Meet The Maker – Charlotte Hupfield

Charlotte Hupfield - Ceramicist

Charlotte Hupfield – Ceramicist

Charlotte graduated from Coventry University in 2008 with a BA Hons Degree in Surface Decoration. Charlotte used her time at Coventry to to explore and specialise in ceramics.

Large Bonsai Dish

Large Bonsai Dish

Having always been attracted to natural surroundings and organic surfaces, Charlotte is drawn to the textures within the world around us. Her work explores the landscape and the detail of many different natural surfaces.

Curved panel

Curved panel

 

Curved panel

Curved panel

Whilst concealed amongst these surroundings, Charlotte feels relaxed and at home. She finds it amazing to see the changes in rocks and coves caused by weathering and erosion from the sea.

Organic Meadow Plate

Organic Meadow Plate

Charlotte loves the bumpy and colourful linear patterns found within fields and hills, and the surfaces in nature where no two marks are ever the same – it is this particular aspect that her ceramics connect to.

Blue Breeze Curve

Blue Breeze Curve

Before constructing the ceramic forms, Charlotte produces mixed-media drawings and prints, which inform the surfaces of the clay.

Coaster sets

Coaster sets

Charlotte’s interest and passion for ceramics is growing rapidly the more she experiences new ideas, and for every piece of work that she finishes.

Oval Bonsai Tree

Oval Bonsai Tree

Charlotte is fascinated by the qualities of the material and likes to keep her work full of excitement. She relishes in constructing an object using her hands to thoroughly engage with what she is making.

Small Butterfly

Small Butterfly

Each piece of Charlotte’s work is hand built and glazed with love using locally sourced materials. Charlotte’s pieces are then fired in an electric kiln up to 1260°C and can be used for interior and exterior display or function.

Small panels

Small panels

 

Meet The Maker – Hannah Bedford

Hannah Bedford - Jeweller

Hannah Bedford – Jeweller

Hannah graduated from the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery with a first class honours degree in 2004 and has been represented at Collect and exhibited at Origin. Her studio is at Cockpit Arts Deptford, the heart of South London’s creative community.

Granule BangleHannah’s jewellery designs explore texture and form using the traditional processes of granulation and Keum-boo (fine gold fusing). Working in golds and silver, Hannah creates a range of women’s jewellery, from bespoke neckpieces through to delicate earrings and rings.

Selection of Rings

Selection of Rings

Hannah Bedford’s jewellery designs explore texture and form using the traditional process of granulation. Working in precious metals, Hannah creates a range of women’s jewellery, from intricate necklaces to bespoke engagement and wedding rings.

Oval Necklace

Oval Necklace

Collections are inspired by organic growth patterns in the natural world. Hannah uses granulation to create raised, textured surfaces that entwine each piece.

Fine Double Granule Ring

Fine Double Granule Ring

Fine granulation en-captures precious stones and interlaces between surfaces, linking bangles and weaving across rings. The work is often led by these technical explorations, using them to play with scale, form and contrasting precious metals to create aesthetically beautiful forms.

Froth Ring set

Froth Ring set

Each piece is carefully handcrafted in her London studio, and her jewellery collections are exhibited nationally.

Granule ring set with freshwater pearl

Granule ring set with freshwater pearl

We are delighted to be working with Hannah once more and know that you will fall in love with her work too, all over again!

Colour Me Happy

Well here at Heart Gallery we have all found a new love – colouring in! This is thanks to the arrival of the long awaited Johanna Basford Books, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest last month.

Secret Garden

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Don’t you feel that life is increasingly fast paced, demanding and of course very much digital. I don’t know about you but I spend quite a lot of time every day staring at my Mac, scrolling, clicking between sites and typing like a mad woman with so much to do and so little time to do it in! (I’m even doing this now drafting this blog post for you!).

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Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want it any other way but there has to be a bit more of a work/life balance and although I have a lovely family to come home to, the garden as an area to help me unwind, film night to look forward to and time spent cooking with my hubby to disconnect from the digital world there was something missing … until now!

91DZfq8qvFLIndulging in an activity that is pretty nostalgic as well as real and in the here and now is really good for the soul. When Secret Garden arrived in Heart Gallery last month I treated myself to a copy. I then headed out on a rare day off to buy some Staedtler fine liners to fill it with colour and this felt just a little whimsical and also a bit indulgent … I never get a lot of time for ‘me’!

