Gary Pickles - Arts & Crafts - Designer Maker
Go back to 1979 I was fresh out of school and knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I would pursue a career as a mechanic, working with my hands and fixing cars. This I did and I started on a Youth Training Scheme at Johnson's Garage, Hedon in 1980, finally getting an apprenticeship in 1981.
As a young man I loved to work with cars and excelled in my work for many years. Later in life I came to realise that not only was I frustrated with the job, but that it was not fulfilling my desire to be creative and not feeding my soul. In short, it was time for a total change in direction.
After 16 years in the same job, I finally plucked up the courage to make a move. When the opportunity for voluntary redundancy came my way, I snatched it with both hands and said goodbye to the garage for the very last time.
That was back in 1996 and I haven't looked back since. I have been able to establish myself in the kind of job everyone dreams of, doing the things I love and being able to do them without commuting through rushour traffic on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong, it has its pitfalls and I get stressed sometimes just like everyone else, but at the end of the day I am my own boss and I can make all my own decisions.
I love being creative and being in my workshop gives me as much pleasure now as it did 20 years ago. I still get a buzz out of making something which someone will treasure and love for years. I've always been artistic and creative and now have the perfect job, which is fulfilling and food for the soul.
Bronwen Glazzard - Artist - Designer
Bronwen has always loved art and nature. As a young child she remembers being surrounded by beautiful woods and trees and painting pictures of them at her then family home in Marton, East Yorkshire. That inspiration from early days has stayed with her throughout her life.
She now enjoys drawing, painting, collage and printing and producing artwork for the Finch Tree fundraising trees and plaques.
She currently studies Printmaking at Hull College.
Bronwen was chosen as one of 49 artists to display her work at the prestigious 2017 ArtParks International Sculpture exhibition in Guernsey. She is now working on new designs for fundraising trees and is also happy to work to commission.
Her work can be found in many public spaces across the UK including, Wildlife Tusts, Hospitals, Hospices and Charities.