INTO THE WOODS referenced the seasonal splendour of Norfolk’s woodland with art, design and crafts inspired by its distinctive features. We attracted an audience of over 1,000 visitors who were promised something truly magical for the Christmas season.

INTO THE WOODS opened to the public from Friday December 2nd through to Sunday December 4th, 2016 with a showcase of Norfolk’s finest artists, designer-makers and craftspeople.

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Egge Alecsdottir decorates well-designed mid-century modern furniture and objects with painterly surfaces in bold geometric designs. Using artists’ acrylic paint and a miniscule paintbrush, she applies a unique design to each piece, bringing out its inate qualities with a subtle yet contemporary palette. Each piece is then gentlty distressed and finished with 3 coats water-based varnish.

Egge works from her rural workshop in Aylsham, and is happy to undertake commissions.

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Ceramicist Kate Allsop creates simple bowls, dishes, plaques and plates in porcelain. She often draws into the porcelain surface using a needle, simple line drawings that look effortless, but show great skill. Colour is subtle often blurred blues and greens added in underglaze stains. The simple designs she creates are inspired by her surroundings.

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Polly Baker Textiles was established in 2015. Polly grew up on the family farm in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. After school she went on to graduate from Norwich University of the Arts in 2014, with a degree in textiles.

Now based in Norfolk, Polly designs and produces a range of fun, quirky, yet traditional British products, inspired by her love of the countryside.

Pen and ink illustrations are developed into watercolours before being turned into a suitable design.  The tea towels are screen printed onto a linen union, whilst the cards are printed in Norfolk onto a high quality paper with a smart envelope. They are all made in the UK. Other products include aprons, hob covers, oven gloves, Christmas cards and interior fabric.

When not designing Polly can be found walking her dog Reggie or riding Dessie around the Norfolk lanes, near her home on the look out for more ideas to inspire her next collection.

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BERBER was conceived by the owner John Pryor in 2007 on a trip to Morocco and was inspired by the artisans and their colourful work.

Berber although still predominantly Moroccan, John along with his business partner Cookie, have expanded the range and now feature contemporary design from artisans worldwide …candlesticks to furniture, many recycled.

Morocco meets North Norfolk when our lamps for example, are made by a family outside Marrakech, shipped, wired in Holt and finally topped with an exclusive fabulous handmade lampshade made locally – a wonderful visual experience.

Berber, 1b Hoppers Yard, Bull Street, Holt NR25 6LN
Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm

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Debby Besford is an established professional photographer who lives with her young family in North Norfolk.

Since graduating from London College of Communication with a Masters in Photography, Debby has built a strong client base with her commercial photography and combines her time freelancing, working on personal projects and teaching photography at university level.

Her diverse portfolio reveals specialisms in documentary and editorial work. She has published in The Guardian and Independent Newspapers, numerous photography magazines as well as touring exhibitions across the UK.

In 2015, Debby was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Association of Photography Awards 2015. Running along side this, Debby was chosen as one of the most highly rated documentary portrait photographers from 145 countries with LensCulture Photography Awards.

Debby has worked on photography projects across the globe, including, Barcelona, where she lived for many years, East Africa, Moscow, SW France, Utah, and Las Vegas.

Her clients have included, Arts Council of Great Britain, The Guardian and Independent Newspapers, The Wellcome Trust, Ocean Music Trust, Meridian Television, BBC and Channel Four. Her commercial work is available through Getty Images, Millennium Images and Plain Picture.

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Mary Blue Brady is an American artist living in Norfolk. These images are her way of “finding home” and are about the ordinary viewed in a new way. She combines a contemporary wit with the inventiveness of Warhol’s Ashcan movement where she playfully arranges roads, dark shadows, and elements of nature to navigate her new environment.

Her influences include, but are not limited to, painters such as British-born Howard Hodgkin and California-based David Park, as well as a touch of the Old Masters.  She has exhibited internationally, although she took a break to raise a family and relocate to England.  She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 where she studied with the renowned landscape painter, Neil Welliver. She has also studied at the Vermont Studio School, the Maryland Art Institute and the American Institute in Avignon, France.

