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Auntie Mary & Hedgerow Candles

What I sell:

Cold Process soaps, Bath bombs, bath melts, Soy wax scented candles & some melt & pour soaps

Arts and Crafts:

I started by making some soaps for presents for family & friends one Christmas and found they liked it & I liked making it. I enjoy cooking (for an appreciative audience) but found my soap was more appreciated than my food, so I carried on making & experimenting with different recipes & packaging until I was ready to sell. I began selling at small local events where I would meet the customers face to face and find out the kind of things they like/dislike. I worked on building contacts & networking & building my business through word of mouth.
My business is going from strength to strength.

Shop in the Square:

Being part of a community where sellers can support each other.
I like the way my products are displayed.
Being able to come into the shop & discuss stock products or anything else.

New Product Plans:

I am currently developing my candles & feel there are so many different things I want to do with them. Last month was the first month that I sold more candles than soap or bath bombs so I know it's going the right way. They are also more profitable than soap.

Things you don't know about me:

I do dog agility. (occasionally now)
I can read upside down. (as noted by sarah jones)
I have lived in Brecon, Newport & Barry.

Aviva Szwer of Pretty Useful Designs

What I sell:

I make a range of bags and accessories. I like to create new products which are both pretty and useful (hence the name).

Arts and Crafts:

I started borrowing my mum's New Home sewing machine from the age of 9. Arts and crafts were encouraged in our home. I grew up in the Chiltern's where we dug chalk directly out of the ground and drew all over the pavements.

Shop in the Square:

I always get a thrill when I see someone with one of my products and the shop is a great way to reach local customers. I enjoy working with such a variety of awesomely talented people.

New Product Plans:

We are making BIG changes with complete rebranding and change of focus, so look out in the new year!

Things you don't know about me:

1. Mine is the only family in the world called Szwer, so if you meet a Szwer say hello they will be one of my relatives.

2. I cannot drive but I do have a full motorbike license.

3. I once sang in a punk band called Pink Parts. We were pretty rubbish except for our drummer, Paul Ferguson who went on to find fame with Killing Joke.

Bec Broomhall Arts

What I sell:

I draw and paint people, faces and figures - this includes commission pencil portraits but also my own sketches and illustrations. I can work realistically and also in a more illustrative/cartoon style. Within the Shop In The Square my work currently includes framed pieces and prints, greetings cards and other items such as printed canvas bags.

Arts and Crafts:

Art has always been a big part of my life and I have always been creating something or studying it at many points in my life; from the Disney characters and fashion figures I used to draw when young, to the more abstract based work I did at university. However, I have always drawn and been fascinated by faces and figures and decided to pursue this more seriously towards the end of 2013.

Shop in the Square:

I enjoy having my products in the Shop In The Square firstly because it is great exposure for my work in Wolverhampton town centre; it also makes me feel proud be part of a now well established creative community. Having my products in the shop is also great for spreading the work about my drawing and painting services and what I can do in terms of commissions for others. It's also important for feedback about what people are liking - as well as to test new ideas and products. One of the most important aspects is also getting to talk about your work to customers so they get to know what you do. The shop is also a very well networked place to be, in touch with many other creative places, venues and groups across Wolverhampton, I can always easily tell people where they will find my work.

New Product Plans:

I will always be producing prints and varying my range of greetings cards and printed products, however I would really like to eventually get some original paintings in the shop and am also working on plans to introduce some greetings cards with small original sketches on the front. Customers may not always be after a large print or a large card but perhaps something hand drawn that the receiver can frame afterwards. These could also be commissioned too.

Things you don't know about me:

1. I also am into hand crafts - and often knit or sew for relaxation.

2. My granddad's sister Hazel was also an artist, one of her jobs was to create portraits of potential criminals from description for the police, before e-fits were introduced.

3. I was inspired to follow my own path and work for myself after completing a work placement at an art academy in Spain after graduating in 2013.

Becky of That’s Sew Becky

What I sell:

Baby shoes and booties, children's clothes, wash bags and purses.

Arts and Crafts:

I have always been creative, my twin brother has the drawing skills and I have the making. After doing an Art foundation at Stafford college I went on to do a HND in Design and Crafts where I gained a passion for wood turning and ceramic slip casting, but this all pushed my fashion design boundaries and helped me to go on to get a First in my BaHons Design and Applied Arts Fashion and Accessories at the University of Wolverhampton. I had a great time there and found that the only job I wanted to do was one where I was active and designing.

Shop in the Square:

What I like most about having my products in the Shop in the Square is the other sellers. It's like becoming a part of a close knit community, everyone is so lovely and really welcoming. I love that we all like to promote each other as well as ourselves. It's a great little creative family that I really enjoy being part of.

New Product Plans:

I'd love to introduce more clothes but at the moment I am working on changing the prints of the shoes. It would be great to get some adult versions of the shoes out there, a lots of the ones I make I do often want to make for myself.

Things you don't know about me:

1) I can speak read and write Japanese to an intermediate level. 2 years ago I achieved an A in Japanese GCSE and for someone who hasn't sat an exam in many many years it was a proud moment.

2) I have a few weird obsessions, mostly with books, socks and shoes.

3) I was on Blue Peter

Belinda Maria Longsden Fine Artist

What I sell:

I have a wide range of products to suit all price ranges. These include: Artworks on canvas. Limited edition prints. Cards of my artwork. Bags celebrating Wolverhampton. Badges. Colouring in packs, based on my latest artworks.

Arts and Crafts:

I had always worked in offices till about the age of 26 till I had my two children. When they went into full time school, I decided to do a Fine Art degree in Wolverhampton. After graduating I opened White Tree Studios and Gallery, which ran exhibitions and provided studio space for artists. This ran for five years, I then decided to leave White tree to concentrate on my own artwork. I now work from home and have a beautiful studio at the front of my house, which is filled with light. I am artistic director of Creative Wolverhampton which is aiming to promote creative spaces/shops/workshops/artists etc...in the local area so people can easily locate them all in one website.

Shop in the Square:

I think it is essential for an artist to surround themselves with creative people as they can influence the way you work and spur you on. I think by looking how other creators have branded themselves has helped me to think of the way I want to portray my products. It can only benefit all the people on board if we try to think of new ideas how to promote the shop in the local community. What is different about shop in the square is that I think everyone is on the same page and is trying to promote their business and the shop itself.

New Product Plans:

I would like to produce some 3d work as I have been making a lot of art on canvasses of late. These may be found objects, such as ornaments in cages/boxes. I have been covering objects with diamontes, but I want to experiment on these before making them available to buy. I would also like to produce some more 3d collages in box frames.

Things you don't know about me:

I used to be a ballet dancer till the age of 16
I can play the piano
I am trying to read as many classic books as possible

Charlotte Clark of Charlotte Clark Designer Maker

What I sell:

Charlotte Clark creates curiously macabre designer ceramics to compliment your home! From functional dinnerware, to bespoke ornamental pieces, CCDM pieces are perfect for yourself or as gifts. Each piece is individually printed in Charlotte's studio in Stourbridge and all pieces are dishwasher proof

Arts and Crafts:

The usual cliche of always being creative applies! I come from a creative family, my Mum did stained glass when I was younger, and now runs her own business making bespoke feather fascinators for weddings and occasions. Having studied Art and Design at college, I was inspired to get into glass making and studied glass at University. Having begun using decals onto glass pieces I was making, I began exploring the use of decals on ceramics, and found a love of printing onto bone china.

Shop in the Square:

Shop in the Square creates a fantastic opportunity for creative businesses within the Black Country. No one designer could afford the rent, bills etc, nor have the time to run a shop six days a week whilst still making enough stock to fill it! The business model allows us all to meet and greet our own customers on a regular basis, as well as watching current making trends, gaining insight to pricing and more importantly what customers will or will not pay, and also be a part of a peer led environment with networking, peer support and business training sessions.

New Product Plans:

I am currently working on some designer lamps which are quite exciting - I want to branch out into designer homeware on all things ceramic, as well as looking into the posibility of doing cushions or tea towels! Watch this space!

