Hopeful and Glorious moves its winter fair online to showcase Lancashire's art and craft makers

Art and craft promoter Heather Chapman has refused to be daunted by the Coronavirus lockdown .

Saturday, 14th November 2020, 1:09 am
Heather and Gordon Chapman started their Hopeful and Glorious fairs in 2014 to showcase the best of the county's art and craft work.
Heather and Gordon Chapman started their Hopeful and Glorious fairs in 2014 to showcase the best of the county's art and craft work.

Heather, co-founder of Lancashire’s Hopeful and Glorious art and craft fairs, was determined to showcase the wealth of the county’s creative talent - even if this year’s annual Winter Fair at Lytham Hall had to be cancelled.

She has teamed up with the county based National Festival of Making to create a three day online event from November 20 to 22nd.

It will include more than 50 makers, designers, producers and small businesses, as well as maker demonstrations, workshops and interviews.

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Artist Judy Mussselle from Ormskirk is joining the online fair

Heather said: “At a time when it’s not easy to get out, it’s a perfect way to shop for unique, locally made gifts and treats. There will be plenty of opportunities to stock up on Christmas presents and support small business.”

Hopeful and Glorious has curated the makers’ market at the National Festival of Making in Blackburn since 2017.

Heather said: “With the online fair we want to try and create the best event we can both for our makers and our customers. We’d usually have the buzz of setting up, talking with makers - meeting some for the first time and welcoming others back so we’re encouraging our makers to set up a stall at home and film it. We want to create the three days to be a celebration of making and not just selling.”

Exhibitors include Nettleton Pottery of Leyland, Decolalia of Chorley, ArtYardArt from Preston, Judy Musselle Art of Ormskirk, Little Glass Boutique of Lytham, Elfin Alchemy Jewellery from Chorley and the Gawthorpe Textile Collection from Burnley.

Work from Decolalia, Chorley, will be on sale at the fair

The event starts at 10am on Friday November 20, 2020 at hopefulandglorious.co.uk

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Samantha from Elfin Alchemy Jewellery, Chorley is showing her work
Lynda from the Little Glass Boutique, Lytham is among the fair exhibitors