9781780674889.in10_1Peeking into these amazingly good value for money colouring books by Johanna is like going through the wardrobe into a different world; one where the mortgage, severe weather warnings, bills, student loans, broken appliances and whatever else life throws at you (including that curve ball) can just wait and take a back seat for a while!

26587F5800000578-2981484-image-a-17_1425578447091When I see the creative ladies at the WI once a month sitting knitting, making things and laughing with friends I realise this is the stuff that makes you happy. This is what we did as children so why can’t we do it as adults? We can, and now I do!

basford2I couldn’t draw as a child, and still can’t, but I loved the colouring books my parents bought me and my Spirograph which meant I could stay between the lines!

basford1I don’t get to pick this book up every day but that’s fine. When I do it’s a blissful feeling of calm and a sort of meditation I guess and I just Colour Me Happy! 

91T53hrM2bLIf you want to de-stress when the world seems a little too crazy from time to time then why not bob in to Heart Gallery and pick up a copy of Secret Garden or Enchanted Forest. I promise you it’s a way to escape, switch off and indulge for a while so grab some pens or pencils and get colouring!

2015-07-13 10.20.28-2We are also now starting to get excited about Johanna’s third book arriving with us in October; Lost Ocean will take us on a magical journey beneath the waves to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden within the depths of the sea.

 

 

Meet The Maker – Belinda Norrington

Belinda Norrington - Jeweller

Belinda Norrington – Jeweller

Belinda is a jewellery designer maker working in silver and gold, often incorporating precious and semi-precious gemstones.

Green sapphire ring

Green sapphire ring

Increasingly, she is sourcing ethical supplies of these natural materials and uses the fewest possible toxic chemicals in her studio in order to make her fabrication process as environmentally friendly as she can.

Bangle

Bangle

She is inspired most of all by the vast array of botanical elements in the meadows and woods of a wetlands nature reserve by her peaceful, riverside home.

Earrings

Earrings

Photographing, sketching, pressing and really looking closely at natural forms is about finding and celebrating beauty in simple things.

Cuff

Cuff

The Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi flows through this process, accepting transience, imperfection and incompleteness as part of what makes life bristle with wonder and creative possibility.

Rings

Rings

Natural shapes, patterns and textures can clearly be seen in the clean lines and organic feel of Belinda’s pieces.

Earrings with aquamarine

Aquamarine earrings

She is delighted to undertake commissions and works closely with her clients to produce bespoke, unique pieces.

Aquamarine necklace

Aquamarine necklace

 All Belinda’s jewellery is hallmarked at the London assay office, as per regulations. Belinda is also delighted to have recently become a licencee for Fairtrade gold.

Ring

Ring

We adore this new collection from Belinda for our Summer 2015 Exhibition The Way Through The Woods and hope that you do too x

Sunday Best

A little inspiration brought to you with love my friends. This week we launch our latest exhibition The Way Through The Woods so this is a little sneaky peek at some of our new work:

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Coin purse: Craig Fellows
Silver Earrings: Belinda Norrington
Raven: Teresa Winchester
Urban Fox: Rachel Elliott
Hares: Teresa Winchester
Silver rings: Hannah Bedford
The Way Through The Woods: Shirley Vauvelle

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Julie AndrewsThese Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

We’ve had a break from this feature as we have been ever so busy but here’s a mid week treat for you … these are floating our boat this week in a big way, enjoy x

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Secret Garden – Colouring Book: Johanna Basford
Acrylic Cuff: Jessica Sherriff
Lasercut Wall pieces: Stewart & Jacqueline
Bee Coin Purse: Craig Fellows
Felted Bird: Tracey Benton
Silver Granule Rings: Hannah Bedford
Enchanted Forest – Colouring Book: Johanna Basford

Meet The Maker – Helen Chatterton

Helen Chatterton - Textile Artist

Helen Chatterton – Textile Artist

Helen was born in Bury, Lancashire. The seeds of a lifetime’s obsession were sown when her Scottish mother taught her to knit and sew at the age of seven, and growing up in a textile-based town and household fostered a passion for all aspects of fabrics and yarns.

