15th, 16th and 17th April 2007
Best of UK Talent Revealed at BCTF
A wealth of the best designer makers from Britain and Ireland will reveal breathtaking new collections and design-led creations at this year's British Craft Trade Fair. With over 500 exhibitors, BCTF offers buyers the opportunity to preview cutting edge design and unique talent that can only be seen at this exclusive trade fair.
Now in its 26th year, BCTF carefully selects its exhibitors to represent a broad selection of disciplines with a carefully planned balance between established makers and newcomers. The collective innovation and creativity of their designs has a great influence on fashion trends and helps to shape the future of the contemporary home and giftware market.
The products on display range from breathtaking jewellery, unusual handbags, hats and fashion accessories to contemporary ceramics, glassware, canvases, sculptures and soft furnishings. Various materials from precious metal, glass, wood and acrylics to unusual fabrics, fibres and gemstones are used to create modern designs, many of which will not be seen at any other trade fair.
Organiser Margeret Bunn said: "BCTF has steadily grown in size, stature and reputation with both exhibitor and visitor numbers showing an increase year on year. We have completely sold out the exhibition space for 2007 and have a waiting list which shows how important BCTF is to designer makers."
"Not only has our attendance increased but the quality and spending power of the buyers also continues to rise with visitors coming from all over the UK as well as Australia, Canada, USA, Germany, Belgium and Norway. The buyers who visit know that they are getting exclusive access to the very best in British design as a very high percentage of our exhibitors do not exhibit at any other trade fair. BCTF has guaranteed its popularity by continually delivering what buyers have said they want to see."
Each year a selection of newcomers that have not previously exhibited at any trade fairs are invited to show their products in the Newcomers Gallery, which supports emerging talent and reflects the ethos of the fair for encouraging new design, innovation and inspiration. Past newcomers have gone on to great success through the contacts and buyers they have met at BCTF and have won major contracts as well as exhibition opportunities and one-off commissions. One of the newcomers will also be awarded the prestigious Craftsman Magazine Newcomer Award.
There are a host of industry awards on offer, each recognising the remarkable talent and creativity from both newcomers and established designer makers within sectors such as giftware and jewellery. These awards are supported by industry bodies such as the Giftware Association and The British Jewellers' Association as well as other sponsors.
Katrin Moye Ceramics
Katrin Moye designs and makes wheel thrown decorative domestic ceramics, using earthenware clay decorated by hand with coloured slips. The all-over surface patterns and colours she uses are inspired by vintage textiles, soft furnishings and wallpaper.
There are several current ranges of tableware available, including the popular 'spots' and 'dandelion' patterns, both of which have soft colour palettes of blues, greens, pink and white for an easy, informal look. The 'spots' range is designed with several variations of sizes and detail in the patterns for an infinitely variable choice - customers enjoy making bespoke sets of their own choosing from this range.
New for Spring 2007, Katrin has designed a range of patterns based on her memories of the clothes, cushions, curtains and other home decor she was surrounded by while growing up in the 70's - three new patterns inspired by her own home, her Danish godmother's and her German aunt's houses.
Hall 1, The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8PW