Who We Are
Artie Craftie has been situated in the beautiful World Heritage town of Blaenavon, Torfaen, South Wales for two years where we offer a range of arts and craft materials to suit all ages and capabilities. We have been honoured with five National awards during this time. We run craft Workshops, Craft creating parties and we have a Photography studio in which we offer a range of photographic services, plus a framing service too. We are a one stop shop when it comes to printing and photocopy. Artie Craftie is very proud to say that we are the main Post Office for Blaenavon where we offer a full range of Postal services and Nick is a regular on TV presenting craft demonstrations on Hochanda TV.
Nick and Wendy Horler made a pact once married they would make a life style move from Somerset to South Wales it's part of the world that is treasured by both of them.
Blaenavon has been a place that over years has brought a fond sense of community spirit for Nick, and recently Wendy, like it was for Nick's ancestors who migrated during the early 19th Century from Somerset to work within the Mines and Iron industry of Blaenavon and South Wales. Artie Craftie is situated close to St Peters Church where we have found that several Horler's who have been laid to rest.
Nick's background is full of creativity been brought up within a family Hotel in Weston super Mare then going to sea to see the world spending many years on board the QE2 as a Baker Confectioner. Moving on in numerous directions within Catering trade in all levels , Technical Sales and later in working as a Trainer Assessor helping the younger generation move forward within their career paths gaining qualifications . Over the years Nick has spend many hours of fun creating, crafting and photography and for the past 15 years as been using his camera to capture images on a professional basis for personal client's and corporate companies alike.
Wendy's back ground is, as the daughter of a Watch and Clock repairer and Jeweller based in Taunton, Wendy spent time working with her Father and Mother helping with the family business. After leaving school Wendy went to her local college and gained a secretarial qualification and started work with the Local Authority, and until recently has been a Housing Officer working for a Housing Association within the community. In Wendy's free time over the years she has enjoyed knitting, cross stitch, dress making, guiding and working with youth groups.
When we are not working we both enjoy many activities that include wide open spaces, fresh air and wind. We like the extreme side of life and enjoy kite buggying and blokarting and on the quieter days we like good company and interesting food.
Our aims are simple to be an active part of the community within Blaenavon in both work and play.and to keep crafters near and far active with ideas within their chosen craft projects