Meet The Maker – Sara Bukumunhe

Sara Bukumunhe - Jeweller

Sara Bukumunhe – Jeweller

Sara was born in Uganda in the early 70s and moved to the U.K when she was 9, eventually settling in Bradford.

Silver blossom bangles

Silver buttercup bangles

Sara discovered the joy of making jewellery in her late twenties, enrolling in evening classes at Bradford College. In 2009 she completed a Foundation Degree in Art and Design Enterprise, which taught her more about the business side of running a jewellery business.

Blossom necklace in silver, gold plate and oxidised silver

Buttercup necklace in silver, gold plated silver and oxidised silver

Sara’s work is mainly in sterling silver. She loves the versatility of it, how such a strong unyielding material can be manipulated in so many ways into so many different forms.

Silver and oxidised silver blossom stacking rings

Silver and oxidised silver buttercup stacking rings

Sara often oxidises parts of her work for contrast and adds texture using various hammer strokes. She likes to use small touches of gold and gold plating here and there for interest.

Silver blossom studs sitting with oxidised silver and gold plate blossom studs

Silver bluttercup studs sitting with oxidised silver and gold plated silver buttercup studs

Sara’s Buttercup range is based on simple naive flowers. These are delicate and understated, and have the hammered finish and gold-plated touches she enjoy applying.

Leaf bangles in silver, oxidised silver and gold plate

Leaf bangles in silver, oxidised silver and gold plated silver

Her childhood plays a major part in the design of these flowers; they are reminiscent of daisy and buttercup chains she used to make as a child, one of her earliest memories. Although they appear fragile, they are in fact quite robust.

Leaf rings in silver, oxidised silver and gold plated silver

Leaf rings in silver, oxidised silver and gold plated silver

 

Rings shown worn

Rings shown worn

Sara’s Leaf range came about when a friend asked her to design a piece of jewellery to celebrate a career move. Leaves symbolise new beginnings and growth so a new range was born.

Silver leaf studs

Silver leaf studs

This became a new beginning for Sara – as the Buttercups represented nostalgia in the form of her childhood, so the Leaf range signified a new beginning and a new future.

Leaf necklaces in silver, oxidised silver and gold plated silver

Leaf necklaces in silver, oxidised silver and gold plated silver

 Heart Gallery is showcasing both Sara’s Buttercup range and Leaf range as part of our Summer 2015 Exhibition ‘The Way Through The Woods’ which runs until 13th September.

 

Meet The Maker – Rachel Elliott

Rachel Elliott - Glass Artist
Rachel Elliott – Glass Artist

Rachel studied at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2007 with a BA (Hons) degree in Architectural Glass.

Urban Fox

Urban Fox

Rachel is now based in Edinburgh and specialises mostly in making kiln-formed glass which essentially requires great planning and preparation of the glass, whether that is with moulds or applying enamels, prior to placing it in the kiln and programming it to heat and cool the glass in a certain way.

Paisley Bear

Paisley Bear

It can sometimes take weeks to prepare a firing and unexpected things can occur, but it is this troubleshooting element that Rachel relishes and keeps her engaged with the material.

Apple Hedgehog

Apple Hedgehog

Rachel  is inspired by the intricate details of life and her work is essentially a representational comment on the world surrounding us as well as a constant challenge to her technical abilities.

Pangram Fox

Pangram Fox

Rachel uses traditional techniques such as lost wax casting as well as screen-printing with fired enamels. These are combined with innovative water-jet cutting technology to create intricate shapes from the glass.

Dog Rose Wild Boar

Dog Rose Wild Boar

Rachel’s unique sculpture varies from precision cut silhouettes of creatures adorned with varied designs in enamel colours to highly detailed cast glass, such as her recent bee honeycomb series.

Bones Leveret

Bones Leveret

Rachel works mostly with the representational, attempting to catch the viewer’s eye, inviting them into her world and hopefully leaving with a smile.

Acorns Wild Boar

Acorns Wild Boar

Rachel also teaches glass making classes at her workshop in Edinburgh and at other locations offering different techniques for different abilities, beginners are always welcome!

Flora Fox

Flora Fox

Rachel’s work ranges from small items of sculpture or jewellery to unique one-off pieces for exhibition or installation.  She describes herself as an artist that doesn’t take things too seriously and often incorporates elements of fun into her work mainly for her own amusement, but hopefully entertaining others too.

Leafy Leveret

Leafy Leveret

We have showcased Rachel’s work before here at Heart Gallery so we are delighted to bring you new work for our Summer 2015 exhibition The Way Through The Woods.

Mountain Bear

Mountain Bear

The Way Through The Woods runs until Sunday 13th September so you have the whole summer to add Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge to your list of places to visit … see you soon x

Web Leveret

Web Leveret

Meet The Maker – Tom Smith

Tom Smith - Artist

Tom Smith – Artist

Tom is a self-taught artist from the Nottinghamshire countryside who makes handmade wooden sculptures that are inspired by nature using the natural characteristics of a wide range of responsibly sourced hardwoods.