Things you don't know about me:

I have three cats - Maude, Marcel and Minnie, who are like my children! (Although anyone who has ever spoken to me will most likely know this! 😉 )
In 2009 I was on Anthony Gormley's Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, where I paid homage to Gormley's installation 'Field' and created lots of salt dough figures in the way participants were instructed to make them for the well known installation.
I have my name on the 'Walk of Art' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which my Mum commissioned when I started Uni in 2006

Debbie Williams of Debbie Williams Designs

What I sell:

I design and make a range of products using a variety of materials and skills. Firstly I have a range of jewellery created with polymer clay and wire. I make the beads and pendants from scratch using a variety of techniques with the clay. Also I sell necklaces and earrings from enamelled copper. I kiln fire each piece individually creating exciting colours and finishes.
Secondly I design and make pictures using wet wool felting techniques, sometimes incorporating wire work flowers into landscapes. Other wool felting products include knitted bags and colourful flower brooches.

Arts and Crafts:

As a three year old child I sorted buttons and cut fabric while my mother made me clothes using a sewing machine. I owned my own sewing machine aged nine and when I started dressmaking in secondary school, my teacher was amazed that I had already made a lined blouse with transparent lacy fabric. Regrettably I did not immediately gain qualifications in dress but came back to this career later. I experienced working as a dressmaker in a business and trained as a lecturer. Again my career took another turn but meanwhile, I enjoyed a range of crafts, dreaming of a time when I could devote more time to them. Opportunity to finally follow a career I love came following redundancy. Now I spend my time exploring and enjoying a range of crafts.

Shop in the Square:

Shop in the Square is an excellent outlet. I find great satisfaction in having people appreciate and buy my work. Meeting the buyers in the shop, whether they are purchasing my products or that of fellow sellers, is inspiring as they truly appreciate originality, time and skill which has gone into each item.

New Product Plans:

Mostly I enjoy learning new skills and have widened my rang of products. I am developing my enamelling, currently producing enamelled dishes and folded metal necklaces. I have several 'things' on the go including felted scarves, embroidered brooches and polymer clay ring catchers. I have several designs in my head for enamel with metal clay, if only I could find the time....

Things you don't know about me:

My love of colour extends to my gardening and love of flowers. I spend many hours with my bum in the air and with dirt encrusted finger nails.
My husband is a toy boy.
I lived in Canada for a while and worked as a nanny.

Elizabeth Lenore of Nevermore Boutique

What I sell:

I like to make things out of things lamps out of cassettes tapes, clocks out of playing cards, bags out or records etc.

Arts and Crafts:

I’ve always been making thing since I was little. I studied fine art at BCU but quickly realised the world of handmade crafts was were I wanted to be. Over the last few years I have expanded my business and started working full time as a crafts person.

Shop in the Square:

It is a real pleasure to be a member of such a talented community.

New Product Plans:

My range is always changing. I love creating new products, I just can't help myself.

Things you don't know about me:

1. I’m half American
2. I own 2 chickens
3. I’ve been arrested for protesting against trident

Ellen of Ellen’s Fingerprint Jewellery

What I sell:

I create unique, personalised keepsake jewellery using fingerprints, hand & footprints, childrens drawings and pet pawprints, to wear and treasure for time to come. As well as personalised jewellery I also draw inspiration for my jewellery from nature, such as plant materials and shells and using precious metals such as silver and bronze to turn them into precious organic jewellery. I also undertake bespoke commissions using precious metal clays, such as silver, copper and bronze. My designs show flair and originality offering that once in a life time piece of bespoke jewellery.

Arts and Crafts:

As a proud mum to three young children I know all too well how time flies, and how fast little ones grow up. So I started creating keepsake jewellery to capture those precious memories forever - perfect for parents to remember those younger years as well as a stunning piece of jewellery to wear.

Shop in the Square:

I love selling my products in The Shop in the Square because my products need to seen by customers to really appreciate the quality and it enables me to talk
through design ideas that people may have for me to turn them into a truly unique and bespoke piece of jewellery.

New Product Plans:

My range of jewellery is constantly evolving and I love trying out new techniques with the metals clays I work with, especially with new typs of clays coming onto the
market.

Things you don't know about me:

I am Dutch.

I once met the whole Dutch football team at a nightclub and danced the night away with them the night before they played against England - sadly they lost!

I starred on a TV dating show.

Ita Mckenna of The ” Time For” Company

What I sell:

I make Homemade Chutneys Jams and preserves.
I also make sewn items like Cushions, Aprons, Cat cushions, Door stop Mice, Shelf sitter mice, Bags, Bunting, some Toys and other sewn items on request.
I collect Vintage china and make gift sets with some of my homemade jam. I also make cake plates out of some of the china plates.
I bake celebration cakes for all occasions.

