Meet Gemma Bainbridge of JewelGemJewellery

As part of our virtual markets we’re interviewing makers from across the North East. Shop local and shop small. If you’d like to get involved or help out the local creative community you can check out the #virtualmakeandmend hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What do you make?

I make jewellery from sterling silver, copper, seaglass and gemstones. I also make semi precious beaded bracelets.

How long have you been making?

1 year

Have you started a new project during lockdown?

During lock down I have been focusing on make jewellery and made several different pieces.

Do you have any advice for new makers?

Don’t give up! I have found there are many ups and downs and obstacles to overcome but it is important to keep going and most of all enjoy what you do.

Do you have any suggestions for ways we can connect and promote as a community?

To share each others Facebook pages and also possibly use Instagram.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I get satisfaction from been able to make something someone else can wear.

Meet Nikki Brewster of Nolaseanstudio

As part of our virtual markets we’re interviewing makers from across the North East. Shop local and shop small. If you’d like to get involved or help out the local creative community you can check out the #virtualmakeandmend hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Meet Nikki Brewster of Nolaseanstudio 6

Nikki has been working in the creative industry for 7 years but has only recently set up Nolaseanstudio for her unique artwork, screenprints and sculpture. Her current range includes these vibrant collaged circles inspired by pop art and found textures.

We asked Nikki some quick questions about what she’s been up to recently.

Have you started a new project during lockdown?

Quite a few, generally lots of planning for after all this over!

Do you have any advice for new makers?

Curate a community of fellow creatives their support and energy will get you through anything and have a good/great online presence.

Do you have any suggestions for ways we can connect and promote as a community?

Utilise instagram and Facebook more, especially instagram stories, hashtags to build an audiences. Doing collaborations!

Meet Nikki Brewster of Nolaseanstudio 10

Meet Jennifer Adamson of Jenny Wren Fabrics

As part of our virtual markets we’re interviewing makers from across the North East. Shop local and shop small. If you’d like to get involved or help out the local creative community you can check out the #virtualmakeandmend hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What do you make?

Children’s clothes & aprons, patchwork bags & cushions, bunting, crochet blankets & headbands, tea cosies, face masks for adults and children and made to order items.

How long have you been making?

I’ve been sewing since I was a young girl making dolls clothes initially, crocheting since a teenager.

Have you started a new project during lockdown?

I have been making face masks, initially for the carers looking after my mother in law and now for sale on Etsy etc.