MAWLEY MILK: Buy-From Shropshire Food & Drink Hub @ Ludlow Food Festival
What made you decide to turn your food or drink into a business?  Mawley Milk was established in 1982, to give locals to Cleobury a doorstep service fresh from the farm.  It gave us stability for the price of a proportion of milk we produced.  Gradually there was a decline in demand for the doorstep service when supermarkets grew in popularity, and the 3 milkmen we supplied to retired.  Fortunately we were able to keep Mawley Milk in business by responding to consumer demand and switched the packaging to the convenient plastic bottle, now sold through independent farm shops, village stores etc.     Tell us about a day in the life of your business: Our days start at 5am, when the pasturising in the dairy commences. 6 mornings a week we process an average of 3000 litres of...
28/08/2018
HOBSONS BREWERY: Buy-From Shropshire Food & Drink Hub @ Ludlow Food Festival
1. You exhibited at last year’s Food Festival - what was the highlight and what are you looking forward to most at this year’s Festival?  Hobsons has been exhibiting at the Ludlow Food Festival since the very beginning when it was a mere handful of exhibitors setting out their tables at the festival held in Ludlow College. I think this is our 24th festival! We are looking forward to launching the “reusable festival cup” at this year’s festival as part of our collaboration with the organisers to reduce waste and be more responsible in the way it deals with plastic.  It’s also our 25th Anniversary so we will be promoting our Hobsons 25 beer both in bottles and cask. Plus we are very excited to the showcasing our brand new airstream 24ft bar! This will be located...
27/08/2018
IRONBRIDGE: OUR TOP PICKS
Are you thinking of visiting Ironbridge? It’s Shropshire’s very own World Heritage Site with ten family friendly museums, stunning industrial architecture and archaeology, and full to the brim with places to eat and drink. Make sure you get the most from your visit with our handy guide to the best of what the Ironbridge Gorge has to WHAT TO SEE AND DO  Maws Craft Centre Maws Craft Centre holds a special place in our hearts as a unique art, craft and design hub set within the Gorge and  just down the road from Ironbridge in Jackfield. It houses over 35 creative businesses in a beautifully converted  Victorian factory building, ranging from photographers and screen printers, to organic skincare specialists and artisan jewellers. And not forgetting their...
12/08/2018
SPRING INTO SUMMER - SPRING INTO ACTION
Shropshire is walking country – the finest there is, and during May and June there are so many opportunities to join in special walks and outdoor activities.  Here’s just a 28th May is the annual Bridgnorth Lions Walk, a challenging 22 mile walk through the Shropshire countryside starting from Bridgnorth High Street at 10.00am.  Over £100K is raised annually for charities chosen by individual walkers or walking teams.  There is a 7 mile Junior event as well.  There is lots to do for spectators and supporters on that day with fun for all the family in the lovely town of Bridgnorth. www.facebook.com/bridgnorthwalk Now something for anyone aged The Great Big Tree Climb at the National Trust’s Dudmaston Estate on the outskirts of Bridgnorth is a...
21/05/2018
NEW Product Launch at Buy-From Shropshire Trade Show
With the Buy-From Shropshire Trade Show just one day away - we caught up with Bennett and Dunn to hear all about the new product they will be launching at the event!  The duo already have a successful range of Rapeseed oil and dressings but they are already keen to expand that range further. New to the line-up is a Lemon Infused Rapeseed Oil and we cant wait to try it. What inspired you to create the new lemon infused oil? At home we sometimes add lemon juice to dressings and to food in general to give some bitterness and freshness, we thought it would be a great idea to do this to the lovely oil we produce. We have created a subtle flavoured oil that enhances the flavour of food rather than taking it over, it’s good for you too, made with organic lemons and it...
25/04/2018
Discover Champion & Reeves at the International Spring Fair
How did CHAMPION & REEVES start? Andrew Reeves, as a child, fondly remembered, being give a precious treat of a piece of Callard & Bowser Nougat at Christmas. Andrew remembers the excitement of unwrapping the silver paper and savoring the nougat inside. Although family and friends bought him nougat over the years from far and wide Andrew would always say thank you but sigh that it wasn’t the same.  Jacqueline Champion equally has similar memories about her Grandmother giving Butterscotch – not available until we bought it back for over 30 Describe CHAMPION & REEVES for us? Champion & Reeves carefully make nougat, nougat with cherries, butterscotch and cream toffee with the finest...
