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category: 3D Sculptural Work   Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: Yorkshire   

I’ve been lucky to always inhabit a world in which Selotape, string, paper and cereal boxes are plentiful…. And to have been surrounded by lovely folk who’ve encouraged me and put up with the mess! After initially training as a Theatre Designer, and working for several years in the Art education sector, I use these […]

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Katie Essam, Contemporary Applied Art

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South East   

I’m a mixed media textile artist. I use fabrics, threads, paper, paint, crochet, tatting, couching, free hand machine embroidery and appliqué combined sometimes with found items in my pieces. I love all things vintage, and the hidden beauty in the everyday thoroughly inspires me. I tend to frame or mount all my pieces.
I have a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Applied Art from the University of Hertfordshire, and graduated in 2011. I love to do commission work, working from a photo or an image, and am also very happy to customise any of my designs, changing fabrics and colours etc.

address: Watford, Herts.

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Laura Edgar Textile Artist & Tutor

category: Fashion Accessories   Mixed Media and Recycled   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: North East   

Based in Whitley Bay on the North East coastline, I work in textiles and mixed media, exploring an eclectic mix of vintage textiles, recycled clothing, paint, ephemera and haberdashery, hand and machine embroidery to create original art, prints, handcrafted fashion accessories and cards.

I am fascinated by texture and the ephemeral changes to light, texture and colour by the elements on our sea and landscapes. I find inspiration in nature and all things vintage, collecting beachcombing and flea market treasures; intrigued by the nostalgic associations and emotive power of nature.

address: Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

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Lightbox Moments

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: London   

Lightbox Moments is all about handmade decorative lightboxes, individually designed using mixed media techniques, including 3D collage, assemblage, photos, painting & more. They are lit by LED lights powered by 9V battery with an on/off switch on the side. Energy consumption is very low, significantly extending the battery life (especially lithium ones). LED light strip can last up to 50,000. Lightboxes could be hung on a wall or stand on any flat surface in a closed or open space.

telephone: 020 82038063

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Lindsey Kennedy Portfolio

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Mosaics   

region: West Midlands   

Originally I trained as a jeweller and silversmith at Birmingham School of Jewellery, but I have transferred my skills to designing and making mosaics. Still gem-setting in lots of ways with highly reflective materials, just on a larger scale! I am currently inspired by the positive/negative patterns created by tree branches and the richness of highly decorative East European embroidery – bright colours against dark backgrounds.

I work to commission, on exterior and interior panels and I’m creating a range of work to sell online, in local galleries and from my studio. Prices range from £20-£300 for existing work and £350-£4000 for commissioned mosaics.

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category: 3D Sculptural Work   Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: South West   

Little Burrow Designs is the whimsical repurposed sculpture world of mixed media artist Claire Read. Each piece, or “storybox”, is created entirely by reworking vintage and antique objects and curios, often with a combination of vintage textiles. Most storyboxes are one-off, unique sculptures. A few are possible to recreate, although will never be identical, and […]

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Little Mill House

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Yorkshire   

I upcycle vintage materials such as tea towels,scarves and glasses into beautiful cushions and gifts. The idea for Little Mill House came from my obsession with hunting vintage items and needing a creative way to free them from storage. It then became an excuse to continue hunting lovely items and share them with other people. I was taught by my auntie to sew as I was growing up and have had professional tuition by a private tutor to perfect my techniques. Everything is made at home by myself and quality is a priority.

telephone: 01535 273899

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made by Rose

category: Jewellery and Silverware   Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: North West   

I create jewellery with a playful feel that is a pleasure to wear and own, finding inspiration in the things I love to collect, vintage fabrics, buttons and natural forms collected on walks near my home. I studied Jewellery Design and Making BA Hons at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, graduating in 2007. Since then I have been producing my jewellery and sell through galleries and individual boutiques.
My collection includes charm bracelets, earrings and necklaces, each one slightly different due to the hand made elements and precious vintage buttons that are in limited supply. I first crochet, knot or plait natural hemp/cotton cord to form the base for my pieces. Using copper and silver wire, I create planished charms in a variety of organic shapes, some oxidised. Vintage buttons and beads along with etched wooden veneer charms that feature my own intricate organic designs complete the pieces.

address: Wheelton, Chorley PR6 8HA

telephone: 07725994802


made by swimmer

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South West   

We are two sisters with a shared love of sewing and making things that goes right back to our childhood. We are inspired by our love of recycling, junk shop hunting and our passion for sewing. We love the idea that we are making something beautiful from discarded materials. We create cushions, soft toys and accessories to our own original design. We like to think that our work is traditional with a quirky, modern edge to it. Apart from an A level in Art we are entirely self taught but are carrying on a strong family tradition of making. Our unique ‘signature’ is the use of recycled woolen blankets which we then embroider onto.We think our work is fun; it makes people smile. Most of our products are limited editions mostly due to the recycled material of the materials used.

address: Boscombe, Bournemouth BH7 6EY

telephone: 01202 387144

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Magpie Maison

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: North East   

I make a variety of small artworks, homewares and wearable items from recycled, vintage and discarded materials.
I studied Jewellery & Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art, where I became interested in working with mixed materials. I am most inspired by nature, fairytales and antiquity, creating one-off or limited quantity collages, which are box framed. Other works include textile jewellery, framed textile collages, and handmade cards. I have a studio/shop in Durham city.
I try to reuse as many old objects and materials as possible, sourcing from antique fairs, markets and thrift shops. Old cutlery boxes, vintage textiles, scrap papers, old books, broken jewellery and haberdashers’ materials are some the treasures I enjoy working with.

