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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 & 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 & 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 & 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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Eleanor Patton Jewellery

category: Jewellery & Silverware   

region: Scotland   

Eleanor Kerr-Patton is changing how we discuss mental illness through introspective kintsugi jewellery, created using ethically sourced materials. Recycled sterling silver encases shattered mirror, bonded by seams of golden dust. Signs of past damage become something to be admired and celebrated.

In the tradition of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with lacquer and gold dust, she endeavours to show the beauty of damaged things. The philosophy of Kintsugi – knowing that something is more beautiful for having been broken – treats damage and repair as part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise.

Each piece of jewellery is an outwardly visible representation of a journey often invisible to others.

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Eleanor Rogerson Enamel and Copper

category: Enamel   Jewellery & Silverware   Mixed Media & Recycled   

region: North East   

I make copper and enamelled copper pieces such as wall hangings, bowls, tealight holders and jewellery.  I am mostly self-taught, starting from an enamelling taster course, where I fell in love with enamelling and wanted to learn more, which then inspired me to learn copper-working too.  For most items I make, I start with sheet copper which I cut and shape.  Some pieces I leave as copper, possibly with some patina, but others I then enamel using vitreous enamel.  I love seeing how each piece evolves, starting from a simple concept, but then guided by the materials themselves as they react to the processes.

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Elena Hall Jewellery

category: Jewellery & Silverware   

region: London   

Colourful handmade and hand knitted jewellery in recycled silver, copper and semi-precious stones.

Elena Hall Jewellery combines age-old techniques with bright and modern hues, to create contemporary, structured and original jewellery drawing inspiration from embroidery.

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Elfn

category: Textiles - Clothing   

region: South West   

I am a felt maker, creating sculptural clothing and accessories. Inspired by the colours and textures in the nature that surrounds me, I use the Nuno wet felting technique to fuse merino wool and natural plant fibres onto cotton muslin and other natural fabrics to create unique textiles. I love to embellish and sew on the felt to create texture.
Inspired by a background in fine art printing and painting and then travelling the world, I discovered felt making in Switzerland and apprenticed with artist Sophie Prieur making felt for couture fashion. I started making felted wall hangings in 1999 and eventually moved onto the Elfn range of seamless clothing and accessories. I have exhibited in Switzerland and London and now work from my studio in the Somerset countryside, ever inspired by the beauty in English nature.

telephone: 0044 (0)7932095036

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Elin Isaksson Glass

category: Glass   

region: Scotland   

Elin makes contemporary hand blown glass for gifts, decoration and lighting. All glass is made by Elin in her glass blowing studio in Alloa, Central Scotland. Clients are individuals and businesses looking for modern bespoke sculpture, panels, awards and corporate gifts. Elin sells her glass in galleries and online.

address: Unit 1 Alloa Maker's Village, Ludgate, Alloa, Fife FK10 2DE

telephone: 07968 871439


Elizabeth Designs

category: Jewellery & Silverware   

region: South East   

I take a fresh approach to the design and making of silver jewellery, using inspirations such as flight in nature. I aim to design pieces that embody different perspectives, so each piece can be worn in several different ways. I have built a collection of high quality and detailed work over a number of years – my main technique is piercing, and I have used lace to emboss silver, making each piece original.

address: Hove, BN3 5DD

telephone: 07760 406051

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Elizabeth Duncan Meyer

category: Ceramics   Furniture & Wood   

region: London   

Elizabeth is a painter, print-maker and sculptor. Widely travelled, Elizabeth’s work is influenced by themes of international culture and many vivid colours she encounters on location.

Having studied painting at the central school of art from 1960 – 1963, Elizabeth moved to Paris in 1979 to learn print-making at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts and at the Goetz and Hayter studios. She then setup as a Print-maker herself, exhibiting annually at the Salon D’Automne.

She recently completed a Diploma in Figurative Sculpture at the Heatherley School. Her Sculpture and Wood-Carving compliment the expressionism and abstraction of her painting.

address: London

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Elizabeth Everett Jewellery

category: Jewellery & Silverware   

region: South East   

Elizabeth creates and hand makes jewellery from her workshop in Kent. She uses gemstones and precious metals in her designs. Her Collections are often inspired by her love of the sea, ancient tales and poetry. Her Silk Road and Kaguya Hime collections are inspired by such narratives. As well as providing jewellery to galleries and exhibiting at various jewellery fairs and shows, Elizabeth also undertakes individual commissions for clients throughout Europe.

telephone: 07881590775

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Ellie Pearce Cushion Designs

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South West   

I paint my vibrant designs in acrylic from photographs I take in and around the beautiful Devon countryside where I live, and also from my colourful garden. My inspirations include flowers, sea life, wildlife, my imagination, and ideas given to me by friends. I make my cushions in natural luxury cotton with my hand painted design printed on the front panel of the cover and either a plain natural luxury cotton luxurious polyester velvet using a complimenting colour for the back panel, which has a concealed zip fastening. My range includes something to complement any home, and I am excited to be developing a new outdoor cushion range for 2020.

address: Nr Winkleigh, Devon

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category: Ceramics   

region: North West   

I’ve been making sculptural ceramic vessels and handmade tiles for over fifteen years and work in my studio at home overlooking the garden in the beautiful Peak District National Park. When making I design with clay, allowing the material to partly dictate the direction the piece takes rather than staring blankly at an empty page […]

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