Meet the Makers of OHC: Paperweight Products

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We thought it was about time to introduce you to the makers behind our fabulous handmade goodies in-store…so, in the next of our Meet the Makers of OHC specials, please say hello to Sue of Paperweight Products….

How did you become a designer/maker?

By accident! By day I am part of a family printing company in India, and I was asked by a client to train some of our team to make folded book art, as she could no longer deal with the demand herself. I did, and we successfully completed a large order for the US. Unfortunately the client’s business model didn’t work for her, so I decided to try setting up myself, with a view to getting more permanent work for my folding ladies in Assam.

How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?

Paperweight in printing refers to the paper stock you are using. I like paper, and I will always caress a piece of paper be it a book page, a leaflet or whatever to feel what stock has been used. The business I would like to develop combines our printing business and upcycling paper in various forms. Each different product has its ideal paperweight (so I find book folding works best on 70gsm book printing paper, for example!) so the name seemed to fit.

Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?

I run this bit of my business part time. I would love to do more, as I have many ideas for developing more products, making it a more viable business for employing others and doing even basic things like getting an online shop going, managing some social media and so on, but hey.. Other than this I am Director of Finance and Human Resources for our company in India, (we spend half the year there), I work with my husband on his UK business which imports print from our Indian company, and we are also working on some book publishing and another export business dealing in Assamese produce and handicrafts.

How do you make time for it all?

With difficulty, but it helps that we work from home so have some flexibility. Firstly we are split between India and the UK, so I tend to do more of my UK business when I’m here. I generally do my folding at night in front of the television, as I find it quite relaxing. I used to do the marking at home and then the folding when I was in the car on a long journey, in hospital waiting rooms while I was pregnant, in coffee shops when my daughter was a sleepy baby… Nowadays it is harder as I use a different technique which really requires a table! I find that giving myself 5-point to-do lists everyday helps, as does restricting myself to work burst of one hour on any one task so I make a little progress on everything and work on every business everyday.

What’s your favourite thing about running your business?

The freedom of making your own work hours, getting to live in two countries and working with my husband. This has meant that we look after our daughters 100% ourselves with no need for childcare, which I find is a huge privilege and one that I am happy to forego a large salary for. I also really enjoy being able to do what I like, and being able to pursue ideas if I feel like it. I used to work as a supermarket director, which was intense, very long hours and following a definite structure and company policy, so very different to my life today.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?

To be honest, I get more excited about the books than the folding. I love old books with a tale to tell other than the story (such as an inscription in the front dated from 1926 to commemorate someone becoming head boy!), or really retro covers, or… the list goes on. My shelves are full of books I bought for folding but then decided to keep!

Of my folds, I guess my two favourites are a “Wish” book and a “Mum” book, not really because of the design, but because both designs fit exactly into the book with no spare pages, which is very satisfying. The inlay on the Wish book was fantastic. The “Mum” book was in a book called “The Good Wife” by Leslie… I love the cover, and it made me laugh because my Mum is called Lesley but she’s extremely feisty and not at all in line with the pink frilly cover and title of the book!

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Describe your business in three words

People, paper and print.

We just love your Folded Book creations Sue – and we adore your Creative Craft Classes too! Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us your story. You can find the Paperweight Products collection in store now.

See you at the shop x

Our Creative Crafts for October: ‘Tis the Season….

It’s only 100 days to Christmas (Arrgghhh!)  Why does time go so quickly?! If you’re planning a Creative Christmas then our Creative Craft Classes for October all have a festive feel to them – and might just give you a few ideas of what you gifts you could make….

On 6th October at 6.30pm the lovely Lynn of Lydia Teapot will be showing us how to make 5 festive felt delights to adorn your tree! These little cuties look like such fun to make, we can’t wait to decorate our trees with them :)

Class cost is £25.00 and bookings can be made by popping into the store or calling us on 0113 4182304.  You can also book online through Eventbrite (subject to a small booking fee).

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Sue of Paperweight Products will be showing us the mysteries of Folded Book Art on Thursday 13th October at 6.30pm.

You’ll receive two festive patterns, with one being folded in class and the other to fold at home…and perhaps all of your family and friends will receive folded books for Christmas!

