Who’s who at Design@HEART 2019

Just two days to go!

10am-4pm at Headingley HEART Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN

Here’s a round up of our artists and craftspeople.  We have some old favourites but plenty of new stalls too.  We hope to see you there!

 

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Inkylinky by Liz Samways

I’m a Leeds-based jeweller and printmaker, working primarily in silver and copper which is etched & engraved using techniques commonly found in printmaking. My work is inspired by the landscape, as viewed on a flat plane through the train window and aerial views, and is influenced by English landscape painters, printmakers, & surface-pattern designers, as well as my background in garden design. I love the textures, mark-making and unpredictability of the printmaking techniques I use, which I also translate into my jewellery and metal pictures to make pieces which will never be identical.

Where appropriate, I like to add colour using traditional materials – patination recipes, vitreous enamels, and sepia ink. Exploring the chemistry of these processes in itself provides inspiration which means life is never dull!

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Carbon Art by Ceri Wood

I am a Horsforth-based artist specialising in pencil-drawn bespoke maps and landscapes of the local area.

I have always loved monochrome art and the striking effects that can be achieved from simple media such as pen and pencil.

Pencil has always been my favourite medium and I have recently diversified from drawing landscapes to creating personalised maps of people’s favourite locations. The maps developed from wanting to create mementos that represent special places, but in a unique way that differs from anything else.

Commissions so far have ranged from counties to countries and have celebrated occasions such as births, engagements and weddings. It’s always exciting to find out what location I’m going to draw next, and my geography is improving with each commission!

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TM Vintage Leeds

I started TMVintageLeeds back in 2016 from a love of old cameras, I am really a huge photography fan and it seems that a lot of old cameras become neglected and unused. I took this thought as an opportunity to turn them into something that I love and that other people can use and love too!
The box brownies have a lovely form and are so aesthetically pleasing to me that I thought they would make beautiful lamps.  This initially started out with me making them for friends and relatives, morphed into the small craft business today. I love providing things at a reasonable cost so others can love them as much as I do.  This is more therapy for myself rather than a business and I love working with beautiful items….and then I found more things that I love that are neglected, forgotten about or simply just unloved.

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THE Creative S P A C E

I create individual handmade books, blank ones with beautiful covers and creative ones with my poems or quotes in.  Books are touchable art, and I enjoy making stand-alone pieces, which are functional as beautiful notebooks, sketchbooks or journals. I embellish covers with machine and hand embroidery.

I use recycled paper and reuse packaging and my aim is to recycle completely once my current materials are used up, making my own ribbon and reusing paper from junk mail for the covers. Each book is hand sewn and finished.

A lifetime’s love of words, books, paper and making is now converted into a business. I also sell cards of my own designs.  As an art student I was told I couldn’t draw, so I made instead (sewing, dressmaking, embroidery, jewellery, anything craft-based) and I bring these skills to my books.

I teach mindfulness and creativity workshops and incorporate a loving and attentive approach to everything I create.

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Creation Crafts

Lampshades using beautiful japanese papers

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Goss Bag by Annie Lawson

I am a cartoonist who has progressed into ‘cartooning in wool’. My knitted phone cases are flip-top design and are sturdy, being each one knitted by myself. There are also ‘key slugs’ to keep bunches of keys in, and knitted bumblebees that have not use other than embellishment. I have also recently added fabric holdalls to the sturdy bag range. My drawn cartoons also feature, in the form of greeting cards printed at home on elephant dung paper. I love making useful things that are beautiful and often humorous. ‘Keep it Material’ is my motto – I keep to a small phone! My studio is with East Street Arts in Leeds.

 

 

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Sarah Dunton

I am a potter, printmaker, painter, illustrator and gardener. I originally trained as a fine artist at Leeds University, and since then I have continually worked as a painter and maker. I gain my inspiration from the natural world – plants and birds – and I also love to make images of people at peace and enjoying their gardens. This inspiration is a thread running through all the media in which I work. I learned to make pots at the Swarthmore Centre and now make these at home in my studio, hand-building my pots, so no two are the same. They tend to be decorated with birds and leaves. I have made many pieces to commission, including illustrations for the health service. pots for wedding presents, and paintings as gifts.

