Handmade | hand stitched | hand crafted in Hereford

Hereford, United Kingdom | 49 Sales


Handmade | hand stitched | hand crafted in Hereford

Hereford, United Kingdom 49 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Lydia Barber

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Lydia Barber

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Poles.Ap.Art's story

Hello, thanks for visiting PolesApart.

The items for sale in this shop are all handmade in Hereford using a combination of techniques.

I studied Design Studies and Three-Dimensional Design at the University of Central Lancashire many moons ago, but my creativity took a back burner when my twins (now teenagers) came along.

Poles.Ap.Art grew from a personal project in remembrance of my Polish grandmother (Babcia) who passed away in January 2017. The aim was to document her years as a child refugee during WWII so younger members of our family would know her story.

A panel was stitched for each key part of her journey which began in Poland, took her through Siberia, Persia and Lebanon before arriving in the UK where she lived to the age of 93.

Each sewn illustration was documented on instagram when it was finished and the text posted online was used in the final book.

The Kazia's story project and subsequent creations can be viewed at: https://www.instagram.com/poles.ap.art/

This endeavour sparked my dormant creativity and I have been making ever since!

I use a variety of materials and techniques to create a range of products. My style is eclectic and often juxtaposes rough textures against more luxurious materials.

When I was a teenager there was a shop in my local town that stocked a range of vintage decor, clothes and household items. It was a veritable treasure trove and I still own some plates purchased from there more than 25 years ago. If my online shop gives people the same sense of wonder and joy I will be a happy lady!

Shop members

  • Lydia


    Kids now teenagers, dining table now MINE! After a few years of lying dormant, my creativity has sprung back into life & I'm loving it. I combine inspiration from nature with techniques first developed whilst at uni studying surface pattern.

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  • A print shop

    Cramlington, England


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