Artist of the Month
Leoma Drew is one of our most popular jewellers, her designs seems to really speak to our customers. We're excited to share this little interview with Leoma we did, it was such a pleasure.
Joanna Allsop is a watercolour artist based in the rural outskirts of Bristol. Drawing inspiration from her somerset surroundings, her paintings are heavily influenced by the natural world and the animal kingdom. Joanna prides herself on quality, attention to detail, and the perfect mix of simplicity and statement.
Jennie Gill designs and makes precious jewellery in silver, golds, diamonds and semiprecious beads. Her work is heavily influenced by organic forms. Casting is a technique used to create the pieces, as is hammering, rolling and twisting. Laser etching is a new addition to some pieces.
After graduating in 1991 from Sheffield Hallam with a BA hons in silversmithing and jewellery Jennie decided to stay in the city and set up her business designing and making jewellery. Jennie has worked on over a dozen large-scale public art designs for gates and panels on new builds around Sheffield.
Johnson and Matthey, the worlds largest platinum marketers, awarded one of her necklaces 10 of the best in 2003. In 2004 the Arts Council sponsored a research trip to New York, which resulted in new designs in gold and diamonds.
She has exhibited around the UK, Sweden, Hong Kong, Germany, Japan and America. In 2002 one of her designs won 'gift of the year' from the Giftware federation.
Jenny cannot remember her life without a sewing machine, knitting needles, threads and crochet hooks. She has loved textiles and colour from an early age.
Over the years, Jenny has taught many classes in the skills of patchwork, embroidery, knitting and crochet. Jenny studied Textile Design & Creative Embroidery at college and achieved a City & Guild's Diploma. For Jenny this opened another door to many more techniques and furthered her creativity.
The inspiration for most of her work comes from nature and the countryside in Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset, where she now resides.
Katie Leamon is a luxury card & stationery brand based in London. With a design studio in the heart of London, and a family run production studio in the English countryside, their design and create beautiful, hand finished collections of original paper products. All their products are proudly made in England with incredible care & attention at every stage of their journey. The brand launched in the summer of 2011 and is a reflection of Katie’s love of typography, stationery and vintage curiosities, and aims to deliver beautiful, simple designs that evoke a sense of nostalgia. The products are predominantly hand printed using individual polymer rubber stamps - the nature of this technique ensures all the cards are unique and have a very tangible feel to them, which is inherent to the brand. The brand is currently stocked in a number of stores across the world including Selfridges, Anthropologie, Harrods & Fortnum & Masons.
Kinfolk is a slow lifestyle magazine published by Ouur that explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family.
Founded in 2011, Kinfolk is now the leading independent lifestyle magazine for young creative professionals and also produces international editions in Japan, China, Korea and Russia. Published quarterly, Kinfolkmaintains a vibrant contributor base from Copenhagen to Cape Town.
Ouur is a lifestyle publisher and agency creating print and digital media for a young creative audience.
Leoma uses saw piercing, shape forming and stones to create her beautiful range of jewellery. Incorporating motifs with solid shapes and stone setting for an abstract and contemporary aspect, the black and white effect is contrasted with bright and unusually cut stones that complement each other perfectly. Leoma’s wearable jewellery and objects are influenced by one another and these pieces represent sentimentality which is enhanced by the intimacy created between object and body.
Lindsey’s work explores, through painting, the use of objects and photographs, the theme of childhood and growing up; observing her own children constantly changing and recording their individual journeys increased her awareness of the transience of childhood.
While these photographic records act as a springboard for her work, she wants to suggest more than a frozen moment: questioning the events before the moment; the possibilities and potential beyond it; and the bitter sweet experience of parents watching their children grow. Objects associated with childhood communicate the longing to hold on to the past, while the combination of chalk and paint acknowledge the ephemeral nature of youth.
Lindsey’s latest body of work comments on our experiences of school, the notion of continual measurement – physically, mentally, academically, against peers, conformity, uniformity, isolation, insecurities and freedom. Children’s body language is universal and timeless and has become the main focus of her work. Extracting the figure from the photographic image and placing it in a more ambiguous context allows the viewer to probe their own memory archives and apply their own narratives.
Rio, the designer behind the brand Literary Emporium, lives and works in Frome, Somerset. Rio started the business after completing a degree in English. Combining her love for classic literature and beautiful books, with her interest in craft, she began to make necklaces with a literary theme.
It all started with a single postcard featuring a famous quote from Wuthering Heights, her dissertation subject at the time. Rio is always expanding her products and has since gone on to make bracelets, rings, earrings, bags, prints and much more.
