Southport Makers Craft Fair

Come and meet some of our local craft makers and find out more  about what inspires them to create.

Ruth Spillane Illustrations – “I am a busy Illustrator and Graphic Designer. I currently undertake Illustration work and commissions.”

Lynn Hunter Beads –  “I have passion for jewelry, it became my hobby for the past 20 years. I am self-taught although I attended a jewelry course at Southport College My inspiration comes from nature, books and life around me. It gives me pleasure using my imagination and expertise making jewelry for others to enjoy.”

Ayhoka Driftwood – Ayhoka, meaning ‘she brings happiness’, is a name of Native American origin. We (Val and Barbara), chose it as the name to represent our business of creating and selling works of driftwood and other art, mainly because when we are working on each piece we envisage it bringing happiness to the home of the new owner.

Tony Williams Linocuts – It was at secondary school that I was acknowledged as being of an artistic bent, although I refused to achieve even a basic o-level in the subject! The careers advisor suggested that my desire to be a Graphic Designer was ridiculous so, a few years later, I gained my honours degree in that subject and never looked back; I’m still practicing…..Linocut printing, Cyanotypes, rubbings, photography, they are all mediums I’m presently creating images with. 

 Mervyn Thomas – Ceramics

I have recently returned to ceramics following retirement, having first studied it in the 1960’s.  I enjoy throwing on the wheel.  Mainly I make bowls, and glazed porcelain jewellery.  I also use the millefiore technique to combine various colours of porcelain to make earrings where the colour goes all the way through.  Sources of inspiration for my pottery include 18th century agateware, and 20th century Japanese art potters including Shoji Hamada and Takeshi Yasuda.  All of my work is made in Southport, less than a mile from The Atkinson.

Phil Cook’s Creations (Cards and Prints)
Phil began his creative journey painting in oils at 10 years old and has since gained 25 years experience, as a photographer. He draws on his formal training and emotional journey to create intense and highly original art. Phil encourages you to embrace your own emotions and surreal imagination. He uses a variety of substrates to present his work on, from paper to aluminium. This allows you the flexibility to hang his work anywhere.

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