Small is beautiful as duo prepare for festive market

Kit and Suzy
Kit and Suzy

Artists, designers and makers from across the North West will come together for one day only at a hugely successful festive market in Lancaster.

Organised and curated by Suzy Jones and Kit Abramson, The Handmade and Vintage Festive Market, which is being held on Small Business Saturday – December 6 – gives freelance creators, small businesses, vintage enthusiasts and artists a platform for their work and an opportunity to test their market, as well as providing a boost for the independent sector.

Saturday December 6 is purported to be the busiest shopping day of the year, and Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to buy from small or independent businesses.

The event, which takes place in the Storey Gallery in Meeting House Lane, is now in its fifth year.

Suzy Jones used to produce the artistic programme for Storey Gallery and now works as a freelance curator for RIBA North.

She takes on a variety of curatorial roles across the country.

She said: “Organising the Handmade & Vintage Festive Market at The Storey is an enormously fun and rewarding experience, it is like a breath of fresh air every Christmas. I love working with the huge variety of artists, makers, designers, and vintage enthusiasts the event attracts. The setting is amazing, I have always enjoyed working with the space. I am often amazed at how cosy and inviting such a grand building can become.”

Kit said: “The Handmade and Vintage Market is a great way for up and coming makers and traders to test their markets. It’s a great place to browse and buy unusual items and pick up ideas and gifts.

“Items I am looking out for are the beautifully warm, woollen jumpers from Iceland, hand carved catapults and the gorgeous work of designer Lucy Pass and ceramist Stephen Breuer.

“Our aim is to support small, creative local businesses and provide a place close to the high street for visitors to Lancaster City Centre to support them too. Many of our stall holders are from the North West and we give them a platform to show their wares, meet other like minded folk and generate income.

“The focus is on quality and originality. We want to support people to make and do stuff to explore what a Christmas gift could be.”

There will be 40 stalls in the Storey Gallery, with “original, affordable items” including French hair accessories, jewellery carved from buoys, carved catapults, tweed textiles, historic prints, embroidery, Icelandic jumpers, graphic novels, upcycled home wares, artisan silver, folk art and ceramics.

Stallholder Lucy Pass, who featured on BBC2’s Great Interior Design Challenge, and moved to Lancaster in 2005 to study Fine Art, said: “It’s important to me to support events like this, as they support quality craftsmanship and provide a great platform for small businesses!”

The event starts at 11am, and entry is £1.