Collages online

New Postcard Collages have been to my online shop, a good few have already gone but I will adding more soon!

I have also added new mini Fragment Collages too. I’ve made more with double shapes but still kept the singles as they are great when they are displayed in groups, take a look here . . .

https://www.clarehillerby.com/theshop/cat_1655440-C-o-l-l-a-g-e-s.html

Postcard Collages
Fragment Collages

New Postcard Collages

I’ve just completed another collection of Postcard Collages. They are the size of an old fashioned postcard and the base of each is constructed from two halves of contrasting old postcards. Layers of old and new elements, painted, drawn on and stitched have been added, with the occasional old found pin. You can see them at my shop or a selection to follow

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New Collages

New postcard collages are available from Clare Hillerby Studio / Shop. They are a special edition of the collage / cards I’ve been making for awhile now. But have more painted elements and stitch and ready to be framed. The collages are postcard sized mounted on snow white board, are £17 each + postage and can be viewed at the shop, or get in touch for more details.

Birthday number 3

It’s my third birthday in the studio / shop at Manchester Craft and Design Centre and I still love it like it’s day one.

I am so appreciative of all the lovely customers I’ve had over those years and all the appreciation, feedback, encouragement and odd conversations, I’ve had a few good odd ones! It’s great to see how people react to the work and the unexpected ways that links them to it. It’s been great to develop collage commissions with people, assembling and archiving their treasured paper memories. And it’s been brilliant to make bespoke jewellery, tailored to people’s wants, tastes and budgets!

Thank you everyone who has stepped into my little space and enjoyed being there! Your support means I can keep doing what I was made to do! Thank you x

Current Collages

I wanted to share some recent collages with you. As always they incorporate old postcards and other ephemera, a little more stitching, my white printed papers achieved through my jewellery making process, and an occasional very long oxidised old pin! I have worked into them more with paint this time, experimenting with textures and concentrating on a muted warm palette that I seem to be drawn to lately.

They are all one-offs as usual and measure 25cm square with a small (glass-less) frame. I removed the glass as it was reducing the colours and details!

They are available from my studio / shop though I’m happy to send along more details on request and post. Hope you like!

Collage commission . . . Part two

A while ago I posted a bundle of ephemera I had been asked to create a very special collage with. It was for the customers husband to commemorate his grandfather who had fought in the war. You can find the individual papers here, this was followed by mocking up an initial collage for the customer to see. Sometimes there are a few tweaks at this stage to make sure the customer is perfectly happy before I go any further. I take photographs of the agreed collage, and then it is taken apart and re-built, securing the layers this time, follow this process of re-building below . .  .

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First steps . . .

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Building layers . . .

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Final collage . . .

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Final collage . . .

 

Collage commission . . . Part one

A couple of weeks ago I was presented with a beautiful bundle of family treasures. I often create collages for people with their own collected ephemera, to archive them in a way that they can appreciate every day. 

So I’ve already mocked up the collage for the customer and sent them an image so the customer can make any changes they wish before I secure and mount it up. So that’s the weekends job! I often create the mock up with photocopied versions so I can comfortably cut and work into those papers, until I get the ok!! 

I’m really looking forward to finishing this one. (I will share if I can!)

Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Come and join me at the next show I will be exhibiting at, The Little Northern, sister to the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in October, is a lovely one-day event. I will be exhibiting both my jewellery and cards along side around 40 carefully selected designer-makers and artists, taking high quality contemporary craft into the suburbs of South Manchester and Cheshire

Sunday 7 May 2017

Altrincham Town Hall

10.30am to 4.30pm

March Meet The Maker 2017

So I took part in #MarchMeetTheMaker on Instagram again this year and I thought I’d share a selection here . . .

Can’t live without . . .

My riveting tool.

Apart from my family, my fella, the support of customers and admirers, my hands, my daydreaming , etc etc! Thought I’d keep this one basic! I do love that tool and have been using it for 20 years now!
I discovered recently I have an ancestor, in one census he was a riveters helper, in the next a riveter, yes!

Me. . .

… this is me! At my bench. A place I love to be.

Favourite to make . . .

New things! Shouldn’t be showing this really as I haven’t got far with it at all. Currently playing with stone setting, which has been on my list for years, some of these stones I’ve had since I was studying! My vision is greater than the results so far, so much more to do. Eek!!

Workspace . . .

We have pretty small workspaces at the craft centre to give room for shop area, so it has to be well organised to make the most of it and i have to say it does work perfectly, it’s my favourite studio of all the studios I’ve had.

Organised . . .

A bit of the organisation I mentioned above. I (conveniently!) love drawers, boxes, tins!

Inspiration . . .

History / People / Stories

Old buildings & Details

Found things

Paper Books & Documents

Non precious becoming precious

Beautiful mysteries

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Sketchbook . . .

