Karve Design is an independent, Bristol based, craft design company. Chitra Tarling is the designer, maker and creator of all of Karve Design’s products. Art and design has always been her passion from a very young age and after studying design at university she has never looked back. Her inspiration mainly comes from the geometric form and also the natural world. She also loves trying to recycle or upcycle anything she can tuning the pre-loved items into something new. Karve Design’s timepiece jewellery collection is made using vintage watch parts which would have otherwise been discarded. These pieces are then turned in to bespoke jewellery items, such as, necklaces, cufflinks, brooches, earrings, rings and bracelets.
From 2018, 5% of all sales of Karve Design products will be donated to charity. The charity we will contribute to will change every 6 months. Another good reason to shop local.
I love spending time crafting on my own or, even better, crafternoons with others. Craft and a Cuppa! This is where the name ‘Button and Brew’ derives.
After completing a degree in Textiles at Bath Spa University I went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Design and Technology.
Button and Brew is a new business, started during June 2017. It’s an exciting time as products are continually evolving and new ideas and items are always being added.
All products are currently made by Siân Marie in her home studio in South Bristol.
The embroidery is designed on a computer and sewn using a digital embroidery machine using high quality thread onto 100% cotton fabric. The items are then completed by hand. The make-your-own kit instructions are written by Sian Marie, each pack is put together by hand using a variety of recycled materials, mainly from clothing, and hand dyed yarns.
SC Knits – www.scknits.co.uk
Samantha is a lifestyle textile designer, specialising in knit, stitch and traditional processes. From completing her Surface Pattern Design degree at UWTSD, she discovered her passion for knitting and dyeing yarn and decided to create SC Knits.
Her product collections and tonal palettes are inspired by the vibrant surroundings and textural surfaces of nature. With a distinctive bohemian style, her lively knitted textiles and innovative products demonstrate her passion for colour and surface texture.
Samantha continues to develop and expand her product range and welcomes commissions.
Red Bird Makes
Red Bird Makes’ eclectic mix stems from her love of vintage and the simpler things in life. Find nostagic quirky porcelain charms alongside her more minimal and modern geometric brass and silver work.
Jenny started Ransom Designs in 2017 with the hope of making designs that make people smile! Her other hope was to make products as eco-consciously as possible. This is why she choose to print on recycled card, with vegetable based inks, using where possible FSC approved materials and have cornstarch packaging. Her designs are all designed and made in Bristol and she only sells in the UK to minimise her carbon foot print.
- Instagram – @ransomdesigns_uk
- Facebook – Ransom Designs
- Twitter – @uk_ransomdesign
- Folksy – RansomDesign
Seaurchin – Lisa Stevens
After a long and successful career as a sculptor at Aardman Animations, Lisa chose to focus on raising her family, using clay as a way to relax and remain creative. During these years, she has developed her own style through continual experimentation with clays, glazes and textures.
Lisa works from her small home studio near Bristol Airport, taking inspiration from coral reefs, flowers, geology, moss and lichen. Most of the work is made of high-fired porcelain clay, which can be translucent when held up to the light. Wall sculptures and bowls are small-scale, delicate and decorative, often the creamy white of pure unglazed porcelain, or vibrantly coloured using stoneware glazes, underglaze or melted glass.
The intricate textures are not created using stamps, texture sheets or moulds, instead Lisa uses a variety of small tools to create the patterns. This is a time-consuming process, but the end results are crisp, organic and each piece will be truly unique.
Screen Printed Art and Accessories from original drawings and illustrations.
Quantum is an independent label based in Bristol UK. I work from my studio
in Bristol creating original drawings which are screen printed and mounted to
make wall art and hand drawn geometric designs which I then have screen
printed in Bristol onto clothing. I travel to India each year and have my paper
patterns for clothing made into garments by a small family run business in
Rajasthan. Each piece is handcrafted and unique. My work promotes cottage
industry and small scale production which supports small business. I am
always creating new designs and the colour combinations always change
making each piece unique and original.
Sue Rees Jewellery – www.suereesjewellery.wordpress.com
After studying silver jewellery making at Bristol School of Art, Sue wanted to add more colour to her pieces. She discovered the joy of using colour with anodised aluminium and has been working with it ever since. The aluminium is light weight and can be printed, painted and dyed in various ways to create beautiful patterns and colours. Sue takes inspiration from nature, in particular leaves, seed heads, and the colours of the sea. Her hand painted pieces can not be repeated making them unique.
