Meet The Maker – Helen Chatterton

Helen Chatterton - Textile Artist

Helen Chatterton – Textile Artist

Helen was born in Bury, Lancashire. The seeds of a lifetime’s obsession were sown when her Scottish mother taught her to knit and sew at the age of seven, and growing up in a textile-based town and household fostered a passion for all aspects of fabrics and yarns.

Harris Tweed skinny scarf

Harris Tweed skinny scarf

Helen studied Classics at Liverpool University then moved to London where she married in 1983. In 1986 Helen and her husband returned to Liverpool, and after having two children she completed her City and Guild Part II Creative Studies in Knitwear at Huddersfield Technical College, commuting once a week from Liverpool.

Harris Tweed skinny scarf

Harris Tweed skinny scarf

Helen is  a designer/maker drawing on the traditions of the craft community. She makes scarves, throws, cushions and smaller items such as lavender bags. The scarves are made using velvets, tweeds, silks and Liberty Tana Lawn. Her skinny scarves launched in 2010 won Highly Commended in the Best Product category at the Scottish Trade Show January 2011 and since then Helen has added a Harris Tweed Collection to this range.

Shetland Tweed and Velvet skinny scarf

Shetland Tweed and Velvet skinny scarf

The inspiration for Helen’s work is the use of colour, often the juxtaposition of colours not usually put together.  She gets lots of inspiration when she is sourcing new fabrics.  One of her favourite periods in history, literature and music is the 1920s and 1930s and some of her colourways, particularly in her velvet scarf range, reflect period themes.

City on Cloth silk scarf

City on Cloth silk scarf

In May 2012 Helen was invited to take part in Handmade in Britain’s show, London A Celebration at the Oxo Galleries in London. For this she launched a new collection called City on Cloth. City on Cloth is digitally printed fabrics, featuring old maps, which is then transformed into scarves and smaller items. In June 2012 Helen then collaborated with the British Museum and the result was a scarf using one of the maps of London from their collection. The City on Cloth collection is partly a result of her love of maps and a lifelong habit of acquiring books, backed with Harris Tweed. An unsurpassed combination of sartorial elegance and historical interest – take your scarf on an urban walk and explore the difference – a thoroughly British Product.

Liverpool silk scarf

Liverpool silk scarf

 

Liverpool silk scarf

Liverpool silk scarf

Due to their success more City on Cloth scarves were launched in May 2014, using different maps and colours, and then later last year Helen added a range of ties and bow ties to this City on Cloth collection. Helen has also designed for Tate Britain, Museum of London, the British Museum and Kew Gardens.

City on Cloth ties

City on Cloth ties

City on Cloth bow tie

City on Cloth bow tie

City on Cloth ties

City on Cloth ties

Helen is a member of Handmade in Britain, and was asked by them to design a map scarf collection for a show which they take part in with Handmade Interiors, Vivre Cote de Sud in the South of France in May 2015. She is delighted with her new collection featuring map scarves of Paris, Nice, Arles, Marseilles, Lyons, Aix and Avignon.

Paris silk scarf

Paris silk scarf

 

Marseilles silk scarf

Marseilles silk scarf

 

Lyon silk scarf

Lyon silk scarf


Recently Helen has forged links with a Tweed Mill in the Scottish Borders, A Elliot & Sons, Selkirk and has started to commission tweeds to her own colours. Helen also uses tweeds from Jamieson’s Mill, Sandness, Shetland. She was delighted to find this tweed as she has visited Shetland, and the mill several times. The tweed is soft and springy and has a beautiful drape, especially when combined with velvet. The colours are incredibly varied and rich and lend themselves to endless possibilities when matching velvets and Liberty Tana Lawns. Helen was especially delighted as her favourite type of knitting is Fair Isle, and in particular Jamieson’s of Shetland.

Blankets

Blankets

Everything is made from start to finish by Helen and her aim is that whoever buys one, has a one-off, hand crafted, well-made item, which will give pleasure for years to come. As well as being beautiful to look at Helen’s pieces are immensely practical and hard wearing.

Tweed Tie

Tweed Tie

 

Tweed tie close up

Tweed tie close up

In any spare time she has, Helen enjoys walking her dogs with her husband and children, reading, knitting, outdoor swimming and has recently taken up the violin.

Nice silk scarf

Nice silk scarf

A small selection of Helen’s silk scarves and lavender bags is now with us and shhhhh, when the weather starts to get cooler later this year (hopefully after a lovely long, warm summer) we will be stocking her fabulous tweed scarves…her tweed ties are now with us though gents! x

Tweed Tie

Tweed Tie

Meet The Maker – Jill Govier

Jill Govier b wJill loves to sew and play around with fabrics and words! She creates quirky one-off textile gifts and home wares in the form of purses/make-up bags, key fobs, cushions and wall pieces all of which contain quotes, some motivational, some funny but something there for everyone!

