Thursday, 29 October 2009

CARDIGAN - One Day Pop Up Shop - SUNDAY

Our friends at Cardigan have got a one day only pop-up shop in Paint Pots by Brighton Station this Sunday They'll have a large selection of fashion accessories, cushions, wraps, cards and lots of other lovely Cardigan products.
Just look out for the dashing knitted seagulls in the window!

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Maker of the Week - Sarah Elwick

Sarah Elwick graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2003 with a First class honours degree in Textile design. She then studied for an MA in Fashion Menswear specialising in knitwear at the Royal College of Art, London in 2005. Sarah now lives and works in Brighton where she runs her own knitwear business, which she combines with part-time lecturing in Textile Design.

One favourite living craft maker (and why?)
At the moment it's a jeweller called Sally Collins who I met at The Great Northern Craft Fair in Manchester where we were both exhibiting. She makes the most exquisite handcrafted jewellery using really unusual combinations of different metals, found fabrics, and extremely fine crochet that she does on a 0.4mm crochet hook. I find the attention to detail, and use of handcrafting techniques in her work totally inspiring.

What was the last art/craft/design thing you purchased?
A Sally Collins beautiful brooch! Although I didn't actually have to buy it as it was in exchange for some of my knitwear. The joys of craft exchanges!

At age 15 who influenced your style? Was there any individual who very much helped you on your way?
At age 15 I was really into the grunge look, inspired by Nirvana et al. The look consisted of second hand mens moth-eaten cardi's, stripey leggings or tights, and the obligatory Doc Martin boots, with ribbons instead of laces all year round. I don't think I wore anything else on my feet for about two years. I remember my granny being a bit surprised in the summer!

Last best read (book)?
Hmmm, I don't read that much, as I'm more of a doer. When I do it's normally some kind of 'how to' craft manual. I think it may well have been 'The Art of Macrame' which I'm still in the process of mastering.

Where and what is your studio? Do you work alone? In silence, radio?
I currently work from home, in an attic room. Work is always accompanied by music, either on the radio, or my rather eclectic collection of old records. Current faves are The Carpenters, and Paula Abdul.

What is your favourite (art) website (and why)?
I regularly look at a blog called Hula Seventy belonging to a photographer called Andrea Jenkins, based in Portland, U.S.A. I'm not quite sure how I originally stumbled across her blog, but over and above all the other art blogs I have looked at, I have found myself drawn back to hers time and time again. She has a knack for capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary, and has a great eye for spotting unusual colour and pattern combinations.

Surprising activity/hobby?
I don't know if it's surprising, but I love to dance. Tap, swing, jive, samba, I love it all. I must admit to flitting between different classes though, as I still can't decide on my over-riding favourite.

Do you have a good work/life balance? Are you able to switch off from art work?
I think I have a reasonably good work/life balance. I combine my own designing and making with teaching textiles at City College Brighton and Hove. I really enjoy doing the combination of the two, and think teaching helps to prevent you becoming stale as a designer, as it keeps you on your toes. However, I think that slightly obsessive tendencies go with the territory of being a designer. You never totally switch off from what you do, as you're always on the look out for new ideas and inspiration. I have recently joined a choir, which I absolutely love. It's one of the only times I switch off from my work completely, that and swimming.

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

Do you think art and craft has any real importance?
Of course. Human beings have an innate drive to create, and to communicate ideas with each other. If you find a medium you feel an affinity with, and can really express yourself through, that's a real gift.

What do think are crimes against good taste & decency in art/craft/design?
I don't really want to get personal about any other artists, or craftspeople, but as for design, there's just one word: Crocs.

Can you think of any 'stories' which might be of have you travelled to research your ideas eg what did you do before you started your art career?
I did my research for my current knitwear collection at Winchester School of Art knitting reference library: It's an amazing and inspiring resource of knitting patterns, books and artefacts from 1900's onwards, with private collections donated from Monste Stanley, Richard Rutt, and Jane Waller. I did specific research into Wartime and naval patterns to inform my accessory shapes.I could spend days there.

Sarah will be exhibiting and selling her work at MADE09 in November.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Online Shop of the week - Seed

(Laura Thomas)

SEED, was formed by Sinead Foley, who gave up her day job in Fashion to create this online gallery. SEED was established with the aim of providing emerging artists and designers with a unique, online platform to showcase their talent and to sell their early works. It gives like-minded consumers the chance to discover something new and different from some of the UK’s newest and hottest names.

(Anne Morgan)
As the high-street forces consumers to become increasingly mainstream, Sinead believes there is a counter trend whereby consumers are looking for something unique, something with substance- a story and a history. It’s exciting to be buying affordable design products which might have been created by a future star in the making.

(Sue Foley)
SEED collaborates with a carefully selected group of designers and artists – currently including, art, interior furnishings, ceramics, glassware, sculpture and jewellery. Current artists include, Lucy Bainbridge, Katherine Jones, James Ryan, Laura Thomas, Caroline Saul, Sue Foley, Dayle Green, Jayne Lucas, Anne Morgan and Arscene Vali.

(Dayle Green)
The range continues to expand to ensure all talents and disciplines are encompassed and most importantly, offer products which are not widely available. Most of the artists accept commissions, so totally unique pieces can be created to suit personal requirements.

(Katherine Jones)

Seed are exhibiting at MADE09 in November on Stand 10

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Mike Levy at Castor and Pollux

We went along to Castor and Pollux the other night to see owner Mike Levy's new exhibition. Best known for his ceramics with free sgraffito decoration featuring couples, mermaids and individuals frolicking and generally relaxing without their clothes.

We were intrigued when Mike said last year that he was building himself a print studio, buying presses and moving away (temporarily) from ceramics to make prints.

Mike has kept his spontaneous free illustration style he previously used on the ceramics. Most of his prints are monoprints made directly by transfering ink, from an inked surface directly onto the print by drawing on the back of paper, and shading by rubbing with a finger.

The results are fresh, lively and fun. As they are all monoprints (ie only one of them) they might not last too long so it's probably a good idea to get down there and have a look very soon.

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

Present Day Printmakers

An exhibition of work by printmakers working today is coming up soon at the newly opened Emma Mason Gallery in Eastbourne. "Present Day Printmakers" will be an exhibition of new and recent work by printmakers who are represented at the gallery. There will be several pieces by each printmaker and the show includes three artists who have recently exhibited at the Brighton Art Fair; Sarah Young, Andy Lovell and Flora McLachlan.
There will also be work by Chloe Cheese, Vanessa Burroughes, Michael Kirkman, Ed Kluz, Jenny Portlock and Charles Shearer. There will be framed and unframed work - and it will all be on line too so if you cannot make it to Eastbourne you can still enjoy it!
Present Day Printmakers
31st October - 21st November
Emma Mason Gallery
3 Cornfield terrace
East Sussex
BN21 4NN
Gallery open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10.00 - 5.00pm
Tel. 01323 727545

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Monday, 12 October 2009

Mike Levy prints at Castor and Pollux

Opening on Friday, Castor and Pollux are showing owner Mike's mono prints and paintings.
There will be a number of them up on the website this week and you can email for an invitation.

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Thursday, 8 October 2009

The Midcentury Show in Bristol on Sunday 11th October

This Sunday 11th October The Midcentury Show will be in Bristol. This is the first time for the show to visit Bristol, following the success of the shows in Dulwich, London and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. The Midcentury Show is a one day event where dealers and galleries show and sell their work - ceramics, furniture, glass, textiles, and art from the middle of the last century.

The Midcentury Modern Show
Bath Road
Bristol BS4 3EH

10.00am - 4.00pm
Entry £5.00 (children under 14 free)
Free Parking

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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

From Here - Photography Exhibition

This October, as a prequel to next year's biennial festival of photography, Brighton Photo Fringe is pleased to present From Here, an open-submission exhibition for photographic artists. Three emerging curators, Chloe Hoare, Max Houghton and Yasmina Reggad, were chosen to work with mentor curator John Gill to select an exhibition from over 4000 images submitted from all corners of the globe.

Andre Lichtenberg will be showing a couple of his Vertigo Series, which have been selected at both the AOP Photographers Awards 2009 (London) and the International Color Awards 2009 (Los Angeles USA).

The show will feature many up and coming and established artists including: , Jenny Nordquist, Andre Penteado, Emma Critchley, Wendy Pye, Richard Rowland, Carly Seller, Heather Tait, Jayne Taylor, Benedite Topuz, Evangelia Voutsaki, Mike Whelan, Alexandra Wolkowicz, Will Woods and Ozzy Yorulmaz.

"From Here" runs from 17th October - 8th November 2009 (Opening times: Friday - Sunday 12-6pm) at iCrossing, Moore House, 13 Black Lion Street, Brighton, BN1 1ND

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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Brighton Art Fair - Open now

Is it the best fair and selection we have shown in six years as most visitors have commented? or is it good but not quite as good as last years selection as a few have said? Art is subjective so you may have to come and see for yourself.

Dog lovers may have baulked at the monster 7ft wide cat paintings in the lobby but others have fallen for them and gone away thinking whether they have a wall large enough to hang them!

Anyway by and large the whole exhibition has gone down fantastically well with visitors comments raving about the range and quality of the work on show. The fair's been busy and sales have been quite healthy so far so there's a happy feeling in the hall.

Maria Rivans 'pop' collages

Charlotte Hardy drawings, silkscreens and paintings.

Thursday's Private View

Boxbird - silkscreen prints

Frances Doherty flora inspired ceramic sculptures.

Guy Holder's Ibex?

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Friday, 2 October 2009

Made Art Prizes

Every year this blog - in association with Brighton Art Fair sponsers a number of art prizes for artists exhibiting at the Brighton Art Fair.

This year we awarded 3 prizes to Elizabeth Jardine for her paintings of natural scenes such as this Deer drinking.

Sam Lock's textured and layed abstracts

And Jude Hart's colourful gridded paintings

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Thursday, 1 October 2009

Setting up - real time

Virtually everyone has now arrived at the Corn Exchange and are frantically hanging and trying to get their pictures level

As well as deciding on what their hanging strategy should be. Lots of White space - gallery style or adapted car boot or inbetween. No major problems to speak of and it is looking really interesting, even half hung

I need to have a good look round to see what purchases I will make to add to our 'collection' such as it is. I've got some ideas though...

-- Post From My Phone

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