Meet The Maker – Anne Crowther

Anne Crowther

Anne creates individually hand crafted textile accessories and artworks from recycled fabrics.

CROWTHER Anne Flower pot trioWorking in layers to achieve detailed embellished surfaces Anne draws, stitch by stitch, with her vintage wind-up sewing machine. Hand cut flower motifs, which are a feature of her work, are sewn onto the surface to create harmonious colour fields.

CROWTHERAnne linen gardensWorking from a small home studio, Anne’s garden and the flora of the surrounding Pennine meadows are a constant source of inspiration. Her ‘Flower Garden’ and’ Meadow’ themed collections include: canvas and framed artworks, pin brooches, pocket mirrors, hand embellished prints and journals, greetings cards and felt flower posies.

CROWTHERANNE Meadow MirrorsAs a textile artist, Anne has an established background in the field of textile arts, from designer and maker to inspiring and training others.Training at Central Saint Martins, London in the 1990s she graduated with a first class degree in textile design.

CROWTHERA Meadow blueBetween 1990 and 2008 Anne exhibited her woven textiles widely throughout the UK and was awarded Arts Council Research & Development funding, a Textile Fellowship and several major commissions and collaborations.

CROWTHER ANNE Summer timeFollowing a period looking after her young family young family, Anne began creating embellished textiles under the name Daisy Florence Design.

Textile handbag mirror - Anne Crowther

During the last 5 years Anne has exhibited at The Knitting and Stitching Show London, The Makers’ Fair Saltaire, Settle Stories Settle, Crafted by Hand Masham, ‘MAKE’ Art Fair Wakefield, Art in the Pen Carlisle, The Arts Market Holmfirth, Yarndale Skipton, Artisans in the Palmhouse Liverpool and Just Makers at RHS Harlow Carr. Anne has also showcased her creations at Heart Gallery for the last 5 years and they always bring joy to our customers as they bring the outside in! x

Meet The Maker – Evie Leach

Evie Leach

Evie is a Yorkshire based jeweller working in Sterling Silver with semi-precious gemstones.

ELeach Quartz NeckletShe takes her inspiration from geometry found in architecture and nature to create her angular silver jewellery designs.

ELeach Hex StudsShe uses traditional silversmithing techniques and accompanies her designs with semi-precious stones and beads to create an organic contrast to the lines of her silver shapes.  

ELeach Loop PendantEvie followed her creative passion by studying Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Birmingham School of Jewellery where her basic knowledge, learned from her jeweller parents, transformed into traditional skills.

ELeach Drop PendantSince graduating in 2010 Evie has done odd jewellery jobs while working in retail but in 2015, after starting her job as a technician on the evening jewellery classes at the Leeds College of Art, she decided to take the plunge and make jewellery her main focus.

ELeach Bangles Evie now work mainly from her workshop in the centre of York. Here at Heart Gallery we love Evie’s collection for us and hope that you enjoy her geometric collection in silver, oxidised silver and semi-precious stones she has made us.


Acrylic workshop with local artist Julia Ogden

Well my friends, September is nearly upon us as we count down to our next exhibition UNDER THE SAME SKY.

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After a lovely breakfast meeting with Julia earlier this week, and a sneaky peek at some of the finished paintings, I wanted to share some of the news with you here and tell you about her painting workshop at Heart Gallery.


Julia’s walks to Gibson Mill, Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike looking across the valley or hills have informed the colours of her paintings; watching the seasons change under the same sky!

Back in her small but perfectly formed studio Julia starts work on creating a painting from something that has inspired her on one of her walks.


The changing skies show a new side to our valley’s character and Julia captures this in acrylic to give us insights of her lovely day. Julia doesn’t  really know why her colours turn out like this but we love her paintings and know you will too.

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You can be inspired by Julia too on Monday 10th October if you attend her acrylic painting workshop at Heart Gallery from 1pm – 4pm.  Tickets for NORTHERN SKIES – PASSING THROUGH are £28 and available from Heart Gallery. Spaces are limited to ensure lots of one to one teaching so please do call in to buy yours soon so you are not disappointed.

13938541_10208460308079612_500971531654051782_nCome to Heart Gallery for an inspiring afternoon with artist and qualified teacher Julia Ogden and create a beautiful local landscape to take home x

Meet The Maker – Amy Wilkinson

Amy Wilkinson

Having graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004, Amy designs and makes jewellery in Studio One in The Manchester Craft & Design Centre.

BRNL4Amy hand-makes jewellery using precious metals in which she draws linear and simplified shapes that also create interesting voids of space.

BRNL1Inspired by the baroque style, she has incorporated the lavish leaf like curves and curls often found in sculptures and bordering frames.

Baroque earrings3The layers and asymmetrical shapes give the pieces volume whilst also sitting flat and elegant when worn.

BRNL3Amy also uses her metalwork skills working as an armature maker at Mackinnon & Saunders making stop-motion animation puppets – seen in films such as The Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr Fox, Frankenweenie and children’s programs, Postman Pat, Twirlywoos, Toby’s Travelling Circus and Strange Hill High. The armature is a steel, skeleton structure designed and made to give the puppet maximum movement for the animator.

baroquelargenl2Heart Gallery is proud to be stocking Amy’s work once more after working with her a few years ago; it’s great to see her collection growing.