Class cost is £20.00. Call 0113 4182304 or pop in store to book, or book online with Eventbrite, subject to a small booking fee.

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Sophie of Sophie Dumont Designs will be encouraging you to play with wire on Thursday 20th October at 6.30pm, to make your own  Wire Christmas Decorations.

You can bend and twist to your heart’s content and shape wonderful, whimsical creations from your own imagination!

Class cost is £30.00. Call 0113 4182304 or pop in store to book, or use our online booking with Eventbrite (subject to a small booking fee).

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Lynn of Lydia Teapot will be making a second appearance on Thursday 27th October at 6.30pm, when she will be helping you make two festive embroidered hoops.

You’ll receive everything you need to make a large hoop, and will take home all the materials and instructions to make a smaller hoop with a sumptuous Christmas Pudding…which you can keep for yourself or give as a gift!

Class cost is £25.00. Call 0113 4182304 or pop in store to book, or book online through Eventbrite, subject to a small booking fee.

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And, if you want to get in the seasonal spirit a little early, then Claire of Little Shop of Lathers will be showing us how to whip up some bath bombs next Thursday, 22nd September at 6.30pm.

Using all natural ingredients, you can create your own colour and scent combinations with lots of shapes to play with – and she has informed us that some seasonal scents and moulds will be available!

And if that’s not fun enough, you will also get a FREE Make Your Own Kit to take home so you can make bath bombs for everyone to pop into their stockings :)

Class cost is £25.00. Simply call 0113 4182304 or pop in store to book, or book with Eventbrite (subject to a small booking fee).

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These are the last classes we will be holding in 2016 so do make sure you don’t miss out!

We can’t wait to share a cuppa and a biscuit with you (and maybe a little mulled wine or a mince pie…)

Claire & Nat x

Meet the Makers of OHC: Wrapped By Alice

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We thought it was about time to introduce you to the makers behind our fabulous handmade goodies in-store…so, in the next of our Meet the Makers of OHC specials, please say hello to Alice of Wrapped by Alice….

How did you become a designer/maker?

By chance! I never thought I’d be doing this; in fact, I had always planned on becoming an academic or researcher of some sort – I have a Degree and a Masters in History, and had plans for a PhD – however a series of long term health problems meant that, sadly, that wasn’t a possibility.

It was in the summer of 2013, while I was training to work in schools, and finding my health deteriorating again, that I decided I needed to have a radical rethink about my future career. Having little to lose at that point, I decided to set up Wrapped By Alice, as a way to work for myself from home, and I haven’t looked back since!

How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?

Bit of a no-brainer really: gift wrap handmade by me + my name = Wrapped By Alice.

Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?

I do run my business full time – I relish the challenge of running my own business, and I love the fact that I get to be creative every day. Running the business from home also means that I’m able to manage my health much more easily – I couldn’t ask for me really!

What’s your favourite thing about running your business?

The challenge, and the fulfilment…ok that’s two, but they’re linked! Even though my health puts limitations on what I’m physically able to do, that doesn’t mean I just want to coast through life – that wouldn’t fulfil my need to be challenged.

Running your own creative business is hard; it requires a multitude of skills and knowledge, which you need to amass quickly, and continue to develop, in order to be successful. Some days or weeks it’s a struggle, but it’s worth it to feel like I’m achieving something on my own terms; watching the business grow over the past year or so has been incredibly rewarding.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?

I try to be as eco-friendly as possible in everything I make, sourcing sustainable materials wherever possible. My favourite material to work with is the 100% recycled kraft paper, which I use in the majority of my products; every sheet has its own individual character – this is due to the materials used in the manufacturing process, and the fact no dye is added, you therefore get the raw, natural product, in all its beauty.

I use this paper as the base for my favourite products – my hand stamped gift wrap range. The range features a host of quirky animal characters, which are all printed individually, by hand, using custom stamps produced from my original artwork. My favourite? I love all my creatures equally, so I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite!

Describe your business in three words

Artisan. Quirky. Eco-friendly.

We just adore your cheeky and cute little creatures dancing across your giftwrap Zoe! Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us your story. You can find the Wrapped By Alice collection in store now.

See you at the shop x

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Three Leeds Indie Awards nominations – WOW! Thank you!

