Ellie Davison-Archer is a textile designer and printmaker specialising in hand screen printed homewares and accessories. Following her Fine Art degree at Norwich University of the Arts, Ellie moved back to her home town in Northumberland and can now be found printing away in her studio space at The Old Bath House, Broomhill. Her gorgeous Christmas decorations are perfect stocking fillers (or at HLN, we like to use them as gift tags on our presents). Each decoration is made and rusted in the North East, finished with a coat of matt varnish to keep the rust in place. They can be used externally too and will continue to age if hung outside. Each decoration comes with string.
Robin Rusty Decoration – £6.00
Mistletoe Rusty Decoration – £8.00
Acorn Rusty Decoration – £6.00
Lobster Rusty Decoration – £8.00
Feather Rusty Decoration – £4.00
“By art lovers, for art lovers” who seek unique, original art at an affordable price, The Aviary is the premium destination both online and in-store, delivering a bespoke service experience to each and every guest. They believe that they have curated a rare and remarkable collection of art to be enjoyed in your home forever, priding themselves on housing an eclectic selection of art and sculpture not found anywhere else in the North East and in most cases the UK. The Aviary can boast that many of pieces on show are one-off originals so anybody choosing to visit will be spoilt for choice if they’re looking for something truly unique. This Christmas they have curated a wonderful selection of limited edition prints, homewares, beautiful coffee table books and ceramics all perfect for gifting. Alongside its usual showcase of art, sculpture and photography they’ve got something to inspire even the most novice of art collectors and with prices starting from £20, there’s something for everybody.
Coffee Table Books – from £20.00
Candles – £40.00
Ceramic Mugs – £36.00
Founder Clare Edwin got into silversmithing in 2016, when she was looking for a creative escape from a career that had left her deeply unhappy and more than a little broken. She was instantly hooked; the ability to take an unassuming scrap of metal and turn it into a piece of wearable art gave her immense satisfaction and she knew very quickly that she wanted this to be more than just a hobby – her business was born. Handmade by LollaMac is a range of contemporary jewellery, all designed and handcrafted by Clare using traditional silversmithing hand tools and techniques, from her studio in rural Northumberland. She works with sterling silver, copper and brass – the ‘mixed-metals’ look being a signature of the brand. Her style is simple, clean and minimalist. Nothing in your face, but striking nonetheless, with a cohesive collection suited to any occasion.
Copper and Sterling Silver Double Disc Earrings – £44.00
Textured Stud Earrings – from £24.00
Dangly Hoop Earrings – from £38.00
La Chocolatrice was founded by Zoe Rutter nearly a year ago. This independent chocolate shop and workshop is based in Newcastle City Centre and has recently expanded with a new factory and shop to keep up with demand. This delicious handmade chocolate comes in thick slabs in a variety of flavours – our favourite at High Life North is the Milk Chocolate Indulgence Bar, a delicious milky chocolate bar which is as indulgent and delicious as it sounds. Zoe learned from the best chocolatiers in France and is treating us to the fruits of her labour – we really recommend stocking up on these gorgeous bars.
White Chocolate Cranberry and Biscoff Christmas Bar – £4.50
A Royally Christmassy Gift Box – £13.95
Milk Chocolate Fruit and Nut – £3.50
This small family business based in Sunderland is passionate about creating beautifully scented, hand-poured candles that are both vegan and cruelty-free.
Created using the best 100% soy wax, Gracie & Belle’s popular Christmas scents are now available to buy, described by customers as ‘Christmas in a jar’.
Christmas Spice – £16.00
Fireside – £13.00
Frankincense & Myrrh – £16.00