Capturing people working in their own environment has always been a fascination for me. I suppose it’s like watching someone cook or throwing a pot, the human interaction with materials to create something that appears before your eyes!

So, when I was approached by ‘Simply Cheshire’ to create a number of photographic images of five local artisan businesses for their brand new website my curiosity was piqued!

Nathan Miller…

An incredible sight and smell of exotic woods is the first thing to hit you when you enter Nathan’s workshop. His attention to quality and detail is second to none.

Measuring wood with calipers Woodworking scriber tool in brass Woodworking hand held rebating tool

Juliette Hamilton…

Juliette’s workshop is filled with massive willow sculptures… from full size cows and deer with real horns right down to fighting hares that wouldn’t look out of place in Liberty of London. 

Portrait of woman with willow deer head on door Hands of a woman weaving willow

Anna France…

She has to have the smallest workspace in the world with only room for a sandwich (providing you cut the crusts off) and a cup of tea – but she makes the most amazing  jewellery that has an organic quality to it. making every piece unique!

Portrait of woman with a ring on each finger Silver Jewellery Chain with Human Hand shaped ClaspSilver Jeweller working with fret saw

 Emma Cornes…

Set in some amazing countryside and creating “all British bags” out of hand tooled leather and tweed – classic materials with a modern twist which are exported worldwide!

Sepia portrait of woman with hand made bagClose up embossed leather detail Emma Cornes Leather hole punch on tweed

Allie Pottinger…

Water colour artist based, in a converted barn, just outside Jodrell Bank, Allie also runs a series of excellent workshops inspired by the local Cheshire countryside.

Portrait of Woman Artist Close up detail image of water colour brushes Close up watercolour image detail showing paper structure

See more about each artisan?…

Nathan Miller

Juliette Hamilton

Anna France

Emma Cornes 

Allie Pottinger

Want to find out more about Simply Cheshire?  Simply Cheshire HERE 

Like to discuss a future photographic project? Contact me HERE

All images © Paul Worpole.  Canon 70-200mm and 100mm Macro