Karve Design – www.karvedesign.com
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.
Dandylion Jack – www.dandylionjack.com
Jenny Price studied Graphic Design at Plymouth Uni, honing her flare for visual media in magazine publishing before taking the leap to start her own illustration business, Dandylion Jack. Jenny references her influences of the natural world and home town of Bristol, to create vibrant and unique greetings cards, prints and stationery. Jenny utilises her iconic surrounds to create graphical designs at the intersection of colour, pattern and typography.
Pieces of Bristol
Pieces Of Bristol is local photographer, Nicola Bartlett. She makes a range of quirky and colorful Bristol themed gifts using her original photographs of Bristol including coasters, cards, magnets, canvas and framed prints. Perfect for lovers of Bristol and its street art.
Softlad – www.softladart.squarespace.com
Softlad has been creating art from birth and had a specific interest in storytelling.
This led onto a degree in Film Production and later a career in the industry. Unfortunately a small seaside town couldn’t offer the opportunities to create his work and Softlad needed a way out so became a teacher. Still he wasn’t satisfied and moved to Bristol to seek like-minded people.
After years of working as an Art teacher in various schools around the country Softlad decided to put his money were his mouth was and become an artist.
Using inspiration from his childhood home by the sea and his family history connected to the fishing industry, he has developed a style combining 3D elements and Street Art with illustration and computer graphics.
In 2017 Softlad created a mural for the UPFest festival in Bedminster, Bristol.
Current works include paintings, sculptures, murals, t-shirts and graphics.
- Instagram: @softladoffical
Citiviews – www.citiviews.co.uk
Citiviews is an independent photography business showcasing and promoting Bristol through our pictures – we sell individual and multiple block photographs in frames, canvas, prints, mugs, coasters, placemats, fridge magnets with prices to cover all types of budgets. Imagery is scenic scapes and iconic city images focused on harbourside, architecture, nature and reflections.
Bella Rock – www.bellarock.co.uk
Bella Rock is a luxury collection of natural, cruelty free and environmentally friendly products which are all handmade in small batches by Becki.
Bella Rock has strong ethical values to create products which have the lowest environmental impact possible, as well as supporting the need of the body, mind and our wellbeing by creating a spa experience at home.
Becki began making natural cosmetics at home in 2015 and throughout the Bella Rock journey, their family dog Bella has been by Becki’s side and the inspiration behind the name. The brand was launched in June 2017.
Button and Brew
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.
Wisteria Workshop – www.wisteriaworkshopupholstery.co.uk
My love of fabrics started when I studied Fashion and Textiles at Medway College of Design. This led onto a varied career mainly in Retail.
Nine years ago I was given some bags of beautiful scrap fabric, this inspired me to start seriously creating again. Five years ago I started learning the craft of upholstery, combined the two and Wisteria Workshop Upholstery started.
I love trawling around markets, car-boots, and any second – hand shops looking for a fabric and chairs to transform.
At my workshop in Ashton I take commissions, make cushions and hold the odd class in basic Upholstery. I regularly have a stall at The Tobacco Factory Market.
Chimps Tea Party – www.chimpsteapartyillustration.com
After studying illustration at UWE in Bristol, I started selling the products I had always loved making.
My collage illustrations are made by cutting and glueing my own photos together by hand. Combining my love of animals and colour to create prints, cards and gifts that are playful and fun!
My crocheted plant cozies were designed as a way to add some bright colours and pom-poms to my house plants – I now want to put pom-poms on everything!
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.
So Spiffy – www.sospiffy.co.uk
Sisters in law, Sylv and Sam, joined forces in September 2014 to launch So Spiffy. Both originally from South Devon, they were inspired to create Devon themed items and gifts, with a plan to extend throughout the South West. The tea towels are all designed by Sylv, then printed and returned to Sam who packages them in their spiffy punnets and dispatches them to their new homes. Their first products were a range of tea towels celebrating the joys of Devon. Nostalgia at its very best!! They continue to add new designs, while bringing in a range of other homewares.
