John & Lorna Speight - Papercut Artist and Jewellery Maker
John and Lorna started their individual businesses in North Northumberland over 20 years ago and returned to the area in 2017, opening a new workshop and retail outlet in the old drying kiln directly opposite Heatherslaw Mill. Combining traditional methods with contemporary design, both John's papercut silhouettes and Lorna's hand-made jewellery make ideal gifts.
Watch John at work as he cuts his designs, each one unique, and browse his range of silhouettes which include framed and unframed pictures of animals, trees, places, views, sport and many other subjects.
Lorna's "Spirit of Colour" jewellery features a fabulous array of colour, shapes and sizes and uses semi-precious stones, glass and charms. A wide selection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets are on sale.
Whether looking for an unusual and distinctive present or a treat for yourself, John and Lorna offer a vast choice of designs from which you can choose.
Some new works of art - a splendid array of hand-crafted quilts, cushions, purses, scarves, and home textiles - can be found on display in the Lady Waterford Hall until the end of September. The creator of these beautiful pieces is the very talented Judith Bellamy of Old Lace & Roses, who lives near Wooler where she has her own studio. Much of Judith’s work incorporates upcycled, vintage and quirky fabrics which she sources online and from antiques outlets, so that each of her designs is completely individual and unique.
The artists’ cabinet at Lady Waterford Hall sees a change this week, with work by local crafter Judith Bellamy replacing the beautiful felt work and photography which has been on display since early May.
This small gallery features original arts and crafts by local artists Peter and Julie Blood, as well as by their friends. It is situated beside the River Till in Etal in a building that once supplied hydro-electric power to the estate. Julie specialises in wildlife art and animal portraiture and Peter produces colourful abstracts and mixed media pieces. However neither artist would wish to be pigeon-holed, valuing the freedom ot be creative in whichever way they like, hence the gallery strapline: whatever next?
Both Peter and Julie have a background in graphic design and also work in their long-established fmaily business The Osprey Company, which relocated to Etal in 2019.