I had a wander round the Chorlton Art Festival last weekend; there's lots going on - for anyone near enough I'd recommend a visit! I ended up in my favourite shop in the whole world (well at least the whole of Manchester!), the Creative Recycling Gallery.
The gallery is a not-for-profit business run on a voluntary basis, and as the name suggests they make and sell art and crafts from household and general waste, with the aim of inspiring others to recycle whenever possible.
Whenever I go into this shop I'm torn between creative ecstasy and wanting to rush home and create, and the feeling that I'll never make anything again as I'm not worthy!
The photos here are of some of the amazing work available from the gallery - there's lots of recycled glass, paper quilting and other gorgeous things.
There's also a rather lovely little Zen-like garden at the back, complete with re-cycled shattered glass "pond" and metal ducks! For the Chorlton Festival weekend they were serving orange juice and gateaux in the garden - I could have stayed forever!