Cheryl Cracknell is a textile artist and tutor working with raw merino wool, silk, alpaca and other fibres which she combines in a feltmaking process to produce textural pieces of art and wearables, such as scarves and stoles. She takes her inspiration from a close observation of nature, the wonderful colours of which are reflected in her work. She hand dyes the wool and silk in her Worcestershire studio to obtain subtle variations of shade and tone, and their careful placement gives atmosphere and depth to her designs. The technique used ensures that every piece is a unique artwork.
Becky uses an unusual making process called Taxtiles is “textile taxidermy” Techniques used in taxidermy then translated into fabric, yarn and thread, and a process called weave binding to create wonderful creatures. She also uses more traditional embroidering techniques to create pictures of animals.
Designer Milliner Heather, creates stunning headpieces from contemporary and traditional materials. She designs and makes select seasonal collections and works mainly to commission drawing inspiration from her Client’s personality, outfit and assessories thereby ensuring a hat to complete the look. A limited number of her hats are sold by Fenwick of New Bond Street, London and she was a semi finalist of the Hat Magazine international Hat Designer of the Year competition and believes, in the words of Philip Treacy, “How a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about”.
Some of Heather’s very latest designs that have been selected by Fenwick of Bond Street to sell in their 2017 Ascot collection! She has also worked alongside Jane Taylor ( milliner to the Duchess of Cambridge and other Royal and celebrity clients)
Heather has now completed her, internationally renowned, City & Guilds Millinery course, at Kensington and Chelsea College, attaining a HNC qualification.