Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Artist of the Week - Anna Perlin


The countryside is a continuing theme in Anna Perlin's paintings. Anna has always loved the changing colours and seasons of the British landscape. Anna will be showing her work at the palace Art and Craft Fair.
 
At what age did you know you wanted to become an artist?
I was 27 and in a good career in product marketing for a big brand when I realised I wanted to turn my hobby and passion into a profession. I'd been painting all my life and was always considered 'the arty one' of my family and friends but was never encouraged to think of art as a career. A gallery I approached for advice recommended a really good local(ish) art society to me - some of it's members were professional artists and members of the ROI - and the advice and encouragement I got when I showed my work at critiques and the societies exhibitions was fantastic and spurred me on to putting together a portfolio and website with which to approach galleries


Is being an artist your only job?
My only job

If you could be anything else what would you be?
Hmmmm. As I have already set up my own gallery as well I've ticked a lot of the boxes of what I've always wanted to do/be.

One favourite living artist?
Ruth Stage. She is the youngest ever elected member of the NEAC and although she's not famous her paintings are beautifully painted and constructed in a completely unique style. I only have to look at some of her work to feel inspired!

One favourite historical artist?
Klimt. I know he's a favourite of many at the moment but the way he blends styles and colours so effortlessly is amazing. I've tried to emulate him and never come close. You can look at just one of his paintings a hundred times and take something new from it each time. 


Who has had most influence on your work?
My mum. She was always my harshest critic and always made me question my work and its qualities. Although I have now learnt to judge my work on my own values she opened my eyes to looking at my work objectively.

What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?
A close run thing between being a mum and an artist! They're both challenging, frustrating, you can't always control the outcome and often do something wrong but the good always outweighs the bad :o)

What is your most prized item of art?
A small James Naughton painting from Aceo Gallery. I set up the gallery to enable people to buy more affordable art from amazing quality artists. James Naughton was always an art hero of mine and it was wonderful when he agreed to create work for the gallery launch last year. I couldn't resist buying my favourite piece.


What item of design / craft do you covet most?
Lalique glass from the Art Nouveau period. Any of it is stunningly beautiful and I can spend a long time in the V&A museum looking at the glassware there.

Last book / film that blew your mind?
The Hunger Games. An amazing book on so many levels. I'm on a mission to get everyone to read it who hasn't yet.

What are you listening to? 
I like to work with peace and quiet. There's always so much noise in a busy house with kids, when I paint I get in the zone of having me time alone.

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


If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
Right where I am in Hertfordshire. Close to the galleries and shops in London, but also in the beautiful English countryside that I paint. I wouldnt mind moving the sun closer to me here though....

Where and what is your studio?
purpose built north facing extension on the back of my house with big windows and a roof light.

Three words that describe your feeling of doing your work?
Freedom, happiness, excitement 

Chips or mash?
Chips

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Monday, 25 February 2013

Image of the day - Lindy Barletta

Lindy Barletta of Sheen Pottery produces beautiful yet functional stoneware and porcelain ceramics with colourful glazes to be admired and used everyday.


Thrown stoneware teapot with strap over handle. Decorated with coloured slips, sgraffito and glaze. Size: 40cm high.


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Friday, 22 February 2013

Image of the Day - Susan Laughton

Susan Laughton - 'The landscape is my starting point, not as a picturesque view, but as a space travelled through and experienced often on the edges of the urban and the rural. It is a source of man made and natural structures, surfaces and colours from which I construct my own pared down responses. Man made structures in particular impose their presence against the sky: telegraph poles, fences, power lines or an isolated building...structures that create tension within space and mark the passage of time. My approach is reductive: removing superfluous elements, concentrating on the physicality of edges and boundaries often in contrast to the veiled, shifting white light of the north.

I make drawings of remembered details seen from the corner of my eye, fleeting juxtapositions elusive to photography or more studied compositions. My paintings contrast intentional marks with random scratches, washes of paint with fine layers of plaster, gesso or card. Focussing on process and materials is important to me as a way of allowing the painting to emerge as an object in its own right. Structured and methodical approaches combined with spontaneous and intuitive reactions allow me to plan and take risks: to combine control with ‘let‘s see what happens if...’

Susan Laughton will be exhibiting at the Palace Art and Craft Fair in May with Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Image of the Day - Tony Laverick



Tony Laverick is a ceramicist who currently is working with a transparent porcelain and also a specially prepared black porcelain. His pieces are either thrown and turned or slabbed. They are then fired to 1260°C with subsequent lustre firings at lower temperature. Each piece is individually designed and made.


