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 Petal Soup-Sue Deighton Textile Design

    

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a printmaker and surface pattern designer. I create motifs in print and manipulate these into pattern collections for use on homeware, fabric and stationery.

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

I studied Fine Art Printmaking at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I focused on producing a series of mono screen prints inspired by land and seascapes. I use screen printing as my main medium to begin the design process. My patterns are then created using Photoshop and produced on manufactured products – aprons, tea towels, notebooks and greeting cards, all professionally printed in the UK.

What 5 words best describe your work

Mid-century inspired, bold, retro.

Do you have any design/art heroes?

Orla Kiely and Mid-century design are a huge influence on my work. I also love Liberty fabrics.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

A brew in my favourite mug, BBC Radio 6, ink.

          

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

I have recently started a collection of textile art pieces using a selection of my patterns printed on fabric, elements of which are then
embellished with embroidered and hand printed detail.

What will you be selling at the Artist Takeover ?

Aprons, tea towels, notebooks, pocket mirrors, greetings cards and framed pattern pieces.

Tell us something we don’t know
I design under the studio name of Petal Soup. The name originated from a combination of my love of floral pattern and a family nickname.

http://www.suedeighton.com

 

                   

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

PRIZE for best 2D artist from local business Cave Framing

 

PRIZE Best 2D artist at the #ArtistTakeover

We would like to say a big thank you to new local Sale based business Cave Framing who have kindly donated a prize to the #ArtistTakeover.

Paul Rendel from Cave Framing will choose the best 2D artist in show. The winner will have their artwork professionally framed at Cave Framing.

This offer includes consultation and advice and must be claimed within 3 months after the event closing.

#ArtistTakeover this Sunday 11th June 10.30-5pm FREE ADMISSION

https://www.caveframing.co.uk

cavepictureframing@gmail.com

07835 531791

57 Waverley Road, Sale. M33 7AY.

 

Date for Diary SUNDAY 11th JUNE

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

#ArtistTakeover

Sunday 11th June

Waterside Arts Centre Sale

Sale Arts Trail in collaboration with Sale Festival and Waterside Arts Centre will host a one day event as part of Sale Festival on Sunday 11th June.
Artists, designers and makers will takeover the Waterside Arts Centre for one day selling event celebrating the diverse creativity mostly from Trafford artists and guest artists from surrounding areas.

Watch out for the list of exhibitors very soon!