Member Directory

David McCormack

I was born in London. I hold an honours degree in English and a Master’s from the Shakespeare Institute. Formerly, I was an actor and director, I now teach English and creative writing at Hereward College in Coventry. I am a prolific writer of poetry and I have recently begun work on a tetralogy of plays on political figures for radio, the first of which, Stalin’s Final Statistic, was broadcast last year by Renaissance Radio.

Jo Connell

Contemporary ceramic vessels, sculptures and wall panels for interior and exterior settings. Well known for her work using coloured clays – subtle colours and textures produce intriguingly tactile surfaces, sometimes stretched and distressed almost as geological forces affect the earth’s crust.A member of Craft Potters Association and Royal Birmingham Society of Artists; retired college lecturer; author of The Potters Guide to Ceramic Surfaces (Apple) and Colouring Clay (Black). Available for teaching and workshops/ demonstrations.

Charlotte Louise Photography

I specialise in Portrait & Event photography. I particularly love recreating certain eras such as the 1930s-40s and part of that includes war style shots. I’ve had the pleasure of working as an official photographer for a carnival committee, photographing a music festival week, being responsible for a colleges annual report and numerous other portrait work.

Helen Sutherland

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ERUD IT Limited

ERUD IT is a well-established and professional IT company offering high quality service and professionalism.Our dedicated creative department are here for all your web, print and video and multimedia requirements offering bespoke solutions with your business needs and target audience in mind.Our technical team deliver IT services, solutions & support to business customers and home-users. Our skilled engineers are Microsoft certified and we have in house expertise covering all aspects of computer support.

Terry Davies

I am a self publishing fine art landscape photographer specialising in the landscapes of the British Isles. My motivation is to capture the essence of the landscapes that surround us through a combination of good light, detail and composition. 

I complete the entire workflow myself from the photography and processing to the framing and final presentation. I use only the highest quality materials throughout the process and my prints are of giclée quality. My work is often very large with framed images up to 1.5m in length.

Sharon Steingold

I have lived in the Midlands for many years. I trained as a nurse, and then studied Fine Art at North Warwickshire College, Loughborough University and De Montfort University. I completed a PhD in 2007 at DMU where I now work as a senior lecturer. I have led workshops in schools and organised several public art projects in Leicestershire. I love to paint and to be involved in creative activity!

Sue Barry – Mixed Media, Felt/Textile Artist

Sue specialises in hand crafted felt, and painting in acrylic and oils, to create contemporary, original pieces of art. Sue’s inspiration evolves from her love of texture, colour and line, and in creating landscapes of areas she has visited.

Nuno felted techniques are used to create textured merino wool/silk chiffon and cotton scarves in a variety of colour. Sue also enjoys working with a limited colour palette and incorporates scrumbling, rag painting, and mixed media in her paintings.Sue exhibits at Bohemia in Penzance, Patchings Annual Christmas Fair, Woodhouse Eaves Gallery and Oakley Grange Farm and has exhibited at Crafted and Deda.

She is a member of Creative Hinckley & Leicester Sketch Club and facilitates workshops. 

Elizabeth Jarvis – aka Betty Knitter

I am a designer and maker of knitted accessories, including bags and home furnishings. I also write knitting patterns and I’m a regular contributor to ‘Simply Knitting’ magazine, as well as selling my patterns as downloadable files via my website. My particular interest lies in combining different yarns together to create knitted pieces with exciting colours and textures.

Pete Underhill, Chocolate Starfish Limited

A graphic designer for over 25yrs, Pete now works from his home studio sharing his time between graphics, illustration and writing children’s books.

For relaxation, he likes to paint people in oils and is always on the lookout for interesting faces.

Chic Throws

Chic Throws is the home of stunning locally handmade quilts & throws from the heart of the sunny midlands, I believe that my quilts make wonderful, functional, but fashionable lasting gifts & there’s nothing better than a quilt to call your own, especially one that is made just for you! Commission pieces a specialty of mine; why not enquire about your own handmade throw, now taking orders for children’s receiving quilts/play mats.

Suzanne Washington

Freelance illustrative surface pattern designer with a varied portfolio and a wealth of industry experience across many product areas including garments, accessories, homewares and greetings. Worked within manufacture and retail head office. Has sold designs internationally, select client list includes Ness clothing brand and Harrods. Personal work is highly detailed and has an illustrative quality

Judith Coles, Glass Artist (Thermalshock)

I am a self taught glass artist working in the field of warm and hot glass techniques. I particularly love working with bright and colourful glass and I pride myself on making a selection of modern and unique clocks, bowls, mirrors, jewellery and pens using a combination of glass, silver, wood, modern acrylics, copper and stone.

