Tamalia ReevesMADEbyTamalia & Creativ.Spaces Founder & Sculpture Artist
Hi I’m Tamalia, I set up the studio originally as a little art sanctuary for me to work from in Caversham. This became a space a wanted to share and MADEbyTamalia & Creativ.Spaces were born. I’m incredibly passionate about sharing arts and crafts with the local community to help improve wellbeing and will often be found involved in many other local creative, wellness, environmental & charity events.
As well as running arty events I am also a sculptor. I work with resin, plaster & recycled materials. Some of the studio waste even ends up in my sculptures.
When I’m not in my studio making or teaching, I can be found tackling another DIY project, immersed in a good book or unwinding with some yoga, all supervised by my trusty apprentice Percy (a rather naughty tabby cat).
Sue ReevesCreative Locale Founder, Creativ.Spaces Marketing Director & Watercolour Artist
Hi I’m Sue, and you’ll often see me at the studio. Tamalia and I work together running MADEbyTamalia events at Creativ.Spaces. I’m passionate about supporting local artists. Alongside my husband Graham we set up the Creative Locale artist community, which aims to help artists get better opportunities and be valued for what they do.
My creative career started out as professional photographer but during the first COVID-19 lockdown I embraced my passion for watercolour. My style is expressive, delicate and loose. My love of gardening and the flowers I grow, has inspired the bold colour palette I use in my work.
As well as teaching at the studio and running large creative and wellbeing events, I paint in my studio at home in Caversham.
Hi I’m Scarlet Page and I’m a photographer and silversmith jewellery designer. I have an extensive career as one of the world’s best-known music photography icons, having photographed legendary musicians such as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney and Stereophonics for magazine covers including Q, Mojo, The Sunday Times and many more. Plus album artwork including Stereophonics ‘Performance and Cocktails’ James Blunt’s ‘Moon Landing’ and The Verve’s ‘A Northern Soul’
I absolutely love the countryside, which is a huge influence for my jewellery work. I am influenced from the world in which we live, organic shapes, form and structure. My pieces are originally sourced and inspired by the beauty of the natural form and found items. All my jewellery is crafted by hand from my workshop in South Oxfordshire.
Matt EmmettInternational Award Winning Photographer
Hi I’m Matt, I travel all over Europe seeking out and photographing industrial remnants, crumbling ruins and forgotten architecture. All with an aim to capture the highly unusual atmosphere and essence of each location within the imagery.
I take a methodical and slow approach to my photography work, often returning to locations to improve on previous result. I always work on a tripod to achieve maximum image sharpness and I’m obsessed about finding the perfect composition and time of day and light to shoot in.
My work has taken me from a hobby to a multi international award winning photographer having worked with many of the UK’s heritage organisations. I am also lead photographer for Heritage Open Days which helps me access normally private buildings.
Jo RomeroWatercolour Artist
Hi I’m Jo – I’ve always loved to create art, and could often be found with a pencil in my hand, drawing in my sketchbook when I was a child. I continued sketching as a hobby and have exhibited work in small events in Hungerford and Newbury. My work has also appeared in print, with a portrait of movie star Marilyn Monroe featured in the book Marilyn in Art. More recently, I hvae turned from portraits to sketching historic sites and scenery, using colour and dynamics to convey the energy and liveliness of the scene.
I predominantly use pen and watercolour and can often be found outside working on location, as well as at home. I am an active member of the Urban Sketching community, where artists sketch urban scenes to capture a moment in time and place. I live in Tilehurst with my husband, two daughters and dogs.
Elaine WellsProfessional Potter & TV Show Contestant
Hi I’m Elaine, and I make beautiful stoneware pots thrown on a wheel at my home studio. After an ‘out of character’ decision to apply for The Great Pottery Throwdown resulted in a place on the show, I subsequently received an internship with one of the judges, Kate Malone which opened up an exciting time in my life.
In 2017 Lisa Hammond formed Clay College in the heart of the Potteries in Stoke on Trent and the two-year, full-time diploma allowed me to explore and develop my throwing, finishing and glazing.
