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Diane Shaw Silks

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South East   

Unique one-off items created using only the finest silk fabrics, threads and trimmings. All are individually handmade by the designer in her workshop in West Sussex, England.

Initially trained as a maker of bespoke silk lampshades at a workshop in Brighton that supplied top international design houses, Diane started out by ‘recycling’ the silk remnants of this trade. She created a unique collection of cushions inspired by the shapes and colours of the individual fabric pieces themselves to which she added silk embroidery and other embellishments. The collection has grown to include other home decor items as well as bags and gift cards.

The main design emphasis is on clean lines, and a neat, tailored feel that uses sumptuous silks to sculpture colours into folds, pleats and soft geometric shapes. Luxuriant dupions are layered with cool, crisp silk linens; royal taffetas are swathed with embroidered organza, and high-tech silk textiles from international design houses are complimented by simple hand woven natural silks.

Diane Shaw is a designer-maker currently listed on the UK Crafts Council National Register of Makers and in the Homes and Gardens Magazine Directory.

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email: diane@dianeshawsilks.co.uk


Dianne Randle

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South East   

The textile art I create is inspired by nature and abstract interpretations of the world around me. I work with handmade felt, needle felt, machine and hand embroidery to produce highly embellished surfaces and colourful eye-catching artwork. I love to draw with stitch, pattern, texture and colour.

telephone: 07899993792


category: Paper   Printmaking   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

I studied Textiles at Goldsmiths college and progressed to receive a Masters in Textiles from Birmingham University. These days, I work from a lovely studio at the bottom of our garden; from here the expansive view across the Holme Valley is breathtaking and provides constant inspiration to my textile work. I love to draw, print […]

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Dittany Rose

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South East   

I’m a second career maker who returned to jewellery design in 2015, twenty years after graduating from Middlesex University. I make contemporary jewellery in bright colours, working in silver, layered coloured card and clear resin. I aim to create pieces that are light, fresh and easy to wear; geometric shapes that add a pop of colour to an outfit; abstract forms without austerity, clean lines but with subtlety and detail. In 2017 I had a 12-week slot as one of the featured jewellers in the foyer of the Hepworth Wakefield. When you buy a piece of Dittany Rose jewellery you are getting a piece of wearable artwork.

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category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Scotland   

Dominika Kupcova is a jewellery designer and maker based in Glasgow, Scotland. Dominika graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2017 and has been running an independent jewellery business since. She creates complex, eye-catching structures with an element of optical illusion, carefully constructed using repeated layers of linear pattern. The work is informed by the […]

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Dr Bean’s Bags

category: Fashion Accessories   

region: South East   

Dr Bean’s Bags are designed and made on the Isle of Wight. The Island is a creative environment and the seaside location was the inspiration for the initial concept; a simple yet strong bag that reflected a nautical situation. Use of natural fabrics, such as canvas and ticking, jute rope for handles epitomise the Classic Yachting heritage of Cowes. An eyelet and shackle add a pleasing finishing touch and each bag is individually numbered, much like a sail.

Our bags incorporate recognised phrases, poems and text, with stitched detail and appliqué. We like to celebrate the eccentricities of English life, which probably explains that the most popular style of bag features an extract from the daily ‘Shipping Forecast’.

In the world of Dr Bean, the forecast is always sunny – and can be made especially for the area you request.

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DrawntoStitch By Louise O’Hara

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

region: North West   

I am a mixed media artist based in a small village in the heart of Cheshire; I work from my studio which is filled to the rafters with ephemera, vintage fabrics, typewriters, sewing machines, threads, hand painted papers and books, I am sure you can picture the scene!
During My Masters Degree in Fashion and Textiles I discovered ‘wabi Sabi’ and the ethos of ‘beauty in imperfection’; this really captures my inspirations and the work which I produce, I am influenced by tactile aged surfaces like peeling paint on walls and fabrics which are threadbare but laden with memories and stories to tell.
I use a combination of layered surfaces, collage, drawing, machine and hand stitch to create original pieces and I like to incorporate vintage and discarded items into my work to convey messages off nostalgia.

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E.Ballon Design

category: Fashion Accessories   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South West   

I am a trained handweaver with experience in London, Paris and New York, now based in Bristol. We make and handweave bags only using natural fibres, fabrics and solid brass hardware to create a long lasting product. Our focus is on handcrafted details, soft fabrics and pretty colour palettes.

address: Bristol, UK

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Ed Oliver

category: Furniture & Wood   

region: South East   

I’m a artistic woodturner based in Kent. My woodturning is enhanced by texture and colour and in many cases I’m asked if it ceramic or glass.
The wood is like a canvas and the woodturning is like the potters wheel. My designs come from the natural beauty in the wood to be enhanced, or the everyday object that we come in contact with.
I’ve trained with some very gifted woodturners based in the UK and now teach the skills which I’ve collected along my woodturning journey, and am a member of the Register of Professional Woodturners.

address: Great Chart, Kent

telephone: 07768 881119

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category: Ceramics   

region: South West   

Having worked a 9-5 job as a letting agent, Eleanor decided to hand in her notice and pursue her true passion of creating ceramic arts and wares from her home studio in Cornwall. Formerly achieving a BA in design as a student of Plymouth University, Eleanor now puts her skills to use to create coastal inspired contemporary ceramics. […]

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