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Artists from across the visual and decorative arts spectrum join the more than 200 artisans and craftspeople already part of

Macclesfield, United Kingdom, February 27, 2012 --( Made by Hands of Britain, the online marketplace featuring the finest in British craft and design for home and garden is pleased to welcome a number of notable established and emerging artists and craftspeople to its online artisan boutique and community. Renowned newly-joined artists include: Bronagh Kennedy, Mary Kaun English, Julia Crossland, Ruth McLees and Caroline Watts.

Inspired by a love and appreciation for British craft and design, Gillian Montegrande founded the award-winning website as a means to promote and support the recent resurgence of both contemporary and traditional art and craft. The website brings over 200 of Britain’s finest artisans together under one virtual roof, to offer discerning customers a unique gallery of beautifully honed and expertly crafted items for both everyday use and for inspiring gifts.

Among the newly-joined artists are London-based Bronagh Kennedy, who creates limited edition art prints inspired by her career as an urban designer and the built and natural environment; artist and illustrator Julia Crossland who creates coastal inspired paintings and colourful naïve art on canvas and with textiles.

“The move toward gracing our homes with beautiful, well-made items is becoming increasingly evident, as we seek to make more considered and authentic purchases,” said Gillian Montegrande, founder of “We are so pleased to be able to welcome such a wonderful array of talented artists, who offer such beautiful and skilfully crafted works from across the artistic spectrum and disciplines.”

Ruth McLees uses resin and acrylic glazes to paint figures onto vintage textile and furnishing fabrics. Her ethereal figures merge into the pattern of their surroundings, making it impossible to determine where one ends and the other begins. In addition to created pieces, the artist offers commissioned portraits painted upon the client’s choice of textiles to match their interior décor.

Mary Kaun-English’s Ceramics pieces will appeal to sculpture lovers and collectors alike. Her hand built clay vessels and sculptures are crafted and then fired, not in a kiln but in a pit, exposing the porous clay directly to the smoke. As the artist explains, “The resulting art works are artefacts painted by nature herself.”

And for those seeking whimsical and pretty artwork for both country style and modern homes alike, Caroline Watts Embroidery, run by a Mother and Daughter team in rural North Yorkshire, produce charming pieces using the finest linen and threads in their embroidered pictures and home accessories.

To see more works by these and other artists and craftspeople visit


About Made by Hands of Britain
Made by Hands of Britain, the online boutique that showcases over 200 of Britain’s finest artists and craftspeople is the new destination to find a wide selection of truly unique handcrafted design items for home and garden.

Inspirational objects from across the art and craft spectrum can be found on the site ranging from visual arts pieces and sculpture, to jewellery and luxurious textiles and furnishings, couture clothing, interior furniture and accessories, to bird houses, garden structures, tools and ornaments, to delectable handmade cupcakes, chocolates, liqueurs, cheeses and everything in between.

Media enquiries to:
Michele (Lewis) McDermott-Fox
The Top Floor
T: 01625 502545 | M: 07729 501 369 | E: michele(at)
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