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Amy Jade Prints

I use traditional printing methods to create fine art prints and products. These are often inspired by folklore, mythology and natural history.

After graduating with a degree in Illustration and Animation from Loughborough University I moved back to Yorkshire where I continued to experiment with technique, materials and design.

My process starts with a pencil drawing, which is then transferred onto lino before carving and printing. This hands on process means every piece is unique.

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Badgers Garden

We used to have a naughty dog called Badger and if ever he didn’t come when called, we knew he would be eating the best raspberries from the canes. We started to make jam from those raspberries to gift to friends and family. As time past we grew more fruit and vegetables and that’s how we started.

Badger is no longer with us but we still grow produce in his garden that we use to turn into jams and chutneys. We have a wide selection of flavours to suit most tastes and we love to experiment with new ingredients.
Our spoon full of wonder is from garden to jar.

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Rogers Ink

Carolyn Hird-Rogers, the artist and designer behind Rogers Ink is inspired by the dramatic landscape of the Yorkshire countryside and a love of mid 20th century Scandinavian surface pattern design. The moods of the Dales and Moors are expressed in the mono-print technique used to create hand inked papers. These unique papers are cut and collaged to build large landscape images and smaller greeting cards. The windswept and hill top stands of trees, cow parsley and dandelions are stylised, digitally drawn, printed, hand cut and added to the landscapes. These digital drawings then find there way into strong coloured landscapes on small notecards, beautifully presented in boxed sets of eight.

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Silver Moon Glass

I am a Leeds based designer maker working in fused, leaded and copper foiled stained glass from my local studio. My background in 3D Design (BA Hons) and Fine Jewellery (City & Guilds) compliments my studies and work in the various glass techniques I use. Much of my work is influenced by a lifelong passion for wildlife and nature, inspiration comes from observing colour, light, form, pattern and texture. As a keen photographer, I often reference my own images of seascapes, landscapes and wildlife, before translating the subject into glass. Powders, frits, stained glass and traditional stained-glass painting are used, each texture and colour carefully chosen to compliment the subject and create a well-balanced finished piece.

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AJC Paper Art

I am a self taught paper cutter with a background in Design and Printmaking. When creating a new design I seek inspiration from contemporary surface and pattern design and combines this with a fascination for the detail in old botanical illustrations.
The depth in my 3 dimensional work is created by layering intricately cut sheets of paper, and depict woodland animals and birds in their natural habitat. I then emboss and curl the feathers to give the subject more body.
I am currently experimenting with LEDs to light some of my larger pieces, which adds an element of design to my work.

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Silver and Sparkle

I set up Silver and Sparkle in 2006. I work from my small studio in West Yorkshire, designing and making my own range of jewellery and other objects primarily, but not exclusively, in silver.

Whilst I am primarily self-taught, I undertook an initial course at the Yorkshire Craft Centre and each year I attend a week-long in-depth Silversmithing Courses at West Dean College in Sussex to refresh and hone my skills.

I particularly specialise in making hand-forged geometric-shaped links for pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

To compliment the silver I also use semi precious stones, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals.

I do find it difficult to pin down where the inspiration for my designs comes from, but the many hours spent walking in the Yorkshire Dales and our local woodlands have a significant influence on my work.

I have exhibited several times at the annual British Craft Trade Fair and a number of exhibitions within Yorkshire. I currently sell my work at various Country Shows and Art, Craft & Design events, as well as through a number of galleries throughout the UK.

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Now Then Sunshine

I’m a hand-lettering artist who creates cards and wall art from original watercolour paintings. I use hand-drawn fonts to bring quotes, phrases and slogans to life: sometimes with a Yorkshire theme, often with positive, empowering messages, always to make people smile. I’ve also recently started using nature in my work, combining leaf illustrations with hand-lettered words.

