Kigbeare Makers – Sophie Berger and Phil Rhodes

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This week we are featuring another two of Kigbeare’s Artisans, Sophie Berger and Phil Rhodes. Read on to find out more about these two talented individuals.

kigbeare makersSophie Berger – Artist

Sophie’s recent work has been greatly influenced by her move to Devon and a new-found love of Dartmoor. She often sketches on the North moors, and in Skaigh woods, taking in the mood of the sky, rolling hills and streams or concentrating on the intricate twisted branches and roots of the bracken.

Her next stage is to recapture these sketches using oil paint when back at her studio in Kigbeare, and so creating a strong connection between her work and the landscape. The changeable, moody landscapes awash with colour, horizons and the vast openness have inspired her to explore the feeling of being in this environment, so to describe these works as landscapes would be to miss the essence of the places they strive to capture.

Sophie teaches Lino Printing workshops on a regular basis in her workshop, from 10.00am to 1.00pm. These classes are aimed at beginners but all levels are welcome.  All materials will be provided, just bring along an apron. Please contact Sophie on: to book a place and confirm the cost. Here are some of her beautiful pieces:





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Phil Rhodes – Carpentry

After 30 years of woodworking and cabinet making experience, Phil’s new workshop here at Kigbeare is giving him great inspiration and freedom to work on larger pieces using locally grown timber. Simple forms allow the wild grain to bring great beauty to a piece of furniture and he is enjoying trying to bring this out. His influences are classical – Shaker, Arts and Crafts, Barnsley, Alan Peters and several of the first class designer makers we now have in the UK. For further information please email Phil at :


wendyAbout the Author: Wendy has coupled her love of making cushions and other soft furnishings with Complementary therapies. She focusses on Reiki and Energy Healing together with Massage. Wendy is fortunate to have a clinic area adjoining her sewing area. You can find her on Facebook under The Haven, Okehampton, and the website of Kigbeare Studios and Gallery.

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