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Christmas Craft Fair
Wednesday, 21 November, 2007, 4:17 am
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Darwin, Observations

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Marketed as “Your last chance to pick up that extra special gift“, we went along to the Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday to pick up a couple of NT Made gifts for family overseas.

The Christmas Craft Fair is held annually at Territory Craft in the grounds of the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery in Darwin.

With the Crafts Council having recently lost some of its funding and its capabilities in delivering to the crafts community being questioned, I did have some reservations if they would deliver a good Christmas Craft fair this year.

Pictured is Ingrid Germanis (at a previous craft fair), a local artist and sculptor.  Ingrid does amazing mosaics, sculptural ceramics pieces and makes unusual, yet engaging faces from driftwood and secondhand pieces.  I have to admit that I am a proud owner of a number of Ingrid’s pieces.

The Fair was much better than I expected with a good range of goods.  The Tiwi Islander ladies were there with their gorgeous tea towels and Nungalinya College had their usual stand of printed fabrics outside of the main Gallery doors.

Each of the studio spaces were brimming with activity and the volunteer ladies were busy selling homemade cakes and tea and coffee.  The traditional sausage sizzle was set up, but we had to avoid it because we were due to meet friends for lunch at cornucopia.

What was a lack of foresight by the organisers was the many beading stalls.  Really guys, how many beads can you buy and everything starts to look the same once you see the third stall.

Also missed were the Rural Potters who have been noticeably absent from the last few fairs, leaving a huge gap.  But as mentioned before on this blog, Cecily Wills had work there and if you want to buy a fine piece of ceramic, buy from this lady.

There was also plenty of average stuff, but as I discovered, what I don’t like, others raved about and really beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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