DESIGNGAP DIRECTORY AND YEARBOOK

 

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Our designGAP Directory is a great way for artists, designers and makers to showcase their products and contemporary collections to an audience of galleries, museums and heritage sites. The GA/ designGAP team distribute the brochure at specialist shows as well as sending out to a large network of buyers promoting our members work.

As with The Giftware Association’s yearbook, the designGAP directory features members from designGAP in an easy to read format that has been used as a unique and comprehensive resource by buyers looking for talent and innovative creative thinking in art, craft, design, fashion, interiors and jewellery.

Each member is listed alphabetically and features images, contact details and a short bio of the company or maker. Enabling buyers and retailers a quick and easy to use reference for new and exciting products.

The directory has been going for many years in different incarnations and has always focused on the concept of designGAP, representing contemporary artist makers and designer producers from small fledgling businesses to fully established companies. DesignGAP was established by Dr Shirley Frost in 1980 who based it on her personal experience as a designer, artist, lecturer and wanted to help like-minded individuals.

If you are interested or would like to be part of our designGAP directory or to discuss membership and how we can help you, then please get in touch with simone.rose@ga-uk.org or chris.workman@ga-uk.org.

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Alternatively,  The Giftware Association Yearbook is back for another year celebrating and focusing on the products and ranges from our wonderful members. Over the past year we have worked hard to distribute the book amongst the buying community in the home and gift world.  We have sent the book to key buyers, presented them out at our Meet The Buyer events and at the many many trade shows, we have already visited throughout the year.

The image led yearbook gives a platform to our members to get in front of new buyers and to get their products projected to a new platform. With a short description linking to members social media, websites and contact details and a choice of layouts the yearbook is a great advertising opportunity and gives our members a chance to shine, and this year we are hoping to go bigger and better with a digital version which we can spread further afield.

Last year the book was a hit with buyers, who appreciated the easy to read layout, the information and the quality of the images with them being easy to have round the office to view products and inspiration. Featuring the huge array of diversity of our members, we had jewellery companies, candle brands to toy manufacturers and everything in between.

If you are interested or would like to be part of our designGAP directory or to discuss membership and how we can help you, then please get in touch with simone.rose@ga-uk.org or chris.workman@ga-uk.org.

 

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DESIGNGAP DIRECTORY

 

Our designGAP Directory is a great way for artists, designers and makers to showcase their products and contemporary collections to an audience of galleries, museums and heritage sites. The GA/ designGAP team distribute the brochure at specialist shows as well as sending out to a large network of buyers promoting our members work.

As with The Giftware Association’s yearbook, the designGAP directory features members from designGAP in an easy to read format that has been used as a unique and comprehensive resource by buyers looking for talent and innovative creative thinking in art, craft, design, fashion, interiors, and jewellery.

Each member is listed alphabetically and features images, contact details and a short bio of the company or maker. Enabling buyers and retailers a quick and easy to use reference for new and exciting products.

The directory has been going for many years in different incarnations and has always focused on the concept of designGAP, representing contemporary artist makers and designer producers from small fledgling businesses to fully established companies. DesignGAP was founded by Dr Shirley Frost in 1980, who based the concept of designGAP on the struggles that she experienced when she first graduated. Over the years over 3000 members have helped designGAP become a respected organisation.

As a designer maker, we would like to offer you space in the directory as well as designGAP membership which entitles you a wealth of benefits and information for £75. Attached is literature which outlines the services and benefits you will receive through membership which can help transform your business and help you grow.

If you are interested or would like to be part of our designGAP directory or to discuss membership and how we can help you, then please get in touch with simone.rose@ga-uk.org or chris.workman@ga-uk.org.

Thank you

The designGAP Team

 

 

NEW SPONSORS FOR BCTF AWARDS 2019

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Organisers of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) have announced that three new sponsors are on board for the next edition of their prestigious awards, to be presented during the show on Monday April 8th.

Pyramid Gallery, York, Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge and ACID (Anti Copying in Design), join existing award sponsors The Giftware Association (GA), NAJ (National Association of Jewellers), Greetings Today magazine and DesignGap/ArtGap. The full sponsorship line-up for 2019 is as follows:

  • Pyramid Gallery will sponsor the BCTF Award for Excellence
  • Heart Gallery will sponsor the Best Newcomer Award
  • ACID will sponsor the Post Newcomer Award
  • GA will sponsor The Giftware Association Award for Excellence
  • NAJ will sponsor the Award for Excellence in Jewellery
  • Greetings Today magazine will sponsor the Greeting Card Award
  • DesignGap/ArtGap will sponsor the Wow Factor Award, with the winner decided by exhibitor votes.

