Made In Northamptonshire is a pop up shop and gallery on St Giles Street, Northampton which showcases arts and crafts made by local makers.
Morag Ballantyne is Head of Creative Industries Development for Creative Northants, an agency which supports local artists. I met with her at Made In Northamptonshire to find out a bit more about the work of Creative Northants and how it’s resulted in the project.
I spoke to one of the artists, Chris who’s textiles are demonstrated in the shop. In return Chris spends some time manning the shop, that way getting introduced to fellow artists and the customers buying her creations.
I also accosted an unsuspecting peruser to see what he thought were of the shop, it was interesting to hear that he felt the town has been missing a creative heart, now improved by the shop.
I wanted to blog about Made In Northamptonshire because I think that it’s a great way of occupying an empty shop and the place is lovely. It’s free to look around so it costs nothing. You’ll find a welcoming ambience with so many quality hand-made products that you’ll be looking for reasons to buy gifts.
Not forgetting that there are some lovely coffee shops/tea rooms along St Giles Street so you could make an afternoon of it! There are so many great things about Northampton which I think will only increase with future projects, you just have to look up!
If you’re interested in finding more about the art that you saw during the video above, please contact Made In Northamptonshire via their Twitter, Facebook or blog or you can just pop in to have a wander and meet the artists.
The music in the video is a local group Fiori Musicali from their album Vivaldi La Pastorella, Baroque Chamber Concertos From Venice, Metronome Recordings Ltd. You can find their music in the shop or via their website. They’re performing music from at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough Saturday 27th April if you fancy checking them out live!
Please let me know what you think if you check out any of the above!