Brilliant local makers at upcoming Brighter Days markets

Jenny Duff mats will be among goods on offer

Goods from amazing local makers, designers and artists will be on offer at the Brighter Days Autumn events in September and November.

Discover and buy hand-crafted jewellery, homewares, clothing, prints, cards, ceramics and more on:

Saturday 2 September, 11am to 3pm: Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate

Saturday 25 November, 12noon to 5pm: Pierremont Hall, Pierremont Park, Broadstairs

The market is a great opportunity to meet and buy from small, local, independent artists and makers and entry is free.

Introducing the makers:

@katejonesknitwear creates luxurious handcrafted accessories and homewares inspired by the raw textures and colour palette of the local coastline. Sustainable, ethical and timeless – designed and made in Margate.

Dan Cooper Garden has a wonderful range of items for your garden. He’ll be joining us with these and lots of sage advice and so much inspiration. You can see more of him @thefrustratedgardener

@cdconcretecreations – Kent based Carlos has been casting individual, unique objects in concrete for six years. The range includes lamps, planters, pet feeding stations, salt and pepper shakers, candle holders, vases, tea light holders, door stoppers and more and can be made to order to your colour specification.

Lucy Alice Designs  is a family-run creative design studio based in Folkestone on the Kent coast and creates paper goods, gifts & contemporary jewellery all inspired by a love of the Great British outdoors and the animals that surround us.

@clareyoungs brings a textile design background to the realm of ceramics. The works are recognisable for the use of raw clay and intensely colourful geometric motifs, combined with transparent glaze to create textures and vibrancy, each piece is imbued with a hint of the retro.

Lux Pottery  brings a textile design background to the realm of ceramics. The works are recognisable for the use of raw clay and intensely colourful geometric motifs, combined with transparent glaze to create textures and vibrancy, each piece is imbued with a hint of the retro.

@seawornjewellery has wonderful handcrafted jewellery often created from treasure found on the local beaches giving you your own very special piece of the seaside to wear.

@cjglassartist specialises in fused glass and makes fantastic use of her background in textile design. Reflecting her passion for texture, colour and pattern in the pieces that she creates, capturing the light to bring a glow to each artwork.

@the_designdealership Sustainably good stuff from Lizzie Morgan, a product designer, living and working in Epple Bay, Kent.

With a background in fashion and homeware retail design, Lizzie created The Design Dealership in 2021, when she was asked to design and make sustainable paper goods for a friend’s business.

The white room meditation  has a wonderful range of gemstone intention gifts for you to select from for yourself or as a special present.

@janellisontextiles designs and prints textiles for homewares, mainly lampshades and cushions. The fabrics are hand screen-printed at her studio in Ramsgate. Bold, abstract colour and pattern really inspires the work and designs often reference the mid-C20 period in painting, sculpture and architecture.

Angeli Yara Jewellery studio – with a strong influence of her Columbian heritage and her seaside location, Angeli creates stunning original pieces of jewellery for you to wear for special occasions or as a special everyday touch. You can also join Angeli in her studio for workshops making your own pieces.

@ajpriestley creates has lived by the sea all their life and by preserving seaweed specimens hopes to open people’s eyes to the beauty of seaweed. The changing seasons and how it affects our coastline influence what is created throughout the year.

@Bindfulness Handmade Books  @hopefitzgerald_art makes irresistible handbound books and stationery and runs bookbinding workshops in Faversham with @bindfulness , these are a relaxed immersion in paper – folding, piercing, gluing raw materials into handbound books.

Alison Lush Jewellery is an independent artist making personal statement jewellery handcrafted in silver and gold. Her heart is set in making strong, wearable, uniquely made jewellery using geometric shapes in silver and strong asymmetrical, moveable jewellery.

Something Familiar brings out the heart and soul of your home in her house portraits, carefully drawn and painted after discussion with the commissioner. Her work is also available as prints and cards.

Bohemia & Flower Soap makes 100% natural vegan bar soap inspired by plants & nature. Made slowly by hand using traditional methods, with skin nourishing ingredients, pure essential oils, botanicals & no nasties, simply packaged with zero plastic. Elevating the everyday & creating products that aid self care.

The Black Rabbit with collage as a starting point for many of her designs, Lindsay creates perfect cards for every occasion, often with a badge. The artwork that she creates is also collage based, with patterns created for individual pieces and fine scissor work adding shapes and depth.

@loop.lisajones – a Kent printmaker who works on fabric and paper using hand printed designs on natural linen and cork. Her range includes glasses cases, zipped cases, toiletry/project bags and planter bags. All pieces start from a hand drawn design, are screen printed, cut and then sewn by Lisa in her studio.

.Jenny Duff – @jennyduffmats is the organiser of Brighter Days Markets and who has also been designing and making table mats and coasters since 1999. As well as producing her own patterns, she works with brilliant designers to offer a wonderful range of contemporary place settings for Happy Dining. All the product is made exclusively in the UK from quality cork-backed, heat proof Melamine.

@jooakley is a painter and printmaker whose lifelong love of vintage comes to the fore in her ‘dresser and shelf’ still life paintings, whilst her linocuts are whimsical images of sea folk and sea life. She is also owner of @sherose165 in Herne Bay.

@pikceramics is a Chilean-Argentinian ceramicist whose work is hand-built using slabs. She combines her interests in art, interior design, architecture, maths and geometry to explore and construct shapes – mostly spheres & cones decorated with flat straight lines. One range of her vases are inspired by Margate’s Lido beacon, whilst another features contrasting tonal stripes.