Samantha Thompson-Taylor (Sam) knows a thing or two about decoration. Having trained in textiles at Hereford College of Art & Design she has been crafting for over 20 years. She also works at the RSC. Her crafting portfolio includes weddings and other events. A few years ago she was on our dem stage at the Christmas Fair with some clever ideas for festive table decorations. This year she’s been tasked with decorating the venues, with particular emphasis on the Market Hall.
“I have made mosaics, embroidery and fabric construction pieces – I am used to turning my hand to most mediums to fulfil customer requirements. But for this commission I really had to think about scaling-up because it’s such a large space. This year the focus is on tradition and natural elements.”
Sam had to be up bright and early (3.00am) to source fruit and veg from a Birmingham market so she could focus on colour-ways and sizing for the different elements of her designs. She’s also had 150 metres of red organza delivered. Over the last two days she’s been busy bringing her designs to life in Abergavenny.
So what’s in store for visitors?
“In the Market Hall we have a giant ball of mistletoe with ruched red fabric swags and festoon lighting; plus fir swags between the pillars with festive fruits such as pomegranates. And I thought that Tudor kissing boughs would be a nice touch at the entrance. At the gates to the Priory there will be swagging, and other foliage and bare branch decorations in the first courtyard. I had huge fun creating these and do hope that visitors will enjoy them too.”
The Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair takes place on Sunday 14 December from 10.00am to 5.00pm. View full details online. Adult stroller tickets cost £5.00. Free entry to children under 16 if with an adult. Buy your ticket at the information stand in Cross Street (outside Borough Theatre) and be sure to pick up a free copy of the site map with details of all exhibitors as well as the programme of entertainment