Support artisan businesses by Christmas shopping in Gozo

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Support artisan businesses by Christmas shopping in GozoFor the third year running designer/makers Pat Holtom and Jackie Roberts are encouraging everyone to support local artisan business and do their Christmas gift shopping on Gozo – “no crowds, no cheap imports and no loud music! Just quality contemporary craft displayed in the courtyard and millroom of a beautiful old farmhouse in Gharb.”

A new collection of hand-painted silk scarves, each one an original work of art, will be available from Pat. As well as her woven textiles, ties, bags and cushion covers she is exhibiting golden wall hangings created during the summer. There are also new collaborations by the two makers combining woven textiles with metal and plant fibres.

Jackie Roberts is showing her unusual art in metal and funky jewellery. “There will also be a vintage section with textiles, jewellery, ceramics and more,” Jackie said.

Everyone is very welcome to call in and browse at their leisure with no pressure to buy. Have a chat with the makers over a glass of wine and home-made biscuits. The makers said that they are alsom “very happy to discuss original commission ideas with you.”

The Open Days will take place at 7 Bishop Molina Street, Gharb (take Trux Street behind Gharb Church, follow it along and to the right).

The studio will be open on Friday, the 30th of November from 3-5pm and Saturday, the 1st of December from 10am-2pm and then the following weekend on Saturday, the 8th of December from 10am-2pm.

The work of Pat Holtom, Jackie Roberts and other local and international designer/makers can be seen at Prickly Pear Designs shop, owned by Jeweller Rachel Robinson, in Victoria, Gozo (to the right of St George’s church). Open Mon-Fri (closed Wed) 10.30am-4pm and Saturday 10.30-12.45.

Photo shows just a few of the items that will be on display by designer/makers Pat Holtom and Jackie Roberts.

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