I make cherry stone therapy pillows, a Swiss tradition that has yet to find its way into more homes here in England. Which is why I decided to start making them to share the amazing benefits they bring!
The pillows can be used hot or cold to relieve pain and come in lots of different colourful designs all made with 100% organic cotton. I strongly believe in making something that is simple, eco friendly and that will last for years – just like in the old days.
Jem Loves To Draw – www.jemlovestodraw.co.uk
Jem is an artist, illustrator and designer based in her hometown of Bristol and she loves to draw. Her artwork is hugely influenced by the natural world and often features animals, landscapes, oceans, galaxies and constellations. Jem’s day job in graphic design involves spending a lot of time at a computer, so as an artist she favours more traditional techniques – mostly inks, watercolours and pen on paper.
Jem’s work has been featured in exhibitions across Bristol and you can buy her designs as art prints, greetings cards, mugs and more. Jem also takes on freelance projects and create bespoke artwork for private commissions. When she’s not working or painting, you’ll find her climbing, hiking or drinking tea.
Made By Anna Lucinda
Made by Anna Lucinda offers a colourful collection of handmade cosmetic and toiletry bags, purses, pencil cases, pouches and key chains. Anna started her business in 2016, which developed from her passion for textiles, craft and creativity. Anna has a love of fabrics with bright uplifting colours and geometric patterns, and she takes great enjoyment in carefully sourcing quality fabrics and materials for her bags and accessories.
Anna is passionate about great design and exceptional quality, and puts great thought in to making her products fun and functional. Fabrics are cut out by hand and sewn together using a sewing machine and overlocker. Anna works from her home studio in Bristol and hopes you enjoy using the products as much as she enjoys bringing them to life.
Carla James – www.carlajames.co.uk
Blending of colourful brushstrokes delicately applied to canvas or paper gives an insight to the inspirations of the works by Carla James.
An artist inspired by nature and her surroundings as well as background identity.
Working in oils, acrylics and watercolors enables Carla to express strong and colorful emotion in a delicate way.
Carla continues to develop as an artist and has expanded her business with an online shop.
Paper Heart Productions
Combining passion with a personal touch, Paper Heart Productions originated when Sophie Davies created a pen and ink sketch as a birthday gift for a friends son. She came away from the party with three more orders and Paper Heart Productions was born. Born and raised in Bristol, Sophie has spent most of her working life in the corporate world but after the birth of her daughter in 2014, returned to her first love, art.
Each piece of her pen and ink artwork is created by hand only with an incredible focus on detail and a unique, personalised edge. Sophie’s focus has always been to offer original artwork at affordable prices and whether a house or pet portrait, family initials, a child’s initial with a favourite toy or a phrase with incredible meaning to the recipient, none of these pieces can ever be recreated in exactly the same way, they truly are beautifully unique.
The Glass Cabin – www.theglasscabin.co.uk
Bristol glass artist, Rachael Durkan, the owner and inspiration behind The Glass Cabin, works with hand rolled kiln-glass to create unique handmade glass art and homewares.
Kiln-glass is available in a variety of forms and an array of colours, once assembled, the piece is heated in a kiln until it softens and fuses together. There is an extensive range of pieces that can be made using many techniques, the creative possibilities when using art glass are endless.
Rachael’s work is inspired by the geometric shapes and patterns found in nature. The often unexpected nature of using glass means you never tire of its captivating qualities. Fascinated by the complexity of this material and new effects which can be achieved is where Rachael’s passion lies.
Rachael hosts taster glass workshops in various venues around Bristol for adults and children so you too can experience the enticing medium of glass.
I created the name Aqua hen and my logo to explain why I sell my cards. In many parts of the world people have to drink polluted water causing illness. This is my small way to do something about this .The ‘ Aqua ‘ is an image of fresh clean water which all people deserve. I chose the charity Tearfund http://www.tearfund.org as a way to get the money I make from card sales to help communities around the world escape the very worst effects of poverty and disaster. I send 40p for each card sold to Tearfund.
I mostly use watercolour but have recently started using oils. I am amazed by the by the natural world and use colour and shape to turn what I see into a clear design. Care of the environment is important to me and so my new designs come in a biofilm made from vegetable starch, the cards are printed on FSC paper and the envelope from recycled paper.
Wildflower cards are colourful cheeky designs. Creating imaginary worlds with love of nature and the everyday. All cards are drawn and designed by Grainne.
