Q&A Nell Illustrator & printmaker

Who are and what do you do?
My name’s Nell, I’m an illustrator and printmaker.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Expressive, stylised, lively, curious, fun.

Do you have any design heroes?
Lots! Charlie Harper, Jason Munn, Mike Perry, Bruno Munari, Tuesday Bassen, Maxine Sutton, Malika Favre

Where is your studio? Location? In a shared studio?
I currently have 2 studios, a shared one at Manchester Craft Centre, and my own space at Hot Bed Press, Salford. I’ll be full time at Hot Bed after Christmas though, exciting if slightly scary times!

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Printing orders, getting inky, making a mess, thinking, and singing.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I’m currently putting the finishing touches to this year’s Nell’s Angel, George Michael!

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar?
Prints, pins, tote bags and dead celebrity Christmas tree toppers!

What would be your job if you weren’t doing what you do now?
I always wanted to do something creative, and I can’t imagine working for someone else as I’ve been self-employed for such a long time, so maybe freelance design

Tell us something we don’t know
I once came second in a pancake-eating competition.





Sale Arts trail prize giving at ‘Emerge’ Exhibition


The Sale Arts Trail team were out and about on Friday night for the launch of ‘Emerge’ at the Craft Shop at The Royal Exchange Theatre. ‘Emerge’ exhibits work from the first ‘Open Competition’ by the Craft Shop including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, print and more from emerging craft makers from Greater Manchester.

Sale Arts Trail last night awarded a prize to an ‘Emerge’ exhibitor of a free place at this summers Art Trail and are delighted to announce that the winner was Scott Millar and his ‘bird hangers’.

Watch this space for more news on Scott Millar and his birds!

Pictures below of Scott Millar’s work.

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Q&A Photographer Anne Earnshaw

What is your practice? materials? processes?

As a Visual Artist Photography has been my main medium since I left University in 2008. I look at the extraordinary in the ordinary using my digital / film SLR Canon camera, no manipulation is used. Presently I am using my mobile phone more as this helps to capture an image when walking with my family and my dog Stanley in my everyday life. This still excites me and iphoneography is a great way to be creative. Come and see which images you think are taken on my mobile phone!!!!

What 5 words best describe your work?

Inspired by Nature, capturing the moment, painterly, atmospheric, thoughtful.

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Do you have any design heroes?

Ansel Adam, Monet / the impressionists

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Cup of tea, toast, work in retail, mum, home, garden, creative, shapes, patterns, fun.



Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

I have recently worked on a commission for Springfield Primary School in Sale regarding the new building and I am presently working on a commission for a client who has bought a huge print for her holiday home in Italy.

What are you selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new?

On the day – I will be selling cards and prints that will make fabulous gifts. I take commissions.

New – Christmas cards ( patterns of snow and ice and a white christmas scene of my garden).


Tells something we don’t know

I work in schools ‘The Art of Seeing ‘ programme. Working in primary schools with year 4 and 5’s with their Drawing Skills and each year with the 6th formers at Altrincham school/college of arts. Photography workshops ( how to use your camera in a creative way).

Q&A Jeweller Jane Dzisiewski

Well this the last Q&A on the run up to the #ChristmasBazaar and what thoroughly enjoyable reads!! Cats, BBC radio, Mary Quant, Bet Lynch, jewellery, Galounge’s, ceramics and not to mention all those brews!!!!

Come along this Sunday and meet these guys and gals and witness the beautiful work they create.

Jane Dzisiewski

What is your practice? materials? processes?

I am a studio jeweller making contemporary statement jewellery. My work is predominantly made using resin and precious metals, whilst also utilising textile techniques. I have one foot rooted respectfully in traditional methods and craftsmanship and the other placed firmly in new technology and material sciences. My practice is split evenly into making and selling and I derive equal pleasure from both. Nothing beats pairing the right piece with the right person.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Bold. Resin. Precious. Unique. Bespoke

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Do you have any design heroes?

Artists and Designers who educated me, were exceptional and/or walked their own path : The Viennese Secessionists (Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Joseph Olbrich), Charles Rennie Macintosh, Paul Klee, William Morris, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Whistler, Edouard Vuillard, Claude Monet, Walter Gropius, Georges Seurat, Mies van der Rohe, Michelangelo, Rembrandt. I could go on.

Where is your studio?

I seem to be collecting work spaces. I have 2 large rooms in the cellar at home (one for resin and one for metalwork). I have also just recently taken on a space at Bankley Studios, which I am looking to working in soon. I could actually do with a shed to sand my resin blocks and stones in. It’s dirty work which I do outside – and a wintry 10 degrees, windy and wet isn’t ideal. It’s not too shabby in the summer though.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Drawing, research, designing, colour, resin, sanding, crocheting, soldering, photographs, paperwork.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

I’m working on some new resin designs, and also scaling all my bangle designs both up and down, to incorporate more sizes in my range.

What are you selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new?

