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West Dean festival: design roundup

Shabby Chick

Last weekend we took the chocolate van to a new creative festival in West dean, West Sussex, which was set up in partnership with the team behind the lovely Port Eliot lit fest.

The house and grounds are beautiful and there were some lovely crafts stalls, so I thought I’d do  alittle roundup of my favourite traders, both local and further afield.

Shabby Chick

Based in Totnes, Shabby Chick Amanda has been selling vintage and vintage-inspired fabrics, homewares and trinkets for seven years. She passionately supports local crafts and all her items are sourced within Devon and Cornwall, ranging from hand-knitted bed socks to sumptuous old eiderdowns and reupholstered deck chairs. She trades weekly at the market in Totnes and travels to festivals in the summer months.



Based near Petersfield, fifth-generation Potter Jon Barrett-Danes hand makes animal based ceramics. He was trained by his parents, and later in Bristol. His lovingly crafted animal sculptures don’t come cheap but they are brimming with character and texture.

Kate Talbot: Hung Drawn Quoted

Textile artist Kate Talbot creates retro-style cards and prints using needlework to recreate pop-art style designs and iconic household items such as trusty HP Sauce and Marmite. Her designs are playful and detailed, described by Kate as “ironic iconic”. She says, “This is alternative craft. It is no soft option, but is thought provoking, witty and enjoyable.”


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