Keeping It Local, Oxford Castle Quarter, Sat 15th & Sun 16th Sept
So what is Keeping It Local?
Keeping It Local is set to become an annual event taking place in the open spaces across Oxford Castle Quarter as well as talks, workshops, and gigs programmed inside, and on top of, the various restaurants and bars across the quarter. A celebration of the richness of local producers, purveyors and performers Keeping It Local is due to take place in mid-September each year. Inspired by the wealth of local talent and quality produce that has passed though events such as the Summer Night Concerts, the Food & Wine Festival, and the Flower & Gardening Festival in the Oxford Castle Quarter over the past few years they have made the decision to roll all of these events into one, celebrate community spirit, the riches that are on our door-step, and give the region a weekend to really shout about and be proud of.
With activity taking place right across Oxford Castle Quarter areas of Keeping It Local will include:
• Keeping it Local – Food and Drink
• Keeping it Local – Arts and Crafts (this is the bit we are involved in)
• Keeping it Local – Gardening and Lifestyle
• Keeping it Local – Arts Activities
• Keeping it Local – Education
• Keeping it Local – Music (Burgers, Buns & Bands)
We’re now fully booked with 24 craft superheroes confirmed to be trading amongst the 100 traders from across the region. Here’s a little bit about our Keeping It Local makers:
Alice Sheilds Ceramics & Rebecca Boatfield
Alice handmakes ceramics & illustrations… “I love to play with clay and enjoy the odd bit of drawing now and then so I decided to combine the two to create a range of unique ceramics for the house, garden or cardigan adornment. Whether my house signs help you to loca
British Accessories line Betty Brice incorporates all things fun, eclectic and pretty to make beautiful wearable little luxuries. Sisters Ailie and Bryony look to vintage prints and patterns and everyday people watching for the ideas behind their collections. As summer approaches update your look without breaking the bank with a treat from Betty Brice.
The hand-finished collection includes head bands, purses, belts and bags. New to the range includes several bridal inspired designs all made in the UK!
As featured in Homes & Gardens magazine in August 2012, makes beautiful traditional Guernsey baskets. Trained in Guernsey’s willow basketry tradition at the Viaer Marche (old market) with her Dad, Max Gaudion who was taught by his Uncle and Grandfather, she is one of only a handful of crafts people in the Channel Islands sustaining the tradition. Each basket is hand crafted individually in Black Maul Willow, sources from Somerset, UK.
CoCo Crafts is a full of unique, handmade items. They make a wonderful range of handbags, purses, accessories and baby gifts. Each and every item has been lovingly handmade by Amy Neal with something to suit every individual taste.
Nichola is a fibre artist inspired by the natural colours of wool. Each individual breed creates a fleece which has it’s own individual properties and lends itself to a different way of working. She experiments with texture and am fuelled by a love of the natural world. Originally from a ceramics background, her felt making and ceramics have the same prerequisites. That to be truly appreciated they need to be touched.
Fiona West Designs
Handmade sterling silver jewellery – rings, necklaces, bracelets, ear rings. Some pieces also have freshwater pearls. Why not come down to Keeping It Local to get yourself a beautiful bracelet, necklace or ring.
Indie’s Rainbow & Jessica Wise Handmade Plaques
If you’re looking for some fun and interesting children’s clothes,Indie’s Rainbow are certain to have something for you. They are a small family run business based in Reading. They design and produce handmade fabric appliques made out of recycled and scrap material. Sourcing the recycled fabric from second hand fairs, charity shops and clothes their daughter has grown out of.
Jesscia Wise creates little a wide range of products from doodles to brighten up a bedroom, to a gorgeous set of coasters to place on that empty coffee table! Each houseware product and gift is top notch quality. She also creates personalised plaques for room doors.
Little Lamp Room are inspired by Scandinavian design, their shades are individually handmade using contemporary and vintage fabrics, and a variety of shade will be on sale at Keeping It Local. They will also be doing a live demo, handstiching lampshades.
Sharing a stall with Little Lamp Room at Keeping It Local will be Susan Lawson is a lampwork glass bead artist, she handmakes silver core charm beads, lampwork glass beaded jewellery and lampwork bead sets and focal beads for jewellery makers.
Showing her deisgns for the first time at Keeping It Local, Oxford, Lydia Brockless creates jewellery made from glass and wooden beads, found objects wrapped in wire and bracelets made from wrapped scraps of fabric and beads. As well as her own designs of greetings cards and original mixed media art.
