Creative Economy Coaching Participants 2013

In October 2013 applications closed for Creative Economy Coaching places. We are delighted to announce the following seven people from Creative Industries.

Deborah Jane Saint-James 

Pickalilly Roo Bear and Birds & Pretty Serious Soap. She is based in Yeovil. She is a very talented woman creating artisan soaps and cosmetics under the brand ’Pretty Serious Soap’ along with the soaps and cosmetics she makes matching soap bags and gifts. She also runs Pickalilly Roo Bears and Birds. These are in production and are a range of high quality textile toys and dolls with a retro feel. These have been designed and made by her and each one is an individual, they are very quirky and could appeal to children and adults. She holds workshops and will be offering a soap making workshop to Ilminster Arts Centre in November 2013. [email protected]

Victoria Vincent Artist

Vincent Art is a recently set up business offering the following services: Portrait Painting, Commissions and Art Exhibitions. Victoria offers a unique alternative to traditional photographic portraits. Parents will be provided with a bespoke painting of their child in acrylic on canvas, which has great gift potential or will look good on the wall in the home. [email protected]

Jo Backhouse

Writer and artist based in Taunton. Jo gives workshops in creative writing workshops, she writes plays and poetry. She is a visual art, particularly in the form of collage. Her inspiration includes aspects of identity, disconnection, the need to communicate. In the past six months, she has had a play shortlisted in a national competition, a poem included in a national anthology, a picture chosen for exhibition in New Visions III at the Grant Bradley gallery in Bristol, and has curated an exhibition of her own work, and that of four other artists, for Somerset Art Weeks 13.

As a result of the SAW exhibition, she sold three pieces of work, and been asked to submit a portfolio for exhibition at Sidcot Galleries. [email protected]

Olivia Solomons Sewfae

Olivia creates dresses, tops and accessories etc made from up-cycled clothing. Her business creates clothes and accessories for people with alternative tastes, but at the same time it helps the environment by recycling old clothing and turning it into something new. Nothing is produced or taken from the environment in order for her to make her clothes, She is using what is already there and instead of it going to waste it is re-used. Olivia Solomons [email protected]  Website:

Nicole Kirbyshire Vintage Happiness

Mr and Mrs Swan Vintage HappinessNicole has created ’Vintage Happiness’. She has a passion for everything old and vintage and she is never happier than when she is rummaging at a carboot or a rag sale.

Vintage Fair Taunton 14/12/13Her designs and items aim to exploit the beauty of old, vintage & reclaimed fabrics, cottons and buttons. She also creates framed ’stitchworks’ and a variety of other fabric items. [email protected]

The official launch of her Vintage Happiness will be on December 14th at ‘December at Dee’sVintage & Handmade


Laura Pinkney Somerset Eye Langport

Creative Design, Marketing and PR. Laura is soon to launch a brand new publication for Somerset, which will celebrate and promote business, innovation and the creative industry within the County. As a helpful and supportive resource, it will bring together all the businesses, organisations and agencies to provide a comprehensive tool of information, advice, contacts and inspiration that entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes need to do successful business in Somerset.

Fiona Marlow Just Simply Sumputous

Fiona MarlowFiona offers a bespoke, friendly and professional service making Hand made, Made to Measure Curtains and Blinds. She also undertake all manner of soft furnishings; from bedheads to aprons, doorstops to cushions.

She is based in Taunton, Somerset but will travel across county and have a few clients in Devon.

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