Q&A Mat Pickles artist

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Mat Pickles. I’m an artist based in Sale and I am getting away with murder at the moment. I was offered redundancy in November last year. I had been there so long that I took it without any clue what I was going to do. Instead of flapping I just spent all my time being creative. Drawing, painting an messing about in my top room. I sold one picture to a mate. Then another. This thing just started rolling from there. I now do this full time its ridiculous.

Tell us all about what you do? Materials? Processes?

I use pen, Ink, water colour and gloss paint. I drip and scribble and make mistakes. The trick is to get the image looking right then make the page look interesting and unique. I squint a lot when I’m working. Its a good way of checking if it’s working. All my work looks better if you squint or look at it from far away.

What 5 words best describe your work

Scribbly. messy, dark, blagged, different

 

Do you have any design/art heroes?

My first art hero was Gerald Scarfe, the guy that did the art work for Pink Floyd’s The Wall. I also love Ralph Steadman who does the illustration for Hunter S Thompson’s work. And Alex Grey is also amazing. I’ve also just realised that all these examples are artists that I have found through either music or books (Alex Grey did a few Tool albums). This may be a result of not studying art.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Alternately hard work, yoga, podcasts daydreaming and feelings of guilt.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

My next piece is going to use some techniques nicked from stencil art and mix that with drip art. My next idea is always going to be the best thing I’ve done. I’m hoping to have it ready for this year’s Sale Art’s Trail.

What will you be selling at the Artist Takeover ?

A few large pieces. I have a large Mancunian Sky line that has been in a gallery. I’ve got a few Mancunian architecture examples like the one above. I have some smaller line drawn portraits and some fun smaller Mancunian pics.

http://matpicklesart.com

 

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Q&A Emma Fozard millinery

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Emma Fozard. I studied Three Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University where I specialised in making headpieces using wood veneer; I have since taken millinery courses at Hatworks and now combine my own techniques with traditional millinery processes to create wearable sculptures that flatter and enhance the wearer.

What 5 words best describe your work

Sculptural, articulate, elegant, wearable, headwear

Do you have any design/art heroes

First and foremost is Philip Treacy for his belief and promotion of the importance of wearing hats “people better for wearing them”. Secondly is Dai Rees for giving me my first taste of experimental millinery whilst I was at university and for redefining the boundaries of headwear.

Tell us all about what you do? Materials? Processes?

I am a designer maker of headpieces and hats; I use traditional Millinery processes such as blocking to create perch hats in felt and sinamay which I trim using wood veneer forms. I am inspired by the sculptural quality of wood veneer and exploit its natural tendencies to bend and flex whilst pushing its fragile nature to the limit. I use the lamination process to add colour, pattern and texture to accentuate the forms and create a connection with the wearer.

I am fascinated by the transformative properties of the right hat, the interaction between wearer and audience and the relationship between the maker and client. Hats are worn so infrequently these days that many people feel awkward when a formal occasion arises and they are required to wear them; I believe that there’s a hat to suit everyone and that the right hat will enhance the stature and feelings of the wearer whilst completing their outfit.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Iron on, block, steam ,sew, cut veneer, bend, flex, rivet.

What will you be selling at the Artist Takeover ?

I will be showing my Spring Summer headwear ranges:
“Pastels” a range of sinamay perch hats and headpieces inspired by the muted tones of a Liberty fabric.
“Brights” a collection of button hats in tropical felt colours with vibrant trims and metallic laminated zebrano headpieces.
Woodbands and Bridal headpieces for wedding guest and brides.
All pieces are for sale and bespoke commissions are welcome.

Tell us something we don’t know
After graduating I lived in Paris; in order to try and sell some headpieces I walked into Le Bon Marche (the French equivalent of Liberty’s) with a hat box, mumbled something in pigeon French about being “une creatrice Anglaise” and was whisked off in a lift to meet the accessories buyer-one of my braver moments!

http://www.emmafozard.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/emmafozardmillinery

https://twitter.com/emmafoz

https://www.instagram.com/emmafozardmillinery

 

Q&A Lisa Watson textiles & drawings

Who are you and what do you do?
Hi I’m Lisa and I sell distinctly British quilts, cushions & more for your home.

Tell us all about what you do? Materials? Processes?
I love colour, pattern & textures so I make quilts. I am also passionate about celebrating British textiles, so my business has evolved to include additional made in Britain textiles, including knitted blankets inspired by Fair Isle patterns and Folklore fabrics designed with universal patterns, Woven in Lancashire.

What 5 words best describe your work
Distinctly British quilts, cushions & more (for your home)

       

 

Do you have any design/art heroes?
Where to start? Lots of artist&designers inspire&enthuse me on a daily basis. Angie Lewin and all the artists in St Judes are all rather impressive and my current artists&designers crush.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Various Soul-food Creative Frustrating Industrious exciting enjoyable hard-work technical sewing

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?
Lots of one of a kind commissions being stitched currently. See my commissions page for further information; https://shop.quiltsbylisawatson.co.uk/personalised-bespoke-quilt-commissions/

What will you be selling at the Artist Takeover?
All of the above, plus some of my original artwork.

