Meet the maker

Heather Everitt Embroidery

After a degree in Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University I began to teach, which I loved, but needle and threads were calling and just over 8 years ago I decided to make full time.

I'm inspired by the natural world, especially butterflies and moths. I combine appliqué, machine embroidery, hand beading and felting to create my 'hatchlings '. My favourite materials are silk and wonderful Liberty of London prints.

I am so lucky to spend my time doing something I love, for me a day without stitching is a poorer one.

Tracey Benton of Benton's Menagerie

I spent many years formally studying and exploring ceramics, but the moment I started experimenting with wool, I was hooked. It’s a lovely natural material to work with and I'm particularly drawn to its textural and sculptural qualities.

Working from my North Devon studio I mainly use a process called needle felting (also known as dry felting) to create my mixed media sculptures. Using a special needle with tiny notches that catch and bind the fibres together, I sculpt each piece individually by hand. A single piece takes several hours to make.

My work is constantly evolving as each new piece often informs the next idea. More recently I have been incorporating more of a mixed media element into my work and have been using various vintage tins and vessels as bases. I’ve also been exploring wet felting and make wee pebble bases using this technique. And where it’s appropriate, I may add a music box mechanism to a sculpture so that it sings to you.

I use wildlife photographs as my creative references but I don’t want to make exact replicas of birds and animals, instead, I’d say that my work is more illustrative and I hope that each sculpture tells a story. A happy story.

Jane Watts of Another Shed Production

I am a self taught designer maker based in the South Hams Devon. My passion is recreating every day functional items using traditional crafting techniques. Exposing the skills of the maker within the design.

It's important for me to stay true to the hand made ethos so I choose not to use power tools.

My designs begin when my Husband returns from his Dive trips with “treasure” (metal and driftwood) which I combine with new materials. I love the fact each piece of my work has a story.

Emma Trott of Olive Rose Jewellery

 Taunton-based 2008 Middlesex University graduate Emma set up Olive Rose in 2015. The name is inspired by her daughters’ middle names.

She has a self-confessed obsession with the manipulation of a line. Using a Victorian lace craft called “Tatting”, she is able to manipulate a single line of thread into a complex structure.

This intricate textile process involves knotting threads in particular ways, to form loops and lines. She stays true to the original technique, yet her designs have a contemporary feel.

Each design grows and develops through making, the threads themselves and colour are her inspiration.

These new DIY kits from Olive Rose enable anyone to turn their hand to these ‘old fashioned handy-crafts’ on a chunky and learner friendly scale.

Louise Nichols Textile Artist

I graduated from De Montfort University in1992 where I studied surface decoration as part of a B.A.Hons.Degree in Fashion & Textiles. I love pattern, looking at the positive & negative – the pattern within the picture & exploring how the feel of an image changes with the use of varying colours & texture.

Working from my studio in Cornwall I produce images from lino cuts that have been inspired by my everyday surroundings. The lino cuts are printed onto linen or cotton fabrics after which I use fabric application & hand stitching to add detail & texture. I then make the prints into pictures & wall hangings or they are used on everyday items such as purses, pouches & brooches.