Friday, 31 August 2012

Image of the Day - Tracy Florance

Imax, Valencia
Tracy Florence will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair in September.



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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Elle Deco - 'why art fairs are fab'

Elle Deco this month.

Nice series of interviews about buying art - from galleries, auctions art fairs etc including the founder of Brighton Art Fair
Feels slightly weird to be described as an art insider (I've never actually met Charles Saatchi or Nicholas Serota!) but still...


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Image of the Day - Louise O'Neill

Louise O'Neill
'Ranunculus' stacking ring, 18ct and diamonds
Hand formed three dimensional forms set with diamonds to be worn singly or in cluster.
 Photographer of the image is FXP
Louise O'Neill will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON in October

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Image of the Day - Marco Crivello


Elephant Island 100cm x 100cm 
Oil and dutch gold leaf on board
Marco Crivello will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair in September

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Image of the Day - Sophia Burns

 

Revelation
Oil on canvas
100x100 cm
Sophia Burns will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair in September





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Monday, 27 August 2012

Artwave Festival - Lewes

Artwave Festival - Lewes and surroundings

August 25th - September 9th.

At the weekend we went over to see some of the Open Houses taking part in Artwave. Took the train to Lewes and walked around seeing the ones near the town centre. Another weekend will drive out to see others in places nearby.
 
Of the ones near Lewes centre our first stop was at St John's Terrace. Here we saw beautiful hand thrown ceramics by Topsy Jewell:


and my favourite of everything we saw on our visit to Lewes; printed feathers by Rebecca Jewell. We had seen Rebecca's feathers in London and this time we bought one - and came home with this beautiful and delicate Puffin, printed by Rebecca on a feather and framed in a vintage frame.
 
Then we walked up the High Street and visited Carolyn Trant who is showing prints from her studio a selection covering 20 years of prints, as well as her hand-printed books and cards. Great to see so much of Carolyn's prints together. This is at Lewes Constitutional Club on Lewes High Street.

We also called in at the Open House at St Michael's Old Rectory, futher up on the High Street, to see David Rhys Jones's ceramics and Peter Van Breda's paintings. We particularly loved the ceramics.

After a coffee we walked back down the High Street and spent time at Westgate Chapel to look at the "Picasso at Play" exhibition of photographs from the Lee Miller Archives at Farley Farm. Great images.
A piece of art from Hibbert Room Westgate Chapel, 92A High Street
There's lots more to see at the Artwave Festival - these are just the ones we particularly liked and managed to fit in on visit one afternoon at the weekend. For details of all the artists mentioned and Artwave see: www.artwavefestival.org


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Image of the Day - Janet Brooke

Oh...
Screenprint 
43x58cm
Janet Brooke will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair in September

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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Image of the day - Graham Carter


Hey Day (Landmark 1)
Limited Edition of 40 Hybrid Silk Screen Print
75 cm x 46 cm
£250.00
Grahams work available to buy online at Boxbird Gallery

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Image of the Day - Gilly Langton


Tug Bangles, silver, gold plate and hand dyed elastic. 
 2 x 6 inches
Gilly Langton will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON in October

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Image of the Day - Isabelle Busnel

Isabelle Busnel
Dialogue Collective
Abracadabra in Rubber.
Collection of brooches.
Silicone rubber and magnets.
Various dimensions from 10X5 to 15X10 cm
Isabelle Busnel will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON - The Design and Craft Fair in October

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Friday, 24 August 2012

The Dialogue Collective at MADE LONDON


 
The Dialogue project was started by Helen Carnac and Mikala Djorup in 1999 to allow verbal and practical exchanges between jewellery and silversmithing students and lecturers from The Cass, London and the Alchimia Jewellery School in Florence. The subsequent ‘conversations’ culminated in a number of exhibitions at both institutes and external events, e.g. the Inhorgenta jewellery fair in Munich and on a London Routemaster bus (‘Dialogue 5: Travel’) during the Association of Contemporary Jewellery’s ‘Carry the Can’ conference of 2006.
When Carnac left in 2006 The Dialogue project became the Dialogue Collective, it retained its remit; to discuss, explore and develop new approaches to design, fabricating, curating and showing jewellery and silversmithing as a collaborative process.  The relationship with and the experience of, the viewer/buyer remains uppermost in minds of the Collective. Their use of games and activities alongside exhibitions is becoming a stalwart of the Collective and works well to engage people and open up dialogues.
 
 
With 13 themed events under its belt in total and 8 separate exhibitions in the last two and a half years the Dialogue Collective is gathering a momentum. They regularly curate an exhibition during Schmuck in Munich and this year debuted to great acclaim at the Legnica Jewellery Festival, Poland. Their show at the Manoir D’Ango, France completed the ‘Dialogue 12: Renaissance’ trilogy of exhibitions early this year. Future shows in Belgium, Munich and MADE London make it look like another busy period for the Collective.
 
