Meet The Maker – Vanessa Conyers

April 23, 2014

 

Vanessa Conyers - Ceramicist

Vanessa Conyers – Ceramicist

Vanessa studied ceramics at Bath Spa University graduating in 2004 with first class honours and is now based in Dorset. She creates fine ceramics from earthenware paper clay that are printed, wrapped, constructed and then delicately hit until they begin to collapse.

Miss Honey Crumpet pieces

Miss Honey Crumpet pieces

Colour is applied and enamel decals are cut into the surface, and Vanessa is unable to call a piece finished unless it’s sparkling with mother of pearl and with gold, the traditional hallmarks of decadent luxury.

Bridal pieces

Bridal pieces

Inspiration comes from everywhere; design and fashion from many eras, music, colours, feelings and ideas are simmered down into objects that, individually, are explorations of surface design and decoration, but when seen as a series of collections become a form of self portraiture where Vanessa sees a growing essence of her soul and imagination being instilled piece by piece.

Miss Honey Crumpet

Miss Honey Crumpet

Vanessa regularly works on private commissions; her most recent major commission was a 100 piece art deco inspired dinner service. She also runs a pottery teaching studio in Dorset called ‘The Pottery Parlour’. Heart Gallery is proud to be bringing some of Vanessa’s decadent but cheeky collection to Hebden Bridge in the Spring of 2014.

 

 

British Craft Trade Fair

April 11, 2014

I am sorry I haven’t blogged for a while; things have been rather hectic socially with a trip to Nairn in Scotland for a wedding which was amazing. Thought I would rectify the lack of recent posts by giving you a little taster of my trip to Harrogate at the weekend to one of my favourite shows, BCTF.

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BCTF has been promoting British hand-made giftware for more than 35 years, longer than any other trade fair in the UK….I’ve not been visiting for 35 years but I have seen it grow and now there are over 250 makers under one roof showcasing a vast range of handmade work from the British Isles. It’s my favourite show to visit – not just because of the locality which is really handy I have to say – but the atmosphere is always fantastic and it is such a friendly show. Here are some of my makers I managed to catch up with and have a chat and a giggle with:

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As well as meeting up with past and present makers it is a great opportunity to find new makers to showcase in Heart Gallery in the future … I am really excited about some of the new work I found and can’t wait for it to arrive in Hebden Bridge later this year and also in 2015 … yes I have to look that far ahead! No sneaky peeks at the new work yet – you’ll have to keep dipping into this blog but here is an image of something fresh arriving soon just in time for our Burlesque Festival in Hebden Bridge!

Miss Honey Crumpet arriving at Heart Gallery soon

Miss Honey Crumpet arriving at Heart Gallery soon

A Mother’s Love is Tied with Heart Strings

March 21, 2014

Mother’s Day should be every day of the year I think don’t you? I have to say I think I deserve a little thought or two and a considered gift perhaps more than once a year! With that in mind therefore here is a little picture gallery of beautiful gifts we have for your mum …. whatever your budget …. whatever your taste …. whatever she desires … I’m sure you will find a little something that’s simply perfect this year:

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Nicola Taylor’s self portrait images are available on lockets, brooches and iphone covers as well as open ended and limited edition prints.

Music For Those Who Listen - Nicola Taylor

Music For Those Who Listen – Nicola Taylor

Diane Jones makes really gorgeous devore scarves for us and her new Spring designs are now available.

Beautiful devore scarf by Diane Jones

Beautiful devore scarf by Diane Jones

We currently have quite a selection of original paintings by Angela Smyth but perhaps a limited edition print, a pack of her funky badges or one of her notebooks would be something your mum would appreciate too.

Fly Me To The Moon - Angela Smyth

Fly Me To The Moon – Angela Smyth

Laura’s ceramic hearts make a great keepsake as we cover all occasions from weddings to births and christenings … and of course Mother’s Day!

Ceramic Hearts - Laura Crooks

Ceramic Hearts – Laura Crooks

Catherine Green has showcased her work with us before but her new pieces are lovely and colourful and make a perfect pressie for Mum.

Bright poppies stitched print

Bright poppies stitched print

Meet The Maker – Catherine Green

March 20, 2014
Catherine Green - artist

Catherine Green – artist and designer

Catherine’s work incorporates print and stitch on beautifully tactile fabrics such as velvet and satin to create vibrant, tactile pieces. She builds up layers of dye, both printed and painted, before using devore techniques to remove the fabric surface to reveal the delicate silk beneath, creating an almost three dimensional effect.