She uses her growing book collection to inspire new work. The brand is currently stocked in a number of places including The National Portrait Gallery, Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries’ shop and Keats’ House.
Having trained extensively in woven textiles Margo Selby is a designer with a bold approach to creating luxurious fabrics. Her instinctive and spontaneous colour palette is fresh and striking, yet the combinations still maintain a rich subtlety. Margo trained at Chelsea College of Art and Design and followed this with a postgraduate degree at The Royal College of Art (RCA), graduating in 2001.
Responding to the overwhelming demand for her fabrics following the RCA degree show, Margo Selby began to develop relationships with mills to explore the possibilities of production. The result was the union of her innovative hand-woven structures with industrial machinery to create the unique 3-dimensional fabrics that would typify Margo Selby textiles.
Matthew Calvin launched his brand in 2013 after studying at the University of Arts London. Matthews’s main inspirations include the modern physical world we live in and the way people interact with it and each other.
Matthew’s designs often focus on clean lines and edges, whilst using the finest of quality of materials and hand crafted finishes. Each piece is individually handmade and made with exceptional attention to detail.
Maya Magal is a handmade jewellery brand based in Hatton Gardens, London. Having trained under a local Oxford legend, Tony Thomson, Maya released her first collection, 'MY', in 2013.
Now in her second season, Maya Magal, has become known for her distinct use of silver with gold. The brand has also distinguished itself by the exquisite use of precious and semi-precious gemstones sourced from around the world, often rough-cut with natural finishes, and always set in sterling silver.
Designed by Maya Magal in our studio in London's renowned jewellery quarter, each beautiful piece of jewellery is handmade.
Robert Lee is an artist specialising in the unique field of Box Art.
Born in Canada and now Somerset based by way of Brighton, Suffolk and Toronto, Robert studied Art, Architecture and Design and practiced as a commercial designer for many years whilst also teaching design.
Intrigued by the possibilities of Box Art, Robert was introduced to this artistic community by a travelling exhibition entitled ‘Worlds in a Box’. 15 years later inspired by two works of literature he began creating works of his own as a response to the rich spatial imagery and descriptions of place and object found in prose.
Rory Dobner has designed a wide variety of home accessories including clocks, tea towels, mugs, trays, notebooks, tiles and more! His signature black and white ink illustrations are full of unusual striking characters and have been designed by hand, in his London studio.
Rory studied Fine art at Central St Martins and in 1998 he was awarded the Burns Young Artist of the Year award. Since then, Rory has gone on to collaborate with some of the biggest names in retail, including Nike, Fortnum & Mason, MTV and Agent Provocateur. He worked and exhibited all over the globe before settling in England in 2005.
Handmade in Canada since 1995, Sid Dickens' Memory Blocks are the original collectible wall plaques. Interactive and timeless, the collection captures pieces of history as tangible, enhancing collectible art for modern life. Each block is handcrafted from start to finish and they all undergo a unique process in the hands of numerous skilled and specialised artists. The collection consists of over 60 pieces and always expanding!
Sarah Jane Brown graduated in 1993 and has been creating sculptures ever since. She prefers to work in silence and reflects on new ideas with the odd sketch and key word. Sarah's inspiration comes from observing everyday life, the small details in the landscape both urban and rural.
Combining wood, metal and newspaper to create miniature scenes with a simple pared down narrative. New sculptures are continually being added to the collection. Sarah’s recent collection involves hot air balloons and galleons. The hot air balloon prototype has been hanging in her studio for a few years and finally the design was refined. The galleons were rather more spontaneous and inspired by a night at the theatre.
Each sculpture is uniquely individual with each piece being lovingly handmade with care and attention to detail from the start to finish.
All Selborne Pottery’s pieces are hand thrown and turned stoneware, no machines or moulds are used and the traditional techniques have taken many years to perfect. The pottery does not try to mimic the past but draws on skills rarely practiced today.
Combined with high temperature stoneware glazes, fine brushwork, wax resist and glaze trailing, the finished pots with rich copper red and cobalt blue glazes are both functional and decorative whilst still having a contemporary look. On the Specials range, gold lustre is hand decorated on to the stoneware pot and then fired again, adding a luxurious opulence not normally found on studio pottery. The glazes and pigments are made from raw materials in the pottery and are fired in a gas kiln to over 1300° Celsius.
This fuses both clay and glaze together in an impenetrable bond, giving the pottery both its brightness and depth of colour. Although decorative, the pots have been designed to be used and are oven and dishwasher safe, an exception to this being the pots with gold lustre which shouldn't be used in the microwave.