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. Many of our makers are happy to adapt their designs to your specific requirements and take commissions.

If you have something in mind or would like more information, please contact us at warwickshireartisans@gmail.com

  

 
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Louise

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.

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Matt 

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.

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Sophie

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.

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Ben

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.

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Tamsen

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.

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I have always enjoyed art, being a prolific ink sketcher when I was a teenager. Now, better late than never, I have returned to the art world, still with my roots in ink, but this time drawing in 3D with wire sculptures, as well as creating the unique .When I am not in the studio, I work with my wife Caroline in her Garden design business, and I am on the Trustee Board of 'Think Active' a delivery partner for Sports England, encouraging physical activity across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.

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Melissa

With a talent for fused glass across different mediums, we are happy to welcome Melissa as one of our artists. Fused glass jewellery, bracelets, home decor, coasters much more.

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Magdelena

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. 

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DoDo

DoDo has always had a love of candles and being creative. Each combination of container, wax, wick and fragrance has been fully tested to give rich scents, long burn times and to look aesthetically pleasing.

A great believer in sustainability and keeping life as eco-friendly as possible, DoDo uses coconut and rapeseed wax as it is one of the most sustainable waxes available and is blended in Europe. It is completely free from paraffin, soy, palm, beeswax and synthetic additives. 

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Julia

Julia is a potter who works in her garden studio in Stratford-upon-Avon, making a range of functional ceramics on a potter’s wheel.

She has always had a passion for design and believes that everyday objects should be both functional and beautiful.  She originally trained as a product designer before discovering the pleasure of working with clay.  Julia loves making things that will bring a little joy to everyday life, including small batches of bowls, jugs and mugs made in beautiful colours with care and attention to detail.

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Helen

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 

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Emma

Emma is an artist working in textiles and paint.

She creates felt and embroidery paintings using merino fibres, textile embellishments and free form embroidery. Her work also includes felt vessels, weaving, and felted giftware.

Nature inspires her work and she creates pieces that are happy, vibrant and colourful.

She enjoys teaching popular workshops at Warwickshire Artisans where she shares her knowledge and skills to inspire others to find their own creative practise.

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Susan

Hi, I’m Susan and I am a compulsive creative! I stumbled upon collage a few years ago and loved it. It’s such a forgiving medium. You can paste over mistakes, insert texture, build up colour and hide secret messages! When viewed from a distance, you’ll be tricked into thinking they’re paintings. In reality, they’re just torn up bits of magazine stuck down with PVA! That’s the magic of collage! 

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Nesli

Inspired by ancient frescos in Crete, Eleanor'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.

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Kate 

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Inspired by ancient frescos in Crete, Eleanor'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.

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Sarah

It is hard to believe it was only in 2017 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. Sarah takes commissions  of your pets.

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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.

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Judith

Judith has a variety of experience with creative design ranging from patchwork to ceramics but now concentrates on the design and creation of fused glass artworks and giftware. Fused glass is a technique which involves shaping basic glass materials into carefully planned out shapes or patterns, transferring the pieces into a kiln to be fused; occasionally repeating this process multiple times and ways to achieve different outcomes.

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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.

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Christina

Anthea has been a metal artist since studying Metalwork Design at PCAD in 1994. After working with silver and steel, copper became her metal of choice mainly because of its varying colours. She loves to make small pieces, she loves the fiddle and challenge involved and this and combined with a passion for recycling this allows her to create unique and bespoke pieces of jewellery and small sculptures.

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Deborah 

With a love for natural yarns in beautifully muted colours, Maggie started devising her own patterns at an early age. In 2000 she started designing, crocheting, and selling her beautiful items such as her fingerless gloves, headbands and reusable make-up removal pads. She has recently started using pretty fabrics to create lavender-scented bags, perfect as gifts.

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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.

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Howard

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.

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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.  

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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.

Graduating with a ceramics degree in 1997, Louise enjoys making functional and decorative tableware and draws inspiration for her sgraffito decoration (made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting colour) from flora, fauna and from mid-century and scandinavian design.  

Howard is a Craftsman, Wood Turner & Up-Cycler, with a love & appreciation of beautiful things.

