Talents on display at Creake Abbey craft fair

Creake Abbey Spring Fair
Oliver Roberts with his mobile kitchen in a box ANL-160205-122857001
Creake Abbey Spring Fair Oliver Roberts with his mobile kitchen in a box ANL-160205-122857001
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The ingenuity of Norfolk craftsmen and women, old and new, was on show at the fourth annual Gift Fair at North Creake’s Creake Abbey on Saturday.

More than 40 exhibitors attended the fair, which was organised by the site’s owner, Diana Brocklebank-Fowler.

Creake Abbey Spring Fair
Morwenna Hartley created miniature house out of driftwood ANL-160205-122832001

Creake Abbey Spring Fair Morwenna Hartley created miniature house out of driftwood ANL-160205-122832001

She was delighted with the response of exhibitors and visitors, saying: “I wanted to create a platform for Norfolk artists and designers.”

Stall holders included Mark Wassall who created outdoor ‘furnishings’ such as benches, fences and rustic arches, using techniques thousands of years old.

Also in attendance was Margaret Green, from Lyng, with her very contemporary arrangements of ccandle-wax flowers, fruits and vegetables in re-cycled cups and glasses.

With each one scented like the fruit or vegetable displayed, there was even a Marmite cup for which she admitted she was still working on the smell which, when she succeeds, customers will either love or hate.

Creake Abbey Spring Fair
Mark Wassall at work on a shave horse, believed to have been invented around 4,000 years ago ANL-160205-122844001

Creake Abbey Spring Fair Mark Wassall at work on a shave horse, believed to have been invented around 4,000 years ago ANL-160205-122844001

One stall sold tasty packets of less-than-usual teas whilst amongst the range of other fresh foods was Mediterranean fare such as marinated garlic, olives, shallots and sun-dried tomatoes.

There were plants galore for the keen spring gardener, home-made soaps, blown glassware and decorative miniature coastal houses made out of driftwood.

Another exhibitor was Tel Turnbull who does not re-cycle so much as ‘up-cycle’ household items made of metal creating a new form of sculpture.

“I use items others throw away,” he said, standing by a jumble of teapots and containers to which had been welded a wide range of cutlery items.

Items from the 21st century included a mobile kitchen created by Oliver Roberts of Camp Champ and multi-fuel ovens created by Clear View Stoves, of Wells, which they claim are the only ones on the market which will remain crystal clear because of a specially designed through flow of heated air.