Meet our artists, makers and creatives

We proudly present to you our artists, makers and creatives. They are the life blood of Shoreline, exhibiting, selling and teaching in Westgate Galleria and The Eclectic Art Gallery, Margate, and some participate in Margate Made’s pop-up events too. They are a diverse group, working in a very wide range of disciplines and mediums, but all share a passion for their art and a commitment to creating high quality, well-made, artisan products that will give much pleasure to their new owners.

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Ali Quansah-Brown

Ali Quansah-Brown

My name is Ali and I am a mosaic artist living in the beautiful seaside town of Deal. My work is inspired by the  local landscapes, fishing boats and colourful  beach huts. I love looking at nature and enjoy creating animal portraits, such as dogs, elephants, birds and now the occasional giraffe. The glass mosaic tiles I use are UV resistant and fade proof. The mosaics change with the light creating new effects in their iridescent  glaze. It’s  always surprising how much they can change...
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Amanda Lomas

Amanda Lomas

I make macramé plant potholders. I started making macramé plant potholders in October 2019. I like macramé as it is an instant craft. I love a house full of plants and wanted a different way to display them. I made one plant potholder, then another and more as friends kept asking me to make one for them. I use yarns of various size, chunky being my favourite....
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Andrew Bateman

Andrew Bateman

I am an artist painting and creating based in Whitstable. I used to work for the NHS providing MRI scans to patients and also as a veterinary nurse for 4 years, but after being diagnosed with autism in 2019, I decided to change my life totally and do something I love. I find painting takes me off to another world. I work from my home, painting mainly in oils. I paint animals, but I also love painting in an expressionistic style too and have been working on some very personal pieces alon...
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Ann Lloyd

Ann Lloyd

Hello. My name is Ann, I’m 45 and I live in Margate with my family. I enjoy creating objects in ceramics, drawing and multi-media work. A lot of my pieces relate to memory and family. I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2012 with a BA in Fine & Applied Art. I particularly enjoyed learning ceramics. For my final degree show I studied the ideas of memory in objects, and the precious nature, fragility and unreliability of our memory - which lent itself to working in fi...
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Ann Palmer

Ann Palmer

Ann has lived in Rochester, Kent, UK for 30 years. She spent 40 years working in the NHS as a Public Health doctor and began drawing and painting in 2007. Ann still draws mainly townscapes and sketches in preparation for her paintings. She works in oils principally land, sky and seascapes, often working directly out doors in front of the scene. Recently her work has developed to become larger, more abstract and expressionistic. Ann’s paintings are now often developed in the studio from her ex...
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Archie Archer

Archie Archer

Hi, I’m Archie lovely to say hello. I make greeting cards using sea glass that I find on the beaches in Kent. I live on a little boat in Sandwich with my dog Bolt. My range of cute sea glass cards started in the Summer of 2018 whilst walking my Labrador 'Bolt' on the sunny beaches in Margate. Like a magpie I began collecting sea glass. Today I forage my sea glass in picturesque Folkestone. The glass is more tumbled as the beaches are stony. This sea glass tumbling malarkey takes many years...
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Benjamin Finch

Benjamin Finch

My name is Ben, I’m a Landscape photographer currently based in Ealing, London. My journey as a Landscape photographer began with travel, and I have been lucky enough to see some amazing sites like Machu Picchu in Peru and the Colosseum in Rome. It was seeing these incredible scenes that made me want to capture the moment from my own perspective so I could share with friends and family when I returned home. I’m always researching new locations that could have potential for landscape ...
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Beverley Fisher

Beverley Fisher

Designer by day, Artist by night! I've been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember and have a passion for anything creative. Growing up in Canterbury I always knew I wanted to work in a creative field. I started my career as a textile designer and quickly moved to the greeting card industry where I now work as a Creative Director, a job I love. Studio life is fast paced with a constant flow of deadlines and an ever-expanding portfolio. Over the years I have spent less tim...
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Brian Hodgson

