Theresa Chiles has brought the upcycling ethos to Created In Tamworth with her business Fabbyshabbychic. She recycles and restyles furniture and offers a bespoke service where customers can choose the colour and style of painting, as well as upcycling and painting currently owned furniture to the customer’s taste.
Theresa is also appealing for donations of unwanted furniture for the shop – and has promised to donate 10 per cent of the profits from the sale of the donated pieces to Tamworth-based charity Simon’s Heroes.
Anyone interested in shabby chic workshops is invited to drop into the shop and leave their details, as Theresa is planning to run some workshops in the summer.
The other two new tenants are married couple Mark Axford-Whitaker and Zoe Axford-Whitaker, who both have their own businesses.
Mark runs Maw’s Leatherworx, which offers handmade bespoke leather products from wallets to motorcycle accessories, bookmarks to bags. Mark works one-to-one with customers to hand-tool a personal design into a leather piece, making each item a one-off.
Zoe’s business is Scarlet-Tayla, making bespoke designer corsets, wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses. Zoe works with clients to create their dream dress and look, whether that be belle of the ball or rock princess.
Created In Tamworth is a Tamworth Borough Council initiative aimed at supporting and developing Tamworth’s creative businesses, while at the same time boosting town centre trade.
The shop, based in the old Tourist Information Centre in Market Street, opened in November 2013 and has been a huge success.
The aim of the project is to give start-up creative businesses a helping hand by providing town centre studio, gallery and selling space.
The tenants are also offered help with business plans and other commercial support to enable them to establish and grow their business.
The building can accommodate five creative businesses, with each having their own studio and sharing the gallery and shop space on the ground floor. The project is open to any small creative industry from Tamworth, including jewellery makers, photographers, card makers and fashion designers.
The creation of a studio and gallery space for arts-based businesses has been led by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team, following a survey of artists and organisations belonging to the ArtSwitch network which found the majority of them would like to see gallery and studio space being made available in the town centre.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy, said, “Created In Tamworth is an exciting and innovative business development programme and I am delighted to see that it continues to grow and success and attract new talent.
“It not only helps creative businesses to start-up and grow, but also helps to revive and support town centre trade. This is a unique opportunity for creative people of all types in Tamworth to display and sell their works in what is quickly becoming a creative hot-spot.”
The businesses now based at Created In Tamworth are:
• Painter Sue Verity
• Cake designer Kim Healy
• Fabbyshabbychic upcycling – Theresa Chiles
• Maws Leatherworx – Mark Axford-Whitaker
• Scarlet-Tayla bespoke corsets and gowns – Zoe Axford-Whitaker
Anyone interested in renting a space at Created In Tamworth should contact the Arts and Events Team on 01827 709314.