Helen Russell Aprons

We have been working on a range of Gardening aprons with Helen Russell of Helen Russell Creations, a world of fun where characters like the Blob Birds, Buzzy Bees and Puffins run riot in the mind of artist Helen Russell. Too many welly-wearing hours spent reading books with beautiful illustrations have helped create a playful, happy land that welcomes visitors old and new.

Helen is inspired by the natural world, storytelling and illustration. She enjoys muddy adventures, often choosing to explore forests, mountains and other wild places. Helen’s BA(Hons) in Three Dimensional Design means she has worked with many different materials but china, wood and the mighty black fibre tip pen are her first loves. These materials often form the backbone of her designs. Helen likes to celebrate the best bits of human nature and strives to create products that prompt a smile or two.

Illustration and the characters she creates are at the heart of Helen’s work. Rather than focusing on a single material, a variety of uncomplicated forms and surfaces provide the backdrop for line drawings that represent nature in a simplified but refined manner. Fine bone china tableware blanks are used instead of paper to create illustrations that make even the most mundane daily activities fun! Screen printed decals are hand placed on the blanks and fired either by Helen or by a family run firm in Stoke-on-Trent. All illustrations and surface pattern designs are created by Helen.

Helen hopes her work brings a sense of joy to those who own or observe it. Her pieces are designed to celebrate life, encourage smiles and remind ourselves to look for the fun in the world around us.

We have worked with Sally Cooke of SallySally to produce our fabulous range of Crafty Pocket Aprons. Sally is the brains behind sallysally , a brand new craft-based business designing flat pack accessories and clothing for you to cut out and sew at home.

The business was born of a love of making and the desire to share the joy of making with others, aiming to make it easy and fun for more people to learn to sew and increase their sewing confidence.

Catherine Edwards

Wanting to learn how to create shoes entirely by hand led me to pestering the local clog maker to take me on as his Saturday girl, after a couple of years I got a place at Cordwainers College, then part of Central and St Martins. When I finished my degree, I went straight into an apprenticeship in the west end of London. I was very lucky as apprenticeships were and still are, very few and far between.

 

For 12 years I worked exclusively for boot and shoe companies, including John Lobb, Cleverly and Jason Amesbury, in the West End and Mayfair. A chance conversation led to a residency at the Royal Armories in Leeds where I spent two years working with the in house leather worker to produce 30 pairs of jack boots for the Household Cavalry. While I was there I began to think about producing a collection of leather goods under my own name.

 

I was encouraged when my first show sold out completely. I have worked hard to build on that success becoming more creative with styling and inventive with detail as the collection has grown.

I am currently working on a series of collaborations with an intriguing range of clients. Flame Oz are an international troupe of fire performers, who are looking at ways of incorporating fire resistant leather into their incredible theatre shows. Drawn surface have worked on set designs in film and television and are currently producing a range of leather and hand printed canvas homewares with me. I am working with milliner Good Golly Miss Molly to create a range of stunning gents headwear for various celebrities. new projects on the horizon include a range of luxurious aprons and gentlemen’s grooming products