Introducing the crew
There are currently 18 members of the Warrington Creatives Collective with talents as diverse as jewellery, ceramics, printing, fused glass, painting, felting, graphic design, furniture-making and sewing!
Our founder Jeni is a local ceramicist who runs Lemon Studio from The Hive at Red House Farm, Dunham Massey where she creates pottery and teaches courses.
Working in stoneware, earthenware and porcelain her style is full of colour and joy. Jeni produces sculptural hand-built pieces as well as wheel thrown functional ware.
As a community artist she divides her working week between the studio and delivering mobile pottery sessions to a variety of isolated individuals, nursing homes and charities.
Leanne Van Illustration
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.
Leanne's studio is based at The Hive, Red House Farm, Dunham Massey.
Working with remnant fabric Alison combines complimentary patterns and textures, to make limited edition fabric storage for the home.
Her love of flowers and crochet led to creating a range of everlasting wire flower stems with crocheted flower heads. Displayed in a vase or wooden slice, each arrangement brings cheer and joy to any space.
Wood & Yarn
Soose has always been creative, when she left school and they asked what she wanted to do, she said "I want to draw of be creative in some way". She got a job on a drawing board! Her passion has always been to create something pleasing to the eye, whether that's gardening, painting or craft. Nine months ago Soose decided to try macrame and weaving and more recently after finding a piece of wood that looked like a house she started making little houses and shop scenes. Her passion has grown as there are endless possibilities to create unique pieces.
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.
From tiny watercolours, oil portraits and landscapes, to 6 feet abstract canvas … every piece is a journey of discovery.
Carole loves to experiment and her lockdown journey has been a particularly happy and productive one
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.
Catherine hand makes delicate jewellery. She loves geometric shapes and colour and especially enjoys bringing them together to create her designs. Over the last couple of years she has expanded her range working with various techniques including beadwork, shuttle tatting and silversmithing.
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.
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.
Kirsty's studio is at The Hive, Red House Farm, Dunham Massey.
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.
Odile and the Bijou Box
“Jewellery is a wearable form of Art”
Odile creates beautiful, contemporary and unique silver pieces, using traditional techniques. Her inspiration comes from the metal itself, mainly silver, which embellishes with forging, time and wear.... Her work strikes a balance between visible and discreet, precious and affordable, raw and elegant. Her jewellery tells your story and marks the important chapters in your life.
Janice has led a creative life and loves all things arty and crafty! She has a background in graphic design and illustration and has been painting oils for many years and has been experimenting with all the subjects she loves most, including portraits, wildlife, still life, birds and abstracts.
Janice runs oil painting workshops and courses at her studio in The Old School, Fairfield.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 four years Sue has exhibited with the Association of Animal Artists and the 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.
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.
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).