Gift shopping? Try our shop
Looking for a special gift or a treat for yourself this summer? Why not visit our shop in the foyer for a range of crafts, cards, children’s toys and Oldham souvenirs to suit all pockets.
We’re proud to stock a unique selection of textiles, ceramics and hand-crafted jewellery created by local artists and craftspeople. New to our range are these beautiful felt pieces by Holly Thompson. Holly is based in the wilds of Cumbria. She combines her passion for the natural world, arts and zero waste to create realistic wildlife sculptures, needle felted (stabbed with a barbed needle) from local wool of sheep and other animals. To achieve the colours, she hand dyes the wool using local plants and veg scraps eg. avocado seeds, onion skins, nettles and bramble leaves.
Zero waste is an important aspect to Holly, having always strived to live to these principles. She reuses as many materials as she can, including card, wire and reclaimed wood. Her aim is to create slowly crafted glimpses of wildlife for us to treasure as reminders of the wild, in our lives so often speedily spent disconnected from nature.
For more information visit Holly’s website: www.ilexwildarts.weebly.com