Nathan Sawaya is the first contemporary artist to take LEGO into the art world. Painstakingly crafted, his work is both beautiful and playful, and elevates this ordinary toy to the status of fine art.His unique sculptures and renowned touring exhibition, The Art of the Brick, breaks attendance records globally. Nathan has received numerous awards recognizing his art and cultural achievements. In 2014, he founded The Art Revolution Foundation, for the purpose of making art a priority in our schools and homes. He has spoken at Google Zeitgeist, TEDx, Yahoo! and the Clinton Library.
John Schreiner is the dean of British Columbia circle of wine writers and anaward-winning author. In 1984, he wrote The World of Canadian Wine and since thenhe has written a number of wine books, including the bestselling British ColumbiaWine Country, The Wineries of British Columbia (recently revised), and Icewine:The CompleteStory, the first book on the subject.He is a graduate of the Germany Wine Academyand a member of several wine clubs.He has judged wines around the worldand is a keen amateur winemaker.He lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Michael Schuster trained in tasting in Bordeaux. In the early 1980s he helped create an award-winning wine retail business, and since then he has worked as an independent writer, consultant and lecturer, running his own wine school in north London with his wife Monika, a Cordon Bleu trained chef. His tastings range from his foundation Beginners Course, to much sought after events each May, where he coaches students in the demanding practicalities of Master of Wine Blind Tasting.For many years he sat on the board of The Wine Society, one of Britain's foremost mail order merchants, and during its first ten years he chaired the Burgundy panel at Decanter's World Wine Awards. He is a regular contributor to The World of Fine Wine, writing their annual Bordeaux en primeur report, for articles in which he was shortlisted for Feature Writer of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards 2008. He lectures to amateurs and professionals in the UK and abroad and in 2002 he was elected to the Academie Internationale du Vin.
Linda Seward is an experienced quilter who earns her living as a freelance writer, editor and consultant. She has developed her knowledge of quilting through her research and study of antique quilts and by making and then writing about her quilting designs. She has written many quilting books, including Country Quilts and The American Quilt. She lives in London with her husband and three children.
Flora Shedden lives in Scotland, where she spends as much time as possible at her family home in Highland Perthshire. She was one of the youngest ever semi-finalists on the Great British Bake Off, impressing judges and public alike with her simple, elegant designs. Her favourite pastimes are cooking, photography and writing. She writes a regular online column for The Scotsman.
Lou (Loulia) Sheppard is one of the best-known hairstylists in the industry. She has been personal hairstylist to Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and Selma Hayek and worked on films such as The King's Speech, Anna Karenina and The Duchess, among many others.
Loulia (Lou) Sheppard is an Academy Award nominee and one of the best-known hairstylists in the industry. She has been personal hairstylist to Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and Selma Hayek and worked on films such as Victoria and Abdul, The King's Speech, Anna Karenina and The Duchess, among many others.
Ross Shonhan grew up in Australia, where he trained to be a chef before travelling around the world and working for the legendary Nobu Matsuhisa at Nobu in the US and Rainer Becker at Zuma in London. Ross achieved his dream of having his own ramen bar when he opened the first Bone Daddies in London Soho, and now leads a group that includes Flesh & Bones and Shackfuyu. Tom Moxon is group head chef of Bone Daddies.Find out more about Bone Daddies at instagram.com/bonedaddies, on Twitter at @BoneDaddiesLDN and at www.bonedaddies.com.
Sara Sinaguglia is thirty-something mother of two living in Dorset, with a cat, two hens and several bantams. When not crocheting, sewing or knitting, she's running a cookery school with her husband, a Sicilian chef.With a background in design, interiors and antiques, Sara stumbled on crochet when she moved from London to the country. With a cottage in the middle of the woods, shelf edgings and crocheted blankets seemed to fit the eclectic mix of local auction room finds and mismatched tableware. Keen to stick to natural fibres and fabrics she realized she would need to produce her own work to avoid acrylic fibres in garish hues. After learning to crochet she picked up linens, cottons and yarns and started creating. She now sells her crochet creations via etsy and teaches crochet workshops. Her work was featured on the front cover of the sell-out first issue of hot new craft magazine, Mollie Makes. Visit Sara's blog: http://onechurchillsgreen.typepad.com/
Sipsmith is a much-loved distiller of hand-crafted, small-batch gin. They are at the forefront of the recent renaissance in the spirit, having campaigned for a change in distillery laws and subsequently setting up London's first traditional copper distiller since 1820.
Alexandra Smith is the owner, designer and maker of Lola Nova. She writes the blog, Lola Nova - Whatever Lola Wants at http://lolanovablog.blogspot.com/ with subscribers from all over the world. She operates the Lola Nova Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/lolanova. She is a self-taught seamstress and designer and has taught private sewing lessons and led public workshops. Her work and tutorials were featured in the launch issue of the sell-out first issue of hot new craft magazine, Mollie Makes, and she is now a regular contributor. She lives in a little green cottage in the Pacific Northwest United States with her family, some chickens, the Buddha cat and an ever-changing population of fish.
