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These Two Hands is a curated collection of handcrafted homeware, unique designs made mostly in Bristol and the South West by a handful of talented independent makers. What links them all is the fact that they take their inspiration from nature and the outdoors in some way, whether it is the materials, the inks, the designs or all of those things combined.
Each item has a story, each is made with care and love and using traditional techniques. They are not things to gather dust, they are made to enjoy and use in your home, to make you smile when you wear them or share them with people.
The These Two Hands story
Being lost in making something you love, in creating a design, is what true happiness is for me!
The idea behind These Two Hands has always been there, but fears of earning money always stopped me taking the risk and doing something creative. I have always been drawn to makers, artisans and craftspeople, I want to find out more about what inspires them and learn their stories.
I left a corporate marketing job behind 6 years ago to set up my own consultancy and spent the last few years helping makers and craftspeople tell their stories which I loved. Many of those people invited me into their workshops and showed me their crafts. I spread the word to friends and family about them but I wanted to do more than that.
Then from behind a very dark cloud came a rainbow – when I gave birth to my baby girl last year, a very rare complication nearly left me paralysed and I had a tough time adjusting to motherhood so I was referred for a course of art therapy with a group of new mums and the maker inside me was properly awoken!
Given confidence by their encouragement, I started making tote bags and ribbon teethers for friends and decided to set up These Two Hands as a place to share my own making stories as well as those of all the designers and makers I have been lucky enough to meet over the years.
My husband Charlie is a musician and also my photographer, website designer, tech support and all round partner in everything, and our little girl Lucy is an inspiration and a ray of sunshine in every day… if she sees something I’m thinking of stocking and it gets a big smile and an “OOOH”, it tends to join the collection.
I hope you love the things in the These Two Hands collection as much as I do! Most designs can also be made bespoke to order so if you want something in a different pattern, size, material or colour, just send me an email and I will see what I can do!