Meet the artists and makers living and working across Durham, Teesside and Yorkshire.
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Artist Angela Read from Hartlepool, graduated with a degree in ceramics and glass from Sunderland University, but she's always loved drawing. Now she specialises in pen and ink, using paper cutting and collage to give multi-layered effects, taking much of her inspiration from nature
Helen, from Eaglescliffe, in Durham gets inspiration for her textile work from her two passions, freemotion embroidery and animals. She uses embroidery, wool and fabric to create unique, detailed, textured pieces.
Helen also loves drawing in pen and ink, creating illustrations of architectural buildings and sites.
Jill Welham, from Richmond in North Yorkshire, is a photographer and printmaker. She was winner of International Garden Photographer of the Year 2019 with her botanical cyanotypes, created by harnessing the power of the sun. Inspired by nature,she often collects botanical specimens for her work.
Textile artist Louise Goult's work is inspired by people and relationships, often focussing on memories of times together and places visited.
Her choice of fabric and materials are central to the work, to convey its story or feeling.
Louise, from Saltburn-by-the-Sea, in North Yorkshire, also holds workshops and offers tuition.
Richard, from County Durham, takes much inspiration from the changing landscape, geology and weather of the Pennines from Derbyshire to Northumberland.
His technique is far from traditional and watercolour is just the start of his creative process. After painting, he digitally develops details in the image to create his unique one-off prints.
Wildlife artist Jane Braithwaite began her career as an industrial designer, working as an illustrator and graphic designer on products and marketing from Sindy Dolls to shoes.
Now she paints British wildlife, particularly birds., which she loves. Working in a range of different media, depending on the subject.
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Darlington-based artist Mikey Davison's love of local landmarks and landscapes have always inspired him.
For 30 years he only painted for fun, creating gifts for family and friends. Their encouragement led him to set up the business and start selling his work.
Fiona Naughton gained a first class degree in textile design, before returning to home to Durham. She works in acrylic and watercolour gaining inspiration from local people and places, particularly the Durham and Northumberland coasts.
Janice is a textile artist, whose love for embroidery started as a child, when her gran taught her to sew. With no formal art training, she brought her sewing skills together with her love of colour and felting to create her woollen paintings. Her work is influenced by the countryside around her County Durham home.
Jean, is a member of the Guild of Silk Painters, based at Stockton-On-Tees. She creates a wide range of products using her hand-painted, intensely-coloured silks, which she dyes herself.
Her range includes silk scarves, jewellery, purses, lamps and lampshades. She's even fused silk onto glass for household items.
Artist and printmaker John Grey is based at Ushaw in Country Durham. He produces original etchings, using traditional methods, based on the surrounding landscape and landmarks. His techique involves painting acid onto metal plates, then waxing and varnishing to get the variations in shade, then painting on the inks and pressing hand by in a traditional press, making each print unique.
Karen Thompson is a ceramicist and illustrator, who works from a studio on Scarborough Pier, North Yorkshire.
Her work draws on both historic and contemporary influences and frequently explores social and political themes using subversion, satire and humour. Recently she also started painting large, colourful portraits.
Jewellery designer Sarah Rivers creates all her pieces from her cottage near Blanchland, in County Durham.
She describes her style as quite rustic with lots of gold wire wrapping, real gemstones, pearls and sometimes scraps of silk. Sarah has lived in Spain and Senegal, which has no doubt influenced her designs.
Textile artist Thelma Russell's childhood countryside memories of picking bluebells, bird-watching, along with her love of vintage clothing, are the main influences for her creations..
Her main selling outlet is the Fleece Craft Shop in Reeth, in the Yorkshire Dales, close to her home.
Wildlife artist Dr Alan Taylor from Yarm on Tees, is passionate about animal welfare . He's s a member of the Association of Animal Artists and of the Guild of Artists. His love of of art began as a teenager, but after working in science, it was only years later that a career change led him start drawing again.
He now uses pastels and colour pencils in his award-winning work.
Caroline began designing and making her needle felted critters three years ago from her home at Weardale in County Durham. She is self taught and says much of her learning has been through lots of trials and errors. Today, her life-like needle felt sculptures, sell at a number of local galleries and she is a member of a craft collective at Blanchland in Northumberland.