Nestled in the beautiful Slaughterford Valley close to the By Brook is an old paper mill which is now home to two of our artist’s studios…
Mari Hughes is the talented dress maker behind the extraordinary brand Sow’s Ear. She spends her days making dresses which are like stories using fabrics which have had a life for women who enjoy such things. Kimonos, tablecloths and cashmere sweaters are deconstructed and rebuilt to clothe the characters that reside in us all.
Of the Peacock Trail, Mari says, “it’s such a lovely way to meet people, both makers and the idly curious. I am loathe to leave my workshop, so it suits me very well. It’s a brilliant way to introduce people to what I do in a low key, relaxed environment”.
Influenced by traditional woodworking techniques, modern design aesthetics and an ecological ethos, Nic Georgiou creates Contemporary pieces hand made using traditional skills which he sells under the playfully named JoyoJoy Contemporary Furniture.
Nic’s studio space is full of raw materials, finished work, saw dust and ideas. He describes it as being rarely as tidy as it should be and never as large as I need it to be but it is a great space for me to be creative and playful.
When not working, Nic admits he’s thinking about what to make next!