Established in 1982, Pyramid Gallery is an independent craft and art gallery in the centre of medieval York that stocks British sourced art and crafts, specialising in handmade jewellery and British studio glass. Commenting on the new sponsorship agreement, owner, Terry Brett, said:

“Since taking ownership of Pyramid Gallery in 1994, I regard this show as the most relevant and useful to me for sourcing handmade crafts and art of the right quality for my business. The show is always a joy to visit and gives me the opportunity to chat to makers that I have known and represented for many years. Some makers at this event have supplied Pyramid Gallery since 1982.

“I have always had high regard for the BCTF Awards and the opportunity to sponsor a category comes with a great responsibility. It feels to be a great privilege for me. As part of our sponsorship we will offer a gallery exhibition to the winner and runners up. The timing and nature of each artist’s show will be arranged with the winners to suit their needs, as some will require a bigger space than others. We will also publicise the shows”.

Alison Bartram, owner of the Heart Gallery was also very pleased to be involved, saying: “I am delighted to have been asked to sponsor the BCTF Best Newcomer Award and hope that I can fill the big shoes that Angie and Paul (of previous category sponsor, Craft & Design Online magazine) have left for me to fill. It’s an absolute honour and I am really looking forward to 2019. I would love to offer exhibition opportunities to newcomers and nurture them through the process as well. What I can offer depend on who the winner of Best Newcomer is. For example, if we select an artist it could be a solo show, but a jewellery designer would probably form part of a group exhibition in the gallery”.

Heart Gallery opened in 2006 with a clear vision to support artists/designers and makers in the UK and hopefully change the way people shop by seeing how important it is to support and shop locally. Alison has been visiting BCTF to help fulfil this remit for almost two decades. Alison adds: “We have helped to put Hebden Bridge on the map as a town full of independent shops that meant in 2016 we won two awards – Best Small Market Town and The People’s Choice.”

ACID Chief Executive, Dids Macdonald commented: “ACID is delighted to sponsor the Post Newcomer Award at next year’s BCTF event, and we were also delighted that there was such a good response to the ACID seminar on design protection at the 2018 show.”

A representative of ACID will judge the award from around 30 post newcomers exhibiting at BCTF 2019. The winner will receive complimentary ACID membership for a year which includes free initial legal advice on intellectual property and design issues, access to the ACID IP Databank to upload evidence of original designs, along with the full range of ACID member benefits. In addition to this, the winner will be presented with a unique ACID trophy, £100 shopping voucher and an ACID Member Focus promoting their products to the ACID community.

“ACID is very much looking forward to developing our relationship with BCTF”, Dids added.

Giftware Association chief executive, Sarah Ward, explained why she thought it was important to support the BCTF awards, saying: The Giftware Association, as the voice of the gift industry, is proud to be one of the sponsors at BCTF.  We are particularly delighted to have been asked to present our Award for Excellence, which gives our talented designer-makers much-deserved recognition, and gives their products more crucial visibility.

“With a more varied and accessible gift market than ever before, shows that promote strongly design-led gifts, particularly those made in smaller studios, are vital. For the GA, learning more about these smaller businesses and the challenges they face allows us to better help the whole industry face those challenges.

“BCTF is a great show for the Giftware Association to support, which is reflected in our membership base, it’s the smaller, independent micro and macro businesses that need our help and it’s the inclusiveness of this show that supports and builds confidence amongst these companies.“

For more information about BCTF and to register for free (trade only) visit the website:  https://bctf.co.uk/

 

 

DESIGNGAP AT BCTF

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DesignGAP members show up in force at this years BCTF.

 

 

DesignGAP and BCTF in Harrogate have always had a close connection with many of its members attending over the years and with Dr Shirley Frost presenting the WOW factor award on the first day of the event to the exhibitor with products that have a ‘wow’ factor. This year will see sixteen designGAP members take part in the Great Yorkshire Showground,  showcasing their unique, handmade work from the British Isles. With hundreds of makers, a vast range of products the BCTF is well worth a visit, take a look at DesignGAP members who are exhibiting this year on April 8-10th.

