Bootys Loote


Textile, cushions, aprons, pinnys, bags and up cycled furniture created by Natalie Dennis.

Natalie lives and works in Gorseinon, Swansea and runs Bootys Loote which is a lifestyle, interiors and gift shop. She graduated in 2010 with a BA Fine Art and has many qualifications in many different disciplines. 
Her passion  of vintage styles and handmade has led her into creating beautiful products that are made with love and care.

                             'Each piece has little bit of me sewn into it"

                                               www.bootysloote.com



Lagoon

Lagoon started in August 2009, as a hobby and has grown from there. I began by making beaded bracelet, earrings and necklaces and gave/ sold them to friends and family. With some encouragement, I started putting my jewellery into shops and going to craft shows . With my real interest in silver, I began a part time course in Swansea, and I now make most of my jewellery in sterling silver. I was brought up on a farm in Llangain, and I am now settled in Pontarddulais with my partner, children and boxers. I am registered with the Assay Office, anything over 7.6 grms has to be hallmarked, so anything under that weight isn’t hallmarked by myself as it’s a cost that needs to be passed on to the customer. If the customer wishes an item to be hallmarked, as long as they are happy to pay for the cost, this can be organised.

www.lagoon.me.uk


Avalon Beads and More


Avalon is owned by Paula van Haarlem, who uses the beautiful semi-precious stones she buys from all over the world to enhance the locally made, high quality necklaces bracelets and earrings she creates.  Growing up by the sea has influenced her designs and her favorite colour stone is, of course, blue – well our sea is sometimes blue!

Paula’s jewellery can be designed for any special occasion; colour matched to wedding outfits, and is available for sale at the local craft fairs organised by Gower Crafts and Artisans, and also at the GCA shop, Mumbles Methodist Church, Mumbles.


www.avalonwales.co.uk

Cwrt Glass

Cwrt Glass Design, based in Swansea, are fused glass artists and silversmiths. Their artworks include jewellery, bowls and dishes, tiles and coasters, free standing pieces and wall art. All pieces are individually handmade and reflect their love of bright, vibrant colours. Many pieces, particularly the jewellery, can have as many as seven or eight firings. Between and after firing the pieces are “cold worked” i.e. shaped by hand using a grinder or diamond files until the desired result is achieved. The silver jewellery is formed from silver sheet and wire and many pieces incorporate glass, precious and semi-precious gemstones.

Elizabeth Joy Owen

Joy has been working in leather and suede since the age of 15.  She designed and made a leather coat out of navy nappa leather. From the offcuts she was soon making and selling accessories for all her friends. She continued her education to Master’s Degree level, always specialising in textiles, in particular leather work. The leather work is mainly nappa leather with occasional goat and hides on larger bags. The suede is pig suede which lends itself to embroidery and decoration. The vibrant colours and individual details ensure all bags are slightly different. Bags and belts are an exact match as they are made from the same skin. they are the ideal items for the special occasion. Every item from the smallest purse is made with care and love by Joy.


Glass Art by Joan


Joan’s background is in education where she tried to interest young people in the mysteries of Maths and Science. Her passions are rooted in nature. She brings her skills, and interests in all things natural and their preservation, to the love of glass.

During her eight years as a part time student, working towards the degree in Architectural Glass, this interest in nature informed many of her designs.  She used images of leaves, flowers, birds and butterflies. She is also been aware that she should take care of the environment in her practice by good workshop procedures and using recycled materials. Using these images and being aware of these constraints on her practice she constantly tries to create in glass something beautiful and meaningful.


Happy Heart Quilts

Karen has been sewing for 30 years after being taught  her needle skills by her grandmother and has gone on to complete several qualifications in textiles. She runs her own business, specialising in producing high quality, unique and bespoke quilts, cushions and gifts, all designed and sewn by her in her studio in Gower. Karen has had quilts displayed in several patchwork and quilting exhibitions in the U.K. and currently gives tutorials and workshops in patchwork and quilting.

Bunkerline Bears


Largely self-taught, Simon has been making one-off and very limited edition collectors teddy bears for over 10 years. He works primarily in Mohair, using traditional glass eyes and split-pin joints. In a departure from tradition, Simon does not use wood wool for filling, as he does not want anybody to have to suffer 'saggy bear full of sawdust' syndrome. By using synthetic stuffing, the bears will outlast their maker and still have their same character when that happens, assuming they haven't gained more character on the journey...  Not limited to Mohair, other materials used have included Alpaca, synthetic fur, fur coats, velvet, cashmere and even pillowcase ticking!
If it can be sewn, you can have a bear made out of it.

Several of Simon's bears have been used in a national (possibly Global) advertising campaign, the details of which are still covered by a non-disclosure agreement... Simon found the two-way process of working with the passionately creative people within the advertising industry behind an astonishing number of exceptional campaigns hugely rewarding and enjoyable.

www.bunkerline.co.uk


Lili Wen Designs


Margaret has been making jewellery for around 12 years. In 2004 she joined a bead weaving class and was hooked and spent a few years working intricate designs with seed beads and then developed into making jewellery with semi precious stones.
Margaret enrolled on a course at a local college and gained a Diploma in Jewellery Design from City and Guilds.  The natural progression from this was to join a silver smithing class and found that this was the medium which she enjoyed the most.  Margaret also enjoys working with wire and would like to develop her range to include wedding and prom jewellery.

