FIONA HESFORD

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Hello my name is Fiona Hesford, I’ve worked in textiles pretty much all my life since leaving Uni many moons ago. The fashion industry was where I started, spending 6 years in Paris as a design consultant and then back to the UK where I worked with many companies such as House of Fraser, Next and freelancing for many others.

I live by the sea with my husband the artist Marko, twins Alfred and Matilda and Madame Mabelline (my gorgeous cat) and love spending my time teaching sewing at Clothkits (Chichester) and The Fluffatorium (Dorking) at my ‘Make Your Mother Proud’ sewing workshops teaching complete beginners and improvers how to sew. I also hold classes in skirt and dressmaking from my own patterns. 

You can also find my range of specially designed products at Margot The Beach Hut Makery at East Beach Studios next to Coast cafe on Worthing beach, so if you are passing, why not pop in to say hello! Its just lovely down there!

I write regular sewing projects and articles for magazines and books such as Sew, Love SewingSew Now, Popular Patchwork and Love Patchwork & Quiltingmagazines and am a regular presenter on The Sewing Quarter TV (freeview 73 and Sky 687). 

You can join my newsletter or follow me on facebook and instagram to know about forthcoming Sewgirl events.

Happy sewing!

LUKE CASSERLY

Luke Casserly has been working as a professional photographer for over fifteen years, which has allowed him to really hone his skills. Originally Luke became interested in photography when studying art at school, he then went on to do a degree in the subject at Nottingham Trent University. 

Luke’s main area of expertise is in architecture and interior design, but he also provides a wide range of other photographic services including studio based work. Over the years Luke has been fortunate enough to work for some extremely high profile clients including Sotheby’s, The Daily Mail and Marks & Spencer. 

Luke is extremely passionate about what does and feels that the care and attention he puts into his work gives him the edge over many of my competitors.

LOUISE TYLER

Lou can be found at Margot.
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After a degree in textile design and working intermittently over the years  as a freelance designer (among other things!) while raising her family, Louise is now a  yarnist, maker of small things, teller of textile tales and regular shop girl at Margot, the beach hut makery.

Photos by http://www.saccophotography.co.uk/

She is the author of Fairytale Crochet published by Cico Books and available at all good bookstores. You can see  her book here,  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairytale-Crochet-Over-magical-makes/dp/1782491473

JANE PINDER

Jane can be found at Four at the Shore.
07881 701500
naturallysilver@gmail.com
www.naturallysilver.co.uk

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Jane Pinder is a designer and maker of contemporary silver jewellery, with a true passion for designing and creating jewellery. She has been making jewellery for family and friends since 2008. She incorporates both precious and non-precious materials in her work and the range includes necklaces, bracelets, pendants, rings and earrings. All pieces are handmade and can be adapted to your requirements. Bracelets and necklaces can be made in any wrist & neck size.

Naturally Silver offers individuality, creativity and diversity using sterling silver with its appealing, crisp, white lustre. It can be attractively finished in a variety of ways: highly polished, matt, satin or oxidised. You will also find jewellery made from anodized aluminum and copper. Natural gemstones such as amethysts, agates, snowflake obsidian, rhodonite, labradorite or unusual glass beads are used with silver.

Jane studied silversmithing jewellery at her local college for the last five years. This was followed by further courses and specialised workshops although she is largely self taught, perfecting her technique through her designs.

Her work involves a synergy of creative ideas and techniques, with designs informed by the natural world and a childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones and fossils along with exploration of rock pools along the seashore. Her jewellery is inspired by fauna and flora, organic texture and natural landscapes. She works from her home workshop located on the Sussex coast, using traditional and non-traditional silversmithing techniques.

Inspiration also comes from the work of Antoni Gaudi who was influenced by forms of nature and this is reflected by the use of curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures, and organic-like forms. Gaudi also adorned many of his buildings with coloured tiles arranged in mosaic patterns.

Inspiration also come from the work of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists Barbara Hepworth who created sculptures in bronze, stone and wood.

Jane is currently experimenting with anticlastic raising using sinusoidal stakes and hammers and fold-forming – hammering and forging folded sheet metal, then opening out the piece to reveal the three-dimensional form. She is inspired by the work of Charles Lawton Brain.

Work on display

Jane showcases her work at Four at the Shore, East Beach Studios ,Worthing , West Sussex  The opening hours are Thursday to Sunday during the Summer months and Fri-Sun during the Winter months weather permitting.

She also has an on-line shop on this website.  Jane exhibits work  at some of the local art trails in the area during the summer months and this year she will be at Steyning, Adur, Worthing and Arundel.

Want to have a go making silver jewellery?

Jane runs one-to-one tuition sessions in a friendly environment. These sessions are aimed at those just starting out and who want to experiment and develop new skills.

She also offers jewellery parties and kits to purchase.

LIZZIE LEE

Lizzie can be found at Studio 37.
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I first became interested in recycling plastics on a trip to India in 1998, where I saw the effect of plastic water bottles collecting in piles on the streets and plastic bags littering the desert in Rajastan. In India they had beautiful buckets, jugs, plates etc made from recycled stripy plastic and they looked so much more attractive than the plain green or beige ones you could buy in this country. When I returned to university I was determined to find a simple way of recycling plastic waste – primarily plastic bottle tops which were not recycled and went to landfill, and hence my little cottage industry ‘plastikrap’ was born, using an oven and an old bookbinding press.

After graduating from the University of Brighton in 2000 with my BA(hons) in 3D Crafts and the Universities prestigious Innovation award for my recycled plastics, I set up Green Gallery, promoting my own work and that of other artist’s working with recycled materials. It can be a real challenge persuading the public to see value in goods made from recycled materials, although perceptions are changing all the time, and I enjoy being part of this process.
I have always been interested in making things from rubbish and repairing things – I think it gives an object more personality and originality.

Initially I was making bags from my recycled plastics which were well received; I won two awards and two bags were purchased by Hove Museum and Art Gallery.  Since 2007 I have been working with lighting, which is made from milk bottle plastic (HDPE) which I fuse with vintage lace and second-hand net curtains. I buy these pieces of lace from all over. If I’m on holiday, I’ll always pop into the local charity shop to check out the net curtains. By treating these bits of material in a completely different way and giving them a new life, they become beautiful. All the intricacies in the lace are illuminated when the light is switched on.

I worked full-time for three years as a teacher and technician of Design Technolgy from 2005-2008, and then part-time as a Plastics Technical Demonstrator at the University of Brighton until 2011, where I also completed my MA in Sustainable Design at the University.