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Whoop! You guys are absolutely awesome and you’ve been nominating us for not one, not two but THREE Leeds Love Affair Leeds Indie Awards! We’re so chuffed – thank you all!

Voting is now open for us to win and we’d dearly love to have trophies on our counter for Best Place to Shop, Best Place to Treat Yourself and Best Business Owners :)

Do you remember our cheesy grins when we won last time? Imagine what they’ll be like if we win again….

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If you love what we are achieving with our little shop as much as we do, we would really appreciate you taking 30 seconds and voting for us to win – we can’t tell you how much it would mean to retain our Best Place to Shop title, and to hopefully add Best Place to Treat Yourself and Best Business Owner too!

The standard is very high and there are twice as many nominees in each category this time so we’re up against some great competition! Every vote counts (and if you REALLY love us then perhaps you can vote from your mobile or from work too!)

You can vote here: http://www.leedsloveaffair.co.uk/news/leeds-indie-awards-vote/ or use our handy QR code:

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We promise that if we do win we’ll do a very happy dance (or three!) and have even bigger cheesy grins on all of the photos 😀

Claire & Natalie x

Meet the Makers of OHC: SeaBreeze Designs

We thought it was about time to introduce you to the makers behind our fabulous handmade goodies in-store…so, in the next of our Meet the Makers of OHC specials, please say hello to Caroline of SeaBreeze Design…

How did you become a designer/maker?

I lived for a number of years in North Wales and spent most days by the beach. I loved collecting shells and driftwood and started making a few bits and bobs from these. After moving to Yorkshire with Ric I really missed the coast and wanted to bring those happy memories with me so started playing around with silver and loved it. My passion for the coast has continued and I love making pieces that are inspired by the coast and nautical tales.

How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?

I wanted a coastal name rather than just using my own name and after working with kitesurfers/windsurfers back in North Wales and discussing the perfect Sea Breeze it seemed the perfect name for me.

Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?

I am now in my second year of working full-time for myself.

What’s your favourite thing about running your business?

I love the fact I can make things that I love and can continually change and develop my work at my own pace.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?

That is a hard one it changes all the time. I guess my mermaids are one of my favourite to do.

Describe your business in three words

Wearable coastal art.

We are constantly amazed at how tiny yet detailed your creations can be Caroline! Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us your story. You can find the SeaBreeze Design collection in store now.

See you at the shop x

Meet the Makers of OHC: sarah westwood

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We thought it was about time to introduce you to the makers behind our fabulous handmade goodies in-store…so, in the next of our Meet the Makers of OHC specials, please say hello to Sarah (and Sprocket) of sarah westwood…

How did you become a designer/maker?

I studied Surface Pattern Design at the University of Huddersfield and after I graduated I carried on drawing and designing for myself and for other companies.

How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?

My business name is sarah westwood and that is me but using my maiden name.  Its simple really I started selling by selling my work to Galleries and they liked using my name and not a business name so it just stuck.

Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?

I run my business full time selling to galleries, fairs, online and to shops throughout the country.

What’s your favourite thing about running your business?

I love meeting new people and I love the challenge of thinking of new ideas for my illustrations especially Sprocket.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?

My favourite thing I’ve done constantly changes but recently I’ve been working on a series of illustrations on a coastal theme and I draw a new one each week.  My favourite at the moment is a piece called ‘Yellow submarine’

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Describe your business in three words

FUN // BRIGHT // HUMOUR

We adore watching the many adventures of Sprocket as part of your collection Sarah! Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us your story. You can find the sarah westwood collection in store now.

See you at the shop x

Step Back in Time with The Grand Arcade! OHC goes Victorian for a day of Heritage fun!

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Out in the Arcade itself will be an exhibition of ‘The Grand Arcade Through the Ages’, telling you a little of the history of our Arcade, it’s rise and fall and regeneration.OHC is going Victorian for Heritage Open Days and it’s going to be Grand!

We do love an excuse to dress up and have some fun here at OHC, and next Saturday is no exception…. It’s the Heritage Open Days Weekend in conjunction with National Trust and English Heritage – and we’re getting involved again in true OHC style!

