Meet the creatives!
Here's a great way to get to know your local eco-friendly creatives a little bit better. Grab a cup of tea and let's have a read.
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Cart and Ferry
Based in Chester, Gema designs and hand-makes sustainable accessories and homeware. She came to this business after a long career in fashion which included creative display for two main high street brands.
After a few years of travelling, Gema was inspired to start her own business. She visited beautiful countries but found they were blighted by plastic, so upon returning, she created the reusable flower carrier.
This was the start of creating bags for everyday use, which would last and could be repurposed.
All of Gema's designs contain cotton, from the cotton cord loops to natural rope for storage baskets and she is even in contact with a zip manufacturer to obtain 100% cotton zips!
Her swing tags are made from recycled paper and packaging materials are tissue paper, recycled paper and cardboard. When trading, Gema only uses tissue paper to stuff her bags for display, she even collects all material scraps to thread and recycle them!
Odile and the Bijou Box
Odile makes contemporary jewellery using traditional silversmithing techniques with tools such as hand saws, hammers, files or sandpaper... her pieces are often one-off pieces, hand-forged and organically styled. She loves working with precious metals and creating long lasting, timeless little treasures that often tell a story, your story... based in Cheshire, Odile loves to do fairs and markets in lovely places, as local as possible.
Odile's packaging is sustainable, she uses jute bags and brown paper/cardboard bags, however, very often, her customers don't want any packaging at all as they wear their new pieces straight away!
A lot of Odile's work is done by hand with minimum electrical appliances, her pieces are long-lasting and can be passed on to the next generation. She also recycles silver and gold when appropriate.
Andrea is a mixed media artist who specialises in lino prints and mixed media pieces.
all of her cards are hand printed onto recycled cardstock, she also uses recycled kraft card for some of her linoprints (look for the brown background).
Andrea tries to use as much eco friendly packaging as possible, using repurposed cardboard, paper packing tape and compostable cornstarch sleeves.
Lisa is an artist and illustrator inspired by the everyday world. She is a creator of beauty and tries to leave this planet a little better each day.
Based in Cheshire but originally from Pembrokeshire, Lisa loves to paint using watercolours.
Plum and Pigeon
Ethical womenswear brand creating timeless, feminine designs. All garments handmade in Manchester
Inspired by the 1940's and 50's fashion, each piece is created to be timeless and long lasting so you can wear them for years to come.
Based in Tarporley, Cheshire, illustrator and nature lover, Lorna creates illustrations that emanate warmth, cosiness and magic.
Her Christmas Cards raise 50p per pack to support the Tarporley War Memorial Hospital
Battle Green Box
Based in North Wales, Battle Green provides eco-friendly and zero-waste swaps.
From Bamboo Cutlery to Zero-Waste travel kits, everything you order will have plastic-free packaging, carbon neutral delivery, and will be vegan friendly.
Create for Nature
Create for Nature is an enterprise that creates and inspires a local community whilst supporting a message of both social and environmental benefit for all.
They are an environmental/social engagement initiative which aims to:
- Reduce landfill by recycling trade waste timber
- Reduce social isolation among the over 50’s
- Provide work-based training for the youth of the region
- Fund vital conservation work in Cheshire
All their products are handcrafted from recycled or reclaimed materials, at Bickley Hall Farm and the profits are used to fund conservation work with the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
Black Dog Pottery
Black Dog Pottery is a small batch ceramics studio based in Cheadle, Cheshire.
Inspired by mid-century design & colour and a desire not to take itself too seriously. Hand embossed ceramic pieces, fun face & moustache pots sit side by side for a quirky and fun collection.
Linda specialises in decorative pieces, vases and planters being her main focus. She makes an effort to post pots in recycled packaging collected from friends, family and shops!
Jo designs & creates all the Greenfinch Naturals products.
She has been an environmental campaigner since she was 14 years old.
Everything in her shop is small batch ethically handmade, vegan, not tested on animals and of course totally ace for your skin.
Heather Fox Jewellery
Heather loves to make jewellery personal to you.
It all started out with personalised name charms and now includes a selection of story charms for you to choose from. You can also commission your own personalised pieces.
Heather also teaches her craft from a purpose built workshop in Warrington. Classes are suitable for a range of abilities.
Leila and Azalea
Leila and Azalea have a passion for creating individual pieces for your home, which are affordable and a little bit different to what you might buy on the High Street.
They are recycled or upcycled. Their pictures are made using the original pages of vintage dictionaries, maps, sheet music and botanical books as a way of enjoying their beauty, which might otherwise remain hidden.
