Local Designers

Karve Designwww.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.

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. 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Citiviewswww.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 Rockwww.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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Anna Lees 

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.

 

Manda Lana 

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.

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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.

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Ransom Designs

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.

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Polly Baker Artwww.pollybakerart.com

Polly Baker studied Fine Art at Falmouth University and specialized in drawing and painting. After University she realized her three favourite things to do were drawing, making people laugh, and wordplay, which sparked the idea to combine the three; making gift cards out of silly puns and quirky sketches.

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Wool Quarter www.woolquarter.com

The Wool Quarter is a small knitting studio based in Totterdown, Bristol.  Kim knits all of the Wool Quarter’s accessories and homewares on a vintage knitting machine before hand finishing each item. The machine knit collection is inspired by the colours of the Isle of Skye and uses various techniques to create an organic, natural feel to the use of colour.

There are also knitting kits, for those who want to knit there own.  Each kit includes un-dyed, minimally processed Shetland wool from a single flock, along with instructions with a colour work chart of one of Kim’s own designs.

Having recently experimented with natural dying, Kim as also produced a small run of avocado -dyed  lavender bags and hopes to experiment further with this technique in 2018.

Sustainability, longevity and the environment are at the heart of everything the Wool Quarter produces.

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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.

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Quantum Design 

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.

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Iduna Design Co. – www.idunadesign.co

I am Ed a screen printed and designer. Having studied Printed Textiles at University I now combine my ever-growing knowledge and understanding of colour and layering with digital processes (Illustrator, Photoshop etc.).

Most designs begin with a sketch or a photo of something I have seen out and about. My design process always involves Photoshop or Illustrator – dependent on the style of design I am working on.
I use Photoshop to layer images and recreate the application of screen printing and overlaying colours. Illustrator is a great tool when I am working on a design that is very graphic or involves a lot of line work.

I combine these processes to produce vibrant digital and screen printed images (on both fabric and paper) that are inspired heavily by geometric pattern and my love of layering images and texture.

Screen Prints
All screen prints are produced by hand in my Bristol Studio. Once an image is created and exposed onto a mesh screen (a bit like a stencil), the screen is layed on top of paper, fabric etc. and ink is pushed through the stencil onto the surface below creating the image. The exciting part of this is that multiple layers of colour can be printed to create depth in an image. All prints are limited edition and individually numbered.

Digital Prints
All digital prints are inspired by the iconic landmarks of Bristol. I use Photoshop and Illustrator to manipulate my sketches and photographs. In a similar way to screen printing they are then layered to create depth and texture. All digital prints are limited edition and individually numbered.

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Sophie Helene Designwww.sophiehelene.co.uk

With an unusual flair for the creative, Sophie started drawing and painting from a very young age with her grandmother, who is an artist and her great grandmother who was a potter. This really took off when she came in the top bracket of her year group at Art A Level, though was not allowed to go to art school. The dandelion is consistent in her work and branding because it was the first piece someone asked to buy from her and represents hope and the fragility of time. A true, ‘Carpe Diem’ symbol and how she tries to live her life.

Now Sophie has found her niche, 1 original painted, sketched, drawn or etched limited edition print runs that are hand embellished. To be clear, Sophie repaints, leafs, inks over the original print making every print totally unique.

She does commissions too, so if you have an idea, do get in touch.

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Men of Wax 

Hello and we are the Napier family and this is our hobby…We are ‘Men of Wax’ and as a small family create high quality, great looking, wonderfully scented, affordable homemade candles for all.  

‘Men of Wax’ candles are created within our kitchen in Claverham just south of Bristol with a quality natural soy wax and fine fragrances for him and her, contained within durable glass jars with burn times of approximately 45-50 hours and they come within a smart black gift tube as you can see. 

We use 100% natural soy wax within our candles, a blend of essential and synthetic oils for our fragrances, cotton wicks and Bekro dyes (probably the best) to colour the wax.
By using 100% wax several natural occurrences could happen…. the wax can sweat and in some cases melt slightly due to direct sunlight or a warm room. Just wipe off any excess moisture and light as per usual and in cases where the wax has melted and created a pool just move it to a cool place for the wax to reset. Neither have an affect on the candles performance.
Before going into production our trial candles go through a process of “burns tests” and this is to find out how the candle performs overall in its finished state. 
 
The candle should be removed from the cardboard tube before lighting (yes someone actually burnt it within) and the first burn should be for 3-4 hours or to gain a wide burn pool by not burning it long enough could result in a “tunnel” and the melting wax flood and extinguish the flame constantly. The ideal burn pool should stretch across the width of the candle and leave little or no wax down the side of the jar as it burns down. 
Our candles burn for approx. 45-50 hours.

Bianca Rose Wood 

Bianca is a multi skilled artist and maker, working first and foremost with wood. She has made everything from fine furniture, large public works and theatre sets, to props and jewellery.

She started woodworking at an evening class at Bristol Women’s Workshop, apart from the skills she learned there she is largely self taught.

Bianca Rose Wood Jewellery was born out of a desire to use everything, all the little offcuts, and the beautiful pieces of wood that arrive in Bianca’s workshop which aren’t quite big enough, or the right shape to become a piece of furniture. After becoming a mother this part of her business has taken more of a central role. Combining wood tones and grain patterns with a palette of colours in her jewellery collection, has started to inform the other work she does, and a new designs for a selection of home wares and small furniture items are underway….

Bianca’s work focuses on enhancing the beauty of natural materials, and her aesthetic is one of simple but pleasing shapes and designs. She relishes a practical challenge, and enjoys learning new skills to combine with and inform her woodwork. She has worked for private and corporate clients, and more recently with the general public in the participatory arts. Bianca is also Studio Manager at In Bristol Studio in Barton Hill.