My work focuses on simplistic contemporary forms that are both functional and decorative. I like to explore the interaction between mark making on the clay and how this enhances the glaze. I use a spectrum of simple white glaze that in combination with impurities in the clay, result in a chemical reaction which emphasises the nature of the body and glaze in both reduction and oxidation firing.
Ruth MartinArtisan Candle Maker
Hi I’m Ruth from Cucumber Wood Candles in Caversham. I’ve been making candles since 2016 and I hand-pour candles in small batches using simply natural soy wax and essential oils. I’m passionate about creating new and seasonal blends.
Caring for the environment is important to me, containers can be re-purposed, recycled or returned to me to be reused. Plus I use hand-stamped paper bags and offer calico bags for gift purchases.
In the lead up to Christmas you will find me at various markets. At other times, I am in my workshop at Field & Hawken in Reading, making candles and drinking tea! I live with my husband and 3 children and a menagerie of their animals!
Debbie PageProfessional Potter
I’m Debbie and I’m a practising potter with many years of experience teaching adults from beginners and onwards. I predominantly use hand-building techniques to form my own work, e.g pinching, coiling and slab building although I do occasionally throw on the wheel. My work is inspired by the ceramics of Korea and Japan – strong simple forms with lively glazes and different firing methods.
I am very keen to pass on my enthusiasm for pottery and ceramics – I like to show people that with simple techniques they can make something they can be proud of. I firmly believe creativity to be essential for the human soul and that everyone is capable of being creative – you just have to find to right thing for you!
I have a City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Creative Design & Ceramics together with a Level 4 Diploma in Teaching for Life Long Learning.
Francesca DunneMulti-displicinary Upcycling Artist
Hi I’m Fran, I am a South African born, self-taught multi-disciplinary, upcycling artist. I work primarily with acrylics, spray paint and more recently mixed media and collage, diversifying myself as an artist more and more each day. I also plan to create prints in the future. This is my side hustle.
I started my art journey painting animals (with a bright, bold flair that comes from my diverse upbringing in South Africa which inspires my colour palettes and bold line work. I am also heavily influenced by street art- not only as a style, but also all it encompasses from a socially conscious standpoint. I see my works as a stand for nature, portraying animals in a bold way that makes you stop, look and take in their beauty a while. Nature is at the core of my ideas.
My art is about beautifying and reviving in a world that is now more than ever chaotic and destroyed.
Gaye DanielsAcrylic Artist & Sculptor
Hi I’m Gaye. I grew up in an artistic environment, I spent many years drawing and painting, but it was several years later, in 1996, that I finished an art and music degree where I specialised in stone sculpture. However, after a few years’ gap my current focus is painting.
My work is vibrant, bright and representational working in acrylic. Inspired by landscapes and flowers, my paintings have echoes of Expressionism and Fauvism.
My studio is a former aviary and I look out over fields sometimes sharing the view with the cows on the estate and ladybirds who seem to like my paintings. In addition to painting on canvas I create murals on walls, doors, shutters or any permanent structure.
Katherine LloydMacrame Artist
Hi I’m Katherine at Knots More Time. I live locally in Tilehurst and am an aspiring macrame fiber artist. I wasn’t previously known as a creative or arty person but it turns out there was an inner maker trying to find her way out through my mathematical mind. The pandemic gave me the time to explore this, and after some very poor attempts at crochet and felt animal making, I fell in love with macrame, the art of knotting. Tamalia has helped me to realise it’s the patterns and counting the knots that likely meant macrame was my calling.
I’ve been selling my work in a few local independent shops as well as through direct orders and Christmas markets. I have made large wall hangings down to small keyrings and a variety in between. I have always loved sharing skills and knowledge with people, whether in groups at training sessions in previous jobs or one-to-one tutoring and mentoring.
Helen RidleyIllustrator & Watercolour Artist
Hi I’m Helen, a freelance illustrator and artist. Working from my home studio in West Reading I use a wide range of art materials including watercolour, gouache, pastels, pencils, marker pens and fineliners, and digital illustration.