I’ve worked with many media but have always returned to watercolours for their bright colours, their ability to blend beautifully and splat chaotically. My wall art is printed on paper chosen specifically for how it makes the colours sing.

I’m a big believer in looking after our world. All my cards are printed on recycled stock with eco-friendly toner and card bags are made from corn starch. My wooden bauble Christmas cards were developed from my desire to make something that could be reused instead of thrown away – and they’ve become a real best-seller!

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Alice and Stars

I am a jewellery designer and maker working from my home studio in North Leeds.

I work primarily in sterling silver, using traditional silversmithing techniques, but I also love the visual contrast when using different metals together. I incorporate copper, brass and gold into some designs to add this contrast.

Many of my designs are inspired by the celestial, incorporating moons, stars, planets and ethereal gemstones, such as moonstone.
Others are inspired by the beauty in nature, and many include the blues and greens of sea and sky.

I love texturing the metals I use, with hammers, stamps and sanding tools. It’s interesting to play with the way the light reflects on the surface according to the different finishes.

I have recently added some enamel pieces to my collection, indulging my love of colour. These pieces are fun, fashionable and affordable. I like to experiment with Pantone colour trends, and this year has been all about “living coral” and “bachelor button” (blue). Expect a more rich bold colour palette for autumn/winter enamels, including cranberry, coffee, and deep galaxy blue.

Above all my jewellery is designed to make you feel good, whether wearing it, admiring it or giving it to someone as a gift. If this aim is achieved most of the time, I’m happy!

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Lucy Tomlinson Art

I am a self-taught artist, living in Rawdon, and surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Countryside, which is where I get most of my inspiration.

I predominantly work in watercolour, most commonly wildlife, hares, bees and flowers. I love to paint them in different colours to their natural state. I also have an addiction for Abstract Acrylic Pour Paintings. They are just fabulous to create, if a bit messy. Due to the process and the many ways or “pouring” each one is completely unique. My studio (kitchen and dining room) are full of them, either drying, waiting to be varnished or the finished item and I often post videos of the process on my Instagram site.

I decided to have some of my images printed by local companies to make notebooks and cards, since then I have branched out into phone cases, chopping boards, cushions and coasters.

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Charlotte Luisa

Charlotte Luisa was set up by, Charlotte, a lifelong fabric addict. Charlotte’s bags have a focus on colour and texture. New designs are thoroughly tested to make sure they not only look and feel beautiful but are useful too.

Each piece is designed and handmade in her studio at the historic A.W.Hainsworth Mill. Charlotte Luisa bags are made from carefully sourced materials and where possible, unloved and end of line fabrics which means they are sustainable, ethical and sweatshop free. Materials include vegan leather, leather rescued from the interiors industry, cottons and wools all in a gorgeous colours and patterns.

The range includes clutches, purses, laptop bags, cross body bags totes and new for this year, phone pouches. Many of the designs are limited edition and bespoke pieces.

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Wychbury Designs

I’m a textile artist based in Bingley and I make jewellery, accessories and artwork inspired by my love of sewing.

I use hand stitched embroidery, patchwork and visible mending techniqes to make tactile, wearable pieces designed to be useful as well as attractive. I love to work in miniature and often incorporate tiny pincushions into my brooches and rings.

I practice an almost compulsive adherance to the old adage “Waste not, want not” and use up even the tiniest scraps of cloth and never throw anything away.

I work mainly with recycled and gifted fabrics and I try to continue the stories of well loved textiles with my own stitches. I am a proud member of Airedale Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild and receive knowledge and stories in abundance from my fellow stitchers. I try to pass on a little of our shared belief that “Sewing Mends the Soul” though my pieces.

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Jenny O’Neil Jewellery

I use sterling silver sheet and wire, texture by hand and forge one off unique pieces of jewellery. I also use gold accents and gemstones to complete my pieces. A real mix of contemporary and artistan styles.

Often inspired by nature you find a lot of leaf motives in my work and some using textures that I find from nature. You’ll also find a real mixture of statement pieces with more subtle pieces – something for everyone.