Signs of the Sea

Vicky trained as a Graphic Designer and worked in television for many years in video & animation.  She started Signs of the Sea in 2013 and now works full-time making crafts.

Her early collections of signs were heavily influenced by the beautiful Gower coast and reflected the local beaches, surfing, sailing, and other watersports. Now, the collections have grown to include many themes and some are also available in the Welsh language.

Every hand-painted wooden sign is made from scratch in Wales. The timber used is either recycled or birch plywood from sustainable sources.

Every driftwood item starts with walkson local Gower beaches collecting shells, driftwood and other found objects.

Although Vicky’s products can now be found in many shops she still likes to take part in local markets and craft fairs, trying out new products and getting public opinion on her new creations.

                                     www.signsofthesea.co.uk


Sarah Louise Jewellery

Sarah Louise is a jewellery maker who has been making bead jewellery for 20 years. Using specially selected beads sourced from various places, combined with unusual findings, she creates ‘one-of-a-kind’ pieces with an individual and unique style, making many designs difficult to replicate. Her favourite types of beads are specialty; such as vintage and glass lamp beads. Most of her jewellery is made using gold or silver plated findings, but some jewellery is made with antique gold finish findings.

“for me, it’s the beads that make the jewellery - the history behind them, their origin and how they were made. That’s what I find just as interesting as the finished piece itself”


 

Haydn Hopkins

Haydn was born and educated in Swansea. After retiring from engineering he realised his dream and graduated in architectural stained glass from Swansea Metropolitan University. He lives in Gower and finds inspiration from his surroundings.

Anna Hale 

After graduating in Ceramics from UWIC and Master Degree in Arts and Health, Anna set up a studio in an old BT Substation in Neath and AH! Pottery began. Anna's is Influenced by nature and pattern, her surrounds and sometimes what the ceramic pieces remind her of.

All of her pieces are handbuilt in white earthenware clay fired to 1000⁰C and then glazed and fired to 1060⁰C in an electric kiln, making each piece unique and individual.

  Anna works freely to the structure of the piece which influence the decoration, it is important that the work is colourful and has movement. Function is also important and vessels are made so they can be used by people as well as being aesthetically pleasing and unique.

Anna currently works as a Teaching Assistant and in evening, weekends and holidays go to the “shed” to make her handmade ceramics. She also runs workshops and have public artworks in Chepstow and Gellinedd Hospital. 

  Dawn Fisher- artist

Dawn paints colourful, quirky Gower landscapes that are inspired by travel posters from the 1930’s and 40’s. Using her  own photographs she tries to capture a sense of what makes the place special.  Dawn loves the strong, sloping pattern of the cliffs at Caswell Bay and the unmistakeable shape of Worm’s Head with its own little tidal bay. ‘ Mumbles Lifeboat Station’ was runner up in the BBC little painting competition in 2015.

Dawn’s landscapes are being sold as:- Limited edition Giclee prints, framed prints, mounted prints, greetings cards, postcards, bookmarks, notebooks and teatowels ( mugs coming soon).

A selection of these can be found in various locations around Gower including:-Gower Crafts and Artisan’s Shop in Mumbles, Gower Gallery in Mumbles,  Pitton Cross Caravan Park in Rhossilli and Presence in Kittle. They are also for sale in Gallery and Coffee in Llanelli.

Southgate Soaps

I have been interested in soap making for many years having learnt about it from my grandfather.  All my soaps are made using the traditional ‘cold process method’ which makes them moisturising as glycerine is retained in the bar.  As we keep bees it seemed natural to include beeswax in the soaps and if possible it is locally produced.  Locally produced honey is also used in some of the soaps.   The soaps are suitable for vegetarians as they are made using plant based oils and butters (not palm oil) but are unfortunately not suitable for vegans due to the beeswax, honey and one  bar containing goat’s milk. Essential oils are used to provide a variety of fragrances and some of the soaps are fragrance and colour free, hopefully providing something for most tastes. The soaps and the beeswax candles that I also make are made with care and love for your enjoyment.

 

Miya's Jewllery

Miya gets inspiration from natural forms. She uses silversmithing techniques such as fretwork, forming, casting and patination to create high quality gold and silver jewellery. With Miya’s Chinese and Japanese background, her works are original, fresh, elegant and intriguing. She's based in Swansea, you might notice her work in local craft fairs and galleries or you can see it on Etsy. Commissions are welcome.


Sarah Bower

Sarah discovered felting when she retired and had time to further explore her lifelong love of all things ‘crafty’. 
A self-taught needle felter, she displays at galleries, accepts commissions and runs workshops to share her joy of felting with others.
Living just outside Mumbles, she runs classes for all ages and abilities, providing everything you need for your first experience of felting.
Sarah works in 2D, 3D and wet felted art, specialising in miniature ‘character’ pups, incorporating hair from your own dog!  
Her love of dogs, nature and The Gower Coast has a strong influence on her textural creations.