This month we have been getting lots of new exciting deliveries after our annual visit to the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. New ceramics, jewellery and textiles are all on offer, and in coming months much more will be arriving. Read on for details…
We are also coming to the end of our first exhibition this year, the wonderful ’35’ show of John Degnan’s paintings and prints. We’ve had a great response to the show, and the accompanying book, written by Ian Scott-Massie has proved very popular indeed. Now we are looking ahead to our next exhibition, opening mid May, – this one dedicated entirely to one material – paper. Paperworks explores the versatile and fascinating world of paper art – from collage to papercutting, to using paper in sculpture. It is a medium that’s been around for many years, but with designers such as Paul Smith and shops like Fortnum and Mason using papercutting as inspiration, the artform has become hugely popular in recent years. We wanted to celebrate the brilliance of this humble material by bringing together 8 of the best paper artists from across the country in what promises to be a most exciting exhibition. Have a first look at some of the artwork and get to know a little about the artists below.
We’re really pleased to have nationally recognised paper artists taking part in the show, including Helen Musselwhite, a Cheshire-based artist whose distinctive designs have been used in national and international advertising campaigns for Audi and Nokia to name a few.
If you’ve read a few children’s books in recent years then you may well have browsed Kate Slater’s beautiful illustrations, which adorn the pages of titles such as Magpie’s Treasure.
Closer to home, you may have spotted Clare Lindley’s romantic paper-cuts on display at The Station, and Sarah Morpeth’s breathtaking paper-cut window display in 2012 at The Georgian Theatre, both in Richmond.
Browse March/April’s issue of Craft and Design Magazine and you will find the work of Jennifer Collier gracing the front cover!
Yasemin Wigglesworth has designed paper-cut inspired clothing for Painswick Couture, and Elizabeth Shorrock’s handmade paper map books can be spotted at book fairs across the country, including the Leeds International Artists Book Fair.
Curator of Paperworks, Rosie Scott-Massie, has exhibited her paper-cut collages in galleries around the country, as well as in the North Yorkshire Open Studios 2012.
Although you may have spotted our Paperworks artists elsewhere, we can guarantee that seeing their work all together in an exhibition like this will be a first! We are delighted by the diversity of artwork in this exhibition and hope you will be too. See you in May!
You may have been wondering what the ‘pebble’ element of our blog’s title relates too. We’ve had a lovely new selection of felt pebbles, handmade by Lindsay Tyson, delivered! Each one is unique and embellished with embroidery and print.
From a distance Craig Fellows’ purses and notebooks may simply look like prettily patterned fabric, but get closer and you’ll soon see wings, legs and antenna….Craig creates incredibly detailed ink drawings of bees, bugs, slugs and plants, and uses these illustrations to make his contemporary fabrics, which in turn is used to make scarves, cushions, purses and handkerchiefs. We have been lusting after some of these beautiful accessories for a while now, and are delighted to finally have them on our shelves.
Katherine uses porcelain to create her delicate range of jewellery and ceramics. We fell in love with her tiny bottles and key necklaces when we saw her work at the British Craft Trade Fair in April. Each piece is unique and intricately glazed and textured.
We also have a great new selection of felt pebbles from Lindsay Tyson, each one uniquely printed and embroidered. In the coming months we will be welcoming more new artists and suppliers, including Clare Collinson jewellery, Jessica Hogarth stationary and Hannah Nunn lampshades, so keep popping in to get a first look at what’s new.