Letter writing like we used to!

August 24, 2014

Hello friends

2014-08-24 09.19.08 I made a New Year’s promise this year to start writing letters and postcards again to friends and family. Although I don’t write these as often as I should, when I take time out of my busy day to sit with a cuppa, a coloured pen and my lovely new writing paper I feel calm and I also find it quite cathartic.

 

 

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I write as little or as much as I feel is right; sometimes just a few scribbled words on a postcard whilst on a day trip to the coast. These stolen words are greatly appreciated at the other end when they arrive and that makes me feel warm inside. The plus side to this of course   is I now occasionally come home from work to find something on my door mat that isn’t a bill or junk mail!

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It feels great to communicate this way again.

 

 

We are currently looking at our Heart Gallery database which, for the past 7 years, has been managed via customer’s email addresses provided. This has been a great way for us to keep in touch and send out our exhibition info to your inbox and will continue as long as you are subscribed to that list.

However, our invites are so lovingly designed then locally printed we have decided it is such a shame that they don’t come through the post and land on your doormat for you to enjoy. Therefore, we are now inviting you to email us your name and full postal address if you would prefer to be contacted this way. A step back in time to how it used to be before life got so hectic and technology took over!

Remember – we do not pass your information on to a third party and we only use it to keep in touch so your email address or postal address is safe with Heart Gallery.

Email us at Heart Gallery with your preference: heartgallery@btinternet.com

Below is an image for our next exhibition ‘We all Cast Shadows’ by Gillian Lee Smith which includes a Conversation with the Artist on 18th September 2014 and a Preview on 2nd October.

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The invites are ready to post out so let me know if you would like one.
Thank you, Alison x

 

 

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Meet The Maker – Teresa Winchester

July 30, 2014
Teresa Winchester - Artist

Teresa Winchester – Artist

Teresa is a printmaker who lives and works in Brighton on an ancient Columbian press dating back to 1842 at the BIP studio in Kemptown.

Teresa's studio

Teresa’s studio

She studied printmaking at Goldsmiths and has returned to working on lino prints in recent years after painting for some while.

Lino printing

Lino printing

Tipu's Tiger lino print

Tipu’s Tiger lino print

Also a storyteller there is an element of magic narrative and a sense of the dream world in her prints, which are sometimes inspired by the books Teresa read as a young girl.

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

Some themes are traditional with a unique twist, and others do not have a text but aim to spark memories and individual ideas.

Running With

Running With

Images are created from imaginary worlds often recalling that place before sleep where girls dance with hares and rabbits garlanded with red flowers race through dark forests.

Witch Hare

Witch Hare

And the moon is always shining.

Run Rooster

Run Rooster

A love of the natural world and the beauty of plant and animal life enriches the work.

Spring Dance

Spring Dance

We are really happy to announce that we now have Teresa’s greetings cards in stock and there is a huge range of her designs to choose from.

Cat At Play

Cat At Play

Plans are being made for a solo show with Teresa in 2015 when we will have a lovely storytelling evening with her and Hebden Bridge’s very own and very talented storyteller Ursula Holden-Gill. If you want an exclusive invite to this evening you must leave your name and address and/or email with us next time you visit or email me at heartgallery@btinternet.com, thank you Alison x

 

Meet The Maker – Priscilla Jones

July 25, 2014
Priscilla Jones - Artist

Priscilla Jones – Textile Artist

Priscilla has been producing contemporary mixed media pieces in 2D and 3D since completing her degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997. Priscilla has since taught in FE, HE and Adult education and currently tutors for the BA Textile Programme at the Open College of the Arts. She also runs workshops for schools, colleges and independent galleries.

Victoria Sponge

Victoria Sponge

 

Her work focuses on the use of found materials creating pieces that evoke personal memories of her childhood and love of sewing.

Sail Away

Sail Away

 

Constantly inspired by her environment Priscilla lives on the Northwest Coast of England and working from her studio she reflects the faded beauty of her surroundings.

Priscilla Jones

Beach Huts

 

Her work describes the soft tones and textures of nostalgic imagery from a bygone era.

Bird

Bird

 

Priscilla’s pieces are sold and exhibited across the UK, Europe and USA, with many pieces held in public and private collections. and we are proud to once more be showcasing Priscilla’s recent work as a collection of prints.

 

 

 

Meet The Maker – Alison Hullyer

July 16, 2014
Alison Hullyer - Printmaker

Alison Hullyer – Printmaker

Alison is a freelance artist, illustrator and printmaker, working in a village just outside Cambridge. She designs primarily for the greetings card and stationary industry but has recently started producing her own line of products. 

Bike tea towels at Heart Gallery by Alison Hullyer

Bike tea towels at Heart Gallery by Alison Hullyer

We contacted Alison specifically for one of her new ranges of tea towels to coincide with the Tour de France cycling though Hebden Bridge and Yorkshire.

Detail of part of the design on the bike tea towel

Detail of part of the design on the bike tea towel

Alison has developed her range of tea towels and coasters as way of being able to sell her designs in a more direct way. 

