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Marvellous makers at the Saltaire Festival

September 7, 2017| 2 Comments

The fabulous Makers’ Fair returns to Victoria Hall as part of Saltaire Festival this weekend, launching tomorrow (Friday, the 8th September) evening from 4 – 8 pm, followed by all day Saturday the 9th, 10 am to 5 pm. We’ve both been in previous years, and it’s a real treat, with the opportunity to chat[Read More]

Celebrating David Hockney in jewellery art

September 1, 2017| 1 Comment

The fabulous Saltaire Festival 2017 begins next Friday the 8th of September and runs until the 17th September. If you haven’t been before, it’s brilliant and well worth making the effort. This year sees a special celebration of David Hockney’s 80th birthday with a show in Salts Mill Gallery 2 (2nd floor), as well as[Read More]

A pitstop in Helmsley

August 24, 2017| 1 Comment

Forgetting my car picnic  when on a far flung job deep in the heart of the North York Moors turned into an unexpected pleasure recently. It meant I had to stop off in Helmsley on the way home for food and water. Not only did I find a great little home bakery,  I discovered Bowley[Read More]

Handmade lighting forged in Yorkshire

August 18, 2017| 2 Comments

Writing about designer makers and artists is a small part of my day job but it’s the most uplifting. It’s also shown me that Yorkshire is a hotbed of creativity, originality and skill.  My latest find is Nigel Tyas Ironwork. Nigel began his training at the age of 16 as an apprentice blacksmith with the[Read More]

Destination Redbrick Mill – always a bright idea

August 10, 2017| 1 Comment

When in need of design inspiration – especially of the glamorous kind – I hop in the car and head across to deepest West Yorkshire, and Redbrick Mill in Batley. Heals is the big attraction, especially its lighting, which is innovative and fairly priced, but I pretty much love everything about Heals, and indeed everything[Read More]