26/01/2018
Discover Emma Lawrence Designs at the International Spring Fair
How did Emma Lawrence Designs start?   It began as a hobby, designing and making cards and gifts for friends and family.  I have always loved drawing and been inspired by nature so as a child I was always outside collecting or making things.  Nearly every design I do features a little bird somewhere which reflects this passion.   Describe Emma Lawrence Designs for us?   A small business producing a range of greetings cards, gifts and stationery with a fresh, fun and appealing style.  In addition, Emma is available for commissions as she loves the whole process of translating a written brief into a bespoke, delightful, eye-catching design.  Clients include the NHS, Field Studies Council, charities, Council and a...
26/01/2018
Discover Lish d'lish at the International Spring Fair
How did LISH I’ve always wanted my own business and love creating new product ideas. I had been talking to a friend of mine who used to create products for Claire’s Accessories and I mentioned my idea for scented bangles for children aged 8-13. The scented bangles would be created as an alternative to children’s perfume. He told me he thought I should give it a go and gave me his contacts in China. Over the last year and a half I have worked on the design, colours and scents and launched the brand Lish d’lish in October 2017.  Describe LISH D’LISH for Lish d’lish is a young, colourful, fun but cool brand of fashion accessories aimed at little girls between 8-13 years of age. My tag line...
26/01/2018
Discover Ruth Gibson Ceramics at International Spring Fair
How did RUTH GIBSON CERAMICS start? After completing my degree in Ceramics and Sculpture in 2003 I was offered all sorts of exciting opportunities in sculpture, and large arts projects, often working collaboratively, but these meant I didn’t have time to develop my own ceramic practice. Not until I moved house with a garden big enough to build a studio, and then had to build that studio….and then when my daughter was settled into primary school, I finally had a few hours each day to work on my designs. The business has evolved gradually over a number of years, as I responded to comments initially from friends and then customers and galleries Describe RUTH GIBSON CERAMICS for us? I am a designer-maker...
26/01/2018
Discover The Tipsy Tart at the International Spring Fair
How did THE TIPSY TART start? We started approx 5 years ago making homemade liqueurs for friends at Xmas and was so popular that we started selling at the Ludlow market and just expanded from there due to the popularity of our products.    Describe THE TIPSY TART for Our vodka and gin liqueurs are the foundation of our homemade artisan products A love of life and living is our motto and enjoying drinks with friends and family.   What will you be bringing to the International Spring Fair with We will have samples of all our products and we hope that you will all come and have a taste of our vodkas and   What can you tell us about the opportunity being given to you by Buy-From Shropshire...
26/01/2018
Moyden's Cheese: Small Business Saturday
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their unique small businesses, and what being a small business owner means to them. Here we have Martin Moyden of Moyden's Handmade Cheese, who is an integral part of the Shropshire foodie scene.  How long have you been running your cheese business?  13 years, lucky for   How did Moyden’s Cheese start? I was inspired by my grandmother and her tales of how together with my grandfather they delivered milk by horse and cart to the locals of Newport. I felt that people in general are very disconnected with where their food comes from and I longed to change this. I researched how cheese was made and it captured my imagination as...
29/11/2017
Hollie Childe: Small Business Saturday
In honour of Small Business Saturday this weekend, we have been speaking to our producers about their individual Small Businesses, and what the movement means for them. Here we have HOLLIE CHILDE ART, a young artist whose work is inspired by the stunning Shropshire landscape and wildlife.  How long have you been running your I have been running my business as a full time self employed artist for a year and a half. After graduating from University in July 2015 I spent the summer getting stuck back into painting animals. Once I had accumulated some paintings, I started selling my work online and completing my first pet portraits in November 2015 alongside working full time at John Lewis. After my business started to take off, I left John Lewis to commit to...
