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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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Dorothy Stewart Handwovens

category: Fashion Accessories   Textiles - Clothing   

region: Scotland   

Dorothy is a handweaver producing small numbers of exclusive scarves and shawls for ladies and men.

Her yarn of preference is hand dyed fine silk or merino silk and the inspiration for her collections comes from nature or the local landscape.

The loom she uses is a twelve shaft Louet Spring.

telephone: 01387 810021

Down To Earth

category: Metalwork   

region: Midlands   

I create contemporary garden art metalwork. All of my work is individually handcrafted at my workshop situated on the Shropshire/Clwyd border. Eye-catching and tactile, my sculptures have integrity and individuality – the combination of colour, texture and form produce unique individual pieces and bold statements.

My garden art can be used in any space in the garden, to create a backdrop for planting or as a focal point. Much of my work is collaborative as I come into contact and exchange ideas with other craftspeople and artists. Inspiration also comes from the landscape: living in the country, shape and texture are around you all the time. I have flashes of inspiration and translate ideas from my sketchbook into metal.

telephone: 01948780377

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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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