Harriett is an interior knit designer specialising in knitted homewares and gifts. After graduating from Bath School of Art and Design in 2016 with her hg. collection, Harriett then set up her own business focusing on a new range CHICKPEA.
CHICKPEA was launched in February 2017. The designs are inspired by stationery compositions such as graph paper and pen lids as well as architecture around Winchester; Harriett's home town. Product names have been taken from street names in Winchester as well as the brand name being close to home, as a mixture of family nicknames (Chicken and Pea).
The CHICKPEA range has slowly expanded over the year and now consist of scarves, hot water bottles, cushions and zip pouches.
Helen is a mixed media artist based in the Midlands. She creates original artworks inspired by the landscape and her garden. She gets her inspiration from a deep connection with nature and wanting to capture beautiful moments. Created on paper, her work is painted, collaged and then stitched on a sewing machine allowing her to create evocative landscapes that are rich, textured and patterned.
Helen trained as a textile designer, originally working as a designer for industry, creating appliqued and embroidered samples. Her work became more personal and expressive when she had her family. Helen's work is licensed for prints and cards. Her love of creating has led her to teach a variety of workshops, both in person and online promoting our need to create and enabling others to find their own creative voice.
Mixed Media, 70x43cm, Framed, £475
Mixed Media, 59x49cm, Framed, £375
Mixed Media, 59x49cm, Framed, £375
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.
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.
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. Inspired by her rural countryside surroundings, from rambling hedgerows and fields blooming with cow parsley, to holidays spent sketching by the sea.
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 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.
After graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, with honours as a paper conservationist, 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 her own re-upholstery 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.
Catherine's pictures are made from hand dyed fabrics, using old cotton and linen sheets, along with tea and coffee filters.
Landscapes, flowers and seed heads are then drawn by machine embroidery in a variety of threads and some will have hand stitching to give further depth and interest.
Siobhan Martin graduated in 2016 from the University of Brighton with a First Class Honours Degree in Textiles with Business Studies BA(Hons).
Inspired by colour, texture and pattern in traditional and contemporary culture, Siobhan explores textures found in everyday life.
Strongly influenced by her Irish heritage, Siobhan spent many holidays growing up exploring the east coast of Ireland. During her most recent visit to Ireland when she visited rural Donegal, her newest and most exciting theme yet, "beauty in decay", was born.
Siobhan launched Shiv Textiles in September 2017, an contemporary textile studio which is sustainably minded, based in Brighton. Specialising in woven textiles, offering unique contemporary soft woollen products, design consultancy services, commission weaving and handwoven fabric collections.
Jo discovered needle felting after an unsuccessful wet felting course. Determined to find another way to work with textiles she typed 'felting' in to a search engine and found needle felting. Jo felts quirky collectible birds, ranging from garden birds to sea birds.
Jo has now taken her interest in textiles further by exploring machine and hand embroidery, focussing on illustrating natures flora and fauna with thread and applique techniques.
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 house 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.
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. She strives to produce high quality, charming knitwear using hand-powered machinery in the 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 lens 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.
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.’