Water Lane Spring Fair - Meet the Makers

We have co-curated the Spring Fair with our friend Gina Portman who brings together a wonderfully eclectic mix of new stallholders and some familiar faces from past fairs.

New to Water Lane include organic natural skincare from Wilder Botanics, everyday workwear clothing from Pajotten. Also joining for the first time, Sarah Burns, a patternmaker, and textile designer who creates beautiful fabrics and accessories for your home and Hope Spring Chairs from their Sussex workshop showcase their handcrafted and unique Windsor chairs. Old friends The Natural Dyeworks bring their dyed fabrics and homewares, Sussex Willow return with contemporary willow baskets and designs and curated finds by Norse Vintage from visits to French Brocantes. Regular stallholders at the Water Lane food markets, Blackwood CheeseTillingham Wines and LAM, selling pasture raised meat and free- range eggs, will also be at the Fair.

Meet the Makers

Wilder Botanics will bring their beauty, bath, wellbeing, candles and teas to Water Lane. Wilder uses only wild-crafted, 100% natural, organic formulas and oils from high quality, essential oils. This holistic approach to luxury uses centuries-old naturopathic techniques of infusing, macerating, drying and tincturing.  Beautiful to buy for yourself or as a gift. @wilder.botanics

We’re big fans of Pajotten who make utilitarian everyday workwear, garments that you want to wear every day and that will last for years. It’s clothing rather than fashion that make you feel good while working; you can move, sleeves roll up, and deep pockets hold and protect work tools and wallets. @pajotten

Form an orderly queue at Rowdy & Fancy’s stall who will bring their organic, artisan home-made chocolates and Easter eggs to the fair. Using only high-quality ingredients to produce unique and delicious flavours, such as Coffee Cardamom, Bee’s Knees, Masala Chai, Simply Salted Milk, Rowdy & Fancy hand-temper and hand-wrap their chocolate bars in their workshop in East Sussex. @rowdyandfancys

One of our favourite shops in Rye, Soap and Salvation will be joining us for the first time at the fair. Visitors to Rye will know and love it not only as a shop for antique and vintage pieces but a display space, library and learning place for workshops and events. @soapandsalvation

Furniture, kitchen maker and woods craftsman Ben Wheeler from Dering Studio will be joining us bringing his beautiful hand turned coffee scoops, chopping boards and other handcrafted objects for the kitchen and home. @deringstudio

The Sussex Bee make small batch, unpasteurised honey that captures a season of flora in a spoonful. It’s harvested with care, jarred by hand, and offers a sweet taste of the Sussex landscape to treasure. While the hand-dipped candles offer a beautiful bright light with a natural scent of honey; they are paraffin free and provide an all-natural, sustainable candlelight for the home. @thesussexbee

Jason Mosseri of Hope Spring Chairs makes modern Windsor chairs and furniture, with a strong emphasis on finely balanced, sculptural form and strong, bold silhouette, grounded in the traditional aesthetic of historic chairmaking. The timber used, mainly Ash, comes from local estates that are professionally managed by experienced woodsmen. @hopespringschairs

Freight designs and commissions everyday household products that reflect their core values of provenance, quality and durability. Run by Helene and Adele, Freight is on Lewes high street and also has an online store. They will be bringing a range of their homeware, household goods, candles and accessories to Water Lane. @freighthhg

Norse Vintage will bring their curated finds from French brocantes such as ceramics, tableware, and linens. @norse_vintage

Sarah Burns makes naturally dyed and hand block printed textiles in her South Downs workshop. Sarah believes in using natural and wild processes to colour her fabrics, reflecting the beauty of nature around us. She uses only 100% natural linen, natural dyes, and water-based inks for her unique creations. @patternmakers

Laslette England is a collection of luxury, hand-designed and finished scarves and pocket squares, using fine silks, wools and blended natural fabrics. Each design is an original creation inspired by combinations of art and nature and influenced by a love of vintage fabrics and fashion. @laslette_england

As ever, we will have delicious food from the sea container on the terrace, or for something a little more substantial, the Carnation House restaurant will be open for breakfast and for lunch try our Winter Series Menu 3, inspired and influenced by the works of esteemed chef Joyce Molyneux. And, while you browse, Craft in the Field will keep children entertained painting Easter eggs.