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.