Bike tea towels come in white cotton and unbleached cotton

Bike tea towels come in white cotton and unbleached cotton

Alison uses various techniques in her work including pen and ink, oils, watercolours and also combining hand-drawn images with digital tecnology.  Her printmaking methods include collography, linoprinting and dry-point.

Seed Head tea towels by Alison Hullyer

Seed Head tea towels by Alison Hullyer

We look forward to working with Alison again in the future but in the meantime we are continuing to sell her bike tea towels as they have proved very popular, both colourways are £10 each.

 

Meet the Maker – Sarah Westwood

July 7, 2014

 

Sarah Westwood - Artist

Sarah Westwood – Artist

Sarah uses her surroundings to inspire her, from her garden to birds.  Her work represents her idea of an ideal world, they are images that intend to make people smile and chuckle. 

Mr and Mrs Fox

Mr and Mrs Fox

Sarah creates images out of coloured recycled paper, layering the images on to a canvas of wood.  This then creates the first layer which is then layered with beeswax. 

Sarah Westwood

Bird Cages

This process then continues until she has 3 or 4 layers.  The final layer is carved into with oil paint and sealed using a flame.  The wood has a lovely detailed hanger on the back making the whole piece easy to hang and smart.

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Dogs can ride Bicycles too

Sarah mainly sells her small pieces of art to private buyers and at designer maker fairs throughout the UK. 

Chickens

Chickens

Sarah is excited to be working with Heart Gallery and hopes you enjoy her world as much as we are enjoying it.

 

Meet The Maker – Helen Noakes

July 5, 2014
Helen Noakes - Jeweller

Helen Noakes – Jeweller

Based in Salisbury Helen Noakes is widely recognised within the jewellery community and beyond for her beautifully executed work in resin and precious metals.

Resin bangle with cyclists

Resin bangle with cyclists

This recognition has been rewarded this year as Helen was voted The Best Maker in the South West by the lovely team at Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival – and very much deserved indeed I have to say.

Necklace, round charm and barrel bead with cyclist and lyric's from a Mungo Jerry song

Necklace, round charm and barrel bead with cyclist and lyric’s from a Mungo Jerry song

Following a chance discovery of a single box of miniature figures and a book on resin Helen quickly developed an obsession with combining the two into her varied and stunning collection about 12 years ago. 

Small round necklace with cyclist

Small round necklace with cyclist

Now selling across the country and featuring in several books Helen incorporates everything from penguins to nuns to circus performers…..and this year, especially for Heart Gallery bicycles and cyclists!

Gypsy hoop earrings with bicycle

Gypsy hoop earrings with bicycle

The most important aspect with Helen’s jewellery is the element of surprise and humour integral to each piece – a second look is a must.

Resin necklace with bicycle

Resin necklace with bicycle

Helen’s world is truly magical seeking inspiration from everything … even icy pools! Her jewellery can take from 40 minutes to 50 hours to complete depending solely on the final piece she is creating.

Charm angle with cyclist and text

Charm bangle with cyclist and lyrics from a Mungo Jerry song

Helen constantly pushes boundaries as quite often poor imitations of her work crop up which frustrates her immensely (and is so, so wrong – you must innovate not immitate others!) but this also motivates her to innovate and push ahead with new techniques.

Stunning large ring with cyclist and text

Stunning large ring with cyclist and text

Helen is one of Heart Gallery’s favourite jewellers and we are happy to be showcasing another range from her in this our eighth year to celebrate the Tour de France Grand Depart heading through Yorkshire and Hebden Bridge this weekend. Bonne chance a tous les cyclistes jusqu’a nos collines x

Beautiful cufflinks with bicycle

Beautiful cufflinks with bicycle

 

Meet The Maker – Nikki Brown

July 2, 2014

 

Nikki Brown - Artist

Nikki Brown – Artist

Nikki is inspired by the smallest of details in nature and this is reflected in her work. A life long love and curiosity with butterflies, beetles, nature and well crafted miniatures somehow developed into a partnership with footwear. (An obsession with shoes was noticed at her first trip to a shoe shop, before she could even walk!). So it comes as no surprise that her work has manifested into what it is today. She gives you a unique twist on the Entomology/Lepidopterist wall display.

2 pairs of  shoes - Nikki Brown

2 pairs of shoes – Nikki Brown

Made entirely of polymer clay, these shoes are not painted. The main technique involved is called called “Millefiori” (Italian meaning a thousand flowers). This is how the patterns are made within the clay. Originally this was used for making mosaic beads and is also associated with venetian glass.

Blue Shoes - Nikki Brown

Blue Shoes – Nikki Brown

Another process Nikki uses is known as “Mokume Gane” which was initially used in 17th-century Japan, a mixed-metal process, used only for sword fittings and later for designs in lacquered boxes. This technique which results in distinctive layered patterns works beautifully with polymer clay.  

Selection of small shoes by Nikki Brown - bear in mind all these are no larger than 1.5cms!

