Showcase Exhibition | May – July 2024

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We are delighted to welcome three local artists to the Showcase for May, June & July.

Exhibiting work are Becky Whatley, Charlotte Todd and Matt Reeves.

Becky Whatley, back by popular demand, works wonders with wood, pyrography and oil paint to produce stunning pictures. Becky is also showcasing her needle felted creatures.

Charlotte Todd is presenting her collaged pieces. Made using repurposed materials, these pictures are very attractive.

Matt Reeves, of Wood Glow Designs, is displaying his hand crafted furniture and homewares.

Visit the Showcase gallery upstairs at designermakers21 every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Needle Felting Workshop with artist Becky Whatley | Friday 2nd June 10am-1pm, The Gallery Upstairs

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Join artist Becky Whatley, and learn the skills to create a needle felted flying owl.

The workshop will take place in ‘The Gallery Upstairs’ at designermakers21, on Friday 2nd June, 10am-1pm.

£32 per participant (this includes all materials, tea/coffee and biscuits)

Becky is donating all profits from this workshop to our ‘Save Our Story’ fundraising appeal

Only 8 places available, pop into designermakers21 to book your place!

needle felted flying owl by Becky Whatley

Needle Felting Workshop with artist Becky Whatley, The Gallery Upstairs | Saturday 18th February, 10am-1pm

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Join Becky Whatley, and learn the skills to create your very own seal.

The workshop will be held in The Gallery Upstairs at designermakers21, on Saturday 18th February, 10am-1pm.

£32 per participant (this includes all materials, tea/coffee and biscuits)

Becky is donating all profits from this workshop to our ‘Save our Story’ fundraising appeal.

Only ten places available, early booking is advisable. Workshop places can be booked in person at designermakers21 Thursdays to Saturdays, or by calling 01379 640764.


needle felted seal by Becky Whatley

Showcase Exhibition | February – April 2022

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The next Showcase will run throughout February, March and April. We are excited to welcome three local artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Keeley Chapman, Gemma Hill and Becky Whatley.

Visit the exhibition from the 3rd February during our opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Keeley Chapman – Ceramic Sculpture

Handmade clay sculptures, finished using a range of firing techniques including raku, saggar and smoke firing.

Gemma Hill – Photography

Gemma’s photographs often draw inspiration from nature, her dog and horse, and the local countryside. Framed and unframed prints available.

Becky Whatley – Pyrography Painting & Needle Felting

Images from the wild places of the local area, including fens and woodland. The pictures combine oil painting and pyrography, to emphasize the drawing. Needle felted animals in hand dyed colours, will also feature in this exhibition.


Showcase Exhibition | November 2021 – January 2022

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The next showcase will run throughout November, December and January. We are excited to welcome three local makers to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Rob Rutterford, Danielle Wade (Polly’s Textiles) and Sarah Burt.

Rob Rutterford – Ceramics

Potting and teaching in East Anglia for 30years creating large stoneware outdoor sculptural single fired  forms and smaller raku pieces. Inspiration grows from gardens, the natural world, historical reference, the local coast and friends. I have been involved with the Halesworth Gallery and Association of Suffolk Art Teachers over many years and exhibited widely home and abroad.

Danielle Wade (Polly’s Textiles) – Textiles Hand dyed and printed fabrics, designs produced from original artwork and constructed by hand into an assortment of products such as aprons, bags, cushions and purses. Processes include hand dyeing natural fabrics, screen printing with standard and specialist inks, and embroidery.

Sarah Burt – Needle Felting Contemporary Textile Art, originals, prints, greetings cards and handcrafted corsages made from British-milled wool. The artwork is made by a form of dry needle-felting, based on fine art principle.