'My Favourite Things!'
4 to 25 July 2015
After 6 years, 67 exhibitions and featuring 128 artists Artisan will close its doors in July for the last time. It is with great sadness that this decision has been taken but curator Naomi Harrison is leaving NW10. Before this happens there is one last show which hopefully will embody all the wonderful talent that has graced the walls and plinths.
The coastline of East Anglia is fragile and constantly changing. While we try to preserve it - stitching it together, containing and restructuring it - just as often we leave the sea to encroach unchecked. Boundaries, borders and defences are destroyed and abandoned, we retreat and re-group. In my paintings I try to capture this vulnerability. One day we go there and it is always as it has been: the next time, it's gone forever.
Annie will be including elements from her growing interest in animal forms, especially her long held fascination with elephants. A further long held obsession is her interest in textiles and a recent foray into the world of Japanese 'Shibori' dyeing has produced a small number of beautiful water effect silk scarves.
After a career in animation Theresa turned her attention to ceramics using classic animation techniques such as stencilling and layering to produce a stunningly original range of colourful and intensely decorated ceramic tableware and decorative pieces. Theresa's individual style means her fan base is growing with each collection.
Richard Bailey was one of artisan's first exhibitors with his wonderful
'Darwin's Pigeons' which literally stopped traffic in the street. For this last show Richard returns with some
of his pigeons who have recently found fame on the pages of Tatler,(comma?) but
also with other members of the animal kingdom which he has photographed over
the intervening years. These unusual
portraits show the soul and character of these fascinating creatures. www.richardbaileyphotography.co.uk
Richard makes pots, which are spaces surrounded by a skin of clay. He feels that there is nothing quite like wheel-throwing in any other art or craft, as it combines individual creation with the efficiency of the machine. In his work there is an affinity with the ideals of modernism and minimalism: of containment, volume, mass, simplicity, harmony, rhythm, repetition and order. Cuts and openings in the surface allow light in and shadows to be cast, creating new perspectives, and linking interior and exterior. Richard Baxter works in translucent white porcelain utilizing its amazing colour response, doing lots of tests for new glazes to get the surfaces and tones he is after. www.richardbaxter.co.uk
Kate makes these rather perky Beaky Jugs, whose shape echoes the birds they portray in profile. Each piece is treated as an individual 'canvas' for a variety of decorative techniques including brushwork, stencilling, printing and graffito. The jugs are hand built in white earthenware, decorated with coloured slips and glazed with a lead-free transparent glaze.
Becca is an architect and illustrator who delights in the surprising diversity of wildlife in London, reflected in her recent commission for 'Up at The O2' where sparrowhawks can be seen perched in the dome's masts. With an impressive list of clients including The Jubilee Walkway Trust, AEG and Ocado, it is a pleasure to include her wonderful lino-prints for this final show.
Clare Gordon is an artist and designer who works with a range of materials: paint, print, gesso, clay, found objects, glazes, varnishes. The process of constructing each piece is cherished, often starting with an idea that can then seem to take on a life of it's own. Inspired by the ancient worlds and cultures, landscapes and journeys, she seeks to create and simplify timeless themes. Sometimes abstract, often including figuration, she uses her own, and imagined experiences to express emotional, spiritual and metaphysical states of mind, relating to life's mysteries. Fragmented narratives, where complexities are stripped back to search for some kind of truth, a wordless essence.
Mary is based in London and has been working as an artist and designer-maker for several years. She mainly works in Ceramics and Photography but has lately become interested in making hand-made books. Her practice is motivated by strong feelings about the natural world and a pull towards the aesthetic. Mary's main areas of interest are those of landscape and natural phenomena, abstraction, and the potential beauty in the ordinary and memory.
Her jewellery is intuitive
and spontaneous which displays an artistic background influenced by sculpture
and architecture. By reducing the forms
to the barest minimum she creates beautiful jewellery. www.simoneselaib-salandini.blogspot.com
Richard creates glasswork which is truly unique in design. For this exhibition he has created a new collection of beautiful bowls and plates which would grace any room. Richard has expanded his range to include small glass bowls, each very different and exquisite, making them perfect gifts. He also promises a few surprises! www.cielomio.co.uk
Martin creates his photographic images frame by frame on 35 mm film. Each work usually takes months to complete, as each frame is obsessively taken in sequence. No pasting together after the event, no cheating in Photoshop! If he makes a mistake or takes a frame out of place he starts the film again from the beginning. The filmstrips are then laid side by side to create the final image, literally making every picture count. Martin has exhibited throughout the UK and his reputation as an image maker is growing. www.martinwilson.net
The inspiration for Jeff's work comes mainly from the material itself. Glass has such wonderful qualities, both transmitting and reflecting light. He has designed wall pieces to use reflected light whilst retaining the translucent, vitreous quality that is unique to glass. For the rest of this collection he has combined both transparent and opaque glass to enhance the colours and shape of each piece. The firing process embodies the variations of chance, making each piece individual. and the whole process exciting.
THE PUCA MACGUFFIN THEATRE COMPANY
Paper Gymnasiums of the Mind
featuring new work by Artists and Fabulists
ELIZABETH PORTER + ALEX STEWART
artisan's penultimate show begins this month with two talented artists whose take on art is both original and amusing. Alex Stewart and Elizabeth Porter return to artisan with a unique show which explores puppet theatres and memories of childhood. artisan has been NW10's most creative corner for six years and is delighted that its penultimate exhibition continues this tradition.
