Ingrid Walker’s Story

My passion for creativity, art and design is now expressing itself through Ingrid’s Gallery Boutique, a social enterprise,  exhibiting art and making and selling artisan products.  I aim to provide a meaningful occupation or exhibition space for people with mental health challenges.

Having been through difficult and very challenging years in and out of Mental Health hospital I realized there was a gap in society for people like myself who needed a mindful employer and a solid direction, a well trodden path back into society.  A route to success in health and work by learning from those with experience.

I qualified in Textile design specialising in Knit at Winchester School of Art.  And then after a wobble in my mental health I wanted to learn more about my condition and studied Mental Health Nursing at Southampton and completed an advanced diploma in nursing mental health.  Since then I have only grown in knowledge regarding mental wellbeing and feel like I have a great deal to offer other people that have been patients.  When a Social Enterprise profits society profits.

I design and make knitwear and accessories using high quality British wool and cotton.  The accessories we sell are setting a trend for wearable designer/artisan products.

Ingrid’s range include best selling ‘Bereeney’ Hats,  and ‘Ingrids’ (unique finger-less gloves) for men and women.   I have  now added a range of luxury and basic jumpers and tops too.  These are popular with women of all shapes and sizes.  Customers can choose design, yarn and colour which can be made to order.