Meet The Maker – Sarah Tyssen

 

Sarah Tyssen - Textile Artist

Sarah Tyssen – Textile Artist

After graduating from West Surrey College of Art and Design with a degree in woven textiles, Sarah worked as a designer for Morgan and Oates in Herefordshire. This gave her an invaluable insight into all aspects of working in a design studio and the processes involved in commission weaving.

Sarah Tyssen scarves

Sarah Tyssen scarves

After three years there Sarah started her own business producing limited edition ranges of scarves and throws. She works on a 16 shaft George Wood dobby loom (one of his last ones….he was 81 when he made it for her!), for production in limited editions of 12-15 on power looms in Yorkshire. Sarah uses mainly woollen yarns, most of them sourced and dyed in the UK, however Merino sheep produce softer fleeces in a warmer climate – so the Merino lambswool is from Australia, dyed in the UK.

Sarah Tyssen scarves

Sarah Tyssen scarves

In 2007 Sarah moved to The Weaving House – built in 1896, during the Arts and Crafts Movement, as a weaving workshop for Haslemere Peasant Industries. She is very excited to bring weaving back to the house!

Sarah Tyssen throw

Sarah Tyssen throw

For our Autumn/Winter season 2014 we are delighted to have a new range of colourways from Sarah as her scarves are always popular when it’s cold and wet Hebden Bridge!

Meet The Maker – Clare Ashton

Clare Ashton - Textile Artist

Clare Ashton – Textile Artist

Clare came to feltmaking seven years ago as part of a creative textiles course and instantly fell in love with this creative process and set out to discover its possibilities. Felt opened up so many avenues for pictorial and abstract work, in 2D or onward into sculpture. Through her own personal journey with wool and through her diploma in felt making Clare has ventured down many paths of creativity.

Small and Medium notebooks (Travel Journals also available)

Small and Medium sketchbooks (Travel Journals also available)

There is a wonder in the technique of making felt as loose fibres fuse and knit themselves together under her hands, becoming a fabric of as many varied shapes and textures as she can imagine.

Small and Medium notebooks (Travel Journals also available)

Small and Medium sketchbooks (Travel Journals also available)

In the past Clare has built up her images during the half-felt stages, but after she was introduced to a way of reliably printing on felt Clare has pursued this process. Screen printing has enabled Clare to bring her fine art skills to the textiles she so loves making.

Clare's designs start in her sketchbook (one of her own of course!)

Clare’s designs start in her sketchbook (one of her own of course!)

Clare uses British sheep wool in her felt. This way she can know the story of the wool, where it comes from, the landscape the sheep walked in, the weather it endured. Clare also knows it did not have to pollute the skies or oceans to reach her.   Knowing the source of her materials leads her thinking onto the subject of the images she is then imposing onto it. To Clare it calls out to be the plants and animals, landscapes and structures which share the countryside the sheep inhabit.

Small and Medium notebooks (Travel Journals also available)

Small and Medium sketchbooks (Travel Journals also available)

Clare also tries to keep her other sourcing as local or ethical as possible. The cotton which lines her book covers is unbleached and organic. The quality art books are made by Seawhite in Brighton, the soaps in Bradford and the lampshade frames are manufactured in the UK.

One of Clare's recent designs now sold as a lampshade

One of Clare’s recent designs now sold as a lampshade

When all these elements come together Clare is gratified that her work has integrity. It has been true to her creativity, her environment, her inspiration, her soul and her creator. An ethos that Heart Gallery also shares which is why we are ever so excited to have been carefully chosen by her as her Hebden Bridge stockist.

 

 

 

Meet The Maker – Jenny Tidman

Jenny Tidman - Textile Artist

Jenny Tidman – Textile Artist

Jenny has a lifelong love of textiles and a secret hankering for the good life which has led her to working in wool. Having had expert one to one tuition from a Gold Medal winning City and Guilds felt artist Jenny has discovered the delights of scouring, carding, spinning and dyeing wool but the ancient art of wet felting is where her passion lies.

