Half-arsed Crafts – Blog Post


I paid a visit to the Independent Design Collective on North Street, Bristol last week and was blown away by the stunning range of arts and crafts produced entirely by local artists and designers in Bristol. I got chatting to Chitra Tarling (the shop owner and designer behind Karve Design) about the Collective and immediately fell in love with their philosophy of providing amazing handmade art and design at reasonable prices. As an obsessive upcycler, I was especially impressed with the amount of recycled materials used in many of the products on offer!

Local Artists and Designers

A few of the artists that currently feature include:

Pieces of Bristol 

Pieces Of Bristol is the creation of local photographer, Nicola Bartlett, who produces quirky and colorful Bristol themed gifts using her original photographs. Nicola’s little Bristol treasures are perfect for lovers of Bristolian Street Art in particular.

local artists and art in bristol


Dandylion Jack

Jenny Price’s creative and illustrations utlise colour, pattern and typography to produce vibrant graphical designs, which are inspired by the natural world and iconic Bristol landmarks and scenary.

local artists and art in bristol


Karve Design

Karve Design’s upcycled timepiece jewellery really caught my eye, being lovingly transformed from vintage watch parts into bespoke jewellery pieces.

Karve’s founder and designer, Chitra Tarling, also creates upcycled and sculptural furniture, beautiful stitched art pieces and origami decorations.

5% of all sales of Karve Design products are donated to charity.  Another great reason to shop locally!

local artists and art in bristol


Bella Rock

Bella Rock create luxurious cosmestics which are all natural, cruelty free and environmentally friendly and all handmade in small batches by Becki.

You can join Becki in a Make Your Own Face Mask Workshop at the IDC on 22 July 2018 (see more details at the end of the post).

local artists and art in bristol



Citiviews produce stunning works showcasing photographs of the scenic scapes and iconic city images of Bristol; particularly focusing on Bristol’s harbourside, architecture, nature and reflections. Their products include something for every budget, from mugs and fridge magnets to canvas prints and framed photographs.

local artists and art in bristol

For a full list of all of the local artists and designers currently featured at the Independent Design Collective, click here.



IDC have also started providing workshops to teach various crafts and techniques. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Create your own collage coaster set – 15 July 2018 – 10:30am to 1pm £35 per person or £55 for 2 people
  • Making your own natural face mask – 22 July 2018 – 10:30am to 12pm £15 per person or £25 for 2 people
  • Beginners string art – 12 August 2018 – 10am to 12pm £30 pp or £40 for 2 people
  • Make your own bath bomb – 9 September 2018 – 10.30am to 12pm £20 per person


For further info pop into the shop, check out their events page on Facebook or email mail@independentdesigncollective.com. Most importantly of all, don’t forget to buy local!



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