The Gingerbugs Story

We are Clare and Steph and we still can’t believe we have a real life shop, but we do and we’re loving it!

Clare is an artist (GingerArt) and Steph is a bag maker and sewing addict (Whirligigs) and together we created Gingerbugs & Co, accompanied by a growing band of fabulous artists and makers who stock our shop in Ingleton. 

We met when we joined a lovely little craft cooperative in Sedbergh (the Craftworkshop on the Main Street – check it out if you are up that way, it’s fab!), and when we realised we lived close to each other, became friends. Discussions and dreams became plans and when a gorgeous premises became available in the village we are both lucky to call home, we knew it was “now or never”.

We offer a way for small scale makers and artists, who make amazing things, to get their work out there and sell their makes to a larger audience. We have both benefitted from having our work stocked in similar shops and understand the struggle that small-scale makers have with getting seen on social media and competing with mass produced goods in many shops. We know our makers and the stories behind what they do, and we want to share that with our customers.

More importantly, we wanted to offer locals and visitors to Ingleton the chance to buy artwork, gifts, treats and souvenirs made by real people rather than factories… no mass-produced tat here… just high quality, beautifully made items, to suit all budgets and tastes… we love the makes we stock, and we hope you will too.

Some of Steph's products

Lovely stuff, made in the Yorkshire Dales.

Some of Clare's products

Clare Tyas’s characterful and detailed paintings of farm animals, wildlife, townscapes and landscapes are available as cards, coasters and prints, and her original paintings and sketches are also sometimes available.