Sandown Celebrity Guests
"Bringing people together for a fabulous crafting show is something I’ve always wanted to do. I wanted something that crafters of all disciplines can come and enjoy, and provide something for everybody whether they’re a professional or a beginner. I knew that there was room for bigger shows that could provide more for crafters, with exhibitors and activities, so we went ahead and started it!"
What do you think brings so many people to Crafting Live?
"I think people love the atmosphere and the community spirit that surrounds a Crafting Live show, I know Nancy and I certainly do. It’s just the perfect place to do a spot of shopping, meet new people, catch up with other crafters and learn something new, all under one roof. I think anybody can find a reason to come and enjoy themselves!"
What is your favourite part of a show?
"I relish the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with other crafters. Education is really important to me, and I’m proud of all the workshops, masterclasses and free make and takes that we provide so everybody has the chance to try something new and take away new ideas and inspiration!"
"I just love the atmosphere at Crafting Live! There’s a buzz about the place. I love getting to meet all our crafty community members, and I know Stephanie does too. It’s nice to get feedback from the readers of Tattered Lace Magazine, but it doesn’t beat being able to chat with our crafters face to face. My husband and daughters even come to join in too! It’s just a brilliant day out with a great community."
What’s your favourite part of a typical day at Crafting Live?
"Oh it’s so hard to choose. I really enjoy the workshops like the one at Doncaster, it gives Stephanie and me a chance to speak to so many people and answer their questions, share some tips with them, and see what other creative minds can come up with! I also like to have a little browse of the exhibitors once everything has calmed down. There’s so much choice, it’s almost impossible to properly see it all in time."
What would you say to someone who’s unsure about grabbing a ticket?
"Come along and see us! It’s a great day out and it really is so much fun. I see people making friends all the time, and of course it’s so easy when you’re surrounded by likeminded people who all share similar passions. You might even discover a new craft you’ve never tried or that you never knew existed! Whether you want to shop, meet people, or learn more about crafting, there really is something for everyone."
Andy was born in Scotland, not too long ago, and has since lived in Yorkshire, Manchester, Leicestershire, ‘The South East’ and London. He is now settled in the Midlands. After gaining a BA (Hons) at Loughborough University and a Postgraduate Diploma at London’s Drama Studio, Andy took on various theatrical, television and commercial jobs.
An award-winning scriptwriter and editor, Andy’s short film works have been shown all over the world, winning international film festival awards, and culminating in his first feature film released in October 2013.
Andy is also an experienced stand-up comic, having toured on the National Student Comedy Network and performed at some of the top venues in the UK, including The Comedy Store in London and The Glee Club in Birmingham.
As a presenter on Ideal World for almost 10 years now, Andy has developed a style that is informative, but fun. He particularly enjoys technology, leisure, craft and kitchen shows.
Dave Bradford (Sunday only)
Dave has been a familiar face on TV home shopping for nearly 20 years, 13 of which have been with us. He recently calculated that he’s presented in excess of 14,000 live and unscripted hours of TV!
Dave started working for the local hospital radio station and went on to carve out a career as a radio broadcaster, working on Southern FM and Wave 105, to name just two! He’s also had the joy of acting in pantomimes… oh, yes he has!
He loves the buzz of presenting TV shopping and getting to do it alongside colleagues that are like one big family.
Two of his most memorable moments are sitting next to Michael and Shakira Caine on a flight from New York to London, and presenting an hour of Jewellery with Joan Collins.
I live in the beautiful Norfolk countryside with my family and two cats, Bast and Minerva, and was introduced to mixed media art through friends, finding myself instantly hooked!
Craft has always been a big part of my life; from learning jewellery-making and silversmithing at university, my love of design has developed to encompass many different craft genres.
I really enjoy experimenting with different mediums, techniques and colours, and love to add a feminine touch to grungy, quirky makes to try and create a sentimental feel.
Encouraged by presenter, Jenny Cleary, I applied to Create & Craft for a guest presenter role, and now find myself thoroughly enjoying demonstrating cardmaking with an arty twist!
Matt MacNamara (Saturday only)
A family man at heart, Matt lives in Stratford-upon-Avon with his wife, two children snd their cat, Flo. Growing up in Greater London, he developed a passion for video games, along with a knack for entertaining. He once appeared on Noel’s House Party doing his best Frank Spencer impression!
Matt has been in TV presenting and production for most of his working life. After presenting on a local TV channel and after a brief stint as a researcher on ITV’s ‘The Christmas Show’, he started his TV shopping career with ‘Snatch it’ in 2004 and went on to achieve 10 years of service with ‘GemsTV’. He then decided to step into the Crafting world back in 2015, to combine his love of crafting with his presenting experience, and the rest is history.
His passions include spending quality time with his family, video games, a spot of golf (when he gets the chance!), music and learning new things…starting with practising Spanish on his journeys to and from Peterborough.
On days off he would love to get out his die-cutting machine and mixed media paints, however he is often elbow deep in creating junk models and sewing sock creatures with his kids!
Nigel has been involved in TV for well over fifteen years, working for a variety of different channels. As well as being a long-term shopping TV presenter hosting on a range of different channels, he has featured on youth programs, anchoring live entertainment shows. He also worked as an on-screen caller for the UK's premier bingo channel, where he was famed for his fun approach and cheeky catchphrases. One of his biggest on-air 'fans' was DJ Chris Moyles, who considered Nigel to be 'a legend'.
Nigel is also an avid writer and worked as a celebrity journalist for many years, interviewing stars of stage and screen all over the world. He was one of the first journalists in the UK to interview Take That and his list of celebrity credits includes household names like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, through to Richard and Judy. He was also the Celebrity Editor at More! Magazine and has written for titles including New Woman, Bafta Magazine, and Sunday Magazine.
Nigel has written six successful action-packed glam fiction novels and has launched his own craft range, A-May-Zing. One of his finest moments was appearing on The Weakest Link and managing to make it into the final... where he promptly lost! He has also appeared on Pointless where, again, he reached the final – but lost!
He lives in Brighton with his partner and his cat, Oscar, playing granddad to his granddaughter, Elia, and heading down to the beach whenever possible. He enjoys going to the gym, swimming, and heads to the theatre when he can – especially if there’s a good musical on to sing along to! He has also hosted nearly all of the Ideal World/Create and Craft pub quizzes.