Felted bowl with red inner

Felted bowl with red inner

Texture and shape is of the most importance to Jenny in her work.  She likes to work with natural coloured wool or wool that has been dyed using natural ingredients; having said that a blast of acid colour can be so good for the soul and Jenny loves the contrast it creates with a natural coloured wool.

Felted bowl with blue inner

Felted bowl with blue inner

Jenny likes to source her natural coloured wool in its raw state from around the UK and processes it herself. It is quite a thrill to work with wool when she has met and know the name of the sheep that it has come from.

Felted bowl with yellow inner

Felted bowl with yellow inner

Jenny has attended felt workshops run by Amanda Warren, Frances Barker, Melanie Bermingham and Gretel Parker and admires many felt and textile artists and designers such as Alexander Pilin, Annemeike Mein, Kaffe Fassett, Stephanie Metz, Gretel Parker, Frances Barker, Elis Vermeulen and Annette Quentin-Stoll to name but a few.

Felted bowl with pink inner

Felted bowl with pink inner

Jenny is a member of The International Felt Makers Association, The Eastern Region Textile Forum and a local textile group called Chain Reaction. She has previously sold some pieces through the Hebden Spirit art auction to raise funds for the flooded town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Set of three felted bowls

Set of three felted bowls

Heart Gallery is proud to be showcasing Jenny’s felted bowls as part of Kate Lycett’s TALL TREES AND WARM STONE Solo Exhibition as the colours compliment Kate’s paintings and the bowls are interesting and tactile and here we are showing them on display infront of Clare Caulfield’s pen and ink work!

Alison with Jenny Tidman and her fabulous felted bowls

Alison with Jenny Tidman and her fabulous felted bowls

Makepiece Sample Sale at Heart Gallery

Sample Sale at Heart Gallery

Sample Sale at Heart Gallery

Before Heart Gallery officially launches the fabulous Spring/Summer knitwear collection from Makepiece we are holding a Sample Sale.
Woven dress

Woven dress

Designed for Makepiece and made in Wigan, these are mainly samples and lines Makepiece have now discontinued.  They’re great quality and use some amazing fabric finds so they are absolute bargains and not to be missed.

Woven shirt

Woven shirt

Fabrics Makepiece use for their woven collection are:

Mallelieu’s of Delph woven fabric, made near Holmfirth,  which is a wool herringbone – a fab blend of wool, linen and silk suitable for summer.
Wool crepe dyed and finished in Keighley.
Eco-friendly cotton alternatives like hemp and tencel.
Woven trousers

Woven trousers

Makepiece then trim their woven pieces with vintage fabric bias bindings, vintage buttons and natural wooden and shed antler buttons.
Herringbone tweed woven skirt

Herringbone tweed woven skirt

Make sure you get down to Heart Gallery early on Monday 25th April as prices are starting at only £10 so these garments will not hang around for long!

Meet The Makers – Makepiece

Makepiece was founded in 2004 by Nicola Sherlock and Beate Kubitz to produce beautiful clothing that is sustainable, low-impact and eco-friendly.

Nicola Sherlock in the workshop

Nicola Sherlock in the workshop

Knitwear designer Nicola Sherlock is a graduate in Fashion Knitwear Design from Nottingham Trent University. Her final collection was based around bringing organic and slow-food ethics into fashion. This philosophy informs Makepiece designer Nicola Sherlock’s approach to knitwear design.  Nicola’s stitch creations are designed in three dimensions, stretching knitwear to its limits. Her unique stitch designs create shape, texture and pattern in garments that are both dramatic and wearable. Signature clothing incorporates felted lace, edgey silhouettes, ruching and ripples, sheer open knits and filmy soft shrugs, dresses and layers.

Beate out in the fields with her flock

Beate Kubitz is both business manager and farmer. She has a degree in Philosophy and ten years experience running campaigns and activities for organisations including Amnesty International. She keeps a small flock of Shetland sheep for their coloured wool.

Jake feeling pleased with himself - 51 ewes to tup!

Jake feeling pleased with himself - 51 ewes to tup!

Makepiece is not just a designer label – it’s part of a landscape, which has for hundreds of years been shaped by the wool industry, from the dry-stone walled pastures to the packhorse tracks across the moors which took wool from farm to market.

