Tread Softly was founded by the fine artist Hannah Wiles in 2015, driven by the desire to challenge mass produced consumerism, by bringing her artists eye to upgrading old discarded furniture and creating beautiful hand crafted homewares.
Tread Softly redesigns well made but discarded unloved furniture to create beautiful contemporary pieces for the modern home. To compliment these stunning pieces, a range of ever changing, unique, handcrafted homewares made from sustainable materials will be on offer, made by myself and other talented independent crafters.
'I felt it was time to challenge the throw away society, with its mass produced environmentally destructive goods. Tread Softly is that challenge. We work with the well made but unloved and discarded furniture from the decades prior to 1980. Using design and colour these pieces are transformed into vibrant contemporary furniture for the modern home. Additionally I wanted to offer unique homewares handmade by myself and other independent crafters, pieces you will never want to throw away'
To give me greater insight into the pieces I have sourced and to ensure they meet modern standards I am fortunate in having Heather M Read a cabinet maker with over 30 years experience working as our technical advisor.
Hannah Jessica Wiles - Biography
Hannah is a very experienced artist, she has a BA in embroidery and an MA in fine art. Hannah has held many successful exhibitions throughout the Northwest of England, she has a strong internet presence and is known for her unique and beautiful works created in the Manchester city scape and her one off items crafted from found objects. She has a love of art, design, craft, textiles and wood.
In her own practice she draws inspiration from outsider art, works with found objects and embellishes the over-looked to reveal hidden beauty.
Heather M Read - BIOGRAPHY
Heather is a cabinet maker with over thirty years experience in creating beautiful bespoke pieces of furniture. Increasingly she has become committed to using sustainable materials, and in the refurbishment, embellishment, repurposing and up-cycling of good quality unloved pieces
We at Tread Softly are determined to minimise our footprint on earth, whilst still creating beautiful furniture and homewares.