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Maker of the Month - September 2023
Nicky Partridge - Tatting and Crochet work

Always keen on creating things from a young age, Nicky taught herself tatting in her teens from a book. She then stalled on this for a number of years and did cross stitch instead until inspired by the onset of YouTube, Pinterest and the work of individuals such as TotusMel on Etsy, and then hasn't looked back. Lots of balls of tatting threads from Roseground later she progressed to microcrochet, then normal crochet, and now has numerous balls of wool around too.

 

Lots of balls of tatting threads from Roseground later she progressed to microcrochet, then normal crochet, and now has numerous balls of wool around too. She does a bit of sewing machine work on occasion, origami, and silversmithing as taught by Julia Thompson in South Petherton.

Tatting and crochet remain the ones she does the most simply because they can be done as a passenger in a car or whilst watching the television. 

Nicky's work can be found in the Carousel Shop so do pay a visit and check out her work.

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Maker of the Month - August 2023
Lucy Hawkins Artist & Silversmith

I find inspiration in the natural world and outdoors. This could be my garden which is left wild to encourage insects and birds. Also in the landscape of the Southwest, Somerset and West Penwith in Cornwall.  I find sanctuary on the banks of the Parrett, walking at Lamberts Castle, our coastline, peaceful green lanes, hedgerows and fields.

 

The act of making art and responding to the landscape - immersion in observing, thinking and decision making is a place of sanctuary - you can only be in that moment.   I tune in to notice the light on a hillside, breeze through leaves and grasses, hear the birds, the buzzards circling overhead, the quiet pop of a fish coming to the surface on the Parrett or waves breaking on the shore. I hope to create a sense of these places in my painting through colour and expressive mark making.

For more information on Lucy Hawkins and her work visit her artist page.

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Maker of the Month - July 2023
Abigail Thurston - Green Grove Designs

Abbey is the nature loving person behind Green Grove Designs.  

She hand crafts all of her pieces in her little shop/studio in Broadwindsor, selling through Carousel.  She aims to create unique, nature inspired pieces that are different from anything you’ve seen before.  

All of my pieces are lightweight, even the bold statement pieces.   

 

She is a verified climate positive small business that also plants a tree with every purchase, meaning that you can feel good when you shop Green Grove Designs knowing that you’ve supported a meaningful and purposeful local small business. 

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Maker of the Month - June 2023
Antonia Phillips - Artist

Antonia is a professional artist based in Bridport, Dorset.  

From coastal scenes to woodland streams, her artwork is informed by light, shape and colour.  Acrylic paintings are often created within the landscape itself, bringing an immediacy to her work, with expressive monoprints completed in the studio.

 

Antonia trained in both Natural History Illustration and Fine Art and has worked with Dorset Wildlife Trust for over 30 years, producing illustrations and nature panels for the Trust’s reserves.

At Carousel you can select from greetings cards, coastal canvases, miniprints with an easel and the occasional monoprint.

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Maker of the Month - May 2023
Ella Grace Silver Design by Pamela Rastall

The beautiful Ella Grace jewellery designs of Pamela Rastall is Carousel's Maker of the Month for May.

 

All of her jewellery is constructed with genuine recycled eco sterling or fine silver. I also use the traditional method of Keum Boo to add 24 carat gold accents to some of some items. She also uses copper and gold- filled wire. All are handmade and crafted by Pamela at her workbench in rural Somerset. For more information on her art please visit her artist page.

 

We're working on our website and in particular our artist and on-line shop pages.  Some of Pamela's products are online but do pop in to the shop where you will find a wide range of her items for sale which will be perfect for those unique and one of a kind items and gifts.   

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Maker of the Month - April 2023
Jane - Bunnies, Bears & Hares

Carousel is pleased to highlight the work of Jane for it's 'Maker of the Month' for April. We have a display in our shop window of her artistic work.  Jane mainly makes 'Bunnies, Bears & Hares' and gives a percentage of her sales income to charity.  If you are looking for that last minute Easter gift visit The Carousel Shop to find 'The Easter Bunny'.

We're working on our website and in particular our artist and on-line shop pages.  Some of Jane's products are online but do pop in to the shop where you will find a wide range of her itemss for sale which will be perfect for those unique and one of a kind items and gifts.  For more information on Jane's artwork just click on her button below.

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Makers of the Month - March 2023
Rita Bennett - Lampworker Beads & Jewellery
Jayne Burton - Textile Designs

Carousel is pleased to highlight the work of Rita Bennett and Jayne Burton for it's 'Makers of the Month' for March. We have a display in our shop window of their artistic work.  Rita mainly works in bead work making lovely beads and jewellery, and Jayne works in textiles with her brilliant design work.

We're working on our website and in particular our artist and on-line shop pages.  Rita & Jayne's products are not yet online but do pop in to the shop where you will find a wide range of their items for sale which will be perfect for those unique and one of a kind items and gifts.  For more information on Rita & Jayne's artwork just click on their buttons to the right.

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Makers of the Month - February 2023
Kate Bartholomew - Kate's Beads
Shirley Brooks - Shirls Cards

Carousel is pleased to highlight the work of Kate Bartholomew and Shirley Brooks for it's 'Makers of the Month' for February. We have a display in our shop window of their artistic work.  Kate mainly works in ceramics making lovely bead jewellery, lamp bases and sculptures and Shirley makes 3D decoupage cards.

We're working on our website and in particular our artist and on-line shop pages.  Kate & Shirley's products are not yet online but do pop in to the shop where you will find a wide range of their items for sale which will be perfect for those unique and one of a kind Valentines gifts.  For more information on Kate and Shirley's artwork just click on their buttons to the right.

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