Q&A Sandra Robinson

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Sandra Robinson

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a painter working mainly in oils and acrylics, but I also like using pastels, watercolours, charcoal basically anything I can get my hands on.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Abstract Layered Colour Space Expressionist

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Do you have any design heroes?

There are many artists that I admire but top of my list would be Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, Roger Hilton, Matisse and Beatriz Milhazes.

Where is your studio?

I have a home studio that I share with my husband who fixes electric guitars.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Make tea, think, make more tea, paint, think, remove paint!!

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I am currently working on a year long project based around my allotment, initially exploring the themes of growth, survival, mapping, transformation and beauty.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I didn’t exhibit last year but I did visit and had a thoroughly enjoyable day. I hadn’t realised that there were so many artists living in and around Sale.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

All paintings and drawing will be for sale.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

The Bean and Brush.

Tell us something we don’t know

I studied City and Guilds embroidery parts 1 and 2 which is a four year course. On completion of this I went on to do art foundation with the intention of doing the embroidery degree at MMU but discovered that I preferred paint so I went on to do a fine art degree in painting instead. However embroidery and textiles are still important to me, and are definitely an influencing factor in many of my paintings.

http://www.sandra-robinson.co.uk

Thank you Sandra!

 

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#TheGrottoProject LAUNCH WEDS 1ST 5PM #Sale Town Square

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We are pleased to announce that The Grotto sculpture will be live in Sale from 1st July, please join us for the launch event on Wednesday 1st July at 5pm in Town Square. All welcome.

The Grotto will be onsite on the run up to this year’s Sale Arts Trail, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July, alongside the work of 54 artists from Trafford and beyond exhibiting and selling their work to visitors at 24 diverse venues across Sale.

Over the last few weeks The Project has worked with members of the public from Sale and Sale West, and pupils from Sale Grammar School, to collect historic artefacts from Sale’s past and to develop stories about them. These objects and narratives have inspired the creation of a small and enigmatic domestic space in Town Square which showcases the most fascinating of our finds and ideas about who might have owned them.

The artwork invites visitors to consider the role of heritage in our everyday lives and the way that objects can be used to tell stories about people and place. We have been kindly supported through funding from Arts Council England, Sale Locality Partnership’s ‘Make Sale Smile’ scheme and Sale Arts Trail. Find out more about the project here.

The Grotto is part of the second ever Sale Arts Trail, pick up a map or check the website to plan your visit: http://www.saleartstrail.com. Join Sale Arts Trail for their launch evening at Sale Waterside Arts Centre on Friday 10th July, 6-9pm, with a group exhibition featuring all 54 Trail artists including myself and The Grotto Project.

Thanks to Sale Locality Partnership, Sale Arts Trail, Arts Council England, and of course to you for your support in bringing The Project to fruition in Sale. I hope very much to see you on Wednesday – please let me know if you are able to make it and please forward this invitation on to your contacts!

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Q&A Lucy Elisabeth

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Lucy Elisabeth

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a freehand wirework artist based in Altrincham, Cheshire. The concept of my work being ‘freehand,’ means that I don’t use a template, or hold and shape the wire over any scaled up image.
My current work is generally inspired by natural forms, although I do also create a ‘wirework wording’ range and an ‘events’ range. Some of my wirework is very realistic and can take days. I also create very stylised and decorative pieces on varying scales, with different gauges and colours of wire. I am also happy to personalise and create works on request too!
Images I work from are just sketches or pen line drawings from life and photos, although sometimes I will go directly to just ‘drawing with the wire’. The very nature of the wire being a ‘live’ material means that no two pieces will ever be exactly the same.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Linear, sculptural, illustrative, intricate, original

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Do you have any design heroes?
With regards to wirework there is a very talented wireworker called Elizabeth Berrien! Her work is very different, on a much larger scale, and has the feel of movement, she has been doing it for a long time! Contemporary makers would be the likes of Mr Finch and his textile sculptures.

