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

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

Beverley from BevArt Designs

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My passion is most definitely to make, create and inspire. I absolutely love colour, I love paint and I love wood! Combine all three and you have ‘Bevart designs’ wearable art.

I use paint to create colourways that blend and work together or in contrast, I use resin to seal, protect and illuminate the colours, the jewellery pieces are then cut and polished and made into pieces to wear. There is nothing more than wonderful than seeing someone wearing your jewellery, some of my pieces are vibrant and will definitely brighten up your day, and your wardrobe. Some are more tonal and subtle if you prefer.

Originally a hairdresser, I owned my own salon in Blackburn for over 10 years, I met my husband there… he was a client!!

I needed the challenge of something new to learn, so enrolled at night school on the art course, wow this was it! I fell in love with art all over again, from being very young I was inspired to paint by watching Nancy Kaminsky on tv.

After much consideration and dreaming I signed up for the Fine Art degree course at Blackburn! I’ve never looked back! The best three years of my life, apart from getting married and having children of course.

Fast forward …… I am now proud owner of Atelier Arts; this is an art collective in the beautiful market town of Clitheroe with small gallery and teaching space. We teach weekly art classes, landscape painting and life drawing full day workshops.

I also teach Art in Spain, I have partners in Spain, we deliver an all-inclusive art retreat, and it is amazing!

I sell my jewellery at ‘The British Craft House’ an online shop, the home of artisan gifts. I was delighted when I was accepted as a seller.

I took part in ‘Makers Market From Home’ on Instagram and I was interviewed by Andy about my work.

What an amazing day I had, who ever thought you could have so much fun having a stall in your dinning room, there was lots going on during the day with live interviews to watch, makers doing demonstrations and not forgetting the interactions on the day with other makers, what a fabulous idea , long may it continue.

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

Visit her Instagram @bevart_designs

Joy from JoyCliftonUK

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I am a visual artist, who captures the fluidity of the ocean realm focusing on the movement of water the abstraction of light and the sea creatures that inhabit this realm. Having spent many years living by the ocean and travelling the world I draw on this inspiration in my work. There is an echo of conservation and I address current issues that are affecting the natural world.  

I experiment with the ever changing state of the ocean, the ebb and flow of the tide, the intense and subtle colours the weather creates on and through the water.  I am passionate about marine life and I use my illustration skills to represent them in my artwork.  I use different mediums like watercolour, gouache and acrylics mixed with various textures to keep my work fresh. I experiment with different viewpoints of below the surface, in the curl of the wave, aerial and diving into the underwater world.

I am originally from rural Warwickshire where my parents nurtured my love for Art and the nature world. I completed my degree in Illustration at University of Wales, Trinity St David in Swansea followed by further studies in Art Education at University Wales Institute Cardiff. After working as an Art & Design Teacher for many years I have now made the switch to working as a full time visual artist. I am now based in London where I live with my husband and our two young boys.

I am a competent water sports enthusiast mainly focusing on bodyboarding, surfing and scuba diving. I am also a qualified PADI Scuba Diving Instructor and I have dived and surfed in many different locations around the world.

Being part of the Makers Market From Home community is such a wonderful supportive group. I was quite nervous about doing my first one on 5th July but it was really great and I got so much support from fellow makers and also from people browsing the market. 

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

Visit her Instagram @joycliftonuk

Pippa Hicks from Pipsty Puffin Art

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Hello, I’m Pippa, or as my mum used to call me, Pipsy Puffin! I love getting messy with paint, creating energetic artworks featuring nature or wildlife, often with an animal focal point. I usually work on canvases, with acrylic paints, often using fluid art techniques in my own way, and sometimes I even use paint brushes!  

I also love to pick up a pen and illustrate simple bear or Puffin drawings, which I turn into cards or prints. I am keen to make art affordable and accessible to all, and cards and prints are a great way to do this. 

I studied art until A Level, where I thought, like many others I’m sure, that there are no jobs in art. So I trained as a physio and have been working as a neuro and community rehab physio for the last 10 years.

Due to studying, I got out of the habit of creating, and it wasn’t until 3 years ago that I picked up the paint brush again and let those creative juices flow. I was on maternity leave with my first little puffling, and the thought of returning to work and leaving our comfortable little bubble filled me with anxiety. I, like many new mums, had lost my identity, and coupled with a dose of uncertainty I began to struggle. But art gave me a bit of ‘me’ back, and helped me to manage my worries.

By calling it a business instead of a hobby, I was able to prioritise this time, and have since grown this into something I’m beginning to feel quite proud of! Given how much art has helped me, I’ve recently developed some positive art cards and prints, as well as a series of mindful postcards to colour and send, and give others a little bit of ‘me’ time back. 

Watch Pippa’s Midday Makers interview with our ambassador Lydia on our IGTV channel.

Checkout Pippa’s website

Instagram @pipsypuffinart

Sarah from Sarah Trotter Art

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Howdy Doodlies. My name is Sarah and I am a Devon based artist who specializes in creating authentic abstract, fun, colourful and hybrid artworks that range from original paintings and printed cards to painted glassware’s and handmade bespoke bunting.  All works can be personalized & custom made, I openly welcome commissions. Alongside my art biz, I am also an ambassador for the Atlantic Youth Creative Hub, which is a programme that provides individuals with support to develop & sustain a business/business idea.

