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Meet The Maker – Anna Calvert

February 7, 2014
Anna Calvert - Jeweller

Anna Calvert – Jeweller

Anna is a jewellery designer who creates striking jewellery using a mix of luxurious leather and silver.

Grace Necklace - oxidised silver and red leather

Grace Necklace – oxidised silver and red leather

Anna gained her BA Hons degree at Loughborough University in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing. After this she secured a place at design space, a business start-up scheme where Anna Calvert Jewellery was launched in 2009.

Silver brooch

Silver brooch

Her aim is to create uniquely feminine and glamorous pieces of handmade jewellery.

Small hammered studs - oxidised silver and red leather

Small hammered studs – oxidised silver and red leather

Her main source of inspiration comes from an old railway line just down the road from her home. Here the scenery is ever-changing and each visit reveals a fresh source of inspiration and something exciting and new to look at.  

Silver necklace

Silver necklace

Anna’s current collections are a mix of precious metals and soft leather. She uses traditional silversmithing techniques, but the introduction of leather into the pieces creates a fresh approach to the jewellery and gives it a unique and tactile element for the wearer to enjoy.

Oxidised silver and red leather drop earrings

Oxidised silver and red leather drop earrings

Anna’s stunning collection has to be seen so make sure you bob into Heart Gallery soon … you will not be disappointed x

Silver studs

Silver studs

Meet The Maker – Tamsin Francesca

February 5, 2014
Tamsin Francesca - Jeweller

Tamsin Francesca – Jeweller

Both contemporary and delicately feminine, Tamsin Francesca’s designs are as unique as the modern woman.

Baya necklace

Baya necklace – multi bud version in silver and gold vermeil with 25 freshwater pearls

Crafted from fine silver wire, the lace detailing is entirely handmade creating lightweight yet highly durable pieces, strong enough to be worn everyday.

Baya continuous bracelet

Baya continuous vine bracelet hand crocheted in silver and 18ct gold vermeil

Tamsin became interested in lace making and other textile techniques when she discovered renowned lace makers in her family.

Baya 5 bud long drop earrings

Baya 5 bud long drop earrings

Whilst researching her family she began to teach herself the traditional skills her ancestors had used and combined them with the jeweller’s techniques to create a modern twist on tradition.

Baya 5 bud necklace

Baya 5 bud necklace

Each of Tamsin’s pieces is lovingly handmade making each piece unique.

Baya bridal tiara

Baya bridal tiara

We are proud to showcase Tamsin’s Baya collection here in Hebden Bridge and Tamsin is happy to make bespoke pieces upon request so do please ask about this service.

Meet The Maker – Laura Thomas

February 1, 2014
Laura Thomas - Jeweller

Laura Thomas – Jeweller

From a young age Laura had a huge passion for design. With a background in Product Design, she furthered her design knowledge by studying Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London.

Studs, silver and veneer - Laura Thomas

Studs, silver and veneer – Laura Thomas

Laura graduated in 2010 and returned home to South Wales, with an opportunity to join forces with two very well-established welsh contemporary jewellers.

Lapel Pin, silver and veneer - Laura Thomas

Lapel Pin, silver and veneer – Laura Thomas

Inspired by the richness of colour and texture found in an array of rare natural woods, Laura explores surface and geometrical repeated patterns by means of precision cut veneers.

Brooch, silver and veneer - Laura Thomas

Brooch, silver and veneer – Laura Thomas

This exploration, coupled with fine metal working skills results in her individual interpretation of parquetry; an exceptional surface decoration technique that was adopted in the 1600, seen as a luxury craft that beautified and enhanced both furniture and interiors.

Bangles, silver and veneer - Laura Thomas

Bangles, silver and veneer – Laura Thomas

Taking this technique one step further, parquetry is now used to beautify and enhance both the jewellery and the wearer.

Cufflinks, silver and veneer - Laura Thomas

Cufflinks, silver and veneer – Laura Thomas

Laura’s new jewellery collection for Heart Gallery is an ensemble of beautiful rich wood veneers individually inlayed into soft frosted silver.

Rings, silver and veneer - Laura Thomas

Rings, silver and veneer – Laura Thomas

Wood you wear me?

Meet The Maker – Rachel Brown

January 31, 2014
Rachel Brown - Jeweller

Rachel Brown – Jeweller

Rachel is a senior design lecturer at Huddersfield University and teaches on the BA Hons Interdisciplinary Art & Design Course based in Barnsley.

