Sunday, 13 March 2011

Homemade at The Dukes

Yesterday I popped down to the buzzing Dukes Theatre in Lancaster to have a gander at their first ever craft fair. If you're not familiar with Lancaster, The Dukes combines three performance spaces, an art house cinema and a gallery, along with a bar serving locally produced food and cakes. It's a thriving hub for the city and I'm delighted that I get to spend quite a bit of time there through my work.

The Homemade event had a small selection of craft stalls, as well as stands run by the Wardrobe and Stage Management departments, so you could pick up clothes and objects that had once featured in a Dukes production. My favourites stalls were:

Little Lost Soul. Lucy Pass is a Lancaster based visual artist, specialising in paintings but also doing a mean sideline in greetings cards and weirdly wonderful stuffed toys. I picked up a couple of her cards as I just loved the phrases on them.

Amalthea Gormet. The alter-ego of the theatre's scenic artist Georgina, Amalthea create the most delicious handmade greek food. I picked up chocolate covered baklava and some unusual turkish delight-style sweet treats to share with my girlfriends.

The Dukes is also presenting a craft themed installation from March 22nd until April 17th called l.ttle bird by artist Georgia Rusch.

Crafty members of the public are being asked to create a 3D bird of around 15cm in size to be added to the installation before being sold to raise money for the charity Women for Women International. If you fancy making a bird sculpture, it can be created in any medium and delivered to The Dukes reception (The Dukes Theatre, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE) - there's an example template for inspiration if you click here.


  1. Thank you for your comment on the bean bags - I will write up the instructions soon - super easy so you'll have no problem once I write up the instructions. This is a lovely blog - I smiled when I read your post about The Makery - I LOVE that shop and am doing a workshop at their at the end of the month.

  2. Looks lovely! Damn me moving away from being able to be part of it!
    Funnily enough I'm friends with Lucy Pass on Facebook! We had a blog-comment-chat recently. Her painting are amazing!
    Small world ey?! xxx

  3. Thankyou so much for mentioning my work, that is so sweet of you! And thanks to Sally for sharing this link with me - Indeed what a wonderfully small world this is! :D

  4. Hehe - I just received the 'Congrats' card in the post! Along with a lovely package of goodies. What a wonderful sister I have :) xxx
    The card is even more beautiful in the flesh!