Last Saturday was the first ever Reddish Festival (or ReddFest for short). It featured 12 stalls in Houldsworth Square right in the centre of the town and was really well attended – even the Lord Mayor graced us with his presence (and he got to learn what ‘upcycling’ was).
Fi & Me got involved through the brilliant Broadstone Mill, but there were lots of people from the other local mills and arts groups.
We felt so proud to be asked to be a part of the first ever one, and hope it gets even bigger and better next year. Check out some of our pics of our stall…
We shared a stall with the lovely Kayleigh of Kaz Photos and her friend Abby, who is a wonderfully talented make up artist. All of the work was amazing, but I particularly loved Lorelle Lowe‘s textile art and silk prints.
We love doing fairs, they’re just such a good way of meeting other creative people; not just the other stall holders but the people who came to see us and stopped to have a chat about what they make, how they’re too nervous to show it off and we always say “DO IT!” because it’s the best thing that you can do. We’ve found that people are so generous in their opinions and support, which just inspires us to keep creating.
Despite the organisers praying for sunny weather and a ‘light breeze’, the weather brought us some sun with intermittent hail and thunder storms (see below). Thankfully we were under gazebos and the bad weather just seemed to drive people for shelter under our stalls… got to love a captive audience.
Plans are already afoot to organise next year’s fair. And some of the people attending thought we should do it every month – or every week – yes please!