Local author opens Seaford’s festive fair

Giles Paley-Phillips with a young fan
Giles Paley-Phillips with a young fan

Award-winning local author Giles Paley-Phillips will perform the grand opening of the Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair at the Crypt Gallery in Seaford on Saturday, November 22.

He will be at the Church Street venue at 10.30am to launch the eagerly-anticipated event, which continues daily until November 30.

With Christmas soon upon us, it has become a popular place to find those unusual and original gifts as well as a wide range of stocking fillers which will delight loved ones.

Seaford has a host of talented, creative people who work all year round to produce high quality goods for this show and in recent years patrons return to see and buy from those who have become personal favourites.

Once again this year, the event showcases a number of new artists from further afield whose work is also highly appealing.

Organisers have over the past eight years established a reputation for providing innovative, quality goods which are reasonably priced and 2014 will be no exception.

For those who enjoy visual art, there will be contemporary designs, paintings, prints and cards by well-known Sussex artists, acrylic designs on wood and canvas, as well as framed prints of local scenes and Advent calendars. Photography and pastel art offers an alternative choice for those looking for something different.

There will be a unique range of textiles including hand printed silk gifts such as lampshades, boxes and bangles. Also hand-dyed silk and woven scarves. Other textile artists will provide their ever popular handbags with beautiful beading and stitching, felted jewellery, Shambala bracelets, knitted bags, gloves and socks, as well as lovely hand-painted jute bags and dressing-up items for children. Jewellery is always a popular gift. This year the show has five jewellers all with very different styles and using a range of different materials.

Four local paper crafters have worked all year to showcase their mixed media jewellery, notebooks and other paper-based gifts. There will be a variety of ceramics, hand-thrown and painted pottery for home and garden as well as hand-crafted wooden items.