'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.
Please see attached jpeg images. Subject to availability, all items will be available after the exhibition via artisan. Please contact Naomi Harrison at artisan tel: 020 8451 6315, mob: 0778 900 2052 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
artisan, 80 Harlesden Road, London NW10 2BE