Julie Hollis from Made on Cloud 9

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Cloud 9 is the name of Julie’s gallery in Dumfries and is the place that has inspired her beautiful jewellery collection.

Julie says: “As an artist I create a surprising amount of waste. And it’s often beautiful waste, far too lovely to throw away! I’m using the unique by-products of my work to create some unusual jewellery, as well as sell the artwork I create on mugs, coasters, cushions and so on.”

Watch Julie’s #MiddayMakers interview with MMFH Ambassador Alice on our IGTV channel.

Visit julie on Instagram @madeoncloud9

Printmaker Mel Wickham

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Melanie is a lino printer based in Bristol. She has been lino printing since finishing an Illustration Degree.

She hand burnishes otters, dancing dogs, tapirs and huge flocks of birds and bees onto lovely printmaking papers in limited editions. Using black and gold inks these make striking and playful images with a touch of humour.

Her original lino printed designs are also available on tea towels, totes and enamel mugs.

Watch Mel’s #MiddayMakers interview on our IGTV channel.

 Check out Melanie’s instagram profile @melwickham 

Illustrator Ellie Good

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Illustrator Ellie Good uses her colourful, hand-drawn, painted and geometric illustrations to make sustainable homewares and paper goods, with the aim of bringing smiles to people’s faces and keeping the planet happy.

With EVERY item sold 5p is donated to environmental charities and projects, including City to Sea and Just One Tree.

At the age of 7, Ellie pestered her local MP for glass bottle recycling. It worked! And from then on, campaigning for a fair respect for nature has been an integral part of her life.

Ellie set up her own brand in 2017, selling sustainably made, 100% recycled cards with no plastic wrap. It proved popular, so the range has expanded to include a selection of useful and made-to-last wares, tote bags and paper goods.

In 2019 Ellie also set up The Shift, which offers bite-sized tips for greener living. Check it out if you’re after some easy to manage changes you can make to contribute to a more stable climate.

Watch our LIVE chat with Ellie on our IGTV channel.

Check out Ellie’s instagram account @elliegood_illo 

Sharon from African Affair Bags

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Sharon started making bags two years ago and she wanted to add little touch of Africa in them (where she is originally from) so Sharon set out to make the lining the feature!

All bags are made using vegan friendly faux leather and beautifully lined with 100% cotton, vibrant coloured shweshwe fabric.

All bags are handmade by Sharon and can be customised if you would like a specific colour lining or outer fabric.

Sharon chatted to Alice during her #MiddayMakers interview on IGTV.

Visit Sharon’s instagram profile @africanaffairbags.

Lucy Glombek from Inside Lulu’s Mews

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Lucy creates amazing abstract pour art paintings using acrylic paint and alcohol inks. She predominately works on round cardboard and canvas panels but also uses stretched canvas and paper.
Lucy says: “I grew up in a family of musicians and artists, so the arts were woven through my childhood years. My pieces vary in scale as I enjoy experimenting with different shapes and sizes. When creating my pieces, the most time consuming process is picking and mixing colours. I also work with silicone, in the form of hair products such as hair oil or shampoo to create different textures.”

Watch Lucy’s #MiddayMakers chat with Alice on our IGTV channel.

Follow Lucy on instagram @InsideLulusMews

Simon from Koala Chess Art

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Simon is an artist who draws quirky animals and dinosaurs. He has been turning his designs into cool tees and hoodies for about four years.

He says: “They all have individual tales. They are all smiling. Occasionally there might be a little conservation message in there too, but nothing too serious as people can spot educational stuff a mile off. They are ethical sourced – the t shirts not the animals.”

Watch Simon’s #MiddayMakers chat with Andy on our IGTV channel

Check out Simon’s instagram profile @koalachessart

Caron from What Caron Made

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Hi, I’m Caron and my little handmade business is What Caron Made.  I make jewellery with beads, the smaller the better!

