Artisans in our gallery

Spotlight on Yorkshire artists

Textiles

Anne Brookes – HanneMade is a Textile Artist and tutor based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. A love of plants and flowers is the inspiration for the majority of Anne’s work, but sometimes animals also feature in her stitched collages. A variety of found papers are up-cycled to create the base for her collages. Then her passion for drawing comes to life, not with a pencil, but with her sewing machine and hand stitching.

Vicky Thaxter of ‘Lily and Ginger’ is a textile artist, mixed media artist, and needle felter, living in Yorkshire. Her work is inspired by the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, nature, and the changing seasons. For her textile art, Vicky uses freestyle machine embroidery techniques, along with hand embroidery stitches and embellishments. Certain background fabrics are hand painted or dyed to create depth, and a mix of textiles, including silks, are used to create contrast.

Sue Douglas as a contemporary and decorative textile artist was first introduced to textiles through hand embroidery, which led onto machine embroidery and taking a diploma to help her provide a foundation of skills and knowledge to build her future work. Sue takes inspiration from a wide variety of sources including botany, textures, natural forms and vintage designers.

Jill Govier – Touchy Feely Textiles is a lifetime lover of all things textile & handmade. She loves the challenge of sourcing retro and recycled fabrics and trimmings to create her work – a range that includes purses key fobs and stitched prints, giving it a distinctive individual feel.

Ceramics

Sarah Jones-Morris, designs and creates a collection of handmade ceramics which includes ceramic love spoons, tealight holders, and decorations. She draws her inspiration from her Welsh heritage and the tradition of giving hand carved love spoons as a token of love and affection. Each spoon is modeled by hand and then embellished with the surface pattern before being glazed and fired.

Lorna Gilbert Ceramics – Lorna Gilbert is a ceramicist specialising in hand thrown white stoneware that is both functional and beautiful. Coming from a background of fine art and textiles, she has always been fascinated with texture. Her current work is inspired by the wilderness, oceans, and mountains. She explores the interaction between matte and gloss glazes. This creates tension and fusion at unseen boundaries as well as reflections and shadows.

Tara Binns – Joy Impression is an artist who lives and works in Ilkley casting flowers and foliage from the countryside capturing nature and all its detail in plaster relief casts and ceramics. The flowers and foliage are carefully selected, arranged and impressed into the clay, leaving their impression behind. 

Jewellery

Laura Fernandez Designs – Laura is a self-confessed jewellery addict with a love of all things pastel and clay. After graduating from Leeds Art University, Laura began her career as an in-house textile designer working for a wide range of fashion and interior brands. During this time, Laura started experimenting with polymer clay as a side project to let her creativity run free and to de-stress after work. When she realised, she was making more jewellery than she could ever wear she opened her shop, to surprising success. She now handmakes all her jewellery in her West Yorkshire studio.

Leigh Shepherd – Working from her studio in Haworth, West Yorkshire, Leigh creates a range of mixed media pieces, cards, and jewellery. A passion for upcycling and a desire to make affordable, quirky pieces has been her inspiration.Earrings are made from original sixpence coins with sterling silver earring hooks.  These are presented in a matching Teeny Tiny Tin.Pendants on sterling silver chains are made from vintage Scrabble tiles and brooches from draughts and domino pieces. These are presented in a matching Teeny Tiny Tin.

Photography

Stephen Dinsdale as a local Ilkley artist Stephen has always had a love of photography but had never really done anything about it until September 2015 when he bought his first DSLR and now captures the fantastic Yorkshire countryside with his camera. A drone has added a wonderful new dimension to his photography but by his own admission, he has yet to have the time to truly do it justice.

Printing

Folded Forest Limited Edition Prints & Homewares are hand-printed in a small West Yorkshire Studio. They take inspiration from the natural world around us; the woodlands, moorlands and nearby beaches of our home. The designs begin as handmade paper-cuts, then layers are added with pen & ink, before being transferred to screens ready for printing by hand.

Gill Kirk – likes to print on paper and fabric, to experiment and see what happens, she enjoys drawing – particularly flowers, and particularly wild ones as it is something she has done since she was a child, and their essence is part of her connection to the natural world. She likes to focus on things for long periods and interests that get her hooked. Like a tree she knows, or a plant species or a sweep in the road. As well as this Gill likes to etch, monoprint, screenprint, and often combines the techniques to achieve more depth.

Jane Hare – Pippin Textiles,  is a textile artist based near Harrogate, specialising in hand and machine embroidery as well as eco printing. She draws inspiration from the natural environment using a variety of natural printing and dyeing methods and uses only the natural pigment in leaves gathered from her garden or local hedgerow to create a unique piece of wearable art created ecologically from nature.

Millie Rothera is a print design brand based in West Yorkshire. Since graduating in the summer of 2019, Millie has been developing designs for freelance clients and working on her own collection of handcrafted interior and lifestyle products, and the launch of her studio and brand. Throughout Millie’s designs, whether they are inspired by modernist architecture, the idea of play within the home, or nature; Millie’s work is always colour focused and made to the highest quality using natural fabrics and either hand screen printing techniques or eco friendly digital printing. Millie’s products and fabrics are created with a story to tell, handcrafted and passionately produced, all within Yorkshire.

Carolyn Hird-Rogers – Rogers Ink is an artist based on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Working in mixed media collage and digital drawing produces ‘cards to frame’ – original collage landscape or seascape on a square card, each one a numbered original designed to be kept and framed, the ‘collage cards’ are hand cut digitalised drawings of wild flowers combined with mono-print and each one is slightly different.

Felt & Fibre

Fern Whittle creates textural fibre art inspired by the organic lines and patterns found in nature. Born in Lancashire and based in Otley, Fern is self-taught, using frame looms to weave unique pieces that invite you to reach out and touch. Sourcing her materials from small independent businesses, she loves to reimagine the textures found in moss, fauna, coral, and water within her work.

Bridget Bernadette Karn is a textiles artist and has been making landscape artworks using wool like paint for over ten years to create felt pictures. She has a signature style of making her pictures like doorways, for your mind not only to look through but to let your imagination step through.

Jo Lawson – Art is a textile artist who combines wool, silk and print elements to create individual felted pieces of art with a contemporary feel. Her beautiful bowls and pictures are handmade by ‘wet’ felting soft merino wool and silk, then printing on to each individual piece.

Pam Chilton – Art 57 felt is an artist based in Easingwold North Yorkshire. Specialising in creating colourful animal portrait felt paintings, and realistic needle felted animal structures using both traditional and needle felting techniques with natural and dyed wools.

Glass

Kate Park – Twice Fired is best described as pattern, process and pure obsession with nature. These are the inspirations of glass artist and designer Kate Park, the owner and artistic mind behind Twice Fired. Based in Yorkshire home to an inspirational natural surrounding landscape, the Twice Fired studio designs and produces exquisite contemporary handmade glass.