28/11/2017
In the Spotlight: Hollie Childe Art
Our latest guest blog is brought to you by the wonderful Hollie Childe Art, talking about her amazing summer of fantastic shows all around the country!  ___________ One year ago I set up my very first little Hollie Childe Art stall at a Charity Horse Show. Fast forward a year, and I have had the most incredible summer taking Hollie Childe Art around the country exhibiting a range of events and country shows! From really wonderful small local shows, such as Chorley Show, all the way down to Blenheim Palace to exhibit as a craft hero at Countryfile I began the summer at Shrewsbury Food Festival where the warmth and kindness from the organisers and customers overwhelmed me. The event was a fantastic showcase of all that Shropshire has to offer. During the event...
20/09/2017
10 things you didn't know about Shropshire: part 2!
The summer holidays have officially begun in the most part of Shropshire, and what a wonderful place to spend them. We’re beginning the week with 10 more facts about our wonderful county.     1.        Shropshire's first inhabitant   One of Shropshire's first inhabitants was the Rynchosaur 240 million years ago! It is described as lizard-like, but it’s teeth are very beaver-esque…   2.        Old Tom Parr    A portrait of Thomas Parr, known as Old Tom Parr, hangs at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, with an inscription that reads “Thomas Parr died at the age of 152 years 9 months”. This makes him Shropshire’s oldest person when he died.   3.        Royal roots...
24/07/2017
Launch of the Buy-From Shropshire Pop-Up Gift Shop in Shrewsbury
We're so excited to announce our latest venture: the first Buy-From Shropshire Pop Up In our latest venture, we have collaborated with Anne Reeves Jewellery in Frankwell to turn Anne's shop into a Pop Up Artisan Co-Operative featuring 15 incredible designer-makers. The ethos of the Pop Up is to bring art, contemporary jewellery, accessories, art, cards, homewares and gifts  all under one roof, and what makes it so special is that they're all Shropshire-based. If you're looking for something special, then the Buy-From Shropshire Pop-Up has it all. The artists and designer-makers can also make something totally unique and bespoke just for you.  The featured designers we have helping us to make this happen are: Anne Reeves Jewellery, Lyn Evans Designs, Sue Chadwick...
21/06/2017
Events in Shropshire this weekend - w/c 19th June
We've rounded off our pick of the best events happening around the county this week, so you don't have Keep a look out every Monday for a rundown of our favourite events happening that week. If you have any that you'd like us to know about and feature in our post, email us at events@buy-from.com! 1. Wine Tasting Cruise with Tanners - Tuesday 20th Join Tanners Wines on this relaxing 3 hour cruise on board the Sabrina boat in Shrewsbury. Setting off from Victoria Quay, Cheese and chutney will be served throughout the evening along with knowledge and history on the wines served.  Tickets are just £29.50, and if you cannot make it they have 2 more evenings planned on Wednesday 12th July and Thursday 31st August! 2. Shrewsbury Food Festival - 24th-25th June...
19/06/2017
Our top 4 things to do in Shropshire for Father's Day!
So this weekend is Father's Day! If you haven't already made plans, we've picked our favourite events that are happening over the weekend that we think your dad will 1. Father's Day @ Hawkstone Follies If he's fond of countryside pursuits, take him along to Hawkstone Park Follies on Sunday for an action packed day of events, including an archery competition, segway experience and a 4x4 off-road taster day. The park is open as normal for you and your Dad to explore the many cliffs, caves and monuments within the woodlands that were built over 200 years ago. Entry fee is £7 for adults and £4.50 for children, plus any additional costs the activities.  2. Ludlow Starting this weekend is the Ludlow Fringe at Castle Square. There's plenty of fun, comedy,...
15/06/2017
Our faves at Shrewsbury Food Festival!
In just a couple of weeks is the Shrewsbury Food Festival, taking place at Shrewsbury Quarry on the 24th & 25th of June. Being in it's 5th year, it's promising to be the most entertaining it's ever been with loads more crafts, food, talks and demos for all the family to If you are headed down to the festival, don't forget to pop by and support our producers from the Buy-From Shropshire network that are taking part this year. We couldn't be more honoured to work so closely with such talented people and support them at events like the Food Festival. The producers you need to look out for are Heather's Harvest, Hollie Childe Art, Maynard's Farm, Press De Cuba, The Tipsy Tart and Tiger Gin.  Chris Burt and Martin Moyden, alongside Lajina Masala, will also be...
