Manchester Antique Textile Fair
Sun 6th March 2011
Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6HE
The Manchester Antique Textile Fair continued to attract people from far afield. This year saw dealers traveling from Europe, Japan and Uzbekistan to sell a wide range of textiles and accessories. With the continuing trend for recycling and up cycling, this kind of fair will continue to be a major inspiration for collectors, and in particular, for students and designers, as the historical and vintage pieces inform future design.
This year saw the 2nd graduate showcase, with 4 of last years graduate winners all talking about their ideas, practice and how the bursaries have helped them progress. The main thrust of the fair is to raise money for the bursary, and it is exciting to see how and where the money is allocated. The audiences were very appreciative and the Textile Society continues to offer excellent talks, these are provided in addition to the fair and are free to attend. They add value to the day, encouraging the combination of academic with historical and contemporary.
The Manchester Fair continues to go from strength to strength, described by a number of dealers as their ‘best fair ever’, and we are all very much looking forward to 2012, which will be the 20th Anniversary!