I source my gemstones from reputable dealers and love free form faceted stones which catch the light and have unique colourings. This often means I’ll never repeat a piece of jewellery with the same gemstones twice. I love the colour the gemstones bring to my pieces.

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We’re pleased to announce that  Paula Perrins of Wychbury Designs will be at Design@HEART again next week.  Here she is talking a little bit about what makes her tick:

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I’m a textile artist based in Bingley and I make jewellery, accessories and artwork inspired by my love of sewing.

I use hand stitched embroidery, patchwork and visible mending techniqes to make tactile, wearable pieces designed to be useful as well as attractive. I love to work in miniature and often incorporate tiny pincushions into my brooches and rings.

I practice an almost compulsive adherance to the old adage “Waste not, want not” and use up even the tiniest scraps of cloth and never throw anything away.

I work mainly with recycled and gifted fabrics and I try to continue the stories of well loved textiles with my own stitches. I am a proud member of Airedale Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild and receive knowledge and stories in abundance from my fellow stitchers. I try to pass on a little of our shared belief that “Sewing Mends the Soul” though my pieces.

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Now Then Sunshine!

Jules Birkby brings her original stationery and prints to Design@HEART for the first time next month.  We’re sure you’ll like her style!

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I’m a hand-lettering artist who creates cards and wall art from original watercolour paintings. I use hand-drawn fonts to bring quotes, phrases and slogans to life: sometimes with a Yorkshire theme, often with positive, empowering messages, always to make people smile. I’ve also recently started using nature in my work, combining leaf illustrations with hand-lettered words.

I’ve worked with many media but have always returned to watercolours for their bright colours, their ability to blend beautifully and splat chaotically. My wall art is printed on paper chosen specifically for how it makes the colours sing.

I’m a big believer in looking after our world. All my cards are printed on recycled stock with eco-friendly toner and card bags are made from corn starch. My wooden bauble Christmas cards were developed from my desire to make something that could be reused instead of thrown away – and they’ve become a real best-seller!

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Diana Lambert has been a stalwart of Design@HEART for many years and we’re thrilled she’ll be joining us again next month, on 9th November.

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I set up Silver and Sparkle in 2006. I work from my small studio in West Yorkshire, designing and making my own range of jewellery and other objects primarily, but not exclusively, in silver.

Whilst I am primarily self-taught, I undertook an initial course at the Yorkshire Craft Centre and each year I attend a week-long in-depth Silversmithing Courses at West Dean College in Sussex to refresh and hone my skills.

I particularly specialise in making hand-forged geometric-shaped links for pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

To compliment the silver I also use semi precious stones, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals.

I do find it difficult to pin down where the inspiration for my designs comes from, but the many hours spent walking in the Yorkshire Dales and our local woodlands have a significant influence on my work.

I have exhibited several times at the annual British Craft Trade Fair and a number of exhibitions within Yorkshire. I currently sell my work at various Country Shows and Art, Craft & Design events, as well as through a number of galleries throughout the UK.

 

“Probably the thing I enjoy most is playing” Liz Samways talks jewellery and printmaking

Liz Samways’ work will be familiar to those of you who’ve been coming to craft fairs at HEART for a while. A jeweller and print maker, her work reflects her love of landscape and the natural world.   We caught up with her to find out how she got started and her practice.

I’ve always wanted to be a jeweller, ever since visiting Camden Market in my teens and seeing all the jeweller types who had lifestyles which seemed very exotic. While I was doing my ‘real’ jobs it was always there in the background. When my youngest child had gone to nursery I thought I would give it a go professionally.

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Before then I had studies History of Art as my first degree, worked in industrical canteens, factories, Asprey on Bond Street, an Estate Agency, in sales and marketing for Royal Mail, and then retrained in horticulture and garden design and as an ESOL teacher. Quite a list!

To a certain extent I’m self taught, but I did evening classes at Leeds College of Art and Swarthmore with Roger Barnes, during the mid-nineties for jewellery, more recently weekend workshops for printmaking. There’s also been a lot of helpful friends offering technical advice and suggestions along the way.

