MerseyMade has opened a brand new shop in Wirral, bringing the work of local artists, artisans, and makers to the heart of West Kirby.
The welcoming MerseyMade shop on Banks Road is the much-loved independent’s first Wirral venture and its second since launching in Liverpool city centre in 2019.
MerseyMade, a treasure trove of original artworks, ceramics, jewellery, candles, gifts, and cards, showcases and sells the work of over 100 of the region’s most talented creatives, with the recent addition of 30 Wirral-based independents.
The new West Kirby hub will primarily feature the work of Wirral artists, artisans, and makers, alongside a collection of beautiful handmade creations from around the region.
The new MerseyMade venue features original artworks depicting familiar local views, such as West Kirby Marine Lake, Hoylake Beach, and Hilbre Island, to reflect its coastal location. Beth Sheldrake, a Hoylake-based artist known for her paintings of the peninsula’s dramatic seascapes, is one of the local artists whose work can be found at MerseyMade’s Wirral hub.
Visitors can also find unique ceramics inspired by the colours, textures, and motion of the seas, handcrafted at Lonn Landis’ Neston home using locally foraged clay and glazing made from mussel shells from Red Rocks Beach.
The delightful new shop is brimming with one-of-a-kind creations, including Soul Seeker Healing’s collection of handmade jewellery designed to promote balance, harmony, and wellbeing. Each meaningful piece is handcrafted using ethically sourced materials infused with positive energy, combining beautiful design with the healing properties of crystals.
Speaking on the opening in West Kirby, Founder Vicky Gawith, who lives in the area with her husband and four children, said:
“Bringing the MerseyMade concept to the Wirral has long been an ambition of mine and I am thrilled to have found the perfect location in West Kirby. As an independent creative hub, we’re looking forward to enriching the local community and supporting Wirral’s talented artists, artisans and makers, particularly those who tend to work from home or in small studios.
“Our aim is to source original artworks and unique pieces that have been created right here on our doorstep and bring them all together for people to uncover at MerseyMade. Opening a second shop in West Kirby allows us to strengthen our connection with Wirral-based creative businesses as we champion their achievements and provide a new setting for their work to be discovered and enjoyed.”
Kara King, Manager of MerseyMade in West Kirby, is also well-known in the local community having set up and run Staacks Art Gallery for over 12 years.
“There’s been lots of excitement about the opening of MerseyMade in West Kirby and the local support has been incredible. Anyone who has visited MerseyMade in Liverpool city centre will be familiar with some of the pieces in the collection at our new West Kirby shop and there is plenty more to discover as we are now working with more Wirral based creatives than ever.
“Our coastal location is very much reflected in the work we have chosen to showcase in West Kirby, which is predominantly centred around Wirral creators and pieces inspired by the local area. I would describe our West Kirby shop as the little sister of MerseyMade’s main hub and I would encourage anyone who enjoys picking up unique gifts and original artworks to pop in to find out what’s in store.”
MerseyMade has grown a loyal following since it began nearly four years ago, and the award-winning company has been invited to run several successful pop-ups at Liverpool ONE, just a short distance from its main hub at the historic Chancery Building in Liverpool city centre.
The vibrant Liverpool venue includes the popular Scribble café, a shop, artists’ studios, and an events space where regular workshops in everything from calligraphy and upcycling to wine tasting take place.
MerseyMade’s West Kirby shop, which is open between 10am – 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 12 – 4pm on Sundays and the shop is located at 126 Banks Road, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 0RF.
The new location is also a pick up point for orders placed through MerseyMade’s online shop. Find out more about MerseyMade or explore the online collection here.