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Museum Makers Gift Guide

16th November 2020 / Museum blog

Here at Chippenham Museum we support a wide variety of local artists and makers in our shop.

As we look to shop local and support those around us in the build up to Christmas, we ‘d like to share some gift ideas with you.  All available through our online shop!

With free Chippenham delivery on Wednesdays throughout December, £3.50 postage or browse in store when we re-open from Thursday 3 December.


Hazel & Blue

Hazel & Blue hand pour soy candles and more from their studio near Melksham using natural ingredients.

Our Winter Spice Candle Making Kit (£26) is perfect for getting into the festive spirit at home! Designed for beginners, create two of your own scented natural soy candles. The essential oils of Winter Spice will fill your home with a beautiful festive scent.

We have also stocked up on Hazel & Blue’s seasonal Scented Soy Candles (£9)  including Cranberry, Orange & Cinnamon and Frankincense & Myrrh


Barking Hen Jewellery

That special gift you’ve been looking for! Festive Silver & Copper Jewellery (£25 – £75) handmade in Chippenham by the award-winning Barking Hen Jewellery, who says:

Robin Earrings (£50) “These festive robins are hand pierced from sterling silver sheet with coper red breasts.”

Star Necklace (£35) “This cute little star has been a hammered texture on the surface so it catches the light beautifully.”

Browse more unique designs by Barking Hen, with silver and copper jewellery perfect for dog owners, music fans and nature lovers.


Emily Hunter

A new maker to our shop just in time for Christmas, we love Chippenham based illustrator and printmaker Emily Hunter’s Christmas Cards (set of 4, £7) . They’d look lovely together in a frame too!

Emily’s bright and cheerful range of Art Prints (A4, £18)  would make great gifts for gardeners, crafters or cooks. Sound intrigued? Do take a look!

Emily says  “I love to draw little moments to connect and share smiles with. I’m inspired by stories of people; young, old and mythical.”


Chris Dunn

What a treat to have a new piece of art every month! Wind in the Willows 2021 Art Calendar (£14.99) features 12 beautifully detailed and charming illustrations by Calne based illustrator Chris Dunn.

Chris’ wintery scenes feature in our Christmas Cards (set of 5, £7) and also two beautifully detailed and charming Christmas Art Prints (£15).

The prints (31 x 40cm) are taken from the original artwork created to illustrate book Paisley Rabbit and the Treehouse Contest (£9.99).


Mary Quarmby

These Glass Star Decorations (£6.25), handmade in Chippenham by glass artist Mary Quarmby, look beautiful amongst twinkling fairy lights.

Also in Mary’s signature style using a colorful array of patterns and textures, these Glass Feathers (£32) make wonderful decorative items either hanging or resting in the sunshine.

Mary Quarmby is a Chippenham based contemporary glass artist using fusing and slumping to complement traditional methods of glass working to create uniquely vibrant and dynamic works.


Artway

Artists and makers need suitably excellent materials to create their masterpieces. Look no further than Artway, a national art supplier based just down the road from us!

We have just started stocking their products and love them. The Leather Travel Journal (£10) comes neatly packaged in a lovely box. The Pencil Wrap (£6) is great for artists on the go. And inspire the next generation of artists with this Starter Art Kit (£20)


Rachel Heard

Currently artist in residence at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham, Rachel Heard’s work is inspired by natural forms and phenomena.

Choose from a selection of Art Prints (£15)  from original artwork, including Never Ceasing which features in our collection of local modern and contemporary art.

They have a depth to them that you can’t help getting lost in! One or a combination of these prints would make a restful and inspiring addition to any home-office.


Wiltshire Bee Centre

Our  Local Honey (£4.75) from the Wiltshire Bee Centre has been a best seller for years. We’re a regular supplier to many to top their porridge!

Our delicious set or clear honey is produced near Calne by bees scattered throughout North Wiltshire, where possible on organic or natural pasturelands.

The lovely people behind the Wiltshire Bee Centre are passionate about celebrating the importance of bees. You can often see them at events with their observation hive.


Chippenham & District Artists

A popular calendar for many year-on-year Chippenham & District Artists 2021 Calendar (£6) features seasonal artwork of local scenes including Chippenham, Corsham and Lacock.

Chippenham & District Artists is an established group of artists who formed over 20 years ago and have held their annual exhibition at the museum for several years. The group is open to new members with a programme of painting sessions, workshops and demonstrations.


Kate Davies

For a locally inspired gift for both nature loving and creative souls, browse Kate Davies’ art prints.

Archway Cottage in the Snow (£55) is set in Castle Combe, while Snowy Fox on Box Lane (£30) looks back across Box Valley to the hilltop village of Colerne.

We also have three different sets of Kate’s Christmas Cards (set of 5, £7), each including five different festive snowy scenes set in Bath or of Wiltshire village life – and all featuring Kate’s signature animal characters!


Peter Berry

From his studio near Calne, stained glass artist Peter Berry produces work that can be seen in buildings across the country – including a commemorative window in the museum!

Our pieces have a connection to the local area. Cherhill White Horse stained glass pannel (£65) celebrates an iconic local landmark.  Sweeping curved Sailing Fused Glass piece (£49) is inspired by Chippenham Sailing Club.

View our selection of  Suncatchers (£15) which feature hand-drawn details of local scenes.


Charlotte Englefield

Local artist Charlotte Englefield’s Landscape Prints (£40 – £55)  capture a moment in nature, as described so beautifully by the artist:

Rhododendrons: “Inspired by a spring walk through the grounds of Bowood. The Bluebells were carpeting the woodland floor and the Rhododendrons were a mass of colour”.

Oak Tree:  “Inspired by a walk through  Westonbirt on a warm summers day. Sitting at the base of a huge majestic oak tree, looking up and beyond.”


Lighter Shades of Blue

There’s something magical about the historic cyanotype process used by Lighter Shades of Blue to perfectly capture intricate natural forms using only natural sunlight!

Our current Lighter Shade of Blue pieces are this Fern Table Lamp (£75), (the gold detail and lining create a warm glow!) and framed dandelion piece titled Time is Running out (£55).


Ian Full

Hand turned pens (£10.50) by Chippenham craftsman Ian Full, turned from locally sourced branches. These ergonomic black ink pens are packaged in a black pouch and available in a choice of woods including Oak and Plum.

Last year, Ian created a series of pens from a fallen branch from the Persimmon tree behind the museum.  While these have all now found homes, we look forward to seeing what Ian creates in the future!


Museum Art Collection

We have a growing collection of modern and contemporary art produced in North Wiltshire over the past 100 years, to ensure this important time of creativity is recorded for future generations.

We’ve developed a new range featuring striking piece ‘Divide by Three’ by John Eaves from the collection. Only available at Chippenham Museum, keep safe while looking stylish with our Face covering (£7.50)  and bring art into your home with our Cushion (£12).  Learn more about our modern and contemporary art collection with Collection Catalogue (£7).