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Emma Desborough-Hartley

category: Ceramics   

region: North West   

I make contemporary ceramics, aiming to capture emotions, from a pretty, delicate piece through to some more deep, sinister work.

The use of colour and texture with strong design is paramount, my work focuses on a love of plants, nature and life in general.

address: Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 4HT

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Hedge and Hog: Designs and Prints

category: Printmaking   

region: North West   

I am a printmaker, working primarily with linocuts and collagraph techniques. I am a trained Architect and completed my PhD in 2004. My handmade, limited edition prints are all made from my original sketches that are inspired by my life around me, and by seeing the beauty in the mundane. You will also see a layered colour palette, often bright but muted, and subtle. I aim to create prints that can inspire a smile, a memory, and a piece of art that you can form your own personal associations with.
Having studied Architectural Conservation, mark-making is of specific interest and how different surfaces and cutting methods can give individuality to a piece. With price range mostly between £15-£65, they are an affordable means to collect original, handmade and unique art.

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Helen Bolland Shibori Pleated Silk

category: Textiles - Clothing   

region: North West   

Helen’s passion and aspiration is to create striking and original fabrics of complexity and beauty; whose colours appear to ripple and pulsate, shifting chameleon-like as light diffuses across their unique textures.
​Drawing her inspiration from the natural world – exotic birds, sea creatures, flora, the living landscape, ​Helen’s interpretation of the ancient Eastern craft of Shibori has two distinctive elements, bringing together the artisan and the artist, a union of control with the uncontrollable.
​The creation by hand of the pleats is a practical, mechanical, steady, reliable and very time-consuming process; the dyeing process is far less predictable, as the dyes are given free rein to blend and flow. There is an empathy with the sculptor who feels her role is to release the creation already hidden within her materials.

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J&D Field Contemporary Jewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: North West   

John and Dawn Field have worked together since graduating in the late 1980’s. They collaborate on several jewellery ranges. In one, stencils are rolled into silver, then, rather than making matching partners, one earring will have a vividly coloured stone and the other will have some brass decoration.

John also works on one-off pieces. His treatment of the richly coloured natural materials give them a timeless and sometimes mystical feel. The jewellery often has its own stand or lives in its own box. Meanwhile, Dawn draws on her Fine Art background, using strong imagery including mythical creatures such as Pegasus.

address: P.O. Box 228, Holmfirth HD9 9BF

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Jane Orton

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Midlands   North West   

My work is inspired by natural textures and includes necklaces, pendants, cufflinks and earrings. I like to take items such as a petal, an acorn or a piece of coral and reproduce them in silver, often with contrasting textures, semi-precious stones or a gold highlight. I use traditional jewellery bench methods including electro-forming and casting. Prime Minister Theresa May wore a necklace I made for her on numerous occasions, including the last EU summit and for her resignation speech.

address: Ashbourne, Derbyshire

telephone: 07973 338 985

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Jewellery By Silvana

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: North West   

I design and make quirky, individual jewellery, using sterling silver and copper as well as incorporating enamel, glass, brass and semi-precious stones sometimes. I also use pewter for brooches, pendants and earrings as well as clocks, thermometers and tiny animal ornaments. Though I didn’t start off this way, my designs are now predominantly animal based as these have proved to be so popular, though I still do my signature gingerbreadmen and also the more elegant ranges that I started my career with a decade ago.
My prices range from £12 up to £35 at the moment. Based in my home studio in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, I have been studying, making and selling jewellery for 10 years but turned full-time only very recently.

address: Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire

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category: Ceramics   

region: North West   

I design and produce a series of contemporary ceramic objects that explore functionality. Blurring the boundaries between the usable and the purely decorative, with a minimal aesthetic and considered and refined colour palette. Fascinated by process, I explore the technique of layered slipcasting, to create unique pieces and both individual pieces and collections of curated […]

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Jo Hill Textiles

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Midlands   North West   

I am a textile artist and designer based in the Staffordshire countryside, making textile wall hangings, cushions, lampshades, chairs, and many other original fabric creations. I use sumptuous fabrics and intricate stitching to create contemporary textile treats for your home, business or as a gift.

Sewing is my absolute passion, and having won several design awards at University and gone on to sell my woven creations to Habitat, amongst others, I have spent the last few years developing the Jo Hill range of embroidered designs. My textile designs are inspired by the beautiful British countryside, in particular its diverse range of wildlife that is so often hiding in amongst the grasses and the trees.

I am proud to say that all of my original textiles are handmade by me in Great Britain with love, joy and lots of passion!

address: Stone, Staffordshire

telephone: 01785 247754

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Julia Wright

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: North West   

The soft forms of weather worn pebbles, the repeated structure of moss and lichen growth and patterns in clusters of barnacles, inspire my jewellery.

