Supporting a community of Artisans

Our fellow creative friends have been finding it increasingly difficult in this global and very competitive market, to get their artisan products in front of potential customers.

Whilst the growing trend for artisan and craft web sites has been a stepping stone for some, the ability to be found on large global online websites has become almost impossible.

In addition many online market-places combine mass-produced goods from overseas, alongside handmade products, making it a challenge to makers of quality handmade products to really stand out.

In addition we want to encourage people to think more about the social impact when purchasing.

We want to reconnect consumers with their local artisans direct and encourage trade across communities, to deliver positive impact, both socially and economically in our towns and cities.

So, the idea for Creative Locale was born.

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Matt Emmett is a graphic designer and an award winning architectural and landscape photographer based in Caversham, Reading. He has been obsessed by the recording of lesser known historic locations and at-risk heritage since 2012 . . .

Elizabeth is able to work in most media, but happiest when working in acrylics or watercolours. Her inspiration comes from observing her surroundings in the Berkshire and Hampshire countryside or the Scottish Islands , especially Arran.

Elizabeth Baldin, Painter & illustrator

Hi, I’m Melanie, jewellery designer and maker behind Kokkino. Inspired by anything from the colour of a new growing bud, an old beloved button, architecture, art and textiles. I draw from any number of influences to create my collections of jewellery.

I design and make modern, elegant, wooden furniture with architectural influences. Standing up for the traditional craftsmanship values of handcrafted, timeless wooden furniture that lasts generations not seasons, I make each piece of furniture by hand from my original designs.

Charlie Caffyn, Charlie Caffyn Furniture

Growing up in an artistic environment, I spent many years drawing and painting, but it was several years later, in 1996, that I finished an art and music degree where I specialised in stone sculpture. However, after a few years’ gap my current focus is painting.

Gaye Daniels, Artist and Sculptor

In recent years Sabari has diversified her work by becoming a trained ceramic artist through the Pottery Skills Courses from (Swanspool Ceramics) in Northamptonshire. She currently creates her own style of ceramic pieces which incorporates a unique blend of Western and Eastern designs.

Hi, I’m Kate Box, I am an independent knitwear designer, passionate about blending contemporary design with traditional craft. Following a career in London working with industry greats including Orla Kiely, Kay Cosserat and Julia Pines, I launched my own knitwear label.

Hi I’m Kate, I am a textile designer and have worked in the industry for 18 years. I left the corporate safety net about 8 years ago to work freelance and now have my own textile business making products for the home with a focus on sustainability and using British manufacturing & suppliers.

Kate Cullum, Textile Designer

Clare is an award winning artist who has always enjoyed painting , influenced by an artistic family. Clare loves the countryside of her local area in Berkshire and Oxfordshire and the coast and countryside of the UK . Clare specialises in land and seascapes of the British isles.

Clare Buchta, Landscape Painter

Hi, I’m Will Hunt. I draw upon past experiences using line, form, colour and technique, striving to create an intense emotion and rich experience in the observer by creating simple, beautiful, humble, unique and timeless abstract pieces of sculpture inspired by nature.

Will Hunt, Sculptor
Hi I’m Tamalia, I set up the MADEbyTamalia Studio as a little craft sanctuary in Caversham. I’m incredibly passionate about sharing arts and crafts with the local community to help improve wellbeing and will often be found involved in many other local wellness or environmental events.
Tamalia Reeves, Resin Artist

A later-life returner to art, undertaking a mid-life degree and career change, Sarah E. Jones is a local artist based on the Hampshire/Surrey border, working in acrylic and mixed media. Thematically she is drawn to landscape, seascape, nature and spirit.

Sarah E. Jones, Mixed Media Artist

Making images for me is a very sensory and mediative experience; I play with my subject for some time, focusing my attention solely on exploring it from different angles, finding the compositions which most please my sense of aesthetic. I rarely make adjustments to the images once they are taken.

Sarah Salmon, Photographer

I try to capture as much information as possible in the field, sometimes through the use of multiple exposures for a single scene, then use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop where I will put the ‘mood’ back into the images that the digital camera often sterilises. Although using the above post processing techniques I still like my images to remain truthful to the original scene.

Dave Olinski, Photographer