My first makers’ fair was back in 2011. It was quite a landmark, taking my work out there to the public. Since then, there’s been many more memorable moments: getting my work accepted ito the Craft & Design Gallery in Leeds, where for years I had admired other people’s work, and later being invited to take part in their “Walk In The Park” exhibition. Driving over the hills from Skipton back to Leeds after my first “Art In The Pen” event, having met loads of enthusiastic customers, having fellow makers as good friends, and realising I had finally become the sort of person I’d seen at events when I went as a customer; and my first trade fair which was incredibly daunting, but with a lot of help and advice from other makers I managed it and did well.

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The most important consideration for me, when designing a piece of jewellery, is wearability! Will the piece stay the ‘right way up’ for instance, in the case of bangles or stud earrings, ….how will it wear over time? Will it feel comfortable on the body? Also, Will it look good up close and from a distance? Is it something I haven’t seen before? Can I see my customer (we should all have one in our mind’s eye) wearing it? And of course, very importantly, is it within my technical capabilities?!

I use engraving, etching and rolling to make the textures in the metals I use, then cut and solder to layer together. Although I do work things out in sketchbooks, I find a lot ends up as lists of words! (working out technical details and the order in which to work). I hardly ever sketch out a finished design which I work towards, it’s usually a more random process. Often I just have bits of cut up and textured metal around me and I play around putting shapes together till something looks good – I maintain that this is a legitimate design technique as I learnt it through my garden design training! To finish the piece and add the darkness I like, I use traditional patination techniques, selectively polished for contrast, and sealed with a wax.

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For the enamelling I use a small kiln and build up layers and layers of colour in various combinations, remembering to make notes as, although I use a lot of different colours, they come from a fairly limited and subtle palette so it’s easy to forget what I’ve used! I work in much the same way as I build layers of ink in prints, through overlapping, masking, and sometimes adding in other elements such as metal leaf or wire.

Probably the thing I enjoy most is playing around! The fact that inspiration is everywhere and I have a legitimate business reason for experimenting with shapes and textures, learning new techniques and meeting lots of other creative people.
The thing I’m not so keen on is juggling orders and the logistics of producing several pieces at the same time, though my experience working in various factories in my youth comes in surprisingly handy when planning my working processes.

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I started off because I’m a terrible magpie and I wanted to make things for myself. It was later that it developed into something I thought I could make a successful business out of. I love working in print and jewellery because there are so many ways they influence each other, and I constantly have ideas working both ways. I love the unpredictability of the surfaces involved in both processes.

For the love of amigurumis

Gilda Gigi Perez Madrid takes over the blog today to talk about her love of creativity and the Japanese art of amigurumi. 

Hello! I’m Gigi and I believe in the power of creativity and enjoyment as a way to create our own reality.  I studied Literature, art therapy, tarot, mandala meditation and many other creative and inspiring technics.  I love nature and its beauty, and I enjoy observing it and get inspired by it!

I started making crocheted friends for myself to enlighten my everyday space, and now I’m very excited to share it with everyone who enjoys the company of cute beings!

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I work mostly from home, looking at the birds chirping outside the window while I crochet or felt in my living room, but sometimes I go to a cafe or library for a change, always looking for inspiration and creative ideas.

My main inspiration is nature and the amazing world that surrounds us. I love animals, flowers, trees, and people, I enjoy long walks and talks, I love to observe and feel connected with other.

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I make ‘amigurumis’ -cute animals and objects made of crochet, like foxes, whales, cats and more-, and felted things as well -woollen shaped birds, flowers and mushrooms and other natural creatures.

I friend taught me to crochet. I wanted to make crocheted flowers and mandalas for decoration, but then I discover the amigurumis technique.  I couldn’t believe the infinite possibilities of creations! all the animals and cute creations I could make with just a hook and some yarn.

The needle felting I learned last year in some classes here in Leeds, and I completely loved how you can create any possible shape from scratch, sculpting and shaping, adding details and everything you can imagine with wool.

