makes a valuable contribution towards the
preservation and running costs of The Folly
Original Artwork, Prints, Cards, Scarves
Christine lives in Settle. She moved here twenty years ago with her husband and baby daughter and has no plans to leave.
Her painting is inspired by the beautiful countryside around her - the limestone crags, green fields, dry stone walls, barns and flowers of the Dales. The Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside, from different viewpoints, also feature prominently in her work.
Christine's pictures never have people in them. She prefers her work to show familiar scenes as places of calm and solitude just at the quiet time before people arrive and the day's activities begin. She does, however, like to include buildings in some of her work. These pictures aim to show the last small influence of people on the landscape before the countryside opens out and the hills rise up.
(Michael Ravey & Anita Williams)
Bespoke hardwood accessories for the home
Chopping Boards, Bread Boards, Tealight Holders
Michael and Anita live in Keasdon. Turnerford Oak was established following Michael's retirement from his career as a Lecturer in Nursing and his desire to face a new challenge.
They are passionate about the wood they use regardless of whether it is new or recycled. This passion extends from how they select individual pieces to produce unique products to how they apply the final finish.
Original Artwork, Pochades
Ian lives in Stainforth. He was born in Leeds in 1972 and is a self-taught artist who is undoubtedly proud of his heritage.
Inspired by the characteristics of the Dales, Ian is a prolific sketcher and pochade (1) painter who is attempting to catch the spirit of the local landscape in all its glory.
A selection of his pochades and smaller works are available in the Folly Artisans gallery, all original oil on board, a number of which have been painted en plein aire.
(1) A pochade (from French poche, pocket) is a type of sketch used in painting. A pochade captures the colours and atmosphere of a scene, generally using a small, portable format.
Rachel in the Dales
Original Handmade Pottery
Rachel lives in Settle. She is an adopted 'Yorkshire Lass', originally from a farming family in the States. She's a wife and a mum... and a Potter!
Rachel's pots are beautiful - in a natural way. All of her glazes are of her own creation and are composed in large part from natural materials from the Yorkshire Dales, be that nettle ash or greywacke gritstone dust from the quarry down the road. The pots are carefully handmade on her potter's wheel and each is unique. Some might come as a 'family', but they are not factory-made, so the sizes and shapes, though similar, will vary slightly.
Rachel's pots are practical, not just for decoration or sculptural. All of her pottery is food-safe, microwave and dishwasher-safe and oven-proof, unless otherwise stated.
Escape Tunnel Crafts
(Gill O'Donnell & Chris Marflitt)
Fairies, Alphabet Photographs
Geordie sisters with close links to North Yorkshire, Gill O'Donnell has lived in Giggleswick since 1994 and Chris Marflitt is married to a Yorkshireman that she met on York Station!
They formed "the tunnel" when they retired/escaped from teaching and found themselves not only with the luxury of "spare time" but also the urge to do something creative. They quickly found that they were constantly sparking ideas off one another and so Escape Tunnel Crafts was born.
They particularly enjoy the idea of making things that will make people stop in their tracks and say "ooh, now that's a bit different!". They enjoy crafting together and apart: with the fairies Gill does the main body and Chris does "the fiddly bits" by adding decorations. With the alphabet photos they both spot letters and locations and Gill puts the pictures together.
Being sisters who work together on projects has the added advantage of the fact that they can happily bounce ideas off each other with ease and not have to worry about the other one taking offence - after all, they've been squabbling and playing together all of their lives!