David T. Smith
David T. Smith is an internationally renowned gin expert, judge and author. He chairs judging panels for the American Distilling Institute and the International Wine and Sprits Competition, as well as the Gin Masters competition. He is the winner of the 2016 Think Gin award for best communicator, and runs workshops on the art of distilling, as well as the drinks website Summer Fruit Cup.
Krisi Smith is co-owner of Bluebird Tea Co. in Brighton. After years working in the tea industry, Krisi and her partner Mike decided to use their passion for tea to create their own innovative, independent, top-quality tea company. As well as its online retail operation, Bluebird Tea Co. has a flagship mixology store and runs courses in tea mixology. www.bluebirdteaco.com
Richard Sneesby is a landscape architect and garden designer. He is an RHS judge at Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows and co-authored The Garden Maker's Manual (also Mitchell Beazley).
Mimi Spencer is best known for co-authoring the best-selling The Fast Diet with Dr Michael Mosley, which introduced the concept of 5:2 intermittent fasting to the world. The Fast Diet has sold over a million copies worldwide, with translations into more than 30 languages. Mimi went on to write The Fast Diet Recipe Book and Fast Cook. Mimi's background is in lifestyle and style journalism, with an early career as a fashion writer for Vogue, the Evening Standard and then as editor of ES Magazine. She has been a columnist for You Magazine (Mail on Sunday), Observer Food Monthly and Waitrose Kitchen, while also writing lifestyle, fashion and food features for The Times and many national magazines.Mimi, 49, lives in Brighton with her husband and two teenage children.
Emma Spitzer was born and raised in Brighton, southern England, to Jewish parents of Polish and Russian descent.Following her success on reaching the final of BBC 1's MasterChef, Emma has been in high demand. She has been teaching cookery classes and demonstrating at food festivals, running sell-out supper clubs and catering for private dining events. Emma's popularity on the show is evident through her social media following, with more than 50,000 followers on Twitter. She lives in north London with her husband, four young daughters and their cat.
Higgidy's founder and chief pie maker, Camilla Stephens, began making pies in 2003, having trained as a cook at Leiths School of Food and Wine. She worked for a time as head of food development for Starbucks UK before leaving to follow her dreams and start her own business - Higgidy. Since then, Higgidy has become one of the UK's fastest-growing food companies, and its products are now stocked in most of the country's major supermarkets. Camilla is married to Higgidy's co-founder James, and they have two children.
Steven Wooster is an award-winning photographer and former garden design graduate at Capel Manor, who can commnicated key garden design concepts through the camera lens. Steven also lives in London.
Dick & James Strawbridge are experts in the Good Life - and it's the life they've led at Newhouse Farm, their smallholding in Cornwall, in the southwest of England. On just 3 acres of land in the midst of a village they've produced an abundance of good things to eat and drink: fruits and vegetables that they eat fresh, juice, ferment and preserve, pigs for ham, sausages, salamis and bacon, a mixed flock of birds for eggs and eating, and bees for honey - to name a few. It's been a lifestyle driven by their desire to eat well every day.Dick & James appear regularly on TV in the UK and Australia. The whole family featured on the BBC's It's Not Easy Being Green--which documented their move to Newhouse Farm. Dick is a regular host of C4's Scrapheap Challenge, contributes frequently to Coast on the BBC and last year came 2nd place on the BBC's Celebrity Masterchef, showcasing his cooking talent.Dick & James will appear together on ITV1's The Hungry Sailors from Spring 2012, and there's more to come. When they're not on location, tending the garden, feeding the animals or cooking and eating, they're spreading the word and sharing what they've learned. Previous books include It's Not Easy Being Green (BBC Books) and Practical Self-Sufficiency (DK).
If ever there was a vintage-clad, firey redhead that knew how to bring all the glam of the golden years to life, it's Angel Strawbridge. Angel has written down her well-honed insight for all things 'tea party' so that everyone can share the magic of this timeless era anywhere and for any occasion.Angel's eye for beautiful things began at the age of thirteen, when she started acquiring fur jackets, jewelled bags and glamorous hats from the vintage eras. A market stall followed and when the stall couldn't cope anymore, Angel moved to a big converted school house in Bethnal Green. It was here in 2001 that she launched The Vintage Experience, where Angel offered advice, styling and hand-picked vintage delights for her clients - as well as providing them with delicious cakes! The Vintage Experience lasted for seven years. When this could grow no more, the Vintage Patisserie brand was born.Angel appeared on BBC Two's Dragon's Den in 2010 and instantly became the face to remember when she was offered a £100k investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis for developing her website and business, The Vintage Patisserie (http://www.vintagepatisserie.co.uk).In the same year, Angel met and fell in love with ex-Army colonel, engineer, inventor and author, Dick Strawbridge. Life moved quickly! They are now married and have two children, Arthur and Dorothy. The Strawbridges have embarked on the renovation project of a lifetime in rural France, bringing the fairytale 19th-century Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson back to life. Together they make quite a team and their adventures in craft, vintage weddings, engineering and all things DIY can be seen in the popular Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau.