Getting to Know: Claire Howieson Designer Jeweller

This week we have been catching up with the founder of the Histon Handmade fairs and local jewellery designer Claire Howieson. Check out our Q+A with Claire below to find out about how she turned her creative hobby into her career, the unique custom tension setting she developed, and the important role Cambridge Open Studios has played throughout her creative journey. Claire also tells us about the upcoming Christmas edition of Histon Handmade which is taking place this month, on Saturday 25th November 2017. The fair will be a great opportunity to… Read More

Getting to Know: Dandystitch

We were so pleased when Daniel Remmert got in touch via the website last year to introduce himself and to let us know how he was loving finding new artists and creators through our Twitter account. Dan and his partner Andy are both very involved within the local craft scene in Peterborough and help to organise the monthly Handmade For You craft fayres. Check out our Q&A with Dan below to find out about how he started Dandystitch, the inspiring story behind his life-changing nestrophomy bag design, and the various community projects… Read More

Getting to Know: Claireabellemakes

On Saturday we will be attending the Autumn edition of the Cambridge Creatives Photowalk organised by local designer-makers Jo Want (Hello Sunshine) + Claire Wilson (Claireabellemakes). It is a great event that brings so many like-minded creative individuals to the City to explore + photograph the city’s Instagram hotspots! This week we have been catching up with Claire – finding out about her creative journey so far + how she has recently been appointed as an Etsy Educator. Check out our Q+A with Claire below to find out about how Cambridge has… Read More

Getting to Know: Paula Armstrong Ceramics

This week we have been getting to know local ceramic artist Paula Armstrong. Check out our Q&A below to find out about Paula’s desire to become an artist from a young age, how she uses a mixture of matt and gloss glazes so that her pieces interact with the light and her sources for keeping up-to-date with what is happening within the arts and crafts industry. She also talks about her current inspiration and gives details of where she hosts her ceramics workshops and classes. * (Image by Julian Bond – Studio)… Read More

Getting to Know: Blue Design Shed

Want to discover more about Cambridgeshire’s artists, designers and makers? Be sure to read on and also check out the entire ‘Getting to Know‘ series on the blog. See our Q&A with local fused glass and textile artist Bex Burston below. Find out about how she started her creative company Blue Design Shed Ltd, her participation in Cambridge Open Studios and Grantchester Art & Craft Fair, and what inspires her fun and vibrant pieces of wall art – which are all created in her amazing garden studio, the blue shed. * (Image… Read More

Getting to Know: Shane Swann Illustration

We are pleased to bring you our latest feature – Shane Swann Illustration, a Cambridge-based artist who has developed a highly intricate drawing style. His current focus is on highlighting the importance of environmental issues through his illustrative works. Read our Q&A with Shane below to find out about his artistic approach, ‘The UK Extinction Series’ project and his involvement with Cambridge Open Studios, Cottenham Arts group and the Cambridge Drawing Society. * (Image by Shane Swann – Work In Progress: Matriarch and Baby) (Image by Shane Swann – The Last Wolf… Read More

Getting to Know: Glass By Butler

We are so pleased to be back with another post in our ‘Getting to Know’ series where we discover more about local artists, designers, makers and small creative businesses. Read our Q&A with Jenny – aka Glass By Butler – to find out what drives her passion to create contemporary stained glass, how she is splitting her time between Italy and the UK to learn more about her craft, and how she uses optical illusion and complementary colour in her creations. * (Image by Alex Higgs) (Image by Jennifer Butler) Tell me… Read More

Getting to Know: Maria Merridan | Coded Storm

Throughout April The Trove featured Coded Storm‘s artist and illustrator Maria Merridan – read our Q&A with Maria to find out more about her love of art since childhood, the themes which she is inspired by, her signature piece which has evolved into the brand for her commercial work, and her involvement with art groups across both Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. * (Image by Maria Merridan – Arctic Fox) Tell me a little about you and how you became an artist. Looking back on my childhood, I have strong, positive memories of drawing with… Read More

Getting to Know: Birgitte Bruun Jewellery

This month The Trove is featuring jewellery designer-maker Birgitte Bruun – read our Q&A with Birgitte to learn about her journey to becoming a designer of contemporary silver jewellery, her involvement in Cambridge Open Studios and membership with the Cambridge Jewellers’ Guild, and discover where you can view and purchase her designs. * (Image by Birgitte Bruun – Workspace) Tell me a little about you and how you became a jewellery designer-maker. I’ve always been a lover of silver jewellery and about twelve years ago discovered that there was a local evening class… Read More