I’m inspired by old movies, vintage photographs, botanical gardens, antique shops, woodland walks, and 1970’s cookbooks. I design and make illustrated cards, gifts and party supplies which I sell online or at local art and craft markets. I also love taking on bespoke commissions for portraits. My work has been featured in Stylist, Outdoor Swimmer Magazine and Absolutely Berkshire magazine.
When I’m not painting or drawing I love sewing my own clothes, cooking new cuisines, swimming outdoors and walking in the countryside.
Lisa BedlowWellbeing Therapist
Hi I’m Lisa, I am highly passionate about children, parent and staff wellbeing using a wide range of skills and techniques that I have learned from my many years teaching and headship experience and from being a qualified healing therapist.
I love helping people to achieve success, happiness and self-love through a variety of programmes. Founder of Gabriels Wellbeing and Education Community Interest Company (CIC).
Anna KeigherCake Artist
Hi I’m Anna a cake artist from Keighers of Caversham. I have always enjoyed being creative with whatever I can get my hands on. My education naturally followed the arts with a degree in theatre design from Central St. Martins.
It wasn’t until I had my 2 girls, I returned to my first passion of making crazy cakes. Over the past 6 years, I have honed my skills in sugarcraft and baking to launch my business in June 2021. Creating bespoke wedding cakes using modern techniques to create cake art for my wedding couples as well as decorated biscuit favours.
Hello, Sarah Salmon here. Rarely without a camera to hand since my teens I’ve always used the lens to focus my attention on the beautiful and curious details that catch my eye day to day, especially in nature where I feel most at home and connected to the purest essence of life.
Photography is a joyful, daily mindful practice for me and for which I now share with adults and children through mindful photography workshops and creative wellbeing sessions.
Kate PoelsWriter & Author
Hello. I’m Kate Poels and I’m a huge advocate for encouraging people, especially children, to write, read and enjoy stories in all their glorious forms.
I write books for children and have published two titles, Zachary Mackerel – Meanie in a Bottle, and Mima Malone and the Mad Bad Inventor. My third children’s story, The Pie-Rats and the Mist Island Treasure is coming out in November 2021, illustrated by Sarah Horne.
I also teach creative writing in schools, at literary festivals and in smaller groups.
Plus I love to review books from picture books up to young adult novels both on BBC Radio Berkshire and on Instagram.
Amanda LaunchburySpecialist in Art for Children's Mental Health
Hi my name is Amanda
I love walking and exploring new places, beach combing and baking but most of all I love being ‘a creative’ and working with children.
I have over 10 years experience as a commercial and freelance designer and 15 years experience as an Early Years Practitioner. I also have an OND in Child psychology and HND Design & Illustration
I have a particular interest in childhood anxiety and the important role creativity plays in improving emotional resilience and calming young minds. Also it’s really good fun!
Frankie CampbellNatural Beauty Artisan
Hi I’m Frankie. After 20 years in marketing I left employment to build a brand based on my hobbies. In 2019 I launched ‘By Frankie’, making and selling handmade bath and body products with using natural ingredients and sustainable packaging. I have a passion for essential oils. As well as using this across my range I am also a trained Aroma Reflexologist!
I make my own tinctures, balms and infusions with a focus on the healing properties of nature. In my courses, I want to show you how easy it is to make amazing handmade products for yourselves, with natural ingredients.
Jason LeggettThe gift of Glass Mortimer
I started my journey on becoming a glass artist approximately 7yrs ago. I was working in a job that was making very unhappy and stressed and my wonderful partner, Ruth suggested that I did something that would make me happy as life was too short. So, with her amazing support and encouragement, I took a leap of faith and bought a glass fusing kiln and signed up for a number of workshops. This enabled me to learn a number of skills that I honed and practiced until I felt competent enough to be able to teach these techniques myself. I now teach at my studio and at other venues and schools.
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At the MADEby Studio we love to be able to support our local creative community. We are always on the look out for super talented creative makers, crafters, artists and artisans who want to share their incredible skills.
If you fancy running a workshop in our Studio then why not get in touch. We absolutely love to collaborate with other creative minds so we can encourage more people to catch the crafty bug, learn a new skill or just have some creative fun.
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