Friends and neighbours at the time, Karen and Julie opened Hesta Scene in April 2009. 2018.... we're still here and best of all still good friends! We opened Hesta Scene with a vision of something a bit different to the normal gift shop. We are both makers and passionate about Contemporary British Craft. Along with our lovely staff, Amanda and Catriona we open seven days a week (seasonal hours in Jan/Feb) whether its rain or shine.
We are constantly on the lookout for new products to stock in the shop, we feel we have a great mix of gifts for all and interior accessories for the home, so many people visit us and comment on how different the shop is compared to the usual gift shop. Karen has always joked about Julie's approach to visual display 'Find a space and fill it Julie', you're therefore guaranteed we always have plenty of lovely things for you to see. The shop also acts as our working studio.
Julie qualified as a Surface Pattern Designer in 1979 and has worked in the art industry ever since. In 2008 she graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Contemporary Applied Arts as a textile designer. Julie's most recent project is inspired by British Garden Birds, she's created a fabulous colourful knitted collection of scarves, wristlets and snoods based on 12 of her favourite British Birds.
Despite swearing she would never get involved in ceramics after studying for her Contemporary Applied Arts degree (too stressful and upsetting when a kiln load does not come out as hoped!) she's now dabbling in the porcelain once again! Cumberland slate is often used as the base and along with porcelain and textiles she creates unique pieces of art.
Karen is a little less qualified on the art front, but after many years of trying lots of different craft at various venues across the county (Jack of all trades, master of none springs to mind) she's found her passion, well two actually! Watercolour was the first to grab soon followed by enamelling.
We hope you get to visit Caldbeck soon and look forward to seeing you at Hesta Scene.