With many of the physical fairs and markets cancelled this year, it’s all too easy to wholly surrender to the Amazonification of Christmas – yet our independent makers need us more than ever. Here are five places to shop for something special online, from craft fairs gone digital to graduate shows.
The-once dreaded gallery gift shop is now the first port of call for carefully curated prints, textiles and all kinds of arty paraphernalia. The Hepworth Wakefield has one of the best, so this online edition of their popular Christmas maker fair is not to be missed. Head over to Instagram to shop the virtual stalls. 4-6 December, hepworthwakefield.org; @hepworthwakefield
Gift this: lambswool blankets designed in Orkney by Hilary Grant (pictured) and tactile tableware from St Ives studio Kneeboneware.
This graduate showcase will highlight the hottest new design talent, hand-picked by the discerning eyes over at the Crafts Council. Snap up a one-off and support a craft maker at the start of their career while you’re at it – some of the pieces on offer are sure to be future collectibles. From 3 December, craftscouncil.org.uk
Gift this: conversation-starting ceramics from Tal Porat (pictured) and Katie Moore.
Named for the famous William Morris quote – ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ – this craft fair more than lives up to its moniker. There’s a hint of the horticultural to many of the twenty makers taking part: think stylish steam-bent trugs and textiles coloured with natural botanical dyes. 4-6 December, garden museum.org.uk
Gift this: graphic, sustainable scarves from British studio Knitluxe (pictured) and hand-marked monochrome tableware by Hannah Bould.
These personal appointments, hosted via Instagram or Zoom, are surely the antithesis of Christmas Eve shopping chaos. Peruse an edit of ‘considered, unique and mindfully made items’ from some of Aeand owner Alessandra’s favourite brands, including Kana London and House of Quinn, or book a physical shopping slot if you’re local to the Hove showroom space. aeand.com
Gift this: Aeand’s homewares are all handmade – we love the generous cut out-style cushions (pictured) and linen wallhangings.
Any other year, craft incubator Cockpit Arts would be welcoming us to meet the makers at their Winter Open Studios. Instead, they’ve launched an online emporium, which they hope will dispel the idea that high-end craft calls for deep pockets. For a peek at the process, join one of 16 virtual artists’ studio tours. From 26 November, cockpitarts.com
Gift this: covetable collectibles, like Michèle Oberdieck’s coloured glassware, and kintsugi incense holders by Ya Wen Chou Studio.
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