09/06/2017
Meg Hawkins Teams Up With Giftwrap Entrepreneur
Revolutionary Giftwrap Entrepreneur Teams Up with Shropshire Artist Keep your eyes out for this new and exciting collaboration from Giftwrap Entrepreneur Craig Morfett and Watercolour Artist Meg Hawkins! Through their mutual connection with The Giftware Association, they’re bringing the designs of Meg Hawkins Artist to Craig’s revolutionary Instawrap®.   Launched in February 2017, Instawrap®’s innovative and 100% recyclable LICK & STICK giftwrap means there is no longer a use for sticky tape when wrapping gifts – helping to eradicate the immense amount of gift-wrap waste currently sent to landfill sites every day. They’ll also look extra beautiful without the unsightly tape and Meg’s designs featured on the giftwrap!   Instawrap® is the first company to...
07/06/2017
Your Father's Day Gift Inspiration: Sorted.
We have your Father's Day Gift Inspiration Sorted here at Buy-From Shropshire. All of our producers produce and create something totally unique, and we have compiled only some of the products that we feel will really show your Dad you care this Fathers Day. From photographic prints by Shropshire and Beyond to Moyden's Wrekin Blue cheese, and all handmade in Shropshire! Have a browse through our wonderfully wide range of local producers and be inspired by all they have to offer.  Simply click HERE to see our latest Father's Day newsletter.  Fun Fact: Father's day wasn't made an official holiday until 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an official declaration on permanence.   
06/06/2017
Incredible Art, Stunning Views and a Memorable Experience: The Secret Severn Art Trail
I have just had the absolute pleasure of walking the Secret Severn Art Trail and what an experience it was. With the stunning Ironbridge Gorge basking in the sun, we started at Maws Craft Centre where three new galleries were hosting 10 diverse and renowned artists and designers. We began our journey at Two for Joy, the gallery of artists Hazel McNab and Jenny Newall. This stunning gallery has only recently been renovated and it is a treat for the senses. Hazel's linocuts sit alongside the stained glass art of Jenny Newall, the delicate and striking pottery of Suki White and the unique and emotive work of Katherine Souter. The gallery has been really well curated and is a feast for the eyes. I only wish I had enough money to spend the hundreds I wanted to spend in Our next...
05/05/2017
Press de Cuba: The Best Sandwich in Shropshire
Why start Press De Cuba?    On a personal note I've always wanted to start my own business. There have been many ideas that have come and gone over time, almost all surrounding food. When Hannah and I discussed and developed this one, it stuck.    I've loved cooking and tasting food from a young age. I would say I am the happiest when in the kitchen developing recipes and feeding friends and family. I met Hannah who shared my passion for food. I'd been developing sauces and marinades at home for years and we fell in love with the traditional Cuban mojo. After developing an authentic recipe for the mojo marinade and using it in Cuban sandwiches, we realised we had something pretty special that should be shared! We also took a...
31/03/2017
‘Tea Ceremony’ | Ceramicist Ruth Gibson’s Korean Exhibition
Shrewsbury based ceramic artist, Ruth Gibson, is well known throughout the UK for her stunning screen printed ceramic and porcelain art work. Ruth sells and exhibits her work throughout the UK and regular creates bespoke and community art projects. Her latest exhibition is particularly exciting as it takes her work to the Far East. Ruth finds creative parallels between Korean and English culture in her clay work. Her impressive range of work has caught the attention of Dr. David Jones master of Raku and senior academic at the University of Wolverhampton UK, and Professor Lee, Boo-Yun of Hanyand University in Seoul in South Korea, who are co-curating an exhibition of ceramics.  The curators were looking for international ceramic artists to draw parallels, as well as...