The London based collective has 20 current members, all bar one, who is an invited artist, have a connection to The Cass, and mirrors the diverse make up of the capital with makers originally from Australia, Finland, Estonia, France, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Bahrain as well as Britain. The energy within the Collective and at the events they create is partly due to the Collective’s balance of undergraduates with their fearlessness and positive naivety alongside established makers who bring their experience and knowledge. As the Dialogue Collective grows, the interests and focus of its members also advances and diversifies leading to splinter projects focusing on commercialism, craft, art and drawing. 
£20 Project
In 2010 the Dialogue Collective opened a Pop up Shop for one week on Columbia Road in London. It sold Contemporary Jewellery and Silvermithing pieces, designed and made by members of the Collective plus invited guest practitioners. Everything for sale was priced at £20. It was the first time the Collective had presented work to an audience who had little or no experience of contemporary jewellery and silversmithing and it was a great success.


The range of work was breathtaking - approximately 300 pieces, reflecting the varied approaches of 27 makers.  The challenge to produce work for £20 led some to focus on their choices of materials, some on manufacturing processes and some on the perception of value. The motivation wasn’t necessarily in producing something that sold at £20 but in producing something that was innovative, retained the integrity of more expensive contemporary work and that could successfully retail at a low price. Some pieces worked really well and some not so, it was left to the audience and their wallets to decide but what was clearly apparent was that the myriad of solutions produced an exciting and energetic show.

The Dialogue Collective has again taken up the challenge for MADE London. Each maker is designing and making a limited edition piece that will retail at £20. Presenting the visitors to MADE London with a wall of (approximately) 150 pieces of jewellery and silversmithing. Offering a fantastic opportunity to pick up something unique from either an emerging young talent or a more established maker at a very reasonable price.

 

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Image of the Day - Norman Yap


Ceramic bowls
Photo by Matthew Booth
Norman Yap will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON in October
 and MADE12 in November

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

*WALLPAPER - MADE BY HAND


Made By Hand for Wallpaper* from Anthony Burrill on Vimeo.

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I know I'm biased being (amongst other things) a letterpress printer but Wallpaper have made a nice video about Adams of Rye one of the last High Street letterpress printers in the country, printing a poster for wallpaper.

I just love the Wallace and Gromit nature of the huge Heidelberg press with each lever and suction pad doing a tiny but essential job.

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Image of the Day - Poly Philippou

Sculptural Cufflinks - a series of contemporary cufflinks, each made from a single piece of solid metal with no moving parts, and with a modern brushed finish. They can be worn as matching pairs, or non-identical but coordinating pairs for a more unusual look. Cufflinks above are solid silver pieces, but are also available in solid gold, and gold-plated or black rhodium-plated silver, and with or without set stones.
Poly Philippou will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON with 'POD 5' in October

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Image of the Day - Sarah Lindsay


'3D Necklace', (brass, polyester coating, acrylic, silver), 
acrylic particles laminated within a coated wire frame, 
53cmL x 1cm W x 0.1cm D. 
Sarah Lindsay will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON in October
 

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Image of the Day - Natalie Martin

The West Pier at Brighton No.7
Acrylic on Canvas
152 x 122 cm
Natalie Martin will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair in September

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Maker of the Week - Chito Kuroda


Chito Kuroda makes hand thrown porcelain bottles and tableware. She is based in London and will be showoing her work at MADE LONDON in October.

Where did you train? What did training teach you and what do you wish it had taught you?
I learned all the basics at Kensington and Chelsea College and Morley College in London such as tile making to teapots. I loved it. I wish it had more glaze making experience.

Is being a designer / maker your only job, or do you have other employment?
I work in the finance office at Royal Academy of Arts.   


One favourite living designer?
Vivienne Westwood. I adore her punk fashion

One favourite historical designer?
Les Paul. Beautiful shape and heavy sound

What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?
Showing my work on ITV's This Morning TV programme. I was selected for one of the last three London contestants of "Britain's Craftiest" competition.


What is your most prized item of design / craft?
Andy Warhol's "Banana" cover for The Velvet Underground & Nico's debut LP

What item of design / craft do you covet most?
Statue of Liberty

At age 16 who most influenced your style?
Japanese rock musician "Kiyosiro"

Last book / film that blew your mind?
I'm reading "The Little Prince" again

What music are you currently listening to?
The Rolling Stones to celebrate 50 years of their carrier.

How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
Not much


If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
Yokohama Japan, My home town to live close to my family and friends or Berlin to have a huge warehouse studio!

Where and what is your studio?
401 1/2 Studios in Wandsworth - with other exhibitors Kaori Tatebayashi, Garlinde Huth, Ann Nazaneth, Yoko Izawa and Emma Nacht

Do you have a good work/life balance? 
I wish I were a full time artist.