My inspiration comes from a haphazard and eclectic mix of influences from nature, cultures and society and of those magical realms above us. I am passionate about inspiring an awareness of the natural that world, spotlighting endangered species and nature. I enjoy encouraging creativity through collaboration and inclusivity and I am a soul believer that anyone has the ability to create and each individual deserves to express their own creativity in whatever way they choose to.

From a young age I was always curious about how things are made and was that kid who was interested in every kind of art and craft activity going.

My background is in Surface Pattern design, after graduating I freelanced briefly in fashion and printed textiles design. After a few doses of freelance design mistrust that blew my confidence, I butterflied my way through roles in the UK, Australia, S.E Asia that covered marketing, hospitality, volunteering, design interning, retail management, fashion buying, museum and learning positions and at one point I was a head ice cream scooper.

Last summer, after having a rather hamster wheel lifestyle that was affecting my health &and wellbeing and turning me into someone I disliked, I decided to leave my job and fab social life in London and moved back to my family home in South Devon. I made a pact with myself to focus more of my time and energy on growing my side hustle into more of my life.

I enjoy traveling, being in nature, swimming, Yogalates, cooking and throwing shapes (extra fun with added splashes of paint and ‘Pump Up The Jam’ at high volume), listening to era world music and jazzy beats. I find pure joy in slurping a darn good roasted Coffee/ Gin tipples whilst connecting with others and having a rather wholesome chinwag. 

For me, the Makers Market From Home lifted my spirits and I learnt so much. The community is so welcoming and I loved interacting with an array of different creatives who are all uniting and supporting each other on one virtual and connecting platform showcasing so much talent to the world.

You can watch Lydia’s interview with Sarah Trotter on our Midday Makers series on IGTV.

Visit Sarah’s website here: Sarah Trotter Art

Instagram @sarahtrotterart

Facebook @ColourArteralCreations

Hannah from Sandpaper Kisses / Hannah Weeks Illustration

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Hi, I’m Hannah, Suffolk based Illustrator, and the face and (right) hand behind Hannah Weeks Illustration (HWI) and Sandpaper Kisses – the two branches of my business.

The main branch of my business, keeps me busy with wholly bespoke, custom illustration commissions – I draw everything from wedding portraits and stationery to family portraits, pet portraits and illustrations for individual businesses. Sandpaper Kisses is my ready-to-buy print shop where I sell fun alphabet illustrations and quirky animal drawing on Etsy.
I have loved drawing, for as long as I can remember!

As I grew up, a mixture of pressure to carve out a “proper” career for myself and being given, perhaps…not the most suitable advice for myself, personally, I went to De Montfort in Leicester to study contour Fashion Design (that’s bra and knicker design). I did well and mostly enjoyed the course, but I now realise that the modules I most relished were the illustration classes. It was during these lessons that I was first introduced to digital illustration – and I loved it!

Upon graduating, in pursuit of my career goal I moved to North Yorkshire, having got a job designing lingerie for Marks and Spencer and Boux Avenue. But, came to learn that the fashion world wasn’t for me, long term. After four years of invaluable experience, I longed to get back to what I loved – all I wanted to do was draw. So, I made the leap to self employment and started over as a Freelance Illustrator. It was a brave decision, and it hasn’t been easy, but I have never looked back. At times, my friends and family may have thought I was mad to leave a secure job, but they can see how happy I am and the pleasure it gives me bringing people’s ideas to life!

I started taking wedding stationery commissions and for nearly eight years, the business has grown and evolved from there. Now I draw anything and everything, but what I most love to draw is people and pets. I get a huge kick out of drawing details that are personal to my clients – and there’s nothing better than receiving positive feedback from my customers when they first see the preview of their portrait or project.

Four years ago I moved back to my homeland, Suffolk and for a couple of years now I have worked a couple of days a week as a Gardener. I enjoy the happy mix developing my green-fingered knowledge alongside my business – it’s a wonderful, complimentary “side hustle” that keeps my mind clear and actually aids in my creativity. I am always thinking about the next idea and can see me merging the two disciplines one day…watch this space…

Makers Market From Home has helped me “meet” lots of other creatives – I feel part of a wonderful community of great folk. It has even seen me beat my fear of speaking online…I can now been found regularly chatting away on IG stories!

Watch Hannah’s interview on our IGTV channel here.

Visit Hannah’s website
Her Sandpaper Kisses print shop can be found on Etsy

Instagram @hannahweeksillustration
Sandpaper Kisses Instagram @sandpaperkissesshop

Creativity advice from artist Samantha Barnes

Inspiring Interviews

In our lively chat with ‘the Joe Wicks of the art world’ Samantha Barnes discussed creativity and how to keep going with your art (and business) even if you can only allocate 3% of your time to work.

Sam’s advice covered:

  • Why all you need is a pen and paper
  • How to stay creative when things get difficult
  • Why you shouldn’t throw anything away
  • The importance of drawing daily

Watch the inspirational interview with Samantha Barnes on our IGTV on Instagram @MakersMarketFromHome.

Find out more about Sam’s artwork and free online classes on her website and follow her on Instagram @SamanthaBarnesArt.