Tom first works on his designs then lays them out on the wood

Tom first works on his designs then lays them out on the wood

In 2014 Tom’s work made it to the final round of judging in the David Shepherd Wildlife Trust Wildlife Artist of the Year and was included in the competition catalogue.

Individual layers are then glued up and finished with white polish

Individual layers are then glued up and finished with white polish

His work has also been featured in Craft & Design Magazine and on Nottinghamshire TV where he was interviewed live on the 6:30 Show.

Dry fitting the wenge details in the feathers

Dry fitting the wenge details in the feathers

 

Finished life size Barn Owl on Tom's bench in his workshop

Finished life size Barn Owl on Tom’s bench in his workshop

The technique Tom uses is called “intarsia”, which involves using pieces of wood of different size, shape and species which are stuck together to create something similar to a mosaic with an illusion of depth.

Goshawk Feather

Goshawk Feather

The different pieces of wood are carefully selected for their colour, grain pattern and texture so that there is no need for paint or stain. All of the colours you see are the natural colours of the woods.

Various feathers

Various feathers

After carefully selecting the woods, each individual piece is cut, shaped and finished with white polish both to protect the wood and enhance the natural characteristics. Areas of the pattern are raised or lowered to create more depth.

Life size Barn Owl Feather

Large Barn Owl Feather

The final part of the process for Tom is to glue all the individual pieces together; a bit like a jigsaw.

We are now showcasing this amazing life size Barn Owl in Heart Gallery

We are now showcasing this amazing life size Barn Owl in Heart Gallery

We are delighted to be showcasing Tom’s work as part of our The Way Through The Woods Exhibition, Summer 2015. His work is stunning and he is such a perfectionist with every piece thought through from design to completion with precision.

Tom and myself with a selection of his amazing work at the launch of The Way Through The Woods, 16th July 2015

Tom and myself with a selection of his amazing work at the launch of our                       Summer 2015 Exhibition The Way Through The Woods, 16th July 2015

Here are some of Tom’s videos shot whilst making his large Barn Owl feather you can see on the Heart Gallery wall behind us and I know you will find them really interesting:

Meet The Maker – Louise Jannetta

Louise Jannetta - Artist

Louise Jannetta – Artist

 

Louise is a full time professional artist living and working in Buxton, Derbyshire. She exhibits mixed media, oils, watercolours, etchings, collagraphs, collage and feltwork.

Bejeweled Birch

Bejeweled Birch

Louise relishes the discovery of a new technique or idea, expressing an explorative attitude, artistic curiosity and diversity with a desire to experiment and build on artistic experiences.

Early Evening - a collagraph print

Early Evening – a collagraph print

Louise is currently working on a series of work depicting the woodlands inspired by the landscape around her studio. She is concentrating on the patterns and textures to work the paintings ability to play with light, both within and across it.

Autumn Colours

Autumn Colours

Utilising different mediums to suit the image created. Louise evokes an emotion that is deeper than the actual image, so the woods she paints are full of the light that lasts for only a moment but is deeply imbedded in our memory.

Greater Stitchwort

Greater Stitchwort

Louise has won various awards in Buxton and Derbyshire and has had Solo Shows with Opus Gallery, Art Lounge, Buxton Museaum and Art Gallery, Paul Tavarnor Gallery and Harley Gallery.

Bluebells

Bluebells

We are delighted to welcome Louise to Hebden Bridge as part of our Summer Exhibition the Way Through The Woods where we are showcasing her collagraph plates, prints and mixed media wall pieces.

In The Heart

In The Heart

Meet The Maker – Frances Payne

Frances Payne - Artist

Frances Payne – Artist

Embracing a life long love of detail and intricate working processes, Frances creates delicate almost sculptural works using paper cut, stitch, crochet and linocut print techniques.

The start of the process for Frances

The start of the process for Frances

Her objective is to create works that are intriguing and decorative in their complexity and narrative. Frances is inspired by the duality of fairy tales and folklore, with their roots in a world closely attuned to nature and in didactic discourse.

Still at the sketching stage

Still at the sketching stage

Her ‘Suspended Papercuts’ are each cut and stitched entirely by hand, before being painstakingly suspended by threads within its frame or mount.

Starting to cut out her transferred sketch

Starting to cut out her transferred sketch

 

A piece finally cut out ready to suspend and frame

A piece finally cut out ready to suspend and frame

Frances is currently enjoying the creative and academic challenges of an MA in Creative Practice at the Harrogate School of Art and Design at Harrogate College.

Finished framed piece

Finished framed papercut

 Heart Gallery is proud to showcase a small selection of new work by Frances for our Summer Exhibition The Way Through The Woods.

Finished framed papercut

Finished framed papercut

 

THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS – EXHIBITION LAUNCH

Well hello my friends, hope you are all having a lovely weekend. We are just recovering from the launch of our Summer 2015 Show on Thursday evening, THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS.

Invitation for THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS

Invitation for THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS – image, There’s Someone There by Teresa Winchester

THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS is a solo show with Brighton based printmaker and painter Teresa Winchester. If you’ve not discovered Teresa yet then you are certainly in for a treat.