Resin bangles, pendants, necklaces and rings. Because each resin piece is one of a kind, everything I do is in effect new and keeps me inspired. I’m also continually looking at the fashion colour forecasts, so I will be introducing some new colour combinations too.

Tell us something we don’t know

I use sintered metal powders in my work purely because my plastics tutor at college said that we couldn’t use metal in our plastics project. Just to be a smarty pants, I put the metal in the resin – and it turned out so well, I have since developed this technique further and still use it in my work today.




Q&A Ceramicist, mixed media collage & painting Ian Chapman

What is your practice? materials? processes?

Stoneware slab-built ceramic and mixed media collage and painting

What 5 words best describe your work?

Varied media, cohesive visual dynamics.


Do you have any design heroes?

David Mellor

Where is your studio? Pictures?

Studio in my home: cellar and spare room.


Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Review previous day’s work, consolidate ongoing work, start new work, consider and decide on ideas, make, clean up.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

Collages and ceramics with related visual ideas.

What are you selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new?

New boxes. Small collages.

Tell us something we don’t know

Gordon is afraid of frogs.

The Sale Art Trail Christmas Bazaar Sunday 23rd November

Sunday 23rd November

12-7 pm

Free admission

After Sale Arts Trail’s hugely successful inaugural summer event in July we decided to keep the momentum flowing by having a Christmas Bazaar.

This will be a one day event with 19 artists and makers selling a selection of work including jewellery, leather bags and accessories, photography, ceramics, art, children’s books and teddies and concrete vases and vessels all under one roof. The Christmas Bazaar will be the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping, listen to carols and enjoy a glass of mulled wine.

In the build up to the event we will have Q&A with some of the makers and artist’s starting with the three organisers Sarah Malone, Sophie Nixon and Jo Lavelle starting this weekend.




Sale Arts Trail 2014

For the uninitiated Sale Arts Trail was born in early 2014 over many cups of tea and biscuits by three artists with the same vision and that was to create an arts event in Sale.

The idea

To create an open studio trail event and create a map for people to use on the trail.

The trail took started Friday 11th – Sunday 13th July with the preview evening being held on Friday 11th at the Waterside Arts Centre and the trail taking place on Saturday and Sunday.



The artists

The trail showcased the work of mainly Trafford artists and makers with invited artists from nearby areas. The trail had a rich variety of work including art, photography, stone carving, painting, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and much more.

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The studios

There is an abundance of creative’s hiding away in their studios in Sale of which we approached about opening up to the public for the event.

Open studios included Sarah Malone Ceramics, Tim and Sue Dunbars Studio, Alasdair Nelson Ceramics, Gordon Cooke and Ian Chapmans Studio and garden, Sophie Nixon Garden Studio and Anne Earnshaw Studio and garden.


Local Business

It was important to work with small independent businesses and include them on the trail. Local businesses included in the trail were Serendipitea, Minikin, Coasters and The Bean and Brush art cafe.


Sale Waterside

Sale is extremely fortunate to have a local Arts Centre such as Waterside Arts Centre and Sale Arts Trail were delighted when they agreed to be part of the event.

The exhibition curated for Waterside Arts Centre showcased work from every artist participating in the trail and also provided a venue for a fabulous preview night and an extended exhibition to view the work.




Also at Sale Arts Trail preview evening were Fabulous buffets provided by the lovely Delfina, an artists talk on the Sunday by David Gledhill and to finish the trail on the Sunday afternoon there was a classical music jam by Sallow Tree Concerts at The Kings Ransom.

The whole weekend was a huge success proving that Sale has an appetite for this kind of event and for supporting local artists by participating in the trail and buying work from the artists.

Sale Arts Trail will be taking place again next Summer so watch this space! Sale Arts Trail will also have smaller pop up events throughout the year including the Christmas Bazaar coming very soon!! More details to follow this post!

Full list of exhibiting artists on Sale Arts Trail 2014

Alasdair Nelson, Anne Earnshaw, Omid Asadi, Simon Buckley, Sarah Mitch, Sarah Thirlwell, Sue Dunbar, May Wild Design, Jane Dzisiewski, Sophie Nixon, Gemma Truman, Gordon Cooke, Rachel Cooke, Dionne Swift, John Hamilton, Ian Chapman, Jan Chlebik, Sarah Malone, Melissa Lauder, Tim Dunbar, Jo Lavelle, Anthony Clarkson, Michelle Keeling, Tone Von Krogh, Lucy Harvey, Jacquie Wilson, Eve Redmond, Zoe Docherty, Michelle Laverty, Louise Dewsnap, David Gledhill, Michele Pouncey, Jane Blease Design, Sally Fryer, John Slade, Valerie Clarke, Nick Roberson, Tracey Birchwood and Sallow Tree Concerts.


Not forgetting our brilliant opportunity of having a window display two weeks prior to the trail which gave local shoppers in Sale Town Centre the opportunity to have a sneak preview of some of the artists work available at the trail.