Tell us something we don’t know
My three hour Saturday life drawing class is my totally me time and allows me to delight in creating original artwork.

https://shop.quiltsbylisawatson.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/lisa.watson.9849912

https://twitter.com/lisawatso

https://www.instagram.com/lisawatso/

Q&A Nicola Briggs Ceramics

Who are you and what do you do?                                                                                                       

I’m Nicola Briggs and I make contemporary ceramics, inspired by the muted tones and textures within nature and landscapes.I work from my garden studio based in Tyldesley, Manchester.

Tell us all about what you do? Materials? Processes?                                                                          

I hand-build ceramics using my own moulds, creating textured slabs of porcelain clay. I like to work quite freely and let the process of making determine the final design …. not two pieces are identical ! Some are inspired by my original landscape drawings and these are integrated into my pieces.
I prefer a muted colour palette reflecting the ever-changing light and colours given during sunset.
My work is usually fired in the kiln three times, up to 1250 degrees Celsius. I often finish my pieces with metallic lustre to satisfy my inner magpie !!

What 5 words best describe your work                                                                                        

Nature, wabi-sabi, muted, metallic, organic

Do you have any design/art heroes?                                                                                                        

I like quite organic work so the work of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Elisabeth Couloigner and the gorgeous layered glazes of ceramicists Eddie Curtis, Aki Moriuchi and Brenda Holzke to name but a few !

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio                                                                       

School run, cups of tea, emails, Radio 1, textures, hand-building.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?                                                                 

Yes, I’m working on some exciting commissions for several new stockists. I also want to develop my own textures lava glazes to use on my pieces.
What will you be selling at the Artist Takeover ?
A variety of different pieces such as bowls, ring dishes and porcelain and sterling silver jewellery.

Tell us something we don’t know

I have recently returned to making after several years raising my 3 children.

www.nicolabriggsceramics.co.uk

Q&A Artist Paul Browne

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Painting, oils & inks.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Terraced houses, mills, Pennines, hardened living, solitude.

Do you have any design heroes?

No.

Where is your studio?

Newhey, wispy Croft (a weavers cottage).

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

radio4..dog underneath my feet, lots of exploring, ready to create magic.

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

The above image.

http://www.paulbrowneart.co.uk

Q&A Julia Jowett

 

JuliaJowett300Delighting in meticulous detail, my illustrative practice explores the importance of storytelling and imagination. I draw with wire, pencil and embroidery, intricately working dense areas of needlepoint stitch over manipulated wire lines. Obsessive repetitions, tiny embroidered marks and rows of traditional cross- stitches are embedded and worked into fine mesh and metal gauze, painting colour with thread. My hand- embroidered tapestries combine and play with wire to form a figurative dialogue. Pensive little pepper pot women lay over subtle backgrounds of hand drawn, screen printed imagery – often framed, always mindful of compositional placement. Drawing on folktales, childhood stories and things of legends, I harness instinctive feelings and traditional craft skills to visually capture the minutiae of a fictional fragment and create considered folkloric narratives that intrigue.

Did you exhibit last years SAT?

No, but I’ve always been wowed by the beautiful line up of work. I was eager to be involved this year and I’m excited for my work to be part of the trail for the first time.

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

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A new collection is unfolding – Clara Days and her Peculiar Ways – the story of a dreamy little wire lady entranced by curiosities and night times of the strange. She wears wire shoes topped with tiny pearls and lays over printed and hand embroidered backgrounds of dusty pinks and juicy dark green threads. In the words of Oscar Wilde “She finds her way by moonlight and sees the dawn before the rest of the world".

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

New framed and unframed wall pieces and hand embroidered stories, my popular individual wire ladies, embroidered wire birdcages and forests, embroidered sieves and new wearable washers of stitch. New for this summer I’ll have some stitched wire and painted gauze pieces too – hand embroidered garlands and decorations for the home.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I’ll be in venue A The Masonic Hall on Tatton Road, exhibiting alongside some of my favourite makers.

What would be your superpower and why?

To be able to thread 30 sewing needles at the same time and keep them all threaded for the entirety of a primary school stitch workshop!

When you aren’t working what do you do?

I walk without a purpose, I make my garden look pretty and I picnic in the woods.

