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About the George Weil Group

Who are we? George Weil arrived in London from Alsace in 1891 to supply silks linings to the fur trade. Three generations of the Weil family created George Weil & Sons Ltd which became an important source of fabrics and decorative materials for the crafts market. The business has grown through the acquisition of other reputable craft suppliers and now offers a vast range of craft materials and equipment to professional artists, crafters, the performing arts, education and sheltered workshops, and many others world-wide.

Whether it is a hobby or a serious occupation, the prompt and professional service from George Weil provides high quality traditional craft supplies for felt makers, dyers, silk painters, jewellery makers, screen printers, weavers, knitters, modellers, paper makers, spinners - in fact, the range of craft materials are so varied that they can be applied to many other crafts.

In addition to the diverse range of craft materials, there is an extensive Book Shop which includes books for beginners through to experts. The books include titles from artists, teachers and hobbyists and often provide step-by-step instruction on where to begin learning about a craft. Alternatively, the selection of Explorer Packs and starter kits (complete with instructions, materials and equipment) are often the best place to begin.

Below is a brief history of the craft supply businesses which have been brought together through George Weil. Each of the businesses are best known for specific products, and are still sold through George Weil as Fibrecrafts dyes and fibres, Papershed papers and Selectasine screen printing pigments and binders. The Polymer Clay Pit traded successfully as a distributer for branded clays such as Sculpey polymer clay and Art Clay Silver clays. The George Weil branded products include silk fabrics and silk painting supplies.

Fibrecrafts was set up in 1982 by Anna Bowers, to offer textile crafts supplies for hand spinners, weavers, dyers, felt makers and knitters. She set the standard for the service we are proud of today. The products are still sourced from the best world-wide manufacturers, offering choice, quality and value, and, when possible, are delivered to our customers next working day. Find out more about the story of how Fibrecrafts came about…

The Papershed brand was originally developed by Kath Russon and acquired by the George Weil Group in 2004. Many of the Papershed handmade paper products are hand crafted by small rural communities and sourced from Thailand, Southern Africa, Nepal, Bangladesh and India. Other items, such as the hand-dyed silks, are brought in as raw materials and produced in-house. The Papershed now offers the serious paper maker the professional materials for producing high quality and durable hand made paper.

In 2008 the Polymer Clay Pit extended the group to include supplies of polymer clays and silver clay.  The range also includes tools and equipment such as a kiln, shape cutters, pasta machine for blending clays, moulds and texture sheets. The business, was founded by artist Sue Heaser in 1985 and the Polymer Clay Pit, is now the largest specialist polymer clay retailer in Europe and a major stockist of Art Clay Silver clay. We continue to have a link with Sue and her knowledge of the materials and how to create outstanding items with them.

In March 2010 the Selectasine Serigraphics range was added.  Selectasine Serigraphics was founded by Richard Knight, 30 years ago and brought with it a range of screen printing supplies which include the Selectasine (previously known as Bricoprint)  binders and pigments.  When combined the pigments and binders are made to create a large choice of screen printing ink colours and effects. The Selectasine screen printing system completes the range of materials offered to the textile crafts enthusiast.

The Guildford Art Centre joined George Weil in March 2013.  The range of traditional craft materials and equipment now include a large selection of fine art supplies including oils, acrylics, watercolours, canvases, papers, brushes, easels and portfolios to supply the artist and student with brands including Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton, Jakar and Derwent.

George Weil & Sons is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 00321890. Registered office: Old Portsmouth Road, Peasmarsh, Guildford, GU3 1LZ

The Team at George Weil

The small team at George Weil are both conscientious and multi-faceted.  We're here to help and if one of us doesn't have the answer - one of us will!

Jo runs the sales department and looks after all the picking, packing and dispatch of your orders. Our handwriting and the products ordered are often a big problem to Jo. However she has been working here for long enough to find the unfindable, pack the unpackable and post to unreadable addresses with speed and success.

Jo has two adult children and two mad boxer puppies called Cooper and Lola which take up most of her spare time. She enjoys travelling and tries to include as many well earned holidays into her busy year as possible.

Julie works very closely with Jo and the rest of the team as a vital first point of contact for our customers, taking responsibility for the processing of telephone and online orders. If you do telephone us, it is quite likely to be Julie who answers. Julie also takes responsibility for entering details of purchases onto the accounts system.

She is an extremely busy mother of four. She is an avid listener of rock music and when she has spare time (!), enjoys reading.

Susan is responsible for purchasing the whole range of goods and books stocked. Her negotiating and organising skills help us to achieve our target of fulfilling over 95% of orders with items from stock. She has a wide knowledge of fibres and yarns and hand looms.

In her free time Susan enjoys spinning and knitting. She is an adventurous cook and appreciates a glass of wine. She is learning elementary Spanish, using this as an excuse for travelling to unknown parts of Spain. Update While Susan still enjoys everything previously listed, most of her time is now spent enjoying her baby son Felix born January 2011.


Sharon
works full-time for us, pre-packaging, checking stock in and putting it away, as well as being an extremely helpful additional pair of hands when the office is busy.

Sharon attended Godalming College and has an A level in Textiles as well as AS levels in Photography and Media. She has a hectic social life and is a talented jewellery designer, with a level 1 qualification in Art Clay Silver, as well as being an experimental textile artist.


Simon
has joined us from the Guildford Art Centre. He helps us here on a Monday and a Friday in the showroom and the day to day operations.

He is very busy holding down another job and looking after his father, but can occasionally find time to paint. He is a keen cyclist choosing to arrive here at work by bicycle, even in the rain and snow!


David
is responsible for keeping the accounts, paying the bills and chasing up the more dilatory of our customers.

He enjoys spending time with his grand children and playing bowls at his local bowls club. He is also dedicated to continuous learning and a member of the U3A, especially appreciating historical art and jazz music.

Liam has come to join us here for a few months while he helps to develop the new website and blog (he is also Allison's son!).

Liam is a keen guitar player, and self-taught aspires to performing live at major musical events.

Allison is responsible for the way we present ourselves to customers, through our advertising, catalogues, mailings and web site. She is responsible for graphics, copy and the design and management of the web site, and talks to our customers through the Blog, Facebook and Twitter. Allison has also taken responsibility for processing payments made by our customers, ensuring money is accurately entered onto the accounts system.

She loves gardening and is currently enjoying research into her family's past.

Ian is the owner of George Weil and tries to keep out of the day-to-day side of running the business, this leaves him responsible for keeping the computer system up and running smoothly, and for finding answers to the more complex or technical questions from customers. And he can weave!

He spends much of his spare time managing the land around his home in Godalming, entertaining his youngest son Felix and his children, polishing his small collection of MG's and visiting the Lake District. Ian's time here is now evenly shared between home and work.

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