Sue Mackrell

I am a poet and short story writer. I have an MA in Creative Writing from Loughborough University, and I teach the creative writing module there. My work has been published in a range of anthologies and magazines. With my husband David McCormack I run creative writing workshops with participants of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Themes of workshops include writing about art and museum artefacts, local history and personal memories.

Elizabeth Bamfield Textile Artist

I design and make contemporary wearable art. Currently I make felt, and hand knit with coloured copper wire to create different textural effects for beaded jewellery. I am inspired by the ideal of combining natural and man-made fabrics and other materials. As an experienced teacher of textiles I will be offering textile workshops to adults and children.

Gwyn Williams

Gwyn is based in Leicestershire, and has been in the field of Interior Design for twenty five years, working on projects encompassing restaurants, retail interiors and executive homes. Designing and project managing projects at Historic Royal Houses, Natural History Museum, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, National Museum of Ireland, Royal Collections, First Choices, and executive homes in London and New York.

Gwyn currently works for Feed The Hungry UK providing food aid to projects around the world.


Simon Lewis was born in 1945 in Devon .He Studied at Bath Academy Of Art, Corsham from 1964 to 1968 ,and did an MFA at the university of Reading Graduating in 1972 .He has taught at many universities both in the UK and abroad most recently at Nottingham Trent university . He is an artist whose practice is rooted unashamedly in the visual. He believes that painting is primarily a visual not a conceptual activity, and it is the study and development of visual cognition and language that is the basis of his work.

Eve Marshall

My work is inspired by animals and nature. I love to play with colour and textures and create bespoke needle felted brooches, cushions, vessels, jewellery and bags out of locally sourced wool. I am a full time crafter and spend my time teaching workshops and selling my work at galleries in the East Midlands and online. I welcome comissions and enjoy making a person’s favourite animal out of wool.


Distributing totally distinctive and unique little works of art, through cards and some pictures to suit every occasion from greetings to special birthdays to ‘Thank you’ cards using a wide range of medium. A limited number of commissions taken.

Fairyknowz (Hannah Ablett)

Fairyknowz designs and creates unique toys called Poplins and Taglins.

Each toy is individual and CE marked. 

They are designed with children in mind, made especially for little hands…and big ones too.

Each item is individually named and each Poplin listed on my website has a special bit written about them, giving each Poplin a personality.

They’ve become quite famous in the Hinckley area

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Rare Notions by Phiona Richards

Phiona Richards is a freelance artist/creative practitioner who offers craft activities to meet the needs of all age groups and individual special needs. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she was featured in the last series of Kirstie’s Handmade Britain.

Phiona is available for talks, demonstrations and events.Her work involves a series of interactive book sculptures and intriguing jewellery using folding and traditional needlework techniques.


Jill Journeaux is an artist / educator who has been exhibiting since 1980. Her work is in public and private collections in the UK, USA France and Portugal. The work is characterised by an emphasis on the hand made both by herself, and others, the depiction of domesticity and the autobiographical. Her work is strongly informed by the decorative arts, both as subject and as language. She is currently working through drawing with hand made and digital stitch processes.

Sarah Bellavia

I have recently graduated from De Montfort University after studying a BA (Hons) in Design Crafts. I am inspired by the forms and patterns from the natural landscape , specifically the rocks on the Pembrokeshire Coast. I love to take photos of the natural landscape,taking ideas from my photos and transforming them into glass.

Amelia Kirk

I create handmade jewellery from silver, copper, brass and semi precious stones. The collection includes a series of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.

I am inspired by knitting which is incorporated through the mixed media elements in my jewellery. The theme of knitting and nostalgia is portrayed through texture, piercing, buttons, thread and paper. Every stage of the making process requires an individual and personal approach. Variations in scale, colour, composition and decoration, makes each item unique.

Commissions are welcomed.

Ruth Gordon

Ruth designs and makes contemporary jewellery in both precious and non-precious materials. The inspiration behind Ruth’s work comes from an investigation of the colours, textures and patterns found in cakes and sweets.Ruth has a passion for colour and texture which has led her to dye nylon monofilament and use brightly coloured enamels and plastics which are combined with silver, often corrugated with steel presses, to match what can be found in the confectioner’s window.

Katie Almond

I produce hand-painted decorative porcelain jugs, cups, cake stands and brooches using a variety of slip casting and hand-building techniques. Each piece is essentially a canvas for decoration and collage as I combine drawings with found ephemera. I am inspired by nostalgia, old paper ephemera, vintage textiles and a love of drawing.

