Next month Somerset Art Works will be exhibiting at one of the most prestigious and much loved craft events in Europe, attracting over 10,000 visitors over the weekend… the Bovey Tracey Craft Festival, 7-9th June 2019!


We will be holding 2 two-hour workshops each day where visitors can learn a range of crafts with some of SAW’s artist members and makers.

If you are visiting the festival then you can book on to a workshop on the day, here’s the timetable of workshops:

Friday 7th 

11am – 1pm  Liz Clay

2pm – 4pm  Ria Burns

Saturday 8th

11am – 1pm  Rebecca Bruton

2pm – 4pm  Jan Ollis

Sunday 9th

11am – 1pm  Lucy Large

2pm – 4pm  Jess Palmer


About the Makers

Liz Clay Textiles.  From her studio in Westbury-sub-Mendip, South West England, Liz makes hand felted textiles for haute couture and one off pieces to commission. Liz studied textiles at Bath School of Art and Design in the late 90s. Since then her professional career has focused entirely on felt making process and material research of wool, specifically working within haute couture and innovating felt making techniques. Author of ‘Nuno Felt’, Liz teaches internationally and exhibits regularly in Britain, Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. Work is held in the collections of Givenchy, Balenciaga, Christopher Kane and Stella McCartney.

Ria Burns is a knitwear designer who specialises in botanically dyed, British wool knitwear. Her eponymous sustainable brand was researched and developed whilst studying for an MA in Textiles at Bath Spa University, and was launched at the degree show in September 2018. With a mission statement of ‘local wool, local plants and local production’, Ria uses yarn spun from lambswool from a holistic eco farm in the Mendips, and is starting to grow her own plants for dyeing as well as responsibly foraging. She dyes, designs and makes brand on vintage domestic knitting machines from her studio within Bristol Textile Quarter.

Rebecca Bruton is a textile artist based in South Somerset, specialising in freemotion embroidery and applique to build up vibrant textile artworks. She uses a sewing machine as a tool to mix colours and ‘paint’ her work with a free-hand style using threads and vintage fabrics. Rebecca is inspired by the natural world around us, exploring both its beauty and its vulnerability. Rebecca was awarded the Somerset Art Works Emerging Artist 2018 bursary, then shortly after selected as a member of the ‘Society for Embroidered Work’, a worldwide society that promotes stitch within artwork. Her work now features in multiple publications and she exhibits across the UK.

Jan Ollis (Chi Chi Moi) is a small business located close to Wells.  It started in 2005 based on an idea to create handmade products using contemporary colours and materials but with a strong emphasis on traditional knit and crochet patterns. She finds herself drawn to making products for the home, Tea cosies, mug cosies and egg cosies are among the most popular products sold at Chi Chi Moi. Jan loves sourcing new yarns and writing the patterns to create mini useable ‘craft’ pieces.

Lucy Large studied sculpture at Camberwell College of Art in London. After many years in London, she returned to her roots in West Somerset in 2008 and has been working as an artist since then. Her wire-mesh work undoubtedly responds to the natural world and the rural environment within which she lives and works. There is also, however, a strong sense of theatre about the pieces – narrative threads are left dangling and a hint of storytelling might be found.

Jessica Palmer makes paper art – paper cuts, collages and 3D paper sculptures – and works as an illustrator.  Her work is commissioned for installations, marketing, design and decoration, books, websites and magazines.  She is the author of The Art of Papercutting (Search Press) has four other published books, another coming in September 2017, and a new book on Collage in 2018.


Find us on stand [MM5] by the ‘Festival Food’ area.

More about the festival here:



Published on May 2, 2019 // Sarah Adey