The small but perfectly formed sister event to the legendary Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair comes just in time for Christmas shopping. Held in Altrincham’s elegant red-brick town hall (located just behind the ever-popular Altrincham market), the seventh edition of the Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair presents an opportunity to buy unique, handmade presents – including jewellery, ceramics, fashion and home accessories, sculpture and painting – directly from a carefully curated selection of 40 stand-out independent designer-makers and artists.
Among this year’s highlights, don’t miss Jennie Gill’s stunning range of ethically sourced and produced sculptural jewellery. The Sheffield-based designer is known for the raw energy and sense of storytelling that shapes each of her organically crafted pieces. Also look out for Graeme Hawes’ highly tactile blown glass sculptures, previously featured in the Guardian weekend supplement, The Sunday Times Style Magazine and Elle Decoration. Their satisfyingly fluid forms, bright colours and light-refracting quality has an irresistible appeal. Finally, be sure to stumble into the rather ‘winter wonderland-esque’ world of paper cutting artist, ajc paperart (aka Anna Cook), whose botanical scenes of bushy-tailed foxes, pristine white doves and swooping snowy owls are perfect for this time of year.
A not-for-profit venture, LNCCF provides a rare platform for small local creative businesses and all proceeds are used to help fund Great Northern Event’s charity outreach work. Altogether we find this makes it the perfect destination for the more consumer conscious, as well as tasteful Christmas shopper. It’s also a rather festive day out, especially when teamed with a steaming mug of mulled wine and a mince pie from Alty Market. What’s not to like?