One of the aims of Muswell Hill Creatives has always been to support local artists, designers and makers at different points in their creative careers. This is why membership is available in six month periods to ensure members have flexibility to move on when the time is right in their creative development or if their business takes another direction. Once a creative has been a part of Muswell Hill Creatives, we will always consider them to be part of our creative family. Here are members who have belonged to the collective in the past.
Samantha Sweet Glass
Samantha Sweet has worked with glass for over 20 years and is based in Muswell Hill. She hand blows glass using a scientific glassblowing lathe, aiming to create objects which are personal, relatable and enjoyable to use. Her new lighting range is focused on providing flexibility to personalise your space for modern living.
Sam's work is currently sold in Contemporary Applied Arts, London. Past stockists include The Conran Shop, Fortnum & Mason, Heals and Liberty.
Sam is a member of Design Nation and Contemporary Applied Arts, and is a Craft & Design selected maker.
Former menswear director at Paul Smith, Sue Copeland has been an international fashion designer for over 30 years, including at Laura Biagiotti in Rome, Conran in London and Esprit in San Francisco.
After a sudden stroke in 2010 which left Sue with Aphasia, an impairment of language, she focused on her rehabilitation. Having worked with the charity Connect, she has regained most of her speech and has launched various collections. While recovering from her stroke, Sue rediscovered her passion for sewing, leading to a handmade collection of cushions to raise money for the charity.
Sue's current projects include handmade throws, baby quilts and wall hangings. She also makes lavender hearts, Christmas decorations, cute bunnies and chicks.
Lord and Taft
Knitwear designer Tracey Lord of Lord and Taft, makes accessories for men, women and children.
Tracey studied constructed textiles and worked for a well-known British knitwear designer after leaving college. She set up her first label making knitted accessories and was based in Camden for 5 years and was previously a partner in a children's clothes shop based in Portobello Road where she designed and produced knitwear ranges. Tracey took a break from making to train as a teacher and taught post 16s and was head of department for fashion and textiles at a further education college.
In 2013 Tracey returned to her first love of designing and making under her labels Lord and Taft and Cheese at Fourpence.
Tracey has written two design books.
Edit Juhasz Ceramics
Edit Juhasz is a studio potter, designing hand-thrown porcelain table-wares. She has been throwing for over 20 years. She is passionate about traditional craft skills being used to make contemporary craft pieces.
Edit trained in pottery in Sarospatak, Hungary. She worked as a production thrower for many years which is where she developed and mastered her throwing skills. During this time Edit fell in love with porcelain which is hard to throw, but she enjoys the challenges!
Fascinated with functionality and shapes, Edit tries to throw porcelain thin, to emphasize the beauty of the body. She enjoys creating comfortable forms for everyday use. The beauty of the material and experimenting with colours keeps Edit going and inspires her every day.
Rolling With The Posies
Natasha Betteridge is a Freelance Florist and Floral Stylist with a studio and workshop in Muswell Hill. Natasha loves to design flowers for weddings, events, photos shoots, film and TV and to bring those designs to life.
The style of Natasha's flowers is naturalistic and wild, embracing the inconsistencies and texture of natural materials. She uses lots of British foliage and likes to incorporate British seasonal flowers.
Natasha is building up her business based on excellent customer service and is always happy to do regular flower drops to restaurants, pubs, hotels and private homes.
Jo is an artist and award-winning designer. Following many years as a graphic designer, Jo studied for a Masters at Central St Martins in future materials and textiles 2006-2008. Working in laser cut wood and cork, she gained commissions from the likes of The Chelsea Flower Show and Louis Vuitton and exhibited in the London Design Festival. She later launched her own brand making and selling textiles, wallpaper, ceramics, prints and cards.
Jo is currently working on one off acrylic paintings and limited edition prints. She likes to mix graphic abstract forms with texture and colour, often inspired by industrial sources melded with nature.
She works in her garden studio, within view of North London’s Alexandra Palace.
Luminous Muse Ceramics
Leonora Richardson is an independent designer-maker based in Muswell Hill. She graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a First Class Honours Degree in Ceramic Design.
The medium of ceramic clay allows her to create, express and explore the organic hand-built forms, emphasising the repetition yet innate individuality which comes with each piece. Unique and intricate details arrive with the finishing product, creating beautiful and delicate ceramic pieces for the home.
The making process has evolved through a personal exploration and search for creating a clean and soft ceramic design. They are made for people to enjoy in their homes, work places or in a public area creating quiet and peaceful mind space, bringing a sense of warmth.
The pieces are made by first rolling slabs of porcelain clay which are then assembled in to the shapes. They are then fired at 1270 degrees, becoming highly translucent and tactile. When lit the porcelain creates a magical and intimate atmosphere.