I was an Art teacher for nine years previous to this so in terms of historical and contemporary artists and designers i could create an incredibly long list of work i admire from Naum Gabo (geometric sculpture) to Franz Ackermann (contemporary painter and installation artist) to Jen Stark and Peter Callesen (both paper artists)…… I could go on for a while!

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My Studio is at Local Creation in Altrincham! Although i started out in the dining room……………….. then moved to a very small shed at the bottom of the garden……… and now to a slightly larger space in my studio. I do seem to be forever needing more space!

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Never quite completing everything on the day’s to-do list!

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I am working on more sculptural 3D pieces at the moment which are in their infancy! Also playing around with formats and depths of frames, while experimenting with the composition of how pieces sit within their frames. I have recently completed a window display for Agape bridal in Altrincham, creating a woodland theme, which included a huge wirework structured toadstool for the mannakin to sit on!

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Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

Unfortunatly not, but I am looking forward to seeing all the work this year, there are some artists involved who’s work I have admired for a while! (we are saving up for one of lily greenwood’s big pieces at present!)

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I am working on some new garden bird pieces at the moment, which are a little more detailed so I really enjoy working on them, hopefully people will like them enough to want one!

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

Fresh Filling, Northenden Road, Sale.

If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio?

No, my studio is in Altrincham, I would if I could but its a bit of a detour for the trail!

Tell us something we don’t know

I have a strong dislike for stickers on fruit, wind turbines and slugs. I grew up in Blackpool but have never been right to the top of the tower!

http://www.lucyelisabeth.com

Thank you Lucy!

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Q&A Nicola Taylor

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Nicola Taylor

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a fine art photographer. My main body of walk is called “Tales from the Moors Country” and it’s a collection of narrative images, inspired by folklore and fairy tales. My images are all self portraits, taken with a remote control and they often combine many different photographs, stitched together in the computer to create a world that doesn’t exist in reality.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Literary, Ethereal, Feminine, Otherwordly, Mysterious

Do you have any design heroes?

Tim Walker, Sally Mann, Kay Nielsen, Arthur Rackham, all the Pre-Raphaelites.

Where is your studio?

I’m based in the North Yorkshire Moors

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Photoshop practice, swearing, cup of tea, writing, emails, emails, emails

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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I’m always working on pushing my Photoshop skills further. My ambitions and my imagination always run ahead of my abilities so I need to keep learning so that I can create more difficult composites and satisfy those creative drives.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No. I had not heard about the event until earlier this year.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I’m exhibiting at Fresh Filling

Tell us something we don’t know

Five years ago I was a very miserable stockbroker, working in the City of London. It’s a very different life these days!

http://www.nicolataylorphotographer.com

Thank you!

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Q&A from Sarah Driffill

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a painter creating oil paintings on canvas. My work is impressionistic and I love creating very visible and textured paint strokes through the use of palette knives. I use bold, bright colours to create emotive and energetic scenes of beauty.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Colourful. Vibrant. Impressionist. Emotive. Beauty

Do you have any design heroes?

Leonid Afremov is an artist that I have always been inspired by. His use of colour is incredible and I could sit and look at his paintings all day. He definitely inspired me to start experimenting with a palette knife instead of a paintbrush and I haven’t looked back since.

Where is your studio?

My studio is in my conservatory at the back of my house in Sale. It is a small but bright open space which allows me to look over the garden and have the sun stream in whilst I paint.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Drawing, ballerinas, photographs, forests, oils, colour, mixing, fun, energetic, messy.

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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I have recently begun creating a collection of paintings of forested scenes both in colour and black and white. Some being quite abstract in style. I spent a lot of time walking and taking photos of beautiful wooded scenes in winter and spring on various walks around Trafford, Cheshire, Formby and Dorset. I really want to portray my love of nature through my work.

