The All Saints Garden on Trinity Street has been home to an Art & Craft market since 1975 and has provided local artisans space to exhibit and sell their work for almost 40 years. All Saints Garden is situated in the historic centre of Cambridge opposite the gatehouses of Trinity and St John’s College – a great place to explore as you navigate your way to the market.
The market is collaboratively run by local artists and the Cambridge City Council Markets department. As you enter the market you are greeted with their motto – “We Make What We Sell”. Although there is no doubt that the internet is a successful marketplace for many artists and makers, a physical showcase and face-to-face sale brings a greater connection between artist and buyer. I ventured down today and I arrived about an hour before the close of day – taking my time wandering around the different stalls and talking to some of stallholders.
I knew that it was a good thing I had brought some cash with me when I noticed these stamps, pictured below. The maker, Alan, has a vast number of designs and sizes of stamp for sale – trees, birds, letters and football crests to name a few. The stamps I purchased below are cast in bronze and were £6 each. He can be found at All Saints on Saturdays and on the main market on Sundays – he does not currently sell online so make sure you catch him when you are out and about.
I spoke to three other designer-makers and it was lovely getting to know more about their work. Amanda – Amanda Sutherland Beautiful Accessories – creates a diverse range of accessories. She studied at The London College of Fashion and has a background of costume design working in London’s West End and as a buyer for The Royal Opera House. She has a beautiful range of bridal accessories and ladies hats, however, what stood out to me was her range of accessories which are made out of recycled / up-cycled materials – including jewellery made from aluminium cans and hat trims constructed from ties and vintage bands. Amanda also runs creative boutique workshops where you can learn how to make your own accessories! Past events have included ‘Beautiful Vintage style cuffs’ and ‘Fabulous Fascinator Workshop’. Keep an eye out on her website for more information.
Rio-b make jewellery and accessories out of buttons of all shapes and sizes; most of which are sourced from one of England’s last factories. They currently only sell exclusively at the markets (All Saints on Saturdays, Market Place on Sundays) so be sure to head down to see these delicate creations. Keep an eye out for their website launching very soon!
Jenny – Art Textiles by Jenny Langley – is primarily a contemporary textile artist but her stall at the market today was to showcase her range of ‘Quirky Bags’ which are made from mostly recycled denim material. We talked about: her abstract textile designs for which she takes inspiration from science as well as the environment and landscapes; her commissioned story mat for the Sedgwick Museum as part of an educational resource project; the use of recycled materials within art and design; and the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.
On my way out I stopped by Ken Futers’ booksnboxes and quickly stood to admire the unique jewellery from Hairy Growler which is handcrafted out of recycled materials including coins and cutlery. The Market runs most Saturdays throughout the year – to find out more about the history of the market or to enquire about becoming a stall holder take a look at their website: All Saints Garden Art & Craft Market
By Stephanie Freeman