Hassina Khan from Sea Green Glass Art

Midday Makers

I discovered stained glass almost by accident.

I’ve always been a maker. As a child I’d spend hours on the dollshouse that my Grandfather built me, from decorating the walls with pictures from magazines to making furniture from matchboxes and accessories from toothpaste tube lids. But the opportunities to do any sort of arts subjects at my school were limited and I got pushed into the sciences, which I did very badly in.

Eventually I ended up at university doing English and Drama where I spent time studying in New Jersey and decided I wanted to be a Stage Manager. I trained at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff and worked for 6 years primarily in theatre for young audiences – youth theatre, children’s theatre, theatre in education – which I still love today.

I wasn’t the best Stage Manager in the world! I was really good at the organisational side of the work, and at prop-making, but I’m too much of a panicker to be any good in the rehearsal room or running the show. So I took a sideways step and started running the education and learning departments of various theatres. I channelled my desire to make into various domestic crafts – sewing, knitting, decorating cakes etc. 

20 years and two children later, I decided to treat myself by learning how to make mosaics properly. The course I had found was full so, not wanting to spend another year not doing things for me, I booked onto a stained glass course run by Naomi Brangwyn. I haven’t looked back since.

I find glass a fabulous medium to work with – I love the colours and the textures, and the way it changes with the light. I use the copper foil technique which is very process-heavy, but I make all my own designs and I usually incorporate pieces of seaglass that I pick up on local beaches.

I sell my work online and theough various local makers markets, including Fram Makers Market where I met Andy from Unruly Print, the face behind Makers Market from Home. I love the sense of community that markets bring, as well as the chance to talk to customers directly, and this one is no different. Bonkers, but it works!

Watch Hassina’s Midday Makers interview on MakersMarketFromHome IGTV.

Website www.seagreenglassart.co.uk

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Hassina’s work is also featured on: www.madeinsuffolk.org

Andrea from Andrea Wright Designs

Midday Makers

Andrea graduated Winchester School of Art with a degree in Fine Art Printmaking. After graduating she then started her creative career within the arts working at The Beatrice Royal Art Gallery in Hampshire where she first found herself drawn to handmade jewellery as part of her craft curation role.  

Her interest in jewellery grew and Andrea moved to Justice, a high end jewellery boutique in Winchester. Here she was surrounded by the work of the top 40 British jewellery designers. Inspired she completed a silversmithing course that enabled her to start designing and creating her own collection of pieces.

After moving back to her home county of Suffolk she set up Andrea Wright Designs.

From her home studio Andrea designs and creates clean lined, wearable contemporary jewellery in silver and gold and hand picked semi precious and precious stones.

With a focus on the tactility of jewellery and surface pattern Andrea utilises her knowledge of traditional printmaking techniques to create unique textures and finishes on her work.

“Know first who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly”

Epictertus

Jewellery is incredibly intimate, not only in the sense that it’s worn next to our skin but also as a form of personal story telling. It holds our memories of people, places, relationships and life experiences. Our jewellery expresses who we are, it gives us confidence and a sense of self and identity along with conveying our sense of style.

I am passionate about designing and lovingly creating affordable luxury jewellery. Design led, timeless and elegant collections with an edge.  My inspiration comes from travel and discovering and immersing myself in different cultures and from the natural world around us.  I draw on my fine art printmaking background to add textures and surface pattern to my work, often monoprints transforming the jewellery into unique wearable works of art.  Jewellery to express your personality and make you stand out from the crowd.  Commissioned and personalised pieces to celebrate you and mark those special occasions in your life.  Jewellery as unique as you.

Makers Market From Home has been a fantastic outlet for makers from all over the world during the Covid crisis. It’s a wonderful supportive community giving us all the opportunity to stay connected with our customer who we would normally see at the Makers markets and to bring our stalls to you, from our homes to yours. Huge thanks to Andy and Mrs G for all their hard work.

Check out our Midday Maker’s interview with Andrea Wright to hear her speak about her work and creative life.

Visit Andrea’s website www.andreawrightdesigns.co.uk

Instagram: @andreawrightdesigns