As an active lover of arts she is drawn to painters and designers though out the ages.
This makes for an ever expanding body of work.
I am a Graphic Designer born and raised in Mexico. I moved to London where I spent 5 years studying Graphic Design. In 2016 I moved to Bristol where I started getting inspired by the city’s landscapes,
so I starting creating my digital illustrations of Bristol but also of London and Mexico’s culture and where you will find lots of bright colours.
- Instagram – adrybarriosb
- Facebook – adrybarriosb
Fawn & Blue – www.fawnandblue.com
Fawn & Blue started in 2017/2018, after my husband and I adopted our first whippet (Bryn, a fawn and blue whippet!) in June 2016. I struggled to find interesting and attractive fabric collars for him and, when I did, I thought “I can make this myself”, which is a bit of a trait of mine (an expensive habit!). I bought the hardware required and set about making my first collar. However, I soon discovered that I needed an industrial machine and shortly thereafter moved one into our spare bedroom in Bedminster, which has been the home of Fawn & Blue ever since!
I really enjoy finding beautiful fabrics and developing new products. I pride myself on ensuring I make top quality accessories suitable for dogs of all shapes and sizes and absolutely love seeing my products out and about.
Sarah Dowling Art – www.sarahdowling.co.uk
Sarah Dowling is a Bristol based Artist and Illustrator with a focus on nature and the environment. Her splashy watercolours are available as range of prints, cards and textiles. As part of her pledge to make her business more sustainable her cards and notebooks are printed on recycled paper and where possible her work is wrapped plastic free with recycled card. Sarah also works on bespoke commissions for private and commercial clients from her Bristol studio as well as selling her wares Etsy.
Libby is an Illustrator and maker based in North Somerset. Taking inspiration from the natural world, her playful range of home-ware and accessories will wake your inner child, bringing a splash of vibrant colour to your kitchen or coat.
Wanting to be as environmentally responsible as possible, Libby’s textiles are made using 100% organically grown cotton, prints are made with recycled card, reclaimed fibers are sourced for cushion wadding, and all packaging is recyclable and plastic free.
Pippa & Paper – www.pippaandpaper.com
My name is Emily, and I created Pippa & Paper based out of my design studio in Bristol. After studying textile design at Manchester Metropolitan University, I began a career as a print designer and illustrator.
Pippa & Paper really started to blossom after a once in a lifetime trip to South Africa. The wild animals and vivid colours of Kruger National Park became my main inspiration for my first collection, “On The Wild Side”. The collection is a variety of watercolour painted, wild safari animals, with a touch of whimsy!
Pippa & Paper produce greeting cards for all occasions, as well as art prints for your home, and accept commission based projects! Recent commissions include wedding reception signs, pet portraits, house portraits and much more.
Rays of Hope
Rays of Hope is a collection of handmade accessories made by me in Bristol, UK. Every piece is unique and totally handmade – ensuring you will receive a one off- hand crafted item.
As a designer I am passionate about handmade products, sustainability and designing with an ethos. I aim to produce as little waste as possible throughout my creations and believe in the concept of slow over fast fashion.
Being creative has always been a central driver in my life. My first encounter with clay was in 2011 when I took some throwing lessons in our village with a friend. It was the connection to the earth and things elemental that attracted me I think. Making a form from basically mud opened up a whole new world of creativity which would be connected to life through a simple thing like having a cup of tea. I’m constantly experimenting with stuff in my somerset studio and don’t do long production runs. I’m particularly pleased with the crystalline glaze which has taken a couple of years to become reliable. There’s so much more to do with that process and i’ve just started!
Ruth Collett – www.ruthcollett.com
In 2017 artist Ruth Collett sculpted a life-sized bust of their family dog Bert, as a gift for her husband’s 40th birthday. By taking measurements and references from photos, Ruth first sculpted the dog in clay. From there she covered the clay in resin to create a mould into which she poured plaster to cast the piece. Ruth finished the bust by painting and mounting on a stand. She posted some photos of the finished dog bust on Instagram and the response was incredible. Ruth is now commissioned by pet lovers all over the world to sculpt pet portraits of their beloved dog or cat. And for those looking for something a little different, the mounted and framed hand painted noses make perfect gifts.
She has also recently made a few portraits of humans, in a slightly different relief format. She learned her craft at Wimbledon School of Art and worked for Madame Tussauds for 10 years. She works from her studio at home in Nailsea. She believes in art being accessible to all, and for it to make people smile.