My Good Friends - Teresa Winchester

My Good Friends – Teresa Winchester

As a child Teresa loved to curl up in a chair with a book and read of magical worlds, brave deeds and princesses. The only pastime she enjoyed more was to draw the pictures these stories suggested … and she still loves doing this.

The Unlikely Journey - Teresa Winchester

The Unlikely Journey – Teresa Winchester

Nowadays Teresa is also a storyteller, and stories continue to inspire her work. Some of the images emerge from the well known tales such as the Red Shoes, but others drift into her mind quite unexpectedly, often just when she is falling asleep!

Raven

Raven

Some images are not about a traditional wonder tale, and she likes to think that the viewer will seek their their own story asking themselves what it’s all about!

The White Stag

The White Stag

Alongside this solo show in our Picture Gallery we have lots of complimentary work in the main gallery by designers/makers new to Heart Gallery as well as exciting new work from some of our old favourites.

Collage 1Collage 2Work includes new nature inspired jewellery in silver and precious stones, acrylic jewellery depicting famous stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Wizard Of Oz, nature inspired ceramics, textiles printed with bees and bugs, felted foxes and badgers and wooden sculptures of hares and bears oh my!

Craig Fellows - Silk Scarf Runny Honey

Craig Fellows – Silk Scarf Runny Honey

At the Thursday night launch we were delighted to have Ursula Holden-Gill with us to tell stories to children and adults. She gave us a crafted collection of fairy and folktale which reflected the magical element of Teresa’s work in our Picture Gallery.

Ursula entertaining our customers and makers with her tales

Ursula entertaining our customers and makers with her tales

In between stories I manage to grab Teresa and Ursula for a picture as well as some of the lovely artists that came along to the launch:

Teresa and I in the Picture Gallery with her work printed on an ancient Columbian press

Teresa and I in the Picture Gallery with her work that she prints on an ancient Columbian press dating back to 1842 – not a giclee print in sight!

Ursula taking a break from storytelling in our garden

Ursula taking a break from storytelling in our garden

Tom Smith with a selection of his amazing realistic wood pieces made using a technique known as intarsia

Tom Smith with a selection of his amazing realistic wood pieces made using a technique known as intarsia

Louise Jannetta with myself in front of her collagraph plates and prints

Louise Jannetta with myself in front of her collagraph plates and prints

Stewart Morton and I with his lasercut wooden wall pieces inspired by his own photography

Stewart Morton and I with his lasercut wooden wall pieces inspired by his own photography

To read more about these artists, and the others currently showcasing their work with us, then do keep an eye on this Heart Gallery blog … Teresa’s blog post is here and she is our featured Maker of the Month over on the website here.

PicMonkey CollageWe all had a jolly good evening as you can see and the exhibition is on until 13th September so hopefully we shall see you soon,
Ta ra for now from the magical Heart Gallery launch evening for THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS x

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Meet The Makers – Stewart and Jacqueline Morton

Stewart and Jacqueline Morton - Artists

Stewart and Jacqueline Morton – Artists

Husband and wife team, Stewart and Jacqueline are the duo behind a new range for Heart Gallery. The pair produce a range of laser cut artwork/homewares taking inspiration from the nature that surrounds them in the Peak District.

Meadow

Meadow

The driving ethos of their business has always been to create unique and beautiful items for themselves, their family and friends, hence the business name; For Me & For You.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Stewart and Jacqueline mostly work in a sustainable Pangua Poplar wood. Grown in Panguaneta, Poplar is a fantastic wood as it combines rapid growth with great consistency. Because poplar is a light, softwood it works amazingly well with the range of wood stains they use.

Quadrant Tree

Quadrant Tree

Stewart and Jacqueline were fortunate enough to get to know Les Littlefair, a wood stain producer from the Lake District. Les produces a wide range of organic, water based wood stains. These provide an amazingly rich colour variation and don’t harm the environment.

Tree

Tree

For their painted scenes they use Little Greene paints which produce excellent results without the need for multiple coats, something that is essential when you have scenes that are so intricate and delicate.

Framed Tree

Framed Tree

Pieces can be personalised as well … for example this tree can have names and dates laser cut into the branches for which we can quote.

Close up of Butterfly

Close up of Butterfly

All the scenes Stewart and Jacqueline produce are laser cut at their workshop in Macclesfield. The designs themselves are mostly produced from photographs they have taken. For example, the Rose scene was taken from a photo Stewart took on his phone in his mum’s garden.

Rose

Rose

The Sweet Cicely is a section of a cutting his mum had for her study to become a Medical Herbalist and the tree which features a lot in their work was taken as they both came back from holiday in Wales a few years ago.

Sweet Cicily

Sweet Cicely

All the photos were captured in silhouette, or with a very clear contrast. With such a clean image they can produce the outline that the laser cutter works from. This means that they can produce high quality bespoke work from customers photos, so if anyone is interested please talk to us and we can discuss this process further with you.

Meadow

Meadow

 

Close up of Meadow

Close up of Meadow

We are delighted to be showcasing Stewart and Jacqueline’s high quality wall pieces as part of our Summer 2015 Exhibition The Way Through The Woods.