Isle of Wight Artisan Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide
With just days until Christmas finding the perfect last minute gift couldn't be simpler on the Isle of Wight. I've hand picked some talented independent Artisan makers scattered around the Island so you can easily do some special last minute shopping.
Here's a quick guide for unique presents this year. Products from each Artisan can be found in many independent retailers across the Island or through their online shops. Do check last postal dates though! Did you know that every time someone buys something from an independent maker they are likely do a happy dance in their studio too, or is that just me at Trotting Dog?!
Creating the coolest sustainable bags from broken bouncy castles and unwanted deckchair canvas since 2010, Wyatt & Jack are our go-to for innovative and ethical accessories. Their brand new shop has also just opened on Union Street in Ryde where you can meet the team and find out the story behind each bag.
Made by hand by Georgia and her makers in Bembridge Wyatt & Jack also promote an #inflatableamnesty. All the bags in this collection are made from salvaged inflatables and beach toys. Rescued by the team to divert as many as possible from landfill and our oceans. As each bag is created from whatever is reclaimed at the time there aren't many second chances so keep an eye on Wyatt & Jack's social media to grab things while you can. What could be a more perfectly purposeful Island gift.
Follow Wyatt & Jack on Instagram @wyattandjack #wearemadebythesea
Evoking memories of our British seaside and precious rural wildlife Nicky Baker is the talent behind the intricate sketching of Isle of Wight pencil. Her stunning drawings are inspired by local creatures and produce on the Island then converted into a beautiful collection of homeware. Tea towels, coasters, prints and chopping boards are amongst the lovely items, ideal as small presents and thoughtful gifts. Find The Wight Pencil collection in stores across the Island including Bramble & Berry in Bembridge and Harwoods of Yarmouth.
Follow The Wight Pencil on Instagram @thewightpencil
You are never too old for a stocking and we have found the perfect unusual stocking filler. Bringing this African delicacy to the Isle of Wight, Nick and Sarah Greeff make their own Biltong in Seaview. With three Great Taste Awards under their belt Nick learnt to make Biltong on his family ranch in Zimbabwe bringinghis secret recipe and delicious snack to the Island.
Using only natural ingredients Greeff's Beef Biltong has a soft, tasty chew with hint of spices and when combined with high quality beef is not very salty. Last orders online this year are 18thDecember with freshly cut biltong still available all December from their shop in Seaview. Perfect for delicious hand made nibbles with festive drinks. Look out for fresh Droewors for snacks and Boerewors to cook for brunch available on Saturday 22nd December.
Follow Greeff's on Instagram @sarahgreeff
Who doesn't want to be a mermaid or chase butterflies?! Island illustrator and children's author Zoe Sadler has the perfect solution for people with big imaginations. Her illustrated children's books, The Lighthouse Keeper and Chasing Butterflies, and colouring book, Mysteries of the Deep, are gifts which can be enjoyed over and over again.
Zoe's love of all things quirky, from fairy tales to creatures from land and sea, are transformed into unusual hand drawn illustrations using old fashioned dip and pen alongside fine art materials. Zoe is currently working on her first middle grade illustrated book so keep an eye out in 2019. She's definitely an Island author to follow. Find her books, cards and gifts online and in outlets across the Island.
Jo Thearle is the talent behind the creative lens of Seagrass Designs' collection of coastal themed prints, artwork and homeware. Using her own Island photographs Jo creates evocative gifts embracing seaside life. Her products are carefully manufactured by selected UK companies with the highest of environmental standards, which Jo then beautifully packages in her home studio.
You can find her products at shops across the Island and get in touch with Jo directly through her website or facebook page @seagrassdesigns
Delicious treats are what Christmas and the New Year is all about and we adore the newest Island Artisan to our Gift Guide. The Splendid Artisan specialises in handmade nut brittle and is made to Amy Lloyds very own bespoke recipe on the Island. In a nutshell Amy's passion for baking started as a child and grew into a flourishing career as a pastry chef in London. Returning to the Island as The Splendid Artisan her nut brittle is the perfect stocking filler or seasonal treat for all. Shop The Splendid Artisan nut brittle on Etsy.
Follow The Splendid Artisan on Instagram @the_splendid_artisan
Hand printing using a distinctive lino cut block printing technique is the creative art behind Seashells & Lavender homeware and gift collection. Working from her studio on the Isle of Wight Jo, the artist and designer, makes products displaying her bold prints with a raw and natural feel. Blending neutral and natural fabrics in subtle colours each piece is handprinted and unique. The Seashells & Lavender collection can be bought from Seaview Seaside & Sailing in Seaview, Deck in Bembridge, No66 Cards & Gifts in Ryde and Caffé Isola in Newport.
Follow Seashells & Lavender on Instagram @seashells_and_lavender
Imagine creating a collection of artwork from single continuous lines of doodles where the pen never leaves the paper. This is the passion project of graphic designer Shaun Cuff, born, bred and constantly doodling on the Isle of Wight. Every piece of art created is unique with his collection constantly being added to and updated. Stocked locally across the Island at shops including Tapnell Farm Park near Yarmouth, Shorelines of Cowes and Ventnor Botanic Garden you can also reach Shaun through his website to browse current works and request commissions.
18 December 2018