About These Two Hands
Here you won’t find things made to gather dust. You’ll find beautiful handmade designs you will use and enjoy holding in your own two hands. Things to make you smile when you wear them or share them with people.
None of us needs more ‘stuff’. But we do need to feel a connection with the beautiful, useful things we surround ourselves with.
If you would love to bring more of nature’s beauty and serenity inside your home. And if you care deeply about supporting handmade and independent shops by buying less and buying better, then you are definitely in the right place.
About the collection
This collection is all of my favourite handcrafted and unique designs made mostly in Bristol and the South West by a handful of talented, independent makers. What links them all is the fact that they take their inspiration from nature and the outdoors in some way, whether it is the materials, the inks, the designs or all of those things combined.
Each design has a story, each is made with care and love and using traditional techniques.
They are not things to gather dust, they are made to enjoy and use in your home, to make you smile when you wear them or share them with people. We don't need more stuff, but I believe in having a connection with what we surround ourselves with and I am passionate about supporting handmade and independent shops by buying less and buying better.
There are now over 20 makers in my collection, many of whom have become good friends in real life and all of whom I feel a strong connection to. For me, buying something handmade is about the person who made it as much as the thing itself.
Being lost in making something you love, in creating a design, is what true happiness is for me. I think we are all meant to use our hands to make, grow or create in some way and that side of me was buried for a long time, squashed by practicality, fear and the pressure to make money. But after the birth of my daughter, I decided to take the risk and start using my own two hands to create.
Hands are incredible, hands do so much and communicate so much. As a musician, my hands have always played a huge role in my life and enabled me to write and perform for years. I broke both hands in nasty accident which was an acute reminder of how important my hands are to me.
I think the idea behind These Two Hands has always been there, in my dreams, in those moments where if you had no responsibilities and didn't have to worry about money you would do what you really want. I have always been drawn to makers, artisans and craftspeople, I want to find out more about what inspires them and learn their stories. I left a corporate marketing job behind to set up my own consultancy and spent five years helping makers and craftspeople tell their stories which I loved. Many of those people invited me into their workshops and showed me their crafts, some taught me their crafts in exchange for my help with marketing. I spread the word to friends and family about them but I wanted to do more than that.
When I gave birth to my baby girl last year, a very rare complication nearly left me paralysed and I had a very tough time adjusting to motherhood so I was referred for a course of art therapy and the maker inside me was properly awoken! I started making tote bags and ribbon teethers for friends and decided to set up These Two Hands as a place to share my own making stories as well as those of all the designers and makers I have been lucky enough to meet over the years. Making and nature are the two best forms of therapy, and I wanted to combine those two things in a collection of designs that help bring the outdoors in or make you want to get outside.
About my family
These Two Hands is very much a family business. My husband Charlie is a musician but also my assistant photographer, my website designer, my tech support and all round partner in everything. Our little girl, Lucy, is an inspiration and a ray of sunshine every day... if she sees something I'm thinking of stocking and it gets a big smile and an "OOOH", it tends to become part of the collection.