Adele Taylor – 355

Adele Taylor

W – adeletaylorjewellery.com

T – 0114 274 5482

E – adele.taylor@talk21.com

 

Beverly Bartlett – 334

Beverley Bartlett

W – bmbjewellery@gmail.com

T – 07766 571 156

E – bmbjewellery@gmail.com

 

Chambers Concrete – N55

Chambers Concrete                                           

W – chambersconcrete.com                                                  E – chambersconcrete@gmail.com

 

Detta Textiles – 336

Detta Textiles

                                                       

W – dettatextiles.com

T – 07970 509 758

E – berni@detta.co.uk

 

 

 

Elizabeth Welch Glass – 335

Elizabeth Welch

W – elizabethwelchglass.com

T – 07427 641 967

E – elizabeth@elizabethwelchglass.com

 

Georgina Fowler –  156

Georgina Fowler

                                                   

W – georginafowler.co.uk                                          

T – 01432 352 629                                                            

E – georgina.fowler@hotmail.co.uk                       

 

Janice Daughters – 136

Janice Daughters                                                  

W – janicedaughters.co.uk

T – 07860 633 490

E – mail@janicedaughters.co.uk

 

Katherine Campbell – 212

Katherine Campbell-Legg

                                 

W – katherinecampbell-legg.co.uk

T – 07905 960 098

E – kcampbelegg@hotmail.com

 

 

Mark Veevers – 338

Mark Veevers

W – markveeversjewellery.com

T –  07985 239 400

E– mveevers@talk21.com

 

Meg Hawkins – 354

Meg Hawkins

 

W – meghawkins.co.uk

T – 01746 787 153

E – meg@meghawkinsart.co.uk

 

Martin Andrews Glass – 66

Martin Andrews Glass

 

W – martinandrewsglass.com

T – 01384 399 462

E – info@martinandrewsglas.com

 

Olive Pearson Designs – 210

Olive Pearson Designs

 

W – olivepearson.com

T – 07816 881 147

E – olive@olivepearson.com

Sanders & Wallace Glassmakers – 357

Sanders and Wallace GlassmakersW – sandersandwallace.co.uk

T – 01423 712 570

E – glassmakers@kingstreetworkshops.co.uk

 

Twist Glass Studio – 337

Twist Glass StudioW – twistsglassstudio.com

 T – 01750 23195

E – twists400@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Chatterton Textiles – 339

Helen Chatterton

 

W – helenchattertontextiles.co.uk

T – 0151 427 9773

E – helenchatterton@virginmedia.com

 

 

Modjool – 339

Modjool

 

W – modjool.co.uk

T – 01543 683 228

E – hello@modjool.co.uk

 

 

To find our more about BCTF visit their website here

THE GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION AT SPRING FAIR

 

As Spring Fair is one of the biggest shows that we exhibit at throughout the year and has so many great opportunities for us, we thought this year we would try something a little bit different, by teaming up with ‘Buy From Shropshire’, a similar organisation who share the same ethos in helping small businesses thrive and succeed in their business goals. This enabled us to create a mini exhibition space on our stand featuring the best from Shropshire. With designGAP now under our umbrella as well we created a gallery space over in the contemporary halls where we featured four exhibitors who all new to trade shows.

After months of planning and preparation, stand designs and stand re designs we got the concepts right and put our plan into action, even though this plan had a lot of moving parts and a lot of people involved, it came together with the help of team work and the pure excitement to pull this stand idea off.

After days of hard work, prepping the areas and many trips to and from the NEC from our offices in central Birmingham down the road, we painstakingly created the stand in the eyes of our designer we left our ‘exhibitors’ to create their own displays ready for opening day, which looked amazing when all the products were in place.

 

The Buy From Shropshire team were very excited about this plan and helped out amazingly throughout the show photographing all our member’s stands and being experts on our social media.

The exhibitors on our stand were also pleased with the show and how it went and also the amount of interest their products received.

The designGAP area over in hall 6 was a bit more of a labour of love, as we had to curate the space with four different artist work of various size and category, from ceramics to classic art through to greetings cards and high-end stationery, but we felt we pulled of the gallery feel and stayed true to designGAPs roots created by Shirley Frost in the 1990s, she sometimes created shared spaces like this with various artists and designers makers for them to get their products to market.