Brian Hodgson

I am a practising artist using oils on canvas and wood. I am a resident of Broadstairs. I’ve always been interested in painting and drawing, ever since drawing in front of the television at the age of 10!! I eventually gained a First Class Honours Degree at Maidstone College of Art in the 70’s and continued my art practice during life as Head of Art in several varied teaching establishments. It was while I was attending one of those institutions, a school in Kenya, that my present series o...
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Carol M Creasey

Carol M Creasey

My name is Carol, and I am a Kent author. My first book published in 1993, was inspired by my son who was born with many difficulties including autism. Since then I have written 6 novels, and my autobiography CANDIDLY CAROL, which was published on 3rd April. I live with my partner Keith, cats Max and Mia, and dog Ben. I enjoy long walks, swimming, and playing badminton and tennis as well as my writing. I try to write something every day, it makes me feel complete as a person. I have been a...
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Catherine Evans

Catherine Evans

I am a multi-media eco artist and designer and live near Ramsgate. Originally from the North of England, I moved to Ramsgate from West London in October 2016 where I live with my husband Dan and our two cats, Fred and Merlin. Creative from an early age, I later studied Art & Design, specialising in Interior Design. Inspired by the natural and spirit worlds, I work with a variety of media including photography, video, collage, watercolour, gouache, wax, oils and acrylics, often co...
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Christine Jeffryes

Christine Jeffryes

A Broadstairs based artist and designer specialising in creating beautiful bespoke fused glass products. I graduated from Loughborough College of Art and Design with a degree in printed textiles and began my career as a textile designer and colour consultant working for two London based design studios. My passion for drawing was always evident in my work and I began teaching art and design in a further education college to share my knowledge and skills. Over the last thirty years I have...
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Christine Kolinsky

Christine Kolinsky

Knitwear, knitwear and more knitwear. Based in Westgate-on-Sea, I produce beautifully designed knitwear with a difference. For most of my life I have been involved in the creative arts and I have City & Guilds certificates in embroidery and dressmaking along with NVQ certificates in sewing. My passion now is in creative knitwear that involves designing gloves, hats, knitted jewellery, designer handbags, novelty festive decorations etc. Not ordinary in any way, my gloves for example,...
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Claire Thorpe

Claire Thorpe

Hi, I am Claire, based in Ramsgate and a passionate upcycler who also creates bespoke cushions and soft furnishings. I first developed a love for upholstery and working with fabrics after attending hobby classes many years ago. Unfortunately raising four children whilst working within education meant I had little time for pursuing this professionally until more recently. I have always been excited by the process of creating something new from the old and particularly love restyling mid-...
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Colin Welsh

Colin Welsh

Having recently moved to Margate I've been inspired by Kents coastline, architecture, textures, sea and skies capturing them from above and on the ground....
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Dave Froude

Dave Froude

After a proper foundation course at Wimbledon Art School and a Fine Art degree in Farnham, I went to live, work and paint in Sicily for three years. I returned to study at Goldsmiths' College, University of London for a postgraduate teaching qualification. I have taught Art, Design and Photography for nearly 40 years, and now create functional ceramics and fine art in the studio in Folkestone. My work's glazes and surfaces are influenced by my passion for Mediterranean colour, it's not abo...
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David Kirkpatrick

David Kirkpatrick

I started glass work about 5 years ago with stained glass. I saw this at a craft fair and thought I would have a go and made lots of things for family and friends. About 3 years ago I was on holiday in Cornwall and passed a sign saying come in and see our glass. I went in and met Caroline who specialises in fused glass. She was also doing classes. I did one the next week and made a wave on Driftwood. After that I was hooked. I bought a kiln of my own and have not looked back since. I have mad...
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Deborah Gilbert

