The Festival of Making 2018

This year Hopeful and Glorious were delighted to be asked by the National Festival of Making to curate the Makers Market in King Georges ‘s Hall for the festival weekend of 12th and 13th May 2018. We had well over 100 applications from talented makers nationwide. We had a tough job to select just over 50 makers. The quality, range and originality of work was outstanding.

The Makers Market was a key part of this year’s Festival and attended by thousands of enthusiastic visitors including Patrick Grant from the Great British Sewing Bee. The Crafts Council and Wayne Hemingway selected two of our makers, Laura Nelson and Lucy from Thrift Designs, for ‘One to Watch Awards’ and offered professional practice advice sessions for makers across the weekend. Three of our makers were chosen to have short films produced promoting their work and the Festival. It was an amazing weekend celebrating creativity with the Festival of Making team pulling together an absolutely awe-inspiring programme of commissions, making experiences and much more.

Laura Nelson one of the award-winning maker’s said “It was really exciting to be in one place alongside people from many different making backgrounds. The whole town was alive with people just wanting to get involved. I had so many great conversations with people. I feel truly overwhelmed and happy to have received a One to Watch Award from the Crafts Council!’