Suffolk designer putting the fun back into functional gifts for women at trade exhibition for exclusively British made products
BCTF is the largest and most well-established event of its kind, focusing exclusively on high quality, British made artisan products across categories which include handmade ceramics, porcelain, fashion accessories and jewellery, glass, metalwork, woodwork, textiles, greetings cards and fine art.
For the first time ever in 2020, to celebrate the new decade, BCTF will open to the public for one day only on Saturday April 4, ahead of the trade show opening on Sunday April 5 – Tuesday April 7. Visitors will have the chance to browse and buy from an unrivalled selection of products, straight from authentic British designer-makers and small independent companies.
Speaking about life as a designer and what the future holds, Tamara said: “I love being able to take something from a word or phrase that comes to me while I am out walking, from a conversation, or reading a newspaper, magazine or book, to mixing it with vibrant colours and motifs and it transforming into something fun yet empowering. The icing on the cake is seeing it out there in the market place connecting with people. That’s when I know that I have struck a chord, that I have given someone a voice.”
BCTF organiser, Margeret Bunn, says: “We are delighted to welcome Tamara to the exhibition for the first time this year. She is an exceptionally talented designer and one of many from the East of England who are participating in the show. There are many indications that people want to support more local, sustainable businesses and are seeking beautifully designed British products which they know are of sound provenance. Research is backed up by strong anecdotal feedback we are receiving from retailers visiting the show and followers on our social media sites. If ever there was a time to support our heritage industries and independent designer-makers, then this is it!”
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The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) will showcase the very best of British crafts across a huge variety of product categories, including: Jewellery, glassware, metalwork, fine art, greetings cards, ceramics, fashion accessories and homewares. This is the perfect event for retailers seeking exciting British designed products with sound provenance and strong heritage values. No public admittance as it’s a trade-only event, and free of charge.
Heading into its 46th year in 2020, BCTF will host hundreds of creative designer-makers in a fabulous state of the art venue, the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, from April 4th -7th
Trade prices for the unique handmade works on display will start from just a few pounds so something for everyone and all exhibitors are guaranteed to be working from Great Britain and Ireland.
The annual BCTF Awards will be held on Monday April 6 at 6.00pm at the Yorkshire Event Centre, after the show closes. Sponsors include: Pyramid Gallery (York) which will sponsor the BCTF Award for Excellence; Heart Gallery (Hebden Bridge) sponsor of the Best Newcomer Award; ACID (Anti Copying in Design) will sponsor the Post Newcomer Award; The Giftware Association is sponsoring The Giftware Association Award for Excellence; the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), sponsoring the Award for Excellence in Jewellery; Greetings Today magazine, sponsor of the Greeting Card Award, Platform Gallery (Clitheroe) sponsors of the PlatForm and Function Award and DesignGap/ArtGap, which sponsors the Wow Factor Award, with the winner of which is traditionally decided by exhibitor votes made during the show.
For more information about BCTF visit: www.bctf.co.uk
For more information on Fanny’s Your Aunt visit: www.fannysyouraunt.com firstname.lastname@example.org 07971 193 433. BCTF Stand N39