Today is the first day of the Camberwell Arts Festival. And for those who don’t know Camberwell (my wonderful home in London) I will attempt to paint the scene…. it is a quirky multi-cultural corner of the city, close to the Oval for the cricket fans among you. Where you can, as I did this morning, get your nails done by a Thai man whilst sat between a Russian lady and a Ghanian mother and daughter getting their nails done for a family wedding – all of us Londoners. It is also home to the famous Camberwell College of Arts hence its strong creative flavour and history.
Anyway the Art Festival’s imminent arrival had passed my by until I decided to visit the Farmers Market on Camberwell Green on a whim. There is often a good plant stall selling some more unusual herbs that I thought I would seek out.
However, it was not as I expected. A pop-up choir were entertaining the shoppers and there were stalls with all sorts of art and craft products from the local area.
And I did well.
I purchased a new bag which I am going to use to carry my gym kit and laptop about in, no more grubby freebie canvas bags for me. That came from Gitas Portal who I think are based in Deptford…or maybe New Cross. I did ask but now I am not so sure.
And the admittedly quite similar reverse…
And I also came across this stall selling handmade pottery.
Initially I was really drawn to this little tea light holder, but I have some many candle related items I restrained myself.
I’d include a website link but they don’t have one. The potter was there manning the stall herself and she did give me these details.
I finally decided on two that were coming home with me. One is a gift.
It’s a coil pot rather than a thrown one. I think the glaze is really beautiful and works brilliantly with the colours of the plant.
And one for me made using the same method.
And in it’s final resting place in the house.
As part of the festival they have also produced these really attractive mugs based on the local area. Lovely and available to buy here.