Arts and Crafts:

I have baked and sewn since I was a teenager, always wanting to know how make things and try new recipes. I would just give it a go and if it worked fine and if it didn't I would try again and seek advice form someone or a book, there was no you tube in those days !!!!!!
My next door neighbour, when I was a child showed me how to use a sewing machine and that was the start of a life long passion for making and creating things.
Now that I have more "Time For" my creative interests I just love to make things and try new crafts.

Shop in the Square:

I feel my skills have a value and that the things I make bring a smile to someone's face. I feel proud to think customers choose one of my items to bring into their home to enjoy with their family and friends.
Having my products in the shop also gives me valuable interaction with customers as their feed back is always welcome and leads to new ideas.
The income I earn is also important to me and my life at the moment.

New Product Plans:

I have new recipes for Jams and Chutneys that have been requested by customers. Tastes from the past that invoke memories !!!
I would be happy if there was an opportunity to do some more sewn items.

Things you don't know about me:

Once played Taxi driver to a Prime minster of Ireland.
Broke left arm 3 years ago and its now pinned and plated.
My TV appearance was on Songs of Phrase !!!!!

Jo Browning of Dolly’s Tea Time Adventures

What I sell:

I make a range of mixed media items using papier mache, clay, material and up-cycled things i find on my travels. I paint tiny scenes in vintage teacups and embellish them with tiny clay people or objects. Glass jars and bottles with people trapped inside, Hot air balloons, clouds or anything which pops into my wibbly wobbly head!

I also up-cycle vintage tins into wall clocks and am just painting some old flat irons I bought in France which make great bookends or doorstops.

Arts and Crafts:

I have always loved making things, probably starting with making peppermint creams in little boxes for my school friends. I like to knit, sew, paint, and will try to turn my hand to anything that catches my attention.

Shop in the Square:

I love the enthusiasm every one has for not just their own work, but everyone elses too. I have always worked as a team so being on my own crafting is sometimes a little lonely, it's nice to take time out to work with others and meet the customers.

New Product Plans:

I am always introducing new items, i like to keep things fresh.

Things you don't know about me:

I am trying to learn the ukulele.

I LOVE being outdoors and am often found crafting in the garden.

I am VERY messy (hence the crafting in the garden as there is usually no room on my table!)

Jo Burgess of Patternorium

What I sell:

I am a Surface Pattern Designer and my company Patternorium (so named as it is an Emporium for patterns!) specialises in designing unique and beautiful patterns and images for clients in a wide range of product areas. However as someone who also can't live without making, I create several products for sale as a branch of the business. My stocked products so far are Cushions, Teatowels and Fabric-backed Notebooks. All products are either digitally or sublimation printed specifically for each piece created, on very high quality eco-friendly fabrics, with great wash and durability features.

Arts and Crafts:

At the risk of sounding less than original, Art/crafts have always been a big part of my life since being a youngster. Always drawing, painting throughout school, I went on to do Foundation Art at college, specialising in Fashion and Textiles, I then spent the next 10 years traveling and being arty...exchanging art works for bed and board, making clothes and jewellery to sell at craft fairs to fund my travels. I'm quite handy at most crafty type things, I knit, crochet, am extremely partial to a bit of weaving, do photography, make Stained Glass Windows, enjoy glass etching, sand blasting and screen printing on glass. Love all types of print and dye techniques, especially Lino, Screen and Intaglio. Most of all though my passion lies in designing prints and patterns for interiors, which is what I specialised in, on a return to education 4 yrs ago on a degree course at Wolverhampton University, In fact I loved it so much I am now studying a Masters degree in Applied Arts alongside running my business!

Shop in the Square:

I absolutely love the ethos of the shop, it really supports small local businesses giving them a platform to reach the public that would be unavailable to them otherwise due to financial and/or time restrictions. The way the shop is run, consisting of several designers who pay commission and share the workload, makes being able to make and sell products on the high street an affordable reality. I also love days working in the shop and meeting the customers, the shop is set out so well and as it only stocks high quality, handmade products it looks gorgeous too. The very best bit about having my products in the shop though is being a part of the SitS team, everyone is so friendly and supportive, its a great atmosphere and source of creativity.