Tony Laverick will be exhibiting at the Palace Art and Craft Fair in May

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Maker of the Week - Consuelo Radclyffe

Childhood memories are Consuelo Radclyffe's main inspiration.Her ceramic figures are often described as dark, joyful and weird - carefully crafted identities which give her work depth, poignancy and glee. Consuelo will be showing her work at the Palace Art and Craft Fair.

 
At what age did you know you wanted to become a maker?
SInce I was a young, but only could do it when I was an adult due to my hard life bringing up a family,  then I decided to do a BA when I was  50 years old.
 

Is being a an artist / designer your only job?
At present I am just an artist, practising at my studio in London and Brazil.
If you could be anything else what would you be?
An architect

One favourite living artist?
PaulaRego, because she inspired me.
One favourite historical designer?
Edmund de Waal because he changed ceramics perception in terms of being a respected artistic form.


What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?
Helping  unfortunate people in Brazil to make art. Because I could see their potential.

What item of design / craft do you covet most?
A piece that moves me and make me wonder!

Last book / film that blew your mind?
Habla com ella. (almodovar)

What are you listening to? 
Rebecca Ferguson



How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
1 hour

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
New York, because I could have access to most museums and art galleries.

Where and what is your studio?
London - in London Bridge and sometimes in Brazil (winters in London)  I spend in the sun and sea location.


Three words that describe your feeling of doing your work?
Exciting and the feeling of wanting more.

Chips or mash?
Mash.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Image of the Day - Philippa Schofield

Philippa Schofield is a painter in acrylics and watercolour. Her work explores the mundane and non-heroic urban landscape.
 
Philippa Schofield will be exhibiting at the Palace Art Fair in May

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Image of the Day - David Worsley

David Worsley studied Fine Art in Cornwall and London during the 1990s before moving to Saltaire, Yorkshire, in 2002. In 2007, he founded an art and textile festival in Saltaire, before leaving at the end of 2010 to concentrate on making.

David trades under the name of Dove Street Pottery and make simple, functional domestic ware, to be used every day.


"Characteristic of most well-made craft objects is that they gently and naturally fit the hand because, in large part, they spring directly from the hand via technique." Howard Risatti, A Theory of Craft

David is also the subject of a video we had made in advance of the first MADELONDON show.

http://vimeo.com/49983422

MADE London 2012 - Dove Street Pottery from MADE LONDON on Vimeo.

David will be exhibiting at the Palace Art and Craft Fair in MAY

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Image of the day - Agnija Germane

Agnija Germane - Marrakesh Passage - Oil on canvas 100cm x 80cm

Agnija's work are bright, colourful expressions of nature, people and moments in every day life

Agnija will be exhibiting at the Palace Art and Craft Fair in May with Signet Contemporary Art.

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Friday, 15 February 2013

Image of the Day - Sarah Wibberley

(No image yesterday thanks to interweb not working!)

Todays image is of blown glass vases from glassmaker - Sarah Wibberley.

Sarah is unashamed in her use of ornamentation she wants to bring "contemporary style to the traditions of glassblowing and introduce a fresh approach to ornament with her hand-made glass vessels"
Sarah Wibberley will be exhibiting at the Palace Art and Craft Fair in May

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Artist of the Week - Andy Wilx


Andy Wilx produces limited edition screen prints and will be showing his work at the Palace Art and Craft Fair.
 
 
At what age did you know you wanted to become an artist?
On my studio wall I have a, quite good, drawing I did of a Dalek and I've signed it "Andy Aged 6".  So I guess from the age of six I had started my journey.

Is being a an artist your only job?
Does doing the school-run count as a job? I guess not so no I'm just an artist now.

If you could be anything else what would you be?
A very successful artist!

 

One favourite living artist?
My hero is Stanley Donwood. I love his graphic style and the way he makes complex and thoughtful images seem so effortless. Plus he works with and hangs out with the coolest bands. 
One favourite historical artist?
I love Medieval illuminations. They were produced by many nameless people, (mostly women), so I can't name one in particular. The colour and use of gold makes them so vibrant despite their age. I also love the characterisation that walks a line but never becomes cartoon. It's something I'm constantly trying to emulate.
Who / what has had most influence on your work?
The Reliquary Casket of St Valerie
http://www.learn.columbia.edu/treasuresofheaven/relics/Reliquary-Chasse-with-St-Valerie.php

What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?
This one. I'm doing what I've always wanted to do every day.

What is your most prized item of art / design / craft?
I have several.

