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.

Sarah

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

 

 

CREATING OUR THEMED GARDEN

June 21, 2014

Well this project was just a seed at the beginning of the year after attending a meeting with Welcome To Yorkshire about the Tour De France Stage 2 heading through Hebden Bridge on 6th July. It’s now nearly complete but as always … we left it late #lastminute.com! Enjoy the little photo montage of our creation:

The process it took from buying 200 metres of yellow ribbon to yarnbomb around the silver birch in the garden. Then we had to add some felted yellow cycles to the bunting on green grass to represent Yorkshire in all its glory.

 This is a condensed version of the process it took from buying 200 metres of yellow ribbon to yarnbomb around the silver birch in the garden to the final result to celebrate Le Tour de France in Yorkshire. This included adding some felted yellow cycles to the bunting on green grass to represent Yorkshire in all its glory. We were pleased with the finished result and we have had loads of comments since completing so thank you everyone for all of your support.

 

Meet The Maker – Louise Webb

June 19, 2014

 

Louise Webb - Artist

Louise Webb – Artist

Louise lives and works in North Yorkshire from which her inspiration has been drawn to create works that fuse wildlife imagery and the theme of the Tour de France. The sprint finishes combined with the climbing sections of the race reminded her of the children’s fable, the hare and the tortoise: how riders need both stamina and speed to win the race.

The Hare and The Tortoise (limited edition)

The Hare and The Tortoise Drypoint (limited edition)

The manner in which riders and ultimately race leaders are supported by their team members, ‘domestiques’, to enable them to complete the epic cycle event really interested her.

Hare duster

Printed Hare Duster

The play on the term ‘domestic’ fuelled an idea to print directly onto rubber gloves and dusters which captured the yellow of the race leader‘s jersey.

Printed Rubber Glove on Map

Printed Rubber Glove on Map of sections of the route

Collaged elements have then been added to draw upon the red polka dot jersey, the motif of a bicycle and sections of the route that make up Le Grand Depart.

Printed Tortoise Duster

Printed Tortoise Duster

Her love of drawing is captured through the drypoint print process and she enjoys experimenting with unusual surfaces on which to print.

Printed Rubber Glove

Printed Rubber Glove

This inspired body of work by Louise for Heart Gallery is part of our Summer Showcase … call in to see it and read all about Louise in our Picture Gallery x

Meet The Maker – Louise Wilson

June 17, 2014
Louise Wilson - Artist

Louise Wilson – Artist

Louise is a contemporary wire artist based in Staffordshire. She uses wire and found materials to create 3D drawings and sculptures of everyday objects.

Wire work Louise Wilson

Wire work Louise Wilson

Louise’s inspirations include found objects and nostalgic items and anything she finds that has an interesting line. She then aims to give this line a new life through different experimental techniques.

Wire Spectacles

Wire Spectacles

The wire is simple and elegant allowing the focus to be on the line of the object, something so simple and yet often missed.

Wire Bicycle duo

Wire Bicycle duo

Louise aims to bring a decorative touch to the wire using thread wrapping, twisting and rolling and also including real objects.

Wire work Louise Wilson

Wire work Louise Wilson

The sculptures are often to scale, replicating the object. The line looks almost drawn on creating the impression of three dimensional drawings.

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

Louise’s latest work for Heart Gallery’s Summer Showcase includes Puncture Repair Kits with little wire bikes and larger wire bike sculptures featuring wrapped coloured thread … all inspired by Le Tour Grand Départ Stage 2 heading through Hebden Bridge on the 6th July!

 


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