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Margaret Carter & Claire Acworth

  • Mixed Media,
  • Jewellery,
  • Textiles,
  • Installation


Margaret and Claire will be jointly exhibiting their work a small gallery space within Patchwork Pate, an award winning traditional food company established and run by Margaret herself.

Claire will be demonstrating her jewellery making techniques during this exhibition.

Directions to studio

Opposite the Ruthin Craft Centre

Studio information

Family friendly Yes Wheelchair friendly Yes Parking nearby Yes Toilet access Yes Welsh Speaker No Work for sale Yes Price range £30-£1,500 Commissions accepted Yes

Contact & address Details

Patchwork Traditional Food Company, Llys Parcwr Industrial Estate, Ruthin. Denbighshire. LL15 1NJ

Margaret - 07973 641011 & Claire - 0776 5251531
For individual email & web addresses, see 'ARTISTS IN THIS GROUP' below.

Studio Opening Times

September 2018 Times:
Opening Times: 11am - 5pm
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    Late Friday Opening Days:
    Opening Times: 7pm - 9pm
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Using natural threads and organic fibres in a stylised, almost uniform way, Margaret works in muted tones of creams, greys and whites to reflect the rural nature of North Wales. Her work has been described as having 'a Japanese-like simplicity, both serene and natural in its presentation'.

Margaret developed an early passion for textiles in South America where she lived as a child. This led her to a career in knitwear where she worked with designers such as Paul Smith, Tricia Guild and Kaffe Fassett in the mid 70's. Escaping a hectic London life, Margaret sought the tranquility of North Wales to bring up her young family. Her focus moved to patchwork quilting and, by twist of fate, she then went on to establish the Patchwork Traditional Food Company. The international success of her company has now given Margaret freedom to step back and refocus her passion for textiles.

Her new work is punctuated with simply framed clusters of threads, or rhythms of feathers threaded through musical staves are a feature of her new work. Also using tapestry or knit, Margaret creates subtle yet stunning textiles and large installations using contrasting materials such as hemp fibres and Welsh slate. Each and every piece is inspired by nature.


Having recently moved to North Wales, Claire lives just 3 miles outside Ruthin. She is a designer and maker of organic and sculptural jewellery made from silver and occasionally gold.

Textured with hammer marks or imprinted with the delicate veins of a leaf, each piece is truly unique. The materials she uses include semi-precious stones or simple, but beautiful found objects such as pebbles, sea glass or crockery. These are transformed into elegant new forms.

Her work has been inspired by nature, contemporary designers and also by the rich and bold designs of African jewellery and sumptuous silver of India.

Claire welcomes commissions for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions. She also breathes life into old unworn jewellery by using the original stones or gold to create a contemporary new design.

Artists in this group

Margaret Carter


Claire Acworth


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