Alex Stewart has shown
extensively in the UK, India and Sri Lanka, and his work is in many important
private collections. He uses
watercolour, ink, oils and a multitude of other materials, most recently
integrating antique frames as an essential part of the whole image and
emotional experience. Alex's paintings
show a world of mythology, archetypes and timeless narrative, inviting the
viewer to enter into the visual space and to explore their own understanding of
the stories within. www.alexstewart.net
Elizabeth Porter uses a wide base of materials to investigate her ideas. There are underlying themes of the balance of life. The hidden side of being human. Demonstrated through stone carving, found objects, drawing and installation (and many other media) she creates absorbing yet simple work which triggers thoughts of what it means to be living in the present day.
The Puca MacGuffin theatre
'As children the toys we loved most were the ones with which we could make our own worlds. Using lead soldiers, puppets and stuffed toys, trains and cars strewn across a landscape of cushion and carpet. We would escape from the real world and let our imaginations carry us into those diminutive realms. We'd both had Pollock's theatres: the little paper theatres that were one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the late 19th century. We wondered if we could make our own. So here they are, theatres we have made with their scenes and characters, waiting for you to bring your own imagination to play and tell tales of your own.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGuffin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Púca
Maria Kemp, Lorrie Cannon and Josephine Florent will kick off Artisan's final season with a wonderful exhibition of photographs, paintings and jewellery. These three friends will set the mood for May with vibrancy, colour and texture.
Lorrie was born in Yorkshire
and has lived in London since the 1970s.
Although largely self-taught, painting has always been important aspect
of her life. Recently Lorrie spent time backpacking around Nepal and Central
America with her daughters and has returned with renewed inspiration which has
led to her latest collection. She is a
semi-abstract painter working with acrylics whose subjects are striking and
textural giving her land and seascapes intensity and movement.
Working with Dichroic glass and sterling silver Josephine has created a wonderful collection of jewellery that is a 'must have'. The colours in each piece. Change with the light and enhance any garment they are worn with. Josephine's talent for catching the trend comes from her experience as one of London's top fashion models.
Maria was born in Sweden but lives and works in London. She was a fashion model for many years and went on to develop a successful career in nature photography. Her first major exhibition in 2008 has been followed by shows in London and Stockholm. Maria's works in this exhibition are shot on film and digital. She transforms the simple image by enhancing colours using her own creative techniques. All the photographs are hand printed and framed by the artist.
Sown in Thread
Textile art by Sabi Westoby
A Freemason's vestment
rescued from a skip and the remains of a duvet cover are among the recycled
materials creating the artworks in this show, which takes the theme of the cycle
of life as seen through the poppy.
As spring gets underway artisan welcomes back Sabi Westoby who will set the gallery flowering with her wonderful Poppies. The theme for this show was inspired by a single photograph of a poppy flower, and draws on the research carried out for a series of wall hangings on the theme of The Great War.
This image, reinterpreted in stitch, paint, print and photograph, forms a significant part of the new work on display. This is Sabi's third solo show.
Sabi's work as a quilter was originally based on the thrifty recycling of scraps of fabric: in this 'post quilting' work the use of randomly found pieces of material helps to give the artworks a life of their own. She has reinterpreted the techniques learnt as a quilt maker to create images with textile and paint. For this exhibition of new work, and with the ethos of recycling, Sabi has only used materials already in her studio. She likes to work in series, with successive pieces taking the process further each time, varying placement, texture or orientation. Images are layered, new textures created by over-printing with paint, photographs are manipulated - the results are used to influence the work, sometimes in an unforeseen way.
In addition to the wall hangings, Sabi's highly collectable textile bowls and fabric covered notebooks will also be shown, as well as a range of small mounted artworks.
The gallery is six years old and artisan's curator Naomi Harrison has decided to host her own exhibition, showing everything she has ever made! She says "People have always asked me what I do, apart from curate. Well I am going to exhibit it all, the good, the bad and the ridiculous". Naomi is convinced her work will provide people with much amusement, especially the teapots!
The centre piece of the exhibition will be an installation entitled 'Just Testing'. Naomi says that she spent most of her time as a ceramicist just testing ideas. There will be a finnisage party on the 4th April where for a small donation to the hospice Grove House www.renniegrove.org people will be invited to 'take or break' a piece of work from the 'Just Testing' installation.
After the finnisage this was what was left of the 'Just Testing' installation.
The 'Flowering Wall' is what it says on the tin. The wall will be created by using all the wall vases Naomi has made and planted out with flowering plants. She will also show her portfolio of photographs of the local parks and flowers.
'Heavens above, oceans below
and the elephant in the room'
11 to 28 February 2015
Artisan comes out of hibernation and shakes off the winter chills with its first exhibition for 2015. Three friends bring their sometimes quirky perspectives together on a collaborative project which blurs the edges and crosses boundaries. They inspire and support one another and now have pooled their talents to create work together. Through their chosen mediums of print, jewellery and glass this exhibition has been inspired by heaven and its constellations, the sea with all its depths and swimming elephants!
Annie will be including elements from her growing interest in animal forms, especially her long held fascination with elephants.
A further long held obsession is her interest in textiles and a recent foray into the world of Japanese 'Shibori' dying has produced a small number of beautiful water effect silk scarves.
Becca takes on the
constellations in her own style. Together with her elephants she makes us look to the stars and see them
This is glass meeting the cosmos. Jupiter comes to artisan