Lucy Cooper Loves – http://www.lucycooperloves.com
Lucy makes these wraps locally in a beautiful little studio in Stokes Croft and delivers all local orders by electric bike.
Reusable – You can use them over and over again. Cling film and foil tend to be thrown away after one use. Her wraps can simply be washed in cool water, with a drop of mild soap.
Naturally Antibacterial – These are wraps are mage by hand, using natural materials and ingredients: 100% organic or certified cotton, british beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil. The beeswax and pine resin naturally have anti-bacterial properties.
The beeswax used is from a small british honey producer close to where her sister lives. Whenever she visits her sister, she can buy the wax so it has no carbon footprint of its own!
The fabrics used are either organic cotton (organically grown and organically printed) or its OTEX certified fabric which means the printing inks are safe to for human use.
Breathable – The unique properties of beeswax wraps allow the food to breathe and keep it fresher for longer.
Clingy – (But In A Good Way) – The wax, resin and oil all contribute to a malleable texture that will cling to glass and ceramics and also ‘itself’ – The wax and pine resin become tacky when warmed by your hands. Moulding and pinching the corners together is a great way to get a good seal.
Biodegrable – Once you have used your wrap to the max you can toss it on your compost bin or use it as an eco firelighter.
Susan Taylor Design – www.susantaylordesign.co.uk
Having spent many years in the advertising industry in Brighton and London, Susan moved to Bristol in 2007 and set up her design studio creating typographical giftware.
Susan fuses screenprinting and digital illustration with experimental typefaces to create her retro-styled designs. Her passion for graphic design is evident – typography, iconography, bold swathes of colour and a strong structural layout are consistently the focus of her work.
Mustard Cuts – www.mustardcuts.co.uk
Karen has worked in the graphic design industry for over 35 years where she gained her love for detail, scalpel skills and a flair for design and layout.
In 2002 Mustard Cuts was born and since then she’s traded successfully selling greetings cards, prints of detailed illustrations alongside her intricate paper cuts.
The suspension bridge with balloons print is a firm favourite – each one slightly unique due to the tiny balloons being fixed by hand. Her range is still growing.
By Alice Design
Alice has been using resin for about 4 years now and there is always something new to learn! She makes jewellery and art inspired by nature. Many of her pieces replicate the ocean or geodes.
Halkes Original Copperwork
We are a small family run business, our father and son duo is made up of Richard and Dean. Together they work their copper magic in our workshop based at home. It was a great way to spend time together as a family, having fun and to have a focus on something other than Motor Neurone Disease (MND) which Dean was living with.
Dean, at 39 years old was a Chartered Structural Engineer who has sadly died from MND. We have decided as a family to continue the business in memory of him and have roped in more family members to keep up with the copperwork.
We donate 10% of the item prices to the MND Association for all products that are sold and hope that by doing this we can also raise awareness of what is a rare and somewhat cruel disease. Our next fundraising target for the MNDA is £5000!
Freckles & Daisies – www.frecklesanddaisies.com
At freckles and daisies we create conversational unique children’s wear and accessories from birth to 7 years old.
We have a passion for print and our aim us simply to design clothes that your kids will love!
I started freckles and daisies after working for 14 years in the fashion industry for various high street brands as a buyer and designer. My aim is to build a brand where comfort and quality is met with style and colour for kids!
We try to upcycle where we can and our shoes are made from vintage suede garments given a new purpose as soles on our shoes.
(You could say new feet in an old sole)
My favourite aspect of my job is hearing from my little customers. We love seeing all the babies and children in our outfits, they help bring the unique personality of our prints to life, creating lifelong memories and we love it when customers want to share them with us.
Corinne Evans Jewellery – www.cejewellery.co.uk
Corinne creates recycled sterling silver, copper and brass jewellery inspired by nature.
Each item is lovingly handcrafted in her South Bristol workshop using traditional silversmithing techniques.
Corinne grew up in rural Wales, which continues to be a source of inspiration for her work. She moved to Bristol in 2010, after obtaining a BaHons in Metalwork and Jewellery Design from Sheffield Hallam University.
Recycled eco silver is used where available and is sourced from trusted UK suppliers. All packaging is recycled and recyclable.
Tracey Burgess Ceramics – www.traceyburgessceramics.com
My journey with ceramics started in 2005, an introductory “Pottery” Course. I was immediately hooked and this subsequently led to my passion for this fascinating medium.
