Jo and Rob from Ginger and Tweed

Midday Makers

We, Ginger and Tweed (Aka Jo and Rob) combine our skills and passion for making to create bespoke handcrafted homewares from our home in Wiltshire. From doorstops to ottomans and larger bespoke items, our products are inspired by seeing potential in a piece of wood, or fabric and thinking what do people need or want in their homes? Many ideas came from things we created for our own home or as gifts for friends and family. creating something that can be both useful and beautiful is so rewarding. 

I’ve been working full time from home since 2017 when I decided to leave my job of almost 14 years at a restaurant in Bath. I’d worked there since leaving uni in 2003, where I studied Fine Art,  and have always been split between designing and making, my photography jobs, and the long, hard shift pattern of the catering industry.  

I left the management team in 2015 to work part time as a waitress, but just didn’t feel I ever had enough time to put into my creativity, which was essentially what I wanted to be doing. With the amazing support of Rob and the investment into our little shed, I took the leap and moved full time to Ginger and Tweed. 

I find the most difficult part of working from home, especially when there isn’t a defined separate workspace, (the wonders of living in a tiny cottage) is that we are often still working well into the evening, sometimes as late as 10/11pm…

I think when you’re running your own business, especially when you love what you do so much, you never really switch off. 

I do love being able to have lots of cuddles with the littlest ginger though- Georgie the cat, who is great company!

I can’t see myself ever going back to work in a job like the one I had before Ginger and Tweed. It’s always been a dream of mine to make things for a living and that’s what I’m doing – I get to share that with Rob too which is the best part! 

When we trade at markets, we get to chat about our products and what we do with lots of lovely people and it is so rewarding, making all the hard work worthwhile. The artisan community is a fantastic one to be a part of with so much support from fellow traders. We have made some wonderful friends. 

In recent times, with markets being cancelled, we have missed this but MakersMarketFromHome has this great sense of community and everyone involved is so supportive and encouraging towards each other. 

We have loved being a part of it and have found lots of wonderful independent businesses that we will continue to follow and purchase from in the future. 

Catch up with our Midday Makers chat with Jo on our MakersMarketFromHome IGTV channel

Have a look at their website

Instagram @gingerandtweed

Ian Driver from Kura Woodworks

Midday Makers

Where do I start? I was born in London some 66 years ago and lived within the shadow of Chelsea Power Station, an area that was a little run down at that time, unlike now with its wine bars and bistros.

 One of 4 siblings, 2 elders managed to get to Grammar school, but I was destined for the secondary comprehensive school. At the age of 13 we moved across the Thames to live in surrey and I guess it was while I was at the said comp school that my interest in wood happened, possibly, at that time students were streamed, there were those that were academic and others were practical, no prizes for guessing which of the two I was.

After leaving school at 16 I took a job with a Theatre Lighting company and after many years and a couple of company changes, I eventually became Manager of the Special Optical Effects Department within the industry.

We moved to Suffolk some 32 years ago and I continued my career commuting to Cambridge from Stowmarket to work for a large West Country Theatrical equipment supplier as their Hire Manager.

To cut an exceptionally long story short, after approximately 32 years in the industry and a mental breakdown I left and eventually until I retired went to work for Suffolk Police in their supply stores.

I had workshop build for my son while he was training to be a cabinet maker and that’s where my love of wood really took off, under his guidance I made hardwood furniture for our home and the odd piece for friends and family,

To help supplement my pension I started to think of things I could make to sell, then my son bought me a book on animal puzzles, and so it started. It is not my intention to make a business out of this, it’s a hobby which I hope can pay for the materials and give me a little besides.

I have shown at a few craft fayres with little success but after talking to another crafter at one of those events I started to make items for her, and she also introduced me to Saladdays at The Barn within Nutshells. Things started to look up considerably with some of my puzzles going as far as Canada and the USA.

All good things come to an end though, due to Covid19 the barn will not be reopening after lock down. So I thought that I would try something with Instagram, and that’s where I came across you lovely people and I plucked up the courage to join MakersMarketFromHome, what a fantastic idea, a potential window to the world to show your products and hopefully gain some sales, so with some help from you Andy and Georgia, look out, here I come…

Watch our live chat with Ian on our IGTV Channel.

Instagram @ian_kurawoodworks