Meet The Maker – Jane Booth

JAne Booth

Jane makes unique, functional ceramics in delicious colours. Her pots have a vintage feel but are made in contemporary shapes. She strives to make work which is gorgeous to look at but also suitable for everyday use.


Pieces are hand thrown and decorated with coloured slips, glaze and ceramic transfers. No two pieces are exactly alike.


Jane uses terracotta clay as she likes the warmth and richness of the colour and the effect that is created when the clay breaks through the softly coloured slips.


Jane is inspired by the colours and patterns of some of her favourite things – from vintage fabrics and ceramics and 18th century paintings, to ice cream and macarons.


Jane’s unique Story range is inspired by her love of illustrated children’s literature and invokes nostalgia and happy memories through evocative storytelling.


Story pieces feature vintage illustrations and text. Sometimes Jane uses quotations from the actual books and sometimes she will match illustrations and quotations (or her own words) that she feels simply fit well together.

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Heart Gallery quite often has small batches of Jane’s work throughout the year and we have a small collection with us at the moment which is proving really popular with references to Wuthering Heights and the Brontes.

Meet The Maker – Hannah Bedford

Hannah Bedford

Hannah’s jewellery designs explore texture and form using the traditional process of granulation.

HB-2013-3-11Working in precious metals, Hannah creates a range of women’s jewellery, from intricate necklaces to bespoke engagement and wedding rings.

HB-2013-3-14Collections are inspired by organic growth patterns in the natural world. Hannah uses granulation to create raised, textured surfaces that entwine each piece.

HB-2014-1-8Fine granulation encaptures precious stones and interlaces between surfaces, linking bangles and weaving across rings.

Froth Ring setThe work is often led by these technical explorations, using them to play with scale, form and contrasting precious metals to create aesthetically beautiful forms.

HB-2016-1-35Each piece is carefully handcrafted in her London studio, and her jewellery collections are exhibited nationally.

HB-2013-3-12Hannah also works with clients, to create beautiful bespoke commissions so do ask us about this service.

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Meet The Maker – Nick Hubbard

Nick Hubbard WorkshopThose not familiar with Nick’s work will be amazed by the detail and intricacy of his unique designs; a figurative collection of oxidized silver pieces and charms bearing words and messages.

BB085 hare of the dog cufflinksMany pieces have moving parts and small doors that open to reveal fine gold detail. Nick’s jewellery has become extremely collectable and can be easily identified as the original article by a small engraving of a ‘brick and bean’ on each piece of jewellery; a play on words of Nick and his wife’s name ‘Nick and Jean’.

NH281 Hare with bow, necklace copyIn 1976 Nick proposed to Jean and after saying that she was ‘quite fond of him’ they were married. Two years later Nick and Jean set up their own business and Nick began his workshop from a small room in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. Nick spent many years making tiny, moving and opening models and charms for the jewellery trade.

NH168 Leap of faith, broochNick and Jean had two daughters, Philippa and Elizabeth, in the late seventies and early eighties and Nick set up a workshop at home so that he could spend more time with his family. He divided his time working from home and from his studio in the Jewellery Quarter.

love boat brooch

Eventually continuing his love of miniaturization Nick went on to produce his first jewellery collection in 1996 and the miniature world of Nick Hubbard Jewellery began!

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Sadly on Saturday the 17th of August 2013 Nick passed away suddenly but peacefully, in his sleep, beside his angel, his darling wife Jean.


Nick touched the lives of everyone he met; a tall man, a quiet man – a gentle man with a real interest in everything and everyone around him.  He was a brick – solid and dependable, he was the very foundations of his loving family and as described by his daughters – ‘he was perfect’.

NH282 Precious, heart in a box, necklace copyNick loved his workshop and all that happened within its four walls, he was at his bench from early morning to early evening and when he was at home he could be found at his desk making cards for friends and family.  Nick had a passion to create, to design and to make and he encouraged this in all of his team.

NH205 golden heart earringsNick left sketchbooks full of designs and ideas and the Brick and Bean team want the world to see them! Through these sketchbooks and through his family there is an insight into the magical world in which Nick lived. Here at Heart Gallery we are so proud to be showcasing his latest collection based on Alice in Wonderland that the workshop have brought to life from Nick’s books.

NH262 Curiouser and Curiouser, bracelet

Today the Brick and Bean team work from their studio which is an old bakery overlooking the Staffordshire countryside. It remains a small family business run by Jean and her daughters, Philippa and Liz, along with an extended family of dedicated jewellery graduates Mandy, Katie, Jenni and Helen who ensure that every piece is made to the highest quality and posted off on time.

NH283 Curiouser and Curiouser, locket ring copyNick never knew just how exceptionally wonderful he was, in one of his last emails he wrote ‘I am not making myself a rich man but a happy one!’ … what more can be said? x