19/03/2017
Raw, Unique, Unconventional | In Conversation with Saloukee
In Conversation with Sarah Name: Sarah Occupation: In three words describe Saloukee: Raw. Unique. How did your business start?  I studied jewellery at college and university. After graduating in 2005, I worked for others and spent time traveling. By 2008, I knew working for myself—on my own terms—was the only way to take the steps to reach my goals and so Saloukee was born! Have you got a favourite design? What do you love about it? Hmm, I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just one piece, but I would say I have a favourite...
14/03/2017
Believing, Inspiring, Sharing | In Conversation with Hazel McNab
In Conversation with Hazel McNab   Name: 366 Hearts by Hazel McNab   Occupation:  Inspirational blogger   In three words describe 366 Hearts:  Believing, inspiring, sharing.   How did your creative business start? Slowly, one heart at a time. Initially a heart a day for a year, a Leap year hence 366 Hearts.  Finding the process of  taking time to contemplate my day. Being creative and finding an inspirational quote for the next day is all a very positive thing to do. I have now painted well over 1000 hearts. Although it began as a personal journey it resonates with many people. I aim to inspire people everyday.   Have you got a favourite design/piece? What...
10/03/2017
Stunning Shropshire Images | In Conversation with Shropshire and Beyond
I have been following the work of the father and son photographers behind Shropshire and Beyond for over a year now as they share their voyage around this stunning county and celebrate it with their incredible photography. I am so pleased that Shropshire and Beyond are now part of Buy-From Shropshire. They are also the official photographers for the Ludlow Food Festival, which is fantastic. Here I am in conversation with one half of Shropshire and Beyond, John Name: John Hayward   Occupation:  Photographer   In three words describe Shropshire and Beyond:  Stunning Shropshire Images   How did your business start? I was tired of working 9-5 office jobs and needed a change. In 2012 I quit my job to get out in the...
08/03/2017
Effective, Ethical and Honest: Elizabeth Beckett Skincare
In Conversation with Elizabeth Beckett     Name: Liz Beckett Occupation: Good question!  I was an accountant, then I went in to software consultancy and now I am a trying to tell the world that local skincare is the best! In three words describe Elizabeth Beckett Skincare: Effective, ethical and honest    How did your business start? I was disillusioned with the skincare industry; it seemed to be surrounded by hype and advertising claiming to do all sorts wonderful things, all I wanted was healthy, supple, bright skin to grow old with me. I’d been making products for myself and gave some as Christmas gifts for friends and family. I also wanted to do something to support the local economy. Rapeseed oil...
03/03/2017
Honest, Dramatic, Crafted: Introducing Richard Childs Photography
In Conversation with Richard Childs Photography   Name: Richard Occupation:  Landscape Photographer In three words describe your photography: Honest, dramatic, crafted   How did your photographic business start? A love of walking in wild places   Have you got a favourite image? What do you love about it? I’m very critical of my work and to date have only two or three images that I’m truly happy with. One of these, Blue Skye Day, has even made it onto my own wall at home ( albeit for just a year). It portrays the true mood of the island and is of a location that, to my knowledge, I was the first to   What is your best-selling image?  Light and Shadow, Loch Etive....
03/03/2017
In Conversation with Organik Orangutan
In Conversation with Rosie Cantrill of Organik Orangutan   Name: Rosie Cantrill   Occupation:  Teacher & Organic Soap Maker    Describe Organik Orangutan soaps: ‘Palm oil free’,  Organic, Vegan   How did your business start? As a textile artist I was felting soap and gradually realised I was making an ethical product with a chemical core. So I decided to learn to make my own soap, only using organic and natural ingredients.   Have you got a favourite product? Yes, my luxury facial soap Forest Queen. What do you love about it? It leaves my face feeling beautifully moisturised and it contains extra nourishing oils and French pink clay.  ...
02/03/2017
LET’S THINK OUTSIDE THE EASTER EGG BOX
It’s March…Easter is around the corner….Spring is about to spring.  What will you give your loved ones at this special time?  Let me guess.  An Easter Egg?  A box of chocolates? An Easter Egg? A bunch of daffodils?  An Easter Egg?  You get the picture.  It’s hard to be original and think outside the Easter Egg box. BUT WE CAN HELP YOU! At Buy-From Shropshire we have a gorgeous treasure trove of goodies to help you celebrate feel good Spring.  I’ve picked out just some of them for you.... We have a fantastic range of prints to match your newfound seasonal optimism.  See the original linocut print by Hazel McNab, ‘Hareials’, which just bursts with fun.  Try and look at this picture and not smile. A wonderful print that...
