Monday, 17 December 2012

Stuart Low is the new featured maker on our website..

Stuart Low is a dynamic architectural stained glass artist who has kindly answered some questions about his working practise so we can enlighten our followers!
See our website for the full interview on the guest maker page.. and discover what makes him tick..

Thursday, 13 December 2012

A big huge sparkly thank you to the wonderful Motes..

Mulled music from the Motes making melody to mince pies..

With amps and art!

The last mince pie left..ah!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas live music event tonight!

Just a little reminder of our next event, it's tonight! 6-9pm!
Come on down (well, a little bit up!) for seasonal fayre and mulled cider and live music and lots of loveliness in a great place.
Here's a few pics of our latest work to tempt you (if it's the shopping rather than the mince pies you prefer)..

Joanna Rose ceramics and Stephanie Wooster knitted lamp

iweave cufflinks and Dora McCormack glass coasters

Monday, 3 December 2012

Delicious treats..

We had a scrumptious late night shop on tuesday with homemade mince pies (thank you Sarah) and mulled pear cider to name a few of the treats, jostling amongst our makers and shoppers. Here's the proof of the pudding thanks to Mog Fry for the instagram.

The next open evening is tuesday december 11th, 6-9pm so get it in your diaries and meet us there for more treats plus live music!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Christmas evening openings and a superstar!

MAKERS have some special open evenings..
see the invite below & we hope to see you there.

Also we have a new superstar in our midst, which has to been seen to be believed. Here it is on its epic journey to the shop.

Well done Luke and Sarah for making it and Dora for helping with the long walk along the docks to deliver it!

We are also open sundays up until Christmas 11-4pm.

Monday, 19 November 2012

It's getting christmassy!

A sneaky peak at our Christmas window... with a cool instagram taken by Mog Fry.
Come and see!

Also bring along your Bristol Independents Christmas Loyalty card (or pick one up here at the shop), and get it festively stamped for each independent shop purchase you make, to give you a chance to win some wonderful new year goodies.
See for more details.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Click now for Makers..

Roll up roll up.. the new website is here!

Click on this link.. to see it.

There are some excellent gallery pages that give a taster of the atmosphere and new work we have in the shop, plus background information, events and mailing list.

We love our shop & gallery!

It was a big undertaking to bring it all together and include everything relevant whilst also reflecting the ethos and quality of the shop and our artists and makers. So huge thanks to Mog Fry of for creating a bit of wonderful web magic for us.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Colours and cushions!

Fresh new handmade things are zooming into the shop almost daily now, in anticipation of Christmas (and yes some people are way ahead of you and me on shopping for the big C..).
It really is almost like santa's elves when you think about it, as all this wonderful work originates from studios and workspaces all over Bristol and beyond, from the toil and craftspersonship of dedicated and talented hands.
These gorgeous glass coasters come individually and in sets of four, handcrafted by Dora McCormack.

They do look very toffee like and almost edible!

New cushions from Chez Williams are now in stock, featuring her retro style digital prints, in fabulous colourways. Everybody loves the bobble trim..

and they do literally fly out of the shop!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Red Ruby Rose at Makers!

We are delighted to now stock Red Ruby Rose clutch bags, that are extremely well made, clutch bags ideal for gifts, chic moments or special occasions.

They are inspired by her photography, illustration and love of textiles. Rowena, their maker, studied Printed Textiles at Edinburgh and went on to create a successful illustration career. She now focusses her creativity on these wonderful bags that are crafted from fine fabrics, dupion silk linings and gorgeous prints.

Teamed up with a Chez Williams cushion (below) here, you can see their contemporary yet slightly vintage charm goes really well with the styling in our shop.

And if you haven't been to the shop yet then you must! We have people who visit just to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the creative ambience, texture and feel of it all. Hope to see you there..

Monday, 15 October 2012

Bright knits- new in!

As autumnal chills bring us closer to christmastime, we have new knitted work from Betty Butter, Fiona Brooker,  Stephanie Wooster and So Toasty.

knitted children's clothes by Betty Butter

You can keep toasty warm with gloves, scarves, hotties and hats! Not forgetting the knitwear cushions- even your home can be embraced by knitted textures and bobbles (come and see..)

printed handkerchieves by Studio Amour

And if the winter chills set in, these retro-inspired printed handkerchieves will make you feel much better!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

It's lovely to have a mezz!