Adriana Conde is the designer behind Yaya Lala, a Muswell Hill based web-store and label of children’s shoes handmade by a small group of skilled artisans in Portugal. The name relates to Brazilian colonial times when Yaya (“Iaia”) was used to refer to a Lady or a Miss. Lala is how a little girl named Clara now calls herself.
Translating “Yaya Lala” (or “Miss. Lala”) uncovers the brand’s essence: a refreshing balance between old and new permeated by loving inspirations. The original designs are created by Adriana, former architect and designer from Brazil who lives in Muswell Hill with her husband and daughter, Clara.
The shoes are for boys and girls ranging from 3 to 10 years. Beautifully crafted products, wonderful leather, refined use of colour and a sensation of returning to a period when time seemed to be more generous.
Jess Albert studied Fine Art & Printmaking at Central St Martin’s and acquired a First Class BA Hons degree. From there she worked as a scenic painter for film, then specialised in decorative paint effects, murals and gilding. She now works for a restoration company in many buildings across London.
More recently, Jess has returned to fine art and produced a series of insect illustrations and paintings. Jess’ obsession with insects started as a child taking long walks with her theatre designer father in North London and Cornwall.
Jess’s work is about the beautiful and the grotesque, mixing the scary with the stunning as hybrid insects.
Rachel Orme is a founder member of Muswell Hill Creatives. She has been designing leather bags and accessories for over 10 years. Rachel started working in a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic abuse in 2018 which has led to her making a decision to change career. Rachel will be starting a social work course in January 2020.
Elvira van Vredenburgh
Elvira studied printed textile design at The Royal College of art. She then set up a printed studio selling her and other designers' work worldwide to fashion and furnishing companies. She has over 20 years experience in the design world selling to top designers in London, Paris, Milan, New York and Japan.
For the past 9 years, whilst bringing up her daughter, Elvira has had an agent who sells her printed textile designs.
Elvira is now branching out on her own to create her own range of greeting cards and gift wrap using her exclusive designs.
Isabella Lepri Ceramics
An anthropologist by training (LSE), Isabella has always enjoyed making things and when she encountered ceramics in 2007 it was love at first touch. She learned about pottery at London's City Lit, and with North London potter Ricky Grimes. She set up her home studio in 2013 and in 2017 moved into a pottery studio in Wood Green.
Isabella's work is mainly thrown stoneware and porcelain, glazed with lead-free glazes. For her flowers she uses the technique of majolica, where glaze is applied on raw glaze with single bold brush strokes. She enjoys making functional everyday tableware, as well as decorative pieces that blur the boundary between the useful and the beautiful.
Isabella relocated to Cumbria in the Summer of 2019 where she continues to make pottery at a local studio in Penrith.
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Shelley trained with Rose Cory, milliner to the late Queen Mother, before setting up her own millinery studio in 2014 making beautiful bespoke headwear and fedoras.
In June 2018, Shelley closed her millinery business to take her creative talents in a new direction. Shelley was selected by the Royal College of Needlework for the Future Tutors programme for men and women who wish to make a career in embroidery and teach techniques to the highest standards.
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The Little Cloth Shop
Caroline Stansfield of The Little Cloth Shop designs and makes vintage inspired childrenswear made in her Crouch End home using traditional tailoring techniques.
She has grown up with a passion for sewing and creating; her mother was a tailor and her grandmother a skilled seamstress. They encouraged Caroline to take up the baton by passing on the thimble when she was twelve.
When Caroline’s son Drake was born in 2014, she found it impossible to find alternative baby clothes that were also smart and traditional, so decided to make her own.
Caroline has a range of baby and children's outfits for both boys and girls with an heirloom quality
She uses only the best quality fabrics which can be machine washed, as it is important to Caroline that clothes can be worn and not just saved for special occasions.
Richard Evans, RichCraft Furniture
RichCraft is the creation of Richard Evans a furniture designer maker who is based in North London. Richard studied 3D Design at Plymouth University and graduated as a Designer Maker in 2013. After taking a break from design, Richard worked across the not-for-profit and private sector in fundraising, art sales and fashion studio management.
In June 2017 Richard returned to a practice he loved - Making. Acting on his long-held aspiration, he established RichCraft, his own furniture making practice.
Richard's work incorporates contemporary design with traditional materials and making techniques. He draws on inspiration from architectural structures and the built environment. Not afraid to use bold colours in his work, he successfully manages to combine metal with traditional hardwoods. Richard sources his timber locally with the majority of coming from trees felled in London.
