Meet the Designers + Makers + Artists
Alison Sharpe - Cup + Cloth - With a career history that established the covetable t-shirt label Trip Fontaine favoured by Mossy and fashion editors alike and later moving into textile design, the next stop was bound to be interiors. Alison creates products that transcend fashion and temporary trends with her debut collection for Cup + Cloth, including authentic printed African cushions and macramé hangers, delightful in colour + traditional in craft. Alison has also designed a joint collaboration of C + C items, a small collection of hand crafted leather accessories by a master craftsman in the Ukraine the first of further projects to come.
Angie Kirk - Holm - Interior stylist by trade with a fashion background, a self taught designer + maker with a love of creating anything and everything from capsule clothes collections to key fobs and totes. In design, simplicity is key and quality rules, with the attitude ' a bag for life ' Holm leather goods are created with this in mind, to last and to live in the wardrobe for a lifetime.
Bob - Initially a commercial artist in the northwest, almost 3 decades of wandering + wondering via Devon + London + Bath, and after a few unsatisfying jobs Alison settled in Manchester and saw her return to creativity. Drawn to pattern + line, her eclectic jewellery collection is a mix up of industrial + organic and simplistic + bold.
Copper and Solder - Creators of unique homeware pieces that have an industrial, minimal feel, perfect for modern + casual living spaces. Based in the Midlands, designer + maker Katie takes extra care to source quality materials to ensure a sturdy well made product.
Joe Hartley - Material driven designer in Manchester exploring old and new processes. For Cup + Cloth he has supplied a selection of hand thrown ceramic pieces for the home. Hartley's inspiration lies in utility and in the simplest of day to day tasks his objects carry an upmost honesty to material and are thoroughly usable and refreshingly as low tech as ever.
Kara Leigh Ford - Designing + hand making stoneware pottery in small batches from her 'beach hut' studio in Somerset. Kara trained as a painter + worked in fashion + marketing before moving into a new career with ceramics. Inspired by the Devon landscape she grew up by, Kara's pieces reflect this in their organic form + underpinned with textures + colours of the coast. Kara's work celebrates the uniqueness of hand crafted pottery.
Laura Bird - Laura Bird is an illustrator + potter based in Hackney, East London. With a background in Illustration, a strong focus of narrative + character + pattern can be found in each ceramic piece. Her work tells a story, in both decoration + form as well as being something useful, becoming part of our daily lives. Laura seeks inspiration from ancient practises, particularly Greek + Roman + Mayan + Celtic. A variety of clay's are used in different colours + textures, all pieces are built by hand meaning that each is unique. Colour is a big part of Laura's work, in the hand painted decoration + glazes which are constantly being developed + tested
Ladysheep - Steven Heelham based in Manchester 1966 to present day, working in a mix of media including paint + collage. His work is the meeting of the urban vernacular + faux sophistication personified by Terry + Bob from the Likely Lads, circa 1970's.' An innuendo of suburban behind closed curtains + sexual fumblings add frisson to the naive style'. A brilliant summing up of his work.
Laurence Brand - A designer + maker based in Lancashire, he enjoys engaging with as much as the making process as possible. Often starting with a tree and finishes with a beautiful polished object, a laborious, time consuming way of working but incredibly satisfying. Brands key feature is pairing wood with other materials such as brass or leather, becoming an integral part of his practise and a continuous source of inspiration.
Ralph McGaul - A painter + printmaker based in Macclesfield, his work carries a distinct style, typically naive + primitive with a raw energy + expressive nature. Ralph is showcasing on C + C his collection of woodcuts and etchings, relief printing especially appeals to him as the technique limits the colour that forms powerful simplified images.
Scout Editions - This London based design collective Wai and Pui are also siblings . They are both keen travellers and share a love of art + design + fashion + interiors. With an interest in storytelling + folklore they decided to create a space inspired by stories. They create paper + homeware, many are limited editions and make great collectables.
StayGoldMaryRose - Is a collection of jewellery by British accessory designer Abigail Maryrose Clark based in Brighton. Each piece is lovingly created using reclaimed vintage china and celebrates the history of British ceramics. The china used in Abigail's work is sourced from the UK's largest china manufactures as seconds and damaged items. She believes strongly in preserving + upcycling + reusing beautiful objects that have outlived their previous life or intended use.
Seven Seventeen - Make wonderfully sumptuous English made candles without the price tag of other luxury candleware brands. Located on the Sussex coast, longtime friends collective Naomi + Sarah with careers in interior journalism + motherhood have come up with their unique concept. Fine quality oils + natural wax that burns cleanly and throws out the scent,s all produced here in Blighty. If this wasn't enough, they donate £1 for every candle sold to the worthwhile charity PANDAS + helping women suffering from pre + post natal illnesses . Win win we say, go check the sublime scented beauts out in the Made section of the store.