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Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
This is the first year I will be exhibiting for the Sale Arts Trail.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

At the Sale Arts Trail I have tried to create an environment where there is something for everybody. My collection of new oil painted wooden scenes will be available as well as my collection of Ballerina paintings on canvas. There will be a collection of framed and mounted black ink pen sketches of ballerinas’ and also a selection of my work on postcards, all for sale.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I am exhibiting at my own studio on Nursery Close in Sale Moor. There will be the opportunity to see my studio setup for painting as well as lots of paintings and framed sketches on display. If the sun is out there will also be work displayed outside.

If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio?

I am fortunate enough to have two very talented exhibitors with me. Jane Mitchell, a textile artist who produces limited edition, handmade and exclusive art including fine silk scarves. Also Karin Sheldon, an artist in precious metals, jeweller and silversmith specialising in exotic techniques.

Tell us something we don’t know
I worked for 8 years in a bespoke Jewellery retail environment learning the value of individuality. Inspired by this service I now also offer a bespoke service of individually commissioned paintings and sketches to customers who would like something unique and personal to them.

http://www.sarahdriffillart.com

Thank you!

Q&A from Ness Donelly

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Ness Donnelly

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I use hand embroidery but not in a decorative way – it is a way of expressing line. I prefer quite plain and utilitarian stitches on linen or paper. My current work uses linen and drawn thread work. I am interested in altering the structure of the fabric by taking something away and then using stitch in its place or leaving the warp exposed. I also wanted to play around with more sculptural forms; the work is still wall-based but the fabric bends and folds to protrude away from the wall.

I have recently been using walking as a way of gathering ideas, almost like drawing. I am looking and taking photos then back in the studio I study what it is that caught my interest. It has become obvious that I am interested in marks left by something or someone and things that are embedded in the ground. It is taking away and replacing that I am exploring with the textile works and also an element of the hidden; the folds in the linen make it impossible to view the whole piece of cloth.

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What 5 words best describe your work?

Linear, repetitive, tactile, colourful, sculptural

Do you have any design heroes?

The biggest influences on my practice are Sheila Hicks, Sol LeWitt, Eva Hesse, Agnes Martin and Lenore Tawney. I discovered Sheila Hicks and Lenore Tawney at college and they made me see Textile Art in a new and exciting way. Another student on my degree course suggested I look up Sol LeWitt after seeing some drawings in my workspace. I can’t explain what a revelation it was to find him and then Eva Hesse and Agnes Martin. I had no interest in drawing in a representational or conventional way and preferred to explore different ways of making a drawing, so to discover artists that were also interested in this gave me more confidence in what I was doing. I am looking forward to seeing the Agnes Martin exhibition at Tate Modern over the summer.

Where is your studio?

I have a small studio space at home with a nice big window and my work table is right in front of it. I try to make sure I have at least two – three full days a week in the studio, but my mind is never switched off from my work really. I try to stay away from the internet as much as possible during my studio time and just have the radio and dog for company. I am usually working on a couple of projects at a time so there is always something to do, but I tend to go with what I feel like doing at that moment. I might spend all day sewing or a mixture of drawing and sewing or researching the next project. If I feel like I’m struggling a bit I usually go for a walk or bake, both are good for focusing the mind.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Sewing, drawing, drinking coffee, eating cake and writing my journal.

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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I have just reached the end of a period of research and the work on display at Waterside Arts Centre is a result of this. I looked primarily at the slow movement and walking as Art. I am in the process of editing out what is and isn’t relevant to my practice. I think it’s always best to gather a lot of information and then start to narrow it down to what’s really important. The work on display for Sale Arts Trail is the start of this narrowing down and exploration of a more sculptural way of working.

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Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No, but I’m looking forward to this year’s trail.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will have three works on display and these will be for sale.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

Waterside Arts Centre

Tell us something we don’t know

My love of embroidery was encouraged by my Grandma Florentine. The first thing I noticed whenever I went to her house was a stitched tapestry of the Madonna and child, made by my great Grandmother in Belgium. I must have shown an interest in embroidery because my Grandma would buy me linen dollies to embroider. She would get her amazing sewing box out and teach me all the different stitches. I still have some of her embroidery threads.

http://www.nessdonnelly.com

Thank you!