Her work has a painterly style that is lush and representational. She likes to embroider a modern tapestry with her images that allude to the world, but with unexpected undertones and hidden complexities – as often, issues in life are multidimensional not just black and white.

A lover of nature and the outdoors, she has walked the forgotten footsteps of Roman soldiers and explored the ancient woodland where currents from the past stream into her images. She is informed by a two-way dialogue with the local woodlands and wildflowers that imbue an ancient sense of the land, biodiversity, culture, and heritage. In her paintings, she layers words, textures, and colours often weaving in bits of poetry, too. Words from poets like John Betjeman’s “Norfolk” are in pencil, becoming blades of grass or waves on the sea. This work represents a ‘homecoming’ and connects her to Norfolk and the Scottish Highlands, places she has grown to love.

Her paintings are collected internationally, and Norfolk-by-Design’s showcase represents her first exhibition in the United Kingdom.

Carolyn graduated from the Royal College of Art in1982. After a twenty-five year career in London as a fashion designer she moved to North Norfolk in 2003.

Carolyn’s background in sculpture, her love of natural form and the close proximity of the beach led her to indulge a childhood interest in shell collecting.

Shells with their accidental beauty, subtle colours, variety in shape and texture appealed to her. Their endless ornamental possibilities have inspired her recent shell work of elaborately decorative objects, which are as exquisitely beautiful, intricate and unique as the shells themselves.

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Catherine Cazalet spent much of her childhood here in Norfolk.

Her work is built on a foundation of classical training and is developed through her knowledge of the history and origins of design.

Cazalet’s works are signified by their representation of nature using vibrant colours and abstract composition.

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Sussy Cazalet was born & educated in London, however spent her childhood holidays in Norfolk. She studied printed textiles at Leeds university followed by an MA in ‘Interior Architecture’ at Parsons New York.

Sussy Cazalet Design is a London based multidisciplinary design studio, founded in 2012. The studio works on projects ranging from residential and commercial interiors – furniture & textile design – to art direction for brands & events.

Sussy has recently completed the interiors for a private members club & Spa in South Kensington ’SKC’, a radio station in East London & a family home in Notting Hill London.

The studio is currently working on the design of a house in the Big Sur, California –the interiors of a Bauhaus property in North Kensington & creating a furniture & textile collection.

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Abbie Conway encourages a degree of rawness within her work , subtle traces of the making process are left – a thread of rebellion against the perfectly polished, which keeps her curious, creating jewellery with a modern, contemporary edge.

Her current collection embraces different techniques and materials – lace textured and oxidised silver, precious gold detailing, rivets and coloured Plexiglass, result in a body of work where traditional techniques meet a thoroughly modern aesthetic.

After studying Textiles at Norwich School of Art and Design (NUA), Abbie turned to the discipline of silversmithing while backpacking through New Zealand. She became intrigued by a number of artists working in precious metals. The process and tools of this ancient craft had instant appeal for her.

On her return to Brancaster, she immediately applied her knew found knowledge to designing a series of collections of her wearable, tactile jewellery, inspired by its coastal waters and landscape.

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Photographer Harry Cory Wright explores and celebrates the beauty and subtleties of the landscape.  Often it is the very physicality of a place to which Cory Wright is drawn; a feeling for the scale of things, their mass and volume. 

We are showing a series of framed drawings in this show.

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Award winning British artist Shauna Richardson invented the term Crochetdermy® to describe her distinctive work – realistic life-size animal forms created using crochet.

‘My work presents a conundrum, it is the coming together of two disparate passions, art theory and making things.’

Riddled with questions and rebellion, Richardson’s work appears as the antithesis of this, the unchallenging appearance a concious deceit.

‘It has long been accepted that ‘Anything can be art’. At first glance this notion seems liberating, but perhaps ‘anything’ has its limits. It is in this grey area around the boundaries that I play .’

Richardson has received much critical acclaim, her work exhibited internationally at many prestigious venues including Saatchi Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Commissions include Crochetdermy® portraits of Mayor of London Boris Johnson as blond gorilla, and HRH Prince Harry as ginger baboon.

