Simon from Koala Chess Art

Midday Makers

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

Beverley from BevArt Designs

Midday Makers

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

Hannah Lush Life London

Hannah from Lush Life London

Midday Makers

My name is Hannah Smith and I run a small business called Lush Life Crafts (@lushlife_ldn on Instagram). I grew up and still live in North Norfolk. I originally set out to become a chef in London then decided to pursue a career in Nutrition, which led me to study a degree at Kingston University. I’m currently in my first year and I love it.

I’ve always been obsessed with crafts and it’s long been my escape from everything. I started selling my makes at car boot sales with my mum when I was younger starting with handmade cards. I eventually started a craft stalls in 2016 and opened my Etsy shop, Lush Life LDN, in 2017. At the start my products were very mixed to say the least. I eventually started to narrow my product range down to mostly hair accessories, although I do branch out to key rings, brooches and paper crafts on my Etsy shop. 

I usually sell the majority of my products at craft stalls, however since the pandemic began all my planned stalls for the summer have been understandably cancelled. However, it has given me an opportunity to regroup and most importantly, get organised! I now have a sort of office /work room to work from, which has made things so much easier. This time has also given me an opportunity expand my business online via virtual markets such as Makers Market from Home and through Facebook and Instagram. 

Makers Market from Home has given me an fantastic opportunity to expand my business and my network. I’ve met so many fantastic creatives and makers through this platform, and it’s really encouraging to see so many makers together supporting each other. That’s what Makers Market from Home means to me, its a family of creatives and makers, supporting each other through unprecedented and uncertain times.

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

Visit her Instagram @lushlife_ldn

Jane Charles from Small Stitches 6

Midday Makers

I did a degree in Fashion, but before the internet I think we did degrees that were suggested by teachers – there were less opportunities, there are certainly more choice now which is great.

My work now is generally flat, so it doesn’t have to fit anyone! I still draw on my degree experience though with knowledge of fabrics, colour theory and an love of creating things out of fabric.

There was a time when I didn’t make much at all, focussing on paying the bills for 10 years living in London. I think it was moving to Milton Keynes with 2 young children in 2002 that made me think again about crafting.

I started making small things made from felt, mobiles and angels made from the poppy heads that grew in our newly acquired garden. As the (now 3) children got bigger I started working on different textile things, but it always fitted around childcare, when the youngest started school full time, I had whole days to play around and make things.

I then got involved in Adult Education and teaching Family Learning courses which led to teaching creative textiles around 12 years ago. Getting a studio 6 years ago, then meant I could take on larger commissions and experiment with different techniques, there is so much to play around with and learn in textiles….it just grows and grows!

It’s the teaching and large community commissions that pay me money, but I have to carry on making smaller things, it’s in my blood so to sell directly to the public at fairs is really important and this lockdown has focussed my attention to selling on line and it’s really paid off.

I loved taking part in the MMFH in May, setting up my stall and directing my Insta posts on promotion and telling my story.

Watch Jane’s chat with us on our Midday Makers IGTV series here.

Jane’s Folksy shop: Smallbeans

Instagram @smallstitches6