I continued with a City and Guilds Certificate in 3D Design and Craft – Ceramics (2006-2008)
And then a City and Guilds Diploma in 3D Design and Craft – Ceramics (2008-2010)
I gained a highly commended award from the examining body.
During these years I slowly set up my own home studio, to enable me to continue this wonderful craft.
Inspired by almost anything – Countryside, City, Coast – i work in Stoneware (high fired) Ceramics and enjoy using handbuilding techniques.
I aim for the finished piece of ceramic to retain an earthy, organic quality.
I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making it.
- Instagram – traceyburgess_clayart
Danielle Neill – www.danielleneill.com
Artist Danielle Neill seeks to bring more colour and happiness into your everyday. Her work is an explosion of energy inspired mainly by the Abstract Expressionism movement.
Danielle originally trained as a textile designer after studying Textile Design at Bath Spa University in 2013 she’d worked in the fashion print industry but soon grew tired of the fast fashion culture which has little time for creativity and she craved to get her hands messy painting again.
Danielle Neill Designs was created for this reason, to move away from the fast fashion industry and have space to appreciate each design, which can be treasured for a lifetime. She hand paints each design and uses local craftsmen to help bring my designs to life.
After studying design at University, Kate went on to teach Art and Design for a number of years in the wider Bristol area.
After becoming a mum in 2020, she enjoys spending an hour when she can, developing her fledgling Bristol range.
Starting with her now signature Bristol balloon print; the gift range currently features a number of smaller complimentary items, including greetings cards, notebooks, tea towels and coasters.
Mini Moon Craft
Started during the pandemic, Mini Moon creates eye-catching statement earrings made from polymer clay. These pieces of wearable art are colourful, fun and lightweight. Each unique pair are handcrafted by Becky in her home studio in Bristol. Becky is a Bristolian designer with a love for pattern and colour.
KG Handmade With Joy
During the Lockdown last year, Kate started crocheting again, she needed something to occupy her mind. What used to be a hobby all of a sudden turned into having a hook in every pocket and crocheting non-stop. She realised then that she just loved it! When she makes something, she feels so much better, calmer, happier and knows that crochet brings her joy!
KG Handmade with joy grew from passion for recycled yarns, cotton cords, hemp etc. She loves making cotton bags, baskets, washcloths and face scrubbies which she believes can be a game changer these days when it comes to eco-living and changing bad habits of using disposable things.
Last winter she made some colourful duo headbands for her friends and they instantly got very popular. Now shes regularly working with Premium Acrylic and Cotton yarns making headbands, shawls and hats.
All her crochet creations are made with attention to detail and a happy client in mind. Each item is made with personal touch and it’s unique.
The Knit Mix – www.theknitmix.com
The Knit Mix was born out of the desire to make slow fashion accessible to all.
Each of our ready-to-wear items are limited edition, and are made in small batches from a small studio in Bristol.
We also sell knitting patterns! Our patterns are designed to be clear to follow, easy to adapt, and are created with all types of yarn in mind – meaning you can create something unique, no matter what your budget is.
Tattoos By Vicky – www.victorialeguilcherart.co.uk
After doing a degree in drawing and applied arts at UWE I decided to learn to tattoo, I needed to be creative every day and I have been doing that ever since. Alongside tattooing I’ve always painted when I’ve had the time but throughout the pandemic I really started to focus on what I wanted to do and I painted every day. Along with commissions I now paint to create my own art prints and greeting cards. Being as sustainable as possible is really important to me, all of my cards are on 100% recycled card and I do all of the printing myself at home. I’ve always loved painting animals and flowers so a lot of my work is focused around these subjects.
Applique Art By Holly – www.
Pictures and greeting cards, each one individually hand-made, therefore each one
unique. Made using freestyle machine embroidery and applique. Materials used
include handmade paper, vintage maps, upcycled fabric, gorgeous liberty fabrics
and other fripperies and sparkles which catch my eye!
All card and picture designs can also be designed and created to order, with your
words, to celebrate the occasions that matter to you with the people you
treasure. Gifts that keep on giving. Thoughtful, individual; made with love.
I am based on the outskirts of Bristol, having returned to my hometown after spending
years working and living in London and Surrey. When not sewing I’m designing and
project managing a self-build of an eco-home and looking after kids, chickens, cat, a
rescue budgie and a run-away lurcher.