They do commissions as well as birth date pictures. Flower workshops can also be arranged for a party or special celebration, or just to get together with your friends.
Law & Draw
Bethany is a lawyer and an artist living in Poynton. She produces watercolour and ink art based on the local area. She is also available for commissions.
Jo Vickers is a Wirral-based artist working from her home studio in Oxton. She creates contemporary, playful paintings inspired by the places she loves. She first began her 'scapes' series by painting for her young children, filling the windows of imaginary cityscapes with tiny toys and animals.
Now she loves working with other families to create extremely personal commissions featuring special places, interests and hobbies.
Jo's work is now available as prints and gifts. She uses recycled or plant-based packaging wherever possible and is always looking for new ways to cut down on waste!
Jo offers free local delivery around Oxton, North Wirral (CH43)
Based in Stockport, Alison has been crafting and creating in Cheshire as long as she can remember. Alison started her business after making bandanas for her dog Charlie, who joined her family in February 2018. Alison (and Charlie) both enjoy exploring the beautiful Cheshire countryside in their spare time.
In line with the ethos of Chester Creatives, Alison recently donated 10% of her proceeds from her thrifted range to the Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home, raising £20. Well done Alison!
Baba & Boo
Baba+Boo care about reducing the huge amount of waste that we create in this world.
Eight million single-use nappies are thrown away each day in the UK alone. By using cloth nappies, you are not contributing to this huge amount of waste - and by washing your nappies you're using far less water than is needed to manufacture the wood pulp and plastic that goes into a nappy.
And remember it is not all or nothing. Just using one cloth nappy a day saves 900 single-use nappies going to waste.
Choose soft cloth nappies and organic clothing for your little one and join their tribe of parents doing their bit to leave a nicer planet for our little ones....
Mosswood & Me
Clare at Mosswood & Me is crazy about crafting and after trying macrame a few years back got totally hooked. Everything is made at her home on the Cholmondeley Estate with all wood being foraged off the estate and surrounding countryside.
Clare has two young children and two dogs who all assist in collecting wood but has to admit Frank the English mastiff is definitely the most enthusiastic stick collector!
When not making macrame Clare loves nothing more than getting outdoors whether that be walking, running, cycling etc. She is a local scout leader which enables her to pass on her enthusiasm for outdoor activities onto young people.
She also makes macrame potholders, wall hangings, dream catchers, table runners, coasters & always has new crafting projects on the go!
Colette Evans Pottery
Based in Warrington, Colette worked for several years in the care field before deciding it was time to get back to her first love... ceramics. She now works from home with both the Cheshire countryside and the city of Manchester on her doorstep to draw lots of creative inspiration from.
She studied ceramics in Manchester some years ago, did a little community teaching then moved into social work before coming back full circle to ceramics. Colette style is quirky functional Pottery, she loves a polka dot, but doesn’t just stick to one style... if she has an idea, she’ll go for it! Here's Colette's take on Raku,
"I love Raku, the pure rustic earthy nature of firing outside in your garden is bliss; I'm not a fire starter but the nature and the colours that fire can produce on clay, give me some sense of prehistoric creative running with nature... I do believe creativity is part of our DNA”
Colette’s next love is workshops and since experiencing severe work anxiety some years ago, she realised that so many people are struggling with just daily living. Not only do her attendees get so much from the workshops but so does Colette, describing it as rewarding, inspiring and very uplifting.
Her packaging is card, tissue paper and shredded paper with occasional reused bubble wrap. The only things bought are kraft boxes, tissue paper and decorative paper wrap.
Colette's card collection are taken from her original watercolour illustrations and printed by a local family printers near where she lives. Her cards are also available to purchase at Vegan Deva (2, City Walls, Chester).
Flower & Fable
Ben and Karen at Flower & Fable believe their jewellery has spirit. Each piece begins with a hidden meaning or enchanting folklore, then goes on to tell your story of love, friendship or affirmation, helping to create meaningful connections & memories...
Their jewellery is handmade with real flowers at our workshop before being lost wax cast in sterling silver, ready to be finished & mounted to a recycled card detailing its botanical folklore & floriography.
They believe that jewellery should be a gift, whether for yourself or for someone else, so it should be beautifully packaged. Every order comes gift wrapped with a signature posy, which changes with the seasons. They use recycled silk ribbon & include a gift card for your message.
Creating seasonally & sustainably is important. They grow or forage most of the flowers used in jewellery & posies, recycle silver, use eco-packaging, & source local supplies wherever possible.
They are Ben & Karen Lambert. Having had many lives, from the corporate world to digital nomads, travel & adventure are a big part of who they are. But in 2015, inspired by the flora of Snowdonia & Karen's lifelong interest in folklore, North Wales became their base & Flower & Fable was born.
