Meet The Maker – Kelly Munro

Kelly Munro - Jeweller

Kelly Munro – Jeweller

Kelly’s inspiration is drawn from her heritage and homeland. She was born in a small town in the far north coast of Scotland, well known for its historical fishing industry.

Brooch - Kelly Munro

Brooch – Kelly Munro

Kelly is surrounded by small abandoned ports around the coast, and has had a particular interest in fishing equipment used in the past and present. This inspiration was reflected in the lobster pots as a starting point for her graduation show work.

Blue wooden pendant - Kelly Munro

Blue wooden pendant – Kelly Munro

This has evolved through various stages of material exploration and Kelly has settled at the combination of ‘weathering’ wood and traditional metal techniques – her finished pieces are stunning.

Blue Wooden earrings - Kelly Munro

Blue Wooden earrings – Kelly Munro

The technique of intricate saw piercing enables Kelly to create nets and lightweight structures. She aims to shadow the forms of the fishing nets and pots, and loosely interpret these shapes in her own way.

Silver Open Creel Pendant - Kelly Munro

Silver Open Creel Pendant – Kelly Munro

The technique of pyrography also plays an important role in Kelly’s pieces allowing her to create often detailed patterns combined with charred edges and loose paint strokes, mirroring the intricately knotted nets of the trade combined with wind beaten driftwood.

Creel and blue wood earrings - Kelly Munro

Creel and blue wood earrings with oxidised silver – Kelly Munro

Kelly’s finished pieces combine branded wood, knotted rubber and delicately pierced metal, both precious and non- precious.

Necklace - Kelly Munro

Necklace – Kelly Munro

By using the traditional process of wood burning Kelly then uses her own tools to manipulate the surface of the wood.

Brooch - Kelly Munro

Brooch – Kelly Munro

Combining this with hand pierced structures that loosely represent fishing nets she tries to capture the rustic feel of her homeland and fishing heritage at the very far north coast of Scotland.

Brooch - Kelly Munro

Brooch – Kelly Munro

Kelly’s work aims to portray the rustic look of items found near harbours and tide lines.

Barrell Pendant with Blue Wooden Insert - Kelly Munro

Barrell Pendant with Blue Wooden Insert – Kelly Munro

We have long admired Kelly’s work so we are now delighted to be stocking a small range from her.

flow – a magazine for paper lovers

Bladerbaar Internationaal0814Flow is all about positive psychology, mindfulness, creativity and the beauty of imperfection. It’s a magazine that takes its time. Flow celebrates creativity, imperfection, and life’s little pleasures.

A snippet from our current edition of flow magazine

A snippet from our current edition of flow magazine

The ideas behind this Dutch magazine were hatched in an attic room several years ago. Kiara and the team love illustrations and in each issue there is a gift made of much-loved paper and they even print the magazine itself on different types of paper.

A snippet from our current edition of flow magazine

A snippet from our current edition of flow magazine

Hooray, Flow’s new Book for Paper Lovers is now available!   Another book without any letters (well, almost…), and with more than 300 pages of stationery instead.

Flow_bladereditie_Paperbook2_WooCommerceWith lots and lots of paper to write on, to tear out, to glue together, to cut, and to fold.

A snippet from our current edition of flow book for paper lovers

A snippet from our current edition of flow book for paper lovers

This second edition includes lots of new goodies: mini-envelopes, posters, a letter garland, stationery, craft paper, coloring pages, gift wrapping, labels, a flip-up house, stickers, paper dolls, gift bags and more.

A snippet from our current edition of flow book for paper lovers

A snippet from our current edition of flow book for paper lovers

For the artwork they collaborated with famous illustrators from across the world, such as Ruby Taylor, Suzy Ultman, Geertje Aalders and Silvia Dekker.

A snippet from our current edition of flow book for paper lovers

A snippet from our current edition of flow book for paper lovers

You can get both the magazine and the book in Heart Gallery right now so if you are a big fan of paper and you haven’t bought this before do call in for a read to see if you like it … what’s not to love about paper?

WATER & LIGHT Preview evening

Phew! It’s taken me a few days to recover from the launch of our Kate Lycett Exhibition WATER & LIGHT Thursday 26th March so please excuse this late post … if you were there then you will totally understand!

