We're back in London, at Fournier Street in the heart of Spitalfields, for an event co-curated with The Town House proprietor Fiona Atkins.
Painter-printmaker Mark Hearld launches a new fabric, Bantam Bough, celebrating his tenth anniversary of collaboration with St Jude's. His award winning Harvest Hare wallpaper and fabric also has a new colourway, Provençal Blue, showcased, together with his recent Cirque d'Hiver fabric.
From Wednesday 20th September until Sunday 24th September 2017 at The Town House, 5 Fournier Street, E1 6QE Find out more
Wednesday 20th September 11am-6pm
Thursday 21st September 11am-8pm
Friday 22nd September 11am-6pm
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 11am-5pm
Edward Bawden's 1927 Seaweed wallpaper, reissued by St Jude's in September
Mark Hearld's Harvest Hare wallpaper in Provençal Blue
Angie Lewin's Nature Study, Late Summer screen print
Working on Mark Hearld's forthcoming Bantam Bough fabric for St Jude's
Christopher Brown's Albion linocut, the starting point for his first wallpaper for St Jude's
Later this year I'll be exhibiting at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh as part of A Fine Line, alongside Lizzie Farey (who I have curated the exhibition with), Frances Priest and Bronwen Sleigh. I'll be sharing further information about the event over the coming weeks.
As part of the exhibition there will be two related workshops.
On Saturday 2nd December 2017 between 10.00-16.00 I'll be hosting a one-day wood engraving workshop.
I'll start the day by sharing examples of the work of fellow wood engravers. Then we'll experiment with tools on a practice block before engraving and printing your own woodblock. You are welcome to bring sketches/reference material with you for inspiration. It’s important to note that wood engraving is a slow and precise process and some participants may not leave with a completely finished print but will learn all stages of the process. This course is suitable for adults (aged 18+) and you will need to have some drawing skills to benefit fully from this workshop.
This one-day workshop costs £75.00 and is limited to 10 participants. If you'd like to book a place, please contact the City Art Centre reception on 0131 529 3993.
I'd also recommend a workshop that's being hosted by my good friend Lizzie Farey on Saturday 16th December 2017 from 10.30-16.00. This class will teach you how to make willow Christmas trees, wreaths and stars for the festive season. The cost for the workshop is also £75.00 and this will need to be booked on through the City Art Centre on 0131 529 3993.
Working on a wood engraving
Lizzie Farey in her studio - photo courtesy of The Scottish Gallery
Lizzie Farey 'Almost Spring' woven willow - photo by Shannon Tofts
As part of the new work presented at this year's York Open Studios event, Mark Hearld has created a series of hand-decorated platters, a few of which are pictured here.
Emily Sutton and Mark Hearld's Open Studios, 104 The Mount, York YO24 1AR on 21st (6-9pm), 22nd (10am-6pm) and 23rd (11am-5pm) April 2017 and again on 29th (10am-6pm) and 30th (11am-5pm) April 2017.
I'm delighted to share news of a forthcoming exhibition that I have curated for Hampshire Cultural Trust, A Printmaker's Journey, which opens in Winchester on Saturday 11th March and then tours Hampshire until early November 2017.
A Printmaker's Journey includes work selected from a wide range of disciplines and periods which will lead the visitor through the inspirations and affinities which have influenced my journey as a printmaker and designer. Paintings, textiles, prints, posters and ceramics by artists and designers including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Mark Hearld, Alan Reynolds, Emily Sutton and Paul Morrison will be displayed alongside work from various stages of my career.
I'll be at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre on and off throughout the opening day, Saturday 11th March. I hope that you might be able to visit. Find out more
Angie Lewin 'Sollas Sands' linocut, 2015
Edward Bawden 'The Road to Thaxted' linocut, 1956
Lizzie Farey 'Almost Spring' woven willow, 2017
(photograph by Shannon Tofts)
Eric Ravilious King Edward VIII Coronation Mug, 1937 (originally designed in 1936)
Angie Lewin 'Festival Mug' lithograph
Emily Sutton 'Olive Cook's Settle' watercolour, 2013
Edward Bawden 'Church and Dove' wallpaper, 1925
We're delighted that jeweller Katy Hackney is taking part in our current Editions & Objects exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park which runs until the end of October 2016.
For the exhibition Katy has created a limited edition of ten box wood pendants, each individually decorated and numbered.
Born in Dundee and now based in London, Katy Hackney received a BA at Edinburgh College of Art and a MA at the Royal College of Art, London. Continues below...
Hackney’s practice is driven by the materials she’s excited by. Materials she uses include woods, plastics, precious and non-precious metals, found objects, paint, formica and enamel. Her current influences include vintage toys and folk art.
Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of the London Crafts Council, Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, and the Ulster Museum, National Museum of Northern Ireland.
We took the opportunity to find our a little more about Katy's work and current activities...
Can you tell us how to came to designing wearable works of art?
When I left the RCA I set up in business and designed and made more commercial production silver jewellery which sold well but it was tedious work.
Then I discovered cellulose acetate which spectacle frames are made from, began to experiment with it, and my work became larger and more colourful and I became interested in finding other materials to use, such as wood, Formica, other found plastics… colour! Continues below...
You also teach at Central St Martins; how does this impact on the type of work you create?
I don’t notice that it does, something must seeping in?
