76 Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport. PR9 7NE - Tel:01704 211532
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Daisy Florence Designs
Anne Crowther's Textile artworks are inspired by her garden and the surrounding Pennine meadows. She works in layers and draws stitch by stirch with her vintage sewing machine to achieve detailed and embellished surfaces. Hand cut flower motifs which are a feature of her collections are sewn onto the surface to create depth and harmonious colour fields.
Alison Leith is a mixed media artist. She was born in Ashton under Lyne and took up painting seriously five years ago after a career inspiring young children as a primary school teacher. She works from her home in the Loud Valley on the fringes of the Forest of Bowland. The stunning views are one of the inspirations for her mixed media work which is mainly concerned with nature and landscape but she has also included some Mediterranean-inspired vistas in this collection.
Alison has had an interest in creative textiles for many years and studied at Lancaster and Preston Colleges, leading to her particular interest in the use of colour and texture. She loves to manipulate paint using a range of tools to build a wide variety of textural effects and uses acrylics, inks, oil pastels and collage to give the viewer the feeling of walking through the landscape.
Alison has exhibited at Accrington’s Haworth Gallery, Preston College, Lancaster Adult College and Cedar Farm, and is currently a member of Padiham Artists’ Group
I have a design degree from Liverpool Polytechnic and have worked in the arts for 30 years mainly as a computer artist, work that I enjoy but which lacks tactility. In looking for a more hands on outlet for my creativity I have over the years, tried various approaches and materials before glass caught my imagination.
Enthused I started developing my ideas and techniques and was able to demonstrate my work to The Crafts Council who awarded me a grant. Thanks to this I have bought equipment which has enabled me to increase the size and scope of the work I do. I now fuse glass in all my free time and exhibit in many small galleries across the UK along with commission work for clients. I find natural phenomena, movement, water and light endlessly fascinating. I continue to return to the movement of light through water and glass.
I love the fluidity of fish under water and try to recreate this in my 2D work. I use layers to mimic the refractive properties of water along with movement and balance to imitate natural actions.
My work is best seen with the light behind it so many pieces are designed to hang at windows or sit on windowsills, where they can freely move.
I create unique, handmade stoneware ceramics. My work involves a varied range of construction methods - coils, slabs, moulds and more recently thrown items.
I make uncomplicated forms, the shape and surface of which are developed and enhanced using a combination of mark making techniques.
Inspired by all aspects of nature from simple pebble shapes, patterns in water and rock formations to landscapes, birds and plants.
I use both stoneware and porcelain clays. Glazes , slips and oxides are used to emphasis both the shapes and textures in my work.
All work is fired to 1254C in an electric kiln.
I started by making bead Jewellery for myself, then when friends started to like them I made them as presents, one day my boss wanted to buy one off me, now that gives you the confidence, to know that you must be making something that people want to give you their hard earned cash for.
l joined the North West Design Collective, the Craft Council and the British Jewellers Association, and exhibited my work at galleries and exhibitions all over the country.
I love contrasts of textures and, on a journey to Lanzarote, I noticed the texture of the igneous rock; lava that has been forced up though the Earth before cooling and solidifying in the air. The ebb and flow of the hot molten lava as it cools becomes something to feel; these natural forms look as if they should be pliable and soft, yet they are completely solid.
I have this same feeling when I melt silver; seeing the texture appear as it cools. I like to emphasize the contrast of the rough, textured silver with well-defined polished geometric shapes;, highly polished silver and gold, gem beads and coloured enamel. The initial creative flow from the lava has metamorphosed into more contrasting designs, utilizing different textures and materials.”
Lita was born and still lives and works in the north of England. She always had a leaning towards art and attended a foundation course at Bolton College of Art and Design in the seventies. However she did not pursue a career in art.
In the late nineties Lita got the art bug again and taught herself to paint. She has exhibited in various galleries in the north west for a number of years and has sold her work to individuals, business and galleries..
As far as inspiration goes Lita says that "a scene or the atmosphere of a town or city must 'move' me in some way; it is a right hemisphere thing and I find it hard to put it into words
Nature has always been my greatest source of inspiration and so my ceramics and mixed media artwork is based on the amazing colours and tactile surfaces found within nature and the British Landscape and Coast.
After graduating from DeMontfort University with a BA(Hons) in Design Crafts, specialising in Ceramics, I decided to continue to develop my own body of work and started to bring in some more mixed media work as I love to play around with layering different surfaces on a 2 dimensional basis and this has, in turn, allowed me to develop my 3 dimensional ceramic vessels.
Alongside creating my own collection of ceramics and mixed media pieces, I have also been running mosaic workshops to adults and children in primary schools for the past year and now create mosaics for sale and made to order gifts!
When he left school at 15 Michael worked as an apprentice at a large structural engineering firm in Bolton. During this time he attended the local college and gained City & Guilds qualifications in both Steel Fabrication and Welding.
Michael went on to work for the same college as Technician in the Fabrication department. He stayed there for 38 years until he retired in 2012. His love of metal work however never abated, and Michael now uses his skills and creativity to make candle holders, scent oil burners and garden oil burning torches.
The outdoor pieces are galvanised and powder coated and are not likely to show any rust for many years, and most of the tall stands are interchangeable – any “top” can be put with any design of stand.
Heather has over 40 years of collecting skills, experimenting with creative techniques and gathering vintage materials. Her work is quintessentially English – celebrating the quirky and delighting in the everyday.
With a love of old and distressed maps, stamps, books, wallpaper and fabrics, Heather enjoys mixing collage with machine embroidery. She creates pieces which are rooted in the landscape, particularly that of the North.
Heather has a strong belief in thrift, recycling and make do and mend. The 1970s were an ideal time to be informed and inspired by children’s television with The Wombles and Oliver Postgate providing ideas on the potential for being creative in your own home.
“To celebrate the ordinary and enjoy the little details is a delightful thing. Making new work out of old things is a joyful process beginning with salvage, experimenting with texture and enjoying the freedom of play and invention”.
After working with makers and artists over the last three decades, Heather and husband Gordon formed Hopeful & Glorious to celebrate and promote glorious British art and craft.