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Meet The Maker – Old Faithful, The Paper Cupboard, O’r Môr Design

Old Faithful

 

unnamed (1)readyWe are starting this Meet the Maker post with one of the finest natural skin care product brands Wales. Old Faithful is the aromatherapy brand by the very creative and down to earth Gareth, we are so delighted to have him back with us again at this years Etsy Made Local and we are sure you’ll find at least one or two lovely gifts for yourself or loved ones.

Lets start it off easy. Tell us a little about yourself and your business 

My name is Gareth. I am into cooking, yoga and enjoy spending time in nature, especially in the mountains. Making skincare and remedies from natural materials was a natural journey to take considering my interests. I make Unisex & Men’s Organic, Natural Skincare. I am a qualified aromatherapist and my products are made from organic oils, butters, essential oils & herbal extracts. The Old Faithful brand is developing in a masculine unisex direction, and this gentle masculinity matches the natural scents to my products.

 

unnamedreadyWhat skill and techniques do you need to create your products? 

The main one is a huge curiosity in nature and how these ingredients can heal most ailments we will experience throughout life. There is certainly a skill to making a long lasting balm with a rich, smooth consistency. This comes with practice, patience and some research. The main skill is the knowledge about the ingredients and how they combine and work together. Knowing what works for which conditions and which other ingredients they work well with is key to creating skincare product that works well and feels good.

“The power & beauty of Mother Nature always inspires me and comes through in the Old Faithful brand lots. The name ‘Old Faithful’ is a nod towards the age old history and effectiveness of the natural ingredients we use in our products. The ingredients from plants and trees have seen the passage of time and they are still as relevant today as they have been for centuries.”

Where did it all begin and where do you see yourself going? 

It all began when I was stuck in be for a prolonged period of time with a prolapsed disc. I was researching natural ways to help with the pain and to help me sleep better. Essential oils kept on making an appearance, I bought a starter pack and the experiments began. I went on to do a diploma in aromatherapy and natural skincare. I currently sell online, in retail stores around the country and at markets. I would like to keep on growing my customer base through these channels and develop my range of products.

unnamed (2)readyGareth’s in-depth knowledge and skills certainly shines through in one of our favourites of Old Faithful’s, “Makers Balm” has the perfect balance of bergamot and shea butter to be bother soothing and revitalising. If you’re looking for the something perfect for your favourite bristly bearded person the shaving oil and balm is the perfect combination.

 

 

What is your favourite part of EML? 

Meeting the other local makers is really nice and it’s fabulous that we have this support to help sell our craft.

If you can’t wait to meet Gareth and his incredible products in person head over to his websiteInstagram or Facebook page. In the mean time between product making and his yoga you’ll find Gareth cooking up a storm in the kitchen or rambling the Brecon hillsides.

 

The Paper Cupboard

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Secondly, we would like to introduce the very lovely and talented Katrina of The Paper Cupboard; paper crafts are by far one of the most beautiful we have seen for wrapping presents and are certainly not to be missed from dressing the Christmas dinning table.

“My Name is Katrina! I set up The Paper Cupboard in 2014 and work from my home/studio in Swansea when I’m not at my day job. All of our products are made from Nepalese lokta paper, a handmade artisan paper indigenous to Nepal. I use this paper for it’s fibrous texture, sumptuous colours and beautiful patterns. I love the natural and imperfect characteristics of the paper due to its handmade process.”

 

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I’m pretty much self taught through lots of trials and practice, I’ve learnt how to make Christmas crackers, create origami decorations and how to case books.

“It all began with Christmas crackers, I now make wedding crackers and gender reveal crackers along with other paper products. I love to run my shop full time one day…”

 

unnamed (1)readyWe love Katrina’s origami star garland, just look at how it pulls out the texture and print of the paper, we’re already picturing them hanging around the door ways or along the stairs.

 

What most inspires your creativity?

The colours and patterns in our papers inspire me, I like to mix and match them to create our Christmas crackers and garlands.

What is your favourite part of EML? 

I find it really inspiring being around fellow Etsy sellers and seeing the beautiful products that are on offer. It’s great for finding Christmas presents that are a little different, I’m looking forward to doing a bit of shopping myself. I also enjoy meeting customers face to face.unnamed (4)ready

Katrina loves spending her down time with boyfriend and of course her cats Betty and Butch aren’t to fare away either. We highly encourage you have a browse on The Paper Cupboard Etsy store or for a more intimate mooch you can find her over on Facebook and Instagram

 

 

O’r Môr Design

Adding a sense of found art into their accessories, O’r Môr Designs owner Elaine makes the most elegant and mesmerising sea glass jewellery. We have a small case of magpie eye with these as we are in love with the variety of textures and shapes that come with using this material.

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Lets start it off easy. Tell us a little about yourself and your business 

I am a mum of three teenagers and work as a teaching assistant in a nursery. I love to holiday with my family in Pembrokeshire and I have become a little addicted to collecting sea glass and sea worn pottery whilst strolling on the Pembrokeshire beaches. I love to think of the history of the glass or pottery and what it could have been. I mainly make silver jewellery with the items I have collected. I try to keep the pieces simple to highlight the beauty of the sea glass or pottery. I absolutely love making jewellery and find it so relaxing after a hectic day spent with a bunch of 3 year olds!

IMG_5982readyAs you can imagine a lot of Elaine’s inspiration comes from nature and her walks around the lovely welsh beaches. “The coast and the beaches I found the glass on. I don’t really plan what I’m going to do. I pick a piece of glass or pottery up and I just visualise want to do with it. “

Where did it all begin and where do you see yourself going? 

I decided to make something with my finds and made a few bits for family and friends. I fell in love with jewellery making and after positive feedback from family and friends decide to set up a Facebook selling page and my Etsy shop evolved from there. I am sill learning new techniques as I’m always looking at ways to better myself. I currently work on my dining table and I’m looking to invest in a caravan or shed to convert into a workspace for my garden. I am looking into silversmith courses so I can develop my designs.

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Over at Cardiff and Valleys Creative HQ we are falling head over heals for these lovely turquoise earrings, similar in size but different enough we are reminded of the unique beauty of every day life.

“I think patience and perseverance are the biggest skills I need. I have learnt so much through the mistakes I have made.”

 

What is your favourite part of EML? 

This is my first time attending EML and I’m very excited to see all the other stalls. I love to see other people’s creativity and find it very inspiring.

IMG_6324readyBy day Elaine loves to relax in her dinning/family room with a cup of tea and by night unwinds with her favourite glass of red. If you don’t fancy chatting over a brew with her and would love to get her work a little more before EML then head over to her Etsy, Facebook or Instagram pages for more insights.