Christina lives in a small town in Cheshire with her husband, 6 children, 2 dogs and pet snake. In her spare time, if she's not developing new candles she likes to research crystals, all the uses of essential oils, and new kiddie craft ideas.
Candle making come to her completely by accident! After helping out a pregnant friend, she realised she was good at it and had found something that lit the fire.
Blending, testing and making candles in her family kitchen for friends and family she decided her talent could help so many others, and so Crystallina was born.
All of the Crystallina candle range is made using soy wax, 100% natural products with no chemicals or plastics.
Bridge Park Candle Company
Carol @bridgepark_candles makes her 100% soy wax, vegan friendly, fragranced candles & melts in her home based workshop in Denbigh, North Wales.
After many years being office based, she now truly enjoys her creative work and the flexibility that working from home offers.
When she is not making or developing and testing new products, she can be found working in her beloved garden with her beloved cat Ziggy at her side.
by Sam Bull
Sam is an illustrator and surface pattern designer living in the heart of Cheshire with her border collie, Xena (after the Warrior Princess!) and fiancé. She works mostly with gouache paint to create brightly coloured illustrations with lots of lovely textures.
Originally from South Africa, Sam moved to the UK when she was 7 and has mostly lived in Cheshire since, apart from 3 years in Liverpool while studying Illustration and Graphic Design. Sam is made up to be back in Cheshire where both forest and countryside walks are just around the corner!
In any way she can, Sam makes an effort to reduce waste and single-use plastic with the products she makes. All greeting cards are printed in small batches to avoid any waste, she makes sure to source the best quality paper for printing which is also recycled and only when absolutely necessary does she use biodegradable cellophane sleeves. All greeting cards can be customised with a name and/or message of your choice!
Jemma @crafty_jem is a paediatric doctor from the Wirral who loves cross-stitch and donates all profits made from her cards to a charity project based in South Africa.
Jemma worked in various state hospitals in South Africa in 2012/13 and has wanted to support these paediatric wards from afar since her return to the UK. This project, called Play Wards, will donate toys and decorations to make the wards more welcoming and support health child development through play.
£3 from every card is donated. Many cards are also available on hand-made wild-flower seeded paper which can be planted after use as an extra gift ♥
Lucy's Little Bears
Lucy is a Cestrian, born and raised, and is currently working full time in another local Chester business and has been crafting from a young age, but took up crochet 10 years ago and has developed from following patterns to creating her own.
She also enjoys knitting, and spending time photographing the local area.
Paintings for Oakley
Paintings for Oakley is a one-woman art studio run by Melanie, producing bespoke watercolour and pen designs, born from the legacy of a baby who was loved and lost.
Melanie can create any design you request, but specializes in baby tributes, house portraits and pet portraits. Each piece is handmade and unique.
Inspired by flowers, Folk Art and animals, Melanie Selstrom's illustrations are brimming with whimsy, detail and personality.
Jeni is a ceramicist based in Grappenhall, Warrington. Inspired by colour, her work is joyful with a simple, contemporary style and can be found across the northwest in galleries, shops and at artisan markets.
Jeni has been potting for a number of years and in 2017 set-up Lemon Studio where she creates her pottery and teaches weekly and private pottery classes. Jeni is a community artist and works teaching pottery for a number of charities including Arc (Arts for Recovery in the Community) and social enterprises such as Windmill Cafe and Starting Point all based in Stockport.
In addition, Jeni is keen to bring pottery to members of the community that struggle to access the arts. She regularly delivers pottery and pottery painting sessions to residents in her local nursing homes.
Jeni is also extremely passionate about supporting and promoting local artists and set up the Warrington Creatives Collective to showcase their incredible talents!
The sea is good for the soul and there’s nothing Kathryn at Secret Shores loves more than spending hours on the beach rejuvenating the mind and combing for all the magical treasures that the sea sweeps in.
This Bolton based artist gave up full time employment four years ago to care for her daughter with additional needs and to attain a healthier work-life balance. She saw this as an opportunity to return to her life long love of art and now combines this with her passion for the sea and nature to produce quirky pieces of mixed media art.
When she’s not spending time with her daughter or in her garden workshop, she’s out exploring with her two Labrador’s in search of materials and inspiration.
Rachel creates original and bespoke greeting cards and prints for all ages and occasions. After leaving university with a degree in Graphic Design, Rachel worked in the industry for a few years before babies came along, one fur baby aka Frankie the Cockerpoo and two children.
After having a family Rachel began working as a designer from home, then officially launched Rulu in January 2018