Gifts Today magazine

GA Excellence Award triumph for Fabulous Felt at BCTF

The Organza Leaves range by felt maker Kate Ramsey has won The GA’s Award for Excellence at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate.

Ireland-based Kate makes highly unusual and colourful scarves using untreated Merino wool and quality silk. Her fascination with felt began when she purchased a felted bag in Barcelona nearly 10 years ago. She read up about felting, taught herself how to do it and eventually swapped her career as a sociologist at the University of Limerick to start her company Fabulous Felt.

Having started work at her kitchen table Kate now works from the Limerick Craft Centre and has recently appointed her first employee with whom she collaborates to create new designs. The full collection can be viewed at www.fabulousfelt.ie

Highly commended for The GA Award was the ceramic artist Linda Warrick whose hand-built semi-abstract birds in porcelain also drew praise from the judges. Her Sleeping Bird design was thought to be of particular note. Each of Linda’s pieces is burnished before firing and then smoked in sawdust to give each bird not only a visual uniqueness but also great tactile appeal.

Said GA chief executive Isabel Martinson: “The GA is seeking to reward designers whom we believe have created product that have commercial viability as a gift and both of these businesses certainly tick that box. As usual BCTF provided me and our judge John Allan, director and buyer for Stone the Crows!, with tremendous choice and our two winners beat off stiff competition. The fair this year had a real buzz and it was uplifting to see so much new talent coming into the industry.


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