Damian Callan was born in London in 1960. He initially trained as a scientist, before choosing to work with people with disabilities.He went on to study painting at Edinburgh College of Art, and became particularly interested in the moving figure. Now he uses his wife and four children as models for his drawings and paintings of figures in action on Scotland's West Coast. He has a studio in Edinburgh where he teaches classes, as well as at The National Gallery and Leith School of Art. He also writes for Artists and Illustrators Magazine.
Alice Chadwick is an illustrator who lives and works in East London. Her works appears in newspapers, magazines, books and fashion.
Paper & Cloth
Paper & Cloth are a UK print design and illustration studio, producing charming, quirky and original art. They have a team of four hugely talented designers in-house: Carly, Louise, Bec and Gemma. Each designer brings a unique range of skills and techniques to the mix. Their designs have been used on cards, clothing, stationery and branding. Their clients include Boden, Gap, M&S, Waitrose, Pottery Barn Kids and 1973.
Jasper Conran is an internationally successful designer with a brand recognized all over the world. He is most recognized for his couture fashion and his diffusion line, J by Jasper Conran, for Debenhams. He also designs crystal and china for Wedgwood, glassware, homeware, fragrances, fabrics, jewellery, wallpaper and furniture. He has won numerous awards including British Fashion Designer of the Year and the Prince's Medal.
Zoé de Las Cases
Zoé de Las Cases is artistic director of a creative agency in Paris.
Warren Elsmore is an artist working in a unique medium-LEGO bricks. Based in Edinburgh, he's been in love with the plastic brick since the age of 4. Since rediscovering his love of LEGO at the age of 24, Warren has never looked back and now works with a number of commercial companies to realize their dreams in plastic.Warren's first book, Brick City, immortalized more than one hundred global icons in LEGO bricks, with instructions to allow you to build many of them with your own parts at home. Since the book's release, the models have gone on tour throughout Europe and have been made into collectable models, gifts, and heavily covered in the national press. Warren followed the publication of Brick City with Brick Wonders and Brick Flicks.Warren has produced a number of models focusing on recreating real buildings using only standard LEGO bricks. His aim is a balance of realistic re-creation, coupled with a recognizable 'LEGO' style. His knowledge and skill of his medium allows him to see the essence of a building and faithfully recreate its most recognizable aspects with LEGO bricks.Warren also organizes 'AFOLCON' and The LEGO Show-a dedicated LEGO fan convention, followed by the largest public LEGO event in the UK which attracts many thousands of fans, young and old. These events showcase the very best model making in LEGO-whether they be ultra-realistic recreations or just a flight of fantasy.
Textiles expert Lucinda Ganderton is a craft author, designer and broadcaster. Her previous books include: Stitch Dictionary, Bridal Crafts, The Country Living Book of Soft Furnishings, Romantic Keepsakes and The Complete Guide to Needlecraft. She has also authored Instant Expert Beading for Spruce.
Rosie Goodwin lives and works in east London. Her work in film and media is inspired by her London walks and her more distant travels.
Kate Gunn and Robyn Macdonald studied Fashion and Textiles at the University of Brighton in the UK, specializing in knitwear. Kate and Robyn have designed knitted clothes and accessories for a variety of international companies, and launched Orka, a collection of organic and fairtrade knitwear for women and children, in 2006.
Louisa Harding has been a major Rowan designer for 17 years, creating ready-to-wear collections for Europe, the USA and the Far East. In 1997 she became brand coordinator and designer for Jaeger Handknits, but is best known for her adorable Miss Bea range of books. Louisa also writes and designs for Vintage Style, Vogue Knitting, Knitting Magazine and Modern Classics.
Kate Haxell is the author of six craft books, including Me and My Sewing Machine (2010) and Twenty to Make: Bunting and Pennants (2011).
Zoë Mellor is one of the UK's best known children's knitwear designers. She has worked for Kaffe Fassett and regularly designs for Rowan - one of the leading yarn manufacturers.
Artist and designer David Saunders graduated from Chelsea College of Art and assisted Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw and other Young British Artists before launching fashion and interiors label, David David, in 2007. He initially gained attention by wearing his own hand-printed T-shirts to art and fashion industry parties. 'I fell into fashion by accident, really', Saunders recalls. 'It was just a process of who I was living with and what parties I was going to. I started making hand-printed T-shirts for myself and people would be like "where did you get that from?"'Inspired by a trip to Paris Fashion Week with friend Isabella Blow, David developed a fashion line that won him a coveted spot in London's Fashion East runway show and NewGen sponsorship from the British Fashion Council. His work has been included in the V&A exhibition, 'British Design from 1948-2012' and has twice been installed on the Stamp Stair at Somerset House during London Fashion Week. The current David David range includes prints, T-shirts, umbrellas, wallpaper, tableware and scarves.
Kate Smith is the founder of The Makery in Bath, which runs highly successful craft workshops and classes and has a second venue selling fabric, trimmings and other materials.
Jake Spicer is an artist and drawing tutor based in Brighton, England. He is head tutor at the independent drawing school Draw, a co-director of the Drawing Circus and regularly runs portrait and figure drawing courses for the Camden Arts Centre and National Portrait Gallery.www.jakespicerart.co.uk@BrightonDrawing
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).
Eleanor van Zandt
Eleanor van Zandt is an American writer and editor specialising in arts and crafts. Her books include The Hamlyn Complete Knitting Course (1990) and The DMC Book of Cross Stitch and Counted Thread Work (1996).
Sue Whiting studied at the London College of Fashion and has worked in the needlecrafts industry for over 30 years. She has written and collaborated on a wide variety of needlecraft books, but her main passion lies with knitting and crochet.