01/03/2017
Beautiful British Beverages: In Conversation with Story Drinks
Story Drinks are lightly sparkling fruit pressés, each a blend of fruit juice and sparkling natural spring water.The result is a delicious range of light, refreshing, low calorie products. Story Drinks HQ is based just outside of Oswestry in North Shropshire,in a stunning rural location and I interviewed Founder and Director, Julian Sollom, about his vision for the In Conversation with Name: Julian Occupation: Founder and Director of In three words describe Story Drinks: Beautiful British Beverages How did your drinks business I've spent my working career in the drinks industry with Pepsi, Bacardi, Hildon and now with my own Brand, which I started 5 years ago back in 2012. It all started when...
28/02/2017
Ludlow Food Festival: Join the TIGGOLUTION
LUDLOW FOOD FESTIVAL BLOG SERIES: JOIN THE If you have been to the Ludlow Spring or Food Festival over the past two years then hopefully you will have had a chance to meet Sam and Jacob, the brothers behind Tigg's. The Herefordshire brothers launched Tigg's in honour of their grandmother, whose original recipes make up the brand and remain unchanged over the years. It was a pleasure to meet the Sam and Jacob this week and hear Granny Tigg's story of adventure that has led to this moment. The brothers are incredibly and infectiously passionate about the brand and the products and have achieved an enormous amount since Tigg's launched in 2014. If you are heading to the Spring or Food Festivals this year then make sure you pay the Tigg brothers a visit and try...
17/02/2017
Lovely Ludlow
LOVELY All images courtesy of Shropshire and Beyond Ludlow can trace its history back to the 11 when its historic castle foundations were first laid. Back then, the castle was built to keep out invaders from across the border in Wales. These days, we’re glad to say that the town is much more welcoming of tourists from wherever they come! And come they do - not surprisingly given that the pretty town of Ludlow has something to offer visitors of all ages. We don’t use the term ‘pretty’ lightly either. Ludlow town centre for example has a staggering number of listed buildings - nearly 500 in total. Add to that it’s waterfront setting and you’ll begin to see what we mean. So, where do you start with a top 5 list...
13/02/2017
Foodie Inspiration from Bennett & Dunn
Ludlow Food Festival Blog Get Cooking with Bennett & Dunn Bennett & Dunn's incredible cold pressed rapeseed oil and dressings are produced by husband and wife team Tracey and Rupert Bennett in Shropshire. Locally grown, the rapeseed is cold pressed, triple filtered and then hand bottled by Rupert. Since launching, Bennett & Dunn has become a staple for numerous top chefs throughout the UK. Each month one of these chefs creates an original recipe using Bennett & Dunn Rapeseed Oil. Tracey and Rupert have shared one of these recipes with us for our Ludlow Food Festival Blog Series. So now you can get cooking.... Recipe Rory Bunting , The Oak Wigmore Confit Belly Pork, pan fried scallops, carrot and fennel puree with a cider mustard and sorrel...
04/02/2017
HELP YOUR BODY – HELP THE PLANET – JOIN THE TREND
Ludlow Food Festival Blog HELP YOUR BODY – HELP THE PLANET – JOIN THE So – let’s talk about food and drink.  And do you know what the big food and drink trends are for 2017?  Buying fresh, eating raw, eating yourself to wellness AND buying local (so good for that all important freshness and also so good for the We all know that colourful, fresh vegetables of brim full of antioxidents don’t we?  Now look out for vegetables we may never have seen before.  Purple will be the colour of the year we think…. purple cauliflower, purple sweet potatoes, purple asparagus, purple corn.  Listen to food blogger, Claire Brumby, who ….. a greater demand from consumers of transparency in...
