Last Saturday I had an exceptionally rare day off. It was a gorgeous day so I slapped on the factor 50 and my trusty sunhat, hopped on my bike and headed down to Bethnal Green. My destination was Craftacular, a craft fair put on by Bust magazine.
The hall was packed with crafters purveying their wares, from cakes to crockery, knickers to knitting.
Weirdly, I found myself simultaneously over- and under-whelmed with the whole thing. I was staggered by the huge number of incredibly talented people who were all making the most beautiful things. But at the same time, not a lot of it was really my style – I don’t really do “pretty-pretty” and I’m hopeless with accessories.
Still, I bought some gold-painted ceramic earrings from By Louise, some super-cute Love Heart buttons (from the fabulous Lilley – go see her shop, you can buy glow-in-the-dark ninjas!) and an amazing diet-breaking slab of cheesecake from Coco & Me. I also loved the sinister ink-pen illustrations by Dan Hillier – if anyone wants to buy me something big, one of those would do just fine!
Drawn by the sound of live music, I headed across the road to the New Voices festival in the park next to the Bethnal Green museum of childhood. On stage were Aar Maanta, a fantastic Somali band who really got the crowd going.
After them, there was this:
That’s Morenada Bloque Kantuta – a Bolivian dance parade troupe. They looked absolutely amazing with the sun glinting off their brightly-coloured costume. An unexpected riot of colour on a rather random afternoon – and I managed not to get sunburnt!