Handmade in Merseyside Profile


Alison Bailey Smith’s motivation comes from being the child of post war parents, Scottish thriftiness and an avid watcher of Blue Peter! Her need to re-use, re-develop and re-create can be seen in her wide use of ordinary materials with extra-ordinary results. Download Artist Bio.


Bev Bush is interested in making paintings/drawings and digital installations associated with the places of her childhood and is currently using the coastline where she grew up as a site for investigation. Download Artist Bio.


Jenny Robson‘s work is mainly hand drawn and produced using traditional printing techniques including Lino cutting, screen printing and collography. Besides printmaking, she creates a variety of handmade gifts including floral corsages and custom tablet cases. Download Artist Bio.


Nawal Gebreel draws inspiration from geometric forms, Japanese “shibori” and paper-folding. Her work incorporates her own original creative interpretations of the arts and is always looking to innovate new techniques in fabrics and textiles. Download Artist Bio.

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.









Boom & Tinkle – I have always enjoyed art and have been doing some sort of crafting, creating or making for as long as I can remember. This has grown and stayed with me though out adulthood, I am always keen and excited to try new techniques but also love the more traditional techniques. I am not specialised in one area and love to try my hand at anything. I especially love jewellery making & paper crafting. I’m self-taught mainly through trial and error. Crafting is very good for mindfulness and I am very keen on sharing my techniques and introducing and encouraging new makers, especially in my craft workshops. I find inpiration comes from all around us even from everyday objects!


Roger Green Photography – Photography for me is all about finding and capturing images that bring back happy memories. It may be that holiday you had as a child with your parents in the place you could never pronounce, or it may be where you went on your Honeymoon, where you remember that beautiful sunset on a white sandy beach




Ruby Cupid Jewellery was set up because Anne Louise loves jewellery and wanted to create a range offering something modern, unique, of quality and affordable. Ruby Cupid Jewellery is for all women who want lovely jewellery. I only use quality metals – Sterling or Karen Silver (99% pure), or Gold Vermeil – and semi-precious gem stones, to ensure that Ruby Cupid Jewellery is synonymous with handmade quality.




Diane Moore – Textile Artist

 Diane makes  beautiful handmade textile art products made from all things fabric, fibre, paper and stitch. All made locally in Liverpool. 

When I’m not at my sewing machine or hand embellishing, painting and sketching or dyeing fabric….. you will often find me in art galleries, libraries and exploring nature. Always looking for more inspiration! My love for mixed media textiles was born out of a love for texture, pattern and shape and a frustration at not being able to create that purely in paint.





Ruth Spillane Illustrations – Ruth is a busy Illustrator and Graphic Designer. She currently undertakes Illustration work and commissions.







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.