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Sonja Bessant Jewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: London   

Sonja is a self-taught jewellery designer maker from South London who makes high quality, contemporary, handmade jewellery. She grew up in a family who ran a jewellery business and began creating pieces in both her father’s and grandfather’s workshops at a young age.

Sonja often uses pearls and gold as embellishments and etches personalised messages onto silver. Each item is handmade with a passion for making beautiful and, most importantly, wearable jewellery. Her inspiration comes both from living in a big, bustling city, and also, contrastingly, from the simple beauty of nature. Geometric shapes and simple yet beautiful lines often feature in her jewellery collection.

Sonja would like to share her love for jewellery and hopes that people will enjoy wearing her jewellery as much as she likes making each piece. Each item of jewellery is made to order making it truly unique. Prices start from about £25 to about £250 depending on the chosen design and finish.

telephone: 07990522761

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Sophie Bruen Ceramics

category: Ceramics   

region: South East   

I graduated from Falmouth College of Arts with an honours degree in Contemporary Crafts, where after experimenting with many materials I gravitated towards ceramics and its endless possibilities. I have since moved to Buckinghamshire where I have set up my studio at home creating handcrafted ceramics, mostly functional, inspired by the natural world and my love of entomology. All of my work is foodsafe, microwave and dishwasher safe.

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Sophie Buckingham

category: Glass   Jewellery and Silverware   Printmaking   

region: East Midlands   

I was first introduced to Contemporary Enamelling during my Masters degree in Print Making. Enamelling is the art of fusing glass onto metal. I like to use copper for its versatility and its beauty as a base metal. My work takes multiple short firings to create an individual piece.

My inspiration spirals from a multitude of objects that carry a history. The origins of this inspiration develop from my fascination with the juxtaposition of artefacts, objects and specimens found within museum collections.I have found inspiration by collecting old maps, hand written postcards, notebooks from the 1930s and antique lace that had been salvaged from old garments.

For me there is a narrative quality that connects all the objects; each containing a trace of the past. I am interested in the idea of embedding an image into the surface of enamel and thereby adding a sense of permanence.

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category: 3D Sculptural Work   Metalwork   

region: London   

I am a London based sculptor who works with steel, stainless steel, copper and recycled objects.  My work is about creating something interesting from discarded utilitarian pieces. I like to encourage the viewer to see beyond the obvious. For me, the collecting of found objects is as important as the way in which they are […]

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category: Fashion Accessories   Textiles - Clothing   

region: North West   

My work is contemporary hand knits, focusing strongly on accessories. I work with only fine yarns, favoring Italian merino and alpaca among others. My designs are strong, bold and big, using chunky yarns to create a heavily textured look.

My training is simple and straightforward, my craft, in keeping with tradition, has been passed from mother to daughter through our family for generations.

telephone: 07716653679

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Sparkle Ceramics and Jewellery

category: Ceramics   Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South East   

I design ceramic jewellery and art inspired by the natural world. I have a lifelong passion for nature and creating beautiful things. After many years of study on a variety of ceramics, jewellery and printing courses this passion has been the inspiration for Sparkle Ceramics and Jewellery. My jewellery combines textural ceramics with translucent glass, for my wall pieces I work with a variety of photographic and drawn images. Prices for jewellery start from £14, framed wall art starts at £35. All my designs are unique and handmade with love here in England. Please pop over to my website and browse, I am happy to take commissions if you would like to contact me with your details.

telephone: 07976977134

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Spotty N Stripy

category: Paper   

region: Midlands   

A refreshing range of contemporary handmade cards, wedding stationery and gift frames. Having achieved a degree in graphic design I worked in the industry for a number of years before going freelance after the birth of my first son. A number of years on, and a second son later, husband Anthony has now joined the team making this a very family orientated business. All cards and frames are designed, printed and assembled by hand by the two of us in our Lincolnshire studio and are suitable for a wide range of occasions.

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Squash Bespoke Cushions

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Midlands   

Squash Bespoke Cushions are machine-knitted and hand-finished in a beautiful mercerised cotton yarn, some featuring knitted-in glass beads.

Designed by Isobel Anderson, she has used her previous experience as a knitwear designer and love of colour to create a unique collection of sumptuous cushions. Despite the traditional techniques used the bold designs and vibrant colours give a contemporary look.

Available in several striking colourways or as the name suggests, they can be ordered in your own choice of colours for that perfect match. A free yarn shade card is available to help you!

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Standing On A Beach

category: Glass   

region: Scotland   

Each item is created from layering pieces of glass and fusing to create texture and structure. Initially the glass is cut from cold hard sheets, after firing the glass seems to warm and soften developing a sense of fluidity. Opaque and translucent colours are used together to create a feeling of movement from the light transmission through the fired piece.

Each firing is unique, it is unpredictable, and it has a life force of its own. I am always excited when opening the kiln, you never know exactly what the outcome will be, but it is always beautiful.

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Stitching for the Soul

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Yorkshire   

My name is Beverley Holmes-Wright and I have been stitching and creating for over 20 years, but started up a part-time business a few years ago, after completing an honours degree in Creative Practice from Leeds Met University, for which I received First Class.

Why Stitching for the Soul? Stitching makes me happy and is an integral part of my life, it keeps me busy and enables me to meet people who are like-minded, making and buying well crafted hand-made items. I am partial to a bit of soul music too!

I produce carefully made, physical pieces which please the eye and brighten up the homes which take them in: using only the highest quality fabrics and threads, each piece is made using a variety of free machine embroidery, appliqué and delicate stitched patterns. But perhaps the largest part of my work involves planning aesthetic colour schemes and composition so that each creation is harmonious and balanced.

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