It does keep me up to date with what is going on the jewellery world as we have a great programme of lectures.
I enjoy passing on knowledge and working with students from all over the world, and working with an amazing team.
What are your major influences?
Everyday things, I often get an idea from something I see in the street on my journey to college or on holiday or trips abroad.
I use my Instagram account as my visual diary, I often go back to it and print out photos of textures, colour combinations, shapes.
Working on lots of other things also feeds in to my work.
I love old toys and objects with a 'story' showing in their wear and tear - doors, tiles, tools and peeling paint.
What is a typical day for you?
My days are fairly varied. As well as teaching I work with knitwear designer Jo Gordon as colour consultant, helping to design her collections each year.
I also work as a picture researcher for costume in film, a job I started a few years ago and love. It definitely informs my work and I am learning something new all of the time.
Most recently I was the costume researcher on Suffragette and I’m working on other projects that are in production.
What is your preferred material of use?
At the moment it's wood.
You use an incredible array of materials, how do you decide which to use in a project?
I have boxes of bits that I gather along the way from all over and I work in a 'collage' sort of way with lots of pieces on my work table. I’ll move these around and arrange, cut then rearrange until I get something I like.
It gets really messy and I have to have a big clear up then I begin all over again! Continues below...
You work as a colour advisor to Jo Gordon Knitwear; how does this impact on your work?
It definitely does as we do research on different ways and I end up looking at textiles which I didn't really before.
The costume research really influences and helps in both jewellery and design work for Jo. I'm currently researching clothing in 1950 to 60s for a job. The colours and patterns of dresses then were amazing. This will all feed into my brain and re-emerge somehow in my jewellery!
What is your favourite colour?
What can you see from your studio today?
Usually it my neighbour’s wall!
But today from my balcony in Barcelona I can see a narrow street filled with little balconies covered in colourful washing, a man delivering a cooker and a tiny barking dog having a pee.
What single tool would you consider essential to your work?
My jeweller’s saw and my camera (usually on my phone).
What are you working on now and what is coming up next?
The staff of St. Martins are having a show COUNTERCURRENT in Arthur Beales, Yacht Chandlers in Shaftesbury Avenue. My response to the shop was to collect, borrow and steal Nautical themed jewellery and fill a little cabinet with it, we installed in amongst the shops stock... I'm also researching for a costume project. Teaching will begin in October and so will working with Jo.
Editions & Objects at Yorkshire Sculpture Park continues until Sunday 30th October 2016. Find out more about the exhibition or take a look at all the available works online including Katy Hackney's box wood pendant.
Portrait photography by Jenny Lewis.
If you're visiting Edinburgh during August and are flying in or out of the airport, do look out for the Local Heroes pop-up exhibition and shop.
Curated by Dr Stacey Hunter, the project's nine designers were asked to ‘reimagine the souvenir’ and produce a unique travel-themed design object. Running from 1–31 August 2016 in partnership with Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee it celebrates Scotland’s contemporary designers who embrace colour, pattern and innovative techniques and materials.
Speaking ahead of the opening of the exhibition curator and Local Heroes Director Dr Stacey Hunter said:
“For many passengers Local Heroes will be their first impression of Scotland and will also form part of a fond farewell. Design is one of the most accessible expressions of 21st century creativity and I’m so excited that we can present a snapshot of Scotland’s colourful and confident design scene at such a unique location. We are surrounded by designers working on the most amazing projects - they trade, collaborate and work internationally. So where is it? Why can’t we see it?! I wanted to produce an ambitious project that showed Scottish design through the lens I looked through. It was also important to me to show Scottish designers that they are noticed and appreciated - and that’s where the name Local Heroes came from.”
The Local Heroes pop-up exhibition and shop at Edinburgh Airport (photo: Ross Fraser McLean / StudioRoRo)
Designer Karen Mabon (photo: Future Positive Studio)
Karen Mabon's umbrella/sunshade (photo: Stuart McClay Photography)
Karen Mabon working in the studio (photo: Future Positive Studio)
Tom Pigeon's neckpiece (photo: Stuart McClay Photography)
Tom Pigeon's studio (photo: Future Positive Studio)
Gabriella Marcella's Tropical beach towels
Gabriella Marcella in the studio (photo: Future Positive Studio)
The Local Heroes pop-up exhibition and shop at Edinburgh Airport (photo: Ross Fraser McLean / StudioRoRo)
Further to our post about Mark Hearld's now sold out slipcast pigeons for our Editions & Objects exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, we're pleased to share details of the platters Mark has also produced.
The 38cm diameter platters are individually decorated using cobalt manganese and copper stains, each one slipcast in Stoke-On-Trent and inspired by mid-20th Century English Delft ceramics. Priced at £395.00 each, the platters are available from Yorkshire Sculpture Park - further details via their website or by telephoning 01924 832631.
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Cockerel One
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Cockerel One (reverse)
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Crow
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Crow (reverse)
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Owl One
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Owl One (reverse)
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Doe
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Doe (reverse)
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Hoopoe One
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Hoopoe One (reverse)
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Song Thrush
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Song Thrush (reverse)
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Owl Two
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Owl Two (reverse)
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Hoopoe Two
Mark Hearld slipcast platter - Hoopoe Two (reverse)
Many thanks to Jonty Wilde for photographing these slipcast platters.