Monday, 9 June 2014

Ramsgate’s Handmade Fair links community and art with OPERATION POPPY!

Saturday 14 June: 10am – 5pm Harbour Parade, Ramsgate

The monthly Ramsgate Handmade Fair takes place next on Saturday 14 June down on Ramsgate harbour, in front of the old casino. It’s a new site for the event, aiming to brighten up this area and help attract more people down towards our gorgeous sandy beach.

Janice and Suzy who run the fairs are volunteers at Ramsgate Arts, which organises and runs the annual arts festival A Summer Squall in August. An idea for a textile project, under this year’s theme of ‘rebellious elements’, needed a bit of a helping hand.

At this month’s fair there will be a free workshop to make huge poppies as part of a community textile work ‘OPERATION POPPY’. Led by local crafter Jeni Butler, people from across Thanet will help to create a 50ft textile wall hanging to commemorate WW1. Once created, it will appear in a surprise location in Ramsgate for the Squall festival, running between 23-25 August!

Anyone who would like to take part should come to the workshop tent between 2-4pm. It’s free to take part and you can take away a poppy template to make more with your friends, family, school or community group and then donate what you’ve made to the project.

At the Handmade Fair there will be a selection of stalls all hosted by the makers and artists who have made the work, all based in East Kent. There’s jewellery, china, textiles, pickles and preserves as well as original art, with lots of things to make perfect gifts or a personal treat.

Time:           Handmade Fair 10am – 5pm.   Poppy workshop 2 – 4pm.
Date:            Saturday 14 June 2014
Contact:       Suzy Humphries 07939 542990 /
Twitter:        @NiceThingsRamsg
Facebook:   Nice Things, Ramsgate or Ramsgate Handmade Fairs

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