What one word would describe your feeling of doing your work?
Free

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Monday, 20 August 2012

Image of the Day - David Plagerson

 Cherries Frieze Ark with Animals
 Ark painted Columbian pine, 20" x 13" x 7"; animals painted lime wood, 1" - 6". 
All designed for maximum strength and finished with a gloss varnish for children's play.
David Plagerson will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON - The Design and Craft Fair in October

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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Artist of the Week - Richard Wade


Richard Wade paints colourful, lively, meticulously detailed work inspired by the surrounding objects, places and people within the landscape. He will be showing his work at the Brighton Art Fair.

Where did you train? What did training teach you and what do you wish it had taught you?
I studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art. It was a really amazing place to study, Cornwall is really beautiful and a very inspiring place to be based for three years. I found that as a student we were very much left to our own devices with very little input from the tutors. In my first year I was put in a studio with about 15 other first years a little way away from the main art school, we were all quite anarchic and spent too much time having fun and not enough time getting on with our work. I would say that I found the freedom was great if you knew what direction your work was heading but not so good if you were struggling with direction or ideas.


Is being an artist your only job, or do you have other employment?
At the moment I am working full time as an artist, however for the last five years I worked as an assistant to an established London based painter whilst continuing with my own working practice. This was a really good experience as I worked on some very interesting projects including two residencies in museums and a show with a major London dealer and it set the bar quite high in terms of the quality of the work that was being produced and level of professionalism expected. 

One favourite living artist?
Colour plays a big part in my art and although I had always been aware of Peter Doig as a successful artist, when I saw his solo show at Tate Britain in 2008 it just completely blew my mind. His work in the flesh was so immersive and vivid, it really stood out.


One favourite historical artist?
When I was studying for my A level art I chose Claude Monet’s watercolours for my personal project. I went to see them at the Musee de l’Orangerie and it was like viewing iconography in a chapel they had real transcendental qualities about them.

What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?
I really enjoyed working as an artist’s assistant. Although we were working to very high standards, it was quite a relaxed and fun atmosphere and I really enjoyed the work and felt although I really wanted to be there and learn as much as possible.

If you could collaborate with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?
I really like Wim Wender’s work. My dissertation at Art school was based around his film Paris Texas and I found him to be really fascinating and complex as a character. Seeing an exhibition of his photographs at the Haunch of Venison in London was really mesmerising he has a really special way of capturing images and making them seem unique.


At age 16 who most influenced your style?
At the age of 16 I remember being a big fan of Diego Rivera’s work.

Last book / film that blew your mind?
The last film that I thought was really amazing was Drive, it is definitely going to be talked about for years to come. The last book I read which was really good was Fifth Business by Robertson Davies the first book in the Depford trilogy.

What music are you currently listening to?
Am listening to a lot of M83, I Break Horses and Lanterns on the Lake, but loads of other stuff as well.

How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
I deliberately don’t take my laptop to my studio with me so that I don’t get distracted, otherwise I could be trawling away for hours on end.


If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
I loved San Francisco when a friend and I travelled down the Pacific Coast High way about five years ago it is definitely my favourite American City it felt very liberal, artsy and cultural. Failing that I think the equivalent in England is probably Brighton. I have always enjoyed visiting whenever I have been and there always seems to be loads of interesting stuff going on.

Where and what is your studio?
At the moment I am two months into a one year residency at the Anteros Arts Centre in Norwich. An Old Tudor building close to the centre of. I am in a glass fronted shop which is at one end of the building so people walking by in the street can watch me painting, which takes a little getting used to.


Do you have a good work/life balance?
At the moment I am trying to really make the most of this year so am going to my studio about 6 days a week so my life is a lot about work and not much about life at the moment so the balance is probably not great- but enjoying it none the less.

What one word would describe your feeling of doing your work?
Exciting.

What would your dream commission be?
To do a series of paintings inspired by a road trip across the USA.

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Image of the Day - Kate Schurich


Small Raku Vessels, Raku fired Ceramics, h14cm to 16cm
Kate Schuricht will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON - The Design and Craft Fair in October

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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Image of the Day - Michael Ashcroft

Pendle Hill, Lancashire. 6"x4". Oils. £150
Michael Ashcroft will be exhibiting with ACEO Gallery at Brighton Art Fair in September

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Friday, 17 August 2012

Image of the Day - Monika Jakimauskaite

My work is photography print on fabric and embroidery.
Size 50 x 70cm
Monika Jakimauskaite will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair in September

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Pinterest Boards


We now have 6 Pinterest Boards which we update everyday with new images. 
"Brighton Art Fair, MADE LONDON, MADE12, Artists at Work, Studios, Like"
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Image of the Day - Alex McCarthy

Thrown stoneware and porcelain decorated with glazes, oxides and lustres adding a sense of opulence.
Alex McCarthy will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON - The Design and Craft Fair in October

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Image of the Day - Cara Tonkin

Volute Double Curl Ring in gold vermeil with smokey quartz. 
Cara Tonkin will be exhibiting with 'Brass Monkeys' at MADE LONDON - The Design and Craft Fair in October

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Image of the Day - Ros Millar

 'Black & Rose Collection Rings, Cuttlebone Casting, Oxidised Silver with Rose Gold Detailling with Champagne Diamonds. £105 - £350'
Ros Millar will be exhibiting at MADE12 - Brighton's Design and Craft Fair in November

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Monday, 13 August 2012

Maker of the Week - David Plagerson


David Plagerson is based in Devon and makes beautiful painted and natural wood toys. He will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON in October.

Where did you train? What did training teach you and what do you wish it had taught you?
I trained at Camberwell School of Art. They taught me to draw and look. I learnt to play later.

Is being a designer / maker your only job?
My toymaking is full-time.


One favourite living designer?
My favourite living designer is Tom Karen. He is a lovely person who as MD of Ogle Design was responsible for the Kiddiecraft Marble Run; the Raleigh Chopper; the Reliant Robin, and the Pope Mobile.
One favourite historical designer?
My favourite historical designer is Sam Smith (wooden toys). He developed a humorous language from the tradition of European woonden toys.
What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?
I enjoyed my commission from Mike Leigh for a gift to Simon Channing Williams: "Who is the Monkey and who is the Organ Grinder"

What is your most prized item of design / craft? 
My most prized item is a boat by Sam Smith.
What item of design / craft do you covet most?
An Anubis by Paul Spooner.
At age 16 who most influenced your style?  At aged 16 style influences were Jack Kerouac and Lonnie Donnegan.
Last book / film that blew your mind?
I would recommend to everybody Toys of the Avant-Garde.
How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
I don't spend much time on the internet.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why? I would love to live up on Dartmoor. It's such a big landscape.
Where and what is your studio? I have a wood-working shop in a shed at the bottom of my garden, and a paint shop in the house.

Do you have a good work/life balance?
I am very lucky with my work-life balance
What one word would describe your feeling of doing your work?
Absorption










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Image of the Day - Victoria Walker

 
(press play!)
 
Lotus Locket in motion. (Silver, 18ct gold)
Victoria Walker will be exhibiting at 
MADE12 - Brighton's Design and Craft Fair in November

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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Artist of the Week - Sophia Burns


Sophia Burns is based in Edinburgh and produces figurative paintings. She will be exhibiting at the Brighton Art Fair.

Where did you train? What did training teach you and what do you wish it had taught you?
I trained in Aix-en -Provence  Art School from 1990 to1995. It taught me the wonders of creation and how to work with space mainly in installation and abstraction, but I wish they had taught me a little earlier the realities of the art world.



Is being an artist your only job?
Being an artist has been my main job for the last year, I normally give painting classes and workshops in France and the UK.

One favourite living artist.
It would be Peter Doig I always get a terrific visual buzz when I see his work. His render of subject has been an inspiration for the past five years.

One favourite historical artist.
I’ve been rediscovering how contemporary Gustav Klimt still is, his paintings of trees made of thousands of multicolored brushstrokes are breathtaking and of course his depiction of women…..he mastered that very fine line between abstraction and subject that fascinates me.

What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?
Giving workshops in the south of France and Morocco. For sharing a passion for creation in amazing landscapes

If you could collaborate with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?
I would collaborate with a musician such as Meredith Monk and paint from sound.

At age 16 who most influenced your style?
Camille Claudel, a french sculptor, her life and work was an inspiration as I realised that art could be a way of life.

Last book / film that blew your mind?
‘As I lay Dying’ by William Faulkner . Synecdoche’ New York by Charlie Kaufman.


What music are you currently listening to?
Electronic Music by Pantha du Prince, Pitch Black and Brendon Moeller

How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
Too many but a minimum of 2 hours

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
Right now, I’d try the Black Isle in Scotland, I have just discovered it’s amazing scenery, people and wildlife. It could be a fantastic area to spend sometime painting while I live in Scotland.

Where and what is your studio?
This is my second year at the Arts Complex in Edinburgh. It’s a large studio with a store room with perfect north light, being in an art center offers me the possibility to network and interact with young and older artists.

Do you have a good work/life balance?
The past two years have been very stressful with fairs and exhibitions in France and the UK, I’m hoping to reduce stress and spend more time in contemplation.


What one word would describe your feeling of doing your work?
Freedom

What would your dream commission be?
Working with dancers and acrobats to prepare a new collection of large scale paintings about body and space.

If you could exhibit in any gallery in the world which would it be?
David Nolan - NewYork

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