Join us for a day of Victorian fun, with Urban Magpie’s ‘Pop Up Bespoke Button Bling Boutique’, where you can rummage through her extensive vintage button collection to choose the perfect ones to make your own button rings – or have Zoe make them for you if you’re not feeling very creative! Be sure to listen for the fabulous Roll Call Zoe has prepared (and we’re assured will be delivered in the style of a Victorian Freak Show Ringmaster /Gypsy Fortune Teller – we’ve heard it and it’s EXCELLENT, we can’t wait!)

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You can also meet the lovely Ruth of Dollop&Stir and have a vintage spoon stamped with your own personal message to give as a gorgeous gift to someone, or just to treat yourself (other cutlery also available!)

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Our very own Co-founder Claire will once again be delivering Behind the Scenes Tours of our WM Potts Clock, telling you a little about the history of the clock and allowing you access to view some of the fabled mechanism. Tours will take place at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm (meet outside the shop just before the hour).

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Our neighbours at Just Grand! Vintage Tearooms are also joining in the festivities with a ‘Step Back In Time’ experience – the staff will be dressed up, there will be traditional Victorian fayre on the menu and a fabulous slide show of the Arcade over the years!

Out in the Arcade itself will be an exhibition of ‘The Grand Arcade Through the Ages’, telling you a little of the history of our Arcade, it’s rise and fall and regeneration.  And, if you dig out your finest Victorian attire and don your flat caps and you’ll win a participation prize too (well, we can’t be the only ones who like to dress up surely?!)

And as if all that wasn’t enough, we’re also very proud to be collaborating with Leeds Back In The Day once again! We’re sponsoring (and retailing) their 2017 Calendar and we’re super excited to be hosting the Exclusive Launch Event as part of our Heritage Open Days celebrations!  Shhhh, here’s a sneak peek of the front cover….

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You can meet Jason, the LBITD founder and chat about your memories of Leeds in days gone by…and pick up your 2017 Calendar! The Calendar will then be on sale in store with us until Christmas (yes, we said the C word, oops! #sorrynotsorry).

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So step back in time with us and join us for a day of Heritage, History and Highlights!

Claire & Natalie x

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Meet the Makers of OHC: Accidental Vix

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We thought it was about time to introduce you to the makers behind our fabulous handmade goodies in-store…so, in the next of our Meet the Makers of OHC specials, please say hello to Vicky of Accidental Vix…

How did you become a designer/maker?

I have a degree in Interior Architecture and Design so I guess it feels like I’ve always been a designer, but my day job isn’t quite as creative as it sounds and involves a lot of technical drawing, project management and building sites. Don’t get me wrong, I love my day job, but I wanted a creative outlet that allows a bit more freedom. The creative push came when I broke my hip/shattered my femur in 2007 and had many months bedridden with just a sketchbook and pen for company; that was the start of Accidental Vix.

How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?

I have always been accident prone, with broken bones in the double figures, which has resulted in lots of time staring at the same 4 walls, especially after having major surgery on my hip three times. The best way for me to distract myself from the pain and stay entertained is to pick up my sketchbook and pen and fill many a sketchbook with ideas, doodles and moments of insanity.

Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?

Accidental Vix is run around my full time job designing shops as an Interior Designer, being a mum to my gorgeous one year old son Harry, and wife to my amazingly supportive husband.

 How do you fit it all in and find the balance?

Life is definitely a balancing act, but if you love something enough you will find time to do it, even if that means very little sleep. Sketching and sewing are my passion and I fit it in where I can, from a train journey, to an hour in a café before a site meeting, to a quick sleepy sketch before bed.

What’s your favourite thing about running your business?

I get to spend time with my son and husband, who also works from home, and of course I make a living doing what I love. Running a business is hard work, but I get a say on all aspects and can reduce or increase work load to fit around my day job and family. But most importantly I get to share my creative take on life with others.

As an artist I work hard to create pieces from children’s bibs and booties to quirky sketches that express my view of the world, after all it’s our quirks and imperfections that make us who we are. Although I have a wide range of creative outlets they are all tied together by looking at things from a different and eclectic perspective, drawing on my passions for illustration, surface pattern design, printing and sewing, as well as my day job as an interior designer.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?

There are too many to choose from, but my favourite range is my ‘As scene by me’ range of illustrations of local Yorkshire landmarks, which you will find in Our Handmade Collective. One of my favourite sketches is of The Grove, Ilkley as it reminds me of home sweet home.