Deborah Gilbert

In 2015, Deborah Isabella Gilbert moved to Margate, in Kent, to fulfil a life long dream of living by the sea. Living here has captivated Deborah more than she could ever have imagined; the colours and tonal quality of the skies are constantly inspiring her. Deborah works mainly in acrylic paint, as it dries quickly, allowing her to build up light layers of glazes. A glaze is a single layer of paint that's thin enough to allow the colours beneath it to show through. Each new layer builds u...
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Dee Newton

Dee Newton

I am a self-taught fibre artist living in Birchington Kent. I specialise in using Merino and Corriedale wools and hand embroidery to create wet felted wall art, bags, and art to wear jewellery. I am inspired by the rich colours and textures that can be achieved with wool....
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Dee Nolan

Dee Nolan

Hi, I am Dee. I have a husband of 30+ years and a grown-up family who now have their own families! Despite moving away and working abroad, I have always found myself drawn back to the seaside towns of Thanet, it’s where I find my inspiration. Having done many different things to get by when raising our family, I am fortunate to now be at a stage where I can do what I love and that is sewing. I make and embroider a vast array of different things from gifts for children to home furnishing...
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Eleanor Marriott

Eleanor Marriott

Hi, I’m Eleanor, a Thanet-based photographer. I do all kinds of photography but I particularly love capturing the beauty of the Kent coast through the lens. I’ve been a professional photographer for the past 15 years, ever since I gave up the day job to go travelling and was then invited to exhibit my photos in a London gallery upon my return. I specialise in street and travel photography but I also do portraiture; stills photography (for film companies) and corporate work – including imag...
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Emma Willow Cairn

Emma Willow Cairn

Hi, my name is Emma Willow Cairn and I am an artist and illustrator. I gained my BA degree at Goldsmiths College then worked at Hello Magazine as Assistant Picture Editor. I have had several solo exhibitions most recently being at Progressive Greetings Live at the Business Design Centre in Islington. If you wish to have an artwork memory of a celebration or a loved one then I can create you a personalised plaster casting. Simply contact Shoreline and provide me the inspiration of wha...
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Eve Stickler

Eve Stickler

Eve Stickler is an artist and maker living in Ramsgate. Predominantly a painter working in acrylic, and mixed media, she draws her inspiration from the places she visits, travelling when time allows. Her move to Ramsgate in 2017 has proved to act as a further influence on her work and she is exploring the streets and scenes of her new home town in her most recent paintings. Colour, and vibrancy are priorities within her work and she considers them to be vital to the success of the pieces a...
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Frank White

Frank White

Hello, I am Frank, a lifelong maker based in Margate and I specialise in re-purposing. I use my 45+ years of making and teaching experience to create practical artefacts from mostly recycled materials. Working in many materials I take on bespoke commissions and run workshop-based craft courses in metalwork and woodwork for all ages and abilities. I use old and unwanted vinyl records and pre-used wood to make unique clocks, jewellery, pens and anything else that springs to mind.  ...
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Geraldine Alfeo

Geraldine Alfeo

I have loved to paint and draw from a very early age and since retiring from a long career in the NHS I have been able to devote more time to my passion. I work from my home in Birchington painting mostly in acrylic and sometimes using Free Flow paint to create a water colour effect. I like to use vibrant colours and will paint a variety of subjects as my mood and imagination takes me. I also enjoy sketching and life drawing. I paint on canvas or high-quality water colour paper and have...
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Jan Cooper

Jan Cooper

Jan is an artist based in Sandwich, Kent, UK.  She studied graphics at Canterbury Art College, then went on to creating handmade 3D greetings cards. This inspired her to move onto making jewellery, which she does with various textiles. She loves to use gold, velvet and mixing fabrics with textured and rigid materials. Jan’s passion for icons has led her to develop a range of brooches and cards featuring artist Frida Kahlo. Her personal and professional development has derived from her love of...
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Jan Lewis

