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made by swimmer

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South West   

We are two sisters with a shared love of sewing and making things that goes right back to our childhood. We are inspired by our love of recycling, junk shop hunting and our passion for sewing. We love the idea that we are making something beautiful from discarded materials. We create cushions, soft toys and accessories to our own original design. We like to think that our work is traditional with a quirky, modern edge to it. Apart from an A level in Art we are entirely self taught but are carrying on a strong family tradition of making. Our unique ‘signature’ is the use of recycled woolen blankets which we then embroider onto.We think our work is fun; it makes people smile. Most of our products are limited editions mostly due to the recycled material of the materials used.

address: Boscombe, Bournemouth BH7 6EY

telephone: 01202 387144

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Madeleine Jude

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   Textiles - Clothing   

region: London   South East   

I am a textile designer and handweaver. All my products are designed and woven by me. I use a computerised dobby loom which gives me great flexibility in terms of designing unique and complex textiles. I trained in London at Handweavers Studio and work from my studio in Surrey. I am inspired by both modernist and traditional textiles from across the world, but especially the work of the mid-century Swedish women rug weavers whose work is now highly sought after. My current work is based on a damask weave which is a twill weave giving perfect drape for blankets, and great colour contrast in the pattern. I love the process of weaving, the fascination of following not only in the footsteps of my own ancestors but of practising and keeping alive a process which has gone on for something like twenty centuries of human activity. I also love to create things that will keep people warm, bring them comfort and give them pleasure.

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Maggie Williams

category: Glass   

region: South West   

I am based in Cornwall and make colourful contemporary blown glass including solid glass cupcakes and hanging vases.

My ideas are drawn from plants and flowers and the actual process of manipulating hot glass. It is a bewitching process that is constantly challenging.

I am always happy to work to commission, enjoying the process of working with a client.

telephone: 01522 520003

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Magpie Chique

category: Fashion Accessories   Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Midlands   

Magpie Chique hand makes beautiful and unique silver and gold jewellery, silver spoons, costume jewellery and fascinators in stunning Shropshire. Magpie Chique’s creator, Liz Simmons’s inspiration comes primarily from nature in form and textures. She loves drawing influences from the celestial bodies, rocks, landscapes and from plants and animals. This is apparent in her work; using reticulation, globulation, oxidation and hammering surface techniques.

“Working with metals is always involves some give and take; it is a process which changes and evolves even in the creation of one piece which is to be treasured”.

In 2012 she won ‘Welsh artist of the year’ applied arts category for a sterling silver sand cast, hand wrought ‘twig’ spoon. She is now exhibiting in several galleries including; Artful expressions, Ironbridge fine arts and framing, The silver shop, Tania Holland Gallery and Little Hippo Presents.

address: Shropshire

telephone: 07854708105

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email: magpiechique@gmail.com


Magpie Maison

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: North East   

I make a variety of small artworks, homewares and wearable items from recycled, vintage and discarded materials.
I studied Jewellery & Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art, where I became interested in working with mixed materials. I am most inspired by nature, fairytales and antiquity, creating one-off or limited quantity collages, which are box framed. Other works include textile jewellery, framed textile collages, and handmade cards. I have a studio/shop in Durham city.
I try to reuse as many old objects and materials as possible, sourcing from antique fairs, markets and thrift shops. Old cutlery boxes, vintage textiles, scrap papers, old books, broken jewellery and haberdashers’ materials are some the treasures I enjoy working with.

address: Cottage 1, Fowlers Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham DH1 3RA

telephone: 07855 342127

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MaiaAndTheWildflower

category: Fashion Accessories   Jewellery and Silverware   Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: Wales   

I make beautiful jewellery and decorative pieces from resin and flowers. If you love the sight of sunshine and wildflower, then my bright, colourful, nature inspired one of a kind pieces are perfect for you.

address: Cardiff, Wales


Mandi Baykaa-Murray

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: South West   

My craft is painting birds of prey (my inspiration) on to feathers and small slices of tree branch. I use acrylic paints over a light layer of gesso, and a very light touch with a paintbrush. My feathers are presented either in a small ceramic vase made locally or in a specially made box frame. I display the wooden ovals on miniature easels. I have a Fine Art Degree and an MA in Printmaking but I currently enjoy painting wildlife using a variety of media. I help at a falconry centre where my inspiration and fascination with feathers comes from to create my art.

address: Yatton, N Somerset

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maribru knitwear

category: Textiles - Clothing   

region: London   

I am a textile designer maker knitting garments and accessories. I create pieces which are timeless because they do not follow trends and unique in style since they combine different traditional techniques in a personal way. My items are a mix of machine knitting, crocheting and/or hand knitting, all finished by hand with attention to quality and detail, my work has a strong focus on handmade craft. I use pure undyed organic Shetland wool, I bring my Italian aesthetic sense to a material that comes from landscapes, traditions and a way of life so different from my own and is usually knitted into traditional motifs like fair isle patterns. The use of only undyed wool is a central aspect of my work: the colours that come naturally from the sheep are rich and warm and help me create my personal style, which is rustic in the textures of the garments, romantic but also chic, simple and contemporary. My prices go from around £30 for wristwarmers to around £240 for a jumper, with most other items in between these prices.

website: Click Here

email: info@maribru.co.uk


category: Ceramics   Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Yorkshire   

I am Marie Canning, ceramic designer-maker, working independently from my hillside studio in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. My ceramic collection of wall pieces, jewellery and bridal accessories stem from a rich curiosity for nature, a passion to preserve our planet, a deep love of all animals and an enthusiasm for thoughtful and conscious craftsmanship. Through […]

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Marion Miller Jewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Scotland   

I am a Swedish Jeweller and designer based in Orkney. I trained in jewellery and metal work at Sir John Cass in London. My main inspiration comes from the seas and shores around Orkney. Big skies, waves, patterns in the sand; sea in all colours of blue; pebble beaches; shell sand and constantly changing scenery.

