I am a Textiles Artist, specialising in needle-felted sculptures, landscapes and animal portraits. Based in Crickhowell, I am influenced by nature, stories and history. I accept commissions world-wide, and run frequent workshops both locally and nationally. I am passionate about using native fleece, and love knowing the connection between my sources, my processes, and my final pieces.
Francesca Kay, based in Hay-on-Wye, celebrates life, love, and the natural world with poetry, letterpress prints and handmade thistles. Flowers feature in all her work, whether described in her poetry, collaged onto prints, or growing from old books. Whatever she makes, it's all about words and weeds.
I work from a small garden studio in Aberdare – the town where I was born and to which I have returned (March 2018), drawn by a need to reconnect with my roots and memories.
I am a collector of oddities, especially if they strike a chord in my memory of childhood. These objects inspire my work, often taking me down a route which can be full of delights, discomfort and sometimes regret.
Since leaving the Royal Navy 20+ years ago I’ve devoted my time to working as a woodturner, creating beautiful, practical hand-made wooden items for the home and for special occasions. I take pride in the the fact that the wood I use is sourced locally in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
In many cases I will know the actual tree that has been taken down and the full story behind it.
Taking simple, plain cloth and using the seasons and her surroundings for inspiration, Debra creates delicate textile forms.
She uses embroidery thread and sometimes scraps of vintage lace to enhance her work, with all of it being hand-sewn.
A background in floristry and a love of the shape and form of vintage china gives her a vast source of ideas from which to create her designs.
I make baskets from soaked and freshly cut willow of any description. The willow naturally grows in different colours depending on the variety of willow tree grown.
I make to order any style of basket required. Basketry is a dying art and we need to keep this historic art going. Styles of basketry have been passed down through generations. Each country have their traditional designs and uses. Everyone should start using baskets again, they last a lifetime if you look after them.
I live and work in Herefordshire in the beautiful border country between England and Wales. My work is inspired by the landscape and organic forms. I like to enclose space in voluptuous forms and access the inner mystery through minimal apertures.
I now work from a studio on a hill overlooking the Wye Valley, on the Herefordshire Wales border, not far from Hay on Wye. From this eyrie
I draw strength from the borders landscape in all its moods
I forge steel, copper & brass, working directly with the metal. I continue to experiment with metals & other materials.
Having worked predominantly in cast iron & forged steel for the past 16yrs, more recent work has developed from considering a smaller scale, resulting in more delicate pieces built up in copper; graphite; porcelain and silver.
When I finally began working with honeybees, it enabled me to experiment & discover ways to ‘coerce’ these incredible creatures to build to my needs, and to see how the bees build their natural, wild comb when a human has no influence
I had an interest in jewellery from an early age – making necklaces and earrings out of old buttons, string and safety pins when I was younger – and I’m now fortunate enough to have moved onto working with sterling silver and beautiful Swarovski beads!!
I love to make unique pieces of jewellery for special people and can personalise some pieces for you too.
I live and work in the picturesque market town of Brecon in Powys with my husband and two lazy cats, and am very lucky to have a stunning view of the Brecon Beacons from my workroom window, which is inspiring!
I’m Jody McPartlin, the glass artist behind work produced here at the Stonefield Glass studio. My home studio is on a lovely south facing hillside in a small Radnorshire village ten minutes East of Builth Wells, enjoying picturesque and far reaching views of the surrounding hills. I work with lots of different glass, antique, modern and recycled, in a wide variety of ways creating pieces of stained glass, kiln fired fused glass and mosaic work both on a small scale and in large commission pieces.
I also run workshops in stained glass and mosaics.
My name is Jane Boswell and I am the artist/maker of Cherry Loft Studio.
My background is in Fine Art painting, however recently I have enjoyed working in ceramics, especially semi porcelain, a clay that fires to a pure white and is ideal for bubble under glaze and oxide decoration. I love to paint cakes! ..and this is usually accompanied by a nice cup of tea or coffee.
My small ceramic pieces have proved very popular . These are semi porcelain with gold and silver leaf.
Kirsty creates hare and horse heads from clay, each piece quirky and enthralling. The simplicity of the designs creates a fascination for the viewer.
My aim is to give this traditional craft a contemporary twist with the use of vibrant colours and bold designs.
I make all the quilts myself in my home studio. I have a flair for combining colours to create a strong visual impact
The inspiration for many of my designs comes from the countryside and creatures which surround me.
My quilts are exhibited at national craft fairs throughout the UK, and are shipped worldwide.
I design and create clocks, interior design sculpture and garden pieces.All items are crafted by hand and all created from recycled tools, engines and any steel that I can get my hands on.I also make commission pieces. All items are a one off, no two pieces are the same.
