Introducing the crew
There are currently 29 members of the Warrington Creatives Collective with talents as diverse as willow weaving, jewellery, ceramics, printing, fused glass, painting, felting, graphic design, soap making, furniture and sewing!
Jeni is a ceramicist and runs Lemon Studio in Grappenhall where she creates pottery and teaches courses.
Working mainly in earthenware her style is full of colour and joy. The work is predominantly sculptural although she also creates functional ware.
As a community artist she divides her working week in half to offer mobile pottery sessions to a variety of isolated individuals and groups locally and for an Art mental health charity in Stockport called Arc.
The Cheshire Soap Company
Antonia is a lather loving soap maker based in Lymm, specialising in traditional techniques, using only natural ingredients.
From within her cosy studio, she indulges her passion for making and teaching everything sudsy and saving the world from mediocre soap!
The Fox Studio
The Fox Studios is a professional, well equipped jewellery workshop, with a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, where you can learn new skills and take home your own handmade jewellery.
The Little Art House
The Little Art House is a creative business delivering high quality art tuition through workshops, 1:1 and events. Kirsty has extensive teaching experience in further education and is now freelance. She offers a range of artistic tuition to groups, individuals, schools and the community.
Ally Noble Fused Glass
Ally has a design degree and has worked in the creative industries for 35 years. For the last 5 years her glass practice has been her main occupation.
The position of her garden studio and Ally's love of nature has informed her work even further. Originating from the coast Ally has an appreciation of the open skies of our NW coastline. Being surrounded by birds and squirrals in a more woodland setting has added to her creative focus.
Bramble and Goose
Anna is an artist who creates contemporary three dimensional sculptures from wax and paper from her farm based studio in Lymm.
Studio Squee are a couple of creatives who love nothing more than making colourful oddities and bringing bad puns to life. When we get a second we enjoy unleashing our imaginations, crafting feel-good creations and bringing a splash of fun, co
Woolly Willow Creations
Kathryn is a life long crafter who has been inspired by nature and loves to create. Willow weaving is her passion and she offers workshops across Warrington.
Inspired by the exotic colours of Africa, Janice uses bright colour, painterly brush strokes with atmospheric darks and shimmering lights to create her impressionistic paintings.
Janice's professional career was in graphic design and illustration and now she runs oil painting workshops, while exploring and experimenting with abstract painting.
Carol Henderson Mosaics
Carol is a self confessed craft addict. As well as being a regular potter her main obsession is creating joyful mosaics depicting aspects of nature such as floral images and wildlife.
Chris Beesley Studio Gallery
A professional artist and tutor, Chris has been teaching classes since 2004 and now owns his own art gallery in Padgate where he runs arts and craft courses supporting regional artists and tutors and providing a venue for the sale of local arts and crafts.
Alice is a former fine art student and primary school teacher. She is a mum of 3 boys with a love of drawing, colour, retro lettering, the imperfect and never using a ruler.
Make and Do
The studio story started in 2009 to fill a void in the market for teaching sewing workshops. At the time, Maeri was on maternity leave and she soon realized there was nothing on offer in the area so she created a fully functioning studio.
The studio has grown into a creative hub offering over 25 workshops by 6 tutors. Maeri also offers advice for other budding creative businesses through the Creative Business Academy which is a knowledge base for other makers/entrepreneurs.
Deborah Podmore Ceramics
Deborah’s ceramic work is wall mounted and designed for both domestic and corporate situations. Based on the tile format it considers repetition, pattern and fragmentation.
Deborah has also been involved in several public art projects around Warrington. Alongside this she runs regular classes and workshops from her studio.
Hattie Boo Designs
Emma has always led a creative life with a deep rooted love of paint, paper, pens and print. Following a career as a secondary school teacher she founded Hattie Boo Designs in 2005. She specialises in wedding stationery, creating stunning bespoke stationery using digital printing, watercolour, letterpress and foiling.
Everything begins with a pen sketch and the only limit is her imagination. You will find her collection of saucy cards and stickers on her Etsy shop and she is also currently working as a children’s book illustrator.
Working from her home in Lymm, Alison makes limited editions of unique products, to bring pattern, warmth and texture into your home.