AW10 Jacket and Dress with Gauntlets

AW10 Jacket and Dress

Makepiece take natural yarns, raised sustainably, spin them as locally as possible, knit in their community, using the minimum chemical processes possible to produce a finished product that can be treasured for years. It’s part of a story which knits a community with a landscape.

SS10 carapace dress with foxglove shrug

SS10 carapace dress with foxglove shrug

Like you, Makepiece want beautiful clothes and …

HUMAN RIGHTS …  Makepiece knows they can trust their farmers and the mills where they live to produce yarn to a very high standard – and to look after the people involved in production.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY …  Makepiece have chosen to use wool and mohair from British farms and their own sheep because they know how the land is farmed

FEWER CHEMICALS …  each Makepiece collection contains undyed and naturally dyed clothes along with some azo-free dye colourways dyed to european environmental controls.

A SMALL CARBON FOOTPRINT … Makepiece wants their clothes to travel very few road miles before they’re worn so all their spinning, dyeing and manufacturing is done in the UK.

NO LANDFILL … Makepiece design their clothes to last – but when they’ve finally been worn to shreds, they can be composted.

Edgeway dress knitted in Blue-faced Leicester wool

Edgeway dress knitted in Blue-faced Leicester wool

WHY WOOL?

British wool is a fibre with a clean conscience.  Wool is sustainable – with relatively few environmental issues compared to intensively farmed cotton or petrochemical based materials. When farmed in the UK it is safe to say that there’s proper animal protection and employment rights, not to mention a minimum of road miles from sheep to shop. Recent legislation limits chemicals that can be used in farming to a minimum.

Wool is natural and easy to wear – it breathes and doesn’t get clammy.  In fact, wool can absorb up to 20% of its own weight in water without feeling damp.

At the end of its useful life, wool is fully biodegradeable.

The fibres Makepiece use each have a story and a purpose, fine wool from blue-faced Leicester sheep is scarcely thicker than cashmere, superfine kid mohair with soft lustre, Shetland Island wool that felts exquisitely, English alpaca for cosy warmth, naturally dark brown Hebridean wool from Boreray Island, North Uist for winter felt and of course, their very own wool from their Shetland sheep.

Some of Beate's hooliglambs from this year's bumper crop!

Some of Beate's hooliglambs from this year's bumper crop!

Makepiece shear their sheep every year and send the fibre to be spun at the Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall. This very special yarn is naturally brown without dyeing, combining the many hues of their little flock.

Beate shearing one of her girls

Beate shearing one of her girls

chfield scarf, one of many items made from Makepiece's own Shetland fleeces

Inchfield scarf, one of many items made from Makepiece's own Shetland fleeces

AW10 Gauntlets

AW10 Gauntlets

On 29 August 2009 Nicola married Dave at Lumbutts Chapel, high on the Pennine Way.

Dave and Nicola's wedding high on the Pennine Way!

Dave and Nicola's wedding high on the Pennine Way!

Nicola looked beautiful in the dress she made from honey-coloured undyed Peace Silk (made without killing silk worms).  The dress featured a fabulous rose clad bustle and train made from a Victorian shawl, decorated with Peace Silk and hand crafted vintage lace roses.  She completed the outfit with a delicate felted English Alpaca knitted jacket with ruched sleeves using signature Makepiece stitches and trimmed with antique linen.

Close up of Nicola's handmade dresss and bustle

Close up of Nicola's handmade dress and bustle

Wedding bridesmaids

Wedding bridesmaids

Makepiece have now launched their beautiful wedding range which is just the thing for brides who are looking for a really unique wedding gown or who need a little extra layer, to cover their arms or to warm their dress for a winter wedding. Makepiece knitted wedding dresses are truly amazing – for the bride who would like a unique look.

Makepiece have a shrug to suit every wedding dress – to cover bare arms, flatter every shape and ensure that you keep your arms and shoulders warm whatever the weather.