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What I love the most about Luna by Gigi is the possibility of making things, of creating anything I want to, like the animals I love and things that makes me happy, using colourful materials. And, of course, the chance to create cute objects that other people can enjoy and share.

I feel that every creation is a part of how I see and enjoy the world. They are my way to share what I enjoy and love the most.

The hardest part of this job for me is to be by myself most of the time. Making crafts is a solitaire work, as you are almost always involved in an individual project. While I love the chance to express my creativity, I sometimes find difficult to deal with the loneliness of the job. I love being with and share with others. That’s why I try to work with others as much as possible, and participate in craft fairs and events, so I can meet other people that could be in a similar situation.

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Gilda will be at Design@HEART Art and Craft Fair on Saturday 9th June at Headingley HEART, Bennett Road, Leeds LS6 3HN,  10am-4pm.

Old Linen and Cups of Tea Round at Emma’s!

In our latest blog-takeover, Emma Mears explains how she swapped a teaching job for a full time career in textile art.

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I began making and creating eight years ago, when I left my career in teaching. I enrolled on several short courses, in felting, drawing and painting, embroidery and textiles and ceramics and basically, never looked back! I applied to go to my local Art College; Cleveland College of Art & Design to study for a Foundation Degree in Applied Arts – ceramics, jewellery and textiles. I really loved textiles and so I decided to study this further and applied for a level 3 City & Guilds qualification in Embroidery and Design.

I started my creative textile art and accessories business Emma Mears Textiles in May of last year.

My textile art is inspired by nature and the countryside, in particular the textures, shapes and colours of wild flowers (but I love garden varieties too). I recreate scenes or landscapes, seascapes and also still life inspired pictures. I absolutely love old books, magazines and journals about flowers, for example the Observer and Wayside and Woodland books, and I am finding I am using these old hand drawn and painted style of images to inspire my own creations and flower designs.
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I like to create unique one off designs and so I vary my techniques quite a lot. My favourites are hand embroidery, applique, collage, broderie perse and free motion embroidery. I also like to mix it up and use both traditional and contemporary techniques together. My work is colourful and textural with a naïve and stylised quality. I love all things old and worn or ‘used’ and so I often incorporate old linen, quilted pieces, embroidered tablecloths, tea tray cloths, handkerchiefs and old clothes or lace into my work. I like the idea of adding something to a piece of cloth that has already been stitched into by another hand and giving it a new lease of life! I am getting quite a hoarder and magpie for old prints and linen! I also like to mix and match old and new materials together to give a contemporary touch to a vintage piece.

I mostly create textile art in the form of pictures, but I also like to make smaller wearable art such as brooches and pendants. I also make a range of small lanterns for tea lights and bespoke lampshades. My range is extending all of the time.
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My main studio is in my home in my spare room. I love my studio and being surrounded by things I have acquired and love. It is my sanctuary. In the summer, I love to stitch outside , so I tend to take over the ‘little blue shed’! I feel very lucky being my own boss and being able to organise my own time, but you really need to be strong with yourself and get into a routine or you can get led astray and not get any work done and drink far too many cups of tea!

My hopes for the future are that I’ll be supplying a handful of small gallery/gift/handcrafted shops, and that I’ll continue to be happy with my work and be inspired. I would love to teach and do regular workshops and share my knowledge and passion for textiles. And I would love to be able to say I am earning a living from my work.

Emma will be at Design@HEART on Saturday 9th June 2018, 10am-4pm, Headingley HEART Centre, Bennett Road, Leeds LS6 3HN.

I started the business to justify how many tools I’d bought!

Our next fair is only 9 weeks away, and there’s so much lovely stuff from very talented artists and craftspeople.  So for the next few weeks, we’ll be handing over the blog to some of them, to tell us about themselves and their work.  Today, Helen Drye of Silver and Stone Jewellery Design talks about her art work and her business.

