MediaCityUK’s The Lowry Outlet has welcomed the arrival of the Easter Makers Market this bank holiday weekend.

The Makers Market sees Manchester artisans and businesses coming together to showcase and sell their homemade products.

The products that are on offer at this four-day-event range from local food, drink, art, vintage and modern craft.

Local artist Steve McDonald, a participant at this event, has spoken of why he thinks the Easters Makers Market is so individual from the rest of the markets currently on in Greater Manchester. He said:

“At this event, you get the opportunity to meet the person who is the actual marker or artisan of their particular products. This makes this market different from other Manchester markets, where products may simply just be imported in”.

Steve McDonald’s artwork. credit: Kalendra Withanaarachchi.

Mr McDonald added: “Everything that I create is based on my experiences in life and so I find it difficult to do another job,”

“A lot of my designs are based on Manchester’s bands, pubs, football and fashion. I tend to dip in and out of different eras of the city”.

Credit: Kalendra Withanaarachchi.

Chelsea Tufnail, owner of Coco Candle Co., also said: “At the Makers Market, you get a nice bunch of people who are all here for the same reasons and are passionate about what they do,”

“From me and my partner’s point of view, we know what it takes to get our candle to where it is and we then appreciate that this is the same for all the other makers with their own products”.

Chelsea Tufnail and Adam Sharples, owners of Coco Candle Co. Credit: Kalendra Withanaarachchi.

As well as being locally sourced, a lot of the products offered at The Easters Makers Market are also ethical and sustainable.

Stella McClure, owner of The Stellar Boutique, also takes an eco-friendly approach to her business with the vintage clothes that she sells. She said:

“For me, vintage is so important, especially now with fast fashion and the problems that the fashion industry causes to the planet,”

“Vintage is the most sustainable version of fashion; it’s just recycling at its best.”

Stella’s vintage boutique stall. Credit: Kalendra Withanaarachchi.

It furthermore seems that The Easter Makers Market has been a hit among the public, with crowds of people having turned up to this exclusive event on its opening day.

Ronan Cosidine said: “The market has got a really great atmosphere, the location of being near the waterfront really does help.”

The Lowry Outlet Easter Makers Market runs from the Friday 19 to Monday 22 April. For more information on the Makers Market click here.

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