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Artisan Shopping and More at the Interflora World Cup

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Competition floristry may be the main focus of the Interflora World Cup, but there will also be lots of demonstrations, workshops and shopping opportunities to keep you entertained across all three days.

There are now just six weeks to go until the Interflora World Cup kicks off at the Manchester Central Convention Centre on 7th September. The stunning venue will be split into four distinct areas to enjoy: the Florist Zone and Creation Zone are both home to action-packed workshops, the Inspiration Zone will be the place to enjoy immersive and educational talks while the Village Green will be the heart of the action. It’s where you’ll be able to watch the world’s biggest floristry competition unfold right in front of you. Plus you can also enjoy a great programme of inspiring floristry demonstrations on the Village Green, led by some seriously talented floral designers from NAFAS and Floral Fundamentals. And if you need a little break from the action, you can sit back and relax with a glass of Manchester Gin or Pimms while listening to world-class musicians playing for your entertainment.

Surrounding the Village Green will be some of the very best British crafters and designers in the Artisan Market, selling their unique, locally made products. Here are just some of the amazing artists, crafters and designers who will be setting up shop at the Interflora World Cup:

Ma Lumière: bringing the elegance of France to the UK through the beauty of home fragrance

Based in Manchester, Ma Lumière believe in producing handcrafted products that don’t cost the Earth. Each of their wonderful scents is available across their whole range of products, from soy candles to reed diffusers, diffuser refills and wax melts. Quality is always prioritised over quantity and that’s why all products are hand poured in small batches by owner Guillame. “With myself being originally from France, expect a touch of l’élégance à la Française in everything that I offer. I look forward to taking you on our journey and remember – once the light has started to shine, possibilities are endless!”

Calico Collective: consciously crafted homeware, jewellery, stationery and more

Calico Collective was born out of a love of luxury artisan homeware, as well as a desire to work with environmentally conscious materials and processes. Their story began in early 2020 when they were exploring new materials to work with and stumbled across jesmonite – a fully recyclable, environmentally conscious alternative to resin.

The past two and a half years has seen them develop their core collection of products from plant pots to greetings cards, earrings to handmade print. Each small batch of homeware products is produced by hand, meaning every single product is unique.

Everything from the Calico Collective is handmade by founder and designer Charlotte in her Manchester based studio: “Much of my work takes inspiration from the natural world, which has been the case for as long as I can remember. I love using neutral, earthy tones in my products and often find that I take inspiration from natural and botanical reference images when creating.”

Not only are Calico Collective products a wonderful addition to any home – or outfit – but they are functional and made to last.

Hannah Marchant: eco-friendly greetings cards and beautiful plantable seed cards for any occasion

Inspired by nature and sustainable resources, Hannah Marchant’s beautiful seed cards are something a little bit different! Once the card has been enjoyed, it can be planted as part of a flower, herb or veg garden, depending on the card. They’re not only compostable and eco-friendly, but as they grow they remind you of the good wishes of the ones who sent them.

Everything is unique and created in small batches which makes them so special. The ideas normally start with the seed paper itself, for example florals on the wildflower paper, food-related for the veggies and tea-themed designs to suit the Chamomile tea. There will also be a range of illustrations and botanical prints on offer.

Grown & Gathered: carefully crafted prints, pressings and decorative homeware made from natural materials

Owner Emma began pressing flowers and seaweed for her own home and as gifts for friends and family, later experimenting with printmaking from the pressings she made. She now works from home producing pressed seaweed and botanical images, lino printed cards and decorative home accessories.

She uses natural materials grown in her garden and allotment in Cheshire, or sustainably foraged from the British countryside and seashores, which are then pressed and displayed in locally made oak frames. Many of the products available are unique due to the nature of the materials.

The Manchester Soap Company: natural botanical skincare with no artificial ingredients or harsh chemicals

If you’re looking for beautiful skincare and bodycare made from naturally derived ingredients, this is the stall to look for! The Manchester Soap Company are passionate about ensuring every product they make leaves you feeling nourished and cared for, which is why they only use beautiful botanicals, pure essential oils and skin loving natural clays, oils and butter. Whether it’s a soap bar, delicious light body butter, decadent body oil or solid shampoo bar, they’ve got you covered.

Alongside their passion for natural skincare products, they’ve taken a great deal of pride in creating their own plastic-free corner of the world by ensuring that all products are zero-waste and are packed in simple, natural and plastic- free packaging.

Plus more….

Alongside these talented artisan makers, there will be lots more fabulous products to browse and buy, including delicious handmade chocolates, inspiring floristry books, local distiller Manchester Gin, stained glass art pieces, handmade willow sculptures, luxury cushions made in the heart of Manchester, and more. Make sure you leave room in your suitcase!

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