Amber is a British knitwear designer who creates gorgeous accessories with luxury natural fibres in a minimal and stylish colour palette. Her work is inspired by the colours and formations of natural rock landscapes and a fascination with the soft colour washes of American abstract artist Agnes Martin.
Amber knits her soft, textural pieces on vintage knitting machines in her home studio in East Bristol. She exhibited as part of Shanghai Fashion week, has been awarded an innovation award by the Craft Council and even designed a Christmas jumper for the Queen’s waxwork at Madame Tussauds.
Amber says: ‘I love finding new and interesting yarns to experiment with.’
Bianca Rose wood
Jewellery maker Bianca Pardhy-Avis uses reclaimed hardwoods, such as oak, walnut and maple to make her hand-painted necklaces and earrings. Bianca’s designs, which currently use a carefully selected palette of greens, dusky pinks and golds, are reminiscent of rolling hills or cliff top seascapes.
Bianca is obsessed with colour and loves combining different tones that compliment the warmth of the wood. She makes all her pieces by hand in her Bristol studio
Bianca says: “I love turning this functional and utilitarian material into something more precious.”
Ceridwen Hazelchild Design
Ceridwen’s studio is nestled between a woodland nature reserve and the River Avon, so it is no surprise that her work is overflowing with flora and fauna. Badgers, hares, foxes and flowers are all brought to life in her colourful illustrations that adorn wash bags, pencil cases, tote bags, mugs and stationery. Whether it’s a reusable tote bag adorned with a cheerful print or a scenic lampshade, she aims to make beautiful products which promote a love of our natural world.
Ceridwen says: “I love long walks in the countryside and the colour turquoise. I believe that by expressing our creativity and encouraging eco-friendly behaviour, we can make our world more beautiful.”
Jeweller Clare Lloyd is passionate about colour, she wanted to make it the focal point of her designs without using gem stones so she started experimenting with polymer and resin clay and Colour Designs was born.
Each element of her jewellery is made by hand in her studio in the Silk Mill in Frome. Clare mixes each carefully chosen colour to reflect the colours she sees around her in the Somerset countryside.
Clare says: “I try to keep the shapes and styles of the jewellery simple to allow the colour to become the focal point.”