Our products are original, quirky, creative, classy, and above all stupendously spiffy!! We love designing original, quality and imaginative products to share with the local and global community.
Anna Lees creates playful compositions by recycling images from discarded books and forgotten photographs.
She is focused on the process of deconstructing and reconstructing found imagery to create rearranged realities, playful portraits and imagined landscapes.
Her work aims to evoke a sense of wonder and adventure. She is inspired by the imagined narratives of everyday life.
All of her work is cut and pasted by hand in her home studio in South Bristol.
Anna is the founder of MANDA LANA and has been an artist and maker since early childhood. Her handcrafting skills and interest in textiles developed over years of traveling while gathering ideas and passions. Her love for making found a vessel years ago in Berlin, when she started sewing things for friends and family.
Now, living in Bristol, her creative process has evolved into a heartfelt project with a clear making philosophy.
MANDA LANA is about the journey of seeking and finding.
Travel manifests in foraging a palette of colourful threads and vibrant patterns that are then transformed into items that spread warmth, comfort and the pleasure of discovery.
Guided by respect and love for the Earth and its limited resources, MANDA LANA items are made from reused and upcycled textiles. Carefully hand-picked materials from cotton to cashmere to rare mixed fibres, combined with simple and traditional sewing techniques are the ingredients that make Anna’s pieces truly sustainable and unique.
All creations are handmade, ecologically treated and one of a kind.
Gilded Magpie – www.gildedmagpie.com
Gilded Magpie is a local silversmith, Eleanor Gould, working out of a studio in the centre of Bristol and a kitchen table in BS3. I specialize in casting natural objects or hand carved wax models into sterling silver to create elegant, wearable but unexpected jewellery. I am a nurse and a mother and found, after having my second child that I had a need to do something entirely for myself. Only two and a half years ago I therefore focused a life long love of jewellery into a silversmithing course. I have kept the day job, but aim one day to be more silversmith than nurse. This modern collection of silver jewellery is inspired by nature and treasure found in unexpected places.
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
Previously featured artists and designers
My work is an exploration of the qualities of clay. Each piece is unique. I strive to create a feeling of movement and serenity with each piece. I use stoneware clay and glaze. Where the piece is unglazed (non-shiny) it will absorb colouring from food and liquid.
I studied ceramics at Plymouth and Falmouth 1991-95. Since living in Bristol since 2002 I have continued to learn at various evening classes.
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.
Simone Potter – www.simonepotter.com
“nominative determinism – /ˈnɒmɪnətɪv/ /dɪˈtəːmɪnɪz(ə)m/ – the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their name”
Simone Potter lives in South Bristol and makes pottery at her studio located at In Bristol Studio in Barton Hill, Bristol. Most of her pieces are made on the wheel and designed for commissions for galleries, restaurants and private clients. She enjoys developing and designing new work, experimenting with different clay bodies and exploring the chemistry of glazes.
Made Anew – www.madeanew.co.uk
Hand built in Bedminster, Made Anew creates mid century meets modern furniture from sustainable materials.
Commissions welcome, just get in touch.
I am a successful Bristol based stop motion animator with a lifelong obsession with drawing and painting fantasy art. I like to focus on creating odd and interesting characters which are caught in a moment of their lives, suggesting a bigger story. Each picture starts life as a traditional pencil drawing which I then scan and manipulate in the computer to add colour and depth. Recently I have decided to start selling my artwork in hope that others will enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoy creating them.
I’ve worked in theatre design for many years and still love presenting stories for people’s enjoyment. This time I’m working in the more intimate medium of picture books. My inspiration for the book “ Holdfast” was the walking story book of people’s lives illustrated on their arms and the reasons behind there motivation for recording their lives in ink. I’m currently working on a picture book of the poem the Owl and the Pussycat, using American Gothic Georgian cemetery art as an inspiration.