Home Is In The North – Part Two

I am continuing my wander around the Home Is In The North show with Liz. The show was held at Halle St, Peters in Ancoats, Manchester on Saturday 15 November.


Lottie Smith

Lottie Smith’s business card proclaims “Cardboard Wizardry” – and what she does, really is wizard. I can only show you the lampshade above because whilst I was editing a beautiful photograph of a range of her makes, I press the wrong button and deleted it! Oops. All is not lost, however, as you can have a look around her website: http://www.lottiesmith.com from where you can access her Flickr albums: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lottie_smith/sets/72157625969220230/

Tinker & Faff

I love the name of this stall: Tinker & Faff. That pretty well describes what I do. Well, I’m not sure how to describe this stall – maybe, digital printing on their products? They had framed phrases/words, mugs and cards for sale on their stall but you really should go to their website for more of an idea: http://www.tinkerandfaff.com/shop/ .


Melissa Montague – Silversmith

Melissa’s stall was displaying small cups of various sizes. They weren’t all silver in colour and some had interesting finishes on them. See more here: http://www.melissamontague.co.uk .


Beth Johnson Ceramics

Next to Melissa stall was Beth Johnson who is a ceramics designer/maker. The pear-shaped items on her stall were, I think, olive oil containers for the table. However, they were great fun as they rock! Woohoo, I really enjoyed myself rocking them to and fro. If I had had my purse with me I would probably have bought two of them just so that I could have an olive bottle fight at the table with my grandchildren! You never know, some day I may even grow up and learn to behave myself! Anyway, Beth’s creative ceramics can be found on her website: http://www.bethjohnsonceramics.co.uk .


Lisa Watson Quilts

Ooh, this display was yummy fabrics. Harris Tweed. Oh, yes. Lisa Watson makes beautiful quilts from Harris Tweed, which she backs with cotton fabrics. Look at those gorgeous colours! Or, see them more closely here: http://www.quiltsbylisawatson.co.uk . Oh, and her quilts carry the legitimate Harris Tweed label [sorry, I don’t know how to find the copyright symbol on my Macbook].

The labels on one of Lisa’s quilts



Ink Inc Illustration


From lots of luscious colour to monochrome in just a few steps, we arrived at the wonderful array of cards, mugs and other items produced by Ink Inc Illustration. Their stall was quite busy when I was there so there was no chance to talk about their work. However, you can find out more at http://inkincillustration.co.uk .


Natalie Laura Ellen Print & Textile Design

When I was perusing this stall the young man manning it was not terribly forthcoming. That means that, again, there is little I can tell you apart from the fact that there were some funky designs to be had here, as you can see in her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NatalieLauraEllen .


Katie King Design – Paper Illustration

Katie is a friendly, enthusiastic paper artist. She creates beautiful paper cuts, including some delightful 12 Days of Christmas tree baubles. They come in a well-designed lightweight cardboard package which includes a small compartment in the base for a message or, perhaps, some sweets. You can see her unusual paper cuts here: http://katiekingdesign.com .

Katie King Design


Lomas & Lomas
Garry Lomas Photography

Firstly, apologies to Lomas & Lomas for only posting one photograph. I had not realised that you have two different trading names. Lomas & Lomas design fabric for cushions and lampshades. They also design and digitally print their own wallpaper. Look at their unique collection at http://www.lomasandlomas.co.uk .


Emily Patricia Wiles –
Knit Me A Stitch

Emily produces fabric bags – but they are ceramic fabric bags! No, I’m not mad, she creates a mould using a fabric bag to create a ceramic bag. Amazingly they look like fabric bags, or leather, or suede. Find out more about Knit Me A Stitch .

Knit Me A Stitch


I hope you have enjoyed wandering around the show with Liz and me. Join us tomorrow to see the remaining stalls and to find out what a young couple needed! It certainly surprised me!

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