Scratching the Surface

Scratching the Surface is a group exhibition I’m taking part in at The Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds. It starts this Saturday 17 March and continues until Saturday 23 June 2018.

The exhibition illustrates the diverse styles of individual makers from various disciplines, concentrating on surface texture and pattern.

Although my first instinct is not to create surface texture or pattern, my gathering of different material and treating the metal in varying ways, does result in a contrasting and detailed palette of contents.

For the show I have concentrated on a mix of metalwork with holes, organically pierced then roll printed which results in a raised texture around the holes, and as I love communication makes me think about Braille. I have included new pieces with my signature old postcards, which have their own unique patterns, and lots of warm smoothly textured and detailed fragments of old wooden ruler . . .

The Great Northern in progress

We have been working away at MCDC to prepare for the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. I have been working on some new pieces and have been lucky enough to have some one to one stone setting teaching to add something new to my work, and I’m hooked!

GNCCF opens tonight with a special private view if you’d like to join us, or we will be open from tomorrow until Sunday (12 – 15 October)

. . . some of my work in progress, some finished pieces, and setting up our stand yesterday at Upper Campfield Market . . .

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Thirteen makers from Manchester Craft & Design Centre are busy creating new work for this years, 10th anniversary Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

The makers work in various disciplines and will be showcasing their jewellery, textiles, silversmithing, pewter, glass and leather on Stand 20. This is an important annual event for us and it is extra exciting to be part of the events 10th anniversary show

Come and visit us, and meet us, on Stand 20, and why not combine it with a visit to MCDC!

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


Future Makers 2016

Future-Makers-comp-with-logo-650x365

Every year Manchester Craft & Design Centre host an exhibition titled Future Makers to celebrate talented new makers who graduated the previous summer. Each studio can invite a maker they deem one to watch and I am very excited to have invited ceramicist, Josie Seymour-Jones who graduated from Hereford College of Arts. She will be the first Future Maker I have selected for my Studio/Shop, and I cant wait to see the work arriving next week. If you visited the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair last October, you may have seen her work there already. You are welcome to come and view Josie’s work (that she is busy making at the moment!) from its launch on Thursday 25th February (6pm to 8pm). There will be around 11 other Future Makers exhibited around the building.

Future Makers runs until Sunday 29th May 2016.

Josie_Seymour-Jones1

“I work in porcelain to create ceramics with subtle surface qualities

Treating the clay as a canvas, I approach the work as if it were a painting, building up layers of colour to create a pictorial composition

Observing traces and marks in the landscape, the pieces are made in a way which reflects the delicate nature of the porcelain

I am a graduate of Hereford College of Arts in Contemporary Design Crafts, and currently work from my hometown in north Wales”

What is Jewellery?

Necklace with Unknown Characters 003 Necklace with Unknown Characters 018 Necklace with Unknown Characters 020 Necklace with Unknown Characters 021 Necklace with Unknown Characters 023 brooches 001

I’m excited to be taking part in ‘What is Jewellery’?

”What is Jewellery’? An exhibition of jewellery made from unorthodox materials from a selection of national and international jewellery artists, as part of Manchester Free For Arts Festival. Curated by Eve Redmond’

It opens 3rd until 12th Ocotber, which coincides with the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, and will be held in Space2 at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, right next door to our studio/shop (Studio 3), as it happens!

I will be showing alongside some amazing jewellers including two of my favourite makers, Yoko Izawa and Jo Pond.

You can follow the event on facebook here . . . https://www.facebook.com/events/633904003394234/

 

 

October Showcase at Jam Eton

IMG_0368.JPG

IMG_0376.JPG

I’ve been working away on my next exhibition which will take place at Jam Eton, for the whole of this October. I’ve been wanting to have work with them since I graduated and strangely it’s taken this long, so it’s pretty exciting! The collection features lots of old found papers, postcards, stamps and maps but also vintage rulers and hand-cut mother-of-pearl. These items here are amongst those in the exhibition. Hopefully some of you are around the Windsor area and can visit the show and the lovely gallery!

 

IMG_0388.JPG

IMG_0390.JPG

IMG_0395.JPG

Rings exhibition . . .

YSP_13

Rings exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

9 June to 24 August 2014

If you have never visit the gorgeous Yorkshire Sculpture Park, go! It’s a beautiful day out. I’ve been working on a new collection of rings, something I haven’t really made for many years, so this was a great opportunity to play around with some new ideas. They will be available at Studio 3 when I eventually have time to make more, but for now they are in this exhibition amongst many other contemporary jewellery makers . . .

YSP_3 YSP_2 YSP_15 YSP_14 YSP_12 YSP_7 YSP_10 YSP_11 YSP_9 YSP_8 YSP_6 YSP_5 Ring_large_dot_72

Studio 3 launch this Saturday!

As I am new to the lovely Linzi Ramsden’s Studio 3, and we have had a nice fresh re-furb, we will be launching Studio 3 this Saturday ….

