Category Archives: Meet the Makers

Creative Craft Classes – Meet The Makers – Urban Magpie and Onetenzeroseven

We’re really loving our Creative Craft Classes over at Our Handmade Collective. We’ve had some excellent students, laughing, chatting, drinking tea and eating cake and we hope lots more will join us soon! This month we’re welcoming Zoe and Sophie, two of our resident makers, to teach us a thing or two!

Zoe from Urban Magpie – Recycled Jewellery Making | 26th April – Call 0113 418 2304 to book

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I’m Zoë Mitchell, a Southerner who defected to Leeds for about 15 yrs ago. My husband & I have a 4 year old son, and I work part-time as a retail interior planner. I make my jewellery from home in my spare time, and enjoy the break it gives me from working with AutoCAD. Most of my making is actually done once our son is tucked up in bed, but occasionally he acts as my studio assistant by helping me out when I’m taking product photos!

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How did you first get involved in making your craft?

I studied Fine Art at University in Leicester, which is were I became interested in mixed media art and 3D collage. Years later, and my jewellery making has at its heart the idea of jewellery as tiny, wearable mixed-media artworks. I’m interested in recycling and upcycling objects which have a patina of age and use, a back-story, or a historical resonance. I enjoy the fiddly process of making and the challenge of working with different materials which wouldn’t normally be associated with jewellery. I always need a creative outlet, but importantly jewellery-making is creative activity which is easy to pack away at the end of the day!

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

Initially I started by making necklaces as Christmas presents for my family, which were recycled from old charity shop-bought jewellery. Friends & family started commissioning me to make more pieces & word got around. That’s how Urban Magpie was born as a brand.

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What are you most looking forward to about running your workshop?

Until Claire from OHC asked me if I’d be interesting in running a workshop, I’d never considered it before. I recently held an informal trial-run workshop in my kitchen with a few friends to figure out how it would work. We had a chilled-out, sociable evening & my friends loved having the chance to get creative and try out different techniques. Everyone went home with truly personal finished pieces. One of my friends created a beautiful pair of rings which were recycled from her Gran’s favourite clip on-earrings.

I’m most looking forward to meeting the group and seeing what pieces people bring along to recycle, the stories behind them and what new treasures they’ll turn them into.

Sophie from Onetenzeroseven – Blogging For Creative Businesses | 23rd April – Call 0113 418 2304 to book

Blogging Workshop, Leeds

My name is Sophie and I’m a born and bred Yorkshire lass! I live in the outskirts of the city centre with my musician boyfriend and my crazy rescue dog, Frank.
I run my own business, full time, designing fun jewellery & accessories for the young at heart and documenting my business journey, sharing advice and showing you my favourite things on my Lifestyle Blog. I also blog professionally for a couple of other brands as well as right here on the Our Handmade Collective blog!

How did you first get involved in making your craft?

I actually remember the day I discovered Etsy… it was during an intense moment of boredom at my old job. I thought all the handmade pieces for sale were beautiful, but what really intrigued me was the idea of making something myself from the endless craft supplies that were also available to buy.

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What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

I was going to New York on holiday and I thought it would be a great idea to make some extra pocket money by selling the endless things I’d made as a hobby, but starting to sell things was never really a big deal for me; When I made the decision to become a business, that was scary! I really wanted something that I could pour my heart and soul into and have full control over. Each job I had previously left me frustrated that no one was interested in my endless stream of ideas and I struggled with a full time job due to my mental health affecting my physical health – an issue I know many fellow crafters share. Now I love every day at work, even when I’m stressed and overwhelmed it’s in a good way and I treasure that!

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What are you most looking forward to about running your workshop?

Ooh, definitely having an evening where I can chat about business to other creative folk over a cup of tea – something I just absolutely love to do. I’m excited about being able to share what I’ve learned to the next generation of creatives, as I learned from the ones before me, so I hope to run a lot of different business related talks – To pass the creative torch!

We also have Claudia from Kitsch-ina’s workshop, Vintage Inspired Half Pinny on 26th April. To get to know a bit more about Claudia, read her interview here.

To book onto Recycled Jewellery Making, Blogging For Creative Businesses, Vintage Inspired Half Pinny or to view our other Creative Craft Classes, pop in store or call 0113 418 2304.

