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 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.

 

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.

Wednesday December 24th – Christmas Eve

Blurry hearts

A little montage for you of work from some of our lovely makers in Heart Gallery throughout 2014 … enjoy … see you in 2015 folks and have fun during this festive season. Below are our opening times leading up until the New Year just in case you need them xXx

xmas eve misc xmas eve photo xmas eve print xmas eve textiles xmas eve jewelxmas eve cerxmas eve misc 2

 

OPENING TIMES OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON:

CHRISTMAS EVE 10AM – 3PM

CHRISTMAS DAY CLOSED

BOXING DAY CLOSED

SATURDAY 27TH DECEMBER 10.30AM – 5.30PM

SUNDAY 28TH DECEMBER 12PM – 4PM

CLOSED THEN UNTIL SATURDAY JANUARY 3RD AT 10.30AM

HAPPY NEW YEAR xXx

 

Meet the Maker – Sarah Westwood

 

Sarah Westwood - Artist

Sarah Westwood – Artist

Sarah uses her surroundings to inspire her, from her garden to birds.  Her work represents her idea of an ideal world, they are images that intend to make people smile and chuckle. 

Mr and Mrs Fox

Mr and Mrs Fox

Sarah creates images out of coloured recycled paper, layering the images on to a canvas of wood.  This then creates the first layer which is then layered with beeswax. 

Sarah Westwood

Bird Cages

This process then continues until she has 3 or 4 layers.  The final layer is carved into with oil paint and sealed using a flame.  The wood has a lovely detailed hanger on the back making the whole piece easy to hang and smart.

Sarah

Dogs can ride Bicycles too

Sarah mainly sells her small pieces of art to private buyers and at designer maker fairs throughout the UK. 

Chickens

Chickens

Sarah is excited to be working with Heart Gallery and hopes you enjoy her world as much as we are enjoying it.

 

Meet The Maker – Laura Thomas

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 – Rosie Brewer

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.

Yew mini board

Yew mini board

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.

Heart board stack

Heart board stack

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.

Beech boards

Beech 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.

Small Heart boards

Small Heart boards

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.

Stack of Mini boards

Stack of Mini boards

Heart Gallery lovely Rosie’s work and hope you do too…last year her Mini boards were so popular with our customers who were gifting them to friends and family with limes/lemons and a bottle of sloe gin, gin or vodka; a great present idea for Christmas.