One Blue Flower - Catherine Green

One Blue Flower – Catherine Green

Catherine works intuitively from her first point of reference and enjoys allowing the design to change and evolve as the piece progresses through each process.

Lavender bag basket

Lavender bag basket

Catherine takes inspiration from the rural and urban areas around her studio in Yorkshire which appear to combine and contrast in perfect harmony; spiky grasses and seed heads set against a backdrop of a geometric cityscape alongside more rural landscapes inspired by the Yorkshire Dales and coastal pieces influenced by the dramatic East Coast.

Cotton tea towels

Cotton tea towels

Alongside her original textile pieces Catherine has developed a range of products to compliment her artwork including greetings cards and prints developed from professional photographs of her work and a new ‘nature inspired’ range of tea towels, all printed here in the UK.

Screenprinted wall pieces

Screenprinted wall pieces

Developing her work further Catherine has created a complimentary selection of screen printed pieces including marine plywood wall art with patterns screen printed directly onto the wood with an insert of co-ordinating screen printed fabric.

Lavender bag

Lavender bag

And last but not least, new and vibrant screen printed lavender bags, filled with beautifully scented Yorkshire lavender!

Meet The Maker – Lindsay Madden

March 15, 2014
Lindsay Madden - artist

Lindsay Madden – artist

Lindsay’s work explores, through painting, the use of objects and photographs, the theme of childhood and growing up.

Oil on Vintage Rulers - Lindsay Madden

Oil on Vintage Rulers – Lindsay Madden

Observing her own children constantly changing and recording their individual journeys increased Lindsay’s awareness of the transience of childhood. While these photographic records act as a springboard for her work, she wants to suggest more than a frozen moment: questioning the events before the moment; the possibilities and potential beyond it; and the bitter sweet experience of parents watching their children grow.

Oil on Vintage Rulers - Lindsay Madden

Oil on Vintage Rulers – Lindsay Madden

Oil on Vintage Rulers - Lindsay Madden

Oil on Vintage Rulers – Lindsay Madden

Objects associated with childhood communicate the longing to hold on to the past, while the combination of chalk and paint acknowledge the ephemeral nature of youth.

Oil on Vintage Rulers - Lindsay Madden

Oil on Vintage Rulers – Lindsay Madden

Oil on Vintage Rulers - Lindsay Madden

Oil on Vintage Rulers – Lindsay Madden

Lindsay’s latest body of work comments on our experiences of school, the notion of continual measurement – physically, mentally, academically, against peers, conformity, uniformity, isolation, insecurities and freedom.

 

Oil on Vintage Rulers - Lindsay Madden

Oil on Vintage Rulers – Lindsay Madden

Children’s body language is universal and timeless and has become the main focus of Lindsay’s work. Extracting the figure from the photographic image and placing it in a more ambiguous context allows the viewer to probe their own memory archives and apply their own narratives.

Oil on Vintage Rulers - Lindsay Madden

Oil on Vintage Rulers – Lindsay Madden

Heart Gallery adores Lindsay’s work and we hope that you will too … what’s not to love?

Oil on Vintage Rulers - Lindsay Madden

Oil on Vintage Rulers – Lindsay Madden

We currently have just a few of Lindsay’s framed originals and quite a number of prints so do call in to see this exciting work soon … you will not be disappointed.

Meet The Maker – Jayne Middlebrook

March 1, 2014
Jayne Middlebrook

Jayne Middlebrook – designer/maker

Jayne makes J.C. Middlebrook lace in her studio in Nottingham from original designs. She worked for many years in sales and training for the equipment she now uses to plot and make her own lace motifs. Eventually Jayne couldn’t resist the urge to create and took the opportunity to start her own business. She uses a machine to interpret the CAD design into thread, before finishing and assembling the creations into contemporary lace jewellery and gifts.

Peacock necklace

Peacock Neck Lace

Jayne is inspired by the industrial heritage of her hometown- Nottingham was once the centre of lace production in the UK- and her first collections drew heavily on old Nottingham Lace patterns and drawings. The latest J.C. Middlebrook collections reflect new and original ideas, both in motif and product design.

