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Dre's Jewels is a collection of work created by a Bristol Artist, Dre Puddy.  Each piece is unique due to the methods used; wire wrapping, hammering (tempering), looping, encasing, shaping, soldering, filing, tightening, threading and so on.

I always use sterling silver if I am going to do metal work unless I am using watch parts to make steam punk jewellery; then I find it is best to use all sorts of materials.

When making a piece of jewellery I like to frame gemstones, beach glass and shells with silver or make silver shapes and add decorative beads to them. 

I have also been experimenting with resin and fimo.  Head to my website to see more photos.

 
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Faith and Betty have a combined love for nature, health and blending ingredients...
Using mostly organic materials,fair trade butters and essential oils our products are handmade by us and good for you.
We make a range of lip balms and skin salves using beeswax, herbal soaps, dead sea salt products and lots of bath bombs.
We've been experimenting recently with different ingredients and have some exciting new ideas in the pipeline!


 
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Hi I'm Kerry. I studied Art, Design and Graphic's at college and always thought graphic's was my future but it was not to be. Shortly after leaving college I discovered making and creating was my true passion. It began as a hobby as it does with many and then friends and family wanted to buy items, which led to parties, then where I am today and the creation of Kerry's Boutique!

As I'm dedicating more and more time to my creative endeavours, my designs are expanding and developing. I never make more than 5 of each item and where possible I will upcycle materials into my piece. Currently I'm concentrating my time on jewellery, cards and picture, and with all my pieces I try and incorporate a bold and/or colourful element.

As my pieces are always changing there's always something new to see on my Facebook and Etsy pages. I always welcome commission pieces; past commissions have included wedding jewellery, cards for special occasions and pictures on a larger scale! Pop along and say hi!


 
Love Nettie is the recent creative development by Lynette Evans, Artist and Maker, Mivart Studios,
Bristol.
Lynette has studied floristry and Fine art and has picked up and developed several self-taught craft
skills over the years.

Lynette has quite a fascination for various vintage and antique items. She particularly loves buttons
and has collected vast amounts for many years, as well as fabrics, jewellery and other haberdashery
notions, stamps, cards and old illustrative items. Lynette loves the idea of a history behind items
such as old buttons, the fashion of the era, the materials available at the time and perhaps a
romantic idea of who may have worn them and the memories they hold.
The basis of the work of Love Nettie is to re-use otherwise old, broken, dis guarded, unfashionable
items and create something beautiful to adorn yourself or your home with. Lynette recycles rescues
and reuses all kinds of materials, mixes it with new elements and creates something fabulous! Her
current range of fashion accessories include hair pieces, brooches and jewellery.

Love Nettie attends several markets and craft events around Bristol and the south west. Lynette is
also currently in the process of developing her online presence and hopes to be selling online in the
near future, in the meantime you can find Love Nettie on Facebook.

Lynseed@hotmail.com
 
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I am Craig, a self taught hobby potter that has always been intrigued by the processes and materials involved.  I have made bespoke pieces for family and friends over the years, it is some of them that have urged me to start making things for sale.  I like to make unusual pieces, never the same thing twice.  I like to push materials and processes close to breaking point so a lot of my stuff up 'til now has not survived the entire process.  The experimentation that I have been doing of late has given me some confidence in achieving what i set out to do.  I'm a practical person, hence the abundance of bowls and the quest for functionality. The sculptures in this selection are my first attempt at something purely aesthetic, some functionality remains though.  These pieces are the result of me playing around with the medium and learning the constraints of the clay and glazes in custom built kilns.  I already have my next kiln full in my mind and am confident that my next firings will produce finished pieces of a much higher quality.

For custom orders and genereral enquiries please contact designcraftsman@blueyonder.co.uk

 
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Kipenzi was started in Kenya in 2009 by Linda Odhiambo and Alex Hooper. Our name KIPENZI is a Swahili word meaning 'something loved'.  Linda is a hands-on designer whilst Alex is a photographer and graphic designer. Together, a creative partnership with an eye for the abundance of beauty and inspiration presented by Africa.

Linda was working in the craft sector in Kenya and soon realised that many of the 'craft' items produced, although 'hand made' were mass produced for the tourist market. With her love of fashion and design and a wealth of exciting materials to work with, Linda set about creating a new kind of jewellery that was modern, chic and yet always African.

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We are thrilled to be introducing our unique and exciting designs made using recycled and renewable raw materials. Kipenzi products are made by us at our own workshop on the outskirts of Nairobi and in our Frome workshop in the UK, whilst other components such as glass beads are made by local skilled Kenyan artisans. We have a close working relationship with all our suppliers, many of whom are women's self-help groups or co-operatives. We ensure that fair trading principles are upheld in all of our activities. We work together on design and production techniques, often spending many hours developing new and effective methods of production. In the coming year we expect to have full Fair Trade affiliation.