Gilly Parish Art
Gill creates murals for schools, offices and homes. She works with mixed media textiles, blending background in painting with free motion embroidery, fabric layering and hand stitching to create detailed studies of flora and bird life. Gill also runs workshops on all things textile, from thread sketching to needle felt sculpture.
Hanging By A Thread
Maria's love within textiles is texture. The courses that she runs and her own work explore process and mediums that build on this passion including free machine stitch, felt-making, printing, experimental manipulation and image transfer.
Leanne Van Illustration & Design
Leanne is a freelance illustrator and designer working on a wide range of projects, from stationery designate art prints and painting. Her illustrations are mostly of people - inspired by bold prints and a bright colour palettes. She loves working with other creatives on collaborative projects as well as hosting creative workshops teaching people different artistic techniques to express themselves.
Catherine hand makes delicate jewellery. She loves geometric shapes and beautiful beads and especially enjoys bringing them together to create her designs. After years of working on craft projects around the house Catherine has decided to venture out and sell her creations.
Pebbles on the Beach of Life
Karen works from her home in Stockton Heath and her journey of Pebbles on the Beach of Life developed from her love of the sea and coastal environments.
As a result of all the wonderful and natural materials discovered on her walks on the beach, she began to create pictures made from pebbles and driftwood. These developed into charming little bird characters capturing scenes and emotions from life’s rich tapestry. This has recently expanded into the production of greeting cards based on her original pictures.
Odile and the Bijou Box
Odile loves working with precious metals of silver and gold to offer contemporary, timeless and quality pieces. Designing a piece, working with the material, be it silver wire, plaque, grain or wax, and seeing it evolving to become a precious object is immensely satisfying. Her work strikes a balance between visible and discreet, precious and affordable, raw and elegant. Many are a one-off piece and repeat models will always come with a slight difference as all pieces are hand-crafted, using traditionnal tradition techniques.
Sue has a long track record of involvement in all things crafty, she loves knitting, weaving and felt-making but her passion is fused glass. The colours and tactile results are amazing! Sue produces everything from small glass cabachons to large platters and everything in between. She also recycles glass especially gin and wine bottles!
Stitch and Green
Sarah started making bunting for her own wedding and children. She loved it so much that she now creates personalised bunting and bunting cards in a range of lovely fabrics and colours for all sorts of occasions, from new babies to weddings to birthday parties. She sees sewing as a form of therapy and takes so much pleasure from making beautiful things for other people to enjoy.
The Odd Thing
Matt takes odd, unloved furniture and transforms it into exquisite, one-of-a-kind gems. He also designs & handcrafts one-off pieces & bespoke furniture commissions for people looking for the truly unique; pieces you’re proud to display in your home and that make all your friends a little bit jealous!
Working from his Warrington studio environmental responsibility is at the heart of everything Matt does. He rescues furniture & home accessories from landfill & brings them back to life – making items desirable all over again.
For Kathy, creating an eco friendly product was of utmost importance. That’s why she chose to work with and create soy wax candles.
It’s a clean burning, natural plant based product, making it a firm favourite with customers, especially vegans.
Many of the fragrances chosen are reminiscent of Kathy’s childhood summers spent in Apold, Transylvania, reflecting the natural beauty of the area.
Apold Apothecary uses minimal packaging and is totally plastic free.
Dave started using driftwood as an art form 5 years ago and progressed to using pallet wood as well. The driftwood art ranges from tea light holders to large mirrors, plus many other items. Some of the pallet wood is used to make bespoke furniture and other home decor items.
Birch Bark Illustration & Design
Alison recently returned to working in the arts after more than ten years in archaeology and academia, experiences which continue to inspire her work today – alongside anything adorable. Working across media, Alison creates everything from enamel pins, stylised illustrations and ceramic figurines, to elaborate beeswax candles (made with wax harvested from her own beehives).
Travel is Sue's source of inspiration. She is inspired by visiting different places and this allows her to use a variety of different mediums
to create her work. Over the last 4 years Sue has exhibited with the Association Animal Artists and The Guild of Motoring Artists. Sue has been teaching for 22 years, she runs private classes teaching painting and drawing and also delivers talks and demonstrations.