 

Sarah ward The CEO of The Giftware Association stated “This idea has been a small itch which I have finally got to scratch and it has been amazing to see all the different suppliers together in one space and also on our stand, Its great to see them learning how a big trade show works as well as helping each other out. The Buy From team are amazing and helped out incredibly to realise our dream”

If you didn’t manage to visit our stand at Spring Fair and meet some of the exhibitors, then take a look at their beautiful products online.

ANNE REEVES JEWELLERY

Anne Reeves

Distinctive, yet very wearable, Anne Reeves Jewellery reflects Anne’s love of nature, animals and romance. Her collections of contemporary solid silver jewellery and giftware incorporate exciting textures and effects. She has used traditional silversmithing techniques to create a stunning range of pieces, taking familiar shapes and giving them a modern twist.

 

BRADLEYS TANNERY

PrintOur leather goods are hand made by a small team of local people whose crafts have been led by generations, our products are built with care, to last and get better with age. With 30 years experience and stocked all over the globe, even worn by celebrities, Bradleys Tannery is a quintessentially British,  with quality at its heart with a little sprinkle of fun and eccentricity.

 

CHAMPION AND REEVES

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Champion & Reeves, are manufacturers of premium confectionery,  their products are 100% natural with no artificial additives or flavorings and are gluten free and palm oil free. Their aim is to produce the finest 100% natural confectionery money can buy, and to create a joyous confectionery experience with satisfying, complex taste structure, packaged in premium, silver foiled presentation boxes, lined individually with wrapped pieces of delicious confectionery.

 

CHERIE DID THIS

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We here at Cherie Did This are thrilled to be exhibiting at Spring far through the Giftware Association. The exposure to our brand and meeting suppliers will be an invaluable experience. Cherie Did This is a design based greetings card and gift company founded by illustrator, Cherie Jarrard. They aim to produce colourfully cool cards, pins, patches and prints to bring joy and positive vibes

 

 

EMMA LAWRENCE DESIGNS

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Emma Lawrence had a successful career in the NHS before pursuing her passion for illustration and design.  She has always been inspired by the natural world and the beautiful Shropshire countryside where she lives.  Her unique and recognisable style is fresh, fun and appealing with hand drawn lines and a soft colour palette.  Following her popular children’s series of books, the Little Nature Explorers series, she has recently launched a range of children’s stationery and gifts which have been shortlisted for Gift of the Year 2018.

LISH D’LISH

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I am a mum of two young girls who love to wear children’s perfumes, however they couldn’t due to skin allergies. My children enjoyed dressing up and wearing jewellery and so I decided to create a bangle that not only looked good and was fun to wear but was also scented allowing my children to wear perfume without having a reaction to it. Although my previous career had been in the hospitality industry I have always wanted to run my own company.  So, with the help of a colleague, who had knowledge of the retail industry, the Lish d’lish Scented Jelly Bangle range was born.

MEG HAWKINS ART

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British watercolour artist and homeware designer Meg Hawkins established Meg Hawkins Art in 2013. Inspired by her travels and the countryside surrounding her Shropshire home, Meg’s work is a timeless blend of contemporary and classic.

“We are delighted to be part of the GA stand at Spring Fair this year. Being part of the GA over the past few months has opened many opportunities to my brand and new invaluable experiences for my business”

RISDON AND RISDON

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Risdon & Risdon are two generations designing and making a new breed of workwear from their workshop in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

The mother and sons handmake luxury adults and children’s aprons in a choice of finest quality canvas, high grade denim or full-grain leather all with removeable leather straps and metalware fastenings cast in a British foundry. Also catering to the vegan market with beautiful cork straps carefully sourced from Portugal.

With a strong belief in sustainability their aprons are built to last backed up by a Lifetime Guarantee.

TIPSY TART VODKA

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The Tipsy Tart is a family run business producing fabulously fruity, funky and fun luscious liqueurs. We also sell other Tipsy Tart branded products such as gin glasses, champagne flutes, juice bubbles and shimmer so that you can Pimp Your Prosecco to the next level.

We have twice been awarded Best Alcoholic Drink and have now been shortlisted at the Giftware Association for our White Chocolate Vodka.

Some of our unique flavours include Mango and Passionfruit Gin, Blood Orange Gin, Violet Vodka and our awesome Rose and Raspberry Vodka.