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Artist of the Month

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2017
Artist of the month : Leoma Drew

Artist of the month : Leoma Drew

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.

Leoma Drew is one of our most popular jewellers, her designs seem to really speak to our customers. We're excited to share this little interview with Leoma, it was such a pleasure. Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you began designing? I actually first wanted to become a jeweller when I was about 8 years old. I won a local drawing competition and was awarded a ‘fimo Jewellery get set’ of my own choosing. I then became obsessed with making my friends and family jewellery pieces. Where do you get your ideas for the motifs you use in your jewellery? It all started with a butterfly theme. I have a few ranges and they are influenced by each other, becoming more and more abstract. Originally I studied fine art and as my work progressed and developed the butterfly became a predominant symbol that kept presenting itself. The exploration of the butterfly’s shape and form led to small hand crafted sculptural outcomes that would later become a signature style within my Jewellery practice. Leoma drew   Where are you based and does this inspire your work? I am based in Hereford, not such a lively city but one I love for its simplicity and beautiful countryside. Which designers/artists do you admire? There are so many, I’m a big collector of other jewellers work, especially rings and earrings. I have many pieces from Rozie Keogh, John Moore, Tunja Ufer, Chris Boland….the list could go on. However I Mike Gell has been a huge influence during my jewellery career. I have been working for him for 9 years now. I look up to him as a designer, mentor and friend. My favourite artist would be Frida Kahlo. I even have a tattoo of her.       What are you working on right now? I am working on a collection of brooches; I enjoy making these the most because they can be more sculptural. The stones that I’m using are similar to the shapes I use in my other work with simple shadows of detail. What's your finest moment so far? I have had many. But I was particularly proud of myself when I produced the Bulmer’s golden apple trophies. Using different local companies it was really hard work and very stressful, but I was proud of the final result. I even managed to source the wood for the bases from the original oak vats that held the cider in the old factory. I learnt a lot in this process. Screen Shot 2017-11-01 at 15.22.32   Where’s your favourite place in the world? Joshua tree in California is the best place that I have visited. We drove for miles through it and it was beautiful. Saying that; there is no place like home. What advice do you have for aspiring designers? Enjoy what you do. If you don’t then it will be even harder for your work to become a success. I also believe that hard work does pay off, and when you first start to sell, invest this back into materials. Only buys tools as and when you need them and good clean images on a white background always work the best.      

All Artists



Kelly Stewart

Kelly Stewart

Artist of the Month
Australian born but now Edinburgh based illustrator and printmaker Kelly Stewart produces a range of energetic and vibrant screen prints. From boats to birds, her inspirations vary as much as her choice of colour palettes. Kelly pieces are often from print runs as short as 10, so you can be sure that they print that you receive is not only of an excellent quality but very unique.
Kinfolk

Kinfolk

Artist of the Month

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 Drew

Leoma Drew

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.

Lina Löfstrand

Lina Löfstrand

Swedish born illustrator Lina Löfstrand has been drawing for as long as she can remember. After moving to the UK, Lina studied an Applied Art and Drawing Degree at UWE in Bristol, which is where she is now based as part of the creative collection 'Blaze in Bristol'. Her illustrations are a mixture of fantastical, imaginary, imagery and real animals. Often she uses a combination of watercolours and inks to create her pieces but also enjoys drawing with pencil. The prints are high quality, giclee prints.
Lindsay Madden

Lindsay Madden

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.

Literary Emporium

Literary Emporium

Artist of the Month

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.

Little Paper Factory

Little Paper Factory

Artist of the Month
"The notion of the little paper factory is something of a romantic story and came about when two like-minded people fell in love, one was a hopeless romantic with a passion for collecting and the other a talented and creative craftsperson with an eye for detail. With a number of common interests and the need to be creative it was only a short while before they started collaborating on art projects and with it came the realisation that perhaps, with just a little bit of luck they might be able to earn a few pennies doing something they both loved. And so it was that the little paper factory was formed. It’s early days in the story but do please join them as the adventure unfolds!" Using the traditional Japanese skill called Kirigami (which can best be described as cutting and folding paper) Little Paper Factory create intricate scenes of buildings and constructions. Each pieces cries out to be poured over and explored with new things to be discovered each time.
Lucy Burley

