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Q&A Bronwen Simpson

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What is your practice? tell us how you became an artist maker, did you study? self taught? materials you use etc

Making hats is a relatively recent venture for me. I worked in textiles, wood and concrete for my degree in
Contemporary Crafts at MMU. At uni I became fascinated by museum display and how objects and collections are documented. This prompted over 10 years of museum and gallery work; curating exhibitions and public programming in Stockport. The history of this hatting town has inspired me to learn the art of millinery and restart my journey into making. I work in traditional millinery materials such as wool and straw, often using vintage hat blocks to create classic shapes. My aim is to bring the hat back into everyday wear and I believe there is a secret hat-wearer inside everyone just itching to get out!

What 5 words best describe your work?

Reminiscent, stylish, hand-blocked / trimmed, sculptural, mood-elevating

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Do you have any art or design heroes?

A couple of years ago (before I started making hats) I had the pleasure of spending time with Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co (the oldest hat shop in the world). Sylvia has worked as a milliner for many years and became a head designer at a very young age. She developed the ladies department at Lock & Co and has a very distinguished client list. I admire her talent, determination, energy and general attitude to life!

Where is your studio?

Marketplace Studios, Stockport

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What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?
cleaning, blocking, trimming, planning, experimenting, photography, chatting to my studio mate and fellow milliner Emma Fozard, painting, blogging

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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I am working on a very strange headpiece that wraps around the back of the head and overlaps at the front – inspired by turban shapes. I am working on the foundation at the moment and I am just about to start the draping process in silk.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No – this is my first time at SAT, in fact this will be my first selling show so I am very excited!

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I have started a new collection specially for SAT, its called Berries and Brambles and is inspired by hedgerows and foraging. Expect delicious shades of mulberry, raspberry, blackberry accented by ferny woodland greens.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

Masonic Hall, Tatton Road Venue A.

Tell us something we don’t know

I can spend hours looking at pictures of dogs especially jack russells on Instagram.

 

Q&A Liz Cooksey

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We are delighted to have textile artist Liz Cooksey on the trail this year. She will be located at Venue L, Gordon Cooke open studio & gardens on Poplar Grove.

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What is your practice?

I call myself a textile artist but my work is made up of mixed media . I did a Textile degree at MMU when it was known as the Poly. I use a combination of techniques such as crochet, tatting, embroidery, printing, wire work, found & collected treasures.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Delicate, Intricate, Composed, narrative, Collections

Do you have any art or design heroes?

There are lots, I love the work of some contemporary Jewelers Jack Cunningham, Jo Pond and Grainne Morton. Print makers Angela Harding, Mark Hearld and Angie Lewin. 1950’s textiles contemporary textile artist Alice Fox .. the list could keep growing.

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Where is your studio?

I have a studio at home, a large sunny room on the first floor. Being based at home means I can make the most of working at any time.

What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?

Cup of tea, tidy my space, crochet, cup of tea, crochet some more, bend,shape and hammer some wire, deliberate, compose , have a cup of tea.

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

I am developing some new work using a circular structure, technical challenges to overcome but it is always exciting to take on a new direction.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I have been invited to exhibit some work at the Gordon Cooke’s lovely home and beautiful garden at Poplar Grove venue L.
If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio? Answer if applicable

Tell us something we don’t know

Crochet is known as haken in Holland, hackling in Denmark, hakling in Norway and virking in Sweden.

http://lizcooksey.com

Q&A Anne Earnshaw

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Welcome back to Sale Arts Trail!

Did you exhibit last years SAT?

Yes I have exhibited at the last two SAT’s, loved the experience and met such lovely people.

What have you been up to since last years trail?

Working in my Garden through the seasons as always, as I find this relaxing and I can put my artistic touches in the garden using colour, shapes and textures etc. In my art studio I have been mark making, getting used to drawing and painting again as well as working on my photography work . My inspiration mainly comes from nature and the places I love to visit.

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

I have just finished working on my annual project at Woodhey’s Primary School working with yr 4s teaching the children photography – my ‘Learning to See Programme’.
(This year I have been studying the landscape in the Lake District as this is one of my favourite places to find inspiration. I am putting together a body of work Inspired at Tarn Hows) see next question.

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Where is your studio?

My home and studio at Carnforth Drive. Venue O. This year Catherine Mahe glass designer and Nicky Martins ceramics will be exhibiting at my house.

What would be your superpower and why?

I was first inspired by Ansel Adams when I started my photography work whilst studying, admiring his simple and beautiful compostions in nature. As a young child I worked in more detail it was whilst at school and college I became more interested in the Impressionist’s and Abstract painters using paint more freely and seeing shapes and patterns.

