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Behind The Brand

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Get to know the sustainable brands featured on The Slow Living Guide

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Meet Jenny Espirito Santo From Mind The Cork

Jenny is the founder and designer behind contemporary & eco-friendly lifestyle brand mind the cork. She’s passionate about making things with cork, is inspired by nature and loves the simple things in life. From her London studio, she combines playful minimalism with sustainable materials to create products that are exciting, elegant and beautifully crafted. We talk to Jenny about cork, what role nature plays in her business, her favourite way to unwind and what she loves most about running her own business. She also shares about the importance of community, having friends who believe in you in times of doubt and learning to be purposeful with her actions in everyday life.

Portrait of Jenny Espirito Santo from Mind The Cork
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Meet Lauren Reed From The Artist’s Lab

Lauren is an embroidery artist living in Doncaster, Yorkshire with her partner and cat Hope. She creates embroidery patterns and kits, and her specialty is making pet portraits. She’s inspired by the natural world, especially the beautiful animals that live in it. We talked to Lauren about how she got started with her craft and how it led to starting her own business. She shares with us what she loves most about leading a creative life and how embroidery helped her with her mental health struggles. It’s her firm belief that everyone’s an artist and she wants to encourage others to start their own creative journey.

Lauren Reed sitting at a table by the window drinking a cup of tea
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Meet Sue Rapley from Sue Rapley Art

Sue is a contemporary artist, and her work is inspired by the wild beauty of the natural landscape which she believes brings nourishment, joy, and peace to our lives. She works from her beautiful light-filled garden studio, just outside the historic city of Cambridge where she lives with her husband and two border terriers. We talked to Sue about her path to becoming a self-employed artist and a pivotal time in her business when she discovered her signature style. She shares with us how nature inspires her, the process of conveying this inspiration on to the canvas and how it’s the variety in her creative practice that fulfills her the most.

Sue Rapley working on one of her paintings in her studio
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Meet Carla From Naked Clay Ceramics

Carla is a ceramicist and creates her signature simple, minimalist style porcelain and stoneware pieces from her studio in Bedford. After a career in Environmental services, she went back to University to get her Art degree and started her business Naked Clay Ceramics. We talked to Carla about what made her decide to change careers and create her own tableware range, where she gets her inspiration from, her creation process and her new studio. We also learned about the challenge of not being able to meet customers and other makers in real life, and about an unexpected joy that emerged from being locked down.

portrait of Carla Sealey from Naked Clay Ceramics sitting at a table holding a mug
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Meet Ness from Runaround Retro

Ness runs her brands Runaround Retro and Vanessa Rose Accessories from her rural farm in the Somerset countryside. Her vintage children’s and women’s accessories are inspired by the 1960’s, a period that depicts a great sense of family values and the simpler things in life to her.

Ness Hale - Runaround Retro
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Meet Georgina from Feather & Hay

Georgina is a weaver, living in the beautiful Scottish Highlands where she runs her small textile business Feather & Hay. Each of her hand-woven pieces tells its own story and is created to...

portrait of Georgina Clacksworthy from Feather & Hay
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Meet Jo from Craftpod

Jo is the founder of Craftpod, a seasonal creative subscription box, inspired by nature. Each box is filled with stitching and other crafting projects, designed to celebrate the joys of that season.

We asked Jo about the inspiration for Craftpod, how she chooses the projects for each, and how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her plans. We also talked about the realities of running a creative business, and how she juggles it alongside her life.

portrait of jo pillinger from craftpod
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Meet Anja from Great Glen Charcuterie

Anja and her husband are the founders of Great Glen Charcuterie which they run from their beautiful home in the Scottish Highlands. They produce a range of charcuterie from locally sourced wild venison and sell their products through farm...

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Meet Annie from Annie Brougham Paper

Annie is an illustrator, designer and stationery producer based in Pembrokeshire in South West Wales. She specialises in botanical style logos and illustration, drawing inspiration from the wildlife she spots on her walks. Her beautiful...

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Meet Belinda from Pothies

Pothies are hand-crocheted slippers and boots, made from a combination of chunky wool, and synthetic fibres. They are crafted from a pattern handed-down through generations, and have been keeping toes toasty for over...