Front websiteOur invites for WATER & LIGHT went out pretty early as we knew that many of you were eagerly waiting for them to drop through your letterbox! Because of this it did feel like we were preparing for this exhibition for a long time so when the week came to hang it we were ever so excited that it had finally arrived!

Essential tools for the job!

Essential tools for the job!

Seeing Kate’s paintings arrive all bubbled and hidden always gives me butterflies in my stomach. Even though I’d had a sneaky peek when they came back from the framers, unwrapping them was magical.

IMG_9038We have to prepare The Picture Gallery first so the walls are cleared of current art works, holes are filled the painting is done and dry (usually!) and it all feels hollow and empty for a short while.

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IMG_9034I always draft my supportive hubby in for exhibition hangs (and other D.I.Y jobs I can’t quite manage on my own!) and this helps things run a little more smoothly (most of the time!).

IMG_9050The three of us worked well and got all 13 original paintings and 2 Printers Trays up in good time to be able to head home for a well deserved G&T!

Kate and myself quite tearful once we'd hung everything

Kate and myself quite tearful once we’d hung everything

Thursday 26th March was the big day and The Picture Gallery was closed to visitors all day … even though some did try to sneak some peeks through the outside window!

Our easel with the Preview poster letting visitors know the launch was at 6pm

Our easel with the Preview poster letting visitors know the launch was at 6pm

At 5pm when we closed to get the drinks and nibbles ready (and apply a bit more lippy to match our new frocks!) a queue started to form outside our gates!

Kate and I suddenly noticed the queue forming very early on in the evening!

Kate and I suddenly noticed the queue forming very early on in the evening!

Queue forming before we opened the gates at 6pm!

Queue forming before we opened the gates at 6pm!

Kate and I knew that it would be an interesting evening and we were really looking forward to it but we weren’t prepared for how busy it would be really. A HUGE thank you to all those that came, queued and bought….some traveling from Kent, Sussex and Brighton – we even took calls from America!

A busy Picture Gallery in Heart Gallery

A busy Picture Gallery in Heart Gallery

A busy Picture Gallery in Heart Gallery

A busy Picture Gallery in Heart Gallery

The main gallery was busy with people buying Kate's prints

The main gallery was busy with people buying Kate’s prints and soaking up the rest of our displays

The main gallery was busy with people buying Kate's prints and soaking up the rest of our displays

The main gallery was busy with people buying Kate’s prints and soaking up the rest of our displays

All of the originals Kate painted for WATER & LIGHT sold on the night along with one of Kate’s smaller Circus themed paintings (one of 3) that were used to design and make 3 more lanterns to add to Kate’s collection.

When things settle Kate was able to talk to some of our regulars in more detail

When things settled Kate was able to talk to some of our regulars in more detail

Our ‘unofficial’ photographer for the evening was Kate’s supportive husband Daniel and this image is my favourite one of his; he has captured Kate and I really well (I will treasure this one):

Kate and myself relaxing a little as the evening calmed from about 8pm - my favourite photo of the night

Kate and myself relaxing a little as the evening calmed from about 8pm – my favourite photo of the night

WATER & LIGHT runs until 21st June and the framed originals will be with us until the end of April when one by one they will be collected and delivered to their new homes. If you are a fan of Kate’s work then do try to call and see these originals, they are absolutely stunning.

The fizz and marinated olives were welcomed by those queuing to pay - we kept them fed and watered!

The fizz and marinated olives were welcomed by those queuing to pay – we kept them fed and watered!

There are of course signed limited edition prints available of all Kate’s paintings which are hand finished with stitched gold thread and carefully positioned gilding.

Kate enjoying herself with customers

Kate enjoying herself with customers

If you wish to meet Kate and see her paint then we have a pop up studio with us on Thursday 30th April from 11am. Come along for a chat with Kate and learn more about her and her paintings.

Woodhouse Mill

Woodhouse Mill

WATER & LIGHT

WATER & LIGHT
Solo Exhibition with local artist Kate Lycett
Preview Thursday 26th March 6 – 9pm
Exhibition runs until 21st June 2015

Kate Lycett

Kate Lycett

WATER & LIGHT is our second solo exhibition with Kate and some of the paintings in this have been inspired by her regular running route between the canal and the river between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

Woodhouse Mill

Woodhouse Mill – Kate Lycett

Kate walks and runs between the river and the canal and is often struck by the contrast of the power of one, and the stillness of the other. The water mirrors the changing colours; the colours change with the light.

