For those of you who love this guide as much as I do, here is a link to their new website for you to enjoy.
Gregg McDonald has specialised in designing and hand making leather wallets, purses, bags and iPod cases since 2006. His aim is to create unique, reasonably priced, quality products for everyday use. Geometry and functionality feature strongly in his approach to design, and tactile materials such as soft leathers are selected to create highly useable products for everyday wear.
This choice of materials is matched by the high quality of his workmanship and making techniques which are always developed for durability.
Gregg welcomes commissions and can make new items from your concept to the finished item.
Gregg arrives at Heart Gallery June 4th and I am really excited about this as his work is just amazing. Images will be posted here this week sometime to whet your appetite but I do hope you will call in to Heart Gallery to see his work in the flesh very soon – you will not be disappointed and I shall be commissioning my very own unique piece from him.
YES FOLKS, HEART GALLERY WON THIS CATEGORY AND THE AWARD IS SITTING PROUDLY ON MY COUNTER.
I know that Heart Gallery has gone from strength to strength not just because of my passion and dedication to sourcing quality contemporary jewellery and craft from local and national designer/makers but because of the loyal support you all give me. A HUGE thank you to everyone and if you are on my customer database please look out for the new loyalty scheme I have decided to introduce soon in recognition of your continued support for all that I am trying to do.
My aim has always been, and will always be, to bring the very best to Heart Gallery from the very best designer/makers, locally and nationally. All my makers produce work to a very high standard in their own workshops and quite often work on limited edition collections; nothing is mass produced. Also, those that work in precious metals or use precious stones ethically source their materials to guarantee that the finished piece has been carefully thought through from design to completion for you, the customer.
I look forward to seeing you in Heart Gallery again soon – you really must come in to see my ‘mini oscar’!
Well, off to Londinium Thursday to The Greats Awards and acting like a giddy kipper at the prospect of 2 days away from work! I have had to pay for this time off this week though! I have seen more makers this week and have lots of lovely new work due in Saturday when I return. One maker from Ilkley brought me gorgeous pieces made from vintage recycled fabrics – one lavender bag has been made from fabric she had as curtains in the’70s! Another maker has developed a technique for making jewellery from vintage scrabble tiles embossed with japanese papers and glazed – all presented in a matching tin.
No images yet folks as I want to keep you guessing but call in Saturday and you will not be disappointed.
Oh, and one maker has just finished a commission of an absolutely gorgeous red sparkly crown for my customer’s 3 year old granddaughter and it is so lovely sitting proud on a red velvet cushion – I promise you a photo soon!
Bye for now, see you Saturday.
May/June is now in stock. This issue includes:
Tanya Harrod on the William Morris Gallery; Silver and Jewellery Weeks previewed; Craftspace’s Teenage Cancer Unit project; the revamped Midland Hotel; contemporary saris; and the Glasgow School of Art Ceramic Design department closes.
Madonna in the Pinks - Glass artist George Papadopoulos’s new take on the Madonna signals a turning point in his career, believes Pamela Buxton.
The World According to Garb -In an extract from her new book, Kate Fletcher argues consumers need to reclaim their clothes from the big – and usually bland – retailers.
Woolly Thinking - Textile craft and complex algebra aren’t obvious bedfellows. However, the Hyperbolic Crochet Reef finds them in perfect harmony. By Teleri Lloyd-Jones.
Automaking for the People - Lionel Theodore Dean is an industrial designer. Justin Marshall is a craftsman. And they’ve been brought together for a new show at the Hub by their love of technology, says Sarah Brownlee.
Liz Hoggard meets collector, dealer and publisher Richard Dennis, while glass artist Amanda Notarianni takes inspiration from Moore, Gormley, Kapoor and Art Nouveau.
Well folks, here is Heart Gallery in print and in all its glory – five finalists, one trophy!
Just to let you know that Heart Gallery will be closed Thursday 22nd May and Friday 23rd May as we hot foot it down to London to this prestigious event. I am so excited about this …. not just being one of five finalists to be truthful, but having a two day break away from Hebden Bridge. I am proud and overwhelmed to have got this far and just to be at The Royal Lancaster Hotel enjoying this amazing evening will be fantastic (don’t think I will be quaffing any wine though … just got the wine list through and their cheapest red is an Australian Shiraz at £36!!).
So, as a reminder, I shall close at 5pm Wednesday 21st May and re-open at 10.30am Saturday 24th May ….. hopefully with the award taking pride of place in Heart Gallery but if not, make sure you call in to get all the gossip!
After much anticipation the new Spring/Summer range from Makepiece has now arrived in Heart Gallery, and boy was it worth the wait! Beautiful clothes with ethics. For hundreds of years, farmer makers in our Pennine valley have produced wool, spun it and created fabric pieces. Makepiece has taken their legacy and created a collection of clothes for the future. Natural yarns from sustainable farming. Undyed and natural dyed options. Low impact manufacture. Fair employment. Working to be carbon neutral.
The story of the yarns Makepiece use starts with sheep. Our landscape is shaped by centuries of ovine grazing, from bleak Lakeland peaks to the beaches of northerly Hebridean islands to lush southern pastures. Makepiece use the cream of fibre produced in the UK through their association with Prestige Fibres. Their wool is accredited by the British Wool Marketing Board.
Spinning is traditional to West Yorkshire. The best wool is collected and cleaned to remove grease, combed into tops which are then spun. Most of their yarns are spun locally, by specialist mills in Bradford and Halifax, within 20 miles of the Makepiece studio. These yarns are highly unusual and very special, the produce of years of experience and expertise.
Makepiece love colour, but colouring processes can be unkind to the environment and to the yarn. Makepiece choose their palette from undyed yarn – some of it from sheep with naturally black, brown or grey fleece, organic dyestuffs, natural dye and environmentally monitored chlorine free synthetic dye processes.
Makepiece’s collections are designed in the Makepiece studio by Nicola. Garments are knitted by specialist knitters and by a small traditional lace knitting factory. Some garments are felted after knitting to create a textured knitted fabric. All Makepiece clothes are hand finished. Makepiece make all their pieces in the UK.
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