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

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Beverly Bartlett – 334

Beverley Bartlett

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Chambers Concrete – N55

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Detta Textiles – 336

Detta Textiles


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Elizabeth Welch Glass – 335

Elizabeth Welch

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Georgina Fowler –  156

Georgina Fowler


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Janice Daughters – 136

Janice Daughters                                                  

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Katherine Campbell – 212

Katherine Campbell-Legg


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Mark Veevers – 338

Mark Veevers

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Meg Hawkins – 354

Meg Hawkins


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Martin Andrews Glass – 66

Martin Andrews Glass


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Olive Pearson Designs – 210

Olive Pearson Designs


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Sanders & Wallace Glassmakers – 357

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Twist Glass Studio – 337

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Helen Chatterton Textiles – 339

Helen Chatterton


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Modjool – 339



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To find our more about BCTF visit their website here



British Craft Trade Fair to run from April 8– 10 at the Great Yorkshire Show Ground

As Britain looks forward to a Royal Wedding and Royal Baby whilst contemplating how to make the best go of Brexit, there has never been a more relevant time to highlight the enormous value of 100% British made products to our home and overseas economies.

For the past 43 years, the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has offered a wonderful platform from which the best of British artisan producers, designers and crafts people can bring their products to retail.

The 2018 show will run from April 8-10 at The Great Yorkshire Showground, a purpose-made exhibition venue on the outskirts of Harrogate.

Highlighting the amazing diversity of British craftsmanship, product sectors represented at the show will form a comprehensive range of home and giftware across categories that include: Ceramics and tableware, fashion accessories and jewellery, greetings cards, wall art and paper products, home accessories, collectables and gifts.

The most delightful ceramic and glass sculptures will share an exhibition space with exquisite silk scarves and covetable soft furnishings, side-by-side with quirky and unique home accents, hand-poured candles and other fantastic gift ideas.

With every item on display guaranteed to have been designed and made exclusively in the UK, retailers visiting BCTF can be assured the products they choose will be of superb quality and traceable provenance, with strong sustainable credentials.

Everything presented at BCTF will have been created using non-industrial methods and specialist crafting techniques, often with a wonderful back-story and heritage. Keeping with the vital spirit of sustainability, many BCTF exhibitors offer ‘upcycled’ products made partially or exclusively from reclaimed materials.

These are unique items created with tremendous dedication but a low carbon footprint, setting an important standard for the UK gift market as consumers grow increasingly concerned about environmental issues.

BCTF is also an easy event to visit and to get around. There is plenty of free parking at The Great Yorkshire Show Ground, whilst outdoor seating allows visitors the chance for some air and time to enjoy the views of Harrogate. A shuttle car service is also available between the venue and Harrogate main line train station, plus a second service that runs between Leeds/Bradford Airport and the venue. Attendance is strictly trade only.

For more information and to register for free visit the website:




Soapourific Gifts

Soapourific Products is a small business, located in the coastal town of Bridlington, East Yorkshire. It was founded in 2007 by Amy Gower. After recovering from a life-threatening illness and, with a desire to ‘get her life back’ she attended an ‘Encouraging Entrepreneurs’ Day’ at her local Business Centre which culminated in reaching my goal and ultimately creating Soapourific Products.

Handmade soap and associated accessories were sold at Craft Fairs and via rented shelf space in retail outlets.  Later, the recession had an adverse effect on these outlets and Amy, rendering the thought of expansion an undesirable risk. She then took the decision to cease soap making in preference to ‘buying in’.

Over time the company has evolved and it became clear that there was a need to consider other options such as selling online and to embrace Social Media. To this end Amy invested in a Content Managed, Mobile Friendly website hosting package as well as personal input in attending and/or online study in Search Engine Optimisation. Selling at a distance does not exclude being customer focused, approachable and the best that Soapourific can be. It was also necessary to look at Guilds or Associations. I opted for joining the Giftware Association. “I am sure many small businesses like mine juggle with an array of scenarios and can sometimes experience a feeling of isolation. It is here that the Giftware Association comes into its own.  As a relatively new member I have been impressed with the friendly, encouraging, informative response for assistance as well as promotional opportunities”.

Handmade soap has not been side-lined by any means. By harnessing previous experience as an ITEC Accredited Aromatherapist and teacher of the subject including Anatomy & Physiology at an Adult & Further Education College, is enabling Amy to go down the SLS & Paraben Free route as far as soaps are concerned. Some of these soaps will contain essential oils and, with a clear understanding of their properties, they have been carefully selected.  Here, an exciting new Own Label project is nearing completion.

In the meantime:

This month has been busy behind the scenes and now culminates in the introduction of two new items which will feature in the Artisan Products category and will be available online from the 4th August 2017.


These are trendy fashion accessories in the form of multi-functional Lapel Pins for Ladies and Stick Pins (Boutonniere, Buttonholes) for Gents.

Made individually for the fashion conscious looking for something a little different.

The pins are silver plated and have an end protector. A handknitted wavy edged flower head made from a non-tarnishing metallized yarn forms the detachable outer section whilst the centrepiece is set with a round coloured stone.

Additionally, ladies can change the mood by referring to the symbolic meanings of each stone which appears in the Product Information tab on the website.

Colour combinations are:

Red Flower/Black Onyx, White Flower/Rose Quartz, Black Flower/Carnelian, Silver Grey Flower/Fluorite,  White Flower/Blue/Green Paua Shell,  Gold coloured Flower/Tiger’s Eye

Great for creating a ‘presence’ and topic of conversation at formal and informal social events. For the more flamboyant – add an element of quirkiness by attaching the pin to a hat or cap.

** Not suited for pinning to delicate fabrics.

How will you wear yours?  I would love to know.