Ceri studied Wildlife Illustration, including photography, at Carmarthenshire College of Art, and went on to work in design management and conservation. She now takes photographs of the landscapes and natural history in the Brecon Beacons, where she is based.
Ceri produces original photographs, prints and cards.
I provide stylish dining art, bookmark cards & gifts for the nature lover & more, made using my own photographs of the picturesque UK countryside and British wildlife.
In my garden I grow and sell seasonal, fragrant, romantic, vibrant blooms. I create natural wreaths and bouquets, using plants and flowers form my garden and foraged in the hedgerows. I also run workshops for wreath-making.
With art all around me as a child it was a natural progression to study art and design, finally fixing on jewellery design which I studied at the end of the 80’s.
I have a love for all jewellery and have regularly been given many pieces that people no longer want, I feel it my duty to breathe new life into those pieces with repair, alteration and upcycling.
I am a Welsh Artist based in Pontypridd, South Wales. I paint in Oil Paints, Pastels, Acrylic, Watercolour & Ink. I love to experiment with colour to create moods and atmospheres in my art and I take my inspiration from the world around me - it never ceases to amaze me!
I love to paint Seascapes, Landscapes and Pet Portraits, and feel especially drawn to the rugged Welsh coastline and beautiful South Wales countryside.
We're a family run business set in the picturesque hills of the Brecon Beacons.
Mum and I established the company 10 years ago.
There have been textile designers in the family for 3 generations - my Grandfather, and his Father before him. Great-grandfather was an apprentice in carpet design during the reign of Queen Victoria - right back in 1892.
Settling in Wales, I finally had the chance to explore fabric and design.
My hand knitted lacey fringed scarves, neckwarmers and shawls are fashionable, light to wear and have a jewel-like glisten to them. The only difficult decision to make is choosing the colour - but as they are all very beautiful it won't take long to decide.
Gill Perkins is a nature, wildlife, animal and pet photographer based in Hereford. Her lifelong love of photography and her affinity for countryside and animals is demonstrated in the content and mood of her artful photographs. Gill has turned her passion and hobby into a professional photography career, focused on exhibiting her photos and taking specially commissioned animal and pet portraits.
Sarah is based in Crickhowell, and works in oils, creating a wonderful, eclectic range of work. Sarah also works with wire-work jewellery, and runs workshops with this too.
I am an illustrator based in Wales. My work explores my love of nature and adventure, and is laced with whimsy and charm. I mostly use coloured pencils to create my scribbly, lively drawings.
I enjoy creating narrative illustrations and decorative illustrations in equal measure. I also love incorporating hand drawn typography into my illustrations.
Local photographer and designer Julia Blazer owns experience day company Good Day Out. When not tending to, walking or playing with her miniature donkeys, she creates local scenes that convey the landscape and her love of nature and wildlife. These images are photographs that she has taken, that then are altered to become more like paintings, and reproduced as limited edition giclee prints. Julia has lived in Defynnog by Sennybridge, for the last 15 years.
Linda Thomas is a photographer based near the Welsh border in Herefordshire.
Linda's work is very atmospheric, ranging from landscapes to industrial images,and sometimes featuring the work of her husband, Paul Thomas, our metal sculptor.
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Caroline has lived in Crickhowell for over 25 years and has painted all her life and now currently works as a gardener/ designer.
Caroline enjoys painting the National World from small botanical illustrations to larger landscapes. Capturing local vistas and buildings .
Caroline generally work in water colours or pen and ink .
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In 2009 Rhian Goodhand walked into the Glass department of Swansea University to enquire about night classes. She walked in as an I.T manager of 25 years and left knowing for the first time in her 43 years of breathing, this is it, she had found what she didn't know what she was looking for. …. Glass. Within 2 weeks Rhian had changed her life path and signed up for a BA in Architectural Glass…. “sometimes in life you know where your going”.
On graduating Rhian invested into her future in glass. In 2013 she opened The Goodhand Glass Studio. In her first 2 years she developed her warm glass techniques and working practices to develop products that are unique , affordable and keeping the business carbon foot print a small mark in the sand.
Rhian loves life, loves colour , loves her future this energy is reflected in her work.
Helen was born in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, and is now based in Wales. Her favourite subjects at school were Art and Creative Textiles.
Following on from school, she did a BTEC National Diploma in design (display) in Gloucester with aspirations of becoming a visual merchandiser. helen then went on to gain a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at Derby University.
She had varied jobs after this including Art Technician in a secondary school, mural painter, workshop manager/tutor for Hobbycraft, demonstrator for Pebeo and visual merchandiser.
Helen was involved in silk painting and batik for many years, teaching classes and giving talks to art societies. She creates her work in whatever medium feels right for the particular project or painting. She now has more creative energy than ever and is exhibiting her paintings regularly (see exhibitions and events on her website).