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Q&A Nicky Martins

 

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Nicky Martins

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a ceramicist making ceramic vessels and figures. I construct using sculpture crank and add colour with slip, majolica glazes and ceramic decals.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Quirky, intuitive, hand built, upbeat and fresh.

Do you have any design heroes?

I appreciate and am informed by so many different visual artists from across different disciplines, that it isn’t fair to name a few!

Where is your studio?

In my garden.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Correspondences first, then plan, make and reflect, clear up after.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I have just been making some new figures and developing the construction technique which I usually construct with.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

Lots of bowls vessels and ceramic figures that hopefully the good folk of Sale will enjoy.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I am looking forward to exhibiting at Sophie Nixon’s along with Toby Cotterill and Juliette Hamiliton.

Tell us something we don’t know

Art is a joy and it permeates and enriches our lives.

http://www.nickymartinsceramics.com

Thank you!

Q&A from Toby Cotterill

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Toby Cotterill

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I design and make unique jewellery inspired by the natural world. My work evolves through sketchbook work and material manipulation. I use traditional silversmithing techniques to forge unique forms, often articulating them with handmade catches and hinges. I mainly work in silver and gold, combining these with resins, natural pigments, and ethically sourced precious stones.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Arthropods! Unique, articulated, wearable sculpture.

Do you have any design heroes?
William Morris, Rene Lalique’s jewellery, John Moore, Rie Taniguchi, Louise Hibbert, Ernst Haeckel, Adam Paxon. My single biggest inspiration is the outrageous jewellery of Peter Chang.

Where is your studio?
At home in Hebden Bridge in the South Pennines.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Getting into the flow and creating objects from my soul.

Or, in practical terms:

Tea. Sketches. Silver. Jewellery. Piercing. Hammering. Soldering. Filing. Stretching. Polishing.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I exhibit regularly regularly with the Manchester Jewellers Network which often provides opportunities to create new work and develop techniques. This year we are making limited edition work to celebrate the 150th publication of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. As a main piece I am making a one-off articulated caterpillar with a hookah pipe/tube doubling up as a pendant chain so he can be worn around the neck. He will be sitting on a mushroom ‘stand’ which will contain hidden surprise jewellery which can be detached and worn with the caterpillar. The exhibition will open at the Manchester Craft Centre on 25th November then go on tour.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
I didn’t exhibit at last years SAT but heard good things about it.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?
I will be exhibiting my collection of Arthropods, unique, wearable creations inspired by the natural world. I’ll have some one off collectable pieces, mid range necklets, and a new range of affordable wearables.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?
I’m exhibiting at Sophie Nixon’s studio with her fantastic paintings, alongside Juliette Hamilton’s Willow weaving and Nicky Martin’s Ceramics.

Tell us something we don’t know
I’m a fellrunner…I run several times a week on the beautiful South Pennine moors. My best race was up and down Ben Nevis, from sea level, in 2 hours 6 minutes, although I might have to do a return trip to get under two hours!

http://www.tobycotterill.co.uk

Thank you Toby!

Q&A from Jen Orpin

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Jen Orpin

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?
I am a painter. Oil on canvas and board.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Romantic. Selective. Composed. Aesthetic. Nostalgic.

Do you have any design heroes?
Many, including: Marlene Dumas, Gerhard Richter, Richard Diebenkorn and Lucien Freud.

Where is your studio?
Rogue Artist Studios. Chapeltown. Street, Manchester

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Radio, coffee ON! Get sucked into painting time warp – AGAIN.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
This year my work has mostly focussed on the disembodied head and the beheaded body – with flowers.

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What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?
I’ll be exhibiting and selling all new work.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?
Waterside Arts Centre and The Bean & Brush cafe.

Tell us something we don’t know
My work is regularly hired by TV production companies for their set design; most famously, ‘Queer as Folk’ series 1 & 2 and most recently, on all three series of BBC1’s ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ (Caroline’s House).

www.rogueartsiststudios.co.uk

Thank you Jen!

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