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Old Man & Magpie

Old Man & Magpie is a small family run business consisting of Garry, Jemma and their 6 year old daughter Esme (aka MAGPIE).

They hand-make beautifully simple reclaimed wood furniture and wonderfully fragranced natural soy wax candles from a characterful workshop in the heart of Lancashire

Old Man & Magpie was born at the same time as their first child. Garry was a freelance sound engineer, working various venues in and around Manchester. The late and long nights were not quite fitting in with their new parental responsibilities and he was looking for a slower, calmer life. 

When Jemma re started her career as a clothing designer (after 12 months of maternity leave) Garry decided to quit his job and focus on raising their daughter.

After 6 months of frugality they needed to come up with a way of making a little extra money to pay for the simple things. Garry decided to utilise his basic joiner skills and create some simple pieces of wooden furniture using a few timbers salvaged from a local demolition site.

When things went well for a good few months, they moved out of their garden workshop into one rented from friends and eventually into a larger garage workspace by the Leeds / Liverpool canal.

This, as well as a couple other factors have allowed Jemma to leave her design job and join OM&M on a full-time basis. Jemma has since started off-shoot to our business – Old Man & Magpie Candle Co. She makes all of our small batch and lovingly hand-poured natural soy wax candles and manages the weekly pop-up events.

This beautifully curated range of candles has enhanced the business and brand.

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Creamore Mill

Creamore Mill is a design and woodturning workshop located in rural Shropshire, England. We create an innovative range of functional home and garden accessories which evoke traditional style. Our outlet is mainly through independent retailers across the UK and overseas.

Established by John Buckland in 1981, operations began in a ten foot square former wash house at the family’s previous home with a handful of tools and a wood lathe, and working locally sourced timber. Through this initial period a selection of designs came to the fore and developed the focus of the business.

Having soon run out of space the family moved to Creamore Mill which was formerly both a corn and wood mill dating back many generations. Taking on the Mill in a state of disrepair was a great opportunity, and the renovations carried out revived the Mills past association with woodworking and turning.

Steady improvement led to more mechanisation which is tempered by the high degree of hand work still practiced. Seeing progress from design through to despatch under one roof holds the artisan approach true.

John’s wife Cathryn and their five sons have provided much input over the years and sons Sam and Oliver now share leading roles.

With four decades of experience and many design originals under our belt, Creamore Mill continues to enjoy the support of its many advocates as a family concern.

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Humblewood 

Bob Bryant and sister Eunice are Humblewood. From an early age Bob wanted to be a woodworker, but went to art college and became a graphic designer instead! Finally, after many years of woodworking as a hobby, that early ambition was realised with the launch of Humblewood on April Fools Day 2015.

Using sustainably-sourced native hardwoods, Humblewood’s home accessories and gifts are hand-crafted in small batches using traditional tools and methods – no computer-driven machinery here! Finishing is all done by hand too, using only non-toxic materials. Timber is sourced locally in the UK, as much as possible from windblown or dead trees.

Humblewood’s main creative influence is Scandinavian design, especially from the mid 20th century (aka ‘Mid-century Modern’), but they have worked hard to develop their own contemporary style. Complementing the natural beauty of wood with highlights of eco‑friendly colour, their home and gift wares ooze with a retro-inspired personality all their own. Functionality is equally important, with Humblewood’s products also being useful, practical items – but with just a little touch of quirkiness too!

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Beebombs 

Ben Davidson was born in Dorset and after many years abroad and in the hustle of London, returned to bring up his daughter where the rolling green hills meet the sandy beaches of Dorset. 

Learning of the tragic decline of bee and butterfly habitat, across the industrialised world, he wanted to find a way to help restore some of the lost meadows of Britain. 

Driven by his love for nature and his memories of a childhood spent chasing newts, building camps and generally exploring the ancient heathland of Dorset. Ben both makes and promotes the Beebombs himself. As well as cleaning up afterward.

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Sarah Hill Glass

Sarah Hill Glass evolved out of a fascination for glass, for colour, a love of design and the desire to create beautiful, contemporary pieces of work. After achieving a degree in 3D design followed by 18 years working as a graphic designer, it was time to get back to hands on making. Borrowing a kiln, she began in 2005 from my garage crafting her own handmade glass jewellery. Since those early days Sarah’s work has matured, with experience and knowledge. Today she supplies jewellery shops all over the UK from Devon to the Hebrides from her workshop in the county town of Wem, North Shropshire.

“I was born in Somerset, now living in Shropshire… a country girl… so my work is heavily inspired by the colours and scenes of the surrounding countryside including tones of green and vibrant hues of flowers in a meadow. The Pembrokeshire coast is another place I hold dear and so there is a strong influence of blues from its shores and skies. It is here that I draw upon for my glass wall art landscapes”.

As a member of Made in Shropshire, a community of like-minded designers based in the county, Sarah attends the regular monthly market in Shrewsbury.

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Faye Stevens Design

Faye Stevens is an artist living in Leeds, West Yorkshire. After graduating with a BA Hons degree in Applied Arts, she studied pattern cutting and dressmaking. Now she uses these skills to designs pop-up greeting cards and paper sculptures.

Her inspiration comes from botanical drawings and wildlife illustrations and she enjoys playing with colour and pattern. Her focus is on capturing the character of her subject, whether it be a bird, animal or indeed a flower. She strives to make each card sculptural so that it becomes a small gift as well as fulfilling the role of a card. She uses pop-up designs or other simple techniques to create the 3D cards. The ease of posting 2D designs is followed by a kind of magic in the process of making them 3D.

Take a look at Faye’s fabulous designs

Studio Wald

Jakob & Freya are husband and wife team who met while studying a degree in 3D design, who now work from a studio in Leeds.

Their main focus is working with independent shops in the UK and abroad. However they also share their talents with some larger retailers & prestigious stores such as the V&A, RA and Anthropologie.

Their collection of paper goods, products and prints are made in England with care & attention to ideas, pattern & process.

They work closely with local producers and all products pass through their studio for printing or compiling before heading out to stockists and customers. All paper products are printed and finished in England using either 100% recycled or FSC certified paper. Wherever possible components such as envelopes, cork and even hooks are sourced from manufacturers in either England or Europe.

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Estie’s Studio

Shropshire based artist Esther has not done anything professionally with her art before but has been drawing and painting from a young age. She went to art college but dropped out after a year, and then spent years on non related careers and her family.

Esther currently works as a painter and decorator so loosely art/creative related. After being gifted a Lino cut set for Christmas in 2020 her art bug was rekindled. In the process she got a sidetracked with learning watercolour and painting wildlife.

With lockdown and business on hold, painting walls turned to paper and gave me the opportunity to create these pieces.

Take a look at her stunning work

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Frank Lloyd Wright

– American Architect