New Product Plans:

I will be introducing new products very soon, I am making a variety of bags as we speak! Some larger bags with lots of pockets, some plainer tote bags, and some smaller purse sized bags. I will also be having a range of cards soon, and maybe some larger prints/canvases of my most popular designs...we'll have to see what I can fit in!

Things you don't know about me:

Hum...3 things you don't know about me?

1) I live in a very creative household, my other half is an amazing bespoke carpenter, my teenage son wants to be a graphic novel illustrator, and my young daughter is apparently a 'proper artist'!

2) I love cheesecake so much, I gave up having sugar in my coffee, not to be more healthy but just so as I could eat more cheesecake!

3) I love dancing, and all kinds of music...when I was little I wanted to be a member of Pan's People on Top of the Pops when I grew up...unfortunately by the time I grew up they no longer existed, so now I just dance around the house to hardcore//dubstep/disco...whatever annoys the kids most lol!

Linda Nevill Fine Art

What I sell:

Original prints - etchings, lino prints and woodcut, printed by hand on my studio press.

Paintings - watercolours and oils.
High quality giclee prints of paintings - professionally printed on art paper.

Arts and Crafts:

Throughout my life I've felt happiest when creating art. I have a degree in the History of Art of Edinburgh University and a Fine Art degree from University of Wolverhampton.

I taught art for some years at college and I'm still occasionally persuaded to teach a lino printing course for a day.

Shop in the Square:

It's a shop with a lovely atmosphere and so many beautiful things to look at and buy.

New Product Plans:

I plan to create giclee prints from some of my sketchbook pages. I've got two shelves of sketchbooks in my studio.

Things you don't know about me:

I'm left handed - like Leonardo da Vinci!
I've studied art in other places (New York, Albuquerque, Florence).
I love cat.... mmm, well maybe you would have worked that one out!

little owls crafty creations

What I sell:

I make quirky wooden plaques, countdown plaques,freestanding wooden letters and shapes, framed family trees and magnetic pegs. I upcycle furniture and other wooden items such as jewellery boxes and candle sticks. In addition I also sell drawer pulls and a mineral paint additive.

Arts and Crafts:

I've always been "crafty" and made from a teenager, I've dabbled in cake, sewing and nappy cakes over the weekend years.
I had begun to paint furniture for my own home, and did some work for friends, the Christmas my 2nd child was born I made some plaques to give as gifts, lots of my friends said I should make a business of it and so little owls was born.

Shop in the Square:

I love seeing my products in a high street retail outlet, and adore seeing my furniture being used to display the other makers work.
Most of all I love the amazing "family" ethos of the shop. It's supportive, loyal, honest, the best a business could wish for. 2014 was a tricky year for me and if not for the shop family I would have likely closed my business, I've made some really good friends. Xxx

New Product Plans:

Not really

Things you don't know about me:

Ive been a guide leader since I was 18, ( I'm little owl)
I absolutely hate bananas. Ewwwwwww
I love malted milk biscuits and can eat them by the packet.

Lynsey Harris of Lynsey Luu

What I sell:

My products are design based which I then either make into quirky jewellery and accessories, unisex clothing, posters or stationery.

Arts and Crafts:

Art as a subject has always appealed to me throughout school so I took that subject to college & finally onto University. I love it, I can relax whilst making awesome stuff! I'm always researching new techniques to improve my skills whether it being digitally design work or physical pieces.

Shop in the Square:

It's a great little shop, everyone is so lovely & helpful in there; it's like being part of a crafty family! The customers are awesome too as they request certain things that you'd never think of making. I always try to get feedback to improve my designs so talking face to face to my customers is so much better than an email or phone call. Being in the shop has helped me think of new ways to display my work too which also helps when I do events and shows.

New Product Plans:

Well I've recently expanded into stationery & greetings cards so I plan to create more designs as I have a little obsession with stationery. I find it easier to design something that you love so expect some new items soon!

Things you don't know about me:

1. I'm a perfectionist, once I drew something over 150 times to get it right.
2. At college my first year results spelt out DUDE…. I did improved loads in the next few years when I changed back to art haha!
3. I have bees in my roof, I quite like them. They're like pets that I don't have to actually look after 🙂

Martha Connock of ‘Martha Rose’

What I sell:

I make textile jewellery and cards.

Arts and Crafts:

I have always had a passion for arts and crafts, encouraged at home as my mum has a background in art/textiles. I then furthered this interest by studying contemporary crafts at university, specialising in textiles and metal.

