Lomax and Skinner
Bespoke Millinery

Nestled in the heart of the historic town of Lewes you will find the busy working studio of Lomax and Skinner

Sarah Lomax and Rachel Skinner met more than 25 years ago whilst serving their apprenticeships with Frederick Fox.

They learnt their trade working to the highest standards making hats for The Queen and other members of The Royal Family as well as celebrity clients.

Their partnership is based on a shared love of fashion and design and a long established friendship. Together they design and create couture millinery for weddings, race meetings and society events throughout the season. Their contemporary hats and headpieces are all handmade using traditional millinery methods and the highest quality, responsibly-sourced,  materials. Designs range from the classic to the flamboyant and with Sarah and Rachel’s expert advice on hand, you cannot fail to make the perfect hat choice!

They also offer bespoke one-on-one millinery courses and cater for larger groups looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate a special occasion, be that a Hen, birthday or office party.

Hat hire is also available.

 

When love and skill come together expect a masterpiece.
— John Ruskin
 
Lomax and Skinner in their Lewes Studio

Lomax and Skinner in their Lewes Studio


Mica Lamb
Asphalt Flowers - Kidswear with Heart & Soul

Asphalt Flowers is an online shop selling children’s clothing

We're into radical brands making beautiful kidswear that really captures the imagination. So we’ve searched far and wide to find stuff that’s nothing like what’s on the high street.
 
Urban yet comfy, our collection is for every kid that’s ever had a tree to climb, a ball to kick, a dog to walk, a shape to throw, or a party to go to.
 
At Asphalt Flowers we believe that kids should be kids in clothes that are durable, functional, soft, colourful, comfy and fun to wear. We like clothing that does the rounds, from brother to sister, cousin to cousin. Clothing that’s well made to last.
 
We don’t like clothes from sweatshops, toxic-to-the-planet clothes, clothes in pink for girls and blue for boys, meanly cut or badly made clothes. Clothes with skimpy sleeves, shallow pockets or clothes with no room to manoeuvre. And nor do our kids.
 
That’s why we champion brands from all over the world who work with a commitment to respectful sourcing and manufacture and a dedication to quality and excellent design.

 
Mica Lamb, owner of Asphalt Flowers online children's clothing

Mica Lamb, owner of Asphalt Flowers online children's clothing


Marilyn Willis
Marilyn Creative Threads

I use creative hand-stitching combining vintage fabrics, old photographs, personal memorabilia, buttons and trims, to create individual textile pieces.

I have been teaching 1 day workshops to adults, through The Patchwork Dog, in Lewes and am now looking for other venues. I am about to start selling my work on-line and will work to commission.

I have 20 years’ experience in teaching Fashion and Textiles at Degree Level, as well as Adult Education. I have an MA from Brighton University in The History of Design and Material Culture. I also have a Teaching Diploma.

 

 
Marilyn Willis, maker of Embroidered Art

Marilyn Willis, maker of Embroidered Art


Kate Tiffin
Curtains by Kate Tiffin

I have been making bespoke curtains, blinds and soft furnishings for the people of Sussex for over 25 years. I love fabric: the colours and textures inspire me to create beautiful and practical soft furnishings to enhance any home. Both curtains and roman blinds can be lined or interlined to give warmth at chilly windows, and hand-made headings on curtains can turn them into a real statement in a room. I also make cushions (both scatter and box-sided), draught excluders and lampshades. More unusually, I have even covered coat hangers to match the client’s curtains in a guest room, so it’s always worth asking! 

I can supply beautiful fabrics from many manufacturers in cotton, linen, wool and man-made fibres and can advise on, and supply, both poles and tracks to make your new curtains look simply stunning. Blinds are fully compliant with all the latest safety requirements, as you would expect.

Bespoke soft furnishings should be considered an investment, not an expense. In common with tailored clothing, you get the style you want, in the fabric you love, in the size you need – you can’t buy that ‘off the peg’! Let me help you dress your windows to perfection.

 
Curtain maker Kate Tiffin in Lewes

Jackie Bennett
Woven Textile Artist and Teacher

Jackie creates beautiful, original work based on traditional tapestry. She is a leading authority on specialist techniques for woven textile design and offers bespoke classes in weaving as an art form. Jackie consults on collaborative textile projects and exhibits her work in the UK and internationally.

Jackie has been weaving for over 20 years, inspired by her love of colour, texture and the natural world. She has a Degree in African and Asian Art, a Post-graduate Diploma in Tapestry Weaving, and is a member of the British Tapestry Group. As well as weaving, Jackie teaches embroidery and design for textile art. She was a key member of the Battle of Lewes Tapestry, a medieval-inspired community project now on display in Lewes’ Barbican House Museum. As an expert in her field, she regularly leads embroidery workshops on the Bayeux Tapestry for Battle Abbey and groups around the country.

Current works

Jackie experiments with the structure of weaving as well as creating imagery. She favours natural plant fibres and her work is often a response to surrounding environments, with both trees and buildings of the South Downs providing inspiration. She particularly loves the depth and colour intensity that tapestry yarns afford. In her 3-D works such as ‘Malling Down’ she explores the sculptural possibilities of weaving. As a visual artist with a family history of glaucoma, Jackie highly prizes her own eyesight. Her recent work such as ‘Eye Sea’ has been concerned with vision and loss of sight, based upon her own 3D eye scan. She exhibits regularly in Sussex and London and is currently part of an international touring exhibition of 30 tapestry artists from Australia, UK and USA.

Bespoke Tapestry Classes

Jackie is a qualified adult education teacher, runs regular tapestry and textile design classes in Lewes, and offers bespoke classes in other locations. She teaches all ages including children and has devised online tapestry teaching resources. Her specialist skills include medieval embroidery and Tudor techniques of weaving as well as contemporary methods. Jackie is a keen advocate of tapestry weaving not just as a form of artistic self-expression but as a mindful, calming activity; this slow but rewarding art form demands considerable concentration.

Collaborative Projects

Jackie acts as a consultant on the design and use of materials for other textile art projects and welcomes opportunities to engage in collaborative projects. She makes work for themed exhibitions and is happy to accept selected commissions based on her current range of work. 

 
Lewes Woven textile artist Jackie Bennett

Lewes Woven textile artist Jackie Bennett