Chrissie Sherwood set up Injabulo.com, which sells beautiful handmade buttons made by a women’s co-operative in South Africa, because she was so inspired to create a way by which we can all benefit from their creativity and in so doing they can create better lives for themselves. It’s not just that her business is a great example of creative living; she’s creative too, not least in how she works from home. Chrissie is doing much more than saving the world one button at a time, she’s giving back and receiving infinitely as a result.
Alison Mortlock began experimenting with making showercaps as a creative time-out from raising her three small children. When she discovered the demand for her stylish product she realised the opportunity to regain her identity as a professional women without the guilt of having to leave her children in daycare.
When Kerry Bettinson left University with no idea what she wanted to do, she saw an opportunity in the herd of Alpaca her parents had reared as part of their idyllic country home. Now, at the age of 25, Kerry runs a successful business working with over 15 tonnes of wool each year, employing dozens of women in the UK and Peru and which leads the resurging trend of hand craftmanship, knitting and felting amongst modern youth.
Bees, beekeeping and honey are the backdrop to our lives appearing in literature from Virgil, who used them as an analogy to society, to Winnie-the-Pooh. Around the world, they work together tirelessly and selflessly to produce sweetness for the good of their colony. Along the way they fertilise crops resulting in 1/3 of the world’s food. Tony Maggs invites us to peak into this fascinating world and shares his secret for producing what is without a doubt the best jar of honey I’ve ever eaten…
Far from his retirement marking the end of his career, Craig Young began making paint boxes on special request for several top artists. He now uses the skills acquired over a lifetime to handcraft a beautiful bespoke product which has an ever growing wainting list. Hear his story about the simplicity of success when all the pieces fit together.
Randolph Hodgson is the owner of the award winning Neal’s Yard Dairy, champion of British Farmhouse Cheeses, and one of the pioneers in rejuvenating Borough Market. For almost 30 years Randolph has been at the forefront of changing how we appreciate the way our food is made and sold, and producing a culture of excellence by involving both the customer and the producer. He leads the way with his passion for quality, his dedication to raising the whole calibre of the food chain not only in the taste, but also in our responsibility for our agriculture and countryside, and his outstanding and inclusive approach to retailing.
Nick Fleming has spent the last 10 years photographing the daily lives of spiritual communiites, principally in Northern India. He’s integrated into them so that he becomes seen but not noticed, thus given him unique access, insights and experience. Nick photographs people in their glory and places in their majesty, in stark contrast to most photo-journalism we are exposed to today.
Roy Fong, based in San Francisco, founded Imperial Tea Court, the premier destination for anyone serious about a Cup of Tea. He is too modest to call himself a Master of Chinese Tea, but that he is, living and loving its subtle education, inspiration and artistry.
Kath Whitworh, runs the award winning Celtic Sheepskin with her husband Nick. The Celtic Sheepskin Co began in the mid 1970′s as the original Ugg Co, making Ugg Boots and assorted leather goods. Since then, the company has steadily expanded to become one of the largest suppliers of sheepskin footwear and clothing in the UK and has been trading on-line for over a decade with customers from all around the globe. Celtic Sheepskin is an excellent example of how it is possible to produce excellent products, at reasonable prices, with a clear conscience.
Linda Bloomfield is a potter who makes and sells the most beautiful porcelain tableware. She has fused Oriental influences and the Western tradion of pottery to create items which are not only aesthetically pleasing to both the oriental and western eye but are also functional and a joy to use daily. Her love for her craft sings through her work and brings joy not just to her as she makes it but to all who subsequently have the pleasure to use it.
Caroline Bodger, of White Cloud Trading, set up her highly successful internet business with her husband several years ago from her home, selling wool duvets from New Zealand – all because her son couldn’t sleep and when she discovered pure wool bedding solved the problem she wanted to share it with the world.