Gillian Arnold is a home wares, gifts and jewellery producer with a passion for blending botanical design and artisan production skills. We have a social mission to support community regeneration and employment opportunities for young people in the North East of England.
Our designs are created by Gillian’s inexhaustible experimentation with sustainably gathered English wild plants and rich colour drenched collages, which are transferred to an ever growing range of handcrafted luxury products.
We also invest our artistry and profits into developing young people and community regeneration projects, deliberately situating our factory in Bishop Auckland in the North East of England, an area of tremendous revitalisation. From here we are able to insource our manufacturing process, hiring locally to help teach design industry skills within our area and develop social renewal projects.
We supply our handcrafted products internationally through our on-line and retail shop based in Bishop Auckland, and through an ever expanding list of selected retailers. We work in partnership with local colleges and universities to offer practical training and employment to young people. We also lead an entrepreneur’s incubator project called ‘POD’, in partnership with Auckland Castle Trust.
Since our company’s foundation we have built our business around three guiding principles – our spiritual bones: