Adele makes jewellery and objects. She values practical hand making skills in the creation of her designs and she enjoys letting materials influence and dictate how pieces of work evolve during production. Adele is increasingly interested in pattern and texture as a result of a trip to Iceland where she found the linear texture and patterns in the vastness of the dramatic volcanic landscape inspirational, her work has been expanding and exploring landscape ideas.
Alexia Claire is a wildlife illustrator based in the New Forest. She creates beautiful and educational wildlife art, stationery, greetings and giftware. Perfect for the wildlife fan and for kids too to learn more about the nature around them. From her little studio in the National Forest, she paints all her illustrations by hand using watercolours and ink, drawing inspiration from her volunteer work at a local wildlife hospital and the nature on her doorstep.
Phil Jackson has been working as a self-employed craftsman for over thirty years. He is currently making pot stands, coasters, boxes and other gift ware from re purposed, locally sourced oak. Each item is designed in house and hand cut using traditional fretwork techniques. He also makes a range of textile covered birchply letters of the alphabet and supplies galleries and other retail outlets throughout the UK. He can also make bespoke items.
Bibi EmJay is in its twelfth year of business. They are based in Stockport and are primarily an online business. The do however also attend many artisan markets around Lancashire and Cheshire where. Their beautiful sterling silver jewellery are showcased at these events. They use the highest quality UK925 silver and proudly create bespoke items for weddings and gifts.
BIG BLACK HOUSE/nDESIGN CO
Big Black House Design Co. is the work of artist-blacksmith Maxine Hunt. Working in both metal and wood, she produces contemporary, handmade collections of gardenware, furniture, sculpture and giftware, blending both modern and traditional techniques. She has been a prominent maker in the craft world for nearly twenty years, exhibiting at high profile events including Chelsea Flower Show, and supplying a wide range of galleries and independent shops.
Caroline Lee is a ceramic artist based in Bramley, Rotherham. Her wheel-thrown stoneware pottery and ceramic garden ornaments are the culmination of deep exploration of two green glazes giving exciting effects when used together in different ways. Caroline also creates fine porcelain jewellery, incense burners and ring trees, sometimes incorporating glass. She has a passion for making fine ceramic Christmas tree decorations.
Colette creates glass which is timeless, that reflects her passion to combine beauty with function. Inspired by her surrounding skylines, she uses shadowy silhouettes to create her tranquil and dream-like pieces. Graduating with Fine Art Printmaking in 1995, Colette went on to study glass in 2004 and develop her unique style by combining layers including printing, sieving and hand painting. Her elegant glass graces many beautiful homes.
Creative Ways is a collection of creative practices by Elaine Roberts. Elaine specialises in making bold, colourful abstract patterns using fluid artistry techniques. By manipulating the paint, she encourages beautiful cells and patterns to form on canvas. The paintings can be further manipulated by digital imagery and made into prints, ranging from large impactful wall art to small scale framed prints. She also hand crafts unique gifts and jewellery using the same fluid art techniques.
Gavin Darby works with scrap steel while Garry Jones is a ceramic artist. Together they create interesting and humorous vehicles piloted by animals.
DEB COOPER/nTEXTILE ART
Deb Cooper is a mixed media textile artist/maker, based in County Durham in the North East of England. She often works with natural forms and natural dyes to make bespoke pieces of art. She also produces hand-crafted books, cards, brooches, boxes, and hand dyed scarves with beautifully subtle tones.
Emily Briggs, based in the North West is a self-taught artist developing a speciality in coloured pencil and exploring other mediums. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, with a fascination and true love for British wildlife, she uses her realism style art to reconnect people with the species around us and highlight the beauty of the nature on our own doorsteps.
ESS offers a range of unique one-off products using vintage fabrics once designed and woven by E&S Smith Ltd in Bradford between its commencement in 1935 to its closure in 2005. Their collection of bags, backpacks and other accessories made locally from 'Woven in Bradford' fabric, make great gifts and you can now get the chance to own a beautiful piece of Yorkshire weaving history.