04/02/2017
Chef James Sherwin's Wild Shropshire Journey
Chef James Sherwin become Head Chef at the Drayton Gate in Wem on Monday 16 January 2017. This is incredibly exciting with this dynamic chef, committed to Shropshire and its local culinary treasures teaming up with a stunning forward thinking restaurant. Here I talk to James about his unique style and how he feels about this new venture for him. In three words describe your culinary style: Nature. Focused. You have been running Wild Shropshire PopUps for some time now. How did these They began as I felt frustrated working in restaurants and not being able to express what I felt was important and worth showing people. It's important to me that we look at what we have and explore our ingredients and traditions....
16/01/2017
Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Sarah Buckingham
In Conversation with Teacups & Thyme Name:  Sarah Buckingham Occupation: Artist, illustrator and Children’s Nurse.  In three words describe Teacups & Thyme:  Eat, paint, dream     How did your business start? I have always had a paint brush, pencil or pen about my person. I find interest in humdrum, the way in which we piece our lives together. I like the bright colour of bottles, the brisk yellow of lemons, the creamy pastels of a cake. I wanted to document my findings as I see them and so I sketched this and that. It all started with a set of teacups that I described in ink and watercolour, a cup for each member of a family. Then a personal request for a painting and a...
01/12/2016
Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Catherine Demet
In Conversation with Love Dressmaking  SHREWSBURY WINTER FESTIVAL 2016 Name: Catherine Demet Occupation:  Dressmaking Tutor In three words describe your work: Creative. Skillful. Rewarding.   How did your business start?  I was looking for a new job following redundancy and whilst having my hair cut one day, my hairdresser said ‘why don’t you go back to doing the thing you love and start teaching people how to sew again?  The seed was ‘sewn” and following a chat with the ladies from WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) at the Newport Show, I took the first steps to setting up my business ‘Love Dressmaking’ I decided to run classes and workshops and offer one-to-one tuition in Dressmaking, starting with running the classes from my sewing room at...
30/11/2016
Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Stephanie Gaston
In Conversation with Stephanie Gaston SHREWSBURY WINTER FESTIVAL Name: Stephanie Gaston Occupation:  Rag rug In three words describe your work: colourful, organic, How did your business start? A friend showed me the basic technique a few years ago and I was Have you got a favourite piece? Why?  A poppy rug which measures 1 square metre, because it took a lot of red t-shirts and I needed to ask advice from an artist to get the right look. With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of? Feeling confident enough to give talks about my craft. What do you love most about running your creative...
29/11/2016
Wild Shropshire | James Sherwin
I did a blog a while ago about "Wild Shropshire" - the name I've given to my pop up restaurants. In that blog I talked about the importance of foraging to the “Wild Shropshire” concept and how the concept developed to what it is today.   I thought with this blog I could talk more about what the concept actually means and the various strands to the concept that aren't obvious when eating. Is the name just a convenient name that buys into the people of Shropshire's pride for their county? Or does it have substance, a political agenda perhaps?   A few years ago a very clever man (Ian Mackaye of obscure noughties punk band Fugazi) stated, "never-mind what’s been selling, it’s what you’re buying." This is...
29/11/2016
Inspired by Nature: Introducing Emma Lawrence Designs
Interview with Emma Lawrence Designs   Name:  Emma Lawrence Occupation:   Illustrator, Designer & Author How would you describe your work? Illustrations inspired by animals, wildlife and flowers which feature on greeting cards and gifts which are all made in the UK.  The illustrations are fresh, fun and almost always carry my trademark little bird.  All the illustrations are hand drawn in ink and then coloured with a variety of pencils and crayons or digitally coloured, giving them a clear and distinctive style. I have also written and illustrated 2 children’s books which are part of the Little Explorers Series published by Brambleby Books.  I am keen to encourage young children to...
28/11/2016
Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Denise McGowan
 In Conversation with Evanji SHREWSBURY WINTER FESTIVAL 2016   Name: Denise McGowan   Occupation:  Entrepreneur! Sugaring Practitioner, Holistic Therapy and Beauty Trainer, Training School owner. Textile and glass artist. Workshop facilitator. Mentor. Mother. Cosmetic manufacturer and formulator. Published writer, Direct seller!   In three words describe your work: Creative, beneficial, humbling   How did your business start? Originally started who teaching textiles and produced costumes, wedding dresses, evening dresses. Left teaching in 1998 and moved eventually to Market Drayton. Started the Craft Box to teach adults craft activities and host Children’s days. Fell into learning to...
