Home is in the North 2014

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Natalie Laura Ellen bee illustrated paper and mug

We spent a very enjoyable few hours at the Home is in the North event on Saturday.

exterior view of Halle St Peter's

It was held at Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats, Manchester – another great choice of venue by The Social Butterfly‘s Rachel Adams, the show’s organiser.

Ancoats billboard

Ancoats is an interesting part of Manchester – the steady process of regeneration is ongoing. There are some wonderful buildings – unspoilt, Victorian gems – brick terraces, old pubs, churches and former industrial sites.

view of the ceiling of Halle St Peter's

Hallé St Peter’s is one such building with it’s magnificent sense of space & light.

interior view of Halle St Peter's showing Heather Linnett's upholstered items in the foreground

It really came to life with all the amazing homewares on display – and exhibitors were the perfect mix of familiar faces and new talent.

coffee sack upholstered seat of one of Heather Linnett's chairs

Heather Linnitt aka Eclectic Chair is someone whose work we highlighted at last year’s Independent Interiors Show. We love her soft furnishings & upholstery work – using coffee sacks, vintage and retro fabrics. The Stig Lindberg-style fabric chair was a stunner – and we’d happily give house room to the Papua New Guinea coffee sack sofa too!

Heather Linnett's armchair upholstered in retro Sanderson fabric

We also saw the mosaic art of Amanda McCrann at that same event last year. Her stall was very eye-catching once more. The artwork is available in the form of original pieces or alternatively, prints & stationery incorporating her distinctive designs.

Amanda McCrann's 'Kiss' mosaic

Annabel Perrin was also there this weekend.

Annabel Perrin's patterned tea towels

Her fabric designs are a real joy – full of life, colour & vintage charm.

Annabel Perrin's patterned fabric

Anthony Hughes‘ work was new to us. We had a nice chat with him about the influence of industrial architecture & detailing on his work – finding beauty in the mundane & neglected… and our shared love of a good pylon!

Anthony Hughes' pylon fabric cushion

His range of stationery, wallpaper & fabric uses the photographs & artwork he produces at his Leeds base.

selection of Anthony Hughes' fabric cushions and wallpaper

The cotton fabric is made in Edinburgh & cushions feather-filled – temptation was rising!

Anthony Hughes' ductile print cushion

Blooming Balconies was a very friendly & approachable team – and their display provided a real blast of colour in the hall.

Blooming Balconies' banner

They design a range of containers & tubs, some with clever fittings for railings & drainpipes. Their stall looked perfect next to a sunny window.

Blooming Balconies' stall

There was no lack of colour on Charlotte Nash‘s display either.

Charlotte Nash's colourful light flex with Plumen bulb

Her work incorporates braiding, crochet, paper-cut & collage. She had some very striking mirrors, artwork & lighting on view. She’s fresh out of university, so we hope her future is as bright as her creations!

part of Charlotte Nash's display

Grey Moose Designs only had a small display, but their vintage industrial lights grabbed your attention from all over the large church space.

Grey Moose's industrial lamp display

Skill, imagination & high quality craftsmanship were clear to see on Richard’s recycled & re-purposed lighting.

Grey Moose's industrial lamp display

He could no doubt do a great job on the vintage spotlight we picked up recently.

detail from Grey Moose's Bullfinch industrial lamp

One of our favourite exhibitors on the day was Kate Bufton.

Kate Bufton's Harry Potter book transformation under a glass dome

She manipulates the shape & form of old books to produce her artwork – framed pictures and these stunning glass domes.

Kate Bufton's framed butterfly book transformation

Katherine Lees also had a very photogenic display. Her exquisite, hand-decorated ceramics in the form of old bottles & keys to form vessels & jewellery were getting lots of attention.

Katherine Lees' ceramic display

It was very hard to walk away from the orange & grey quilt produced by Lisa Watson and pictured below. She incorporates traditional Harris Tweed & sumptuous velvet fabrics into her creations. Gorgeous!

Lisa Watson's handmade velvet and Harris Tweed heirloom quilts

We were very taken by Natalie Laura Ellen‘s stall.

Natalie Laura Ellen's bee illustrated wares

Her gorgeous range of stationery, fabric & ceramics was superbly displayed using vintage crates, drawers & step ladders.

Natalie Laura Ellen's buttons

Lovely attention to detail with handmade labels & signage too.

Natalie Laura Ellen's cards

The Northern Letters display always grabs your attention.

Northern Letters' price list

This time it was the bold, monochrome, graphic quality of pieces that made the display stand out.

Northern Letters' display

We loved this table produced by Oh, Bother. It’s made from recycled wooden palettes. They had all kinds of interesting, quirky pieces to buy.

Oh Bother's display

Rachel Britch is another recent graduate – her lighting surprised us when we touched it. We thought it was soft & fluffy from a distance, but it actually had a stiff, bristly feel.

Rachel Britch's lamp display

Rachel Johns is a near-neighbour from the Calder Valley – Hebden Bridge to be precise. She uses ink & thread – producing much of her artwork with a big stick. Yes, that’s a big stick. It’s very distinctive – whimsical & playful.

Rachel Johns' artwork display

There were practical workshops taking place throughout the day…

sewing workshop at Home is in the North event in Ancoats, Manchester

…with sewing machines whirring and paintbrushes twitching.

Swoon Worthy painting workshop at Home is in the North event in Ancoats, Manchester

We’ll end with the What I Always Wanted display.

Mr Right and appliqué dog cushions

They had the perfect cushions for Justin & Fudge. In addition to their ready to buy products, handmade fabric items can be custom made to capture favourite buildings, street scenes, people or pets.

detail from What I Always Wanted's display

This has been quite a lengthy post and we’ve only mentioned about half the exhibitors! Keep an eye out for the next event – whether you’re a potential exhibitor or customer. Hopefully we’ve given a flavour of this well run & well attended show. We have a camper van fund that we’re trying really hard to build up, otherwise we would have left Home is in the North with a car packed with goodies. Tripod light, eight cushions, large quilt, table, glass dome, some tea towels, two pictures, box of stationery, set of mugs, three flower tubs – and a sofa!

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3 Responses to “Home is in the North 2014”

  1. Great write up. Your images capture the wonderful venue, fantastic talent and all round good day perfectly! Thank you :)

  2. Avril Smith says:

    Lovely venue, lovely exhibitors, so friendly and very talented , looking forward to next Manchester event! Well done to all involved .

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