Harris Tweed skinny scarf

Harris Tweed skinny scarf

Helen studied Classics at Liverpool University then moved to London where she married in 1983. In 1986 Helen and her husband returned to Liverpool, and after having two children she completed her City and Guild Part II Creative Studies in Knitwear at Huddersfield Technical College, commuting once a week from Liverpool.

Harris Tweed skinny scarf

Harris Tweed skinny scarf

Helen is  a designer/maker drawing on the traditions of the craft community. She makes scarves, throws, cushions and smaller items such as lavender bags. The scarves are made using velvets, tweeds, silks and Liberty Tana Lawn. Her skinny scarves launched in 2010 won Highly Commended in the Best Product category at the Scottish Trade Show January 2011 and since then Helen has added a Harris Tweed Collection to this range.

Shetland Tweed and Velvet skinny scarf

Shetland Tweed and Velvet skinny scarf

The inspiration for Helen’s work is the use of colour, often the juxtaposition of colours not usually put together.  She gets lots of inspiration when she is sourcing new fabrics.  One of her favourite periods in history, literature and music is the 1920s and 1930s and some of her colourways, particularly in her velvet scarf range, reflect period themes.

City on Cloth silk scarf

City on Cloth silk scarf

In May 2012 Helen was invited to take part in Handmade in Britain’s show, London A Celebration at the Oxo Galleries in London. For this she launched a new collection called City on Cloth. City on Cloth is digitally printed fabrics, featuring old maps, which is then transformed into scarves and smaller items. In June 2012 Helen then collaborated with the British Museum and the result was a scarf using one of the maps of London from their collection. The City on Cloth collection is partly a result of her love of maps and a lifelong habit of acquiring books, backed with Harris Tweed. An unsurpassed combination of sartorial elegance and historical interest – take your scarf on an urban walk and explore the difference – a thoroughly British Product.

Liverpool silk scarf

Liverpool silk scarf

 

Liverpool silk scarf

Liverpool silk scarf

Due to their success more City on Cloth scarves were launched in May 2014, using different maps and colours, and then later last year Helen added a range of ties and bow ties to this City on Cloth collection. Helen has also designed for Tate Britain, Museum of London, the British Museum and Kew Gardens.

City on Cloth ties

City on Cloth ties

City on Cloth bow tie

City on Cloth bow tie

City on Cloth ties

City on Cloth ties

Helen is a member of Handmade in Britain, and was asked by them to design a map scarf collection for a show which they take part in with Handmade Interiors, Vivre Cote de Sud in the South of France in May 2015. She is delighted with her new collection featuring map scarves of Paris, Nice, Arles, Marseilles, Lyons, Aix and Avignon.

Paris silk scarf

Paris silk scarf

 

Marseilles silk scarf

Marseilles silk scarf

 

Lyon silk scarf

Lyon silk scarf


Recently Helen has forged links with a Tweed Mill in the Scottish Borders, A Elliot & Sons, Selkirk and has started to commission tweeds to her own colours. Helen also uses tweeds from Jamieson’s Mill, Sandness, Shetland. She was delighted to find this tweed as she has visited Shetland, and the mill several times. The tweed is soft and springy and has a beautiful drape, especially when combined with velvet. The colours are incredibly varied and rich and lend themselves to endless possibilities when matching velvets and Liberty Tana Lawns. Helen was especially delighted as her favourite type of knitting is Fair Isle, and in particular Jamieson’s of Shetland.

Blankets

Blankets

Everything is made from start to finish by Helen and her aim is that whoever buys one, has a one-off, hand crafted, well-made item, which will give pleasure for years to come. As well as being beautiful to look at Helen’s pieces are immensely practical and hard wearing.

Tweed Tie

Tweed Tie

 

Tweed tie close up

Tweed tie close up

In any spare time she has, Helen enjoys walking her dogs with her husband and children, reading, knitting, outdoor swimming and has recently taken up the violin.

Nice silk scarf

Nice silk scarf

A small selection of Helen’s silk scarves and lavender bags is now with us and shhhhh, when the weather starts to get cooler later this year (hopefully after a lovely long, warm summer) we will be stocking her fabulous tweed scarves…her tweed ties are now with us though gents! x

Tweed Tie

Tweed Tie