With Mother’s Day fast approaching I’ve had a little look at some gift ideas – eco-friendly by either material, process or handmade here in the UK. All of these items are hand-made by Folksy sellers. I love the fact that the palette has turned out very spring like and filled with items of gorgeousness!
See the list below for the links to all these shops.
1. Print for Love of Wood. A funky typography shop selling cards and prints which are printed in a traditional way on a range of printing presses. It’s a small design and letterpress studio based in the Pennines, Lancashire. The paper, maker and graphic designer, Jacqui Sharples, uses is recycled and even the ink is recycled from printers who have closed down due to the impact of digital on traditional methods.
2. Isla Clay. Gorgeous geometric statement necklaces, so nice I think I’d buy to just hang on my wall! Handmade by Martina Zalig.
3. BoodleBoutique. This was a good find, Bethan Buss creates fun illustrations and uses organic material for her baby-grow prints (which are so cute by the way). Other items include T-shirts, cards, mugs and prints.
4. Linen Prints. Jacqui Watkins uses block printing to create her textiles and images. I love the style of mark-making that block printing brings and the soft colours Jacqui uses. She sells a small range of items such as cushions, mugs, coasters and greeting cards.
5. The Way to Blue. Shop owner, Sarah Middleton is an artist based in North Wales. Sarah mainly uses the old photographic process of cyanotype, where a light sensitive solution is applied to watercolour paper. Objects or negatives are then layered on then exposed to sunlight. Her prints are beautiful and I’m so glad I stumbled across her shop. I love that she lives in a house nestled on a hillside (sigh).
6. Claudia Made This. Claudia Thomas keeps herself busy making cute and fruity jewellery. I love her colourful earrings which have a bit of a 1950’s feel to them.
7. Andrew Berwick Illustration. Hand-printed and handmade products, which all have a country feel using illustrations of stags, hedgehogs, foxes and hummingbirds. Printed onto cushions and lampshades.
8. Peris and Corr. I love this shop! It’s a boutique screen printing and design studio, located in the Snowdonia national park in North Wales. They hand print everything with water based eco-friendly inks, the paper used is from recycled stock and the lampshades and cushions are made from 100% organic cotton. Lots of Welsh inspired homewares to drool over – mostly cushions and lampshades – gorgeous!
9. Maybe Mabel Handmade. Lauren Holloway loves to sew and has created a vast range of bags, make up bags and iPad cases. She is passionate about recycling and uses bright and fun fabrics for her hand-made accessories.
10. Jessica Catherine. All the ceramic items are handmade by Jessica in her home studio. There are a few versions of the trinket dish (which I love), earrings, and ceramic hearts among other items.
11. Gill’s Handmade Jewels. The maker, Gillian, uses artisan made components from all over the world. All of her work has a bohemian style which is colourful and beautiful.
12 + 16. Louise Brainwood Textiles. I love the textiles on Louise’s shop, all with simple form and shape within the fabric designs, and with lovely colour palettes. The fabrics she uses are her own designs.
13. CasSam Jewellery. Maker, Nicola Bretherton makes her stamped jewellery with 100% recycled fine silver. Her designs are simple and cute and would make a lovely gift.
14. Elizabeth S Murray. I really like the simplicity of Elizabeth’s birds, and they have a very elegant feel to them. I particularly like the robin and sparrow (love little birdies). Each item is made to order so make sure you get your order in on time!
15. Dyfal Donc. I really like this shop, another one situated in North Wales! The shop owners and designers, Morgan and Rebecca used recycled photos and scavenged bits and bobs to up-cycle, giving their designs a collage feel. The shop mostly sells cards, pocket mirrors and mugs, in English and Welsh language.
And so ends the list! I hope you and your Mummies have a lovely day.