Meet the Maker

Chatty Nora, Meet the Maker, interview

Meet the Maker… Chatty Nora

From her studio in the wilds of Yorkshire, Jane Tibbetts (or rather her alter-ego Chatty Nora) draws and prints a wonderful world of words where Dr Seuss mingles with Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and IT Crowd. We talked to her about her life and inspirations, while trying not to swoon over her new, envy-inducing, studio, screen-printing press and architect’s plan chest…

Jeff Soan, studio, toymaker, wobbly wood, interview, meet the maker

Meet the Maker… Jeff Soan

It’s hard to define Jeff Soan’s work. His wooden creatures owe a lot to toymaking, but playfulness is only part of their character; they are also pieces of art, made possible by Jeff’s immense craftsmanship and skill with wood. He is a toymaker, artist, craftsman, artisan and modern-day Geppetto who “breathes life into pieces of wood”. We asked him to tell us more about himself and his awe-inspring work…

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Meet the Maker… Red Hand Gang

Red Hand Gang started when Abi Simmons made colouring books for her pencil-loving daughters. We talked to Abi about her inspirations and her own childhood influences…