When you aren’t working what do you do?

Besides working on my art I work at a well known retailers. When I can I love to play the piano, listen to classic FM and smooth FM, dancing and singing, reading a good book, gardening, our allotment and walking our dog Stanley at Dunham and Arley Hall.

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Tell us something we don’t know

When my son was 5 years old and he is now 17 years, I decided to go back to college as a mature student and studied Art Foundation at South Trafford College and studied at Salford University, Visual Arts BA (hons) . When I was a student I was studying fine art painting and then photography became my main medium. I still like to draw and paint when I can . You can see this influence in my Photography sometimes and my work can look like a painting.

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Q&A Mia Calderisi

 

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Did you exhibit last years SAT?

No not last summer. I did do the Christmas Bazaar which was a great
event. Wonderful atmosphere and a room full of talented artists.

What have you been up to since last years trail?

I’ve been working away on some brand new ranges and have been doing
more shows all in preparation to up my hours when my youngest starts
school in September. I did my first big trade show this year and look
forward to being involved in the Great Northern Contemporary Craft
Fair for the first time in October. I’ve also started teaching
jewellery making to adults at Wilmslow Guild.

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

I’ve recently finished a wonderful commission for a friend’s mum. As a
child she collected stones for her mum and her mum has kept them safe
and treasured them over the years. I was challenged to make them into
a charm bracelet. Without being able to drill into the stones I
designed orb shaped baskets in silver and 9ct gold to hold them. The
customer loved an old Boodles bracelet so I designed the charm
bracelet in a similar style. We were all very pleased with the end result.

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What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I have a few new ranges of silver jewellery. I’ve been working more
and more with enamel and some pieces will make their debut at SAT16

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be exhibiting at Sarah Malone’s. I’m excited to be showing
here. It’s a wonderful space to show my work and I’m looking forward
to being surrounded by the work of the other talented artists
exhibiting there. I think I might need to treat myself to something
before the weekend is over.

What would be your superpower and why?

I guess that would have to be fire. As a jeweller, having fire at my
fingertips could be quite useful.

When you aren’t working what do you do?

I’m normally running around after my two little girls who have a long
list of activities, parties and trips they need ferrying to as well as
the constant tidy up needed wherever they’ve been.

Tell us something we don’t know
Last year I took up swimming lessons as it was something I didn’t get
the chance to do as a child and I’ve always wanted to improve my
technique. I did my first 1-mile open water swim last year and this
year I was involved with a group of mums and children to swim and
raise money for sports relief – we managed over £1000.

http://www.designsbymia.co.uk

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Q&A Nicky Martins

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Welcome back to Sale Arts Trail Nicky Martins!

Did you exhibit last years SAT?

Yes I did. I was at Sophie Nixon’s and that is a super venue along Poplar Grove. I am sure that it’s being used again this year. It has a lovely garden and setting, which is well worth seeing!

What have you been up to since last years trail?

Well since last year I have returned to full time teaching, been accepted to do an EdD, carried out a couple of commissions and had some of my work selected for the Sale Waterside Open 2016.

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

I am building up a body of new work for the Trail this year. It is so nice to get back into the studio and make.

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What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I am still making the bowels and figures but as time has moved on the process has refined and developed. This refinement of the process is something that is at the core of the creative process and an aspect of being a maker that I absolutely love experiencing.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

This year I will be exhibiting at the photographer, Anne Earnshaw’s home on Carnforth Drive in Sale along with Catherine Mahé, who works with glass.

What would be your superpower and why?

My selected super power would be the ability to suspend time on occasions of happiness for individuals and then implant that memory and associated emotions into the psyche of an individual who has forgotten what it’s like to be content in their soul. In these troubled times, a sense of having a balanced sense of happiness could be a useful and welcome tool of ‘mass happiness’!

When you aren’t working what do you do?

Being with my two children, doing anything sporty and visiting both galleries and open gardens.

Tell us something we don’t know
Being quiet and calm is underrated.

http://www.nickymartinsceramics.com

Q&A Toby Cotterill

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Welcome back to Sale Arts Trail!
Thank you!

Did you exhibit last years SAT?
I did. Had a great weekend exhibiting with some talented makers and artists in Sophie Nixon-Clark’s garden.

What have you been up to since last years trail?
Excitingly I’ve been selected by Craft Council to be part of Hothouse, a programme of support for emerging makers. I’ve been on quite a journey in the last few months, developing my professional and business skills.

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

I’ve just finished a couple of pairs of wedding rings (which is always such an honour) and I’ve also been making some unique earrings to match a BIG neckpiece I sold last year. In the past couple of weeks I’ve had a major sort out in the workshop and ring fenced some Time- the ultimate luxury- to get inspired and begin some new work.