Describe your business in three words

Bright, quirky, fun.

We love the simplicity and depth of your illustrations Vix! Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us your story. You can find the Accidental Vix As Scene by Me collection in store now.

See you at the shop x

Meet the Makers of OHC: Kitsch-ina

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We thought it was about time to introduce you to the makers behind our fabulous handmade goodies in-store…so, in the next of our Meet the Makers of OHC specials, please say hello to Claudia of Kitsch-ina…

How did you become a designer/maker?

My good friend Pesky Chloe had a metre of fabric made from one of her own designs, we decided to make a pinny with it. That in turn reminded my that my mum always wore an apron or a pinny when I was little. I started to sew and eventually came up with a design that is retro and stylish that people seem to love!

How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?

My Italian heritage inspired my choice of business name, cucina being the Italian for kitchen and kitsch because of the styling so Kitsch-ina was the perfect choice.  I’ve been making since 2010.

Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?

I’m doubly blessed as I get to buy fabulous fabrics and make something I love and I also work part time in a library in Batley School of Art, surrounded by shelves of inspiring books on fashion, print, textiles and design.

How do you find time to fit it all in and keep that balance?

I’m really lucky on the days I’m not at work in the library I’m able to sew at home. I have a sewing room with my over-locker and sewing machine with all my fabrics close at hand.

What’s your favourite thing about running your business?

I studied art and design at college when I was younger, after getting married and becoming a mum I needed an outlet for my creativity and re found it in sewing, that in turn enables me to fill a need I have to work with fabrics and to make something beautiful! The fact I get to sell these items through Our Handmade Collective is the icing on my cake!

Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?

It’s very hard to pick a favourite as I’m constantly inspired by the prints I find. I’ve always had a soft spot for border fabrics I used to have a skirt in my teens that was an Art Deco style print so this Lamplighters print is definitely in my top 10!

Describe your business in three words

Retro; Stylish; Loved

Your pinnies brighten up our day as soon as we walk into the shop Claudia! Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us your story. You can find the Kitsch-ina collection in store now.

See you at the shop x

Meet the Makers of OHC: Gemstone Boutique

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We thought it was about time to introduce you to the makers behind our fabulous handmade goodies in-store…so, in the next of our Meet the Makers of OHC specials, please say hello to Mary of Gemstone Boutique….

How did you become a designer/maker?

I have been a crafter all my life, and moved from fabric based (dressmaking, sewing, cross stitch, embroidery) to beads and jewellery making about fifteen years ago. Over time the beads grew into an online bead shop, and the jewellery grew an extra kit branch! I found I enjoy teaching, so combining my love of beads and jewellery with showing people how to make pretty things to wear seemed just perfect for me. Now I sell beads, jewellery and kits, and love to encourage others to find their own creative ability.

How did you choose your business name and what’s the meaning behind it?

In the early days of my crafting business I had four different web sites, each with a slightly different theme, but it became too difficult to manage so many. I had been selling semi-precious gemstones and related jewellery on Gemstone Boutique, so it was there that I started to add my glass beads, and it snowballed from there…..

Do you run your business full time or balance another job as well?

About 6 years ago I was made redundant – I used to work for an international computer company in their internal IT department – and decided that I had had enough of being Corporate Girl. The obvious choice was to try to turn my love of crafting into my full time job.  I have never been happier and although it is not always easy, I do not regret my choice for one moment. My business now pretty much takes most of my time.

What’s your favourite thing about running your business?

I love being able to sit down at my work table, with piles of colourful, sparkly, yummy beads, and playing around until I have made a new piece of jewellery that I would be proud to give my name to. Unfortunately life and business admin get in the way rather too much for my liking (!) but this is my idea of bliss.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, which has been your favourite?

The favourite thing I’ve made quite often tends to be the most recent one, but the photo shows some of the things I’ve made that I have been most proud of. The silver is silver clay (I am also an Accredited PMC Training Centre), and other jewellery in the photo shows some bead stringing and bead weaving.

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Describe your business in three words

Beady creative fun!

You will also sometimes find Mary in store helping us out, and running a series of Creative Craft Classes for us! Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us your story. You can find the Gemstone Boutique Jewellery Kits collection in store now.

See you at the shop x

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