'Spring has Sprung'
17th April to 11th May 2013
artisan welcomes spring!
artisan, NW10s most creative corner welcomes spring with a group show by local artists. Since its launch in 2009, artisan continues to attract attention in North West London. The role of the gallery is to create a space which offers an opportunity for artists of many disciplines to showcase their work. artisan's success has been its ability to keep changing and offering something different each month.
BLANKAAD - BLANKAAD is a newly-formed cooperative of photographers based in North West London. They share a love of analogue photography and an appreciation of the intrinsic value of the photographic print. From their darkroom in Queens Park they have produced a limited edition of signed black and white prints and greetings cards. Showing for the first time at artisan the collection is entitled 'SAW THIS AND THOUGHT OF YOU' and features the work of Alexander Koby, Amir Dian and Raf Luczak.
Vanessa Cohen - Vanessa is a South African ceramicist who lives and works in London. She designs and produces a range of handmade white earthenware bowls, platters and cups. Vanessa explores and expresses the distorting qualities of thin clay and allows her bowls to uniformly distort into tactile, subtle egg-like shapes. Some bowls are left plain whilst others may contain a single humorous or inspiring word or a delicately coloured mandala-like design. Vanessa's ceramics reveal a subtle combination of elements informed by the two countries she has lived in: her delicate use of colour is inspired by 1950s Post War British Textiles, while her simple decorative geometries reflect her South African roots.
Annie Eastham - Returning to artisan, Annie will present a new collection of intricate small-scale pieces of jewellery inspired by the natural world. Each piece is bespoke and beautifully handcrafted. These are truly small objects of desire. Annie sells mainly in the US and artisan is thrilled to have her back for this show.
Becca Elliott - 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, she is currently working on a new collection for the April pop-up.
Icon Jewellery - Irena Constanti created Icon in 2009, she trained with Swarovski Elements and the London Jewellery School to further develop her skill and then explored the art of bead embroidery. Her 'Leona Ring' was voted by fellow designers as 'Design of the Month' for Swarovski's 'Create Your Style'. Icon's collection is commission based.
Maria Kemp - Maria's love of photography developed during her years as a successful fashion model, being married to photographer Charlie Kemp and working with such icons as Parkinson, Donovan and Bailey. Maria realised that her passion lay behind the lens rather than in front of it. She worked closely with her husband, who was a pioneer in digital image manipulation and has now taken this genre in her own unique direction. She takes the elements of nature and creates her own inspired world. Maria's photographs are hand printed on Archival Cotton Rag.
Rachael Parfitt - Rachael specializes in hand lettering, graphic design and pen-and-ink stylized illustration. For the past 18 years Rachael has used her calligraphic and illustration skills in the workplace as a designer of children's books, but gets her greatest pleasure from creating original pieces of art. This will be Rachael's first time at artisan.
Richard Tilbury - Richard creates glasswork which is truly unique in design. Those who have been following Richard's development and collecting his work will be delighted in this new collection of flower sun-catchers which he has created especially for the April pop-up. He creates glasswork which is original in design and his work would enhance any room. www.cielomio.co.uk
Sabi Westoby - Sabi is a mixed media artist who started her journey making patchwork quilts. Her work then developed to include paint and paper as shown in her recent successful solo show at Artisan. We are returning to her roots of creativity and will be offering for sale her unique and sometimes quirky quilts, as well as the popular fabric covered notebooks and handmade cards, each with an original piece of artwork. www.sabiwestoby.com
Jeff Wood - 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.
'Spring has sprung' 17th April to- 11th May 2013 at artisan
Wednesday to Saturday - 11am to 5pm