Publicly funded commissions include a flagship project for the London 2012 Olympic Games for which she crocheted three 25ft lions that toured the UK in a mobile glass vehicle.

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Will Cutts grew up in Nottingham. He studied at Stourbridge College of Art and obtained a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art. He moved to London in 1986 and has divided his time between working with artists and galleries, as well as on his own work.

He has followed the work of influential Californian landscape painter Richard Diebenkorn. Will has exhibited his work with the Royal Society of British Artists at The Mall Gallery and The Millinery Works Gallery in London, as well as numerous group exhibitions.

Will has been painting Norfolk landscapes during the last 20 years, while based in London and moved to North Norfolk four years ago.

Karen Downing gained a BA from Georgetown University Washington, DC, served two apprenticeships with potters on the east coast of America and worked at Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina) before settling in the UK.

Her hand thrown porcelain is included in many private collections and has been widely exhibited in the UK, as well as in Europe, Japan and the United States. She is a member of the Craft Potters’ Association and is on the Crafts Council’s ‘Index of Selected Makers’. Karen lives and works in the Brecklands.

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Judith Ellis covers all aspects of bookbinding. More recently her work has encompassed the book form as a sculptural object. The Birdflight series is her own development of the flag book and combines a love of drawing with her lifelong interest in the natural world.

Judith is fascinated by birds. In her former life as a veterinary surgeon she often had to handle birds and was always moved by the lightness of their being. A birdʼs bones are hollow, their feathers are hollow, they have air sacs beneath the skin as an extension of the lungs, and hardly seem to weigh anything in relation to their size. It is as though a bird has only just materialised and lives only partly in this world.

Oystercatchers fly along a beach, and swifts zoom over rooftops. Gannets fly fast fast over the sea and redshanks call over the marshes. The Birdflight series of artistʼs books can each be made to commission, but as they are all individually handpainted no two will ever be quite the same.

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Cornelia Fitzroy is a landscape painter based in east Anglia . She trained at Byam Shaw,and Chelsea school of art , BA Hons . Her work is a direct response to the changing colours, light , weather and seasons , and is created outside in the plein air tradition . Cornelia is a member of Group Eight , a collective of 8 Norfolk painters ,who meet regularly for life drawing sessions.

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Laura Fletcher Textiles is a collection of luxury hand-made woven home accessories, including cushions, throws, lamp shades designed and woven in Suffolk, UK.

Designer Laura Fletcher is influenced by her photographs and paintings of the natural world, especially tree bark and sea scapes. The contemporary designs feature striking stripes woven in linen, wool and cotton to create stunning textures and colour combinations.

Sampling is done by hand on a loom, before going into production in the mill.

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Linda Jamieson was born and spent her childhood in Norfolk. She trained at St. Martins School of Art and studied further at Heatherlys and with Francis Pratt in France and Norfolk. She worked for many years in the field of textile design in London, France and Italy, and also as a consultant for interior design. She now divides her time between her studios in Norfolk and London and has also exhibited regularly in both.

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At Kelling Designs, we specialise in creating beautiful interiors that achieve the perfect balance between elegance and practicality. As a well-established international interior design company based in London, we have over 20 years’ experience of working closely with numerous clients on residential and commercial projects.

We are known for our vibrant and friendly approach, efficient reliability and impeccable quality, never failing to provide a first-class service whilst always adhering to budget requirements. As a result a large portion of our business has come through referral or repeat business from delighted clients.

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Jane moved to North Norfolk from London in 2000. After a career as a textile designer and a break to bring up her children jane went on to attend NUA in Norwich, graduating in 2014 with a degree in Illustration.It was here that she discovered and learnt about printmaking, specialising in screen print and lino cut. After a collaboration with the John Jarrold Printing Museum Jane became a member and is now being taught the traditional art of typesetting by the retired printers at the museum. Finding inspiration in vintage playbills and letterpress, this has fed into her work with the use of typography in many of her images.

Louisa Marcq, who signs herself as Dubs, is an established Illustrator who grew up in Somerleyton Hall, Lovingland, Suffolk.