Jan Lewis

Hi, I’m Jan, thanks for your interest in my work. I’m a designer-maker working in textiles, glass and ceramics. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 9. When I left school I studied graphic design at college and worked in that field for 15 years. During that time I also attended adult education dressmaking classes, I had a wonderful teacher, she was a couturier and taught me great skills. After 12 years I began a course with another tutor to learn free machine embroidery and many othe...
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Jane Martin

Jane Martin

Hello, I’m Jane I design and make jewellery and am based in Birchington-on-Sea. I took up silversmithing on stepping back from working as a geologist. My love and fascination in rocks and fossils lead me into the world of gems and other natural stones and I wanted to create and share that in jewellery. I have developed my knowledge, ideas and designs over the last few years and have been creating earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets in silver, many of which include using the sea-gla...
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Janis Volckman

Janis Volckman

I have been working with clay for some 30 years and I now work from my Oast house just outside Canterbury. Sometimes pieces are thrown on the wheel and sometimes they are hand built, or a combination of the two. I’d describe my work as rustic, colourful, quirky, contemporary and playful....
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Jenny Morrish

Jenny Morrish

I’m Jenny Morrish and I’m a studio potter. I work from my home overlooking the rugged windy coast at Westgate. Potting is my passion and I make a range of pots, some very functional and thrown on the potters wheel - shaving bowls, jugs, plates and others hand built and produced more for their decorative appeal. I love painting and I love pots so I try to combine the two with works hand painted with oxides. I have also recently been decorating work with sgraffito; an ancient form of decorat...
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Jessica Newby

Jessica Newby

Hi, I'm Jessica the designer/maker based near Ramsgate. I started making jewellery a few years ago after taking a short silversmithing course and discovered a real passion for creating bespoke jewellery. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted in my garden studio. The silver and ceramic seashells are all moulded from shells that I have found on my local Thanet beaches. The sea glass used in my designs is all genuine UK sea glass which has been aged in the sea for a minimum of 60 years and th...
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Jill Young

Jill Young

My name is Jill Young. My grandchildren call me mad nanny! My work is eclectic, quirky, one off using many and varied recycled materials where possible. As a self- taught artist/maker my work is varied, individual and one-off. From a young age I re-invented clothes to make them different, to fit my small, short frame and achieve the quirky style I craved. In latter years I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to create and deliver art projects and workshops for adults with a lea...
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Jo Weeks

Jo Weeks

My Millinery journey began when I was 4! My Grandmother was a Milliner and taught me the art of making hats and headpieces in my younger years. Although nowadays the fabric choice for most occasion hats is sinamay, the techniques for hat making has not changed so much. I make hats and headpieces for occasions such as weddings, parties, christenings and also horse racing events such as Royal Ascot. These pieces can be one-off designs or can be made bespoke to match any particular outfit. ...
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Karen Keen Young

Karen Keen Young

I’m always on the lookout for art manifesting itself in nature and culture. I worked at sea and have lived by the coast for most of my life, so my portfolio of work reflects a travel and coastal theme, including images and words from shores around the world. My artwork is created using a range of processes including photography, image transfer, engraving, stencil, paint or print techniques, incorporating mixed media and digital art. Concern for the environment and the health of our ocea...
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Katy Donaldson

Katy Donaldson

Katy Donaldson has worked nationally and internationally (from the Maldives to the Middle East) for magazines, hotels, architects, galleries and graphic designers. She is regularly commissioned to shoot interiors and exteriors of all types of buildings and is an architecture lover, from Brutalist to Baroque, with a soft spot for concrete and corrugated metal! Katy lives on the border of Kent and East Sussex.  ...
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Lee Davies

Lee Davies

Hi, my name is Lee. I was born and bred in Birchington (many years ago!), and moved to Westgate with my husband five years ago. After losing my job due to Lockdown I decided to try my hand at making jewellery, and Babbaroo Jewellery was born. My personal interest is in semi-precious gemstones and their healing properties as I have been interested in complementary therapies for many years. All my jewellery is handmade by myself....
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Libby Cox

