The Open Culture Winter Arts Market returned to Liverpool Cathedral for its ninth year, offering a festive shopping experience in a spectacular venue. The space was transformed into a lively market featuring prints, textiles, clothes, photography, homewares and beyond with stalls hosted by the artists, designers and makers themselves.
Located over two levels, the central space and well of the cathedral hosted over two hundred sellers and the basement housed the Vintage and Food Fair which was full of unique clothing, paraphernalia and tasty gourmet treats.
I was lucky to meet Dan Jennings, co-founder of Liverpool based Jot Paper Co., a design and print studio specialising in hot foil, letterpress and risograph printed paper goods. In keeping with the theme of the event, the stall was filled with a wide selection of Christmas cards featuring typographic and simple illustrations (below).
I came across Finest Imaginary, the independent studio of designer-maker, Kim Lawler. Kim's cheerful lifestyle accessories are a mix of modern aesthetic, style and colour and all of the laser cut jewellery is assembled by hand in her Yorkshire studio. I was proud to highlight that I actually own my own Finest Imaginary items in the form of the acrylic kitty coasters that I was lucky enough to be gifted as a birthday present (below).
I was also pleased to see the work of Stephanie Cole Design and immediately added the snow globe lapel pin to my Christmas wish list. Stephanie is an illustrator who works across several mediums including jewellery, stationery and home accessories. Her greetings cards were dominant on the stall and with so many beautiful illustrations, it was hard to choose just a single preferred design (below).
This was my first visit to the Winter Arts Market and I was impressed at the variety of the stalls and the modest entry charge which was waived for those under the age of sixteen. The Summer Arts Market is scheduled to take place at Liverpool Cathedral on 2nd June 2018 so be sure to add it to your diary as it will be well worth a visit.