As The Crow Flies - Kate Lycett

As The Crow Flies – Kate Lycett

There is nowhere quite like Yorkshire for that fast changing light that leaves you in the gloom one moment and in luminous, saturated colour the next.

The Town Hall - Kate Lycett

The Town Hall – Kate Lycett

In the vastness of the landscape you can see the patches of light heading towards you across the hills, or the shadows coming ready to drain everywhere of colour.

Eight Bells - Kate Lycett

Eight Bells – Kate Lycett

Kate couldn’t live anywhere where the sun shone all the time. The brilliance of those technicolour moments takes her breath away.

The Big Park - Kate Lycett

The Big Park – Kate Lycett

Those who know and love Hebden Bridge and this valley can certainly recognise these moments and identify with Kate … and that’s one reason why they love Hebden Bridge and Kate’s paintings so much! That exactness in Kate’s work remains faithful to the reality she sees and because of this her collectors return time and time again to Heart Gallery.

Lumb Falls - Kate Lycett

Lumb Falls – Kate Lycett

Kate grew up in Suffolk where the skies are vast and the land is low and flat. Her grandad was an architect and taught her the rudiments of technical drawing when she was 9. He made her a drawing board and a T square, taught her the rules of perspective and showed her how to sharpen a pencil with a knife. In 1995 Kate ventured north to York to study fine art at University and specialised in textile design. She spent 3 years playing with pots of wax, resin, shiny fabrics and butterfly’s wings. An Msc followed at Huddersfield where she studied industrial applications and CAD; fewer butterflies, more Loom Sheds! She worked for several years as a commercial textile designer.

Lower Laithe Reservoir - Kate Lycett

Lower Laithe Reservoir – Kate Lycett

To escape the restrictions of corporate design briefs Kate began to paint again; she missed her fingers being permanently stained with Prussian blue! A move to West Yorkshire in 2005 prompted a sudden change in style; from colourfull abstracts, to opulent landscapes. The striking landscape of Hebden Bridge and the surrounding valley have informed her work every since with buildings also featuring in many of her pantings as she loves how they stack up into the hills with under dwellings and over dwellings.

Allotments - Kate Lycett

Allotments – Kate Lycett

Kate’s textile background is always present in her paintings informing what she paints and interpreting what she sees into patterns. The gold leaf and the threads she hand finishes everything with draw your eye across though the painting, and they change the surface with the changing light of day. Kate’s paintings are full of life, warmth and exuberant colour built up by her careful mix of inks, watercolours, acrylic and gouache.

The Hammock - Kate Lycett

The Hammock – Kate Lycett

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneaky peek at Kate’s new paintings which include Heptonstall, Honey Hole, Todmorden and Haworth. Although buildings still feature heavily in her work you can also see chickens this time bringing extra splashes of colour to her vivacious paintings.

The Parsonage - Kate Lycett

The Parsonage – Kate Lycett

Dates For Your Diary:

Thursday 26th March 2015, 6pm – 9pm

Preview of ‘Water & Light’ at Heart Gallery with local artist Kate Lycett.

Purchase original paintings and limited edition prints and meet the artist.

Thursday 16th April, 7.30pm – 9pm

Demo with Kate Lycett.

An evening with Kate Lycett in Heart Gallery as she talks us through some of her processes and the inspiration behind her finished paintings for the exhibition ‘Water & Light’.

As space is limited this event is by ticket only – available to purchase from Heart Gallery, £5 each including a drink.

Please note this Demo evening with Kate has SOLD OUT.

Thursday 30th April, 11am – 4pm

Pop Up Studio.

A rare opportunity to see Kate at work as she ‘pops up’ in Heart Gallery with her paints and brushes.

 

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Happy Wednesday folks, here’s our midweek little blog post on what is currently making our hearts sing in Heart Gallery … a gentle nod again to Mother’s Day of course!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33o32C0ogVM

Mar 10thSmall jug: Julia Davey (perfect for fresh cream she can pour over something sweet)
Aquamarine ring (birthstone for March): Charlotte Bezzant
Meerkat cushion: Jinny Ursell (Mum can rest her weary head whilst relaxing with Kinfolk)
Kinfolk Magazine (tell mum to put her feet up and browse through this Entrepreneurial Issue Fifteen)