Oops sorry for the long silence over the sunny months... But we are here on Colston Street and super shiny after a surprisingly busy summer holiday (so Bristol does have tourists-just not many sunny months?).

Here are a few photos taken from our lovely mezzanine, showing off the shop from new angles, and it's a little plug for a spare workshop space we have up there to rent. It's a unique space for anyone who might like a getaway to work in, yet not be isolated. Do get in touch if you are interested via

More pics coming soon of new lovely things we have in for our autumn stock.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Harbour Festival in Bristol!

We have created a new window display for the harbour festival featuring a magical paper boat by Lisa Yardley and Sally Imbert. So happy harbour festival you lovely people of Bristol!

We have new glass work in from Stuart Low, in the form of small and affordable screen printed panels and if you haven't seen the beauty in parsnips before then you must pop in to check out a brand new piece by Coo Gellar that is a delight!

Come in to the cool calm of the shop and you may also hear some local melodies.
Here are a few more pics to get your arty tastebuds going..

JoannaRose plate with a Freya Cummings screen print

Hand sewn card by Sarah Salaman

Hand printed card by Sarah Salaman

Sunday, 1 July 2012

This wednesday is the day...

Hello followers! 
As I mentioned in the previous post it is Bristol Independents day this wednesday (4th july, wow where did june go?). 
It's a day to celebrate local businesses for all the local colour & individuality they reflect back to us amidst the mass produced mix of a world we live in. 
We will be providing free designer cakes on the day for all those who visit Makers here in Colston Street, and a prize for the first customer of the day.
So here is a tempting taste of this curiously creative and uniquely local shop & gallery, come and see it for yourself in real 3D my friends..

collage by Sally Imbert

digital print cushion by Sarah Salaman

decorated ceramic bowl by Joanna Rose

printed necklace by Ruth Broadway

stiched cd pouch by Rachael Dadd

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Bristol Independents Day coming up!

A fantastic campaign to promote lovely local shops like ourselves is underway in Bristol. On july 4th you can photograph yourself shopping local and enter into their prize draw to win some unique prizes. See for the full details and to check out whats going on in your area. We are cooking up something for the day and will keep you posted on our creative plans..
Meanwhile if you scroll to the very bottom of our posts you can become a MAKERS follower and when we have become more adept at this blogging lark maybe we will start following you back!

Here are some updated pics showing new work in the shop..particularly the wonderful windmills by Jane Sasanow and some upcycled vintage ceramic pieces by Luke Salaman.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Before and After!

We spent about a month repainting and wallpapering so that the shop looks lovely and bright (we're thinking St. Ives!). The little photos show how it looked prior to our seaside-inspired transformation..

And here are a few close-up tasters of our creativity, and there is more coming in all the time..

A delightful hedgehog plate by JoannaRose

Stained glass sample (price per square foot) by Dora McCormack

'Hand' wrapping paper by Sarah Salaman (and it's hand screenprinted!)

Screenprinted cufflinks by Sallydove

We run the shop & gallery together so do pop in and you may catch us in the process of making some work in there (meet the makers!). Commissions always welcome, and admiring browsers too..
Monday to saturday 10-5.30pm

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

MAKERS opening was a smasher!

Thank you SO much to everyone who came and supported us on friday night..the shop has truly had an energetic launch. Fruit punch and wine flowed, peppered by fantastic fairy cakes (thanks Jo and Chez) and a stream of enthusiastic folk through our doors..

We had wonderful helpers giving out MAKERS flyers to willing passers by & offering delicious cakes round. Our very first live band played sizzlingly on the mezzanine; Snails! This is hopefully just a hint of more local musician action to come..

It was a bit cramped up there but the music was brilliant! We particularly loved the opening 'shop' song written by Dan especially for us, thanks Dan, Mog and Jo for all your hard work and sweet sounds.

Watch this MAKER space for photos and details of new locally made work as it comes in from our lovely makers..