#bedfordindies: Made – with love – in Bedford

Our on-going celebration of Bedford’s makers, designers, artists and crafters takes us to St Cuthbert’s Arcade and the Made in Bedford initiative.  So much more than a shop, Made in Bedford is run by Rachel Atkinson, Bedford’s best advocate of local producers. The space in St Cuthbert’s Arcade features an ever-changing array of products made right here in the Borough.  From greetings cards to soft furnishings, limited edition prints to lamps, everything sourced by Rachel is locally designed and made.

Rachel’s shop sells work by established local artists and makers such as Talia Giles and Marisa Straccia, as well as new discoveries including artist Tom Rainbow and textile artist Ellie Benewith.  By evolving the stock and remerchandising regularly, customers can always be sure to find something new – and unique – on each visit.  Rachel also curates the Made in Bedford Artisan Fairs at Bedford Corn Exchange and hosted a marquee at this year’s River Festival. She is dedicated to putting our talented artists and makers in the spotlight and has some big plans for Christmas 2018…

St Cuthbert’s Arcade is filling up…

With the majority of the units at St Cuthbert’s Arcade now full, there is a really unique mix of shops to browse and buy from.  ArloArts sells beautiful hand-made paper flowers and craft supplies, plus runs courses and workshops in the unit opposite.  Quality, pre-loved children’s clothes are available at the Secret Garden, beautifully merchandised by owner Natasha Trudgill.  Natasha launched the Secret Garden from her home just two years ago and the brand is going from strength to strength.  Pádraigín (pronounced pod-dra-geen and Irish for Patricia) is run by Sharon Lennie, selling cotton ball lighting. With the choice of 52 colour combinations, the lights are perfect for house, garden, nursery, camping – wherever! They’d look great as a wedding table centrepiece, draped around a fireplace or at a festival. As the exclusive stockist in Bedfordshire, we’re sure Sharon will be attracting customers from far and wide!


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