Designer - Makers
Biscuit Collective | Cathy McCarthy | Claire Vine | Denise Hughes | Eve Dawson | Firecrest | Helen McArdle | Iris Hill by Lisa Jean | Jill Brennan | Joanne Tinley | Karen Head | Linda Miller | Liza Lewis | Miesje Chafer | MOULOU | Rachel Reynolds | SOAP Associates
Biscuit Collective is comprised of Alix de Courcy and Stephen Fry, two illustration graduates, based in Southampton, who have come together to create new and exciting illustrations as well as support each other in their own work.
Their collaborated work involves allowing images to grow and expand in the process of constantly passing the image between one another. During this process, the pair do not know exactly what the final image will be, but make conscious decisions that allow the image to grow in its own way, making it unique.
Cathy designs and creates original jewellery that is slightly quirky and very wearable. She loves making jewellery and especially enjoys translating what she sees, hears and feels in everyday life into little wearable pieces of art. Cathy works with precious metals and particularly loves using Sterling silver and traditional jewellery making techniques.
Cathy studied 3 Dimensional Design at Portsmouth College of Art and Design. She then trained in Jewellery making and Silversmithing while living in Edinburgh, which is where she set up Angelwing Jewellery in 2007. Cathy is also a member of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery.
Exploring traditional hand-printing and embroidery mixed with modern materials such as Perspex and ply, textile and mixed-media designer, Claire Vine creates a range of unique framed wall pieces which influence and inform homeware and accessories created in limited batches including cushions and lampshades as well as one-off concept pieces. Driven by the now, inspired by current trends mixed with the old, Claire’s influences and outcomes are constantly evolving. Although she has a distinct style, she likes to take an organic approach to each project and be challenged by the possible outcomes. Each design and art work is informed by those halcyon childhood memories, inevitably always returning to ‘home’. Her pieces aim to jolt the memory; remind the viewer of a moment, a touch, a sound, be imbued with a sense of other lives lived.
Illustrator Denise Hughes is a fine art graduate from Winchester School of Art working in mixed media using watercolours, acrylics and paper cutting. Her charming, joyful, character-driven illustrations, primarily featuring children and animals, are featured across a range of greetings cards, giftwrap and giftware and sold worldwide.
Her designs are inspired by her own children and her love of animals and influenced by the work of children’s book illustrators David Tazzyman and Quentin Blake. Denise is currently developing a children’s book, using her own illustrations and story idea.
Eve Dawson is a Hampshire-based visual artist. In 2010 Eve was the recipient of the Stephen Heffer Memorial Scholarship enabling her to continue her studies at MA level at Winchester School of Art. Following completion of the Masters course, Eve was invited to join The Sorting Office. Now in 2016 she continues to develop her work and is looking forward to exhibiting her works in Bath and London, whilst accepting commissions.
Eve is engaged in an ongoing conversation with colour and brushstrokes building up a multi layered appearance, taking inspiration from contemporary artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Cy Twombly and Gerard Stricher. Recent works include 9 commissioned Acrylics for a client with a residence in Umbria, Italy, Eve was shortlisted for Hampshire Cultural Trust Creative Commercial Commission Project and the Marwell Zoo Zany Zebras Project, and is currently working on 11 new paintings for ‘Little Van Gogh’ exhibiting works in the UK and the rest of Europe.
Firecrest is a small clothing business run by seamstress Emily Burns. Firecrest provides colourful daywear and eveningwear for women, made from natural fabrics, inspired by the environment and produced on a small scale. Fair Trade and organic textiles are used where possible.
Helen is a graduate of Wimbledon School of Art, who has worked in theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has an MA in historical textile and dress. She is also a member of the Hampshire Regency Dancers who have a reputation for historically accurate costume. Helen has created costumes for museums, theatre, re-enactors and dancers, most notable are her hats and her specialism in male costume. The talented costumier has recently created a series of pieces for contemporary dance artist Hayley Barker, taking her work into a new direction.
Iris Hill is the creative utopia imagined by unique Illustrator Lisa Jean Gardner. Finding solace in this magical place, Lisa Jean’s signature pen, ink and watercolour works and dedication to passing her unique processes on to others have captivated viewers from as far as Australia to her home in the UK.
Named after Lisa’s ever supportive Nan, Iris Hill is a beautiful fantasyland filled with flowers and fairies inspiring vivid brush strokes and colourful female forms. Nymph-like splatters and ethereal washes result in an exceptional style that Lisa is keen to pass on. Lisa also mentors youth groups, and inspires and educates future generations of creatives while sharing her techniques and motivating others to get involved.
Jill Brennan loves designing and making. Be it a morning dog walker, the flowers on the kitchen table or a journey in her camper van, Jill draws her inspiration from the natural and everyday world that surrounds us.