Shop in the Square:

Shop in the Square promote good quality hand-made products from a variety of artists and makers, and it’s location is right in the centre of the city. It also provides the support of being part of a small, local creative network.

New Product Plans:

I am always keen to develop and explore new inspirations/techniques in my work, so watch this space!

Things you don't know about me:

My family nick-name me 'jaws', because of my surprisingly strong grip - useful for opening difficult jars!

Never ask me for directions - I have absolutely no sense of direction.

I cannot walk past a cat without wanting to say hello!

Natalie Elson of Paint Pallet

What I sell:

I hand paint various illustrations from flowers, cupcakes, animals .... anything that i think looks pretty! Watercolour is my main medium with a mix of gouache to enhance the colours. You will find these printed onto greeting cards ready to frame as artwork around the house or giclee prints in different sizes (which is a posh way of saying they look just like the original painting). Some are displayed in shabby chic frames to give a vintage feel and others are packaged in cello wrapping. You will also come across tiny paintings of flowers, boats and mini meadows. Some of my work will have a sprinkle of glitter for extra sparkle.

Arts and Crafts:

I have always loved being creative but never found full interest in art until secondary school. Year 9 was a challenging time for be as I began to get bullied, whilst this was taking place I started drawing more often as a way of escaping. I then decided to study art as a GCSE where a teacher named Miss Cook showed me I had a style within my work. She helped give me the confidence to believe in myself and that pushed me to continue on through A-Levels and University.

Shop in the Square:

Shop in the square is like a beautiful treasure cave in the heart of the city. Im so happy to tell people 'my work is in there' as everyone who visits loves the shop. The amount of talent is so rewarding to see as it opens your imagination to other forms of creativity. All sellers stand out in their own way and we are like a big family that encourages each other. The shop is a platform to meet with customers interested in your work and build a relationship with them.

New Product Plans:

I would love to see my work on stationary such as notebooks, calendars, pencil cases etc. I have a little obsession with places like Paperchase and think this would be the next best step to branch out my work.

cushions, clothing, etc are all on my wish list for the future too.

Things you don't know about me:

1)I love to sing, my dad buts melodies to the psalms and writes song and we sing together at church.

2)I have 6 siblings (the eldest being a long lost sister we have recently been reunited with)

3)Im a chocoholic and currently trying to not eat any! its torture 🙁

Nikki Palmer of Soul Sweet Beads

What I sell:

I am a bead maker and create one of a kind jewellery creations which are all handmade; mostly using polymer clays incorporated with new, used and recycled beads.

Arts and Crafts:

The creative arts have always been in my life since I was born. My mother is an amazing fibre textile artist and my father is a passionate pianist and composer. My parents have consistently guided me in several ways to be creative throughout the years. In addition, from visual and musical arts, I was taught at an early age to appreciate different cultures by travelling internationally and at times seeing once in a lifetime exhibitions.

Shop in the Square:

I like having my products here because the shop has is such a unique blend of amazing and talented crafters/artist. Also having a shop like this in Wolverhampton has been great for showing the world what wonderfully talented people are here in this city. I like being a part of such a cooperative venue and in addition the skills, friendships and knowledge I've gained here have been life changing.

New Product Plans:

I have a few new ideas coming up in the future but at the moment things are still in creative process of brainstorming.

Things you don't know about me:

Here a few things you may have not known about me. Firstly, one of my great grandmothers was a Native American Cherokee Indian. Secondly, I have been making jewellery for over 15 years and have created bespoke jewellery pieces for internationally recognized poet Jessica Care Moore and 2002 Whitney Biennial awarded painter and professor Peter Williams . Last but not least, I am a self published poet/author and have published a book of poetry titled "Honeycutt Pieces: Scrapbook 27".

Rae Baca of Dyenosaur Yarns

What I sell:

Luxury hand dyed Yarn/Wool and Accessories (stitch markers, Shawl Pins, Hooks)
Shawls, scarfs, clothing, hats, gloves either crocheted or knitted.

Arts and Crafts:

I have been into art since I was a little girl.

Shop in the Square:

My products are best seen in person, as colours are difficult to match in photos and it's much nicer to feel the quality of the products. The shop gives me the opportunity to showcase my stock in the best way.

