Browse and buy unique pieces from these makers, designers and exhibitors during the Arts and Craft Festival.
Andrew makes hand-carved wooden bowls and spoons. He started whittling spoons and bowls simply for relaxation, switch off “me” time, looking for a creative escape in an increasingly digital world. Design is driven by the materials and tools he uses. He draws inspiration from a talented community of green woodworkers but believes that spoons, bowls and kuksas must be primarily functional. Wood is sourced through local conservation and land management projects he's involved with, giving him access to the perfect materials - typically Birch and Beech green wood. He likes to take wood that’s destined for the bonfire and turn it into something useful.
Unique hand cut mosaic jewellery and interior pieces, created with iridescent glass, vintage ceramics and Italian millefiori. Angela's mosaics are inspired by nature, folk art and style movements, creating decorative and attractive pieces to wear and for the home. Mosaics make an effective and durable solution, through picking, cutting, laying and combining materials. The art form reacts with its environment with light reflection giving an extra fascination.
I come from a background in clothing and before designing bags I worked as a freelance womenswear pattern cutter. My interest lies in creating functional shapes that are feminine, modern and strong. I think that these words often describe my customer too. I work mainly with soft leather and when I am designing I really play with the leather to work out how to get the shape that I want and then I will create the pattern. Each piece is designed and made by me in my workshop in Hove.
Anne Tomlin graduated from West Surrey College of Arts, with a degree in Textiles, before going on to study Millinery at The London College of Fashion. For over twenty years she designed and made hats for many of the leading stores in the UK, USA and Japan. Now, away from the hectic world of fashion, Anne focusses on her love of wild flowers and the insects that visit them.
Bee Bowen captures the moods and seasons of the English landscape in her range of luxury, wearable art. Inspired by nature, her dyeing adventure begins in the most unusual places: parks, streets and gardens, where she forages for leaves and flora. The leaves, fronds and flowers are placed in the folds of the silk or the wool. Then she throws them in a bubbling cauldron to extract a delightful range of botanical dyes and patterns to make one-off dresses, tops and accessories. Each scarf, top or dress in Bee's range has a unique pattern and contains a direct imprint from the leaves. The leafy hues and silhouettes are imbued into the fabric, telling the story of a time and place. A gentle protest against fast fashion and the culture of disposability.