Meet Rose, Tessa and Kimberley who are
"Creating a market with a clean ethos to last"
Handcrafted Pembrokeshire is a makers market organised by Rose, Tessa and Kimberley. Rose a jeweller with a background in sustainable product design, Kimberley a seamstress who upcycled clothes and Tessa who makes fantastic vegetarian and vegan food. We came together to organise this event in a very fluid way and it has grown as our ethos has become clearer. We all joined the committee for our local village hall as they were looking for a younger crowd to help run the events. I immediately volunteered myself to organise the biannual craft fair as this is where my interests lie. I felt this would be the perfect opportunity to create an event that would challenge the idea of what craft has become. Kimberley and Tessa jumped on board to help organise and put their individual talents to use. Tessa will be running the café as Delicatessa, Kimberley has some very useful spreadsheet skills and I have a lot of creative contacts. Kimberley and myself will also have stalls selling our products alongside some of the best makers Pembrokeshire has to offer.
"My vision has been to create a makers market to showcase a selection of skilled craftspeople from across Pembrokeshire and surrounding areas. Emphasising the traditional sense of the word ‘craft’; skillfully made by hand. There is an abundance of makers in this area, however living rurally doesn’t always make it easy to access these craftspeople who tend to tuck themselves away down long tracks and work in caravans, sheds, barns and outbuildings, though idyllic and beneficial for the creative process it can be difficult to connect with the local community. Selling online or sending work to cities often feels like the only way to reach people. We aim to create a space for makers to meet the surrounding community and offer our skills." Rose
"These crafts need to be nourished and appreciated, our maker’s focus on using traditional techniques to create beautiful contemporary work. In our current environmental and economic state we need to consume less, instead of buying products that are built to fail in a disposable culture. We need to invest in products that are built to last, that are created with love and that not only serve a purpose but also bring joy in their simplicity." Rose
“For me, supporting Rose with Handcrafted Pembrokeshire was the perfect opportunity to be involved in creating a market with a clean ethos to last. Showcasing a range of local makers, who all are working towards a similar goal, is really uplifting and I'm hoping that translates to the community and general public on the day.” Kimberley
Rose, Tessa & Kimberley