This week’s Shop Local features the beautiful countryside of Suffolk, England. While a geographical search on Etsy didn’t reveal a lot of crafters, it did reveal some real eye candy! I loved the three shops below and think you will too. And if you can’t get enough of Suffolk, check out the Suffolk Craft Society for more fine crafters creating modern art with traditional techniques.
Lu Summers, of Summersville, creates hand printed fabric and prints in fun colors and a variety of hand drawn doodles. I especially love the surprising color combination on this fabric bound journal. Her designs are all one color, lending a certain retro appeal to the modern colors. While Lu uses her fabrics in tiny art quilts, I could also see these used in little zippered pouches, accents on pillows, or a border on a set of curtains.
Zoe Woods, on Etsy and Coriandr, comes from a family of crafters and design professionals. The family business specialized in retail display & promotion and worked for names such as, “Laura Ashley, Clarks and K Shoes, Jaeger, Debenhams, Harrods, House of Fraser and many more in the UK and abroad.” Her jewelry is created using paper college, wood, and resin. On Etsy, she features a line of cutesy pieces perfect for little girls or the little girl within us all. On Coriandr, you can find a more grown-up aesthetic featuring creatively layered pieces that are at once strikingly two dimensional and deeply three dimensional.
Birgitte, of Sew Danish, is a true textile & fiber artist. Her art is both the manipulation of raw materials and the composition of those materials & found pieces. The container above is crafted from her own handmade cream colored fabric, then lined in lime green Thai silk, and finished with free form machine embroidery. An elegant addition to any shelf!