Sunday, 23 March 2014

Artisans in the Palm House

'Creativity takes courage' 
-Henri Matisse

Then boy, do the people of Liverpool have a lot of courage (and creativity!). 

I love a good arts and crafts event, and Liverpool never fails to disappoint. One sunny Sunday my Mum came to visit me, and I jumped at the chance of a mother-daughter bonding trip to the Palm House, Sefton Park. I had seen a leaflet a few days earlier about a creative market taking place which promised 'a very eclectic, amazing mix of over 60 of the very best makers in the North West'. 

The Palm House in Sefton Park is a wonderful sun trap, as we entered the glass building it was like entering a sub-tropical climate. I greeted this warmth with open arms and began to snoop around the stalls of the Artisans in the Palm House event.

The surrounding was a perfect back drop for the artists to showcase their works, and they came in all varieties.

First up, the crafts stalls. 

These beautifully unique creations are courtesy of 'Vintage Fairytale' who specialise in vintage china stands and gifts. They would make a perfect present for mothers and grandmothers for the upcoming Mothering Sunday.

'Crispy Couture' make quirky accessories from recycled labels and wrappers. My favourite was the skittles purse!

 The next stall was one of my personal favourites! 'Lost in the Wood' showcased a collection of needle and crochet goodies, the most prominent being the 'woolidermy' sculptures, they would look perfect in a nursery or playroom.

Following on from the nursery theme are these beautiful baby grows, fit for any little prince or princess.

The award for the cutest crafts goes to 'Helen Russell Creations', sculptures, vessels and homeware featuring the cutest little birds. These little love birds are just gorgeous, wouldn't they make a fantastic wedding gift?!

Now for the foodies. 

How cute are these? These perfectly symmetrical works of bakery art are courtesy of  'Tinakiiana', a brand which labels itself as the creators of 'designer petit fours'. I couldn't put it better myself.

Winning the foodie prize for bespokeness and down right outrageous cupcakes goes to 'Parker's Cakes'. I mean just look at those fish and chip cupcakes! And the everything but the kitchen sink squares looked like a little kids dream. 

All in all, a fantastic array of stalls featuring the most eclectic and unique mix of arts, crafts and food I've ever seen. Good job everyone!


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