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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Quill Paper Scissors
Quill Paper Scissors aka Becci makes lots of quirky items from paper or wood, often using upcycled materials. This hand-made range includes lino-printed cards, bunting and handwritten calligraphy pictures. Becci's favourite items are her rustic wooden houses, made with upcyled wood.
After years of being a teacher it's lovely to have time to escape the paperwork and instead be creative with paper. Based in Frodsham.
Rose and Fern
Julie hand-makes everything in her collection from her home in Marple (near Macclesfield).
Her inspiration comes from her own daughters and a love for beautiful fabric.
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
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!
Sam makes an effort to reduce waste and single-use plastic. Her greeting cards are printed in small batches using the best quality recycled paper and only when absolutely necessary does she use biodegradable cellophane 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.
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.
Sophia @sophiasillustration is originially from Flintshire, North Wales, and now lives and works from her little narrowboat home studio moored just outside of Chester.
After living nomadically and travelling the waterways for 2 years, she has now settled in Cheshire and even has a little canal-side garden!
Taking inspiration from the countryside, nature and snapshots of day to day sights (gardens being a favourite), Sophia works mostly with watercolour and gouache on paper and also on wood.
Spirit & Wick Candles
Based in Flint with his wife and two kids, Ian works full time in the NHS. His love for both gin and candles led him to start Spirit & Wick Candles. "I just couldn't stand throwing away some of the lovely bottles, so decided to turn them into candles".
Spirit and Wick Candles recycles beautiful spirit bottles and transforms them into candles made from soy wax and using sustainable wooden wicks.
Wherever possible they use recyclable card and paper tape for postage and packaging. They sell mostly from craft stalls around Chester and North Wales, or you can get in touch directly at the link below.
Based just over the border in Deeside, Ruth is a potter with a passion for handbuilding.
Her studio is opened up twice weekly for intimate handbuilding classes.
The Studio at Melrose
Based in Chester, Rhona is a psychologist by day who started making jewellery about 6 years ago when she turned 40. Having always been inspired to run her own business this hobby turned into a side hustle and passion.
For packaging Rhona uses drawstring bags that have beaded ribbon and sterling silver beads which can be treasured and reused, in your jewellery box and to keep your precious items safe when travelling. She recycles all silver and where possible reuses all postage and packaging!
Thimble & Pear
Based in a small village in Cheshire, Jayne loves to make beautiful pieces for the home.
Jayne carves lino prints inspired by Polish embroidery designs and nature, which she then uses to hand-print fabric… which she then uses to create unique, timeless pieces such as book covers, boxes and make-up bags. She also loves to create ornamental fabric dolls, dressed in soft faded colours and prints.
For an eco-friendly gift, Jane packages her products in cardboard boxes and tissue paper. She always recycles as much fabric as possible in the crafting process, making sure to cut cloth economically and avoiding synthetic fabrics.
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
Laurie @tofutangler is based near Chester. Laurie home-schools her two young children and looks after 7 (!) rescue animals.
She started creating macramé as an outlet, something that was for her and only her. Finding it incredibly therapeutic, before long, her plant hangers and wall hangings had taken over the house!
Tree Bee Apothecary
Artisan creators of hand-crafted luxury Soaps, specially blended Himalayan Bath Salts and aromatherapy products, made with ethically sourced natural ingredients and pure essential oils with special blends to soothe your mind & soul.
They are proud to be Plastic free, Palm Oil free and SLS free with all our products. The majority of products are Vegan Friendly as well.
Bath Salts come in refillable glass jars.
The Wonder of Wood
Marie @thewonderofwood. After 34 years of service in the NHS, an incident happened that left Marie out of a job and only feeling safe in her own home.
Through therapy and creativity, Marie slowly regained her confidence and a new passion for woodwork emerged.
Most of her pieces are made from recycled and reclaimed wood.