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Karen Walshe

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South West   

I live in the lovely Devon estuary town of Topsham, which is full of seagulls and home to a host of elegant wading birds. I try to capture something of their essence in my work (textiles), which is characterized by a naivety of design. I have an MA in History of Modern Art and Design.
The eagerly awaited Avocets have become central motifs in much of my work, along with Oystercatchers and Curlews. Whilst the subjects may vary, the unifying element is the use of quality fabrics in soft dusky hues of blues, neutrals and greys. Motifs are appliquéd with free motion machine embroidery stitch, reminiscent of soft pencil sketches. I design and make all of my products at my kitchen table, listening to my favourite audio books (mainly Jane Austen) and the cry of the gulls overhead. Prices start from £10 for a tea towel.
Products are available in Panorama Gallery, Topsham, Devon.

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Kat Zahran Jewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South East   

I began making jewellery in 2007 and have not looked back since, setting up Kat Zahran Jewellery in 2009. My jewellery has a distinct style, mixing gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones and oxidisation to provide pieces which are highly distinctive and modern yet extremely wearable. I am also a specialist in fine wire work for more delicate pieces.

address: Hove

telephone: 07712260273


category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Midlands   

Kate became a studio jeweller in 2003, exhibiting collections in galleries and at exhibitions throughout the UK and Ireland. Whilst on her degree Kate found a natural affinity working with metal and spent long hours making intricate models to help her visualise her designs. She has always promoted craftsmanship and quality of making in her […]

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category: Ceramics   

region: Wales   

My passions are for clay and plants, which stems from my occupation as a gardener. I combined both these interests on my degree course in ceramics at Cardiff School of Art & Design. Since graduating in 2009, I have worked in a shared ceramic studio exploring the effects of shape, pattern, silhouettes, shadows, and contrasts […]

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Kate Holdsworth Designs

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Midlands   

Kate’s jewellery collections are all inspired by textiles, whether it is knitting with yarn and fusing this with glass, or taking the inspiration from knitted patterns and textures and translating this into silver. Kate has several collections that are linked by a textile theme but each has a different feel and look. Kate Holdsworth is a jewellery designer maker. She has always been fascinated with the tactile textural qualities of knit. While studying at Bucks New University she became intrigued with the contrasting textures that could be achieved by juxtaposing knit with other materials. Kate went on to develop her love of contrasting materials on her MA at Nottingham Trent University where she produced an innovative process of fusing knit and glass together to create a unique composite textile. This led Kate to a year’s placement on the Design Space Programme developing new jewellery products. Since Design Space she has set up a collective with 10 other jewellery designer makers at Quarter Studios where she shares a workshop within the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

address: Unit 6, Quarter Studios, 85 Spencer Street, Birmingham B18 6DE

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category: Paper   

region: West Midlands   

Using old and recycled materials I try to capture the detail and beauty found in nature. My work is influenced by plants, insects and found objects which I recreate in paper and arrange carefully into collections and dioramas. I like to evoke the sense of nostalgia and curiosity I get from studying nature and creating the items […]

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Kate Whitehead Textiles

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I am a textile artist and designer specialising in weave and embroidery. I enjoy working with paper and poor materials such as Calico, muslin, scrim and salvaged fabrics. My work often involves patching and mending; it has a feel of materials found and restored to produce desirable and treasured pieces. I produce unconventional artefacts that can be worn, hung or framed. The work explores the possibilities in the forgotten, overlooked and abandoned.

address: Chorlton, Manchester M21

telephone: 07875578006

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Kate Wood

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: London   

Kate Wood has been making jewellery in one form or another since childhood. Largely self-taught, her work is informed by the natural world, tiny overlooked details, beautiful gemstones and a love of simple forms, aged finishes and vintage glamour.
After graduating with a French degree Kate worked as a museum archivist before launching her business in 2005. She started out selling her jewellery in London markets including Spitalfields and Portobello, where she developed her distinctively organic designs and began to attract the attention of boutiques and galleries.
Kate is now represented by several UK galleries and creates her jewellery collections completely by hand from her studio at the renowned Cockpit Arts in London’s Holborn.

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Katherine Fortnum Ceramics

category: Ceramics   

region: Midlands   

Hand built decorative ceramic sculptures inspired by structures in nature and particularly delicate natural forms; created through playful experimentation, pushing the limits of the fragility of the clay qualities within the forms through the ceramic process. Interesting qualities emerged as I began using smaller elements creating complex structures which were much more delicate. Each unique piece is extremely challenging and time consuming to make as every element is individually constructed.
Katherine graduated with BA (Hons) in Design Crafts, specialising in ceramics; from DeMontfort University 2013. Her workshop is based in Leicestershire, England. You can find Katherine’s work at craft fairs throughout the year or via her website; where you will find a range of functional ceramics; including homewares, vases, bowls, coasters and more. Commissions Welcomed.
Katherine runs Ceramics workshops which are great for anyone looking to learn a new skill whilst creating something beautiful and unique. Whether there’s a specific item you wish to make or simply just to have a play and explore the world of clay, we have a range of workshops available designed around you.

address: 15 Knoll Street, Market Harborough LE16 9QR

telephone: 07732789997

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category: Ceramics   

region: East Midlands   

I produce hand-painted decorative porcelain jugs, cups, cake stands and brooches using a variety of slip casting and hand-building techniques. Each piece is essentially a canvas for decoration and collage as I combine drawings with found ephemera. I am inspired by nostalgia, old paper ephemera, vintage textiles and a love of drawing. I am fascinated […]

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