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COMMISSIONS

EXHIBITORS AVAILABLE FOR COMMISSIONS

Whether you are a collector, a trade professional or an individual looking for a unique piece for your project or home, we can help you.

When commissioning one of the artists or designer-makers presented on the Norfolk by Design online shop, you can become part of the creative process, by speaking directly to us about your individual requirements.

We will take the uncertainty out of the commissioning process by liaising with the artist or designer-maker that you wish to commission. We set the scope of the project with you, talking through the outcomes, considerations before arranging for a visit to their workshop, prior to fleshing out the nature of the commission.

Once a final design, budget and timescale has been agreed, a written proposal which will take the form of a brief that will be drawn up describing the process, to include:

  • Confirmed dimensions
  • Outline of all proposed materials to be used
  • Final price and payment terms
  • Production schedule and agreed delivery dates

Thank you for considering a commission with Norfolk by Design.

ARTISTS / MAKERS TO COMMISSION

ALEC BIRKBECK

After training as a furniture maker at Rhode Island School of Design Alec started making lively chairs and other items under the banner of Anti-quaint.

After ten years Alec moved back to Norfolk leaving behind the products, shops and selling en-mass behind him and started to reaffirm why he liked building 'stuff' in the first place. Living on and around farms has him unfettered access to recycled materials or 'agri-scrap' that feeds Alec's inspiration for his innovative anthropomorphic creations.

Use the contact form of our website to begin this process.

CATHERINE CAZALET

Catherine Cazalet spent much of her childhood here in Norfolk.

Her work is built on a foundation of classical training and is developed through her knowledge of the history and origins of design.

Cazalet’s works are signified by their representation of nature using vibrant colours and abstract composition.

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SUSSY CAZALET

Sussy Cazalet studied printed textiles at Leeds university followed by an MA in ‘Interior Architecture’ at Parsons New York. Having spent much of her childhood in Norfolk, she is now based in London. The studio works on projects ranging from residential and commercial interiors – furniture & textile design – to art direction for brands & events.

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CROCHETDERMY®

Award winning British artist Shauna Richardson invented the term Crochetdermy® to describe her distinctive work – realistic life-size animal forms created using crochet. ‘My work presents a conundrum, it is the coming together of two disparate passions, art theory and making things.’

We are happy to liaise with Shauna to show you more examples of her work and investigate the possibilities of commissions in the future.

Richardson has received much critical acclaim, her work exhibited internationally at many prestigious venues including Saatchi Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Commissions include Crochetdermy® portraits of Mayor of London Boris Johnson as blond gorilla, and HRH Prince Harry as ginger baboon. Publicly funded commissions include a flagship project for the London 2012 Olympic Games for which she crocheted three 25ft lions that toured the UK in a mobile glass vehicle.

KAREN DOWNING

Karen Downing gained a BA from Georgetown University Washington, DC, served two apprenticeships with potters on the east coast of America and worked at Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina) before settling in the UK.

Her hand thrown porcelain is included in many private collections and has been widely exhibited in the UK, as well as in Europe, Japan and the United States. She is a member of the Craft Potters’ Association and is on the Crafts Council’s ‘Index of Selected Makers’. Karen lives and works in the Brecklands.

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BLOTT KERR-WILSON

Blott Kerr-Wilson is an international sea shell artist. Ingrid Thomas, in the book The Shell, wrote “Kerr-Wilson is the most innovative shell artist working today.” Blott set off at full steam on her shell career in 1993 after winning a design competition in The World of Interiors magazine. Since then she has created works both privately and publicly worldwide.

Her designs are informed by the mathematical nature of shells, their movement and colour. Her works are tapestries of energy, playing with light. She is inspired by the drawings of Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919, zoologist) and the sketches of Nigel Peake.

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CLAIRE MOYNIHAN

Claire graduated in 2008 with a BA Hons in Applied Arts. Her current work is a ‘freestyle’ form of 3D embroidery which can loosely be described as stumpwork. 

With an appreciation of the natural world and love of drawing Claire has been inspired to study insects and reproduce these as tiny embroideries on felt. She enjoys the humour in producing insects that are realistic and presenting them as traditional entomological collections.  Her work is a celebration of insects some of which are ironically described as ‘pests’.

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TIM PLUNKETT

With a BSc in Environmental Science and involvement in direct action opposing the destruction of ancient forests and cultures, it is important to Tim that all his work is made from locally sourced wood.

Entirely self taught through trial (and often painful error) he strives to produce elegant, functional pieces with graceful uncluttered lines, for the kitchen and table.

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MICHAEL WESTGATE

Michael is  based in North Norfolk where for the last 20 years, he has been working from a 17th century barn near Holt. He began his career as an antique restorer before developing an interest in furniture design. Over the years the design and making of contemporary pieces has become the dominant area of Michael's business, working mainly to commission for private clients, as well as interiors designers and architects. He aims to provide a complete service from design through to installation and creates furniture ranging from occasional tables to statement pieces and site specific furniture such as library bookcases.

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TOBY WINTERINGHAM

Toby Winteringham is a furniture designer and maker based in King’s Lynn. His work encompasses a variety of styles from elegantly simple statements to bold marquetry decoration.

He combines original design ideas with innovative construction to produce striking pieces for any setting.

He says: ‘To me design is like poetry: the stripping away of all unnecessary detail in order to leave an object in its purest form.’

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