In the second of 4 posts on the makers involved in our Exclusive Collection we meet Emily Talling, Simon Pilkington and Julia Davey…..
My grandmother taught me to knit when I was really small and I was instantly hooked. Later I taught myself to sew and more recently crochet, which I absolutely love. I get real pleasure out of seeing the physical results of making things, there is something pretty amazing about saying, “I made this!”. For me, I think the best part of handmade goodness is sending something to someone on the other side of the world in the hope that it will brighten up their day!
Autumn and Winter are my favorite seasons, I love crisp mornings, crunchy leaves, the beautiful colours that nature brings, and most of all a reason for wrapping up warm and wearing cosy knits.
Boot cuffs, or boot toppers are a mini-legwarmer that you wear at the top of your calf peeking out of the top of your boot, the perfect way to add colour or interest to an outfit, without the bulk of wearing full boot socks. The Christmas Cuff for Folksy is a festive twist on my classic Boot Cuffs, combining lovely soft mint with a vanilla cream yarn to give a two tone contrasting boot cuff, an Autumn/Winter wardrobe essential.
I’m a freelance Illustrator, designer & print maker. My shop on Folksy mainly consists of letterpress cards and posters but I also design & print digital images. Having an outlet on Folksy allows me to feel like I’m part of something bigger – being alongside like minded creatives within a community is inspiring & definitely keeps me motivated!
I like to keep my work light hearted & fresh – I’m always working on something new – always doodling & trying out new ideas. My studio contains my tabletop printing presses & room for a drawing desk and easel. Though in the last year or so I have collected a lot more letterpress equipment & some larger presses, so in the future an expansion is in order!
I designed the poster through a love of stationery. I’ve always drawn & through my design education my collection of equipment has always stayed with me. From mechanical pencils to inking pens I collect & use them all – they’re like old friends!
I currently work from a small studio in Bath, Somerset next to the Kennet and Avon canal. More of a glorified garage I have adapted the space over the last two years to create storage, light, water and most importantly – electricity! The large door is perfect for getting large deliveries in and out whilst also enabling me to ventilate the studio really quickly in the Summer when both of my kilns are kicking out heat.
I make small batches of earthenware ceramic items inspired by personal events, places and objects – one day it’s flamingos at the zoo and the next a bee trapped in my garden shed. The emperor jug was inspired by a visit to California where I saw penguins at an animal park. It made me think of winter even though it was so very hot! I also loved seeing them en masse, they are tightly packed into a line on the jug to fit in as many variations as possible.
Inspired? See the entire Exclusive Collection here.