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Re-cycling is a very popular theme in the developed world but Africans were recycling things long before the rest of the world had thought of those little coloured bins by the front door! So yes, All of our products are made from recycled or renewable raw materials. Brass comes from discarded padlocks and aluminium from dead engines. Glass beads are made from old bottles and our beautiful bone beads are from farm animals only.

It is our pleasure to be involved with the wonderful and skillful artisans of Kenya and through our sales in the wider world, we hope to help them grow and continue to support and improve the lives of families and communities.

And in the end, it's up to you. We have a produced a collection of exciting, stylish, chic, modern, AFRICAN jewellery that we absolutely love.

We hope that you love it too....

 
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I was smitten with beads from the first time I walked into a bead shop in Palo Alto in 1997.  For quite a while I made conventional beaded jewellery.  Then, a few years later, I opened a book about woven beadwork, and realised that tiny glass beads could be used to create not just pretty jewellery, but expressive artworks.  I taught myself the techniques and developed my own organic, freeform style, inspired by oceanic life forms and the art and architecture of Gaudi and Hundertwasser.

I became increasingly intrigued by the medium of glass itself, and in 2006 took my first glass bead-making class.  At first I was mainly interested in making my own glass buttons for use on my woven beadwork creations, but then obsession with glass took over.  

My work currently is a mixture of my own lampworked beads with woven beadwork using seed beads, and wire-work. I like to use swirling organic shapes, and either a lot of glitter, or blending, transparent colours.

My work has been exhibited at the Bristol Designers' Guild, Bristol Architecture Centre, Northampton Museum as part of an exhibition of contemporary beadwork, and most recently at Bristol Tobacco Factory as part of an exhibition to celebrate Amnesty International's 50th anniversary.


 
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Hello!  My name is Sally, and I make gift boxes.  I’m based in Cam, Gloucestershire, and have been making boxes for a little while now. 

My inspiration comes from a few sources – from Christmas films (usually American) where the people come home from shopping with beautifully wrapped presents which only have to have the lid lifted to reveal the contents; from getting into a right old tangle trying to wrap odd shaped gifts; from seeing my Grandma struggle to open her gifts because she couldn’t grip the paper to rip it; from seeing my Mum’s face light up at the sight of a lovely boxed gift heading her way ….

I think that a lovely box lifts a gift – a few handmade goodies in a box doesn’t have to be expensive, yet to the recipient it will seem like you’ve made the biggest effort.  A box can be intriguing – the vintage style boxes, made to look like something that you’d find in the back corner of Grandma’s wardrobe, would be perfect for vintage style jewellery.  There are also more contemporary styles, as well as traditional ribboned boxes.  Boxes can also mask the shape of gifts to confound any present squeezer!  And more seriously, for those with dexterity problems, a box lid is easier to lift than fighting with paper and tape.

The boxes will be in The Looking Glass for the whole of December, so please come and have a look, and I hope that you find a box that suits your needs!  If not, please contact me and I’ll be happy to make a box to your specifications if I can.


 
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Hello, I am The Jewellery Fairie.  My name is Lollie Mitchell and I was born in Torquay,  Devon. I was always creative as a child and enjoyed making things and this I have carried on.  I have a passion for style and accessories.

I have been making jewellery for a few years now – and really enjoy it!! it is a lovely relaxing pastime.

I have created an eclectic collection of styles, which I believe are unique and beautiful.

In my collection, there is a variety of hand-made, bespoke, fashion jewellery and hair accessories,  in a wide range of colours and styles.  I try to find beads which are more unusual and I have used vintage beads, and beads from around the world as well as more conventional beads.  I try, where possible to use recycled or reclaimed beads. I  care about each and every piece, this means that even if something is nearly finished I will start it all over again if it is not completely pleasing to me. No two pieces are the same, therefore you are guaranteed to pick up a unique, one-of-a-kind  piece of jewellery from my stall, I do believe my work is art to be worn.

One of my tutors said to me that I used colours which previously she would not have thought went together – but that I had made it work.  I really enjoy the challenge of making a colourful piece of jewellery which otherwise could not be found in retail outlets.  I like to create new colours using beads to give a different hue.

I am always available to take any special orders to match any special outfit – please ask for details.

Please phone Lollie on 07528715607


 
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The majority of my designs are handmade from fabric, including house décor, toys, hanging mobiles and accessories. I like to experiment with current popular household items such as my twist on the fabric doorstop; in sumo form! Also due to feature in December is a most unexpected bunting design! 

Every art piece is created with passion and good quality fabric and as it is all handmade, each item is unique!

Expect many a strange and wonderful item!