I don’t get much time to work in a sketchbook these days but since I graduated I’ve maintained a collection of soft back a4 with cartridge paper (same paper as I roll print with). They’re a mix of workings out, off cuts, repeated drawn shapes, scribbles and lots of designs I’ve scribbled onto the nearest bit of file paper then masking taped into the book!

Work clothes . . .

I can wear whatever I want for work. It’s often grey with stripes or holes, as long as it’s warm, I’ve had lots of studios over time and they have all been cold, some really cold!

 Brand image. . .

My logo which is simply my name handwritten and a rather large pile of postcards with their lovely layered old edges, which isn’t technically my branding, but it is very relevant!

Where . . .

For the last year and a half I have been making and selling from my lovely studio / shop upstairs at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, and it is perfect, I really feel my years of being a jeweller makes sense working in this way.

How it’s made . . .

I do plenty roll printing, everything gets roll printed with cartridge paper to give a warm texture referring to the postcards and the paper with these unique prints are then used in my collages.


Feedback . . .

I spent many years in a studio making and sending my work out with no feedback and it took me a while to pick up courage to take my work to fairs, I was not confident in my work for years. Now I find myself in a studio that’s also a shop. We all get to hear, quite a lot! I am developing a thick skin! Some don’t say anything, that’s fine. Some make comments that are really useful or interesting, and some are . . . ! I also get such treats like people coming with a box of perfect ephemera they want to give me, amazing! And some are gorgeous people like the couple who recently bought a necklace and then came back the next day and left with a collage, (My favourite too!) and I’m so chuffed it now lives with them in their lovely home in Germany. They even took the time to send me this photo of it amongst some lovely intriguing other works. Thank you! This kindness keeps me (us?) going. Our work doesn’t end when you wrap it up for someone, it starts its journey.

You’re invited!


MCDC Christmas Event

We launch Christmas at MCDC on Saturday 19th November and we would love you all to come along!

We will then be open 7 days a week until Christmas, our last day is Christmas Eve when we close at 3pm

MCDC Christmas Event

Saturday 19th November 2016

Live festive music between 2 – 5 pm (we are open 10 – 5.30pm)

#MemoriesAreMadeHere 

You can follow me on:

Instagram @clarehillerby 

Facebook @clarehillerbyjewellery 

Twitter @clarehillerby

. . . for new pieces being created for my studio / shop along the way to Christmas #inmycabinets 

Buy Art Fair 2016

For the last few weeks I’ve been working towards Buy Art Fair. It’s the first time I’ve taken part in the fair and will be showing new collages, 2 more days left to make more! I’m currently at my desk drowning in papers, eagerly waiting to be chosen! 

I’m excited to be on the Manchester Craft & Design Centre shared stand, so I can walk along with those from MCDC that take part every year, and I’m in lovely company. More info on the others taking part in the MCDC link above. Yesterday our front room looked more like a mounting and framing waiting room . . .

Buy Art Fair

22 – 25 September 2016

Old Granada Studios, Manchester

HAND 

“Ideas travel, and HAND.01, a packable, refillable, paper-topped modular table from emergent British design studio HAND and paper pioneers G.F Smith, has been designed to ensure that inspiration is captured wherever it strikes. 

Manchester Craft & Design Centre has joined forces with HAND Srudio to capture the creativity of the Centre’s Resident Makers and other creatives from across Manchester, and to celebrate craft, collaboration and the heritage of MCDC. 

A total of 49 artists have used HAND.01 to create 49 customised pieces of work which, when collated, will form a large mural representing an iconic section of MCDC.”

HAND CRAFT 

08.09.16 – 30.10.16

#HandCraftMcr


King Street bedrooms

Last summer a selection of my collages were bought to feature in the bedrooms and suites of a stunning new hotel, the King Street Townhouse in Manchester’s city centre. The hotel opened earlier this year and I was recently invited to take a look around to see them in place. The hotel is beautiful, intriguing and unique and I am so delighted to be a part of it and to be amongst such an eclectic gathering of fabulous artworks.

” When finding Art for our Hotels, I’m looking for something, a bit different & occasionally quirky, that’ll add to the ambience & atmosphere of a room, giving our guests cause to look,  not the run of the mill you often find in a hotel bedroom.

I arrived at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre hoping to do just that. I came across Clare Hillerby, her collages are individual, each one carefully & cleverly created separately, the only downside it can make them hard to choose from!

I really like her eclectic mix of objects & artefacts, bringing old & new in a colourful & imaginative composition.

Her art sits well with our bedroom design. “

Sally O’Loughlin

Interior Designer of King Street Town House & Eclectic Hotels, Manchester

Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

I am excited to be taking part in the Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair . . . this Sunday! It is now at Altrincham Town Hall, and across the road is the award winning Altrincham Market. I’d like to be at both places at once on Sunday!

I hope you can join us at this lovely event, there will be around 40 makers from many craft disciplines. I will be taking my jewellery, collages and cards. I’ve been busy making new jewellery recently and I’m working on new collages and cards this week!

 

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