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Artist, Caroline trained as a textile designer specialising in screenprint and worked in industry as a designer and colourist. She moved into the film, TV opera and theatre industries working as a scenic painter, prop maker and art director. Caroline is also a qualified teacher of Art and Design and has worked as an arts project manager in the public sector.
Caroline is interested in the density or layering of different techniques in her work and is inspired by drawing elements of nature which she has applied to her recent series entitled 'Undergrowth.“ Caroline is also a member of the East London Print Studios.
Liz Harrap Horton Cards
Liz Harrap Horton has lived in Muswell Hill for over 20 years and makes handmade cards from her home studio.
Inspiration for Liz is mainly found in nature, especially in her garden and frequent trips to Cornwall. Her bold lino cuts are printed on an Adana 8x5 Letterpress. She also has an interest in typesetting, using vintage metal typefaces such as Festival in her card designs.
Liz undertakes commissions and is happy to discuss any special requirements you may have.
Martina Latimer is from Austria and moved to London from Vienna in 2015. Martina studied and worked in business administration for over 10 years but was keen to develop her passion for creating something unique and functional with her own hands. Martina started exploring different crafting techniques - knitting, stitching and finally sewing. She fell in love with patchwork and what it can achieve with colours and patterns.
Martina started her company at sarah's in 2012 to design and make bespoke cushions, bed runners and quilts using contemporary fabrics combined with traditional patchworking techniques.
The Kitchen Table Florist
Tania McLaren's lifelong passion for flowers led to the creation of The Kitchen Table Florist in 2012. After a career in marketing, she retrained in floristry & spent time learning from London florists Jane Packer & Jamie Aston.
Having lived in Muswell Hill for the past 15 years, Tania is based at home working from her kitchen table. She buys to order from the Covent Garden Flower Market so only the freshest flowers are used to create stylish, contemporary arrangements for the home, workplace or special event.
Suzie is a Dutch-Australian designer who has made London her home. She studied graphic design and multimedia at The Western Australian School of Art and Design (now the Central Institute of Technology) and graduated in 1999. Since moving to London in 2000, Suzie has studied an introductory course in Fashion Design at Central St Martins College of Art & Design and later Professional Sewing Techniques at the London College of Fashion all the while working as a freelance graphic designer.
In June 2015, Suzie launched her clothing, accessories and homeware label Suzie London.
Suzie London creates pieces of joy. Clothing & accessories channelling 50s, 60s & 70s style with a fresh, modern edge.
20th Century Cloth
Helen Snell of 20th Century Cloth trained as a textile designer at Winchester School of Art and prior to having children, worked in the design industry. She is a keen crafter/seamstress and knitter with a love of mid-century design and fashion, particularly from the 40s and 50s.
Helen produces her own range of 20th century inspired fabric. She has launched a collection of make-up and washbags, and is developing new products including lampshades and furniture/interior fabric.
Lito Apostolakou, the maker behind Inklinks, creates mixed media objects and collages for lovers of the written word. Trained as a historian in King's College London, her work is inspired by literary and historical texts and their many meanings and uses. Her collages combine found objects, like stones, wooden boards and boxes with antique paper, stationery, ink and graphite.
Lucy is a printmaker who lives and works in London and prints at East London Printmakers. Lucy's approach incorporates photography, painting and drawing, which she transposes into screenprints. She then produces small runs of prints.
Much of Lucy's work is of London. She is interested in documenting the passing of time in the city and exploring the relationship between a place and its inhabitants. She sometimes returns to the same scenes after they have changed, or features old pieces of industry that have become redundant.
Charlotte started working life working in advertising and since leaving to raise her three young boys, she has studied print making at Central St Martin’s.
Charlotte loves to create hand-drawn and mixed media prints working with paper and textiles. She is also an experienced seamstress and has regular commissions for children’s dresses and quilts.
Zoe Norfolk Photography
Zoe Norfolk is a professional photographer who has lived in Muswell Hill for over 20 years. She specialises in portrait and event photography. For the last fourteen years, Zoë has been photographing events and portraits at 10 Downing Street.
Zoë's particular passion is for photographing people and their environments, and in some cases creating a moment that gives an added depth within the picture. She loves capturing great light, faces and colours. Regular clients include United Nations, Coca-Cola, The Conservative Party and numerous national charities.
She has over 80,000 followers on Instagram, where she regularly posts snap-shots of her day.
Nordic Nic Nac
Norway born Karine Gulliksen started Nordic Nic Nac in 2002. Karine creates Scandinavian inspired kids’ clothes and accessories - handmade and designed with a passion for knitting and sewing. Her shop, Nordic Nic Nac is based in Gabriel's Wharf on London's South Bank.