A walk to buy theatre tickets at the Congress Box Office on a sunny(ish) Saturday a couple of weeks ago led me to discover the art and design work of Claudia Thomas. Claudia is a third year design student at Kingston University and some of her creations are currently on show - and for sale - at Barley Sugar. Fimo jewellery brooches, earrings and bracelets are just inside the door and to your right, or take a walk up the few steps past the till to see her delicate raised paper pictures. These were what first caught my eye. They are made of small repeating motifs cut from recycled papers such as maps and the shapes include hearts and umbrellas. Very elegant.
Claudia has a Facebook page for her Claudia Made This brand.
Barley Sugar has two outlets, the one I visited on Cornfield Terrace which boasts an accompanying coffee shop, and a second shop in Meads. They only opened in June last year and sell an eclectic mix of new women's clothing, jewellery, delicatessen foods and home decor together with vintage finds such as Royal Doulton china in the Country Roses design that my Mum collected for years and a lovely retro coffee set that was very reasonable and tempting!
Barley Sugar, Mon-Sat 10:00-17:30.