He relishes the challenges of working with wood & loves its natural organic forms, its varied textures, colours & strikingly different grain patterns. In his work he try’s to utilise, exploit & enhance these natural characteristics through the use of simple forms, sympathetic shaping & flowing lines. Colour forms an integral part of his work and he uses the application of colour, burning and liming waxes to add contrast & depth to his work to highlight and enhance the natural grain patterns.

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Delphine is a fibre artist using a mixture of dyed wools from over 40 different breeds of sheep. Delphine uses this wool as her paint by needle felting the fibres onto fabric manipulating the fibres in such a way to create a baseline image, the needle and thread then becomes her paintbrush by hand sewing the finer details. Delphine draws her inspiration from natural landscapes from both images and imagination and using the bright vivacious colours she interprets these landscapes creating vibrancy and bringing depth to her pieces. Delphine teaches needle felt workshops within the Warwickshire area and is available to produce commissions using your chosen colour pallet and theme

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Pip creates town and country houses from reclaimed wood scavenged from house renovations.  Her work reflects a love of old houses and a passion for waste reduction. Common features include floral ‘wallpaper’, rusty nails and hand stamped words.  Pip’s desire and motivation is to use her artwork to bring a bit of joy into your homes.

Claire is a self-taught artist working from her studio in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she produces quirky colourful acrylic paintings of houses, animals and people.

She also creates 3D works of art using reclaimed objects. Old wooden trays and cigar boxes become frames for rows of painted driftwood houses, with nails for chimneys and needle felted trees.

As a trained silversmith Sue enjoys designing and creating one off pieces of jewellery in precious metals which are hallmarked with her own mark. Her jewellery is handcrafted using a range of skilled techniques to create striking and contemporary pieces. Some of the jewellery is adorned with cultured pearls, gemstones, Murano Glass and Swarovski Crystal. Sue does not repeat her pieces, so each piece is individual and unique. Sue also takes commissions!

This is Terry and one of her pleasures in life is to deconstruct items that are no longer loved and breathe new life into the fabric to create items that can be treasured and loved once more.  Her doorstops are a very popular line. Turning hats into tortoises, tartan and tweed into chickens, owls and hedgehogs, velvet and cord become mice. Terry has found that the garment and fabrics guide her craft and creations meaning she is open to inspiration as she is making. Truly unique and beautiful. 

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Jess

Jess makes a range of gold, silver and rose gold jewellery with gemstones and pearls from her studio in Warwickshire. The gemstones and pearls are all high quality and many are unique with beautiful natural markings. Using traditional beading and wire wrapping techniques she makes elegant and wearable designs which you can treasure for years to come. All the jewellery comes in gorgeous packaging, making it perfect for gifting or a lovely treat for yourself.

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Claire trained as a woven textile designer and spent 20 years in the fashion and textile industry, before turning her attention to quilt making and other crafts. She loves to create modern scrappy quilts using linen or cotton fabrics that have been left over or collected over the years. With a passion for hand stitching, she makes sure each quilt or cushion has a variety of hand sewn stitches. Currently a sample sewist and sewing tutor - teaching dressmaking, patchwork, and quilting. She also accepts quilt commissions.

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Hilary 

Hilary makes fresh, modern and quirky embroidery kits which give eye-catching results without being too difficult.  She has always enjoyed crafts such as embroidery, sewing and knitting, and loves unusual colour combinations. Having visited all the Scandinavian countries and spent her honeymoon in the Ice Hotel in Lapland she is particularly drawn to the Scandinavian style which shows in her beautiful embroidery kits.

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Bethany

Bethany is a local artist who uses a variety of mediums depending on how she feels each day. At the moment she is finding inspiration in the animal kingdom, from safari animals to woodland creatures, using pencils, watercolour, oil or ink depending on the subject. 

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Sue says "Art is an expression of my passion for the great outdoors and nature. My camera is full of images of the beautiful diverse countryside and coast with its crashing waves, rock pools and sand. These images provide me with visual inspiration but just as importantly the memory of the feeling and emotion I felt, which I try to translate into my art." 

Sue's favoured medium is acrylic, building up the layers of paint, often adding texture to bring depth and interest to the painting. However, she also likes to work in mixed media and oil.