Leah Halliday is a designer, educator and social entrepreneur. She lovingly creates and designs a collection of handmade gifts, accessories, homewares, paper goods, embroidery patterns and surface patterns that combines her life long love of craft and all things vintage from her studio on the Solway Coast in the South West of Scotland. Found objects and forgotten fabrics find their way into her designs.
Leah finds herself inspired by her collection of vintage fabrics, bits and pieces and nostalgic images and is drawn to colour, print and pattern, She loves nothing better than turning something old and forgotten into something beautiful & new. Many gifts are one-off pieces, limited editions or made to order. She welcome commissions.
From time to time Leah also sells an ever-changing selection of carefully chosen vintage finds for you and your home at events & markets. She appreciates the beauty, added charm and history of a vintage find. As a result of a discerning eye and many hours and miles spent on the vintage hunt. Leah shares with you the giddy thrill of discovering wonderful vintage treasures.
Having previously worked as a lecturer in both Further and Higher Education she has gained many years’ experience delivering training to a wide range of adults. She has hosted creative and sewing workshops to both adults and children for the past 8 years in Dumfries and teaches at other venues and events across the U.K. Its a complete pleasure to pass on her skills at workshops she hosts, spreading the joy of sewing, recycling and making your own.
Leah is also co-founder and director at The Guild Dumfries C.I.C. There's definetly not enough hours in the day so these days she has become more focused on The Guild. As a social entrepeneur she is particularly interested in providing support for a community of creatives and makers, regeneration, health & wellbeing and education. She believes passionately about the ambitious plans of the social enterperise, taking over an underused building and creating a collective and volunteer run space for independent, community led, creative and cultural based projects. Her determination, hard work and perceverance will make it happen. After two years of campagning The Guild also produce a monthly street market, Dumfries Market Festival which hopes to play a part in helping Dumfries town centre regeneration.
Leah hopes you enjoy her splendid assortment of stitched and illustrated wares as much as she enjoys creating and making them. Thank you so much for stopping by and please come again soon.
Warmest wishes Leah x
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