address: Cottage 1, Fowlers Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham DH1 3RA

telephone: 07855 342127

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MaiaAndTheWildflower

category: Fashion Accessories   Jewellery and Silverware   Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: Wales   

I make beautiful jewellery and decorative pieces from resin and flowers. If you love the sight of sunshine and wildflower, then my bright, colourful, nature inspired one of a kind pieces are perfect for you.

address: Cardiff, Wales


Mandi Baykaa-Murray

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: South West   

My craft is painting birds of prey (my inspiration) on to feathers and small slices of tree branch. I use acrylic paints over a light layer of gesso, and a very light touch with a paintbrush. My feathers are presented either in a small ceramic vase made locally or in a specially made box frame. I display the wooden ovals on miniature easels. I have a Fine Art Degree and an MA in Printmaking but I currently enjoy painting wildlife using a variety of media. I help at a falconry centre where my inspiration and fascination with feathers comes from to create my art.

address: Yatton, N Somerset

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Metamorphosis Hand-Painted Furniture

category: Furniture & Wood   Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: Yorkshire   

At Metamorphosis we source items of beautiful, previously owned old furniture and bring them back to life. We rescue, restore or repair and then revitalise them. During the process, their personalities begin to shine through. They start to acquire names. We get a feel for their potential. Some of them like to keep their original purpose, and others like to try their hand at something else. All undergo some form of metamorphosis, and become beautiful, unique individuals. We also revamp other pre-owned things; sometimes these are restored to their former purpose, and sometimes they take on a new artistic twist.

address: The Old Tannery, 224 Spen Lane, Gomersal, West Yorkshire BD19 4PJ

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Michaela McMillan

category: 3D Sculptural Work   Jewellery and Silverware   Mixed Media and Recycled   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Midlands   

I create sculptural forms, wall pieces and jewellery. I use textiles, found objects, collected personal and family memorabilia and recycled materials mixed with new.

Much of my work is stimulated by the materials, both their physical appearance and qualities, and the story of their original uses and functions, and often, my own associations with them. Influences include Grayson Perry, Andrew Logan, Tim Walker, a 70s childhood, music and friendships.

address: Rugby, Warwickshire

telephone: 07950 201345

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Mimilove Forever

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Printmaking   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: North West   

My name is Karen Grenfell and I am a mixed media artist, based in Staffordshire. I mainly work in watercolour paint onto paper or canvas which I then embellish with hand embroidery.
I specialize in animal portraiture and produce a range of works to cater for various budgets, from high quality prints to originals and pet portrait commissions and small home accessories.
Whilst I have no formal art/embroidery training I do have many years/wealth of experience in my field and regularly sell to not only UK but worldwide, often working to deadlines.
My works have also been featured in various (and diverse!) books and publications from CrossStitcher magazine and Revolution Art to Henhouse magazine and The Needlecraft Stitch Directory as well as online.

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MisHelenEous

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: North West   

Helen Rogers of MisHelenEous makes handmade textile, felt and knitted gifts for you, your home and your dog! Prices from £1.50-£32.00. There’s something for everyone: cards and home décor included. Helen graduated with a Ba Hons in Fine Art in 1995 and discovered a love of crafts. Inspiration comes from her surroundings and her dog, Border Terrier Whiskey.

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Mouse in the House

category: 3D Sculptural Work   Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: Yorkshire   

I come from a Theatre Design background and apply my scale-model techniques to create small mixed-media playful sculptures of mice, made entirely from salvaged and recycled materials. I make numerous commissions and ‘one-off’ pieces, which are either freestanding, housed in a driftwood box, or positioned under a glass dome. The sculptures are highly detailed, with every aspect considered to a high standard, these can be personalised to meet a client’s specifications.
Prices vary, depending on the detail and complexity of the piece; they range from £15-£65. My clients often commission pieces for their own home, or as gifts for special occasions. The colours, materials and detailing frequently appeal to children as much as to adults.
I’ve always had a fascination with stories and histories, and collect profusely. I work with fragments of fabric, paper, wood and metal, with which I aim to fire up the imagination and encourage audiences to engage playfully with my work.

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Mummybird Pretties

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: South East   

Notably with a vintage feel, I make pretty personalised/quote necklaces, floral bracelets and bobby pins offered in vintage tins that I’ve found along my travels. I like to use as many medias as I can and love the romance of vintage and bygone days and this is in some of my pieces. I like to use extracts from period dramas such as Pride and Prejudice. I teach basic jewellery and themed jewellery making classes at a local college occasionally and have a weekly pitch on the market within the city of Cambridge.

address: Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5LE

telephone: 01954200223

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Navdeep Dhiman

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South East   

Navdeep Dhiman is a mixed media textile designer who specialises in making products from thread, resin, hand dyed plastic and handmade bead. The transparent resin pieces are hung on a nylon thread so light can shine through the striking colours and shapes, which make it ideal for hanging in front of windows, as room dividers or on a wall. Each of these pieces is unique and come in different range of colours, shapes, sizes and textures.

Recently, she has started to experiment with laser cutting to produce patterns that are not possible with resin on recycled card and perspex.

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Nook and Crannie

category: Ceramics   Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: South West   

Nook and Crannie is Hannah Mason who makes charming wall hangings, cards and badges – a mixed media collection celebrating the act of story telling and imaginative adventures, focusing predominantly on children’s literature.

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