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Cotton Bird Designs

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

region: Midlands   

Angela Cotton is a mixed media artist working with new and recycled materials, such as vintage linens and maps, to create bird sculpture and other works.

Over the years her collection of vintage textiles and papers has steadily grown creating a cosy inspiring nest…perfect for creating little birds! Wedding cake toppers, woodland garlands and wedding ring pillows form the basis for her beautiful collection. Commissions happily taken.

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CoucouManou by Nell Beale

category: Furniture & Wood   

region: South West   

Trained on an HND Design course as a furniture designer/maker over 20 years ago, Nell Beale has been making bespoke freestanding and fitted furniture for many years.

In May 2012 she founded CoucouManou and launched her own collection of furniture and homewares. CoucouManou’s designs have received national & international press coverage and Beale has been tipped by The Guardian as a “hot new name” and picked by the Evening Standard as “Best in Show” at London Design Festival 2012. Her love of colour and a deep understanding of cabinet making and design, helps create some really stunning pieces of furniture and homewares.

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Crowns & Coronets

category: Textiles - Clothing   

region: Midlands   

Crowns & Coronets is a luxury British knitwear brand for babies and children from 0-6 years. Created by English designer Helena Hubbard, who learnt to knit from her mother as a child, each sumptuously soft garment is hand knitted and hand stitched in England by master artisans from a blend of the purest Himalayan yak down and sustainable bamboo. Our Yak Collection is imbued with influences from yesteryear such as sailor collars, waistcoats and pinafore dresses. We create timeless and classic pieces to be treasured as heirlooms fit for little princes and princesses. Meticulous craftsmanship coupled with the use of rare and noble natural fibres make our garments heirlooms to treasure. Crowns & Coronets ethically sources yak down from Tibetan herders, thereby improving the wellbeing of the nomads while preserving cultural skills and maintaining sustainable rural lifestyles.

telephone: 01527 894155

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category: Furniture & Wood   

region: Midlands   

I work with hand selected hardwoods to design unique pieces of strong, elegant furniture. Each piece is created to meet the demands of modern living whilst maintaining an eye for the traditional principles of construction and design.

I’m inspired by the beauty of trees and the wonderful material they provide, the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement and the simplicity and elegance of Art Deco.  I believe we all have an instinctive and historic affinity with wood and strive to celebrate this in my work.

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Dani Crompton Designs

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South East   

I observe the natural world as a whole and on a microscopic level. In my Nature’s Way jewellery collection I predominantly use silver and glass seed beads sometimes incorporating paper and textiles to represent the organic forms, textures and amazing colours I find. I start with only a vague idea, no drawings or measurement. Once the materials start to come together, they steer me towards the final design, each one interacting with the last to guide me to the next move. It’s an exciting organic process which comes to its natural end when the completed piece reveals itself.

telephone: 07958 920250

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Debbie Carlton

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: London   

Debbie’s bold and innovative jewellery designs often combine metal and polymers to create colourful and stylish one-off pieces. She is intrigued by the relationship of colour and texture, and what can be achieved to create shape and form through modelling and a few simple tools. She is a passionate advocate of these dynamic and innovative products and teaches one to one and small groups from her studio in North West London for both beginners and advanced students.

telephone: 07967 978061

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Debra Thompson Designer-Maker

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Wales   

Using just four key materials wire, wood, cloth and thread Debra makes sculptural pieces in her home studio. Inspired by nature and the seasons, she manipulates cloth to resemble wild flowers and leaves and using the shapes of vintage china creates cloth vessels.

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Definitive Furniture

category: Furniture & Wood   

region: Midlands   

Definitive furniture was established in 2005, following my degree in furniture design and three years working as a cabinet maker. Specialising in bespoke, quality, handmade furniture, over the last seven years I have earned a strong local reputation for original ideas which are expertly crafted, using techniques from hand cut dovetails to steambending, to answer the specific needs of the individual client.

telephone: 07855661286

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Deirdre McGuirk

category: Ceramics   

region: Herefordshire   

Deirdre McGuirk is a ceramic artist based in Hertfordshire.

I use porcelain to make wheel thrown and hand-built ceramics; I love the silky smoothness of porcelain and the white canvas it provides for decoration. Once glazed it has a luminosity that seems to be unique to this clay. It is a challenging material to throw, but I enjoy the challenge and I think the results are worth it.

Forms have proportion and simplicity, but have a function. I enjoy food and cooking and want my ceramics to be useful in everyday life, enhancing the food they hold or flowers that they display rather than dominating. I make all my own glazes from raw materials, adding oxides in different concentrations to allow variations of similar colour. I prefer muted colours, particularly greens, blues and greys with subtle variations. I use both glossy and matt glazes, which I sometimes layer and overlap to create depth of colour and variation of texture on the same piece.

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Deshca Designs

category: Metalwork   

region: North West   

I make unique copper sculptures for the home and garden, including wall hangings, fountains, water features, flowers, birds and insects. Most of my work incorporates some facet of nature, as there is an abundance of inspiration to be derived from it.

Many of my pieces are one of a kind, and I like to experiment with different techniques and ideas, so I’m always learning. I also like to flame colour my pieces, so even if making the same item, no two ever look exactly the same. I’m more than happy to work with customers to provide exactly what they require. Ultimately if the customer is happy, then I’m happy.

telephone: 07801953364

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