“I started making feather wreaths and then incorporated the mirrors, and they’ve been really popular.”
This year’s winners of The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials tradestand competition wowed judges with their sophisticated, original and chic stands.
When Camilla Waterer made her first feather wreath from the plucked feathers of game birds and used cartridges in December 2016, little did she know that they would become popular handmade, bespoke country gifts. Five months later, her stand Feather&Cartidge in the Rural Crafts tent, was awarded the multi-tents award by Rosemary Bartholomew and Ian Cousins for her stunning designs.
“I was picking up while shooting with my dog, and I kept seeing all these beautiful feathers and wondered what I could do with them,” said Camilla. “I started making feather wreaths and then incorporated the mirrors, and they’ve been really popular.”
The small stand category, judged by Rosemary Barlow and Philip Janaway, was awarded to Hamish Lauder’s The Oxford Brush Company (stand 147, Allengrove Avenue), which showcases a beautiful selection of hand crafted brushes.
“We bought the business five years ago from a German family who started the company in 1935,” said Hamish. “We saw a gap in the market and decided to run it alongside our other business – The Oxford Shirt Company – and it’s now a thriving business selling over 900 brushes including hair brushes, nail brushes, laptop brushes and paint brushes, to name a few.”
The large stand award, also judged by Rosemary Barlow and Philip Janaway, was given to Breeze House (stand 166, Swangrove Street) for their luxury range of garden gazebos and thatched garden buildings.
“My brother and I made our first prototype of a thatched garden building in 1995 and it’s grown into a thriving business,” said Chris Peck. “It’s always nice to win a prize, as we put a lot of effort into the detail and presentation.”
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