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  • Writer's picturePatrick Moriarty

Rats and butterflies in the ancient priory

I really enjoyed the Victorian Christmas craft fair held at the Prittlewell Priory (Southend-on-sea, Essex, UK), founded my monks in the 12th century (that's the priory, not the craft fair). I sold lots of my rat and butterfly screenprints including new prints with silver ink. It was great to see my university pal, textile expert Steven Bakewell and partner who drove down from London with friends. It was my first ever craft fair so was very useful to meet the organisers and all the other friendly creative makers who provided lots of warmth to counteract the wintery cold stone floor of the great hall. The reaction to the prints was very good, with customers buying the fabric screenprints on their own, not made into products, although people liked the cushions and bags too including the Rattus clutch bag (pictured) which sold. Thanks to everyone for attending and showing so much interest.

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