See you there x

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Creative Craft Classes – 12th March 2015

Today we’re welcoming Chloe and Lucy, two of our resident makers, to the blog to get to know a little bit more about them and find out what fun happenings will be part of their workshops at our brand new Creative Craft Classes starting this month.

Chloe from Life’s Big Canvas – Origami For Card Making | 12th March – Book here!

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My mission is to make the whole world a playful place, and to encourage creativity, even in the most mundane places and stubborn people. I started by painting animals, but now I mainly fold paper.

I create whimsical items for the child within – whether it’s a simple badge, a notebook made with a book cover you remember as a child, or something you can’t believe was ever once a piece of paper – I am fascinated by how something flat like paper can become three dimensional with a few folds.

Life’s Big Canvas has been a part of the independent retail scene in Leeds for the last three years, being involved in shops, fairs, workshops and galleries. I will always continues to experiment and play daily, wherever I am.

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How did you first get involved in making your craft?

I started making stuff five years ago, and it was mainly jewellery, but then one january I started making origami boxes for putting the jewellery into, and just got obsessed with paper. I still do other stuff, but it’s the paper that always stays around.

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

I had no other choice, unfortunately. I was signed off work with sickness, and my sick pay ran out – the doctor said I wasn’t well enough to work, but the DWP said I was, so the Job Centre suggested I take self-employment credit (a scheme that I’m not sure if it still runs or not) and that got things moving. That makes it sound like it’s not a dream or a love, but I think I would have got to this point eventually, I was just pushed a bit sooner.

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What’s your favourite thing about running a workshop or class?

I used to run the Paper Folding Workshop at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton every month. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and seeing people see forms come out of their flat paper. The realisation in people’s faces when you get the that point where suddenly you can see what it’s meant to be is priceless!

Lucy from George & Lilly – Make A Felted Picture | 12th March – Book Here!

Felted Picture Workshop

I work from a small studio in my house, I’m a trained graphic designer but currently work at a printers part time. Im originally from Wiltshire but have been living in Leeds for 6 years with my husband and 3 cats. I enjoy anything creative although my passion is obviously feltmaking, DIY and gardening.

How did you first get involved in making your craft?

Though a trained graphic designer I’ve always been interested in textiles, arts and crafts. While at university I lived with a lot of design & crafts students and was very jealous of everything they were creating in their lessons.  I started using craft felt but found it very thin, I found out I could make thicker felt from wool so after going to a couple of evening classes I started making my own and things have evolved from there.

George&Lilly Workshop, Leeds

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

After selling a few things to friend and family I decided to start doing craft fairs to see if my products would sell well with the public.  I enjoy selling my items to the public as it’s nice to hear first hand feedback and see people enjoy what I have made.

What’s your favourite thing about running a workshop or class?

Ive run many workshops before; I love seeing what designs people come up with. Even the most uncreative person can come up with  fantastic piece of felt art!!

To book onto Make A Felted Picture, Origami For Card Making or to view our other Creative Craft Classes, pop along to this link or call 0113 2443454

See you there x

Meet Ted & Co. Handmade

This evening we meet Luciana Albertin of Ted & Co Handmade from York.

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Luciana has been sewing for many years making Children’s clothes and soft toys. Her love for Teddies led her to specialise in Handmade Teddies and other softies, including making keepsakes from baby’s first baby-gro.

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Why not pop in and visit us upstairs in the new Handpicked Hall in The Grand Arcade, Vicar Lane, Leeds. You can stroke and cuddle Luciana’s toys!

Meet Red Rat Designs

Time to meet more of our fabulous makers. Today we meet Alison Crowther of Red Rat Designs from Barnsley.

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Alison makes Hand crafted clay tags and bespoke personalised cards, brooches & clips.

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Red Rat Designs was born out of Alison’s love for craft, making her own cards for friends soon turned into making clay tags to add into gifts & use as keepsakes. As well as this she made fabric hair clips for her daughter & brooches to add to outfits.

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Alison says “It gradually took over the spare room and is now flourishing as a small business & local outlet supplier. I like things to be different, not run of the mill so I love creating bespoke personalised items for my customers.”

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Pop into Our Handmade Collective upstairs in Handpicked Hall, Grand Arcade, Leeds. We are there permanently and are open Wednesday to Sunday. Alison has some great ‘Thank You’ clay tags that you could add to your “Thank You Teacher” gifts.