I supply to shops and galleries across the UK and I am based from my studio in Rutland. Commissions welcomed

Lesley Bee Photography

My name is Lesley Bee and I specialise in wedding and portrait photography. My aim is to create stylish, contemporary images that you will treasure forever. 

Bev Chandler

I am a fine artist. My current work focuses upon the use of colour in contemporary painting practice. The perception of movement that evolves through colour, shape and pattern form the basis of my lines of enquiry. 

My current paintings derive from doodles. The fluid lines and shapes produced through this subconscious method, entice the viewer to travel round the paintings in “the minds eye”. This notion of a feeling of movement on a static two dimensional surface encourages existensial sensations including: pace, quiet, noise, space and enclosure.

Source Web Design

We build business web sites that resonate with your audience, and implement content management systems and web site maintenance services to ensure that your site stays fresh. Our search-engine optimisation service will dramatically boost your ranking in Google.We also provide businesses across the UK with robust web hosting, email hosting and email marketing solutions.

Neil Coultas

I was born in Great Grimsby in 1961 and studied at Grimsby School of Art before gaining a degree at St Martin’s School of Art in London in 1983. I now live in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

My work is heavily influenced by the dockland environment where I lived in my early years. The colour, shapes and texture of the trawlers, equipement and surroundings lend themselves to my work and are an endless source of inspiration.

Bill Allsopp Photography

I have had a passion for photography all my life. I specialise in landscape and monochrome work but make pictures of many different subjects. My pictures have been published by magazines, used for advertising, on greetings/birthday cards and on the internet etc. You can buy prints or acquire a licence for advertising, editorial or other use. I am also available to produce commissioned work.

John Commane

In the seventies I attended evening art classes at North Warwickshire College in Nuneaton. This was when I first started potting for leisure. In the late nineties  I studied ceramics and glass up to HND under the stewardship of international potter Jo Connell. I continued my studies at Birmingham City University. I then returned to Nuneaton College and taught Flexi Access Foundation pottery.  My primary discipline is ceramics. I specialise in RAKU fired pieces. I like to explore other areas of ceramic making and firing techniques.The options are endless. I am also a member of Art Alert in Nuneaton and Escape Warwickshire.


Lush-a-bye-baby offers a range of ‘Nappy Art’ gifts such as nappy cakes, nappy motorbikes, nappy babies and much more. The ideal new-born baby gift, with each one beautifully created to welcome that’s special little one into the World.

Helen Bedford

I am a Graphics Illustrator I love painting and anything to do with arts and crafts. I have a 2:1 degree in Illustration and graphic design. My current work is inspired by nature and I gain inspiration from people like Terry Harrison. There are many other areas I work in such as Graphic Design, Photography, Jewellery making, Paper engineering and textiles.

Nicola Wynne

Having worked in the textile industry for the last 16 years as a Design Manager for Courtaulds Textiles and in Buying at Next I set up “Envisage Creative Ltd”, a Textile Design Consultancy specialising in surface pattern design, which offers print designs, separations & product designs to the textile, ceramics and stationary markets. 

“Envisage Brides” offers a bespoke design, dressmaking & alterations service creating individual bridalwear, bridesmaid dresses, christening gowns and special occasionwear.

Graeme Hawes

A Glass blower/ Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University. I make contemporary functional blown glass vessels, supplying a number of retail outlets both nationally and internationally.

I also make one-off pieces for galleries and exhibition concentrating on the concepts of non- utilitarian craft, which are purely ornamental

Winsome Ruddock

As a Participatory Artist Winsome has over 19 years experience working with many diverse communities throughout the Midlands.

Using an exciting variety of interesting and engaging creative processes, Winsome works in close partnership with local authorities, schools, and community groups.

Utilising textiles, mosaic and painting, participants are given opportunities to explore and express themselves through the creative process.

The latest addition, ‘Art Parties’, which happen at her studio at the Atkins, provide fun, hands-on creative experience for boys and girls.

John Brightmore

Glen Bank Photography is based at The Lawns Business Centre, in Hinckley where we work on a varied client list from furniture to fashion and flowers to food. 

With every shoot bringing its own unique set of rules to achieve the desired result, one shot can last all day, or a whole catalogue could be shot too. 

Working now totally on digital the only restrictions are how long your eyes can last in front of a computer screen. Having been taught to create special effects on film in camera, through multiple exposures and trickery pokery; the saying, “the camera never lies” has never been so far from the truth.