The Jamie Hewlett Gorillaz Stained Glass Window set, a Damian Hirst's Psalm and a full size Dalek. But if I had to save one piece from a fire it would be an oil painting called 'Cow 60' by the renowned painter of cows John Marshall. I commissioned it from him when he was unknown for my wife.

 

What item of design / craft do you covet most?
I've always wanted a copy of 'Golden Words' by Ray Caesar.
Last book / film that blew your mind?
Book: The Ass Saw The Angel by Nick Cave.
Film: The Dark Night Rises. Sorry I'm still a kid at heart.
 

What are you listening to? 
The Deserters by Rachel Zeffira

How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
Too many.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
I want to live in a lighthouse on a cliff-face overlooking the ocean.

Where and what is your studio?
I work in my basement which always floods at this time of year.

 

Three words that describe your feeling of doing your work?
Frustrating, satisfying and frustrating again

 Chips or mash?
Chips with Mash would be perfect!

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Image of the day - Clare Bassett

Today's image of the day is from Clare Bassett painter and printmaker based in Oxford. Her work focuses on figures and frozen moments.
Clare Bassett says "Our lives are full of moments of uncertainy or comprehension, of indecision or satisfaction, of patience or frustration, but we quickly move on. I like to pause and capture some of those points in time, which we pass by so swiftly."

Clare Bassett will be exhibiting at the Palace Art Fair in May.

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Fulham Palace in the Winter

Winter at the Palace. Spending some time at Fulham Palace planning and plotting the organisation and marketing for the Palace Art and Craft Fair in May.

 Despite the crisp grey weather the Palace and grounds are looking smart and lovely after all the renovations and work that have been carried on in the past few years.
It's great walking in the grounds seeing the newly finished vinery and the work going ahead in the walled garden marking out new planting schemes for the coming year. Pottager?
 Really the only sign of colour are some early Iris's by the chapel wall but there is a feeling that spring is welling up ready to explode throughout the grounds given a few warm and sunny days.
The giant pine cone was sculpted by Dan Miles and has been at the Palace since the last Palace Art Fair. We're hoping to entice him back along with chisels to carve some more sculpture during the show.



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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Image of the Day - Charlie High

Acorn Twig Necklace

Brighton based jeweller Charlie High primary influences for her jewellery is the environment and organic forms. Shells, leaves, flowers and petals are all influential as are acorn shoes as in the picture above. Charlotte will be exhibiting in the Courtyard at the Palace Art and Craft Fair in May

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madebyhandonline - Call for Makers

madebyhandonline is now two years old and continue their fantastic work of supporting, promoting and celebrating contemporary British craft. The site is highly curated and a selection panel is used to ensure quality, as well as balance and variety across the collection. madebyhandonline aims to provide its audiences with high quality contemporary designs, and they run Maker's subscriptions annually to keep the site fresh and lively. 


The site is currently looking for new makers. All categories are open. Makers should be UK based. All Makers who apply will automatically receive a listing in the National Makers Directory. The deadline for applications is 1st March.
The application form can be found here

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Monday, 11 February 2013

Image of the Day - Kyla Tomlinson

The Clydebank Blitz - mixed media 16" x 15"
Kyla Tomlinson is a Ayrshire based based Freelance animator, illustrator and concept artist.
She'll be exhibiting her figurative and portrait work at the Palace Art and Craft Fair in May.
Visit her blog here

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The Big Egg Hunt 2013

Now in its second year, the world’s biggest Easter egg hunt challenges the public to find 101 eggs across the UK, whilst raising vital funds for leading children’s charity, Action for Children.

 
 
Over 100 giant Easter eggs will be hidden in cities across the UK as part of The Lindt Big Egg Hunt from Tuesday 12th February until Easter.  This year, the iconic Lindt Gold Bunny will be joining the fun, giving hunters the chance to win one of 100 years’ worth of chocolate. Thousands of Lindt Gold Bunnies and Lindor truffles will also be handed out as part of the egg-stravaganza.

The eggs have been designed by a host of leading artists including Sam Taylor-Johnson, Annie Kevans and Billy Childish. Myung Nam-An - who has exhiited with us inb Brighton and London has also designed an egg called Dragon's Eye.  Other eggs will feature some of the UK’s best loved children’s characters such as Moshi Monsters, Peppa Pig and Sponge Bob Square Pants.


Locals and tourists alike can bid for their favourite eggs in an online auction, or get interactive with the hunt by using their mobile phones to find out more about the eggs and their artists.

For the first time, this year The Lindt Big Egg Hunt will be going on tour from London to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and back to London in time for Easter.

London (Covent Garden) Tue 12 – Sun 17 Feb
Birmingham Victoria Square Tue 19 Feb – Mon 25 Feb
Liverpool Paradise Street Wed 27 Feb – Tues 5 Mar
Manchester Exchange Square Thu 7 Mar – Wed 13 Mar
Glasgow St Enoch Square Fri 15 Mar – Wed 20 Mar
London (Covent Garden) Fri 22 March – Mon 1 Apr



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Maker of the Week - Jenny Robertson

Jenny Robertson produces hand knitted cobweb lace shawls, stoles and wraps in gossamer silk and hand-spub cobweb wool. Jenny is based on the Isle of Eigg in Invernessshire and trades as A'Nead Knitwear. She will be showing her work at the Palace Art and Craft Fair.


At what age did you know you wanted to become a maker? 
I was about 50, and to facilitate this, I did research online to get realistic pricing, and then started work. I subsequently learnt to spin and learnt about social media to promote my business.

Is being a designer your only job?

I do other casual work to supplement my income. The main job is being part of the maintenance team for Eigg Electric, the company which supplies Eigg with electricity. I also am one of the first responders for our local broadband company.

If you could be anything else what would you be?

Wood worker
What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?

Creating a wrap for a bride to her colours and a christening shawl with a blue border, knitted in local merino/gotland fleece. I love being able to make things specially for people in the colours and fleece type that they choose.
 


What is your most prized item of design / craft?
At the moment, a shawl knitted from hand-spun baby alpaca as it was completely my own design, not based on anything else and the first shawl I'd spun the cobweb yarn for. Alpaca gives a lovely airy look which makes you feel warm to look at it.
What are you listening to? 
I love orchestral music, especially pieces which bring the natural world to mind.

How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?

Avoid going on line unless I need to research something. Otherwise, it's mainly just for emails.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

On the Isle of Eigg - it's just the most perfect place for me and my dog, Harry
 

Where and what is your studio?
I work from home, which is the house I built when I moved to Eigg - just perfect.
Three words that describe your feeling of doing your work?

Satisfaction, enjoyment, pleasure

Chips or mash?

Both!


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Friday, 8 February 2013

Image of the Day - Simon Yates

Simon Yates is one of a number of furniture designer/makers exhibiting at the Palace Art and Craft Fair.
His furniture is designed to flows and to have a strong and defined form. 

Simon Yates - Centipede bench with Bench with textured Oak seat scorched with a naked flame. Legs from Ash and Stainless Steel
"It must be appropriate to its environment and to function as it's intended. Inspiration comes from my interest in sculptural, organic and geometric forms"

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Maker of the Week - Sophie Marsham


Sophie Marsham produces mixed-media sculptures, made from reclaimed, found objects.She will be exhibiting her work at the Palace Art and Craft Fair in May. 
 



At what age did you know you wanted to become an artist / maker?
I knew at 21 that a career in art was for me so I went then to the Chelsea Art School for 5 year completing a BA (hons) in Public Art and Design, in 1993.

Is being a an artist / designer your only job?

Being a sculptor is my only job, I have had my own company for 20 years, this year.

If you could be anything else what would you be?

If I could be anything else, it would be a set designer for film.




One favourite living artist? 
Elke Harras, the german lighting sculptor, as her work is both innovative and breathtakingly beautiful.

One favourite historical artist?

Da Vinci, who was so massively ahead of his time and incredibly multi talented in different disciplines.

Who / what has had most influence on your work?

Nature has had the most influence on my work as I have an obsession with the tiniest most beautiful detail, only found in nature.
 


What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?
I worked for the artist Gerry Judah, when I was 19. I was his studio assistant, but every week was a new challenge, with new materials/scale/usage. He was the key person in my life who set me on the road to an art career.

What is your most prized item of art?

A blue and black charcoal Anish Kapoor drawing which was given to me when my third child was born.

What item of art do you covet most?

Probably the unfurling bridge by Thomas Heatherwick, it would be perfect to get me from my house to the studio in my garden.
 


Last book / film that blew your mind?
Last film that blew my mind was 'Untouchable' with Omar Si, absolutely loved it.

What are you listening to? 
The new I Am Kloot album, 'Let it all in' which I love.

 How many hours do you waste on the internet each day? 

I waste very little time on the internet as my hours are very precious, especially now I've weened myself off 'Templerun'

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? 

NYC where really special friends live.


Where and what is your studio?

My studio is in my garden, a large purpose built, heated shed with lots of windows.

Three words that describe your feeling of doing your work? 

Challenging, fulfilling and exciting.

Chips or mash?

Mash (with leeks!)








































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