Selection of small shoes by Nikki Brown – bear in mind all these are no larger than 1.5cms!

Nikki has adapted these techniques after much experimentation to achieve the desired effects she uses within her work. The shimmering effects you see are gold and silver leaf.  Each pair are approximately 1.5 inches in length.  Each design is unique and cannot be duplicated. Artwork is polished to a glassy sheen and coated to seal. All her work is stamped with her maker’s mark.

Small shoes - Nikki Brown

Small shoes – Nikki Brown

Nikki prides herself on her craftsmanship and has worked to commission for some well know names, those famous for their talents as well as their signature footware!

Who might these belong to I wonder?

Who might these belong to I wonder?

Recently Nikki sold work in Kings Rd, London and The Affordable Art Fair both in London and Singapore. She is now working on some large scale pieces (1 metre square) as well as continuing with her smaller works. 

Framed selection of small shoes by Nikki Brown

Framed selection of small shoes by Nikki Brown

Nikki hopes you enjoy her work, as she loves to spread a little bit of magic around and evoke the child like wonder, which exists in all of us. 

Roses grow on you x

Roses grow on you x

You can see why Heart Gallery loves Nikki and her work now can’t you?

Nikki's Tour de France piece at Heart Gallery now for the Summer of 2014

Nikki’s Tour de France piece at Heart Gallery now for the Summer of 2014

 

Meet the Maker – Vikki Garside

June 30, 2014
Vikki Garside - textile artist

Vikki Garside – textile artist

Vikki’s love of folklore and nature combined with a passion for art and textiles was always a huge inspiration that led her to achieve a degree in Embroidery in 2002.

Embroidered British Butterflies

Embroidered British Butterflies

Following the degree Vikki worked as an embroidery designer and in 2006 she returned to education and gained an MA in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design. There she created her first collection of dresses based on old versions of popular fairy tales.

Embroidered White Rose for Yorkshire

Embroidered White Rose for Yorkshire

Vikki’s label Liliia was launched in 2009 with the aim to create unique, detailed, hand crafted bridal wear and accessories in luxury fabrics adorned with intricate embroidery and embellishments.

Silk corsage

Silk Corsage

Silk Corsage

Silk Corsage

Vikki’s work is still inspired by the fairy tales, folklore and nature she appreciated as a child, as well as decorative arts and historical costume.

Embroidered Tudor Rose

Embroidered Tudor Rose

The designs develop from initial drawings and studies which then pass through many different processes of dye, print, stitch, cutwork and heat manipulation to create unique and entirely wearable, decorative and colourful textile accessories.

Embroidered Butterfly

Embroidered Butterfly

Meet The Maker – Rowena Gilbert

June 29, 2014
Rowena Gilbert - Ceramicist

Rowena Gilbert – Ceramicist

The clay vessel is Rowena’s  bold canvas; strong, simple and unfussy in form.

Tall vessel

Tall vessel

Layers of clay echo periods of time, memories; slow, controlled, ordered. The surface evokes moods, tensions, actions, reactions. 

Spherical bowl

Spherical bowl

Rowena’s pots and bowls are slip-cast using a fine white clay body or she has added metal oxides to produce red and black clay bodies.

Tall bowls

Tall bowls

The coloured clay layers (additions of metal oxides for reds and blacks) are brushed on or inlaid in incised lines and marks.

Low bowl

Low bowl

The surface marks are created using various sgraffito tools when the clay pot is in a leather-hard state.

Sake cup

Sake cup

Rowena bisque fires to 1000°C then mask areas on the outside of the pot/bowl using wax or paper resist, glazing the unmasked areas with a transparent gloss with the final firing at 1120°C or 1220°C.

Stem vases

Stem vases

Searching for the perfect fusion of strong design, innovative style and spontaneous expression.

 

 

Meet The Maker – Claire Lowe

June 27, 2014

 

Claire Lowe - Jeweller

Claire Lowe – Jeweller

Claire creates a unique collection of jewellery using silver and resins.

New collection for Heart Gallery incorporating the leaves from Yorkshire Tea!

New collection for Heart Gallery incorporating the leaves from Yorkshire Tea!

Her main influence is tea and the traditions of tea drinking. Tea is used as a material and a subject to focus her designs.

Double tea earrings

Double tea earrings

A combination of polished silver and clear or white resin embedded with tea gives a fantastic finish.

Necklace using tea leaves set in white resin encased with silver

Necklace using tea leaves set in white resin encased with silver

Teapots and teacups are hand pierced from silver sheet and are layered within the pieces alongside text, which is relevant to the tea inside the resin.

Yorkshire Tea jewellery by Claire Lowe

Yorkshire Tea jewellery by Claire Lowe

Here at Heart Gallery tea helps us get through the day so it was only natural that we fell in love with Claire’s style. For our Summer Showcase 2014 we asked Claire to make us a range using Yorkshire Tea of course … we hope you love your little piece of Yorkshire Tea!

PicMonkey Collage

 

 


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