The autistic fair held on April 13th at Nightingale School hall was a brilliant success with stall-holders from all over the UK. We had people travel from as far away as Hastings, Bognor Regis and Spalding. Some came with support workers or friends.
The items on sale included eye-catching sewn goods such as purses and pencil cases by Nat Le Brun and soft colourful baby clothes and sensory ribbons by AIM’s own Amy Bresnahan. Jessica Ren created a beautifully shot photography project of autistic people called ‘Unboxed Faces Photo Book’.
There were intricate hand-drawn pictures celebrating autism by Kodie Dalmayne and bright, friendly greeting cards by Emma Hughes. Steve Wheeler and Jane Higgins brought their beautifully-made jewellery, and Roebuck Enterprises sold ornamental pottery pieces.
Emily Hughes had a load of home made slime in different colours and textures, and our very own CEO Emma Dalmayne had her two books ‘It’s An Autism Thing I’ll Help You Understand It’ and ‘Susie Spins’. Alexander Hobbins had a stall with delicious cakes, while Callum Brazzo brought his book of poetry, ‘Movement Performance Poetry Written Down’.
Lastly we at AIM had a stall with sensory items and information. Autistic-led organisation Autistic UK brought along leaflets and items all about their newest campaigns.
The fair showed the public what we as autistic people can do. That we are creative, and that many of us are artists, writers and poets. That we can make and imagine wonderful things.
For many of the customers it was the first time they had met autistic adults. A successful venture and one we fully intend to repeat.