Lady Lexington is her cherished companion and inquisitive Pekingese.

Together they make a great team. Pen and Pooch!

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Lucy first came to Norfolk to study at the Norwich School of Art. She then went on to do a postgraduate at The Royal College of Art in London. She later returned permanently to North Norfolk where she has worked as a full-time artist, illustrator and designer for over 20 years.

Lucy specialises in creating unique magical pictures with a naïve and childlike charm. She has worked on many one-off commissions for private clients and has also been commissioned by Chatsworth, Kew Gardens, Virgin and Sugar Beach Hotel in St Lucia to produce paintings for them. She has exhibited widely and for the last five years she has been invited to Japan to show her paintings at the British Fair.

Lucy has also worked as a freelance designer and illustrator working on a varied range of projects creating images for cards, prints, fabrics and products. Clients have included Café Rouge, Osborne and Little, Liberty, Boots, Susie Watson Designs, The Fairyland Trust, Art Angels, GMTV, Habitat and Amnesty International. Lucy has also illustrated a successful range of children’s books written by her mother Meg, which have sold worldwide.

Having run her business with her husband for many years, they recently formed a new company with three business creatives, to help them manage the commercial aspects of their work. In May of this year they launched their own branded range of cards, prints, mugs, note books and tote bags.

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Helena has always been involved with textiles & design.

Originally, she trained & worked in London as a fashion designer, producing & selling her own designs in her own printed fabrics. More recently Helena has worked with various interior designers and now,based in Norfolk, combines textiles & interiors with her love of the decorative arts.

Well-made but forgotten pieces of furniture are re-upholstered to a high standard and re-covered with expressive and fun designs. The designs are unique and individually created, with special regard for the shape and style of the piece. Mainly commissioned, these designs are often applied to the clients’ own chairs.

Helena and her partner, Jon Baker, run Littleblood together. It’s an atmospheric treasure-house with unusual & unique items for buyers with a distinctive disregard for the conventional. This is where Helena presents and sells her one-off chairs alongside vintage & unique items for the home and a hand-picked selection of traditional leather bags that are timeless in their design.

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Based in the heart of North Norfolk Zara Bolingbroke-Kent has been working as an Interior Designer for over twenty years now. Having worked for some of the leading Interior Designers, she set up on her own in 2000.

Whether residential or commercial, modern or traditional, her interiors reflect a highly creative and individual flair for detail and colour. Whether in the city or the country, her schemes are eminently ‘liveable’ and always reflect the personality of her clients. This, she believes, is key.

She developed her love of decorating from a very early age and undoubtedly influenced by her childhood and extensive travel, Zara’s decorating hallmarks are mixing textiles and colour and not being afraid to introduce some theatre into the mix.

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Claire lives and works in rural Hertfordshire and is a regular visitor to Norfolk.  She graduated in 2008 with a BA Hons in Applied Arts. Her current work is a ‘freestyle’ form of 3D embroidery which can loosely be described as stumpwork.  She is unconstrained by formal embroidery techniques which leaves her free to experiment with threads and materials to achieve her aims.

With an appreciation of the natural world and love of drawing Claire has been inspired to study insects and reproduce these as tiny embroideries on felt.  She enjoys the humour in producing insects that are realistic and presenting them as traditional entomological collections.  Her work is a celebration of insects some of which are ironically described as ‘pests’.

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Maria Pavledis is an artist and printmaker whose works with the dream like world  of fairy tale and narrative, including its darker and uncanny elements.  Starting from a very strong commitment to drawing, she develops  images using a mixture of traditional and non traditional methods, including etching which she uses to explore  new ways of mark making and expression.  She is interested in the qualities of fragility and destruction both in nature and in the printmaking process itself.  Other explorations of destruction in her work take place in the unique smoke drawings, which are made with fire and smoke. Recent work has also included moving light installation creating the sense of being inside a dramatic space. Maria originally studied painting studied at Norwich School of Art and  then continued to an  MA in printmaking  at Camberwell College of Art

Maria has exhibited widely, and is a member of London Organisation of Original Printmakers

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Ann Payne lives in North Norfolk, trained at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London. She has had two solo exhibitions in London and has also exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Living so near the sea has been a great attraction and Anne has spent many happy hours sitting in Morston mud, drawing the sea, the sky and boats. It is a fascinating and everlasting subject.