Libby Cox

Hi, my name is Libby Cox, I’m a local artist and retired teacher. I work from home in Birchington. I was a teacher for many years at the local Primary school in Westgate. Since retiring I have juggled my time between, my wonderful family, grandchildren and my love of creating artwork. I have always painted and drawn, in some form or other, throughout my teaching career, having studied Fine Art whilst at Teachers Training College in London. I paint and draw a range of subjects from anima...
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Linda Rendle

Linda Rendle

I have always loved sewing since being taught as a young girl by my French grandmother. While working full time as a nurse, sewing was a hobby and I made items for myself, family and friends. However, since reducing my hours in my regular job, I decided to take the plunge and see if anyone else liked what I made. I started with a few craft fairs, then opened an Etsy shop a year ago. In November I was privileged to have a shelf in Westgate Galleria where I have been selling statement cushions ...
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Lola McDowell

Lola McDowell

I’m an artist/maker, with the focus on handwoven textiles and fine arts. My creative practice is about Craft as Art. I started in fine art, then became more focused on hand-weaving, after hearing the phrase “Painting with Yarn”. I took a series of courses, culminating with the Handweavers Diploma. I continue to study, experiment and expand my horizons/knowledge and skills, as the more I learn, the more there is to know! I have exhibited and sold my work across the UK and have been an...
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Lorraine Kinnear

Lorraine Kinnear

I am an Artist and Photographer living in the local area. I consider myself lucky to live in this beautiful part of the country, surrounded by a rich and diverse coastline with amazing sunsets and an abundance of natural woodland. They provide endless photographic opportunities as my artwork is very much inspired by nature and the area in which I live. Although nature is at the heart of my photography, my photographic style is quite abstract. I like to take a shot and then use various tec...
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Martin Gomme

Martin Gomme

I’m a woodturner producing plain and decorated bowls, platters and hollow forms. Although I was born in Kent, I lived in Hertfordshire for many years and started woodturning in 2004. I retired and moved to Whitstable in 2017 where I have a well-appointed workshop (although of course no woodturner ever has enough wood or enough tools!) and I’m now a member of Garden of England Woodturners. I like clean simple forms and I prefer to work with native/European timbers such as ash, oak, yew, ...
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Melanie Tong

Melanie Tong

I use my own photographs of the East Kent Coastline as the starting point for my paintings. I work mostly with acrylics, but I have recently been adding ink and collage elements too. The layers produce a range of colours, found in the natural seascapes, that reveal themselves through the final surface. The paintings show an abstracted view from the photographs, occasionally including recognisable landmarks or forms of particular areas, but focussing on the forms that the tides and the coas...
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Naomi Watkins

Naomi Watkins

Hi, my name is Naomi, I am an artist/photographer based in Whitstable. I come from a creative family, so art was always a factor in my life. I’ve been painting since I was a child, using mainly acrylic paint. I am also a keen photographer, I particularly like photographing abandoned buildings, I've always explored these places and wanted to preserve the history and feeling of them through my photography. My prints are printed professionally on archival paper using a Giclee method....
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Nick Evans

Nick Evans

Nick Evans has been a career journalist for 43 years, working mainly in the specialist arenas of public relations and internal communications. He grew up in Birchington in Kent, during the 1960s and 1970s and his first foray into journalism came in 1977 when he left school, aged 17, to become a trainee reporter with the Isle of Thanet Gazette in Margate. He has since worked for large corporations, public sector organisations, PR agencies and newspapers, in a range of writing, design and produ...
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Nick Gilbert

Nick Gilbert

Living in Margate, on East Kent's coastline, and a keen fisherman, Nick has been inspired to return to photography after 25 years, to produce stunning local seascapes....
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Pat Matthews

