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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.”
Juliet produces decorative objects made from fused and stained glass. She loves the luminous quality of the material and the variety of ways it can be used to create different effects.
She also produces detailed contemporary stained glass art using traditional techniques. She specialises in kiln fired painting and also incorporates fused glass elements into her work.
Her work is varied, ranging from large scale commissions for architectural settings, to smaller work to be hung in a window, or functional fused glass vessels and joyful, jolly Christmas decorations!
My work is a celebration of the natural changes and inherent qualities of landscape. It reflects my attraction with and observations of different landscapes.
I frequently walk the coastal landscape as this environment continues to inspire and provide a source of ideas.
The working process involves arrangement through collage, painting and assemblage which investigates surface, colour and the juxtaposition of found objects. I aim to draw attention to the finer details of the landscape and present them as relics that have survived the passage of time, similar to the way museums store and display artefacts. Objects are layered to reflect the manner in which the landscape reveals and conceals itself and are assembled to highlight the precious nature of each selected subject within a composition of related fragments.
Every time I have a moment on the coastal shore, or in the open landscape, I think this is why the environment has to be preserved. Understanding and respecting nature and how the past effects the present and the future is central to creativity, to preservation and to learning.
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!
I have been a textile artist for many years. I particularly like to work with vintage fragments of quilts and fabrics, mainly hand stitching and embroidering. My colours are in the main subdued and faded. I like to assemble a background of fabrics and then applique and embroider into it. I also hold workshops.
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.
Uses traditional techniques of kiln fused glass to produce her beautiful lamps, mirrors, wall panels, vessels, and jewellery.
Colette discovered the potential of glass in 2004 after graduating with a BA (hons.) in Fine Art Printmaking and has taught kiln fused and stained glass since 2007.
Inspired by British skylines, Colette uses kiln fused techniques to produce her unique landscapes in glass.
Also a fine art printmaker, Colette captures the mood and atmosphere of each piece of glass. Colette uses leaves taken from the landscapes and introduces them into each of her pieces using unique methods developed by herself. Cow parsley, cleavers, organic anise, hawthorn, ivy, rose, astilbe, grasses and others mark their organic shadowy silhouettes in the kiln glass, capturing permanent memories of their once leafy existence. Leaves are gathered from different locations in the picturesque county Lancashire, from the lanes Over Wyre to the edge of Tolkien’s Bowland. Each piece is as unique as the leaves captured within it.
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.
Gillian is a fine art printmaker and print teacher based in Formby, Liverpool, producing limited editions of lino-cuts, etchings and lithographs. Also collage items such as tree decorations etc.
Her day starts with walking ‘Nell’ a springer spaniel, along Fisherman’s Path through Formby pinewoods and along the beach. Sometimes she is lucky enough to catch a glimpse of red fur scampering up a tree, or a flash of white bobtail in the heather. The grasses, trees and dunes hold a whole host of flora & fauna, so often returns home with foraged treasure. Some of her collections are presented in display boxes others are the source of inspiration for much of her work.
“The wildlife I encounter and the objects I collect have different stories to tell: the threads of their narratives extending themselves through my drawings and prints.”