With a BSc in Environmental Science and involvement in direct action opposing the destruction of ancient forests and cultures, it is important to Tim that all his work is made from locally sourced wood.

Entirely self taught through trial (and often painful error) he strives to produce elegant, functional pieces with graceful uncluttered lines, for the kitchen and table.

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I am a textile artist whose work is about imagination, memories and childhood narratives. I am a great observer of the ordinary and draw on life in particular places; Norfolk, Denmark and the South West. I. Work in a palette that reflects the muted colours and tones of my Danish heritage using natural and vintage cottons, linens and particularly beautiful worn patchwork to create fabric pictures using applique and paint creating work that captures people out and about contemplating the unknown faces and their life journeys.

Drawing is an important part of my work which I initially do in pencil on paper before transferring the images onto carefully selected and prepared fabric preferring the freedom and spontaneity of drawing with a sewing machine.

Over the past years I have exhibited and sold my work at various selected fairs including the Contemporary Craft Fair, Hereford Contemporary, Made by Hand Cardiff, Christmas at Blackthorpe, Bury St Edmunds, Selvedge and a few galleries.

I studied at Goldsmith’s College and went on to do Postgraduate studies at the University of Leeds which took me into the Wool Industry. I was also a tutor for many years tutoring University students in Surface Design and Printed Textiles as well as Adult groups. I now teach at Cowslip Workshops in Cornwall, Hope and Elvis and Quilting and Stitching groups.  I am currently based in South Northants with one leg in Norfolk but  from the New Year, very excitedly, will have both in Norfolk where I hope to connect with creative groups and makers and maybe tutor workshops locally..

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Mark’s lifelong love of the landscape and wildlife of North Norfolk continues to inspire new works.

The wild beauty of the birds of the coast and marsh are the passionate source of inspiration for this collection. His knowledge and love of drawing and painting are evident in this skill of capturing the natural essence of his subjects with the minimum of fuss and line.

SALT glass studios is an award winning glass studio, gallery and course provider run by the artists Max Lamb (RCA) and Dr Fiona Wilkes (Slade) in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk.  SALT glass create original glass-print art and design and bespoke commissions using traditional process from glassblowing, casting to printmaking and exhibited widely including, the National Glass Centre, British Glass Biennale, London Craft Week, Contemporary Glass Society, Clerkenwell Design Week, Kettle’s Yard Gallery, National Galley (Guyana), Tate Modern, Horniman Museum, Cley16.

SALT glass draw from design and fine art backgrounds and combined traditional craft with contemporary design and the glasswork is inspired by North Norfolk’s intertidal landscapes. SALT glass have recently been  featured in Elle Decoration, Homes & Gardens, Period Living, My Warehouse Homes, Ernest Journal & Coastal Magazine. SALTs commission service provides expertise from product design and fine art and clients include Thomas Heatherwick, Drinking Factory, O2, Jonny Roxburgh, Alexander McQueen, PNW Architecture.

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Tim Simmons has an underlying need to make sense of the world through his own experience. Using photography and film, he explores themes of time, motion and place, and the idea that landscape acts as a link between the past and the present. His work has a visual clarity and a quiet, reflective quality, which offers space for personal contemplation. Attempting to make the unseen visible, he encourages the viewer to consider on the constancy of the land, and our inherent relationship to it.

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Madeleine has been working as a jeweller for more than ten years and that time has seen her work in a diverse range of styles and materials. Her current obsession is to use reclaimed sterling silver rather than new, and through a process of salvaging, melting down and then reshaping she creates unique pieces of handcrafted jewellery full of a sense of history and story telling detail.

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A freelance journalist and writer for 18 years based in London, New Zealand, Miami and Ibiza, today Abbey works as a copywriter and blogger from the tranquillity of her Norfolk home. No longer lurking beneath the darkness of clubs and screening rooms scribing music, culture and lifestyle features, she is now penning her magnum opus, a novel of Victorian gothic proportions, far from the madding crowd.

