The Shining Tree is a sensory and imaginative independent shop for lovers of gardens, art and antiques. Founded by Debbie Taylor, a writer and artist-gardener, with her friend the antiques dealer Gavin Wilson.
About Debbie Taylor
“I’m an an interdisciplinary artist. In 2015, after finding I could not convey a particular story as a so-called ‘short’, my practice – in the main creative writing and filmmaking – began to evolve into a debut novel, the first draft of which is now well underway.
Also a gardener influenced by the garden of my early childhood; my late grandfather’s gardening skills and my late mother’s floral artistry, I have worked as a professional gardener and garden designer for many years. While studying horticulture at Kingston Maurward, I began to draw garden designs on paper working for a landscape design and build practice headed up by founder Michael Davies. Our commissions included set design and installation for a well-known television series and a large, award-winning public garden; as well as numerous private gardens throughout Dorset, Hampshire and Cumbria.
After becoming a parent and while an undergraduate studying Performance Art I concentrated on writing and directing, culminating in a multimedia play based on the unedited notebooks of New York conceptual playwright Richard Foreman. Later still, I undertook graduate and post graduate studies in Fine Art. Contact me.
About Gavin Wilson
“For as long as I can remember, design, in its many forms, has been a major part of my life. I studied and worked in Glasgow, initially in printing and printmaking. I moved on to illustration, graphics and interior design. In partnership with an engineer, I formed a bespoke design company and worked on some amazing projects including the Glasgow Garden Festival and the Glasgow Art Factory. Later, while working in furniture design and manufacture for Mackintosh and Co. I discovered a passion for 20th century antiques and decorative arts. This was quite some journey, exhibiting every weekend at antique fairs across the UK and dealing with clients internationally. Some twenty five years on I remain committed to the decorative arts and am happy to answer any questions you have about your antiques and, of course, the antiques I offer for sale at The Shining Tree and elsewhere.” Gavin Wilson. Contact me.