Lucy Burley

Artist of the Month
Lucy Burley studied ceramics at Wimbledon and Camberwell art schools, graduating in 1996. In 2000 she moved out of London and now works from a farmyard studio in the Hampshire countryside, from which she makes her range of ceramics. Inspired by the still life paintings of Morandi, and by the colours of the sky, the seashore, precious stones, plants and trees, her ceramic vessels are thrown on the wheel using white earthenware clay, and then glazed with a smooth semi-matt earthenware glaze of her own formulation to give an eggshell texture in a wide palette of colours.
Margo Selby

Margo Selby

Artist of the Month

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.

Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens’ jewellery is influenced by two main subject matters: the immaculacy of the female form and movement of water and the paradoxical individuality that can be found in things which at first appear similar. He is also inspired by traditional Japanese style and his work depicts the natural simplicity of this style, something which can be very difficult to achieve but results in strikingly feminine pieces.
Matthew Calvin

Matthew Calvin

Artist of the Month

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

Maya Magal

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.

McNutts: Donegal Woollen Mill

McNutts: Donegal Woollen Mill

Based in the seaside village of Downings in the Gaeltacht area of North-West Donegal. Mcnutts is a family owned woollen mill who have been weaving traditional tweeds for over 60 years. Inspired by the rugged coastlines of Ireland and the dramatic colours of the landscape, everything is designed in-house and created using only the finest quality wool and excellent, local craftsmanship.
Moo and Two

Moo and Two

Moo and Two is a small, independent company based in Somerset. It is an enterprise dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect cup of tea, and one of the most important aspects of that is to ensure the right amounts of milk and sugar are delivered. Hence the range of tea and coffee mugs with precise, personalised instructions as to how the beverage should be served. All Moo and Two’s mugs are handmade in Somerset, from stoneware slip using local materials and environmentally friendly packaging.
Natajaq

Natajaq

Artist of the Month
Natajaq is a collaboration between Natalie Evans and Jacqueline Willmington through their shared enthusiasm and interest in traditional craftsmanship and skills, summer craft fairs, wood, colour, nature and interiors. This is a special family team effort between daughter in law and mother in law creating beautiful plywood and oak table lamps, reading lamps and standard lamps. Every piece Natajaq make is crafted lovingly by hand.
Nyumbani Design

Nyumbani Design

A Tanzanian based brand, Nyumbani Design creates wearable and unique pieces of art in the shape of bangles, earrings, rings and necklaces. Working with local talent and materials, each piece has been crafted from hand from individual pieces of wood ensuring that no two pieces are the same. The brand has formed a relationship with the environmental project, 'Trees for the Future" and for every piece of jewellery sold a new seed is planted.
Ooh Shiny Stuff

Ooh Shiny Stuff

Creating gorgeous, hand-stamped pieces of silverware, Ooh Shiny Stuff offer entirely unique gifts for every occasion. Using traditional, hand-stamping techniques each letter is added individually and ensures that each piece is one of a kind. All of the cutlery is used it vintage and can show signs of wear, however, this just adds to the charm! Perfect for weddings, christenings or just to say thank you. Personalisation is also available on these products, please contact us for more information.
Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown gave up teaching this year after 25 years in Higher Education - most recently as senior design lecturer at Huddersfield University - in order to make jewellery full time from a beautiful wooden studio in her back garden. Over the past couple of years her jewellery work has explored the technique of drawing on enamel. Rachel was taught enamelling at college and took an instant dislike to it but has revisited the technique with interesting and distinctive results. "I would eliminate colour altogether and just explore the possibilities of white enamel. If over fired white can produce subtle shades of blue and grey through to yellow." She then applies her instantly recognisable patterns and motifs with a graphite pencil and oxidising stain.
Rebecca J Coles

Rebecca J Coles

Artist of the Month
Each Rebecca Coles artwork represents a journey travelled with a pencil, paper and a pair of scissors. Each profile is intricately hand cut from carefully selected paper, focusing on recycling a medium that would otherwise be discarded and lost. Rebecca reshapes small details of colour, imagery and text into delicate silhouettes that are then re-sculptured and encased, thus transforming an everyday object into a piece of work that invites the viewer to see beyond its original source.
Robert Lee

Robert Lee

Artist of the Month

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

Rory Dobner

Artist of the Month

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.

