I had to share the work of these crafts people with you, its all stunning! The following work was created by some of the exhibitors I met at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta last weekend.
First is Richard Clatworthy, creator of beautiful boxes. Richard was my neighbour at the craft village, and kindly let me borrow one of his much needed fans during the hot weather! He makes a range of wooden items including hinged nests, boxes with lift-off lids, bookends and tealight holders. This special multi-compartment box above was carved from a single piece of yew, amazing! Check out Richard’s website here to view more fabulous examples of his work, as well as a section about yew. Richard and his wife Di also rent out luxury self-catering barn conversions in rural Devon, see more details on the website.
Next, here’s the work of ‘Creative Thorp‘ – Mary and Steve Thorp from Banbury, Oxfordshire. After many years working as sensible professionals, Mary and Steve have decided to indulge their creative compulsions on a permanent basis and are now the Creative Thorp’s! Mary’s images appear in a range of beautifully made cards and art card boxes that are mini works of art themselves. Many of the images are also available as mounted photographic prints and canvases. Meanwhile Steve writes simple, direct and visual poems which are available in poetry boxes and pamphlets. Check out Mary’s beautiful collection of images here, which include trees, marsh, grass, sea, still evenings, sunsets, sky, surf and more.
I also met the lovely couple Maureen and Michael Hutton of Pol Amber. Together they have developed a fabulous collection of unique jewellery, each piece containing amber – an ancient gem formed from fossilised pine resin found in forests. My favourites are their prehistoric insect pieces, where you can see the forest debris and insects trapped inside the amber.
Finally, meet Mary Thorpe (yep, another one!). This Mary specialises in hand painted silk laminates, and is passionate about surface design. Mary was our camping neighbour at Bristol!
Her work is created by trapping sheets of brightly coloured painted silks between sheets of acrylic, achieveing really eye catching results. Mary makes sets of coasters and placemats, wall block panels, jewellery, splash backs, paintings, and also new to her range are guitar scratchplates. She creates pieces to order in any colour and style you can imagine! Here’s a peek inside Mary’s workshop where she gets her creative juices flowing…
Feeling inspired? I am!