When she’s not writing Abbey likes to get distressed in her West Acre workshop, reviving, revamping and reloving unwanted furniture using painting, distressing and decoupage techniques to create quirky, unique and environmentally sustainable pieces for her shabby chic upcycled furniture business Abbey Chic. Her latest collection of decoupage lamp and light shades using vintage graphics reflects her passion for art and interiors.

Dedicated to low carbon living and minimising her footprint on the Earth, Abbey finds that recycling and reusing redundant items and giving them a new lease of life is a wonderful way of clearing her carbon conscience. She loves working with Annie Sloan chalk paint – a non-toxic, water-based medium that is lead-free, EG-free, odour-free and has very low volatile organic compounds – on all of her furniture, and what began as a hobby – taking unloved treasures and giving them a new story to tell, with a touch of creativity – has become the ethos for her brand and her life.

Tinsmith’s House is a recent venture from Paul Vater & Paul Barratt, two veterans from the worlds of contemporary art and commercial design. Their work encompasses up-cycled, twentieth-century decorative furniture using hand-printed textiles, vintage ceramics and glassware selected with contemporary interiors in mind.

Paul and Paul have created interiors that have reflected their interests in art and design, informing an accessible approach to contemporary decor. Sourcing furniture and producing unique objects, their design skills were honed during the last thirty years working in art galleries, design studios and in their homes in several formerly industrial buildings in central London.

Samples of their recent interior work can be viewed at their stylish boutique B&B, Tinsmith’s House in Aylsham, North Norfolk.

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CHANTAL VOUILLEMIN

Chantal works with and designs textile. For this winter collection she brings together a startling burst of colour and comic humour.  She is passionate about Josef Albers, comics, seaside, countryside (regular Norfolk visitor) and brightness. This work includes the loudest overstated quilts; pinups of punched, stacked, reversible images for walls; small rip torn padded pieces for your notice board; gaudy lace doilies for hanging anywhere flat.

Her background is in fashion, including working the showrooms of Moschino, Alberta Ferretti and Calvin Klein, followed by a long period working across the continents for Amnesty International.  She works under her own name and her ‘nom de plume’ for the quilts – Quilty Secrets.

Kate came to Norfolk to join the degree course in Fine Art, Sculpture at, what was then, Norwich School of Art.

Returning to Norwich after a post graduate course, she taught sculpture and ceramics for many years at a local comprehensive school, adult education centres, in primary and special needs schools.

More recently, Kate chose to concentrate on developing her work from her studio, selling through galleries. She exhibits regularly and teaches sculpture and pottery to students of all ages.

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Originally from Suffolk Michael is now based in North Norfolk where for the last 20 years, he has been working from a 17th century barn near Holt. He began his career as an antique restorer before developing an interest in furniture design. Over the years the design and making of contemporary pieces has become the dominant area of Michael’s business, working mainly to commission for private clients, as well as interiors designers and architects. He aims to provide a complete service from design through to installation and creates furniture ranging from occasional tables to statement pieces and site specific furniture such as library bookcases.

Michael’s work is characterised by an emphasis on elegance and detail and while distinctly contemporary in feel it is respectful of a 300 year tradition of English cabinetmaking. Using the best quality materials is important, particularly rare and unusual timbers which can be both an inspiration and a challenge.

The creation of a piece of furniture is often a complex inter-relationship between function , its surroundings and the materials used and any one of these can provide the initial inspiration for the design. Many of his designs are influenced by classical architecture, both in terms of detail and proportion giving them a timeless quality which ensures they are suited to both traditional and contemporary interiors.

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Toby Winteringham is a furniture designer and maker based in King’s Lynn. His work encompasses a variety of styles from elegantly simple statements to bold marquetry decoration.

He combines original design ideas with innovative construction to produce striking pieces for any setting.

He says: ‘To me design is like poetry: the stripping away of all unnecessary detail in order to leave an object in its purest form.’

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