Pendant

Pendant

Rachel’s current collection of jewellery is inspired by random doodles and sketches that explore repetitive, familiar shapes and patterns.

Ring

Ring

These are then drawn onto a surface of white enamel with a graphite pencil or rolled onto copper/silver, covered with a layer of white enamel and rubbed back.

Earrings

Earrings

Rachel uses white enamel because of the variety of subtle colours you can achieve during the firing process.

Collection of brooches

Collection of brooches

Each jewellery piece Rachel creates is unique not just in terms of the colour of the enamel but in the patterns and lines that are drawn and rolled on.

Studs

Studs

Here at Heart Gallery we are loving this new collection sitting boldy and proudly in our cabinet – please do call in soon to see it for yourself x

Hello 2014!

January 29, 2014

Well it’s nearly the end of January … where did that go? I tend to hibernate a little during this month but it seems I have hibernated longer than usual and this little blog post is a tad late so please excuse me. With February just around the corner I guess I needed to uncurl, stretch and face the tasks ahead so here goes … hello 2014!

Blurry hearts

2013 was a little kinder than 2012 so I am keeping my fingers crossed that 2014 will continue that trend for myself and for many around me who need it too. Life was not without it’s ups and downs, highs and lows, positives and negatives last year and I guess this year will be the same but I am hoping that I am better equipped to face those challenges with a different slant in 2014. Inspired by The Simple Things magazine there are once again only 6 things on my list of things to achieve throughout 2014 and here they are:

1. Get out more! I have promised myself to go to one gig a month. This can be music, comedy, poetry, burlesque or whatever really takes my fancy. However I suddenly realised this week, when I started to crawl out of my little January black hole, that I was running out of days and I could actually fall at the first hurdle! TA DAH! SAVED! Thanks to The Trades Club, a finalist in Britain’s Best Small Venue according to NME, and of course this venue is on my doorstep so result!

Kirsty Almeida and The Troubadours

Kirsty Almeida and The Troubadours

2. Visit somewhere new. Two lovely friends, Sarah and Suzi, bought me this book last year and I dip into it now and again when I manage some quiet time but have yet to ‘follow through’ so to speak with a visit to some of the places in there that sound really amazing. Therefore this year is the year to spread my wings around the UK and Ireland so watch out folks, here I come! I want to manage a few of these essential journeys with the family in 2014 and will let you know how I get on.

Bought for my big 50 Birthday last year by Sarah and Suzi x

Bought for my big 50 Birthday last year by Sarah and Suzi x

3. Write more. I do spend an awful lot of time sitting at a desk with a MAC for company, I have to! Most people working for themselves do these days as it’s simply not enough to just turn up for work, do your 7 hours or so and go home! We have to be so much more than just a proprietor/business owner/employer and there really is not a lot of rest! My daughter bought me some lovely new pens and stationery for Christmas so I have a diary to keep on top of and lots of letters to write … isn’t it lovely to receive a little letter in the post these days to make a change from all the bills?

Fabulous box of paper and pens and a gorgeous diary too from Becky x

Fabulous box of paper and pens and a gorgeous diary too from Becky x

4. Cook! My hubby and I do cook together a lot actually so this is not going to be a tough one for me at all; I love food, wine and entertaining! However, I have a lovely new selection of cook books just waiting for me to cherry pick my way through them – all bought by friends for myself or Bart this Christmas. I’m looking forward to working my way through them all in the remaining 336 days of 2014!

So many lovely cookery books bought for me this Christmas

So many lovely cookery books bought for me this Christmas

5. Decorate one room. After over 2 years of trying to find the right bedding for my bedroom I struck gold and found the perfect quilt cover  … a Matthew Williamson one which is just perfect. Now I have to decorate the whole room to create the perfect space in which to unwind at the end of the day so I am collecting ideas and inspirations for the mood board starting with paint colours. It will probably take me 6 months to get it right but I am ok with that … after all it took me long enough to find the right design to sleep under!

Can't wait to get started on the bedroom!

Can’t wait to get started on the bedroom!

6. Make time. I have been so guilty in the past of not giving myself enough time for me, for my friends and for my family that this year I am going to make a conscious effort to change that and not try to do too much. I want to be much more mindful of the moment rather than rushing around trying to do a zillion things at once. So many friends I have chatted with recently are saying the same and I know that this is really hard to do as life is so demanding but I am aiming to achieve it and enjoy those experiences when they happen.

