Illustrator Ellie Good

Midday Makers

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 

Mel from Mel Langton Art

Midday Makers

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

Hannah from Sandpaper Kisses / Hannah Weeks Illustration

Midday Makers

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 hannahweeks.co.uk
Her Sandpaper Kisses print shop can be found on Etsy etsy.com/uk/shop/SandpaperKissesShop

Instagram @hannahweeksillustration
Sandpaper Kisses Instagram @sandpaperkissesshop