Pat Matthews

My name is Pat. I’m an artist and crafter living and working in Herne Bay. I moved to the Kent coast about 18 months ago (August 2018) from South London. I studied at Epsom school of Art & Design, way back in the eighties and subsequently worked as a window dresser, layout artist and, most recently in school breakfast & after school clubs, guiding art & craft activities for children (amongst other things!). On the side, I was making hand-painted fabric goods: Tote bags, cush...
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Peter Checksfield

Peter Checksfield

Peter Checksfield is the author of five acclaimed books on music, TV and film; ‘Channelling The Beat!', ‘Look Wot They Dun!’, ‘The Beatles – Tell Me What You See’, ‘Let’s Stomp!’ and ‘Untamed Youth!’, as well as ‘Thanet Revealed’, a unique collection of nude photography. His books have been reviewed by ‘Record Collector’, ‘Mojo’, ‘Shindig!’, ‘Now Dig This’, ‘The Beat’, ‘Ugly Things’, ‘Folkrocks’, ‘Wired Up!’, ‘Making Time’, ‘The Joe Meek Society’, ‘The Daily Beatle’, ‘Isle of Thanet News’ ...
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Rachel Jenkins

Rachel Jenkins

All our bath products are 100% natural, making them good for you, your skin and the environment. I blend pure essential oils for aromatherapy purposes and also have a love of seaweed, which is known to increase the skin's elasticity and has an anti-aging effect, developing my own exclusive seaweed extract for use in my products. My product range currently consists of a selection of beautifully eco packaged, hand screen printed bags of bath salts with wooden scoop, a selection of seaweed ba...
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Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas

Hi. I’m Becky, nice to meet you. I am a graphic designer and illustrator based in Westgate-on-Sea. I work for a range of clients, designing logos, brochures and websites. I managed a large London design team for 15 years until I escaped to Thanet in 2018 with my partner and baby daughter. I’d been longing to be near the sea for quite some time. The first thing I did on arrival was to illustrate some of the fantastic local buildings and beach scenes. That became the Westgate-on-Sea Ca...
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Sarah Bowles

Sarah Bowles

I was so fed up buying clothes that didn’t fit properly that I decided to learn how to make as much of my own clothing as possible. Mostly through trial and error (and a whole lot of mistakes!) I learnt how to make all my own clothing. I now make everything I wear as well as anything else that can be sewn! Without a doubt, I am at my happiest when I am at my sewing machine making something new and exciting. Sewing is my form of therapy and meditation. With the added bonus that I get someth...
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Sarah Gibbon

Sarah Gibbon

I am a Margate-based creative, currently focused on making wearable art and running Shoreline Partners. I moved to Margate three years ago, after a long career at Goldsmiths, University of London, and am loving living near the sea and the beach, amongst the creativity that abounds throughout Thanet. I have designed, made and sold contemporary jewellery, accessories and decorations for quite a few years now, specialising in seed-beaded pieces that use bold and quirky colour combinations. ...
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Sarah Wyld

Sarah Wyld

I’m a photographer, originally from London, now living in Westgate-on-Sea. My photography really started back in 1979 when I was a co-founder of the Wandsworth Photo Co-op. We used photography as a tool within the local community, helping people to have their say, running photography workshops, photographing local campaigns. It got funding and grew into Brixton’s Photofusion. Over the years, as well as working in community photography I’ve done freelance work, often for charities such as M...
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Serena Salvatore

Serena Salvatore

Hi, my name is Serena, I am an Italian “ABSTRACT, FIGURATIVE” artist based in Margate. Since my childhood I felt my artistic talent but only in 2005 I put it into practice, and never stopped. I love to paint with oil and acrylic, but my creativity brings me to explore new techniques, increasingly popular in the world of art. My art is abstract-figurative, I love reproducing landscapes, still life, seascapes and describe everyday life. Since I moved to Margate I have been blessed with its s...
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Sheradon Dublin

