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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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Greenfinch Naturals

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.

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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.

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Jo Vickers

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)

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Jo Williams Ceramics

Based in New Brighton on the Wirral, Jo has been making ceramics and paper & textile collages for about 30 years, continuing to develop her craft the whole time. 

Jo is dedicated to sourcing local, recycled or found materials, she even makes her own black slip (a clay slurry used for decoration or protection and applied before the firing process) from iron rich clay dug at Thurstaston Beach! 

She also makes collages that are mounted or put on cards, with one rule... she never buys any of the paper or fabric for them, they are always made from recycled/found materials! 

You can be certain that postage and packaging will always be using recycled materials to reduce waste. 

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Kate Kraftmore

Catherine studied Costume Construction and Embroidery at Huddersfield University which took her into a career Costume for TV & Film. The job takes her to many different places and to meet new people all the time which is probably what she enjoys most.

 

Catherine spends her filming days on set ensuring the continuity of the costume is correct and that the cast look how the designer intends the costume to look.

 

When she’s not working, Catherine is usually creating or reading. She loves to work with various materials and discovering new techniques inspired by the natural world. She also enjoys photography, baking, collecting antique books and curios.

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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.

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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.

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Lemon Studio

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! 

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Let There Be Light

Based in Denbighshire, Sarah May is passionate about creating elegant candles which give you fragrance memories... that heady mix of nostalgia and magic captured in a single flame.
Each candle is individually made and poured with love and pride in her studio nestled in the Welsh hillside. For Sarah May, the humble candle has given her tranquil peace whilst counting her blessings... a soulful dose of happiness when needed and a significant glow during celebratory times. Her wish is that it can do the same for others. 

 

Let There Be Light make environmentally conscious and cruelty free candles made from products that are kind to your family and home with minimal impact on our beautiful earth. The ambience of candle glow and natural scents, whether fresh & floral or cosy autumn & winter spices, can hold a treasure of memories. 

Let There Be Light started after Sarah May's research into the candle industry led to many disappointing findings, including the use of by-chemicals from petrol industries which can blacken walls after burning and negatively impact our health. From then on her research grew into a passion, followed by training and many years of experience in making candles clean burning and highly fragranced with her own family memories.


All of the Let There Be Light packaging is fully recyclable and sourced from UK companies as local as possible. They hand-make all of their products from start to finish with a mindfulness of managing a responsible footprint to the environment. They use 100% unblended soy wax (which is not only biodegradable but sustainable too) and the highest grade essential and fragrance oils. Their products & ingredients have not been tested on animals, do not contain animal derivatives and are cruelty free, meaning they are completely vegan, are toxin, paraben, phthalate free & clean burning. 

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Little Cotton Frocks

Kathryn @littlecottonfrocks started sewing from her dining room, 5 years ago. She now supplies 4 companies in Cheshire selling Vintage themed pinafores in 100% cotton.

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the Little Glass Straw Shop

Established by Cheshire based lampwork glass artist, Carolyn Grant.

 

The Little Glass Straw Shop sells straws that are handmade from borosilicate glass tube. Borosilicate (also sometimes known as Pyrex) is strong, heat resistant, hypoallergenic, lead-free and BPA-free.

 

The straws are dishwasher safe, and looked after properly will last a lifetime. Bye bye plastic.... hello glass!

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Little Miss P

Run by Marianne, a mum of two girls, based in the Wirral. Marianne set up her business, initially making children’s clothes, after she struggled to find unique clothing for her oldest daughter.

 

However, in the years that followed, the range has expanded to include handmade and specially sourced gifts and homeware items.

 

The Little Miss P range has products which are reusable and can replace single use items. These items include handmade bamboo cotton wipes and stainless steel straws.

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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.

 

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Mary Makes Zero Waste

Handmade products and plastic free alternatives for sustainable living

Based in Wallasey on the Wirral, Mary is on a mission to make zero-waste products more affordable by providing handmade, quality goods such as cutlery wraps and period pads.

 

Order via this page or visit her stall at the monthly Wallasey food fair.

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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! 

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My Slow Experience

Lucie is a French foodie, traveller and mother of two, keen to explore new eco ways of living with her family. Her business, "My Slow Experience" is based on the idea of bringing families together to create their own cosmetic and domestic products in a friendly and fun atmosphere. She runs regular workshops around Chester and is inspired to bring a stronger eco-focused mindset to the community!

 

My Slow Experience workshops only use organic products and they are very sensitive to the making process of products and their impacts on the environment. Lucie is also convinced that young people have to be involved in sustainable living and includes them in everything she does, including offering workshop sessions for kids.

 

Lucie encourages workshop participants to bring their own tupperware or containers for their DIY products, but in a pinch, she'll have recycled kraft boxes.

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Omeda Crafts

Based in Flint, Omeda Crafts hand-makes natural soap bars which are palm free and plant-based and can be used as hand soap, in the shower and as shampoo. 

Elena spent years making soap for her family and friends, and saw the benefits of using natural soaps first-hand, "they leave skin soft and gentle with no dryness". It was for this reason that she decided to launch Omeda Crafts. 

With all natural, animal-free ingredients and no synthetics, Elena's soaps are wrapped in recycled Kraft paper. Her gift sets use reusable jute or bamboo baskets, compostable cellulose wrap, paper raffia ribbon and wood shavings. 

An excellent eco-friendly gift idea for someone with sensitive skin. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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