Artisans at the Corner

Celebrating and supporting artists and craftspeople

Artisans at the corner celebrates and supports the artists and crafts people of Dagenham and its surrounding communities. We sell gifts and paintings that are all original and created by local people. If you are a local artisan and would like to sell your gifts (jewellery, bags, cards, paintings – the list is only limited by your creative talents!) at the Corner Coffee House, get in touch by emailing Elspeth on The only criteria is that you live locally, that your product range suits our style and is of a good quality!

Here’s a bit about some of our current Artisans:

Catherine Sizer
Goodmayes-based Catherine trained at Central St Martins, Chelsea and Slade Schools of Art and says: ‘The main subjects of my paintings is everyday life in London where I was born and lived most of my life. I’m interested in the city’s different aspects and moods – often vibrant and colourful, sometimes quietly subdued. For me, London is about the people who live here. The figure compositions originate directly from Londoners going about their lives: commuting to work, shopping, meeting firends, taking a moment in one of the cafes (!). I work in watercolour, acrylics or oil, recently I’ve selected some of the work for editions of giclee prints.

The giclee method of digital printing uses UV stable pigment-based archival inks, archival quality coated paper to print the pictures to Fine Art Trade Guild Standards

Charlotte Tizzard

Lottie to her friends, Dagenham based Charlotte is Mum to a two year old, and loves all things crafty and creative. Her paintings are Acrylic on canvas and decorative  using a dot technique to build the picture and emphasise pattern.

Elspeth Paisley
Founding member of the Corner Coffee House and Artisans at the Corner, Elspeth’s background is in Textile Design. Trained at the Royal College of Art, her artistic expression has since ranged into graphics and Communications media. More recently Elspeth has returned once more to her roots, and has started to produce textile-based products.

Teresa Walker
Up-cycling fanatic Teresa Walker uses recycled canvases to paint her abstract pieces. Characterised by a diffused splatter technique, Teresa expresses inspiration drawn from her faith in her pieces.

Nicky Debnam
Goodmayes based Nicky loves to travel, and make cards. She also loves taking beautiful photos. Put the two together and the result is a unique range of unusual cards; some photos, some using a scrap-booking technique.

Amanda Simmons
Together with husband Dave, Amanda was one of a group of founding members of the Corner Coffee House. Along with their three sons, the family is a naturally gifted one with talents ranging from acting to music to drawing, painting and crafting. Here Amanda has turned her hand to sewing, producing coffee cosy’s (of course!) for cafetieres, and heart shaped decorations.