I am aiming to enjoy some moments however small x

I am aiming to enjoy some moments where time can stand still however short x

So there you have it! Simple and achievable that’s what I say and if nothing else 2013 once again taught me that what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger and all that really matters in the end is that I am loved and I have a very dear family that support me and a small but significant amount of friends that really do make a difference.

The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift which is why it is called the present – live it and live it well xXx

Oh … and do keep an eye on the website as that will be something that changes this year once I master item number 6 on my list above!!

Meet The Maker – Kate Hamilton-Hunter

December 31, 2013
Kate Hamilton-Hunter - Jeweller

Kate Hamilton-Hunter – Jeweller – Phot by Indira Flack

Kate Hamilton-Hunter started working life in textiles, as a dressmaker and then a textiles designer.

Kate's textile work

Kate’s textile work

This soon evolved into metalwork spun together using textile techniques.

Kate's metalwork

Kate’s metalwork

The delicate pieces Kate used to create wall-hangings naturally evolved into wearable jewellery. That was back in 1999, when Kate was experimenting with copper, aluminium and brass as recycled metals of choice.

Fish necklace

Fish necklace

Kate’s style, techniques and designs have since developed, as her love of textiles drew her to using the pretty floral patterns on biscuit tins to create her designs which became more streamlined, more elegant and refined as the years have gone by. Kate now employs 12 people to help her make her jewellery and run her business, supplying nearly 500 shops, galleries and boutiques around the UK and abroad.

kate H HKate finds tins of every shape and size to transform into her jewellery and the best-selling Collection is always Hearts!

Various heart necklaces

Various heart necklaces

Kate makes necklaces, earrings and bracelets in floral and botanical prints for Heart Gallery as well as the ever popular plain coloured pieces.

kate H H

Kate also supports a charity every year with one Limited Edition Collection. Her love of woodlands and trees inspired her to raise money for the Woodland Trust with this Collection. 10% of the RRP of every piece buys tree dedications for her stockists.

Woodland Trust new pieces

Woodland Trust new pieces

Woodland Trust new pieces

Woodland Trust new pieces

Kate’s favourite tins are the original vintage ones; some over 100 years old, which make one-off gallery pieces. The colours and print quality surpass your average Quality Street tin by a mile and Kate also loves making commission pieces from family heirloom tins, once making jewellery for a whole family from a Grandmother’s sewing tin.

Kate's

A previous commission Kate made

Brooches

Brooches

Kate has stocked Heart Gallery for over 5 years and it has been such a pleasure working with her and her team so as we head into 2014 we are raising a glass to celebrate the year ahead and Kate’s new collections which will start to arrive for Valentine’s Day soon.

Meet The Maker – Caroline Craig

December 22, 2013
Caroline Craig - Jeweller

Caroline Craig – Jeweller

Caroline makes delicate timeless jewellery inspired by the natural world and whimsical storytelling.

Glaucus Necklace with fire opal faceted beads

Glaucus Necklace with fire opal faceted beads

Working from her studio in the East of England each piece is designed and made by hand.

Golden follow Me Home Bracelet with Olivine faceted beads

Golden follow Me Home Bracelet with Olivine faceted beads

The Birdie and Beau collection for Heart Gallery is heavily inspired by nature, sweet owls nestle next to petite swallows and birds in flight, ready to adorn your ears, wrists and necks.

Follow Me Home Necklace with Purple Iris faceted beads

Follow Me Home Necklace with Purple Iris faceted beads

The owls are a personal favourite of Carolines, the hand painted “Owlet” earrings being the newest addition to the flock.

owlets

Caroline’s recent collection for Heart is completed with the charmingly quirky “Bicycle” necklace ready to take you home!

Bicycle Necklace with Olivine faceted beads

Bicycle Necklace with Olivine faceted beads

Bicycle Necklace with Purple Iris faceted beads

Bicycle Necklace with Purple Iris faceted beads

Meet The Maker – Roz Bunter

December 14, 2013
Roz Bunter - Artist

Roz Bunter – Artist

Roz makes contemporary papercuts inspired by architecture and nature.

Along The Thames framed papercut

Along The Thames framed papercut

Her pieces are all unique as they are individually hand cut using a scalpel. It is a slow process but she loves seeing the designs gradually develop with the opportunity to make small creative changes as the work progresses.

Butterfly Collection

Butterfly Collection

Roz enjoys photography and uses her own original images to create the designs for the architectural papercuts.