Working with fabrics, paints, dyes and stitching, Jill draws not only with pencil, charcoal and pen, but also with her sewing machine. Jill creates a wide range of pieces, including pictures, quilts, wall-hangings, textile pieces for churches, exhibitions and commissions.
Jo’s jewellery is crafted to last lifetimes, designed with care to be cherished and passed down the generations, yet intended to be worn every day.
Jo works with sterling and fine silver, 24k gold, semi-precious stones and handcrafted lampwork glass beads to create stunning pieces of jewellery. She is particularly interested in Keum Boo, a Korean technique that permanently bonds 24k gold to fine silver, showcased in her popular Golden Collection. Keen to share her passion for jewellery making, Joanne runs regular workshops in silversmithing and Keum Boo.
Textile artist Karen Head uses wool, silk fibres and threads to create bespoke artwork and nuno scarves. Karen hand dyes her materials, which particularly distinguishes her work and allows for variations in character in the creation of expressive abstract pieces.
Karen is an established tutor of felt making, nuno scarves and dyeing and has regularly presented to Guilds and organisations.
Linda Miller makes one-off, framed and unframed machine embroideries using an industrial Bernina 960 sewing machine. She embroiders onto a heavyweigh cotton using a wide selection of viscose, silk and metallic threads.
Usiner her distinctive style, she creates rich, colourful, naïve and humerous embroideries which contain figures set in the outdoors, always happy, always smiling and usually depicted within a story.
Liza is a freelance graphic designer/illustrator based in Southampton, who has produced work for a variety of media including books, cards and games. She creates fun, quirky illustrations and unusual children’s designs. Liza has a passion for children’s design, enjoying the process of infusing her work with colour, creativity and fun.
Miesje has always had a love of textiles, right from a young age when she used to knit terrible scarves full of holes. Nowadays, she considers herself fortunate to make a living from fabric.
Miesje’s products, which are all hand screen printed and handmade, tend to be bright and bold; She like to try to incorporate a wide range of different fabrics into her work including cotton, linen, silk, leather and occasionally something more unusual such as neoprene. Miesje is inspired by the desire to create things that are not only beautiful, but also functional, striving to maintain a high level of quality across her work
Moulou is the collaborative Mother-daughter combination of Mia and Lara Taylor, and is an interior design business that utilises up-cycling to create beautifully rustic furniture, cushions and other homeware collections.
Mia is the nimble fingered arty one, working at her best with a sewing machine to create unique craft and textile items, whilst Lara is the DIY queen, who loves nothing better than being armed with a screwdriver and paintbrush to bring out the potential in unloved pieces, creating something both beautiful and practical.
Rachel creates innovative artwork and prints for domestic and commercial interiors. In 2012, Rachel received a distinction for her MA in textile design at Winchester School of Art, which enhanced her existing practice by bringing her hand drawn elements to the forefront of her designs.
The Sorting Office prides itself on supporting artists, be that through its 16 resident studio spaces, or its associate artists package. Below is a list of all of our current associate artists - if you're interested in joining, or just want to know more please do get in touch with The Sorting Office Studio Manager Ria Loveridge via firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder of Sewanna Boutique Anna Lambert is a fashion designer who is always on the lookout for new and unusual prints. Anna creates colourful, quirky skirts from high-quality fabrics, and loves retro designs. Anna keeps individuality in mind, ensuring that no two skirts are made the same.
Elaine Burnell, along with her husband Simon, founded eco-design business Recycledforyou in 2003. Recycledforyou focuses on taking old, broken items and turning them into statement pieces of art and jewellery. In 2013, Recycledforyou was awarded “best re-worked fashion creation” at the Enliven Fashion Project.
Holly is photographer and paper artist, and founder of Holly Bobbins. With a camera in her hand, Holly’s aim is to document the emotions and to capture the magic of the moment, whilst her paper art is tailored around whoever it’s for - a story, a saying, anything that helps to make it personal.
Jacqueline is a contemporary artist working across a range of mediums such as fine art, urban art, digital art and photography. Jacqueline’s works often take abstract or impressionistic forms, and are developed from a fascination with pattern, shape, texture, and colour. Jacqueline’s inspiration is drawn from the natural world and the desire to capture fleeting magical moments that invite you to explore further. Her work often starts life as a simple line, pattern or a texture, which then evolves.
Mihaela Zhekova Price
Mihaela Zhekova Price, the Creative Director of Eco2wear is an award-winning sustainable fashion designer with international training and work experience from the UK, USA and Bulgaria. Mihaela up-cycles materials and specialises in creating refashioned, made-to-measure pieces for women.
Ceramic Design and Print - Sheena Bond
Sheena Bond is a Hampshire-based ceramic designer maker, specialising in screen printing onto the ceramic surface. As an award winning member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, Sheena joined The Sorting Office in February 2014, spending two succesful years plying her trade before moving to 318 Ceramics in Surrey in January 2016, where she shares a space with five other ceramic artists, collectively known as Artists@318.