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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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.
Rachael @antherdesigns is based in Runcorn. A freelance illustrator, her work is inspired by botanicals & nature. Her little flat (aka studio) is a sanctuary full of plants.
Having felt a close connection with nature since infancy, Rachael spent her school years decorating notebooks with tiny flowers, she passed school somehow, took a few wrong career turns before somehow ending up in Hong Kong where she finally started to 'Art' again, inspired by a city of true beauty and magic.
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....
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.
Beloved and Wise
Several years ago, Rebecca finally fulfilled a long-held wish and signed up to pottery classes. This new hobby quickly evolved as requests were made by family & friends for home-made gifts, rather than shop-bought. As demand grew, Rebecca saw that the possibility of doing something she loved as a business could become a reality.
Most of this collection is hand thrown on a potters wheel and each piece is unique, made from earthenware clay and non-toxic/food safe glazes. This collection reflects a commitment to making pottery widely affordable with prices starting from as little as £3.
Rebecca is also passionately committed to being an environmentally responsible business. She uses an electricity supplier which provides 100% green electricity and, to date, has only used repurposed items for packaging: bubble wrap, packing peanuts and cardboard boxes. Based in North Wales.
Joanna is a qualified aromatherapist with a passion for tailor making natural, cruelty-free, eco-friendly essential oil blends for health and well being!
Based in Warrington, all of Joanna's products are made from sustainable essential oil sources and are packaged in eco-friendly roller-balls, bottles and jars.
Bethany started both macrame and embroidery as a way to find some down time to help with anxiety and stress, and since finding it help immensely has continued both crafts for over a year.
She creates beautiful handmade macrame wall hangings, hung on a variety of medium including natural driftwood and brass hoops. As well as handmade macrame wedding arches perfect for rustic, bohemian or woodland weddings.
Bethany is a scientist by day and loves the contrast between her hobbies and her job. Handmade with love in Port Sunlight.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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 ♥
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.
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.
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!
Eleanor @eleanorblackwork is based in Macclesfield. Eleanor studied Fine Art at University but realised it wasn't for her so moved to Interior Design. She has always been passionate about art and drawing since she could hold a pencil.
With a particular love for black and white art with the occasional fleck of metallic detail; her artwork is dark with lots of detail, capturing texture with linework.
Eleanor likes art that is a little different and will always add some abstract detail to her drawings.
Based in Weaverham, near Northwich… having taken early retirement, Sue wanted to develop her creative side. Her mother (a tailor in her youth) taught Sue dressmaking and design. Sue takes pride in what she creates, and each piece is unique.
She finds sewing therapeutic and enjoys meeting many lovely people at craft fairs. The name Essellcreations is derived from the first letters of her name Sue (‘Ess’) and Large (‘ell’) making ‘Essell’!