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I’m working on a new collection at the moment, the beginnings of which will be unveiled at Sale Arts Trail. I’m really enjoying this process of developing new work, which has included behind-the-scenes research trips to museums to look at natural history specimens. My work tends to evolve on the workbench, supported by material experimentation and sketchbook work.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I’ll be exhibiting with stone carver Nick Roberson.

What would be your superpower and why?

Apart from saving the world etc it has to be the ability to fly. I occasionally have very vivid dreams where I can fly, and at the time it is completely real and feels amazing.

When you aren’t working what do you do?

Mainly looking after my children! I’m very lucky to have a flexible career which allows me to enjoy time with them while they’re young (4 and 2). We live in the beautiful South Pennines (in Hebden Bridge) and I love introducing them to the great outdoors. Our favourite walk is up to the Honesty Box cafe, basically a shed on a farm between woods and moors. It stocks tea, coffee and most importantly, ice cream, and you leave change in a big metal box with a slot in the top.
I am also a fell runner, and get out into the hills several times a week (without the kids, there are limits).

Tell us something we don’t know

In August I will be running 70 miles of Hadrian’s Wall, from Carlisle to Newcastle, in a day. I’m doing it with a couple of friends, and we’re raising money for charity, the thought of which will help us to keep going when our bodies are really really hurting.

http://www.tobycotterill.co.uk

Q&A Catherine Mahe

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What is your practice? tell us how you became an artist maker and materials you use etc

I have been working with kilnformed glass for more than 4 years, a medium I discovered by chance when I was exploring mixed media mosaic work. I was determined to make my own glass inserts and bought a cheap and tiny kiln with no temperature control! I was hooked nonetheless and have since bought a couple of ”proper’ kiln and developed my skills and technique in order to make the most of the fantastic and versatile medium which is glass. I only use Bullseye glass as it is of premier quality, offers a wide range of colours and can withstand multiple firings.

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What 5 words best describe your work?

Colourful, patterned, distinctive, funky, vibrant

Do you have any art or design heroes?

I am a big fan of Amanda Simmons, a British artist who specialises in kiln formed glass vessels using glass powders to create colour and pattern. Another great glass artist whom I have admired ever since I discovered the medium is the German born Australian kilnformed glass artist Klaus Moje. His work is a feast of colour and beautiful pattern.

Where is your studio?

I have been working from my converted loft for the past four years but I am currently having a studio built in my garden, which I am so excited about!

What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?

Sketching, colouring, cutting, grinding, assembling, fusing, fire polishing, slumping, coldworking, tidying

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

I have started exploring the pattern bar technique which consists of glass strips that are tack-fused together, cut into chunks and fired to make some fascinating patterns. I have enrolled in a three-day course in August in order to learn more about it and its design potential.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I visited the Trail and was very impressed by the variety and standard of work. I love the concept and I am really looking forward to being part of such a great event!

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I will be selling a range of homeware products ranging from dishes to bowls, vessels, serving sets, candle displays, spoon rests and more. I have recently started designing and creating colourful and versatile spoons.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be exhibiting with the photographer Anne Earnshaw at her host venue. It is Venue O and ceramicist Nicky Martins will be exhibiting there too.

Tell us something we don’t know

I love the uniqueness of ‘making by hand’ and never make the same item twice -unless requested for a commission.

http://www.cmglassdesigns.com

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Q&A The Canal Boat Gallery at Walton Park

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Did you exhibit last years SAT?

Yes we did. And we are still recovering from the experience!!! It was fantastic. Lovely people came to visit, over 300 of them.

What have you been up to since last years trail?

We have changed our name. We are now called “The Canal Boat Gallery” it is still run by Freda and Dave, as it has been for the last 3 years. The change is so it doesn’t detract from the Artism Gallery that was set up in Stockport last summer.

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

Our artists are continually producing a wide variety of new work that changes and develops. A few do work on commissions.

A gallery on a boat? Our unique gallery showcases the talent and creativity of artists living with Autism, travelling the canals to reach as many people as possible.

Living with Autism is challenging, but drawing and painting gives our artists joy, confidence and purpose. We want to support and celebrate this creativity by sharing it with everyone.

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

We sell prints on the boat. Two reasons: 1) Most of our artists don’t like to part with their original work. 2) The atmosphere on the canal can be unkind to some types of artwork.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

We will be on the canal at Walton Park, Sale. M33 4AW

When you aren’t working what do you do?

We are supposed to be retired. We seem to work 24/7 on the boat.

http://www.canalboatgallery.com
Twitter: @canalboatart
Instagram: @canalboatgallery