Sid Dickens

Sid Dickens

Artist of the Month

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

Sarah Jane Brown

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.

Selborne Pottery

Selborne Pottery

Artist of the Month

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.

Sheena Spacey

Sheena Spacey

Artist of the Month
A long term love of aged, worn items has influenced Sheena Spacey’s style of working, originally with earthenware, paperclay and more recently with white stoneware, hand building decorative ceramics. Bowls, vessels and figures are handmade and decorated with impressed leaves, flowers and fabrics, inspired by nature and a little bit of folklore. Natural, a little worn around the edges and all individual, all work is fired in an electric kiln and then treated with a variety of underglaze colours, oxides or glazes to produce interesting and individual pieces, some of which are then smoke fired to give further random beautiful markings with the occasional touch of metal leaf to highlight edges.
Sparkle Child

Sparkle Child

We adore this little brand, it encompasses all the wonders of childhood and wraps it up in sparkly bow. Kristal, the chief Sparkle Fairy, believes all children should day dream and feel so happy that they could dance through life, we think adults can share that joy too, we love donning a wand or crown and releasing our inner child. All items are handcrafted in UK and beautifully wrapped so that you can be sure it will be the gift of sheer delight.
Sparrow + Wolfe

Sparrow + Wolfe

Sparrow + Wolf is a Birmingham based stationery and homewares design studio. Combining great design, quality products & fun illustrations to make drool worthy products you'll love to have in your home, or give as a gift. Sparrow + Wolf was launched in 2013 by Illustrator Cherie Gregory whose incessant doodling inspired the origami range of products. They proudly use UK manufacturers at every possible opportunity, using recycled FSC-certified paper stock and working with environmentally responsible suppliers and printers.

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood

Artist of the Month
Speckled Wood combine wood, paint, wax, a laser cutter and some elbow grease to create their individual designs. They've developed their technique and style which is unique to them, their work has a rustic charm ranging from the quirky to the more subtle reflections of nature. Based in Somerset this husband and wife team work to create interesting and unusual collections.
Stephen Hawkesworth

Stephen Hawkesworth

Artist of the Month

Since retiring from his work in the care sector, Stephen has been developing his lifelong interest in woodwork and the various effects that can be achieved when wood is painted, burnt and carved. His subjects reflect an interest in life in and around the sea - the birds, boats, fish and local architecture.

The materials Stephen uses, on the whole, are recycled or found. The timber is sourced from beaches, local woodlands in Worcestershire and he even has a large proportion of the fittings from a refurbished pub lying in the workshop ready to use.

Steve Neville

Steve Neville

An established Salisbury-based artist, Steve Neville is following in the footsteps of his father – a lecturer and potter - and by drawing on his own engineering and fine art background is refining his personal vision of ceramics.

Perfecting his throwing technique, he brings a refreshingly straightforward approach to his ceramic work which results in elegantly pleasing forms.

He is now producing finely balanced bowls with the daintiest bases that can be unnervingly thin, finished with simple partial glazes to give his porcelain subtle hints of colour and design.

Suzie Gutteridge

Suzie Gutteridge

Suzie Gutteridge's passion for the environment and the need to protect it manifests itself in unique ceramics which create new life from recycled or found objects.

Based in Salisbury, Suzie makes remoulding and recycling strong elements in her work as she gives previously discarded products a new meaning through her range of beautiful and delicate ceramic vessels. 

Thrashion

Thrashion

Thrashion started making jewellery out of recycled skateboards in 2007 and is now an award winning company based in Cornwall, England. Thrashion started with a light bulb moment when clearing out an attic and finding some old skateboards.

The first product to be created by Thrashion was a bangle and it’s grown from there. The pieces are made from broken skateboards and are used in their original state incorporating every scratch and sticker.

Each product is handmade and completely unique. Designs are produced in limited numbers and often not available after this time. Thrashion pride themselves on being an eco friendly brand, all the materials are from within the UK and they try to use every part of the skateboard to minimise waste.