British designer-maker Stephanie Cole's work predominantly explores nature and the shapes, patterns and colours which excite her most. Inspirations come from a fruitful mixture of farmer's markets, British hedgerows and thought-provoking proverbs and words of wisdom...
Jen Hills graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design, (now Norwich University of the Arts) with a degree in Textiles (BA). She now embroiders by hand to illustrate tiny designs onto button sized pieces. Her knowledge of traditional hand embroidery techniques began from an early age by the skills passed down through generations of her family, and these stitches are used to illustrate contemporary design in her work.
Back stitch and french knots are used to stitch garden birds, town bicycles, and delicate meadow flowers on to plain fabrics, which are then sewn onto a complimentary or contrasting fabric to illustrate either the wall, road or field. The love hearts are a combination of appliqued fabrics and stitching on the raw edged heart. Each design is freely hand stitched on to cotton and then constructed into either brooches or magnets. As each piece is handmade, and the fabrics vary, no two are ever the same.
Button Magnet £5
Button Magnet £5
Button Magnet £5
Button Magnet £5
Colour is always the starting point for Jules' work. Her inspirations include 1950’s colour palettes, geometrics, striping and re-worked Fair Isle patterning.
Everything is made by Jules in her garden studio in Berkshire. This creative haven is where she has all of her favourite possessions, beautiful yarn, vintage fabrics, reference books, magazines and collected objects.
"My Grandmother instilled in both my mother and me a great love of reading and a good old-fashioned respect for books, with my mother expressing her love of books and all things paper by upgrading our school books with beautiful and perfectly made covers featuring her own wonderful personalised script.
My first experiments in combining these two great influences involved brown paper scrapbooks, Christmas cards and wallpaper paste but I quickly discovered the wonderful papers of Venice. This was the beginning of a consuming interest in decorative papers and I still have that first bound book with words of inspiration and motivation written by my Grandmother! Later I discovered the wonderful papers of Japan and had the exciting experience of living in Asia in the 1990’s where I was able to pursue my papercraft passion".
Edel arrived in Cambridge in 2000 and a career change led to bookbinding classes in a traditionally run workshop in the city. After learning the basics of the craft, she developed her own style, bringing together ancient skills with contemporary crispness - mixing Coptic sewing techniques with chiyogami paper, fusing funky leather spines with traditional marbled papers. Knowledge of the craft has also inspired Edel to design a range of themed books originally to meet her personal and family interests.
Alison graduated in Graphic Design in 1990 from Northumbria University and now works as a professional illustrator. She lives in a village just outside Cambridge. She designs primarily for the stationery industry mainly for publishers Phoenix Trading. She has also licensed designs to Green Pebble.
Her printmaking work continues to be inspired by subjects she sees on her daily walks with her scruffy dog Ollie; from skeletal winter trees to close-up studies of seed heads, birds and the Fen landscape.
She uses various techniques in her work including pen and ink, oils, watercolours and also combining hand-drawn images with digital technology. Her printmaking methods include collography, linoprinting and dry-point.
Alison launched her own range of products in 2011, starting with a small range of screen-printed tea towels which she sells at events and through selected galleries.
Charlotte makes beautiful and practical items for the home - including textile items, accessories and gifts. Charlotte is inspired by her surroundings, from the rural countryside surrounding her studio to trips to the coast.
Lavender Bundles £12 each
Linen Teatowels £14 each
Zip Purses £10 each
Laura Mirjami is a designer, maker, story teller and a creative entrepreneur behind Mirjami Design which started in the place where she was born; Finland.Laura learned to sew with her mum.
She knitted, sewed and crocheted. Creating patterns, embroidered, drew, painted and made what ever she wanted from the resources she had. She used to take old jumpers apart with her mum and used the thread to create something completely fabulous and new.
Laura left Finland behind and came to London to become a professional restorer. Her dream was to restore textiles and small, pretty objects, but she graduated with honours as a paper conservationist.
After graduating from Camberwell College of Arts Laura worked in a small gallery in London restoring 18th and 19th century watercolour paintings. But soon paper became far too flat for her liking and she was missing textiles. Therefore she decided to retrain as a re-upholsterer specializing in antique furniture. Laura studied in London and soon after graduating, moved to the Cotswolds and worked at an antique shop. Setting up my own reupholstery business a few years later.
At the beginning of 2010 She was greatly inspired by the Woodland Trust and started designing fabric animals such as squirrels, reindeer and foxes.
Paperweights from £25
Catherine's pictures are made from hand dyed fabrics,using old cotton and linen sheets. Each flower is cut individually and great care given to where it is placed.
The flowers are then machine embroidered in a variety of threads and some will have hand stitching to give further depth and interest.
Felting For England is the creation of felting genius Jo Sinclair, who discovered needle felt when doing a wet felting course which she just didn't get on with. Searched for 'felting' in the computer and found needle felting, and Felting For England was born. Jo makes quirky collectible birds, and Christmas baubles, and is expanding to other areas at some point in the future.
Helen loves working with materials that have had a life before, like vintage scraps of fabric and paper, delicately coloured old buttons and wooden rulers and blocks.
Inspired by these materials, she uses paint and stitching to create little handmade bird and flower scenes and stitched creations with a characterful and quirky feel.
Helen has a degree in 3-D Design and has been making things since childhood and now for over 30 years.
Her handmade pieces are all one of a kind and are created with love in Somerset.
Birds from £20
Antonia Sullivan is the Designer and Maker behind Sprig Knitwear. Based in the heart of Hampshire, Antonia creates high quality and charming knitwear using 100% pure lambswool, adorned in alluring patterns and connected in compelling colours.
Sprig knitwear's concept was born while looking through old family photographs of children growing up during mid-century Britain. These photos were mostly in black and white, yet were filled with delightful patterns and personality. The knitwear brings these qualities to life with vivid colours and playful decorations.
The wool is sourced from Geelong, Australia, a region that's famous for it's soft and high quality lambswool. This fibre is then spun and dyed into a fine yarn in Yorkshire, England. We strive to produce high quality, charming knitwear using hand-powered machinery in our studio. Antonia ensures all the garments have an ultra soft finish and are crafted to last.
'In Autumn of 2014, the 'Knitting Nook' was set up with Christmas was around the corner, I wanted to make something special for a friend. I made her a snood, decorated in a pattern inspired by these photographs and using her favourite colours - orange and grey. She loved the snood and not long after other people wanted one of their own - thus Sprig Knitwear was born!'
Designer Lorna Syson founded her studio in 2009 and is now based in Cockpit Arts, South East London. She draws on her childhood in Warwickshire, holidays in Cornwall, and country walks with her dog, Jenkins, to create her uplifting nature inspired patterns. The designs transport the viewer to witness the world through Lorna’s lense and invite them to find the beauty overlooked in their everyday.
Camera in hand, she captures fleeting moments; bees collecting nectar, birds foraging for seeds. These memories inspire illustrations and patterns drawn by hand and on the computer, created in Lorna’s signature style, often using a silhouette technique to produce dynamic, contemporary shapes that give wonderful depth.
Lavender Bundles £12 each
Janie works together with her partner on producing and developing contemporary knitted fabrics to use in a range of practical products. They prefer to use sustainable natural fibres such as wool, linen and cotton and are currently sourcing and using more British yarns.
'We enjoy experimenting with colour and fibre combinations inspired by my photographs and sketches of natural forms and texture”.