New Product Plans:

I'm always looking at introducing new products, but these are all within the range of crocheting and knitting or wool based products.

Things you don't know about me:

I am animal crazy, at one point i had 13 pets!
I love My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and anything and everything that is Disney!
I'm half Mexican, and spent a lot of my childhood living in America.

Rebecca Green of The Artsoup Studio

What I sell:

I make a range of products including screen prints, up-cycled jewellery, gift cards and art dolls. I also make mixed media collages and mono prints. Occasionally I am asked to do one off commissions using digital media. I have begun to work more in felt and other textiles recently and I am keen to do more of this.

Arts and Crafts:

I have always had an interest in art from a young child and I have creative parents. I was brought up around ceramics and textiles and I followed an art education after school, through to university and on to my PGCE. I find art has been a backdrop to my life and since becoming an art teacher and working with other creative practitioners my love for the subject has deepened and I have grown as a maker. There are no end to the possibilities with art and design and I love that it can also be a therapy and an escape from the day to day.

Shop in the Square:

I love having my work in the Shop in The Square. Having been part of the team since the shop opened, I feel privileged to be one of the team and it has been extremely rewarding seeing how successful it has been in showcasing local creative industries. The shop is a jewel within Wolverhampton and I feel proud to be able to say I am connected with it and the many talented makers. When customers buy my work and give lovely feedback it motivates me to continue, even when it is hard to juggle life, family and my small business. The shop team is supportive and this has helped the shop to grow and for friendships to form.

New Product Plans:

I am gradually building on a new range of work, and trialling some art dolls in the shop, I have really enjoyed making them, but until you try something in the shop you just can't tell if it going to sell, I am also planning on developing a range of clip in felted hair pieces which are great for festivals and as an alternative to hair extensions. During the last few months I haven't been able to get to the print workshop where I make my screen prints, so my range of print stock is dwindling. I am planning to replace this with a different method so I can print from home in my studio.

Things you don't know about me:

I dream of owning a converted wooden horse lorry.
I have a large tattoo on my back.
I kissed Tim Burgess from the Charlatons!!

Sarah Allington of Ruby Red Designs

What I sell:

From my little corner of creativity, I produce handmade greetings cards for all occasions - I cover everything from something for everyone, to totally bizarre and individual requests! No theme is off limits, I love a challenge!

Arts and Crafts:

I have always been creative, the only reason I agreed to go to school was for the art lessons! However, after an accident in 2011 which left me disabled, my amazing Mum took me to a card making class and this became my therapy. After a while, I had made so many cards we didn't know what to do with them all, so my Mum suggested I start selling them...and it just went on from there!
Although I have my bad days (who doesn't?!) I try to spend some time in my craft room everyday as it distracts me from the pain I experience and gives me focus. Without crafting, I would have driven myself mad by now!!

Shop in the Square:

Shop in the Square is such a wonderful platform for a teeny tiny micro business like mine that would otherwise go pretty much unnoticed. I sort of love the anonymous feeling of not knowing who is buying my cards and not seeing everyone's reaction to them. It makes me work harder and challenge myself to try and create something that could appeal to everyone.
The shop is also a fantastic social platform for me. With my disabilities I can get very anxious and my confidence isn't exactly high, but since joining the shop at the end of October 2014 I have felt my confidence in talking to strangers and in my own work grow. Despite the fact I am unable to do as much as I would like to, the shop family are fantastically supportive, we work together as a team to promote each others work and keep the shop stocked with amazing products!

New Product Plans:

With my cards, I will constantly be working to come up with new ideas, designs and following trends. There will always be something new to see!
However, I am hopefully bringing something a little different from Ruby Red Designs into the shop soon though! For the past 2 years I have attending a night school class to learn silver jewellery techniques, and after learning all the basic skills and learning what I like to do best, I have in recent weeks been perfecting the design for a line of one off silver pendants which will be introduced to the shop later this year...they will be colourful, glittery and totally unique!! I can't wait!

Things you don't know about me:

1- I am a rock chick at heart, my favourite band is Black Stone Cherry and my Dad is my gig buddy!
2- I love cats, I have a tiny long haired black moggy called Molly...but I'd have all the cats in the world if I could!
3- For GCSE I studied Fine Art and Pottery, I was told I would not manage to do both and would fail...I got 100% marks and an A* in both subjects.