Chris & Christine’s Crafts is the product of the creative talents of Chris Rickels & Christine Hassall. After trying their hand at a number of different techniques, and spending time honing their skills in a variety of areas, the products for sale here, along with their jewellery line, www.lunaandkiki.co.uk, are the culmination of their love and passion for colour, creating and the beautiful things in the world around them.
In the beginning…
The pair met in 2014 and, shortly after discovered their mutual love of art and creating things, went into business together creating and selling their artwork and other products. They originally began with one small artists’ and makers’ market at the National Justice Museum back in 2015. It wasn’t until they started selling in shops around Nottingham a few years later that the business took off in earnest.
Now, though both hold ‘day jobs’ (alter-egos as Christine calls them) they can still often be seen selling from local market stalls, hanging around Sneinton Market or topping up their wares in their stockists.
All items are made by hand and with great care and enjoyment. If people love our crafts as much as we do, we’re happy.
Whether it’s stunning photography or dynamic water colours, Chris has always had a passion for capturing areas of local beauty and curiousity.
Both the ancient and alluring monuments at the heart of Nottinghamshire’s history, such as the Major Oak or the Olde Trip to Jerusalem and the pillars of modern local life like the City Ground or Creative Quarter are captured in new light within Chris’ paintings.
Chris loves bringing a modern twist to an old classic, and so loves to use machinery and new techniques to create items with universal appeal, from birthday cards to Christmas decorations.
Christine’s creations, like herself, usually embody elements of the traditional and the quirky. She is drawn to bright colours and fun elements, and loves to design items which will appeal to the child within anyone, whatever their age.
Christine’s favourite time of year is Autumn and Christmas, as she’s always loved the endless ways there are of decorating a home during this time. It’s about filling the house with life, nature and warmth, and Christine has always felt that this shouldn’t have to stop when the season ends.