Ruined Farmhouse, Italy framed papercut

Ruined Farmhouse, Italy framed papercut

The butterfly cut outs are all representations of named butterfly varieties showing the different wing patterns.

'Rice Paper' Butterfly

‘Rice Paper’ Butterfly

 The precision and detail in Roz’s work is astounding and Heart Gallery is proud to be showcasing a selection of Roz’s framed pieces for this Christmas. Come along and see them for yourself as these photographs of her intricate work do not do the real thing justice.

Meet The Maker – Margo Selby

December 13, 2013
Margo Selby - Textile Artist

Margo Selby – Textile Artist

Margo trained in textile design at Chelsea College of Art and Design and then followed this with a postgraduate degree at The Royal College of Art, graduating in 2001. On graduating Margo initially worked as a woven textile designer for industrial mills. It was during this time she united her innovative hand-woven constructions with industrial machinery to create the unique 3-dimensional fabrics that were to become the trademark of the Margo Selby Brand.

Belle Large scarf

Belle Large scarf

Margo is a weaver and colourist, the geometric and organised patterns used in her designs are inspired by the repetitive, structured and disciplined weaving process. 

Argyl throw

Argyl throw

Margo’s fabrics have originally been created on a hand loom and are often inspired by the design process where her patterns are led by the development of the weave construction. 

Woodstock Throw

Woodstock Throw

Connecting with the materials in a hands on way whilst making on a hand-loom enables a greater understanding of the construction and behaviour of the materials and their impact on the final fabric as they are crafted together in different fibre and construction combinations. 

Nichirin large scarf

Nichirin large scarf

Her designs lend themselves beautifully to many different product styles that are available in sumptuous colour and texture combinations.  Her patterns are a dynamic juxtaposition of image and colour and portray Margo’s love of repetitive geometric pattern, striking colour and 3-dimensional texture.  

Rosa scarf

Rosa scarf

They combine Margo Selbys expert use of colour and understanding of pattern to create unique pieces of artwork as well as luxurious fashion accessories.

Auckland extra large scarf

Auckland extra large scarf

Margo’s first collection was launched in 2003 with the help of a development award from The Crafts Council. Margo now works from her design studio in the creative seaside town of Whitstable.

Calypso extra large scarf

Calypso extra large scarf

The trademark patterned and textured products are fast becoming coveted contemporary classics and Margo is now established as a pioneer within contemporary textiles.

Lola Clasp Purse

Lola Clasp Purse

Heart Gallery is proud to showcase Margo’s collection of purses, make-up bags, larger bags and scarves so do bob in soon to see a selection of her colourful creations.

Group of Clasp purses

Group of Clasp purses

 

 

Meet The Maker – Rosie Brewer

December 9, 2013
Rosie Brewer

Rosie Brewer – Designer/Maker

Rosie has a very fluid method of working, where the piece constantly evolves, adjusting to new discoveries and responding to the strengths and weaknesses of the material it is made from. She likes to incorporate a certain amount of chance and a sense of unpredictability, allowing some other extraneous variable to influence her work, whether it is nature or otherwise, it will to a certain extent, dictate the final outcome.

 

Stack of mini boards in various woods

Stack of mini boards in various woods

Rosie looks at the design process as if it was an evolution, the journey of an object, from sourcing the raw materials through to the final outcome and beyond to when it is unleashed into the wild and allowed to begin its new life being used for what it was always intended.

Gorgeous wooden heart boards

Gorgeous wooden heart boards

Rosie is interested in the things which people use every day, products with which the user can form a strong bond. She has a gratitude and respect for all objects, an appreciation, a joy in making and what is made. She wants to celebrate the ways of making and demonstrate an appreciation of objects which highlight how they are constructed.

Set of beech wooden boards

Set of beech wooden boards

Rosie enjoys making work which has a sense of time, where you can appreciate that whilst an object appears so, it is never static but constantly changing and evolving at a very slow pace, everything is gradually becoming more chaotic. Working in a material such as wood, this is especially apparent. Being a natural material, wood already has a history, having come from a tree which might have been growing for many years. It shows signs of its previous life, marks where it was cut down, imperfections from diseases and spalted marks from fungus as well as knots and splits where branches once sprouted.

Small board in yew

Small board in yew

Heart Gallery lovely Rosie’s work and hope you do too.

Wooden heart tree decoration

Wooden heart tree decoration


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