Suffolk artisans show off their skills at annual festival

Jason Gathorne-Hardy, curator/director of the Alde Valley Spring Festival, standing among a host of

Jason Gathorne-Hardy, curator/director of the Alde Valley Spring Festival, standing among a host of objects made by local craftspeople including chairs by Jim Parsons, Stewart Goldie-Morrison, Dan Hussey and Michael Pritchard-Barrett, knives by Tobias Ford. leather work and bags by Nienke Jongsma/Studio Vendettas, garments by Spry Workwear and Great Glemham Bowls and Chopping Boards by Raymond Hopkins. Picture: JASON GATHORNE-HARDY - Credit: Jason Gathorne-Hardy

Rural skills will be on display this weekend at an annual Suffolk festival.

The Alde Valley Spring Festival, hosted by Jason Gathorne-Hardy at White House Farm, Great Glemham, near Saxmundham, from Saturday, May 5 to Monday, May 7, from 10am to 6pm, and on the two following weekends.

The artisans’ open studios include a woodland residency, tile making, letter carving, chairmaking, leather bag making, Mendlesham Chair Residency, wood turning, Celtic jewellery, knife making, basketry and drawing.

“The Alde Valley Spring Festival operates as a limited company, based at White House Farm for 4 weeks each Spring. It works within a set of Sustainability Criteria that I have developed at the farm,” said Jason. “Skills generation, job creation and distributed income are three targets - intended to deliver benefits wherever the model is used - but especially in rural areas.”