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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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