MEET THE MAKERS
The passion and inspiration behind our business
What makes Warwickshire Artisans great is our incredible Makers. Passionate, experienced, talented and friendly, we truly have the best of the best. Get to know the people behind the business, who are dedicated to making sure your needs are not only met, but exceeded.
Louise is the visionary behind the concept of Warwickshire Artisans and is responsible for bringing all the Makers together.
Completely self taught, but with an obsession for perfection, Louise works with all sorts of textiles creating patchwork quilts, art and rope baskets.
Hating to see waste, she uses clothes and fabric scraps that would otherwise be thrown away to make beautiful art and useful things such as bags and blankets.
With a thriving career in bushcraft, Warwickshire Artisans is pleased to have Matt Prees as part of the team. Matt's craft is working with wood, and his passion for the outdoors translates beautifully in his handmade items.
The rustic nature of pallet wood, natural beauty of olive wood and the warm tones of natural oak inspire matt's creations.
Sophie is an fluid artist, specialising in alcohol inks, fluid acrylic and resin.
She is inspired by movement, emotion and how everyone perceives this differently. The mediums she uses allow her to express this and paint in unconventional abstract ways. No two pieces are ever the same.
She has turned her passion for colour and patterns into hand painted gifts and large home decor pieces for others to be able to enjoy.
Ben explores culture and politics through iconography and the lens of comedy. Developing an extensive range of spoof vintage-style ‘SMART Book Cover’ prints, greetings cards inspired by classical literature, re-imagined the iconic Penguin format and colour-coded categories as ‘Pangolin Books’ Bens work has a humour and style rarely found elsewhere. His ‘SMART lighting’ range offers a ‘second life’ to objects that have outlived their usefulness, transforming their use into elegant desk lamps.
Tamsen is a Ceramic Artist and Silk Painter. Working with clay, for Tamsen, takes the tactility of silk into three dimensions. She takes inspiration from the flow of water and the beauty of nature and tries to capture some of that beauty in her art. Tamsen makes both functional and simply beautiful ceramic works.
Drawing in 3D with wire sculptures, as well as creating the unique 'Your life in Places' timeline ink drawings to celebrate special events in people's lives. When not in the studio, Paul works with his wife Caroline in her Garden design business, and Is on the Trustee Board of 'Think Active' a delivery partner for Sports England, encouraging physical activity across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.
Magdalena is a watercolour artist and designer who loves nature. From a very early age she started drawing cartoons and Japanese manga which has significantly influenced her style.
Incredible homemade organic candles.Using cocoonut and seed oils as natural wax Solas home candles have a superb range of scents that will fill your home with luscious smells like lavender, fresh linen, blackcurrant, Cuban oak and much more.
With rather a big obsession with most things “crafty”, Helen is always looking for new things to try, learning new skills, techniques and crafts. But her biggest passion is greetings cards.
‘ All of her designs start off handmade but some have been developed into printed and hand finished so to offer a good price range.
Carly makes beautiful, simple, Sterling Silver jewellery - handcrafted from her home workshop in Rugby, Warwickshire. Using traditional, self-taught silversmithing techniques to produce lovely long-lasting pieces – perfect for everyday wear and that also make a really lovely gift for someone special. Many different semi-precious gemstones often feature in her pieces. Carly also makes extremely popular and unique hand-stamped vintage cutlery pieces, all stamped with various sayings, quotes, lyrics, words and fun designs
Emma enjoys both wet felting and needle felt. Free form embroidery has a sense of abandonment which is very calming almost trance like, the outcome of which sometimes is not known and can be a surprise when the piece is finished. Emma draws with her sewing machine paints with fibre, manipulating it into vessels, this is how she explores the natural world and its beauty.
Jayne has always had a love of glass. She went to college and studied stained glass and fused glass. Jayne loves all the things you can create with glass and is continuing to learn and expand her designs. She also offers custom pieces.
Sheran has been teaching the ancient craft of pewter work for over 10 years in Johannesburg, South Africa where she had a studio. She also uses different mediums to mix with her pewter work such as clay, decopage, stencils and recycled materials to create her one of a kind pieces of art. After many years in Africa she has come home and is truly inspired by her surroundings in the beautiful county of Warwickshire to create mixed-media pewter art from the local animals and scenery.
Inspired by ancient frescos in Crete, Elanor's intention was to make beads which resemble a long lost discovery. Flecks of gold glimmer through the neutral shades. Unexpected colours and patterns occasionally appear. The distressed finish suggests the rediscovery of buried treasure.
Each bead is unique in that it is hand made.
It is hard to believe it was only 3 years ago that Sarah started drawing when she gave up work to become a full-time carer. With a love of animals, she started drawing her own dogs before plucking up the courage to draw other people's beloved pets.
Based in Shakespeare’s, leafy Warwickshire James has always enjoyed being creative.
Over the last few years he has honed his skills in traditional leatherwork to design and handcraft leather accessories for your homes, hobbies, humans and hounds alike.
In her studio practice, Sarah designs and makes paper artworks, including but not limited to, indigo and eco dyeing techniques. Sarah also undertakes commissions for bespoke furniture pieces, utilising her skills for paper and paint.
Sarah has conducted workshops focussed on her practice, at venues such as Warwick Arts Centre and from her studio in Coventry.
Angela is an artist specialising in watercolour and acrylics. She has always had an interest in nature and wildlife and much of her work incorporates these subjects. However, she also undertakes commissions for pet, car, and house portraits and whatever the medium, she loves to use lots of colour in her work.
Working with a humble lump of clay, with so many options to create shapes and forms still never ceases to inspire me.
Some years ago, I found that throwing on the wheel was where I wanted to spend my valuable spare time. There is nothing quite like it for me, as I sit with a ball of clay on my wheel, constructing the idea of what it is to become before I send it on its own little journey.
Born in North Devon and living in Warwickshire since 2017, Anthea has been a metal artist since studying Metalwork Design at PCAD in 1994. After working with silver and steel, copper became the metal of choice mainly because of its varying colours. A passion for recycling allowing her to create unique and bespoke pieces of jewellery and small sculptures. colours of the metal.
Christina lives in Warwickshire and weaves various items out of UK grown willow. Some items are functional, others decorative, and all can make a lovely addition to your home, garden, or special event, as well as making great gifts for loved ones. With a passion and respect for nature, creating unique items out of natural and sustainable materials is important to Christina. She makes small baskets, wreaths of all sizes, decorations for occasions, bird feeders, obelisks and so much more.
Primarily a textile artist, the blues of sea and sky and pinks and greens of summer flowers inspire Deborah to work with bright, strong combinations of colour.She is fascinated by how nature regenerates and entangles itself and so embeds in her work, linear images of plants alongside loose threads and frayed edges.Find stitch, print and paint on bespoke home dyed stool and seat coverings. She often reuses older fabrics alongside the new. Each construction is individually constructed, no two are alike.
Having grown up in a household full of handmade toys and gifts, Kate has always understood the value of a beautifully made product, and the pride taken in creating the piece. This is why each of her products has been made with care and attention to detail from the highest quality materials available.
Incorporating this mantra with strong designs and a love for both traditional and contemporary embroidery, Kate offers fresh embroidered pieces for the modern home, some of which can be personalised for an extra special touch.