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Original Gifts Exhibition at the Plough

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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LEISURELY peruse of contemporary and traditional crafts at The Original Gifts Exhibition at the Plough could be a nice way to while away a Sunday afternoon.

Plus, you could just stumble across the ideal Christmas present for that awkward auntie who has everything, or that one person in your family for whom inspiration has so far been elusive.

"Over the last few years the Original Gifts Exhibition has become an annual highlight at the Plough and this year we have managed to squeeze in even more stalls," said Pippa Jenkins visual arts organiser.

"As craftwork becomes increasingly popular so does the inventiveness of those producing it; from canny uses of recycled materials to adapting traditional crafts for modern life. A Kindle can now be kept safe in a beautiful hand embroidered case."

Hand-crafted prezzies, according to Pippa, have a personal quality.

"What is so appealing about hand-crafted gifts is their complete uniqueness and great value for money. When you look at the detail you know that many hours have been spent creating them."

Much of the work on show is by local artists and craft makers, some are familiar names and some are exhibiting for the first time.

"Crafts include stained glass, fused glass, ceramics, wood tuning, wood carving, driftwood, metalwork, basketry, feltmaking, quilting, embroidery, handknitted goods, beaded jewellery, silver jewellery, recycled jewellery, soap, chutneys, jams, honey, fair trade gifts from India and Africa, paintings and sculpture, and much more," said Pippa.

The craft exhibition runs until Monday, December 24. You can visit from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm.

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