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.

4 comments:

  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.

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  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

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  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

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  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!

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