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I started Silver and Stone Jewellery Design in July 2012. I did the classic, turning a hobby into a business. I often say it was to justify how many tools I’d bought – if you craft you’ll understand! I love teaching people, it gives me a wonderful sense of pride that people can have a mini ‘retreat’, close off from the outside world and create something stunning. When I’m not creating jewellery and teaching a like to do embroidery. Just small pieces and very free style, but it keeps my fingers occupied!

My studio used to be at home, but I’d get an idea in the middle of the night and get up and make it! Now its near home, but far enough that I can’t sneak off. Its just next to Skipwith Common Nature Reserve, a beautiful woodland and common land, with rare breads roaming around. You can wander through the common and see deer, black sheep, and then have a pony walk in front of you! It is truly stunning, but shhhh – don’t tell anyone. You’ll see the trees in my designs, to me there is something mystical about the Common. This area has been common land for centuries, but during the second world war it was a RAF training base. You can still see some of the remains, but the trees are reclaiming their land.

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I produce silver jewellery, primarily made using precious metal clay, a silver that can be moulded before its fired, and becomes 99.9% silver, known as fine silver. Silver and Stone reflects the main materials I use, silver obviously, but gemstones come into my designs too. Labradorite and moonstone in the main, but others sneak in when I’m teaching. You’ll see my logo features a big heart with hearts inside – I just love what I do!

I started my career in local government and I loved it. I was developing businesses and each day was different. I helped lots of people start their own business, and always knew I’d have a business of my own. When I had my daughter I went back to work, but found I also had a lot of evening meetings. One day I realised I was passing her from one set of childcare to another, and so I left, just like that! It was hard, but I’m a believer in following your heart, and I don’t regret it.

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Most of my jewellery design was self taught. I did do some classes originally, but then decided to develop my own skills, mainly because the classes were expensive and I couldn’t afford them. I still invest in my own development – I love doing classes with other crafts and see what I can transfer into metal clay, and love meeting and taking part in classes with people throughout the world. I am certified to teach by both Art Clay and Precious Metal Clay. Not many people can say that!
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I love being my own boss. There’s no office politics, and no one else to please. My deadlines are my own and my plans are my own. I can have creative time out or get stuck into my accounts. If my daughter is unwell, I can drop everything and be there for her. I thought I’d be lonely working for myself, but I’m not. I like my own company, and when I run workshops, I have lots of interaction and lots of laughs with the students.

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My favourite materials are Precious metal clay – the Flex version. It relatively new, but I can use it for lots of techniques, that are a bit quirky. Not many people use it to its full capacity – I’m aiming to ! Its the only metal clay you can dry to create a paper style silver which is easy to bend and flex, to create something unique.

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My ambitions for the future? I’d like to be seen as a master teacher and have taught in USA and Europe. I’d like to have a range of jewellery in a number or high end galleries and museums. I’d also really like to have my eyesight to be able to do all of those things.

Silver and Stone Jewellery Design will be at Design@HEART’s summer fair on 9th June 2018 10am-4pm at HEART Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN.

 

 

 

Don’t Miss Out On Our Crafty Sale!

Craft Destash Sale

Saturday 17th February   10am-1pm   HEART Centre, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN

Do you have a new craft hobby? A new project in mind?  Need some inspiration and some materials?  There will be SO much to choose from at the Design@HEART Craft De-Stash Sale this coming Saturday 17th February.    Knitting, crochet, dressmaking, upholstery, beading and jewellery making, card making, scrapbooking, painting, candlemaking, drawing.  And then there’s machines, tools, display and packaging materials.  There’s actually so much it’s hard to list it!

So how does it work?  Well, firstly, 20 local artists and craftspeople are emptying their cupboards, and sorting through their craft stash.  That’s a lot of stash.  Mostly, they’re hoarders, and have years’ worth of stuff they really don’t need, but someone else most likely will.  Then they’ll be setting out their stalls ready for you to pick up some real bargains.  Whether you’re looking for a new craft to learn, fabric to make your spring wardrobe, or something to keep the kids occupied, there will be something for you.

Saturday 17th February   10am-1pm   HEART Centre, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN