Though currently making one – off pieces my work draws heavily on my training as a textile designer. I use dyes to colour fine Chinese calligraphy papers and tissue paper. Folding and dying produces fascinating random textures once the papers dry. These can be used immediately or new layers of pattern created with batik wax and more dying. The papers are then cut or torn and collaged together, using wax to adhere them. Other materials are sometimes incorporated, such as silk fibres, fine glitter or gold leaf.
Inspiration comes from many sources. Ritual, and mystic, transient moments in nature, folk art, mythology….
I am interested in cultures that call upon unseen forces to help them. Such beliefs can result, I imagine in some enchanting moments, though sometimes make connections with powerful or frightening elements.
The aim is not to make literal interpretations, but to capture the spirit of a special place or magical moment.
Originally made as an installation for the Nowhere festival (Burning Man) Spain 2010, The Slavic Firebird, or "pheonix" as a symbol of freedom, it is the object of a difficult quest. The finding of which and captivation is both a blessing and a bringer of eventual doom to its captor.
Steve takes on private commissions. Including furniture for the garden or home, sculpture, curtain poles, lighting, etc.
He also runs forge workshops for the beginner and intermediate.
I am excited by all sorts of subjects from landscape to the human figure but am less interested in accurate representation than in playing with the drama of colour and energy. My first love was drawing. Elements of this remain in an interest in structure, manifest through a balance of line and mass. I use many different mediums, often combining oil paint and pastel, or charcoal and acrylic, in an attempt to maintain freshness and tension in the work.
Karen grew up in Kent and after a successful career as a textile designer has moved into full-time painting. The surrounding countryside of Kent, and gardens such as Great Dixter and the South East coast also have been her main inspiration as well as her own garden and personal objects. Her paintings are not necessarily representational but create a sense of space and calmness. Borrowing the vistas beyond the garden to meld with the blooms in the foreground, using sweeping strokes and colour just to imply form is an essential strand to her work. Working mainly in Acrylic on Canvas, board or paper.
After a 34 year flying career I decided that visual art was a better way to express myself. I obtained a Higher National Diploma in Fine Art at Hastings College in 1998, specializing in sculpture, mainly large wooden constructions which I have continued to make since then. In 2006 I completed another HND in Craft, specialising in ceramics.
At present my work includes painting, collage, sculpture and ceramic sculpture.
Linda's work combines figurative and abstract elements. She paints men formally dressed in suits,shirts and ties. Their gestures are ambiguous and their expressions unclear or hidden, sometimes giving the paintings an unsettling or sinister atmosphere. The figures exist in inexplicable spaces - against a background of repeating floating emblems or in a landscape dominated by elemental forms.
Linda is a graduate of Edinburgh University and Wimbledon School of Art. She lives and works in London where her paintings are regularly on show.
June Frickleton is a Scottish artist based in Brighton. After graduating with a BA(Hons) from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, she won a Hungarian Government Scholarship to study for a year at the Academy of Fine Art in Budapest. She then completed an MA in European in Art in Barcelona and Winchester through Winchester College of Art before going on to complete a certificate in Arts Management at Sussex University and a City in Guild in Adult Education Teaching at City College, Brighton.
June uses a personal vocabulary to create sumptuous abstract paintings that deal with pure colour and form.The paintings have a strong visual impact that is heightened by the use of a reduced palatte.
As a Sculptor I trained at Central St.Martins in London and obtained a First Class Honours in Fine Art in 1991. I currently work in a whole variety of materials including carved reclaimed wood, willow, mosaic,wire and recycled materials. I currently run the Sculpture Course at Sussex Downs Eastbourne together with a number of other 3 dimensional courses for adults where I actively encourage students to use waste/ recycled materials to create sculpture.
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