Tell us something we don’t know

I don’t work from a template – my wire drawings happen organically growing from bend to bend. Nor do I use a pattern for my embroidery – I hand stitch into metal gauzes and cloth, intuitively painting colour with thread, putting stitches where I think they need to be. And… I like to pretend that I can shrink to the size of a pepper pot. ‘The woman who was as small as a pepper pot was queen of all the crows in the forest’.

http://www.juliajowett.co.uk

http://www.facebook.com/juliajowett

http://www.twitter.com/juliajowett

http://www.instagram.com/julia.jowett

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Q&A Annabel Perrin

 

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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

I’m a surface pattern designer and create colourful, mid-century modern homeware. You will find my full-of-life patterns on furnishing fabric, wallpaper, cushions, stationery and kitchen accessories. I studied Textiles at Manchester School of Art and later returned to MMU to complete an MA in Design. It was during this time I began work on my debut collection, which I launched 6 months later in spring 2013. Travel, modernist architecture and colour inspire my motifs, which are created using a combination of hand-drawn artwork and CAD. These designs are then digitally printed onto fabric in the North West, and are available by the metre or handmade into a range of home accessories. More recently I have branched into ceramics, stationery and wallpaper too.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Colourful, mid-century, contemporary, geometric, textiles

Do you have any art or design heroes?

My favourite artists and designers are those who push the boundaries with colour. Sonia Delauney and Paul Smith come to my mind the most often for this. I also love mid-century textile designers such as Marian Mahler and Lucienne Day. Their abstract motifs and patterns are as current today as 60 years ago.

Where is your studio?

I work from my home studio in Nottinghamshire. I moved here from Manchester last November and I’m temporarily working in the spare room, while I convert a dilapidated, garden outhouse into my new workspace!

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What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?

Emails, double shot espresso, designing, sewing, emails (again!), Post run.

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

I’m currently putting the finishing touches to my new collection, which will launch next spring. It’s inspired by California, where I spent my honeymoon last year. Think muted sunset hues and bold textured motifs; I can’t wait to share sneak peeks soon.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

Unfortunately I was unable to attend last years, but friends who did visit said how inspiring it was.

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I’ll be selling cushions, tea towels, mugs, tote bags and stationery in a variety of patterns and colours. I’ll also be bringing my new Hemlock Midnight Cushions along. These don’t officially launch until September, but visitors of SAT will have the opportunity to get their hands on a select few first!

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

The Masonic Hall on Tatton Road Venue A.

Tell us something we don’t know

I have developed my own bank of colours to use in my designs. For example, the mustard in my Imperial Diamond Mustard and Hemlock Midnight design originates from a friend’s mustard knitted jumper. This means I rarely use Pantone colours.

https://annabelperrin.com

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Q&A Julie Harris

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The Studio – Julie Harris Photography

Welcome back to Sale Arts Trail!

Did you exhibit last years SAT?
Yes I did.

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The Studio – Julie Harris Photography

What have you been up to since last years trail?

I have been overseeing the design and build of my new studio & viewing room.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I am currently being asked to speak at ACA & Flixton girls school.

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?
I will be selling a lot more prints from my new dance project.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?
M – My Studio & Viewing room

The Studio - Julie Harris Photography

The Studio – Julie Harris Photography

What would be your superpower and why?

Definitely the ability to stop time, imagine how much work I could get done!!!

When you aren’t working what do you do?
Spend time with my lovely family.

Tell us something we don’t know.
I trained as a person entered counsellor

http://www.julieharrisphotography.co.uk

Q&A Dave Draws

 

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

Self taught illustration.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Doodles, black, white, intricate, patterns.

Do you have any art or design heroes?

Not really but I am always drawn towards complex intricate work

Where is your studio?

Mirabel Studios near Victoria Station.

What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?

Posca Pens, doodles, maps, biscuits, music, patterns, emails, procrastination, work.

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

I’ve just done a mural out in Hong Kong of Hong Kong island, that was quite different.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

Unfortunately I was unable to attend last years, but friends who did visit said how inspiring it was.

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I will be selling a new Sale doodle map as well as lots of my usual products and designs.

What venue will you be exhibiting at?

Masonic Hall venue A

Tell us something we don’t know

I like Pandas a lot and they feature regularly in my work

http://davedraws90.bigcartel.com

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Q&A Katherine Lees

 

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Welcome back to Sale Arts Trail!

Did you exhibit last years SAT?

Yes I exhibited for the first time last year with Louise Dewsnap Paper artists at her gorgeous cosy home in the centre of sale.

What have you been up to since last years trail?

Since the last trail i have been working on a whole new collection of work including wall pieces and new vessels shapes and larger sizes. I have had a few lovely shows already so far this year i have also been working on pieces for my upcoming solo exhibition at New Ashgate gallery in Surrey which i am really excited about.

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

I have made some new striped print bottles especially for SAT16, so i am excited to launch these.

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

All my new vessel shapes and wall pieces, along with my precious porcelain jewellery.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

Venue E Mitch Canvas Winstanley Road with Rebecca Lawley Silver, Steph Lawton Printed textiles and Michelle Keeling Glass

What would be your superpower and why?

If i could have any super power it would be invisibility, I love the idea of going back stage at the museum without anyone seeing me, into the stores of objects and looking at all the fascinating things stored there, or into the specials collections archive at the central library so look through the fascinating printed and books for years and years ago.

When you aren’t working what do you do?

I love to try new things, i have just learned to rock climb so you will find me trying to make it to the top of the wall.

Tell us something we don’t know

I volunteer at the museum on the object handling table in the fossils department.

http://katherineleesceramics.co.uk

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