In an overcrowded world of consumerism and mass-manufactured goods, the inspiration to create a platform for UK only artisans, crafters, and artists to be seen and to thrive, was overwhelming. Artisanry Co. is a grass root movement taking art and craft back to the heart of our communities. A unique proposition, developed to support the combined needs of the makers and their customers – a platform that works for the makers, whilst providing the mark of quality and authenticity for their customers.
In the words of the peace scholar Elise Boulding “I have long believed that a wholesome, peaceful world is possible if we devote all-out effort to the development of each member of the community”.
As a Nichiren Buddhist, the founder believes in the dignity of life and respect for every individual. Her focus is on creating value for individuals and their communities.
It’s with this simple, yet powerful idea, that Artisanry Co. aims to deliver positive impact, both socially and economically.
Our mission is simple:
– Provide the no.1 global marketplace for the UK
– Support our artisans, crafters, and artists
– Ensure the highest quality to our customers
Who We Are
Meet the people who are developing the Artisanry Co. online platform and building the community.
Bhawna has over 20 years professional and business experience in the UK and overseas, including significant project management and digital development expertise in the UK. Earlier in her career, she also established and successfully ran her own distribution and training business overseas. Her professional experience brings commercial acumen, alongside strong financial discipline, to the development and ultimate management of the business.
Her passion is to establish and run an ethically sustainable business for all makers. As a woman in business, she is also keen to encourage and create opportunities to help other women in the workplace, marketplace, and communities.
Peter provides guidance and advice on the structural and financial aspects of the business.
For the last 25 years, Peter has managed business at a senior level in the UK and overseas. Throughout his career, his focus has been on improving investment governance of major UK institutions and pension funds.
He also has experience of chairing trustee boards in the third sector.
Dr Karen Patel
Advisor - Craft Industry
Karen acts as an advisor to help develop relevant projects to ensure our goals for social impacts are met.
Karen is an AHRC Leadership Fellow based at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham School of Media. Her current research focuses on diversity and expertise development in the contemporary craft economy, in collaboration with Crafts Council UK. She is particularly interested in issues around diversity and inequalities in craft work and the wider creative industries.
Advisory - Carbon management
Richard acts as an advisor to help deliver sustainable, low carbon value chain to the business.
Richard currently works for Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage. He is passionate about working with actors across society to promote, pursue and deliver meaningful action towards a sustainable and low-carbon future.
Social Media Marketing
Her true passion lies in writing where she has more than five year’s professional experience in the industry writing in various formats including SEO, blogs, press releases, social media, interviews and web copy.
Lisa has been involved in the marketing world for 10 years, with experience in production management, qualitative market research, and digital marketing across various sectors. As a freelance digital marketing strategist, she develops social media strategies with a focus on content marketing and brand building.
Having studied consumer behaviour at university, she has a passion for customer purchase behaviour and understanding how decisions are made in the digital ecommerce space.
Social Media Marketing
Emily is a freelance content creator and digital marketer. She is a qualified fashion designer, and uses her eye for detail and creativity in her work as an online marketer and writer.
She works in providing inclusive quality marketing strategies and specialises in social media, SEO writing, and content creation.
Laura is a freelance videographer and content creator. Laura’s expertise lies in telling captivating stories through video content.
Originally from Spain, Laura has been living in Edinburgh while she studies Film and Media at Queen Margaret University (QMU). She also has studied Screen and Media in Australia before coming to Edinburgh.
Laura is passionate about working with artists, crafters and makers and showcasing their stunning work through the medium of videography.
Young, vibrant and ”very Italian”, Sonia (best known as Sally in the social media world) is a talented filmmaker with an unique vision in film and storytelling. With a solid background producing music videos and short films, she has been working on developing her own production label ”Sally Sicily’’ . Sonia has been working with Artisanry Co. for the past two works and has produced some amazing maker videos.
She started out as a documentary film maker, making award winning music and arts films for BBC, Channel 4 and A & E in the USA and now specialises in social media video marketing. She set up her own company Frog Films.TV in 2013 making films such as “ Looking for Georgia” about the artist Lydia Baumann and her exploration of Georgia O’Keefe (2019) and “Piazzolla in New York” about the Tango composer, Astor Piazzolla (2020) She has also worked in EMI music and currently plays in a band “Rock Candy Girlz”