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IMG_7158Jill has been sewing and sharing it in one way or another for a great number of years. She has a very early memory of tackling her mum’s treadle Singer sewing machine, making dolls clothes and stuffed creatures from whatever fabrics she could find around the house.

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IMG_7115Jill had an old book called ‘A 100 things a girl can make’ and she says she had a go at all of them! Jill feels she was born with an unabated obsession with textiles and what she can make out of them and this has now become her full-time job.

2014-11-26 14.01.54Recycling & reusing textiles has become something of a passion, some of the everyday vintage fabrics Jill comes across are amazing and have such potential! She is also drawn to the bright contemporary prints that are in the shops nowadays; mixing old with new and making beautiful things has become her favourite thing to do!

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BestyOur customers love Jill’s work as the words and quotes she uses often strike a chord and they tick the boxes that people are looking for in that extra special gift.

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IMG_5111We have stocked Jill’s work for a number of years now but more recently she has introduced lovely mounted prints of her work. Sadly we don’t sell the original textile piece she creates in order for her to produce a print, I know many of you have asked, but her prints are delightful.

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IMG_5111Jill’s work is stocked with us all year round so if there’s a particular quote we don’t have when you visit then worry not my friends, we can order it for you …. here’s a Marilyn Monroe one that I love x

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Meet The Maker – Charlotte Miller

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Charlotte is a Bournemouth based ceramicist who creates handmade sculptures and tableware inspired by animals within domestic settings.

Charlotte's budgies

Charlotte’s budgies

Her anthropomorphic, whimsical budgie sculptures are both endearing and nostalgic, whilst her range of quirky tableware is a tribute to English eccentric kitsch.

Tommy

Tommy

 

Frank

Frank

Charlotte uses a combination of ceramic surface decoration techniques from hand printed to digital decals to collage on the surface of her pieces to create witty and satirical scenes. These have then inspired her latest series of budgie sculptures in stoneware with Engobe decoration, which bring the characters featured in her illustrations to life…long admired by us all at Heart Gallery.

Bet and Hilda

Bet and Hilda

Her inspiration comes from vintage kitsch, seaside postcard humour and observing animals with each other and their owners. Charlotte’s love of budgies started when she created ‘Brian’, an Elvis loving budgie with a quiff.

Elvis

Elvis

Since then she has created a whole range of characters in their own settings with a range of hair styles, facial hair and jumpers with her latest work depicting them in 3 dimensions.

Movember Budgies!

Movember Budgies!

At the time of Brian’s conception Charlotte was working as a care worker visiting the elderly at home, this quickly began to influence her creations as she began to look at 1950/60/70’s interiors and furniture, which soon were featured in her scenes.

Bert

Bert

Charlotte’s love of print making and sculpture has led her to develop a range of work that concentrates on form as well as illustrative and textured surfaces. Both are influenced by her degree in Contemporary Crafts, where she studied both textiles and ceramics and developed a love for surface design and sculpture.

Hilda and Ena

Ena and Hilda

Charlotte’s budgies have now flown into Heart Gallery but we don’t think they will perch here for long as you will come along and give them a forever home I’m sure. x

Selection of small budgies - Charlotte Miller

Selection of small glazed budgies – Charlotte Miller

SUNDAY BEST

Today’s SUNDAY BEST is brought to you with Dad in mind … after all, it is Father’s Day in 2 weeks time! I know we don’t seem to make as much of a fuss about this as Mother’s Day and I don’t know why; poor Dads …. give him a little something this year instead of just a card!

07.06.15 Cheers Dad etched pint glass: Andy Poplar
My Dad My Star ceramic hanging: Laura Crooks
Bloke’s Stuff/Superdad wash bags: Jill Govier
Best Daddy ceramic hanging: Laura Crooks

SUNDAY BEST

Today’s Sunday best … because I feel like drinking lots of tea today, eating toast and catching up on my reads!

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Looking forward to a tea and toast day
UPPERCASE
oh comely
the simple things

If you have not yet discovered our Magazine Corner then where have you been? We currently stock UPPERCASE, Kinfolk, oh comely, the simple things, CEREAL, flow, FLOW (the book) and Lionheart. A new magazine is due with us in July which I know you will all absolutely love (more info coming soon) and arriving with us this month are illustrator Johanna Basford’s amazing colouring books for adults soon – bring out the child in you!