Who

GINA PORTMAN - FOUNDER

Moving from London to rural East Sussex, Gina discovered talented people tucked away in sheds and barns, making simple, beautiful things.Soon she was curating collections from individual craftspeople and traditional manufacturers.This led to the idea of hosting workshops in her own barn-like space.

'Over the years we have met so many talented, people, passionate about their craft, so I thought why not share this knowledge.'

LUkE HANNAM PAINTER

Luke Hamman is a painter living in East Sussex. His work is in continual flux whilst being deeply rooted in the tradition of painting.

Hannam works at a ferocious rate producing hundred's of drawings at a time, gathering, accumulating destroying and regrowing ideas in search of a pattern that excites him. Paintings emerge out of this tempestuous exchange like fireworks in a car park - dangerous, unexpected, and life affirming.  At the heart of everything however is his obsession with drawing.


SARAH WATSON - FORAGER

Sarah spent her childhood identifying plants in the Sussex countryside,  with her botanist father.

Passionate about food and rural life, Sarah has been running foraging classes for several years. and uses wild plants, seaweeds and fungi to create delicious recipes for her forage- cook- and- eat classes.

'I believe that responsible foraging brings us into closer contact with nature, and helps us to understand more about local wildlife and conservation.'

CHRISTIANE GUNZI - BASKET WEAVER

Based on the Sussex coast, Christiane handcrafts traditional and sculptural baskets using willow, rush, driftwood and other natural materials. She trained at the City Lit in London and completed the City & Guilds in Creative Basketry in 2013.

"I'm passionate about passing on this ancient craft, and helping others to enjoy working with natural indigenous materials."


CHRISTOPHER GEE - ARTIST

Christopher's compact paintings are influenced by Folk Art, Northern Renaissance painting and German Romanticism. Often his work explores stillness, quiet, isolated scenes. When he is not painting he can be found uncovering historic and forgotten landmarks and overlooked landscapes.