Arts and crafts fair showcases talent

MOON SHINE -- Jordon Henry, from Nottingham, who designs and hand-paints bespoke art pieces on clothing for his company, The Halfmoon Project -- DISPIC NHUD11-2701-5

MOON SHINE -- Jordon Henry, from Nottingham, who designs and hand-paints bespoke art pieces on clothing for his company, The Halfmoon Project -- DISPIC NHUD11-2701-5

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AN INNOVATIVE arts and crafts fair, designed to give young people of Hucknall a platform on which to showcase their creative talents, has been hailed a success.

The inaugural event at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street was the brainchild of entrepreneur Alex Walker, of Milton Roase, Hucknall.

NHUD11-2701-3''Hucknall's John Godber Centre hosted an Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday. Pictured are Emma Selby, right, and Tammy Newton of Angels Catering based in Hucknall with their home made cakes.

NHUD11-2701-3''Hucknall's John Godber Centre hosted an Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday. Pictured are Emma Selby, right, and Tammy Newton of Angels Catering based in Hucknall with their home made cakes.

In a one-man effort, he set up the attraction and filled 23 stalls with exhibitors showing off a range of items from hand-made furniture to bespoke jewellery.

There were also demonstrations in card and stamp-making.

Alex said: “A lot of hard work went into this. It was brilliant and went really well.

“I wanted to try and get the arts out into the community and get younger people involved. It was an attempt to show there is scope to display their work and get noticed.”

Among those exhibiting were former Holgate Comprehensive School pupil Jen Burton, who uses vintage materials, such as music sheets, to create eyecatching artworks.

Paul Walker, who runs the company Dogwood, displayed some of the furniture he has reclaimed and renovated.

Other small-scale Hucknall companies included Buttons And Bows, which specialises in hand-made jewellery, and Emily’s Fairy Doors, which creates decorations for trees and children’s bedrooms.

Another stall showcased a firm that transfers hand-drawn, individual artworks on to T-shirts and hooded tops.

A children’s activity area proved a big hit, with youngsters able to make musical instruments from recycled materials, including guitars from tissue boxes and drums from tins.

Performances by dance groups and musicians from Holgate Comprehensive School wowed the audience too.

Plans are now in the pipeline to turn the fair into an annual event.