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Local crafts in the spotlight with new monthly collective

By Rebecca Petticrew

Three North Down artisans have come up with a crafty way to showcase locally produced creations, with a monthly collective in Holywood town centre.

The North Down Craft Collective is the brainchild of crafters Jennifer Brennan, Debbie McCann and William Glendinning. The trio have spent the past two years selling their work and demonstrating their skills at craft fayres across the country.

Facing constant questions from visitors about where their produce could be purchased, the group decided to take the bull by the horns and set up a permanent craft fayre fixture on the North Down circuit.

The group will meet on the second Saturday of each month at Holywood Old School on Church Road, Holywood from 10.00am -4.00pm. Along with Jennifer, Debbie and William there will be six other resident crafters.

Each month five of the crafters will attend the collective and there will also be a vintage tea room serving tea, coffee and homemade desserts.

Jennifer, a Textile Design graduate from the University of Ulster has been involved in organising craft fayres for a while, she said she was inspired to create the collective after being amazed at the array of talented craftspeople in Northern Ireland

"We hope that by showcasing some of this talent, people will have the opportunity to appreciate the new and traditional crafts that have re-emerged in the last few years and that are here on their doorstep," she explained.

"We all felt that Holywood Old School was perfect for our craft venture. Not only is it a beautifully restored building steeped in history, Holywood is a great central location, close to Belfast as well as Bangor, Newtownards and the rest of North Down.

The collective is also planning to support local charities by inviting representatives to come along each month and set up a stall. The entrance fee will also be donated to the chosen charity

"We really hope that people will support North Down Craft Collective and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the first fayre which will be held on Saturday ,October 12," Jennifer added.

For more information please contact Jennifer, Debbie or William at: ndcraftcollective@gmail.com or visit: www.facebook/ndcraftcollective

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