Maria Allen popped in to the Green Tree Gallery recently to say hello whilst she and her family were visiting Borde Hill Garden.
It was lovely to get such positive feedback from Maria when she told us how much she loved that our display of her handmade wooden jewellery and gifts on squares of natural tree bark.
Hove-based Maria started selling her reclaimed and sustainable wood products whilst she was at Brighton University studying Graphic Design and has been designing and making them full time with a small team since graduating in 2011.
Maria's designs feature intricate vintage illustrations on wood, fusing together the traditional and modern.
"My inspirations include typography, travel and nature," she says.
In 2012, Maria created an exclusive Alice in Wonderland themed range for the Tate Galleries and also an exclusive collection for the Royal Academy of Arts in connection with its "Renaissance Impressions" exhibition.