This week we meet Stacey Harrison, one half of the sister duo behind Scamp. As a busy mum of three, Stacey has worked hard to establish a successful business offering beautiful baby wares featuring bright colours and bold designs...Tell us about...
  This week we travel to The Mercerie to meet textile artist, Sue Maton. Since making the move away from being a college lecturer she has tapped in to her own creative energies to produce a stunning collection of crocheted and knitted...
This week we visit the workshop of Becky Moore. Hailing from a city with a proud heritage in the textile industry, Becky has stepped away from a career in the Education sector to follow in the footsteps of former family members and make beautiful...
This week, after a short hiatus, The Road Less Travelled series returns with a visit to 'Teazle', and the workshop of Julia Batley. With a varied career history, which includes a background in marketing, Julia has turned her love of fabric and...
Black mug
In our first interview for 2014, we meet the talented David Worsey of Dove Street Pottery. Having initially studied Fine Arts, he changed direction and taught himself how to throw pots to be more "hands on" creatively. He now combines elegant...
7th century Anglo Saxon Knife and Sheath
This week we meet Andy Bates, a former policeman turned leatherworker who is on a mission to breathe life back into this most traditional of crafts, and who is rejuvenating his home town of Hexham with new skills, jobs and a sense of pride along the...
Humble beginnings
This week, we meet husband-and-wife team, Hannah and Chris Barker of The Smallprint Company. After both of them worked in a number of different jobs, they decided to take the plunge after a series of redundancies seemed to guide them towards...
Cow and Calf Rocks with Foxgloves
This week, we meet Sarah Harris of Sarah Harris Prints. After studying fashion design, Sarah went on to a number of administration roles in retail, all of which gave her invaluable experience when she started her own screen printing business....
Bird and floral greeting cards
This week we meet Clare Shields of Lil3birdy. Although she started out working in the creative industries, she soon realised that she wanted to pursue her own ideas rather than follow someone else's. Being made redundant gave her the push she...
Daisy cushion
This week we meet Louise Crosbie of PukaluHome who escaped from the world of pensions to create a success business selling crocheted homewares and giving workshops.Tell us about yourselfI am a 40-something home-based crafter hailing from the...
Submarine, Acrylic on canvas, 150cmx130cm
This week we have a change of pace and meet Tina Mammoser, who brings a wonderful sense of light and space to her art. Having left behind a career in graphic design, she created a new life for herself as a painter, taking what some would see as...
Around the World
 This week we meet Sheena Rogers of Sheena Rogers Designs, whose business designing cross stitch kits has gone from strength to strength after she was made redundant in 2011. She is a great example of how you can successfully harness the power...
1 Amazing Year print
This week, we meet Carol Lewcock who started mrs L cards after being made redundant for a second time. As a result of hard work and dedication, her business has gone from strength to strength, and was recently recognised by Dragon's Den...
Shelagh Pickford
This week, we meet Shelagh Pickford of Flossie Limejuice, a very talented and gloriously eccentric maker of wonderful things. After a career of working in creative roles for other people, she took plunge in 2011 to work for herself, and she's never...
A birdseye view of Our Handmade Collective shop
This week, we meet Claire Riley of Little Shop of Lathers, and co-founder of Our Hand Made Collective in Leeds. Claire has overcome a number of health issues to build her own successful creative career. She is also a tireless advocate of the...
Alium Cushion
This week we meet Lucy Sangster of Use or Ornament, who has found a great balance between her creativity and her long-held values, both of which are helping to guide the direction in which her business grows. And she's got some great advice for...

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