I work mainly in silver, focusing on texture using traditional techniques such as piercing, chasing, soldering and texturing using hand engravers and hammers. I explore colour in vitreous enamel using techniques such as champlevé and cloisonné. Many of my pieces are set with semi precious stones.

telephone: 01857 616354

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Mark Cooke

category: Stone   

region: Wales   

Originally with a background in decorating my interest in interiors and design has developed rapidly in recent years. In particular I wanted to see how stone could be used to make discrete or statement features, wall pieces, free standing objects and even items for personal adornment. My design ideas come from geological structures, a minimalist design ethos and unplanned inspiration. I also want to bring to eye level the beauty and textures inherent in Welsh slate, a material so often used for flooring etc. The ability to cleave or split slate expanded the versatility of this sexy lithified mudstone. Other working methods revolve around wet cutting and finishing. I also have a range of elegant and beautiful slate jewellery in the form of pendants which are suitable for both sexes.

telephone: 07775 740583


category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South East   

Mark Fenn is a contemporary studio jeweller with a BA (Hons)degree in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery from UCA. Mark uses the ancient Korean technique of Keum-boo (Korean for “attached” gold) using 24ct Gold foil and Sterling silver. By using this technique each piece within a collection is slightly different and unique. Mark’s studio work is […]

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Mark Hilde

category: 3D Sculptural Work   Ceramics   Stone   

region: South West   

The influence of the coastal environment of West Wales, my childhood landscape, and the natural beauty of Dorset, where I now live, permeate the sculptural ceramics that I produce.
A background in precision engineering has trained me to work with a meticulous eye for tight tolerances, refined lines and defined angles.
My interests in nature and contemporary architecture have been incorporated to create pieces that contain the essence of natural forms in shapes that have clarity of line and beauty in simplicity.
All my work is handbuilt using slabs of stoneware clay and I construct each piece individually without the aid of moulds. The modelling and carving of the finer detail ensures each piece is unique. Following bisque firing to 1000°C, I apply my own glazes and finally fire to 1250°C.
I gained my BA Ceramics degree at West Wales School of the Arts in 2007.

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category: Furniture & Wood   

region: South West   

My work centres on the turning and sculpting of forms in native and home grown timbers to which I may add texture, colour, mixed media and found objects. Inspiration for my work comes from the shapes, textures and colours found in nature within my local environment as well as walking in woodland, the countryside, visits […]

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category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: North East   

Based in the North East of England, I am an artist whose work is influenced by the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors where I grew up. Using colours and textures and absorbing the sounds and feelings from the landscape. I hand embroider my artwork in my home studio and on location. It fascinates me how tiny […]

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Martin Urmston : Handwood Furniture

category: Furniture & Wood   

region: Midlands   

When asked at school which O levels I wanted to take, top of my list was woodwork simply because I enjoyed it. An A level then a college diploma with City and Guilds from High Wycombe College (now Bucks Uni.) followed. After 7 years the luxury of life as a student finished: I however continued woodworking, practising and honing my skills. The desire to design and make my own furniture professionally never diminished and in May 2008 I took the plunge. I now spend my days in a converted stable block pursuing my vocation.
Trees are truly beautiful things and wood is a wondrous natural material taking decades to grow. Each piece that I make I view as an opportunity to create an object of beauty that can be treasured for generations.

address: Nr Ludlow, Shropshire

telephone: 01584 856333

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Mary Cutchee

category: Ceramics   

region: South West   

Following training at art colleges in St Albans, Stoke-on-Trent and London I received a BA (Hons) in 1980, and have spent the last 38 years teaching and making ceramics in Ireland, Canada and the UK.

Now based in Devon with a workshop on the Dartington Estate, I use local ‘wild’ clay that I dig and prepare myself to make pots inspired by the Devon landscape. I use a combination of thrown, pinch, coil and slab techniques to give each pot a unique appearance and character as the different clays create serendipitous patterns on the surface of the pot. Though glazed inside, the tactile un-glazed outer surface of the pot offers the hand a deeper connection with the clay, and the land itself. Made by hand, my pots are meant to be held and touched as much as looked at. Prices start at £30 for small pots.

address: umcutchee@gmail.com

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email: umcutchee@gmail.com


Mary McFadden

category: Ceramics   

region: South East   

My work is handmade using slab built techniques with textures and leaves to create a woodland, meadow feel. I am inspired by the countryside walks where I live.

address: Kingswood, Kent ME17

telephone: 07958 629471

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Maureen Carr Knitwear

category: Textiles - Clothing   

region: South West   

I have been designing and creating hand-loomed knitwear for many years. My experience has been gained in fashion houses in both London and abroad. The business is run on the value of high quality products and the knitwear collection is, therefore, made using the finest yarns.
I love to create garments which “move” when worn and try to produce fluid, elegant pieces which are also versatile and can be worn for a range of occasions. As an experienced knitwear designer, I am able to create made-to-measure garments with just three measurements. My broad-based clientele regularly return for more bespoke knitwear due to the high quality products and made-to-measure fit.

address: Exeter, Devon

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Maxine Shattock

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South West   

My craft is mainly felt making. My inspirations are my love for animals, wildlife and my fortunate surroundings of the beach and the nearby Somerset Levels. My techniques include both wet and needle felting, with the occasional embroidery, either by hand or freehand machine embroidery.

address: Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 2PP

telephone: 01278 782881

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