036021

We will also be opening the first of an exciting series of 3-month ‘invited makers’ exhibitions at the studio. The first will show collections by Julie Dooley and Ellen Claesson. They both graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan School of Art and Design in 2013. They are also part of the annual exhibition at the Craft Centre, Future Makers, showcasing recent graduates. Each studio at the Craft Centre has selected a maker of their choice from the graduate shows across the UK. The main exhibition space at the Craft Centre, will show work by graduate Elizabeth Jane Winstanley and it all opens this Saturday! I am so excited to be in this great new studio/shop and hope you can visit me in our celebrations! 

It would be lovely if you can join us on ….

on Saturday 15th March

from 2pm to 5pm

at Studio 3 / Manchester Craft & Design Centre

(map)

For December . . .

This Sunday I will be taking part in the last Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair of the year. Come along to Altrincham Grammar School for Boys from 10am to 5pm. I will have jewellery, collages, cards, and my bunting for lovely stocking fillers.

Brooch_4parts_DkGrey_72

Dazzle has begun; this year I am exhibiting at both venues, Manchester Art Gallery which continues until 12th January 2014 and @OXO London, continuing until 5 January 2014.

My Paper Shop is now stocked up with bunting and collages. I am giving free post from now until the end of December when you enter Mailing List at the checkout. and you can sign up to my mailing list by visiting my website and signing up!

8_3_72

 

Studio 6 is open 7 days a week throughout December including Sundays from 11am to 5pm and late on Thursdays until 8pm; all at Manchester Craft & Design Centre in the Northern Quarter.

 

card_72

If you would like to buy online you can visit lovedazzle and madebyhandonline.

Other places to find my jewellery this December . . .

Aosdana Ltd. Isle of Iona, Argyll PA76 6SJ www.aosdanaiona.com

Bluecoat Display Centre The Bluecoat, College Lane Entrance, Liverpool L1 3BZ www.bluecoatdisplaycentre.com

Brass Monkeys 109 Portland Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 5DP www.brassmonkeys.org.uk

Contemporary Applied Arts 2 Percy Street, London W1T 1DD www.caa.org.uk

Flow Gallery 1-5 Needham Road, London W11 2RP www.flowgallery.co.uk

JaM (collages only) 81 High Street, Eton, Windsor SL4 6AF www.etonappliedarts.co.uk

The Scottish Gallery 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ www.scottish-gallery.co.uk

MAP5_2_72

Dazzle & Dazzle

It is Dazzle time again! This year I will be exhibiting at both Manchester and London, it’s been a little while since I took part in London Dazzle so that’s very lovely! They are both in new sparkly venues, the Manchester show is at the beautiful Manchester Art Gallery, and I will be working there too again (and choosing jewellery for myself the minute we get the chance no doubt!). And London Dazzle is at OXO tower, amazing. London actually opened today, continuing until 5th January, and Manchester is opening on the 23rd November continuing until 11th January. I have a bench covered in bangle parts as I write this, waiting to be completed tomorrow and posted asap!

Brooch_4parts_DkGrey_72 Necklace_4parts_72

 

Reflections on words . . .

Forming words was launched yesterday at Manchester Craft & Design Centre / my studio home.

The work exhibited was beautiful and thought provoking and I’m looking forward to seeing it all again, in more depth next time, not just as very beautiful objects! It was an incredibly hot day, so I don’t blame me for just enjoying it, the busy lively craft centre and the cocktails!

One of my all time favourite ceramists is in the exhibition, Hanne Mannheimer, one of my many many favourite jewellers Jessica Turrell, and I’m very happy to now have a new favourite in Buddug Wyn Humphreys, just stunning. Here are a few snaps from yesterday, you will need to imagine this alongside various musicians we had accompanying the opening!

FW1_72 FW2_72 FW3_72 FW4_72 FW6_72 FW7_72 FW9_72 FW10_72 FW11_72 FW12_72 FW13_72 FW14_72 FW15_72 FW16_72 FW17_72 FW18_72 FW19_72

Forming Words is back . . .

Forming Words is touring from Flow gallery in London to Manchester Craft & Design Centre . . .  It opens this Saturday and the craft centre have lots of word based treats (including live bands and cocktails I believe!) lined up for the launch. More of my jewellery, and collages are available from Studio 6 where I work, though not this Saturday, I will be enjoying the launch and hope you can come along!

invite_forming_words_white_72

Last days of Forming Words . . .

Forming Words at Flow ends on 17th May, but fear not, it will then tour to Manchester Craft & Design Centre, opening on 7 July and running until 9 November, and while you’re visiting you can come and see me and my ever growing collection of jewellery & collages in lovely Studio 6! I’m very pleased to say that Flow have asked me to continue with them after the show and so I will be working on a new group for them over the next few weeks.

Brooch_walthamstow2_72

I’ve also added some new pieces to lovedazzle . . .

large_dot_earrings1_72 pendant_raindrop_blue_72