Hi, I'm Chloe,
I am self taught with a history in art and design. In the past I've worked with stained glass, pottery, interior design and painting . I've been hand crafting bears and dolls (Fabric Artist) for 17 years , in which time I designed for a large bear company and sold my bears in Harrods, London, England.
I live with husband, teenage daughter (who is following in my footsteps with art and creating works of her own), 5 year old twins, 3 batty dogs, 22 chickens and a pet granfy cruger! Ha ha
I opened my shop 11 years ago in the town of Glastonbury, located in the English county of Somerset. I have moved premises a few times to settle in a beautiful Georgian building where I am now - famous for its window shutter graffiti by a local artist Tom Elswood.
I chose the name 'The Magpie's Nest' as I have always had a fascination with birds - since I was a child. In fact, anything with wings (butterflies, moths, bats etc). The Magpie itself because they are beautiful, intelligent, wise and love pretty things. I have also always rooted for the underdog and magpies get bad press sometimes because of the old rhyme "One for Sorrow". My mum and Dad have always said I was like a magpie as a child with my collections of sticks stones and leaves etc.
My favourite part of having the shop is sourcing beautiful things for my customers to WOW over!!