‘Meet the Seller’: Shelley and John from Snapdragon Designs

This crafty couple with be selling their awesome product ranges on Saturday 29th November at the Christmas Brighton Craftaganza. I can’t wait t check out their clever laser cut jewellery and beautiful notebooks.


Please introduce yourself….

Hello, we are Snapdragon Designs. A husband and wife team Shelley and John, from Kent. We met and Art college and gained degrees in Graphic Design from De Montfort University. Shelley has been a professional Book Binder for 10 years and John a Design and Technology teacher for 8.

Describe the products you currently make to sell

We make a range of unique and quirky acrylic jewellery influenced by fairy tales, stories and books alongside a range of handmade books and lasercut cards.

Alice ring

Where and when do you design and make your products?

Most of our designing and making is done in our tiny one bedroom flat, but thanks to John being the head of Design and Technology we also use his workshop space as a place to spread out. We are hoping to finally get a workshop of our own sometime in the near future.


How long have you been selling your wares and how did it begin?

We started selling my wares at small craft fairs and gradually making our way up to bigger and better things! It all began with me wanting to make pretty things so I started to make hand bound books from vintage fabrics and beautiful handmade papers. Then John made me a laser cut cat ring and it all grew from there.

What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?

Brighton has always been to us a haven for the creative and quirky, somewhere we have loved to visit, especially to amble around the Lanes shopping for the weird and wonderful. This made it an ideal destination for us to take our individual designs.

Cat, mouse, cheese bracelets

Any other crafty disciplines you like to practice?

Hmm lets see, I’m always trying out new things, depending on what mood I’m in! I’ve dabbled in marquetry, knitting, silversmithing and hat making to name but a few. Being a Design and Technology teacher, John, gets to play at new things everyday with a variety of materials! Often is the phrase “look what I made” uttered as he walks through the door.


What inspires the things you make?

All sorts really, I used to read a lot when commuting to London everyday and the type of books I read always had an element of fairytale to them.

Personal motto?

Shelley: Right, we need to make . . .
John: Yes Dear.


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