Monday, 17 September 2012


Another month, another Handmade Arcade!

On Saturday 6th October (write it down!) join us for the seventh Handmade Arcade - the best D.I.Y Art Fair in town!  It feels great to be this far down the line – the fair feels more like home each month as familiar faces return to peruse the local creations on offer and to sell their wares once again. 

We’ve built quite a family of Handmade Arcaders and for us it’s all about that sense of community, and the buzzy and friendly atmosphere of the day; throughout which local musicians fill the Arcade with their acoustic sounds in return for Hayley’s scrummy Vegan Cupcakes and coffee, while traders swap tips, cook up new projects and mingle with the browsing crowd.  If you haven’t visited McCoys Arcade since our last event, then this will be the perfect opportunity to sample the delicious Gourmet Burgers now available from McCoys CafĂ© – all made from locally sourced ingredients!
So, as always, Octobers Handmade Arcade will be filled with a very welcome mix of faces both new and familiar.  Here’s little of what you can expect…


Maddy Petchick makes awesome, cut ‘n’ paste D.I.Y notebooks, journals and concertina zines! She’s making her way to Handmade Arcade from Plymouth for what will be her very first stall at an art fair.

Ella Howard and Matt Henley will be sharing a stall for the day! Expect to find a selection of Ella’s handmade greetings cards and bunting, alongside Matt’s photographic Zines!

Adrian Stone is a talented local illustrator and designer.  He's been working in a great collection of mundane movie posters - his own take on artwork for movies we've already seen.  Adrian will be bringing a selection of prints to Handmade Arcade :) 

Katie Banwell from Nightstop Devon will be having a stall to raise awareness of The Devon 7 Appeal – an appeal that works with local businesses, schools, community groups and churches to raise money and awareness for a very vulnerable group of young people.   Nightstop’s accommodation is provided in the homes of volunteer hosts, members of the public, who are happy to take in a homeless youngster for a night at a time. The team work to find longer-term accommodation for vulnerable individuals.

Tom Matthews has recently started a distro filled with CD’s, Vinyl and merch from a whole load of local musicians! Exeter Local Records will be a welcomed addition to the Handmade Arcade family – if you would like Tom to display your sounds, give him an email:


We’re rather pleased to say that Frances Matteson and Patrick Cullum will be joining us once again! These guys both work at Exeter Phoenix and make lovely illustrated prints and cards!

Autumn Jitters, The Spirit Forge, Madeline Bunyan, Little Owl Crafts, Barry John and Suzannah Moss will also be joining us once again, bringing along with them a rather eclectic selection of beautiful illustrated greetings cards, prints, wiccan inspired jewellery, sculpture, handmade glass beads and hand spun yarns made from Dartmoor sheep wool!


Music this month will be brought to you by Stangleberry, Johnny Found a Raygun and Emily Johnstone, who will also be displaying some of her wonderful head dresses on the day. More music TBC, keep checking back for updates.

Another reason that I’m particularly excited about Handmade Arcade at the moment is for all of the amazing things we have coming up; November 3rd’s  Event will also mark No Guts No Glory’s THIRD BIRTHDAY! Crazy huh! We’ll be sure to have a big ol’ celebration!

December will see Handmade Arcade take place EVERY SATURDAY, with fairs on the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd.  No excuse to go Christmas shopping in the new John Lewis, come and check out the 60+ Independent Shops here in the West Quarter and see what Handmade Arcade has to offer!

Can’t believe I’m mentioning Christmas already! Anyhow, if you’d like to get involved in any of these events – please get in touch! The email address is  You’ll need to let us know what date(s) you’re interested in and send us a few images of your creations for consideration.

Have a lovely week,


P.S - Please spread the word  – the fair is what you make it!

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