By Local is a community gallery for local artist & crafters, founded by Rosie Lomberg in 2009, and still run by her. There are a variety of exhibitors, who commit to a 6 week stretch at a time, allowing for plenty of variety for customers! We are upstairs in the Regent Arcade, at the top of the 'up' escalator to TKMaxx, on the right.
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Well, have we been busy the last few weeks?! The Diamond Jubilee gave us lots to celebrate and inspire our creativity, and many of our makers produced something special to mark the occassion.
Kath made all sorts of patriotic little mementoes, such as this Union Jack Heart. We made the most of them with a stand at the special Jubilee Market that the Mall organised in the Regency Arcade.
This had an added benefit - many of our fans seemed to have 'lost' us when we moved from the old toy shop, by Butlers cafe, and you rediscovered us through the stall, which is lovely! Welcome back, friends!
We were able to give people a good 'appetiser' of samples from nearly all our exhibitors, and it was interesting how the smaller expanse of stock gave people a chance to actually *see* more of what we have to offer - I think sometimes it is possible to have too much of a good thing, you can't take it all in!
This baby hat, by Amanda hawkins, sold out in no time! But you can still commission one for your 'Made in England' treasure!
We have been without soaps & bathtime treats for a while, but we are about to remedy this, Kate Burgess, of Cotswold Naturals will be joining us soon. You can see more at http://www.cotswoldnaturals.co.uk/ But in the meantime here's some more examples of her temptations.
Kate is due to set out her goodies on Sunday 24th June (next Sunday) I have a suspicion they will also sell like hot cakes, so don't hang about!
This is a gift pack of several bath treats, want to buy yourself a present? Oh, go on, let us lead you astray! Finally, the best of good news, Jackie Hawkins, who fell and suffered a nasty leg break, is back on the rota - today! The brave woman is coming in on her crutches, such is the way we makers feel about the By Local community, so please pop in and admire her charming glass.