Creake Abbey holds gift fair

Izzi Rainey (left) and Lara Mullis with samples of her bold fabric designs MLNF15PB08644 ANL-150831-113733001

Izzi Rainey (left) and Lara Mullis with samples of her bold fabric designs MLNF15PB08644 ANL-150831-113733001

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Creake Abbey’s Gift Fair, in North Creake, gave a boost to 50 small craft and food producers at the weekend.

“We do it to support local designers and craftsmen,” said Creake Abbey owner, Diana Brocklebank-Scott. “Last year the summer fair was the busiest of our gift fairs and we thought it was worth doing again. The variety was wide stretching from a newly-built shepherd’s hut based on a traditional design – for those who want to get away from it all – to food, jewellery, basket work, clothes, glassware, furniture, ornamental ironware and rugs with a mystical Asian touch.

Evgenia Kim, originally from the mountainous central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, has updated her country’s tradition by producing everything from modern, hard-wearing crocheted carpets, made from 5mm polyester cord, down to table doilies. Her circular designs stretch from 2m in circumference down to less than 6in. Hers was not the only stall with a foreign influence. Potter Mo Baker, from Swaffham, displayed elegant tableware that showed a slight Japanese influence using a method, popular in that country, of reduction glazing that produced deep but understated and subtle colours. Fashion accessories with strong patterns were displayed by Izzi Rainey. She designs cushions, purses, bags and even lampshades . MLNF15PB08644