Collaboration, Connection and Co-Operation not Competition

One thing that has been obvious recently (apart from the pennies in the bank falling through my fingers like fine sand!) has been the support that I have seen since the awful events of Boxing Day. This is not just on a personal level from friends and family (I still have a much needed back neck and shoulder massage to cash in – thank you Ruth and Julia!) but on a business to business level as well. For instance, Mike and the team at Print Bureau provided free banners to affected local businesses as soon as they could even though they themselves had also been badly hit by Storm Eva’s decision to relentlessly batter Calderdale. This was made possible in part by Apogee coming to their rescue too.

This is one HEART that just gets stronger x

The amazing artwork for our banner was done by one of our much loved artists Angela Smyth. She just wanted to use her skill set in any way she could. This was a beautiful gesture and was done for us in the New Year so that we could hang the banner outside Heart Gallery to let everyone know we were stitching ourselves back together and we would be back as soon as we were able.

LOGO for PRThen the Calderdale Rising campaign for businesses began. This has now ended with a really decent stash of cash in the pot for those businesses involved. This was launched by Kirsty McGregor and backed by CFFC who are behind the amazing flood relief fundraising for residents of Calderdale that has now topped the 2 million mark! Without Kirsty’s involvement and the collaboration of 103 small businesses from Calderdale getting behind her and promoting via social media etc I think I would have gone slightly insane sitting at home in my own little bubble of misery getting washed away by my tears!

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After a long overdue catch up and much needed brain storming session with Kate Lycett once she had launched her fabulous Lost Houses project at The Bankfield Museum in Halifax I approached Vince at Abacus Framing in Mytholmroyd. Heart Gallery needed a little bit of space to pop up with Kate’s work and also Clare Caulfield’s work – two of my much loved artists also much loved by my customers.

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Like many other Calderdale based businesses Abacus Framing have been indirectly affected by the Boxing Day floods despite not being flooded themselves if that makes sense. Footfall to our lovely valley is down so the visitor economy is suffering. This collaboration with him will help not only Heart Gallery have a presence by creating a little gallery space within Abacus but it will also help Kate Lycett and Clare Caulfield continue to sell their work locally and Abacus Framing to offer a very fine service too.

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This pop up Heart Gallery with Kate Lycett and Clare Caulfield will be in Abacus until after Easter (perhaps longer so please do keep an eye on this blog) so please do visit, come and say hello, purchase framed or unframed prints and browse the other prints and artwork Vince has on show there too … including two personal favourites Jenni Murphy and Anna Wright.

Jenni Murphy - The Romantic Gardener available at Abacus Framing, Mytholmroyd

Jenni Murphy – The Romantic Gardener available at Abacus Framing, Mytholmroyd

Love Birds by Anna Wright available at Abacus Framing, Mytholmroyd

Love Birds by Anna Wright available at Abacus Framing, Mytholmroyd

 

After successfully selling work by Pippa Dyrlaga to raise funds for the flood appeal for householders the lovely ladies at Fleur De Lys asked me if I would like a window in their florists on Crown Street, Hebden Bridge to showcase more work by Kate Lycett.

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We did the display together at the beginning of this week. The window looks really cheery and bright and has been making passers by stop and smile which is so lovely to see right now.

POP UP at Fleur De LysThis is a little montage of the work that is on display and available to buy down at Fleur De Lys and at Abacus Framing by Kate Lycett and Clare Caulfield.

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Vince at Abacus Framing has the whole back catalogue of Kate’s for you to look through and order from as well. You can pay by card at Abacus as the Heart Gallery card machine is down there but it’s CASH ONLY at Fleur De Lys.

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I’ve known that these connections and collaborations are so important since I first opened Heart Gallery as collectively we make Hebden Bridge just amazing. A huge, heartfelt thank you to all my friends and family helping me through this but also to Vince and Claudette for helping out whilst we try to stitch Heart Gallery back together again! Don’t forget, with Mother’s Day fast approaching order your bouquet from Fleur De Lys whilst you are down there feasting on Kate’s work and Vince has plenty of sweet cards for you to choose from!

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December 9th 2015

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Drawing has always been a very important part of Clare’s work. She is fascinated by architecture be it the Midtown skyscrapers of Manhattan, The Grand Canal in Venice or simply capturing Parisian life outside a bustling pavement café.

Clare’s love of drawing and use of line lend themselves perfectly to her work as a printmaker. Within many of her screen prints Clare combines elements of hand painted acrylic and watercolour resulting in each print being a truly individual piece in itself.  Clare also produces drypoint prints, a method of intaglio printmaking as she enjoys the rich velvety line quality it achieves.

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Sunday Best

Morning folks and a very fine Bank Holiday Sunday to you all. Here’s our Sunday Best today with love from HAPPY VALLEY! We thought this little montage appropriate now filming has started in our town for the second series of this great British Drama written by BAFTA award winner Sally Wainwright and staring Sarah Lancashire.

Enjoy these images of our locality my friends – all prints available in Heart Gallery.

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The Big Park – Kate Lycett
The Lamppost Cafe – Clare Caulfield
Heart Gallery – Clare Caulfield
Woodhouse Mill – Kate Lycett
As The Crow Flies – Kate Lycett
St George’s Square – Clare Caulfield

Wednesday December 17th

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Clare is a Yorkshire based artist and printmaker whose work is inspired by her travels to some of the world’s greatest cities, some of which she returns to again and again drawing on new ideas each time.  Her collection includes Paris, Venice, New York, Rome, Prague, Istanbul and Sydney as well as places much closer to home … including Hebden Bridge!

