Meet your maker: Harriet de Winton

Harriet de Winton is a watercolour artist and wedding stationer. As founder of de Winton Paper co, she has created hand painted designs for brides all over the world as well as illustrating for numerous books, publications and brands. She also leads workshops across the country, therefore you’ll be in very safe-and highly skilled-hands if you join Harriet in the Skills Workshop to create your very own Watercolour Floral Wreath. You can get to know a little bit more about Harriet here and make sure not to miss her at the Fair!

1. What are you most excited about The Handmade Fair? Meeting up with all the other amazing experts and makers, as well as the fantastic class attendees, who always bring a wonderful energy and new perspective to what I’m doing.

2 If you were a biscuit what would you be and why? This is controversial but I’d be a jaffa cake!

3 What’s your biggest fear? The importance of arts and play being diminished in our children’s education

4 What inspires you most? Nature, in particular the Devon countryside that surrounds my studio.

5 Tell us something most people don’t know about you? I spent the first 17 years of my life treading the boards in local youth am dram and loved every minute of it! You could say it was my first creative endeavour!

6 What’s your greatest achievement? Getting to a point with my creative identity that I felt I could set up the de Winton Paper co and dive right in!

7 What are you known for? In the de Winton paper co I am known for the partiularly personal service, as it’s just me in the studio! Everything is hand painted and done with the greatest care, people also enjoy my impromptu instagram story painting tutorials.

8 Who would be on your dream dinner party guest list and why? Annie Sloan, I love how she created an incredible product and continues to evolve it and remain at the top of her game. Barack Obama because I am sure he is everything I’d imagine him to be Alexandra Shulmann; I’ve just finished her book and as an ex costume designer and stylist my art work has always had a big dose of fashion influence.