Meet Createve

Good morning! Today is the first official day of trading at Our Handmade Collective, upstairs in the new Handpicked Hall, Grand Arcade, Leeds. Before we open at 11am we just have time to introduce you to another of our 21 makers, Eve Finlayson of Createve.

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Eve is from Skipton and believes everybody should live a patterned life and she puts this into practice with her amazing printed fabrics that she makes into cushions and silk scarves.

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Eve says “I have had a passion for patterns and a love of the natural world from being really young. Once I had acquired the skills at university to produce patterns, I felt I had to go forward to create unique designs that could be produced and made into quality products that people would enjoy, knowing that they would be different to what the high street has.”

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What some people fail to realise is Eve designs and prints her own fabric, before she makes them into desirable gifts. She is a truly talented lady.

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Come along to Our Handmade Collective and see Createve’s colourful range of gifts. We also have a gift-wrapping service available in store to create the perfect present.

Meet Milson May

Please meet another of our talented makers, Milson May jewellery by Jayne Smiles from Leeds.

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Jayne designs and handcrafts fused glassed rings.

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Jayne says “My father is a landscape artist, so I guess that creativity runs in the family!  Working with fused glass started as a creative hobby but soon became an absolute passion. Every spare minute, I was trying new ideas in the kiln and sketching out designs.  Founding Milson May enabled me to channel all my skills into gorgeous, wearable jewellery.”

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We have quite a few of Jayne’s amazing rings for you to choose from at Our Handmade Collective and each one is truly unique.

Meet SciArtImages

Our final maker for today is Dr Neil Taylor of SciArtImages.  He reveals the beauty of the microscopic world from his laboratory / studio in York.

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During a long career as a research scientist Neil was used to seeing the wonders of the microscopic world. Utilising this experience Neil now reveals this incredible beauty to those not normally lucky enough to be able to see it, using his microscope photographs to create a range of cards and unusual and interesting gifts.

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Neil’s photographs are amazing and you can buy a mug, pocket mirror, key fob, cufflinks and matching card, all with many interesting colours and effects.

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I’ll be buying some of these lovely cufflinks for Father’s Day on 16th June. We open on Friday 14th June, so plenty of time to buy – but hurry! I can see Neil selling out of these VERY quickly! Perhaps you should come to our exclusive preview evenings on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th June 2013 at 4-7pm to make sure you gets your first!!

 

Meet Clarry Cards

Let us brighten up your day with Clare of Clarry Cards, from Harrogate.

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Clarry cards are something a bit different!

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Clare says “Many of the great moments in our lives are touched by a small, unassuming item with infinite power – the Card.  It is sent to greet us on our return home, to celebrate good times with us and to provide comfort to us in bad, but most of all it is there to remind us that we are not alone, that life is full of colour and fun.   This is the aim of both my prepared and bespoke illustrations.”

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I LOVE Clarry Cards they are so colourful, cheeky and cheerful. If you come and see us in Our Handmade Collective upstairs in Handpicked Hall you might find Clare scribbling away with her colourful pencils!

Meet Shedplay

Today we meet another one of our fabulous jewellers, Caz Hardcastle of Shedplay.

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Caz makes Jewellery from all sorts of recycled materials, including: silver, copper, coins, buttons, beads and sea glass!

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Caz tells us how Shedplay started, she says “3 years ago we were getting married and I wanted to make our rings myself. So I went on a 6 week jewellery course to learn how to solder. Made the rings and various other things on the course and by then I was hooked and carried on at home in the shed that I made my husband, Tim, build for me!”.

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And here it is: the actual shed that Caz plays in!

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It’s now only 3 days until Our Handmade Collective opens upstairs in Handpicked Hall, Grand Arcade, Leeds. Come and visit us on one of our exclusive preview evenings on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June 2013, 4-7pm.

Meet Made by Marianne

Another fabulous maker in Our Handmade Collective is Marianne Harvey who designs and makes Bunting, Cushions, Brooches, Bags… and lots more!

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Marianne is based in Calverley, Leeds, and she says “I love creating unique pieces from gorgeous fabrics, threads and buttons”.

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Marianne began sewing again first as a hobby and then it turned into much more!  After starting to sell at local fairs she became inundated with orders and bespoke requests so now she sews every day.

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If you come and see us at Our Handmade Collective you can pick up an order form to ask Marianne to make something personalised with your loved one’s name on.