About Debbie Bryan

Debbie Bryan crowned TripAdvisor’s number one shopping destination in Nottingham, three years running.

Origins

Here at Debbie Bryan, we’ve curated a space to enable the freedom of creativity.

An award-winning gallery, creative space and tearoom, we are a combination of creativity, inspiration and uniqueness, that’s delivered through the gallery’s hand-crafted collections, the tea room’s lovingly prepared, own-recipe menus and team’s ability to organise and host atmospheric experiences.

Debbie Bryan began her venture in 2007, after graduating from The School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University with a Masters in Fashion & Textiles and a Degree in Textile Design. Setting up home in Nottingham and expanding her design studio in 2009, our St. Mary’s Gate gallery doors opened to the public.

Specialising in thoughtfully curated handcrafted textiles, jewellery and prints from our own collections, alongside nationwide and international designers – with the addition pf homewares, lighting, art, glassware and ceramics – we also house a Nottingham Lace Heritage Archive and deliver creative experiences, from classes to Supperclubs.

With a highly popular programme of taught classes, making use of techniques from an array of creative practises, including textiles, floristry and print-making. To the more recently established experience of Crafternoons; the favourable experience of creativity at the customers leisure.

Come 2014, the now much-loved tea room, was introduced. From quintessentially English tea and freshly baked cakes, the menu soon expanded to include freshly prepared lunches and an afternoon tea menu – which has fast become a staple of our menu. You can read all about our own recipes, best loved suppliers and our popular Supperclub origins.

Team Debbie Bryan

Alongside Debbie, undergraduate of the Nottingham Business School, Katie works collectively with Hannah whose own studies in art and design, at Nottingham College, shine through in-house collections and creative curation – on top of that, her sublime baking skills have gained us many of our five-star tea room reviews, most of which can be found on TripAdvisor.

Millie, Lily and Tommy make up the energetic and enthusiastic weekend team, supporting service and creative development. A keen visitor with family, Millie began with us two years ago and has established herself as a perfectionist in framing our delicately hand-dyed Nottingham Laces, creating adoring pieces of heritage-inspired home décor.

Lily joined us during work experience. Admiring the creativity and quick to learn the art of embroidery, Lily now creates detailed, hand-stitched examples that are showcased to guide our Crafternoons. Our newest member of the team, Tommy is a passionate baker in the making. We can’t wait to see where his skills take him!

With a long-standing relationship with both Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, we also support numerous students’ professional development via our internship program. Jess and Ryan make up our most recent intern alumni and were an asset to the team during the spring of 2020. We wish them the best of luck for their final year of study.

Design studio

Specialising in British and international craftsmanship, Debbie’s original collections sit alongside exceptional work of talented designers. The gallery sells beautiful ceramics, glassware, jewellery, prints, books, clothing, lighting, homeware and Nottingham Lace.

In house, we handcraft and create innovative textiles, detailed jewellery and unique print designs; producing collections to wear and for the home.

Heritage archive

Having lived and studied in Nottingham, Debbie fell head over heels for the stories of Nottingham’s textile industry and began casting Nottingham lace motifs within her own resin jewellery collections.

The opportunity to meet Nick Povey, owner of Fewkes Lace Embroidery Company, and visit Nottingham’s last lace manufacturer, was a catalyst for the creation of the Debbie Bryan Heritage Archive Collection in 2007. A collection of Nottingham Lace technical illustrations, Jacquard punch cards, antique Nottingham lace trims and motifs, alongside fabric and table cloths from Cluny Lace were added, each purchasable in our Lace Market gallery.

Original pieces for Nottingham industrial lace heritage are also now housed in-store, repurposed as unique display props for the gallery and tea room. You can spot technician’s tables, lace winders, hand-built drawers, lace bobbins and our fascinating Rotary Cyclostyle.

About Debbie Bryan
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