Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Jewellery expert at Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair

Me teaching at the Handmade Fair
I was very excited to be asked to be a jewellery expert and teach workshops at the first ever Handmade Fair spearheaded by Kirstie Allsopp. The three day event was held in the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace
The event wasn't just about shopping. As part of the ticket you got to choose a skill workshop, a session in the super theatre learning from the likes of Kirstie Allsopp and Cath Kidston and a ticket to a 'grand make'. Plus there was a lovely shopping village.
The jewellery skills workshops were run by the London Jewellery School and over the three day event my colleagues and I taught over a thousand people! 
I absolutely loved it! I got a microphone (a head mic!) and a camera that was focussed on what I was making and transmitted to a screen at the front of the tent. At any one time we had about 100 people in a class so we had one person on stage doing the demo and other tutors were helping individuals at the table.
I got the chance to have a lunch break and enjoyed browsing around the shopping village (and had the most gorgeous of home baked blueberry bakewell slices!). 
It looks like it will be on again next year so I'll be signing up again!

Here are some of the photos that my colleague Penny Asketer and I took

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