1 Oct 2014

CAROLINE CASSWELL




Caroline has been a maker pretty much all her life, greatly encouraged by her mother who was a potter. She specialised, initially, as a mosaic artist, and it was while caring for her father that she had to find a more portable and contained way of working and Polymer clay became the new medium with a similar scope for exploring with colour, 

Over the last 6 years through constant experimentation Caroline has developed her skills to a professional level. Her understanding of the processes and her use of colour has finally found the perfect home in the pieces she makes. Her work is a celebration of colour and her jewellery and mosaics reflect her passion for it, in all its striking and surprising combinations.

All pieces are unique and therefore when people are choosing or commissioning an item ~ Caroline hopes she would be able to make the perfect one that expresses their personality.

For the past 4 years she has enjoyed demonstrating the skills she uses in her work, in both workshop and art fair settings, she enjoys the curiosity and questions that come her way as people are usually surprised to discover how she creates the fine detail in the beads. She never tires of the potential that both these art forms bring to her creativity and she looks forward optimistically to each day.








 





CAROLINE CASSWELL

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30 Sep 2014

FELT SO GOOD




Felt so good was launched to life by Adele Zara Collinson in 2009. It all stemmed from her love for colour and craft after studying Design Crafts at University and living in Asia for a while.

She is able to design all of these stunning products here in the UK and then has a very hands on approach with the skilled workers in Asia where these are produced using traditional crafts. She follows a strong passion to support and promote an ethical practice and personally travels to Asia at least 3 times a year to oversee that these values are not only upheld but strengthened. “The artistry skills of the ladies whom make these gorgeous products are fantastic and the importance of this community based cottage industry to maintain and develop responsible working conditions, be given fair wages and a job in which they are happy is at the heart of felt so good’s ethos”.

The materials that they use are natural and biodegradable helping our planet in the long term for our future little ones.











FELT SO GOOD

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22 Sep 2014

STEPHANIE COLE DESIGN




British designer-maker Stephanie Cole's work predominantly explores nature and the shapes, patterns and colours which excite her most. Inspirations come from a fruitful mixture of farmer's markets, British hedgerows and thought-provoking proverbs and words of wisdom...

Stephanie Cole Design was created in Stephanie's rural studio in the Cotswold Water Park, England, after making the decision to go it alone having finished a 1st class degree in Surface Pattern Design at Swansea Metropolitan University in 2010. Here, she was blown away by the rugged beauty of the Gower and the energy of living by the sea.

Back at home in the Cotswolds, she drew market towns and frequented farmers markets, turning these inspirations into her simple but informative screen printed home textiles and art prints. She has also done branding for several companies and personally commissioned art prints.

Things are working a little differently now, since moving to Finland in early 2013 with her nice boyfriend, who animates. Happily, Stephanie still draws constantly, soaking up inspiration from Helsinki, the World Design Capital 2012, and has made sure things run smoothly back in the UK- working closely with small British companies in traditional and sustainable ways. 






STEPHANIE COLE DESIGNS

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21 Sep 2014

GLIMPSES AND SNIPPETS



Glimpses & Snippets specialises in hand crafted fabric gifts and accessories. Working from their country cottage just outside Tetbury, Sherry Iris, owner, creates a range of fabric cases to give a cosy home to your glasses, Kindles, books, phones and tablets. 

Inspired by the gorgeous English countryside and by the natural intricate beauty of design in the world around us, Sherry likes to put a little something special into each piece she produces - be it a vintage coin as a button, a hand carved and printed lino cut image, hand block printed cotton from Rajasthan or a dash of Liberty of London appliqué. 

Sherry especially loves to work with linen, finding its weave and texture a joy to use, and the perfect backdrop to appliqué. 

For Christmas at the Orangery, Sherry will be selling a wide range of cases as well as many stocking fillers such as lavender filled key rings and travel card wallets.






GLIMPSES AND SNIPPETS

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17 Sep 2014

COCOA LIBRE



Cocoa Libre is a new range of beautiful, hand-made artisan chocolates, brought to you by local Mum and chocolatier Louise Harrison. Their delicious range is also dairy, nut, wheat and gluten free!

What Louise says about Cocoa Libre:
When one of my little boys developed a dairy-intolerance I got to know the dairy-free market pretty well. I was uninspired by the limited choices of chocolates available and decided to do it myself. My aim was to develop a range of inspiring and delicious chocolates that tasted and looked fantastic, and would be a great choice whether you have cut dairy from your diet, or you just enjoy chocolate! The chocolate is smooth with a delicious rich chocolate flavour, and we think very special. At Christmas at the Orangery we will have lots of fabulous gifts to buy: bars in three flavours in lovely boxes or try our fun, tasty animal range; orange frogs, milk sheep, dark bears and minty owls. For something very special we make patterned dark chocolate and dark mint knackali - very unique and a lovely gift. Everyone can now be free to indulge in one of the finest things in life!

What people are saying:
Cocoa Libre chocolates achieve what no other dairy free chocolate has managed - they
are both beautiful AND utterly delicious! I've been eating dairy free chocolate for many
years and have never been particularly excited by any of it.
This stuff is special.” GEMMA DAVIS, LONDON

Dairy free products can often be disappointing and crammed full of nasties to make
them taste good. Cocoa Libre chocolates are in a different league! I can't get enough of
the peppermint knackali - they are delicious and also really beautiful. They make
amazing presents - if you can manage not to eat them yourself before you give them
away that is!” LORNA CLANSEY, LONDON

"Thank you @cocoalibre for your delicious treats.
Dairy, wheat, gluten & nut free with a delicate,
hand-made finish". WORLD OF INTERIORS










COCOA LIBRE

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12 Sep 2014

KAT WHELAN



Kat Whelan is an Illustrator and Designer. For a number of years she has worked as a commercial Illustrator in the Greeting Card industry after leaving university in 2002. She was lucky enough to move to the beautiful city of Bath and have been here ever since.

She started working as a freelance illustrator about 5 years ago which enabled me to work from her little studio in her cottage on the outskirts of the city. About 18 months ago she was approached by notonthehighstreet.com and asked if she would like to join them as one of their selling partners, she has been successfully selling her work with them ever since. After her experience of designing greeting cards for the mass market she decided  that she wanted to be able to create a product that still had that handmade personal touch, she also wanted to make something unusual that could not be brought off a shelf in any high street card shop. Each little creation is designed, printed and hand cut or sewed by Kat with the individual customer in mind, she tries to produce things that she would be thrilled to receive herself. She feels that the up-serge in handmade and crafting is the future for good quality design, she tries very hard to embrace this in everything she creates.

This year Kat will be selling her uniquely designed Paper Circuses and Theatres, delicate card 3d greetings that make a wonderful alternatives to a standard greeting card or that can be used as festive decorations in your home. She will also have her full range of smaller greeting cards for all occasions, her lino print artwork which can also be purchased on cotton shopping totes and her very special soft art toys Golden Reindeer and Flying Hare which can be hung as decorations and are fully posable, along with a selection of stocking fillers like my pin badges.







KAT WHELAN

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