Clare Caulfield - Yorkshire based Artist and Printmaker

Clare Caulfield – Yorkshire based Artist and Printmaker

Clare’s love of drawing and use of line lend themselves perfectly to her work as a printmaker. Screen printing allows Clare to transfer the lively original drawings often taken directly from her sketchbook produced whilst on her travels, onto both paper and canvas enabling her prints to maintain this great sense of spontaneity. Within many of her screen prints Clare also combines elements of hand painted acrylic and watercolour resulting in each print being a truly individual piece in itself.

Dec 17th Clare Caulfield

 

Monday December 15th

Blurry heartsMost of you have probably got super organised by now and posted all your cards out to friends and family. For those who haven’t, if you tend to be a bit of a lastminute.com kind of person (I can relate to this sometimes!), then we do have a small selection of Christmas/Festive cards to choose from still. Whether you prefer the hand drawn pen and ink style of Clare Caulfield, the linocuts and screenprints of Alison Read or Corrina Rothwell’s observation of life you will manage to find something to send if you are still looking x

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Christmas Cards at Heart Gallery – Cards for Keeps x

Hello folks

We always struggle at this time of the year to really know when it feels right to start to celebrate Christmas.

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We all love Christmas at Heart – no bah humbugs here – so we are itching to do the new displays and put out all the lovely new goodies that start to arrive from our artists in October.

Here is a little snippet of some of our lovely Christmas cards made for us by various local and UK designers/makers … they beat those cheap supermarket packs everyone seems to pick up at the checkout in my opinion and are cards for keeps not just for Christmas!

Christmas Dachshund by Clare Caulfield

Christmas Dachshund by Clare Caulfield

Snow Falling on West 34th by Clare Caulfield

Snow Falling on West 34th by Clare Caulfield

Snowy Reykjavik by Clare Caulfield

Snowy Reykjavik by Clare Caulfield

Classy cards by Clare Caulfield sit on the shelf next to our linocut/screenprinted designs by Alison Read.

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And for all our lovers of Corrina Rothwell’s observational humour she hasn’t disappointed with her interpretation of Christmas!

 

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We have a great selection of cards to suit all tastes for you to choose from now gracing our shelves and with some recommended last posting days already behind us you’d best get a move on licking those stamps! See Royal Mail recommended last posting dates here.

Back of Clare Caulfield's Snowy Reykjavik's card

Back of Clare Caulfield’s Snowy Reykjavik’s card

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Our cards are Cards for Keeps so why not recycle by framing them in small frames picked up from charity shops or auction houses to make a little Christmas collection for next year or cut them out with pinking scissors in January to make your own gift tags for Christmas 2015. Happy crafting everyone x

Spring Cleaning

We have been treated to some lovely Spring weather recently and I don’t know about you but it really puts a smile on my face and a big spring in my step when the sun is shining brightly and I feel the heat on my old bones.

Enjoying that Friday feeling x

Enjoying that Friday feeling x

I have been reading more interior blogs lately and have decided to reach for the paint tin…watch out bedroom and hall, I’m coming to get you!

Inspiration from one of the blogs I follow Abigail Ahearn which was recently voted as one of the 20 best interior blogs by The Telegraph http://abigailahern.wordpress.com/

Inspiration from one of the blogs I follow, Abigail Ahern, which was recently voted as one of the 20 best interior blogs by The Telegraph http://abigailahern.wordpress.com/

I think many of our regular customers, and those discovering us recently for the first time, are also feeling it and it’s making them think about Spring cleaning their homes and doing a spot of decorating too!

More inspiration from another favourite blog http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/

More inspiration from another favourite blog I follow also recently voted as one of the 20 best interior blogs by The Telegraph  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/

How do I know this you ask? Well we have seen lots of new framed originals and limited editions being purchased and leaving us to be hung on freshly painted walls or used to brighten up rooms that need a bit of eye candy to dress them and make them feel different, new and refreshing. Here are just a few that now live elsewhere and here at Heart we hope they are bringing much joy to their new owners:

Balance Point - Original oil on vintage rulers by Lindsay Madden

Balance Point – Original oil on vintage rulers by Lindsay Madden

Scout Rules limited edition print by Lindsay Madden

Scout Rules limited edition print by Lindsay Madden brought joy to the buyer as Lindsay’s work is so nostalgic.

Read more about Lindsay here.

The Picture House, Hebden Bridge original by Clare Caulfield currently hanging in the home of two of our regulars who fell in love with this as they spend a lot of time at our traditional picture house here in Hebden bridge

The Picture House, Hebden Bridge original by Clare Caulfield now hanging in the home of two of our regulars. They fell in love with this as they see a lot of films here together.

Top of Main Street original by Clare Caulfield heading to Wuthering Heights soon to an avid collector of original artwork

Top of Main Street original by Clare Caulfield,  heading to Wuthering Heights soon to an avid collector of original artwork

Read more about Clare here.

Whitby Harbour, limited edition print by Kate Lycett

Whitby Harbour, limited edition print by Kate Lycett heading South to remind someone what a great holiday they had on the East Coast last year.

Stoodley Pike

Stoodley Pike, limited edition print by Kate Lycett, hanging in a local house as one of two local views that the owners love in and around Hebden Bridge.

Read more about Kate here.

As soon as we can pin our village joiner down at home we have to have some new windows put in and plastering done then I can redecorate our upstairs space and this beauty by Kate Lycett is the first print on my list … it reminds me so much of the many times my sister and I had family day trips to Bolton Abbey and the amount of times she ‘pretended’ to slip off the stepping stones just to get wet!

Bolton Abbey, limited edition print by Kate Lycett

Bolton Abbey, limited edition print by Kate Lycett