sleeves used to package her products are compostable. A lot of love and care has been put into her product lines," comments Lyndsey Dennis, Editor of Gift Focus magazine.
Highly Commended – Hawthorne Handmade www.hawthornhandmade.co.uk
The BJA Award for Excellence in Jewellery sponsored by The British Jewellery Association
Winner was Chris Boland www.chris-boland.co.uk
For his strong and bold shaped jewellery that stress the quality of natural and untreated gemstones
"Chris bold jewellery really shows a love of stones and minerals. Their natural beauty is accentuated with the oxidised silver and clean lines. It is wearable and appeals to a wide market of outlets in both price range and design. The original designs are fresh, contemporary and unique," said Jo Butler, Work Gallery London
Highly commended – Julia Parry Jones www.juliaparryjones.co.uk
The GA Award for Excellence-sponsored by The Giftware Association
Winner was Paul Emmerson. For his modern take on tailored ties.
“Paul Emmerson was a well-deserved winner of the GA’s Award for Excellence for standing out from the crowd with his colourful bowtie collection. We loved his quirky style and use of luxurious woven silks which he mixed with hand-printed materials to create something very bespoke, while still keeping his pricing commercially viable for gift shop owners,” said Isabel Martinson, Chief Executive The Giftware Association.
Highly commended – Simon Denverswww.denvers.com
The WOW! Factor Award sponsored by designGAP/ARTgap and selected by the exhibitors for an exhibitor who they feel has the best displayed work at the fair.
Winner was Flossy Teacake www.flossyteacake.co.uk
For their one off mixed media work, inspired by British life.
Highly commended – Amanda Cobbett www.amandacobbett.com
Posted: 15 May 2014
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