Grey Peach Neck Lace

Grey Peach Neck Lace

Jayne makes lace that is comfortable and wearable, so ‘Neck Lace’ is adjustable in length, earrings are so light they’re barely there and lace bracelets ‘lacelets’ soft as a sleeve cuff. Care for the lace couldn’t be easier. Treat as you would a delicate scarf, hand wash then reshape whilst damp, finally pressing from the reverse when dry.

Lace collection

Lace collection

Jayne also enjoys working with other designers and has an ongoing relationship with Karlsruhe goldsmith Brigitte Adolph. Her collaboration with ceramicist Clare Gage led to the ‘Jasper’ range, a collection of Neck Lace, Brooch and Earrings. They took inspiration from various sources- Wedgewood applied patterns, old Nottingham Lace sample books, natural and organic shapes- and brought them together in three decorative wall panels exhibited at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford as part of the ‘Synchronise’ exhibition.

Jasper Neck Lace

Jasper Neck Lace

Heart Gallery is proud to be carefully chosen by Jayne to showcase her latest pieces in Hebden Bridge, particularly with the bridal season picking up speed as we feel Jayne’s work will be a favourite choice for many brides.

Daisy Dreamer Neck Lace

Daisy Dreamer Neck Lace

Meet The Maker – Jinny Ursell

February 26, 2014
Jinny Ursell

Jinny Ursell – Graphic Designer

Jin Designs was established in 2005 by Graphic Designer, Jinny Ursell, in the leafy town of Chorlton, Manchester. Jinny has been creating logos, websites and graphics for over 13 years and in June 2012, launched her own range of home and giftware.
Sitting Cat and Sleeping Cat mugs

Sitting Cat and Sleeping Cat fine bone china mugs

Jinny’s products are of the highest quality and include fine bone china mugs, tea towels, bags, cushions and greeting cards.

Sleeping Cat cushion

Sleeping Cat cushion

 
Jinny has a particular style that appeals to those who like the simple things in life. In a world filled with noise and clutter the emphasis is on clean white space. The designs are subtle, modern and minimalist and may occasionally make you smile.
Posh and Common fine bone china mugs

Posh and Common fine bone china mugs

The new product range is perfect for the modern home and lifestyle and offers a fresh choice to consumers from an independent British designer.

Vintage Sayings Collection of tea towels

Vintage Sayings Collection of tea towels

 Jinny is committed to supporting British made products so with that in mind she makes sure that all her products are of the highest quality and are made here in the UK for Jinny by UK manufacturers. Heart Gallery is proud to be introducing some of Jinny’s designs in March 2013 so do bob in to see them soon.
Sleeping Cat and Sitting Cat tea towels

Sitting Cat and Sleeping Cat tea towels

HILLS, MILLS AND HOUSES

February 25, 2014

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HILLS, MILLS AND HOUSES

We are all looking forward to our next Solo Show in Heart Gallery … this one is bringing you new pen and ink work from one of our favourite artists Clare Caulfield.

Clare Caulfield - Yorkshire based Artist and Printmaker

Clare Caulfield – Yorkshire based Artist and Printmaker

Clare is a Yorkshire based Artist and Printmaker who graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Surface Pattern Design from Staffordshire University in 2000. Combining the processes of drawing, painting, collage and various printmaking techniques Clare captures the excitement, life and vibrancy of many of the world’s most enticing cities including Paris, New York, Venice, Rome, London, Sydney and Prague. The magic of each location being recreated in Clare’s very distinctive and appealing illustrative style of working.

View from Accademia Bridge Venice

View from Academia Bridge Venice, ltd edition print. Clare Caulfield

Drawing has always been a very important part of Clare’s work. She is fascinated by architecture be it the Midtown skyscrapers of Manhattan, The Grand Canal in Venice or simply capturing Parisian life outside a brightly canopied pavement cafe, she strives to create spontaneous lively line work.  Clare uses her sketchbook and camera to record and capture her experiences whist visiting each of these cities, on returning to the studio she then interprets this information to produce her quirky pen and watercolour and mixed-media paintings. For Clare the initial pen drawing is the most important part of the whole process needing to achieve a lively and fluid quality of line. From the initial marks on the paper, Clare chooses not to plan out her composition in pencil first, but to always work directly in pen from the beginning.