Sheradon Dublin

Hi, I’m Sheradon. Its lovely to meet you. I am a photographer and graphic designer based here in Westgate-on-Sea. I have been working as a creative since the early 2000s for a broad range of consumer and commercial clients, before relocating from London to Westgate with my family in 2015. Since moving to Kent, I have been lucky enough to work with many local businesses such as The Turner Contemporary, Dreamland Margate and the Margate Mercury to name a few. I do love this part of Kent, ...
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Shoreline Partners

Shoreline Partners

Shoreline Partners is the home of Westgate Galleria, The Eclectic Art Gallery Margate and Margate Made. Shoreline runs on a socially responsible business model which enables our artists, makers and creatives to run their small artisan businesses by renting low cost display spaces from us, and pay a small commission for our selling and promotional services. This means they receive the majority of the income made from their sales. We also offer space to run courses, exhibitions, meet the ...
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Sian Morgan

Sian Morgan

Born and bred in Margate, the well known seaside resort in Thanet, Kent, I studied at Medway College of Design and progressed onto the College of Art in Hull. I have a love of, and affinity with, Thanet’s history, buildings and coastline, which feature in my watercolour and line work illustrations and paintings....
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Sue McCorkindale

Sue McCorkindale

I definitely picked up my creative and rebellious side from my mother and have always been drawn to the unusual and intricate. So, I decided, after many many years (in my 50's) to start selling my creations at Greenwich Market, which was an amazing experience. This then led to an opportunity to stock my work at a shop in St Pancras. It took me a while, but I realised that I had something important to share, it allowed people to express their individuality and kookyness through my creations...
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Sybil Anderson

Sybil Anderson

Hello, my name is Sybil and I am a patchwork/quilter and textile crafter based in Thanet. I have been sewing since I was at school and took up patchwork and quilting 12 years ago when I found my Mum’s patchwork throws in my very large fabric collection. As an avid collector of Liberty and William Morris fabrics, I decided to use my skills and turn these fabrics into treasured and useful items. Some of my best sellers are my quilted tote bags and special occasion bags. Almost all my creatio...
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Tony Clifford

Tony Clifford

Hi, I’m Tony, I make original handmade pens. Each one is a unique combination of form and function. I’ve always had an active interest in the creative arts and worked in many materials - clay, wood, plastics and even concrete. Over many years these have encompassed toys, artwork, sculptures and DIY projects. The enduring interest has been with wood and wood turning (for around 40 years). Why pens now? They make such lovely gifts and often charm people when they receive one. It’s what I ...
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Tricia Manktelow

Tricia Manktelow

Hi, I’m Tricia, how lovely to meet you. I am a bead jewellery designer and maker based in Charing. I have only been on the crafty circuit for the past 3 years but it has really filled the space left when I retired from teaching. My story began with a minor disaster when my heirloom pearl necklace broke and the jeweller wanted more money to restring it than I was willing to pay. So, I looked up online how to do it and suddenly I was hooked. I began with simple bead chains then, through a...
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Veronica Tinkler

Veronica Tinkler

I live in Birchington with my husband and little doglet and I create my jewellery at home. I have, from the earliest of times loved jewellery, and for some reason had a 'thing' for earrings! Many moons ago, I went to a few beading classes, after a short while I decided to teach myself chainmaille (beading stopped!) and for 7 years I taught and designed chainmaille jewellery. Circumstances changed and after a few 'dry' (from creating) years I picked up a needle, thread and beads, teaching m...
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Vic Sharratt

Vic Sharratt

I am a Wildlife photographer, based in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent I started taking wildlife photos in my garden in Birchington in the mid 90s after a trip to Kenya. Having never used a DLSR camera before and knowing nothing about photography it was unsurprising that the images I brought back from the East African trip were pretty poor. Those days of course I used slide film and when the results came back from the lab I was shocked how bad the photos were. My wife said I managed disappointmen...
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