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  • A quick update... long overdue!

    It's been some time since the website has been updated and so many things have changed since then that it's hard to know where to start!

    Many new artists, designers and makers are now represented and all will be revealed very soon. Card companies release new designs every season and so we will show samples of new ranges but it is still better by far to visit the shop to see the amazing variety on offer. We will also continue to feature one-off items and artwork so please check that the piece is still available before you travel to purchase - a quick phonecall and we can reserve it for you to view.

    We are also about to launch a facebook page which will help to keep everyone informed about new arrivals.

    Dean Clough itself has undergone major changes in the last couple of years and we now have new restaurants, bars, cafes and small businesses on site making visiting Dean Clough much more enjoyable. The art galleries continue to flourish and Northern Broadsides and IOU theatre companies are performing here and touring their work.

    All in all, a great place to visit - check out the latest news at



  • Saltaire Open Houses and Makers Fair 2013

    The Saltaire Arts Trail will take place from 25th to 27th May in the UNESCO World Heritage Village of Saltaire in West Yorkshire. This annual event is a fantastic opportunity to meet designers, makers and artists in the unique environments created by residents of the village throwing open their houses as exhibition spaces. There are thirteen open houses this year, showing work in living rooms, kitchens, hallways and on stairs.

    A major event is the Makers Fair held in Victoria Hall in the centre of the village. This is the beating heart of the Saltaire Arts Trail and showcases Yorkshire's finest designer makers. Every single item exhibited here has been made and designed by the stall holder and offers a unique shopping experience - perfect if you are looking for a memorable gift, beautiful hand crafted homewares or a special treat. From jewellery to journals, textiles to ceramics you will discover a wealth of creativity.

    The whole event is organised by Saltaire Inspired, a charity run almost entirely by volunteers whose aim is to support the visual arts in and arount Saltaire Village, offering opportunities to both emerging and established artists and makers.

    Check out the website to find out more about the Trail and the other events held throughout the year. There are lots of events and entertainments over the May weekend, fun for all the family and a visual treat!

    One of the artists taking part, Kate Lycett, is a regular exhibitor at the Design Shop in Halifax. As well as original paintings and limited edition prints, Kate produces a range of greetings cards and tealight lanterns.



  • Studio Visit - Sue Candy Ceramics

    Recently, I set off to the outskirts of Hebden Bridge to visit Sue Candy and Mel Rix in their ceramics studio at the bottom of their garden. It is always a pleasure to meet people in their working environment and to see the collection of objects and 'things' they have around them for inspiration and motivation - pictures, cuttings, photoshoot samples, bits of nature, colour charts, works in progress.

    I have sold many pieces of Sue's work over the years in the Design Shop and decided a week or two ago that it was high time I restocked with new work. I was delighted to find that my visit co-incided with the first batch of new designs out of Sue's shiny new German kiln, beautiful sandpipers on the now familiar shapes of tall and square pots, tealight holders, mustard pots with lovely handles on the lids (perched like little birds themselves) all set out for me to view.

    Over coffee I placed an order for a complete set of each of the two new designs, and some jewellery in geometric patterns. Sue will be launching the new work at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate at the beginning of April, and I was very honoured to be the first person to see, and order, the ranges.

    Now I just have to sit back and wait for the delivery - I love opening parcels!



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Hello and welcome to my blog

My name is Linda Brill and I am the founder, buyer and manager of the Design Shop. I am also an artist producing drawings, paintings and photographs, handmade cards and decorative items for the home. My paintings and drawings can be viewed on my website

I live in the Savile Park area of Halifax, half an hour's walk away from Dean Clough Mills where the shop is situated.

My other pleasures are my garden and allotment where I am constantly attempting to find order in the chaos.

I enjoy discovering and meeting new artists and designers and spend a good deal of my time visiting fine art fairs, trade shows, craft fairs and galleries, looking for new work to show.

I consider myself very lucky to be spending my life doing the things I love.


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