Alpaca Cape

Alpaca Cape and ruched Armlets

Makepiece offer warmer winter shrugs and capes which will really keep off the chill for winter weddings – look for their heavier weight knits and fluffy brushed mohair for extra warmth.

Felted Foxglove Cropped Waitcoat

Felted Foxglove Cropped Waitcoat

Makepiece make sheer shrugs and felted waistcoats which are perfect for summer weddings – for the evening, when the sun goes in or for cooler churches and registry offices. They’re also a perfect cover up for bare arms – without spoiling the line and look of your dress.

Ruffle Dress

Ruffle Dress

Makepiece wedding dresses are knits on a flight of fancy, sheer and soft with ruffles and ruches to delight the bride who wants her own unique look.

Briar Rose knit detail

Briar Rose knit detail

Heart Gallery is proud to stock Makepiece all year round although there isn’t enough room to showcase their entire collections unfortunately! Thankfully, Makepiece have their own shop nearby in Todmorden which sells their current collection of beautifully designed knitwear – from little shrugs to fantastic dresses – as well as one-off samples and design classics in their new wedding range. For those too far away to visit Heart Gallery in Hebden Bridge or Makepiece in Todmorden then learn more about them by reading their web pages and blog here where you can also browse and shop online.

Makepiece in Todmorden

Makepiece in Todmorden

Makepiece in Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge

Makepiece in Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge

Makepiece A/W 09 arrives at Heart Gallery

Carapace dress £258

Carapace dress £258

Epiphany | Autumn Winter 2009

stunning shapes, redolent with romance, unexpected knits, rich colours and winter softness ethically made in the UK from British wool.

Roses grow out of winter dresses, while dramatic ruching creates warmth and stylish silhouettes. Filmy layers of open knits add glamour with chunky scarves for substance.

Our drained down dusk palette is warm and deep, perfect colours for winter nights.

Frieldhurst Edgeway

Frieldhurst Edgeway

Makepiece is not just a designer label – it’s part of a landscape, which has for hundreds of years been shaped by the wool industry, from the dry-stone walled pastures to the packhorse tracks across the moors which took wool from farm to market.

They take natural yarns, raised sustainably, spin them as locally as possible, knit in our community, using the minimum chemical processes possible to produce a finished product that can be treasured for years. It’s part of a story which knits a community with a landscape.

Carapace Gauntlets £47

Carapace Gauntlets £47

Like you, Makepiece want beautiful clothes and…

HUMAN RIGHTS…  they know they can trust their farmers and the mills where we live to produce yarn to a very high standard – and to look after the people involved in production.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY… they’ve chosen to use wool and mohair from British farms and their own sheep because they know how the land is farmed, and fibres such as hemp, bamboo and tencel because they can easily be grown sustainably.

FEWER CHEMICALS…  each collection contains undyed and naturally dyed clothes along with some azo-free dye colourways dyed to european environmental controls.

A SMALL CARBON FOOTPRINT… they want their clothes to travel very few road miles before they’re worn so all our spinning, dyeing and manufacturing is done in the UK.

NO LANDFILL… they design their clothes to last – but when they’ve finally been worn to shreds, they can be composted.

Saltway Shawl £36

Saltway Shawl £36

‘If you think of what you’re wearing and you find it’s been round the world before you put it on for the first time, was manufactured out of cotton dripping with pesticides or sewn by people in shoddy conditions, it suddenly doesn’t feel half as glamourous.

Style is about expressing who we are. Most of us don’t think of ourselves as cheap and shoddy but if we’re not careful that’s what our clothes say about us.’ Nicola Sherlock, Makepiece designer.

Carapace Scarf £33

Carapace Scarf £33

Makepiece was founded in 2004 by Nicola Sherlock and Beate Kubitz to produce beautiful clothing that is sustainable, low-impact and eco-friendly.

Briar Rose Shrug £120

Briar Rose Shrug £120

Heart Gallery has a large selection of Makepiece A/W 09 now in stock so we look forward to seeing you down in Hebden Bridge soon xXx

Rose Dress

Rose Dress

 

Foxglove Dress and Carapace Ruff

Foxglove Dress and Carapace Ruff