Craft Focus - April/May 2022 (Issue 90)

26 Giving & Living goes online Giving & Living Online will take place from 9th-11th May. Giving & Living being online has opened the event up to a far wider audience, able to attract exhibitors and visitors from all over the world! This online event show is a tool for exhibitors who would prefer not to attend a physical show, but are looking for an opportunity to touch base with trade customers and prospects, show off new products, chat to buyers, and network with colleagues in our hangout chat room. It’s a very costeffective way to tap into new markets, with a virtual stand costing only £250. At the Show’s 2021 event, it welcomed buyers who had never attended the physical show, from as far afield as Japan, Spain, France, South Georgia, and even The Falkland Islands! If you have any queries about the event, you can call a member of the team on +44 (0)1934 733 456 or email For further information, visit Gift of the Year Awards judging complete! As part of its ongoing partnership with the Giftware Association, Spring Fair hosted the live judging of the prestigious Gift of the Year Awards 2022 on the final day of the show. Beautiful displays of all the shortlisted products took centre stage in Hall 4 with categories including Branded Gift, Cards & Wrap, Contemporary Gift, Design & Craft, Ethical & Sustainable Gift, and the overall Judges’ Choice winner, who receives a free exhibition stand at Autumn Fair 2022. Judges included Helena Stopher from Products of Change, Lex Clarke from FY!, Maxine Lister form Natural History Museum, Samantha Gibbs from independent gift shop Nest, Peter Allinson from independent toy retailer Whirligig Toys Limited, Mairita Osipova from Wallaces Homevalue & Garden Centre and Alice Brook from National Gallery Company, to name a few. A selection of shortlisted brands include Wanderflower, Yes Studio, Marmalade of London, Beefayre, Puckator, Gift Republic, Crafty You Crafty Me, The Beeswax Wrap Co, Willsow, Puzzle Post, St. Eval, Clockwork Soldier and The Bottle Baking Co. Spotlight was shown onto new, exciting and innovative products including Beevive Ltd’s Bamboo Bee Revival Kit, a dual use keyring for sowing seeds, planting trees and saving bees; FYG’s Memories Candle Collection; Willsow’s world’s first ever plantable children’s book and Sass & Belle’s Cottage Garden. Sarah Ward, CEO, Gift Association said; “Although our virtual judging for the 2022 Gift of The Year Awards has worked over the past two years, there’s nothing like seeing and touching the products in person.” We can’t wait to hear the results of the winners in May! For further information please visit New consumer-facing event in Harrogate The owners of the British Craft Trade Fair, Kerrison Exhibitions, have partnered with Handmade in Britain to launch a premium and contemporary British craft and design fair in Harrogate. With highly regarded Handmade in Britain events already established in Chelsea, Oxford and Kew Gardens, the Yorkshire location offers discerning shoppers in the region a new opportunity to discover exceptional and inspiring British handmade products for their home, garden and as gifts this Christmas. The British Craft Trade Fair – known as BCTF – is a leading B2B event in this specialist sector, having run in Harrogate for 45 years. Piyush Suri, the Founder and Creative Director of Handmade in Britain said, “Between our two organisations we’ve a very well-established and valued stake in the sector. We’ll combine our knowledge, expertise and strong relationships to stage a premium show that the public in and around Harrogate love attending. We share values which focus on producing sustainable exhibitions that add genuine value to the market each and every time they run.” Kane Thomas, the event’s Show Director said, “We know our designer-makers want more opportunities to sell to the public and our research shows there’s high public demand for their products across the many well-off towns and villages in Yorkshire and the northeast. From exquisite hand-wrought jewellery and spectacular works of fine art; to the best of British-made ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, stationery, cards, textiles and more, we’re proud to fly the flag for British artisans this November.” For more information about the show visit