Masie & Oscar
Working from home in Henley-on-Thames, Liz Farr personally makes all Maisie & Oscar products using a combination of applique and embroidery. A fashion graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design and a former picture editor of Vogue and the Telegraph Magazine, she combines her design expertise and love of beautiful fabrics to craft unique gifts that are as much a joy to give as they are to receive.
Megan Alice England & Mrs England at Home
Megan England and mum Christine, who create screen printed gifts and homewares including cushions, lampshades, washbags plus many more. As well as upcycling vintage fabrics, glass and china to make lovely tea cup candles, table cloths and bunting. Like Megan on her facebook page:
My Place Maps Ltd.
With both a practical and decorative use these delightful map cushions are ideal as gifts, keepsakes and souvenirs. Available, complete with a feather inner, or just the cover in a smart presentation box. Their range is continually growing with fresh new designs being added regularly.
Based on Sally’s love of drawing and crafts… Sally Haysom uses a range of techniques to apply her illustrations to all sorts of different products and surfaces, but mainly jewellery. She loves animals and fairy tales and these are usually the focus of the imagery.
Phillip Jones & Crumple Design
Local illustrator Phillip Jones is a freelance illustrator inspired by natural history. He will be selling A5 & A3 prints both framed and unframed.
Local company, Crumple Design will be selling their unique paper jewellery. Their jewellery is hand made in Oxford from beautiful eco materials. Inspired by the great masters of origami and the temporal beauty of land art, Crumple’s Paper Tales collection celebrates the power of nature and the beauty of wild flowers, bees and icy glaciers.
Quirky Birds, selling everything upcycled, reworked, re-invented. Bags were once curtains or clothes, jackets are re-invented with ties, vintage buttons, and lace trims, purses were jumpers. Upcycling, unlike recycling is the art of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value.
We have lots of our regular, returning craft superheroes Keeping It Local, including Recycloanalyst. Ann recycles vintage watches and jewellery to create bracelets and necklaces to be admired.
Sam Osborne & Knockout
Colourful and hand lettered, prints, homewares, unusual gifts and stunning cards exclusively from designer Sam Osborne. Bright colours, vintage textures and modern style – my work is mostly a mashup of pattern and typography with a healthy dash of wit. Often typographic, always gorgeous.
Kim from Knockout prints and illustrations has created these fab lino prints of one of the most famous sights in Oxford specially for our Keeping It Local Fair on 15th and 16th September. They look amazing!
The Littlecote Soap Co.
The Littlecote Soap Co. specialise in beautifully packaged natural handmade soaps, bath products, skin-care and toiletries. Made by hand in the English countryside using nature’s herbs, flowers, aromatherapy oils and exclusively designed sophisticated perfumes, the traditional recipes for men and women have a contemporary, fun, sophisticated twist. The paraben-free and SLS-free natural products are soft, mild and moisturising with a low pH, and are used by many with sensitive dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.
Vinyl Dysmorphia creatre art works using unloved vinyl LPs and singles. Simon says “The idea is to create a quintessential piece of history that will take the owner on a pilgrimage of remembrance”. At Keeping It Local, Simon will be selling his unique masks, freestanding busts and wall reliefs.
Jane Hathaway of Wychwood Studios, will be selling a wide range of items at her stall at Keeping It Local, Oxford. She uses reclaimed materials to handmake candle boxes, small items and mixed media paintings.
Yellow Shed Pottery
Debbie Page of Yellow Shed Pottery will also be joining us at Keeping It Local in a couple of weeks. Debbie hand builds sculptural, decorative ceramic pieces using white earthenware clay, with a small palette of colours together with smoke firing.
Interested in having a stall at Keeping it Local?
Arts & Crafts stalls are located inside a marquee, stalls are £80 for the weekend, but as always we would welcome collaborative stalls.
Applications are invited from those whose businesses are based in Oxfordshire or a surrounding county (Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire).
So, if you’re interested email Michelle for more details – email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
A few of you have been in touch with the same questions, so I thought I’d post the questions and answers here as they’re useful for all stall holders:
- Are tables provided? Yes, we will provide you with a table 1.8×0.8m (standard trestle table), but you will need to bring your own table-cloth for it and chairs if you want to sit down
- Can I just come along on one of the days? No, pitches are for the two-day period. We are happy for you to collaborate with another maker, but both must attend the two days.
- Can I book a double pitch? Yes, please make this clear on your form when you send it back that you would like two pitches next to each other.
- Can I leave my stock in the marquee overnight? No, the marquee is not secure and there will be no security overnight, so we ask that all traders take their stock home on the Sat night with them and bring it back on the Sunday.
- Is there any flooring or heating in the marquee? No, there is no plan for either currently