Archive for the ‘Hebden Bridge’ Category

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 – Clare Ashton

June 7, 2014
Clare Ashton - Textile Artist

Clare Ashton – Textile Artist

Clare came to feltmaking seven years ago as part of a creative textiles course and instantly fell in love with this creative process and set out to discover its possibilities. Felt opened up so many avenues for pictorial and abstract work, in 2D or onward into sculpture. Through her own personal journey with wool and through her diploma in felt making Clare has ventured down many paths of creativity.

Small and Medium notebooks (Travel Journals also available)

Small and Medium sketchbooks (Travel Journals also available)

There is a wonder in the technique of making felt as loose fibres fuse and knit themselves together under her hands, becoming a fabric of as many varied shapes and textures as she can imagine.

Small and Medium notebooks (Travel Journals also available)

Small and Medium sketchbooks (Travel Journals also available)

In the past Clare has built up her images during the half-felt stages, but after she was introduced to a way of reliably printing on felt Clare has pursued this process. Screen printing has enabled Clare to bring her fine art skills to the textiles she so loves making.

Clare's designs start in her sketchbook (one of her own of course!)

Clare’s designs start in her sketchbook (one of her own of course!)

Clare uses British sheep wool in her felt. This way she can know the story of the wool, where it comes from, the landscape the sheep walked in, the weather it endured. Clare also knows it did not have to pollute the skies or oceans to reach her.   Knowing the source of her materials leads her thinking onto the subject of the images she is then imposing onto it. To Clare it calls out to be the plants and animals, landscapes and structures which share the countryside the sheep inhabit.

Small and Medium notebooks (Travel Journals also available)

Small and Medium sketchbooks (Travel Journals also available)

Clare also tries to keep her other sourcing as local or ethical as possible. The cotton which lines her book covers is unbleached and organic. The quality art books are made by Seawhite in Brighton, the soaps in Bradford and the lampshade frames are manufactured in the UK.

One of Clare's recent designs now sold as a lampshade

One of Clare’s recent designs now sold as a lampshade

When all these elements come together Clare is gratified that her work has integrity. It has been true to her creativity, her environment, her inspiration, her soul and her creator. An ethos that Heart Gallery also shares which is why we are ever so excited to have been carefully chosen by her as her Hebden Bridge stockist.

 

 

 

Meet The Maker – Jade Murray

June 4, 2014
Jade Murray

Jade Murray – designer /maker

Jade is a fine art graduate based in Northumberland and designs and makes cute and playful pieces of jewellery which are laser cut from wood.

Wooden Cat Necklace

Wooden Cat Necklace

Her Wooden Creatures Collection is inspired by Jade’s all time favourite animals.

Wooden Elephant Range

Wooden Elephant Range

Each piece of jewellery is designed by Jade on a computer software program and then laser cut from FSC certified birch plywood. Every piece is then hand finished in her studio to make a very cute piece of jewellery.

Wooden Owl Studs

Wooden Owl Studs

Jade’s work is fun, refreshing and guaranteed to bring an enormous amount of happiness into your life!

A Cluster of Wooden Studs

A Cluster of Wooden Studs

Jade’s range for Heart Gallery expresses what we love about jewellery and illustration; simple, quirky and fun designs that are easy to style.

 

 

Meet The Maker – Hayley Murphy

June 2, 2014

 

Hayley Murphy

Hayley Murphy – Textile Artist

Hayley’s work is influenced by narrative, memories, and scenery. Using textiles and sewing as the base she creates intricate and beguiling art works using dissolvable fabric and thread that tell visual stories.

Stitch work Hayley Murphy

Stitch work Hayley Murphy

Hayley makes most of her work using a sewing machine and uses the machine to draw with stitch. Currently her work is patiently created using layers upon layers of stitch. Hayley uses dissolvable fabric to create these layers then once finished the fabric is dissolved in water revealing only the stitch as the outline which supports itself and leaves only the memory of the process.

Stitch work Hayley Murphy

Stitch work Hayley Murphy

For the past 3 years at University, Hayley has pursued this direction discovering how versatile both dissolvable fabric and thread are combined together. She likes to experiment with different sewing techniques and threads to create different drawing techniques and works that are both 2Dimensional and 3Dimensional.

Stitch work Hayley Murphy

Stitch work Hayley Murphy

Recently, Hayley has been experimenting with scale and creating larger works. Thread is an incredibly versatile material to work with in terms of the variety that can be achieved; although the techniques she uses to create work with can be time consuming and require patience, this makes the outcome potentially exciting as she knows that the work will be worthwhile, unique and rewarding. Hayley has found using different techniques of stitch can create different moods, feelings and evoke emotions which is essentially drawing with stitch.

Stitch work Hayley Murphy

Stitch work Hayley Murphy

Heart Gallery is really proud to be showcasing Hayley’s work in 2014 after first seeing her incredible work at The Art Market last year…we are wishing her all the best for her graduation this Summer.

 

 

Meet The Maker – Alice Clarke

May 30, 2014
Alice Clarke - Jeweller

Alice Clarke – Jeweller

Alice’s collection of jewellery for Heart Gallery is based on Lichen, the composition of two organisms; algae and fungi.

Med ring

Med ring

Alice took inspiration from her rural roots in North Yorkshire where Lichen thrives.

Bangle

Bangle

These delicate forms hang off branches like a beard and cover boulders in a mint green carpet.

Studs

Studs

Lichens take that they need to survive from the air; therefore needing a pure and non-polluted environment.

Small rings

Small rings

Alice wanted to capture the intricate detail and elevate the preciousness of ‘clean air’.

Large Ring

Large Ring

By combining traditional techniques with contemporary design Alice has created a stunning collection of cast sterling silver rings, earrings, bangle and necklaces for us, all of which are included in our Summer Showcase Exhibition between June – August.

 

Meet The Maker – Natasha Newton

May 28, 2014
Natasha Newton - artist

Natasha Newton – artist and illustrator

Natasha  is an artist and illustrator working from her studio in the beautiful coastal county of Suffolk. She also spends a few months of the year in Paris, dividing her time between the two places.

Nurture 5

Nurture 5

Through art Natasha explores a love of birds, nature and astronomy, conveying the magic and beauty that surrounds us every day. Inspired by the form and simplicity of the winter landscape, she often paints scenes that reflect where she would like to be and tends to use colours that evoke a strong memory or feeling, making the work symbolic and slightly dream-like.

Walking Through A Dream 3

Walking Through A Dream 3

Natasha has exhibited with many galleries throughout the UK, and her work has been selected several times for major shows in London, including winning an award at The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition. Natasha currently has her work on display on a permanent basis with the Serena Hall Gallery in Southwold, Suffolk and Snape Maltings Gallery, Suffolk, as well as taking part in group and solo exhibitions at venues across the UK and abroad.

Painted Stones (sold in sets of 4)

Painted Stones (sold in sets of 4)

In recent years Natasha’s work has gained a large international following and she now sells to collectors all over the world, with paintings and illustrations in around 20 different countries.

Enchanted Wood 2

Enchanted Wood 2

Natasha regularly accepts fine art painting commissions and illustration work; her art has been used by the book publishing company Random House for a series of five books by the author Jorge Bucay, on the front cover of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine (Jan/Feb 2014), by Moo Print Ltd on a selection of business cards and stationery, and to illustrate various magazine articles and CD covers.

Nurture 2

Nurture 2

A collection of Natasha’s painted stones were featured in the March 2012 issue of Homes and Gardens magazine in the UK. Heart Gallery is proud to once more bring you a small showcase of Natasha’s canvases and stones.

 


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