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Preparations are heating up for Maker Faire UK this weekend! Up to 1400°C at Malham Smithy forge! Why not take your place at the anvil and try your hand at being a blacksmith? Meet female blacksmith and artist Annabelle Bradley at Life Science Centre, Newcastle. Tickets on sale: http://bit.ly/2Hhcrl3

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As well as high-tech invention we have plenty of heritage crafts at Maker Faire UK this weekend, like Evancliffe Leather from Bishop Auckland.
We put some questions to the first-time exhibitors (below) why not join them at Life Science Centre, Newcastle 28 - 29 April and have a go?

What are you looking forward to most about Maker Faire UK?
We're looking forward to talking about and more importantly doing leatherwork with the visitors. We will be running a leather stamping ac...tivity for a small charge where people can create their own unique leather item. We will have key rings, wristbands, bookmarks and other leather shapes that visitors can add their own design to. The activity is suitable for children and adults.

What would people be most surprised to learn about the work you do and the things you make?
We think people will be surprised to learn how we use water to create some things in leather and to find out that we hand stitch using two needles and without using a machine. People are often surprised by the processes involved in the hand stitching as it's not simply a case of pushing a needle through material.

What inspires you as a maker now?
We are constantly amazed by the versatility of leather, the things you can do with it and the things you can create. While we have a small "standard" range, mostly related to the heritage railway market, most of the items we make are one-offs.

What inspired your career choice?
We come from a background of teaching and architecture and had a hobby of Green Woodworking. We began dabbling in leatherwork to make covers for second hand tools and the love of handcrafted leatherwork started from there.

What inspires you as a maker now?
We are constantly amazed by the versatility of leather, the things you can do with it and the things you can create. While we have a small, standard range, mostly related to the heritage railway market, many of the items we make are one-offs specific to customers' requirements with our design and skill added in.

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