Preston Market stall appears on BBC 1’s Make It At Market

Posted on - 12th December, 2023 - 5:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston City Centre, Preston News, TV
DD Practical at Preston Markets
DD Practical used to be based at Preston Markets

A Preston Market stall owner has appeared on BBC1’s Make It At Market.

Independent craft business, DD Practical, was part of the episode on Tuesday (12 December) at 4.30pm on BBC1 and is available on BBC iPlayer after.

DD Practical specialises in handmade leathercrafts, stationery, stitching, stickers and bespoke designs.

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It will be the second series Make It at Market which stars Dominic Chinea from the Repair Shop. 

Dani, who runs the stall said: “2023 has been an incredible year for DD Practical Leathercraft! The most exciting thing was being selected for BBC1’s Make It at Market – a programme dedicated to helping makers and artists to hone their skills and develop their businesses.

“I had the wonderful opportunity to be paired with a Master Leather Craftsman, Andy Bates, who has nearly 40 years experience of working with leather, including making pieces for museums, TV, film and Theatre. 

“During filming, we were given three challenge pieces to create; a volume piece, a high-end piece and my favourite piece.

“My work was then reviewed by my mentor Andy and Dom Chinea, who presents the show. I was then given an 8 week action plan to work on before returning to film a follow up.”

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She added: “We filmed at Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire, which is a beautiful location and a welcoming place for people to visit. 

“It has been an absolute whirlwind, filled with excitement, overwhelm, laughs, tears and a lot of hard work! I am very grateful to have been chosen to feature on the show and cannot express how incredible it has been.

“As a self-taught leatherworker, Andy’s guidance and knowledge has been invaluable! It has also been amazing to see all the other featured makers and their talented work. I feel like I’m now part of something really special!”

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