I was born in South Africa and moved to England in 2008 with my husband and baby.  I grew up in a place called Pietermaritzburg, which was a lot of fun and I enjoyed school and a year of college. After that I came to the UK  for 2 years, which was fantastic.

I then went back to South Africa and met my husband. I had  various jobs in a bank and ended up working as a mortgage consultant for many years until we moved here.

I used to make beaded jewellery and string pearls before I had children, just as a hobby.  However, life with kids was busy and I started up my own ironing business about 9 years ago because it was something I could do from home, it worked really well with young children.

Last year, 2019,  I rediscovered the amazing world of beads. I made some earrings which one of my ironing clients commented on. She loved them and wanted me to make her some and make some for gifts. It was then that the idea was sparked to start up a little creative business and Beadworks was born. The journey only properly began before lockdown and so all of my plans for markets and fairs went out the window. I signed up the MMFH not knowing what to expect and was so blown away by the makers involved. It was so inspiring to see everyones stalls filled with the most beautiful crafts and it made me realise that this could be a my full time business. I loved seeing the MMFH grow and I look forward to watching the midday maker interviews to be even more inspired to make this dream a reality.

Watch Caron’s interview on our Midday Makers series on IGTV.

Visit her Instagram @WhatCaronMade

Mel from Mel Langton Art

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I’m Mel Langton and I’m a Lincoln based freelance artist and my work encompasses both digitally created pieces and traditional painting techniques.

I create bespoke illustrations, digital portraits, mixed media pieces and hand painted canvases which I sell through artwork commissions and also by selling original artwork and prints of my work at my British Craft House store.

I moved to Lincoln from Leicester to study Graphic Design and Illustration at De Montford University and graduated in 2001 with BA (Hons) Illustration, in which I chose to specialise.

I remained in Lincoln after I graduated and worked on a couple of projects with a very close friend and artist, hoping they would take off to become full time ventures, whilst we both still worked our day jobs. Most of our friends we graduated with moved away to find work, but we saw potential in staying and trying to create something new.

After working on designing our own clothing brand, which featured a range of quirky illustrations and characters, we were approached by an investor who liked our style and saw potential for us in creating bespoke caricatures. In 2016 this became our company Well For Instance Ltd, which created bespoke caricature stationery and we worked on together for a number of years, alongside our day jobs.

Eventually we made the decision to end the business, as we were both finding increasing success with gaining private commissions for our own individual work. Then one day, whilst I was spotted painting a large piece of artwork outdoors for a skate store, the owner of a small local gallery approached me to ask if I would ever consider exhibiting my work.

That lead to me hosting my first ever solo art show in 2012 and the realisation that I could actually make a go of pursuing a career as an artist.

I now produce a range of colourful, bold and edgy artwork with music, lifestyle, pop and alternative culture playing as huge influences within my work. For a number of years I also played roller derby with the Lincolnshire Bombers and so strong females and motivational and inspirational individuals are a reoccurring theme throughout my work. I also like to create pieces that promote discussion about topics such as mental health.

I am also known for my creation Slothypops the Sloth, who is famed for his unexpected adventures, love of gin, dressing quite inappropriately and occasionally riding bareback on chickens and lamas.

I really love to create artwork that connects with people or inspires them, that people can enjoy for themselves or give to someone special.

I have also created artwork for a number of public art trails over recent years, which has lead quite unexpectedly to me working with schools, and this year I designed and painted one of the imps for the forthcoming Lincoln Imps art trail, which will hopefully help to raise funds for St Barnabas Hospice.

I regularly exhibit my artwork in both solo and collective exhibitions and you can catch my next solo exhibition from 7th September to 13th September at the Gallery at St. Martins,

I first found out about Makers Market From Home from a fellow British Craft House artist and I was really excited about the opportunity to be able to showcase my work from home, especially during this awkward time of lockdown. It’s also fabulous being able to gain an insight into what my fellow makers are creating, how they work and what inspires their creations. It feels like a real growing community.

Watch Mel’s interview on our Midday Makers series on IGTV.

Visit her Instagram @mellangtonart