I use combinations of hand-pierced and domed silver and copper with added textile details to create wearable pieces that echo these shapes. The contrast between the textures of metal and crochet/felt fibres enables me to explore the tactile qualities of each material and I enjoy the very different processes involved in making each element.

address: Worsley, Manchester

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KAH Ceramics

category: Ceramics   

region: North West   

I am a contemporary studio potter. My inspiration is taken from the beautiful Cumbrian landscapes in which I live. I use a range of techniques such as raku, slab built pots and slip casting. I use plants picked from my garden to print into the clay along with using textured rollers and the sgraffito technique to hand draw into my work. My aim is to bring the beauty of nature into the home and garden. I practise with many different clays and recently, I have created my own paper clay recipe to create delicate pieces for the home.

address: Carlisle, Cumbria

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category: Ceramics   

region: North West   

Katie Timson has had a deep-rooted love and appreciation of nature for as long as she can remember. She enjoys walking and finds herself collecting all manner of interesting or beautiful objects such as feathers, rocks, pebbles, sea-glass, seed heads and fragments of bird’s eggshells whilst doing so. Their natural patterns, colour and texture provide […]

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Lauren Taylor

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: North West   

Lauren Taylor is a British designer, based in south Manchester. Following a jewellery summer school at the Goldsmiths Centre, Lauren unearthed a passion for contemporary craft and handmade jewellery, and after graduating from Manchester School of Art in Three Dimensional Design, she continued her studies there, and completed a Jewellery Masters Degree in 2015.

Inspired by Manchester’s roots in the industrial revolution, Lauren hand spins cotton thread into rope, embedding time and skill into the very fibres of her jewellery. Combining unconventional jewellery materials with traditional techniques, she produces work with a strong contemporary feel. All work is made in Lauren’s south Manchester studio where the focus is producing high quality, hand crafted products.

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category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: North West   

I am a textile artist living and working in Manchester where I studied embroidery at university. In my studio based work I explore a range of hand and machine embroidery techniques, I also teach textiles at Salford City College. My current work involves an eclectic mix of found and made treasures brought together in small […]

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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


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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Nancy Gray

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: North West   

I am a textile artist from Cumbria. I work with machine embroidery on linen or cotton and create one off pieces and cards which are landscape based. Inspiration is gained from walks and travels both in the UK and abroad but often feature water, whether that is a lake, tarn or sea.

address: Kendal, Cumbria

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Paper, Paint & Clay Studio

category: Ceramics   Mixed Media and Recycled   Paper   

region: North West   

I make wall sculptures out of drift wood branches, ceramic bowls and platters wrapped in papier-mâché and ceramic collages that hint at a story. I love combining different textures to create very tactile pieces. My work is influenced by the weatherworn surfaces of the Manx landscape, the coastline, and my love of the sea, then wrapped with papier-mâché. The papier-mâché is a wrapping of love! It’s a memory of my sister and I, who with great care and glee unwrapped the Christmas decorations. These wonderful jewels had been so carefully folded in old newspaper ‘skins’, now my papier-mâché skins! My repeatedly worked surfaces of clay are under constant revision, referencing the endless remaking of the shoreline, then decorated with oxides, under glazes, glazes and gold lustre.

address: Isle of Man

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Paula Powell Original Artwork and Handmade Cards

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Paper   

region: North West   

Paula Powell Original Artwork and Handmade Cards offers products with three aspects: Growing – artwork and accessories for children ; Living – artwork for the home; Loving – keepsakes and stationery for celebrations. My work originates from a love of memories associated with garments, fabrics and images. Fragments of lives, histories held in items often thrown away. This includes children’s clothes; the fabrics, prints and memories they hold.

My range includes canvases, framed artwork, hangings, memory boxes, pomanders, cards and stationery. Applique techniques, hand and free motion embroidery combine with paper, wax and new, painted or recycled fabrics and garments. Ribbons, buttons, found objects and vintage lace are firm favourites. Stitch brings it all together by adding names, dates or messages to create a unique, personal gift.

telephone: 07743691492

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Pauline Townsend Silk Painter

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: North West   

I have been a professional silk painter & tutor for 17 years. I first came across silk painting whilst studying surface pattern design and got hooked on the technique and taught myself. I am an active member of the Guild of Silk Painters and Silk Painters International and teach a wide range of workshops on the subject.

I paint using the traditional resist technique, this is where the design is outlined on the silk using a resist medium called gutta, before being painted & fixed. My main subject areas are flowers, stylised buildings & landscapes.

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