 

Hannah Redden – www.hannahredden.co.uk

History has long fascinated Hannah, and this is perfectly reflected in the details of her vintage inspired cushions and textiles.

“I am a creative Interior & Textile designer with a passion for reinventing and re-purposing, giving new life to the old and discarded. To sum up what it is I do “loving old whilst thinking new” creating beauty where it has been overlooked.”

After growing up on the Southwest coast of Scotland, Hannah moved to Glasgow to further her studies and nourish her love of textiles. She completed her Ba Hons at The Glasgow Schools of Art, specialising in printed textiles. Upon graduation, she spread her wings and flew to India, where she was inspired further by the vibrant colours and decorative textiles.

​Returning to the UK in 2006, Hannah relocated to Bristol with her partner and realised that she’d found her home in the South West. In 2008, she established Hannah Redden Interiors and Textiles.

“I always tell people how fortunate I am to actually work in a field where I love what I do every single day. Interior design was something that I was destined to do. As a child, I loved rearranging my dolls house, my room and any other space my Mum would allow, I was fascinated seeing how differently the space looked each time.”

 

Fancy Badger

Fancy Badger is the creative venture of Bristol based artist and secondary school art teacher; Sandie Munro-Wells.
I create colourful screen prints that are bursting with tropical goodness. Designed to make people smile and bring year round summer vibes to your home decor; I create prints that I love having in my home and I hope others will too! I am inspired by a love of eye-popping colour, the natural world and adventures to new places.
Each screen print is hand printed in the Fancy Badger home studio using high quality, 225gsm acid-free paper and water-based, non-toxic printing inks. I custom mix the printing inks using acrylic paints and printing medium to ensure each print has the perfect range of colours. The screen prints are created from my own photography and original drawings.
I first dabbled in screen printing at college, during my Foundation Art and Design Course, and at University, during my Art and Visual Culture Degree, however it wasn’t until I revisited it again during teacher training that I really became hooked on it! I created a screen printing set up at home, which I used to print the stationery for my 2016 wedding, and then I opened the Fancy Badger Etsy Shop a couple of months later.
I have also created some enamel pin badges which have been created from hand drawn designs and inspired by some of the screen prints.

 

 

 

Sonnes Art – http://www.sonnes.art

Anna Golec is the woman behind Sonnes Art.

She is a multidisciplinary self-taught artist who grow up in Poland and moved to Bristol in 2013.

She is known for her Geometric Animals Prints Collection.  Anna loves to create art in unique and vibrant colours.  She uses a variety of techniques from digital tools and acrylic paints to sprays and pencils.

She enjoy creating perfect art from a computer but she also appreciates the imperfection that are sometimes created with painting. Imperfection in perfection.
Creating for her is like a meditation, she found this very personal what allows her to express herself.

Anna is also doing commission designs & bespoke orders, so get in touch if you have any questions.

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Belton and Belton

Belton & Belton is a father-and-daughter enterprise creating handmade wooden kitchen wares.

Always a keen amateur woodworker, John Belton set up as a full-time maker after successful careers in both engineering and landscape gardening. Since childhood Naomi Belton has been sketching designs on the back of envelopes and then persuading her dad to make them so her role as designer was somewhat inevitable. Their range includes bread boards and serving platters, as well as handturned bowls, all crafted in their workshop in North Somerset. They aim to create pieces that are both beautiful and functional, that will act as long lasting and valuable additions to any home, heirlooms to be handed down from one kitchen to the next.

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Libby Ballad Ceramicswww.libbyballard.co.uk

Practicality and comfort is really important to me when making my tableware. I like all my pieces to be comforting to use, so that they add to your whole dining experience each time you use them. I believe it is so important to enjoy food and what you are eating and why shouldn’t this go right through to what you eat and drink from? Even if it is just you that you are treating!

My designs are made by a combination of walks, photographs, sketches and then getting on the wheel and experimenting with new shapes with the images and ideas in front of me. This range is inspired by my upbringing on the Isle of Wight and my love for the coastline. I love the labour intensive process of the making of my work. It starts with wedging the clay, blending my different clays together and then weighing out balls of clay to throw with. Each piece is then individually thrown on the wheel and left over night to harden. The next day I will trim the bases and add handles then allow the pieces to dry slowly over the next few days. They then go into first firing up to 1010 degrees, this takes 48 hours to heat up and cool down. Each piece is then sanded and my glazes are applied. I mix the glazes from my many tried and tested recipes, which are developing all the time. The glaze must then be wiped of the bases and tidied up. They can then go in for second firing up to a higher temperature of 1260 degrees another 48 hour cycle. Once cooled the kiln then be unpacked and pots off to their new homes!

All work is microwave and dishwasher safe but will have a better longevity if hand washed.

 

 

Pencil Girl

Choosing to study Fine arts at Sydney University came naturally after growing up with a creative family in Australia. My creations were big, interactive and sometimes included murals. After graduating I then traveled to the UK and found that the big paintings I used to create shrunk to the nice little expressions you see before you.
I’m also a freelance Graphic designer for a couple of small businesses which accidentally has had a positive impact on my work process. I enjoy translating the world I see into commissions in my free time as well. I want everyone to smile with me.

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Boop Illustration – boopillustration.weebly.com

22 Year old graduate from The University of West England with a degree in Animation. I discovered my love for high detailed inky illustrations during my third year of University when I had come to a creative block with my studies and looked relieve some creative tension in an unrelated, new and exciting style. I started drawing Mandalas as a way to relax and unwind when not working on my University assignments. Since then I’ve taken a huge step back from animation and film and instead refocused on illustration.

 

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Previously featured artists and designers

Julia Shaw

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.

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Simone Potterwww.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.

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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.

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Alison Evans

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.

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Sarah Griffin

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.

 

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.

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