26/11/2016
Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Jill Bagnall
In Conversation with Fusing Ideas SHREWSBURY WINTER FESTIVAL Name: Oh, good, an easy one to start. Jill Occupation:  Glass artist   In three words describe your work: Fabulous, functional, How did your business start? One of my many crafty creative hobbies that turned into a passion – glass gets under your skin, though we hope not literally. It gradually took me over and then I was bought a small kiln for a birthday; the rest is Have you got a favourite product? Why? Gosh that’s a difficult one.  I love the ‘tapestry in glass’ work because it is quite technical as well as creative and I have only tipped the...
23/11/2016
Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Rupert Bennett
In Conversation with Bennett & Dunn SHREWBSURY WINTER FESTIVAL 2016   Name:  Rupert Bennett & Tracey Bennett   Occupation: Directors of Bennett & Dunn, which means chief cook and bottle washers.   In three words describe Bennett & Dunn’s products:  Quality, Tasty and Healthy   How did your business start? After watching James Martin on Saturday Kitchen using a cold pressed rapeseed oil, we thought we could do that. How hard could it be? It turned out to be very hard but 3 months later we produced the first oil, and a month after that we got our first order.   Have you got a favourite Bennett & Dunn recipe and can you share it...
23/11/2016
Meg Hawkins' Collaborates for her Festive Open Studio
Local Artist Collaborates for a Festive Open Well known Bridgnorth artist, Meg Hawkins, is opening her studio on Thursday 24 November for a day of Christmas shopping and festivities. Collaborating with Meg on the day are ceramic artist, Ruth Gibson who will be selling her stunning handmade jewellery, bowls and wall art, and The Shabby Windmill, who makes handmade country chic décor from the heart of the Shropshire  Ruth Gibson The Shabby Meg’s studio in Burwarton is a perfect location for you to start your Christmas shopping. You will be able to enjoy a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and meet the three fantastic Shropshire producers. The Open Studio takes place from 11am – 3pm and then again...
22/11/2016
Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Stephanie Jacobs
 In Conversation with Stephanie’s Creations SHREWSBURY WINTER FESTIVAL 2016   Name:  Stephanie Jacobs   Occupation: Artist   In three words describe your work:  Mixed media sculptures   How did your business start? I started experimenting with a new product called Paverpol which I had discovered online about 5 years ago. Really enjoyed working with it and then found a weekend workshop to attend to learn more about it. Came home from that totally inspired to create with it and haven't looked back since.   Have you got a favourite piece? Why? One of my favourite pieces is called “Peekaboo” - it depicts a mother with babe in arms and children running around her playing peekaboo. It's happy, lively...
22/11/2016
Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Lajina Masala
In Conversation with Lajina Masala SHREWBSURY WINTER FESTIVAL 2016   Name:  Lajina Leal   Occupation:  Owner, Lajina Masala    In three words describe Lajina Masala: Indian Curry Expert     Have you got a favourite recipe and can you share it with us? Parathas, stuffed Indian breads, love making them and eating them, so delicious.   http://www.lajinamasala.com/recipe/pumpkin-parathas/   What is your favourite part of the business? Teaching Indian Cooking       With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of?  Winning the competition for being mentored by Chris Haycock, I now have a new business name, website and branding, it's so exciting.    ...
21/11/2016
Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Ruth Gibson
Buy-From Shropshire In Conversation with Ruth Gibson Ceramics SHREWSBURY WINTER FESTIVAL 2016 Name: Ruth Gibson Occupation:  Ceramic Artist In three words describe your work: Screen printed ceramics / bold black and white ?!     How did your business start? I have been self-employed  in the creative industries for 30 years but returned to study in my late 30’s and gained a first class honours degree in Ceramics and Sculpture. Whilst bringing up my daughter I have worked in a variety of disciplines from project management of public arts projects, designing and building funky bus shelters and seating, working on public and private commissions to designing and making products to sell. As well as teaching ceramics...
21/11/2016