'I DO' Wedding Show - Clare Caulfield limited edition print Times Square New York

Times Square New York, limited edition print, Clare Caulfield

 Closer to home Clare has turned her attention to the historic Shambles of York, County Arcade in Leeds, the wonderful East Coast and the beautiful architecture to be found within Saltaire Village: Salts Mill, The United Reformed Church, the shop fronts of Victoria Road and the cobbles of Albert Terrace have all been interpreted in her instantly recognisable style.

Saltaire United Reformed Church, Clare Caulfield

Saltaire United Reformed Church, Clare Caulfield

Shop Fronts County Arcade Leeds, limited edition print, Clare Caulfield

Shop Fronts County Arcade Leeds, limited edition print, Clare Caulfield

Whitby Harbour, limited edition print, Clare Caulfield

Whitby Harbour, limited edition print, Clare Caulfield

Clare’s love of drawing and use of line lend themselves perfectly to her work as a printmaker. She produces her handmade original prints at West Yorkshire Print Workshop where she also teaches weekend screenprint courses. Screen printing allows Clare to transfer the lively original drawings often taken directly from her sketchbook produced whilst on her travels, onto both paper and canvas enabling her prints to maintain this great sense of spontaneity. Within many of her screenprints Clare combines elements of hand painted acrylic and watercolour resulting in each print being a truly individual piece in itself.

Pen and Ink city work by Clare Caulfield

Flatiron Building New York, limited edition print, Clare Caulfield

 Clare also produces drypoint prints, a method of intaglio printmaking as she enjoys the rich velvety line quality it achieves. The prints are created by firstly drawing the image by scratching directly onto the plate with a sharp needle. For each print made the plate is re-coated with ink and then carefully wiped each time therefore every print is original and unique. Only small editions can be made as the plate wears down very quickly during the printing process. Some of these prints also combine elements of chiné colle allowing Clare to introduce subtle areas of colour and texture into her compositions.

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HILLS, MILLS AND HOUSES will be a collection of Clare’s originals depicting Hebden Bridge, Haworth and Saltaire in her own distinctive and appealing style. The preview evening is by invitation only so please do call in to Heart Gallery to collect your invitation if you want to come along, meet Clare and see her new work of our area.

Meet The Maker – Diane Jones

February 13, 2014
Diane Jones - Textile Artist

Diane Jones – Textile Artist

Diane is one of our local artists with her workshop just on the outskirts of Bradford.

Beautiful devore scarf by Diane Jones

Beautiful devore scarf by Diane Jones

Diane makes hand-painted devore scarves in a variety of alluring patterns and colours.

Beautiful devore scarf by Diane Jones

Beautiful devore scarf by Diane Jones

Diane launched her business in 1989 and we first met Diane at The Yorkshire Craft Centre.

Selection of beautiful devore scarves by Diane Jones

Selection of beautiful devore scarves by Diane Jones

When Heart Gallery opened in 2006 we approached Diane to make a small range of her beautiful scarves for us … she continues to showcase her work with us all year round as it is so popular.

Beautiful devore scarf by Diane Jones

Beautiful devore scarf by Diane Jones

Her scarves are soft and warm enough to be worn as winter scarves, yet light enough as an elegant summery wrap.  

Beautiful devore scarf by Diane Jones

Beautiful devore scarf by Diane Jones

Her designs change with the seasons but we particularly like her songbirds and new floral designs.

Selection of songbird devore scarves by Diane Jones

Selection of songbird devore scarves by Diane Jones

When you love someone your HEART celebrates

February 12, 2014

Hello lovelies! A very late blog post with Valentines Day just around the corner and just a teeny tiny one but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

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When you love someone your Heart celebrates. Celebrate Valentines Day with us … we have lots of lovely affordable small romantic gestures but if you don’t have a budget then the whole gallery is at your disposal to browse and find that perfect something for your perfect person.

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Heart Gallery offers its customers a unique shopping experience under the one roof. A chance to see the work of over 100 leading contemporary designers and makers working across a wide range of disciplines. Choose from our stunning collections of jewellery by some of the best independent UK makers including covetable one-offs and highly collectable heirlooms of the future or browse our original handmade objects of desire with craftmanship at the heart.

Love Potion no 9 - etched lab bottles from Andy Poplar

Love Potion no 9 – etched lab bottles from Andy Poplar

We proudly champion British designer talent and source products with provenance for your enjoyment now and for many years to come.

Always a warm welcome in Heart Gallery

Always a warm welcome in Heart Gallery


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