The Silver Sheep was born when Caroline Smith, a silversmith and Sylvia Kus, a knitwear designer met on the Pantiles Craft Market.
How it all began ...
The original shop was a 6 week 'pop-up' shop in Ely Court, Royal Victoria Place but quickly developed in to a more permanent creative hub. They enticed more artists and makers to showcase their work. Uniquely, Caroline and Sylvia can be seen actually working in the shop and bespoke pieces can be ordered.
In April 2016 the shop moved to bigger premises at 3a Monson Road, where over 25 local artists and crafters now show their work.
The shop is a joyous riot of unusual local gifts and products ranging from handmade soap, glassware and ceramics to silver jewellery, knitwear and handmade clothes.
People say the shop is inspiring so The Silver Sheep is now offering courses in Feltmaking, Silk Printing, Lino cutting and printing, and needlefelting. More courses are being put together so see our Courses on the Workshops page.
Sylvia Kus has a background in Fine Art, teaching and architecture. After the credit crunch in 2008 which left architects with little or no work she moved to Devon and took up painting and other crafts again.
It was here that she met Sandy Gilbert who had a small flock of sheep and was producing handmade knitwear and selling it on the farmers market under the label Proud Yarns. Sylvia and Sandy started working together and eventually Sylvia mastered the knitting machine in order to increase output.
When she returned to Kent she brought the business with her and started to sell the brand on The Pantiles where she met Caroline and the rest is history, as they say.
Bird on a branch
Caroline Smith originally studied drama in London. After starting a family she ran a local drama club and then started Monty's Music, a fun learning course for young children.
However, Caroline has always been passionate about making things and with her vivid imagination started to channel this into the wonderful silver jewellery that she now makes in the shop.
Caroline developed her joyous style over the past 8 years and often creates special pieces for clients that are unique one-offs.