Sarah Harris and her ‘lockdown shop’

When I was asked by Alison to write a blog about what I have been doing during lockdown, I had a feeling of dread having to own up to people that I’ve not been doing much at all.  Seriously though, my thoughts were “what have I been doing, what the heck have I got to say about this….has it really …

Alison Read

At home with Alison Read

What is there to not adore about Alison Read? She is a remarkable artist who specialises in hand-made original prints using linocut, screen printing, woodcut and etching. These are sold at Heart Gallery as prints and as greetings cards … little mini pieces of artwork that can be framed. She herself in character is the swiftness of a Squirrel, the …

Little Stoodley in sight

A walk to ‘Little Stoodley’

Isn’t it amazing how time seems to go so quickly even during a time of crisis? We’re nearing the start of the 6th week of Social Distancing and staying home to save lives, but only now do I think that we are starting to adapt to our new lifestyle, getting used to the changes we, as a family have had …

Heart Gallery Hebden Bridge

Heart Gallery News

Hello everyone! These are really strange times right now for us all and it’s taken me well over a week to sit at the computer to think about writing this wee blog post! Being in business is always about adapting to change and coping with the unexpected which we have had our fair share of here in Hebden Bridge over …

fiona Kingdon working

Meet Fiona Kingdon, an artist with a scrollsaw and a shed!

Fiona Kingdon studied Industrial Design, Craftsmanship and Furniture Restoration in the 90s. She then dedicated time to family and supporting young people with behavioural difficulties, but couldn’t be kept from working wood. Making chairs, guitars, lighting and cajon drums. Now, Fiona works in native and rescued timbers. Over many hours of hand cutting with a scrollsaw, intricate landscapes, silhouettes and …

lucinda clark textiles

Meet Lucinda Clark

In 2017 textile designer Lucinda Clark-Wright launched her award winning contemporary brand Cinda Clark Design. Cinda Clark Design specialises in printed collections inspired by grand London Art Deco architecture, geometric form and tonal colourways. Lucinda studied Textile Design at the School of Textiles in the Scottish borders then worked within Design and Product Development for homewares and fashion for over …

Katrina Alexander

Meet Katrina Alexander

Following a hectic career in the events industry, in 2008 Katrina Alexander moved from London to Brighton to embark on her dream career as a designer/maker. Katrina specialises in making striking contemporary silver jewellery which is hand carved into organic sculptural forms using the ancient art of lost wax carving.  Her pieces are designed with edges that have different shapes …

Chloe Harrison outside her garden workshop

Meet the founder of British Brand Bright Corner – Chloe Harrison

Chloe Harrison founded Bright Corner after having her first baby.   Chloe searched for a simple, sophisticated and safe nightlight for the nursery and couldn’t find anything made from natural wood. So she started sketching ideas at her living room table to design her own. Her vision soon evolved to create a range of lights that were not only nursery …

Anna roebuck

Anna Roebuck – a recycling artist

Anna Roebuck, based at The Making House in Burton on Trent, is an artist who focuses on using recycled materials, in particular, recycled plastics; transforming waste in to unique jewellery and lighting and fun sculptures. In doing this, she hopes to encourage people to consider issues around waste, recycling and sustainability and to challenge people’s concept of value. Anna is …

Valérie Wartelle

Valérie Wartelle – a contemporary fibre artist

Valérie Wartelle is a contemporary fibre artist whose main fascination lies within the manipulation of fibres and textiles as an expressive art form. Taking the rural environment as her inspiration, she explores long-term interests of texture, colour, layering and process to create contemplative and ethereal wall hung artworks. Valérie’s primary practice is wet felting; a traditional craft technique using wool …

Jayne Middlebrook

Meet designer/maker Jayne Middlebrook

Jayne Middlebrook designs and makes contemporary lace anchored in a long tradition of Nottingham Lace-making. Jayne responds to changing demands of the interiors and fashion world, as lace-makers always have. Her original work includes wearable lace jewellery, gifts and homewares. In 2016, the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum approached Jayne to supply their gift shop with some lace items. Lawrence’s mother, …

Lucy Brasher

Meet self taught artist Lucy Brasher

‘The cat in the shoe’ is the creation of Lucy Brasher a self taught textile artist. Working from her studio in Dorset, Lucy’s work focuses on the animal form incorporating the human element. Her work has a touch of whimsy with a darker undertone, much like the fables and folklore that have influenced them. All of Lucy’s work is created …

Rachael Singleton

Meet Yorkshire Artist Rachael Singleton

Rachael is an experimental textile and mixed media artist. She has explored many fields such as ceramics, art journaling, landscape watercolours and the more traditional areas of embroidery and textiles which inform her current work. She finds a deep satisfaction in the synthesis of materials and ideas where her work brings together creative thought and practical engagement with materials. Her …

Lucy Pendrick at lavender farm

Meet gentle soul and artist Lucy Pendrick

Lucy Pendrick was a child that dreamt amongst the leaves and ached to feed her bare warm toes in cool mud. Nature was her ever-generous treasure chest, gifting her sweet finds of nibbled nuts and pearlescent shells. She would store them for quiet admiration in used matchboxes and discarded camera film cases. Her struggles through her young life were always …

Rachel Thornton

Meet Artist and Printmaker Rachel Thornton

Rachel Thornton lives and works in the rural North Yorkshire town of High Bentham. She graduated from a Fine Arts Degree in 2013 where she was awarded with a First. During her studies she exhibited world wide and had work accepted into exhibitions such as the Wrexham International Print Exhibition which toured the UK. She was awarded with the ArtLab …

Louise Vaessen-Walker

New jewellery collection from Louise Vaessen-Walker

We first introduced you to Louise Vaessen-Walker back in the summer. Her Allora collection was with us for those gloriously sunny months and our customers loved it. We hope that this Autumn/Winter her Medina collection is just as popular … it’s perfect for party season! Her Medina collection is inspired by the rich beauty of Morocco, combining Islamic, Moorish and …

Small Business Saturday

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2018

Now I know you support us all year round, which we are delighted about, but this non-commercial campaign just wants to highlight this every year on the first Saturday of December. All you need to do is stay local and shop local and support all the wonderful independent businesses in your town and on your doorstep, simple. Each year, AMERICAN …

Charlotte Hupfield

Meet Ceramicist Charlotte Hupfield

Charlotte Hupfield is a ceramic designer/maker based in the heart of Northamptonshire, UK, creating individually handmade one-off ceramic pieces from her studio at home. It is here that she enjoys spending time on commissions, personalised orders and bespoke natural designs while drinking tea.     Graduating from Coventry University in 2008 with a BA Hons degree in Surface Decoration, Charlotte used this time to explore and specialise in …

Jodie Hook - Jeweller

Jodie Hook – Meet The Maker – Jeweller

Jodie Hook’s  passion for jewellery making started when she was a young girl. At the age of 17, her art teacher introduced her to the wonders of working with silver and it was at this point that her creative fervour in the world of jewellery was cemented. After studying a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the School of Jewellery …

Fiona Bates

Fiona Bates – Meet The Maker – Ceramicist

Fiona Bates was born in Australia, but grew up on the South Coast of England moving to London to study ceramics at St. Martin’s Central School of Art and Design before completing an MA at UWE Bristol in Making and Archiving. She has been working with clay for over 25 years and has been recognised for her unique and unusual …