Q&A textile artist Julia Jowett

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Delighting 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.

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What 5 words best describe your work?

Embroidery. Wire. Print. Story. Wall art

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Do you have any design heroes?

My tummy tingles whenever I see Dutch embroiderer Tilleke Shwarz’s beautiful pieces. Her contemporary use of traditional stitch techniques to capture the narrative of her surroundings will always be my favourite. Cy Twombly is my all time painting and mark making hero. I adore French children’s book illustrators like Rebecca Dautremer and Anne Herbauts too – beautiful work.

Where is your studio?

After recently moving out of a shared studio, I’m currently setting up creative camp at the bottom of my Staffordshire garden with the squirrels, in a purpose built wooden workshop space, between my oak tree and my apple tree. It’s going to be magical.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Morning adventures, ideas and coffee, tiny stitches, wire twists, making, photographs, scribbles and lists.

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

A new collection is unfolding – the Tales of Barbara Moon – the story of a little wire lady searching for clear skies and clarity. She wears wire shoes topped with tiny pearls. She’s lovely.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect Christmas present?

New framed and unframed wall pieces and embroidered stories; gift wrapped individual wire ladies, embroidered birdcages and wire forests; embroidered sieves and new wearable washers of stitch. I’ll have some Christmas cheer too – hand embroidered wire tree decorations and festive garlands.

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Tell us something we don’t know

I don’t work my embroidery from a pattern. I hand stitch into metal gauzes and cloth, putting tiny cross 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
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Q&A Simon Naish from Hand Drawn House

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am first and foremost a painter. My work has always been heavily influenced by the aesthetics of Pop Art and the Post-Pop generation of painters that followed. I have developed a style which employs flat plains of bright colour to achieve certain formal effects and as such, I prefer to work in acrylic paint which is quick drying and enables me to layer the paint surfaces to a flat finish, often eliminating the evidence of brushwork. Hand Drawn House was set up because of my interest in typography and my desire to create works involving text. In the process of exploring the potential of smaller pieces of ‘word art’, I discovered that vinyl, combined with my painting methods, creates some really exciting and harmonious effects.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Bold, Colourful, Humorous, Precise, Thoughtful.

Do you have any design heroes?

Ensor, Goya, Warhol, Hogarth, Tom Phillips, Velazquez, David Shrigley, Takashi Murakami, Picasso, Jasper Johns.

Where is your studio?

At the bottom of my garden.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

School run, Radio, Drawing, Cutting, Cluttering, Printing, Painting, Singing/Swearing.
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I’m currently working on some larger pieces, which will develop some of the techniques and ideas that I’ve been exploring in the smaller works. They will probably see the light of day, early in the new year.
What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy?

Perfect christmas present? The Sale Arts Christmas Bazaar has come at a great time for me. The work I have been doing as part of Hand Drawn House is all relatively new and it’s therefore a great opportunity to get it in front of people and see what resonates and what doesn’t. In this respect, Sale Arts has the exclusive on many extremely limited edition pieces, which I have only done in small numbers and which I’ll be selling at very affordable prices.
Tell us something we don’t know

My new best friend is a machine called a Cricutter. It essentially works like a printer, reading images or text from your computer but instead of printing them, it will reproduce and cut them into a variety of materials, such as paper, card or vinyl. It has revolutionised the way I work, particularly in the design stages. I sometimes think it must be how Johannes Gutenberg felt, when he said, “Hey guys, check this out!”

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http://www.handdrawnhouse.co.uk

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Q&A photographer Evvy

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Photography is about developing your own personal vision, and the more you look the more you see.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Light, Action, People and Place

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Do you have any design heroes?

My old friend Bryn Jones, who’s a Design Course Leader at UCLAN in Preston. He’s always handy when I need a typeface or font.

Where is your studio?

The world at large is my studio, so the lighting can be erratic.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Frame all I can see in the best possible light.

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

I keep trying to do some writing, but the light keeps catching my eye.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect christmas present?

Etihad Stadium & Old Trafford prints for sure. And I might even risk Goodison Park and Anfield (though perhaps not Highbury Stadium).

Tell us something we don’t know.
Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago contains some of the most beautiful sentences you’ll probably ever read.

http://www.evvy.co.uk

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Q&A jeweller Mia Calderisi

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a jewellery designer maker. I have trained as both a silversmith and a goldsmith. My work incorporates traditional techniques with modern design. My ranges are made mainly of sterling silver with some gold features. I use enamel and stonesetting to incorporate colour into my work. Using techniques such as granulation and reticulation I add bold textures to the metal.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Unique, wearable, lasting, skilled, beautiful.

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Do you have any design heroes?

I adore Lalique’s work and the intricate work from many designers of the art nouveaux period. The ability to take a rigid form and make it flow like the natural forms found in nature.

Where is your studio?

I have a small workshop in Stockport

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Sawing, hammering, annealing, pickling, forming, soldering, researching, emailing, emerying, polishing.

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

I’m working on a commission for a client in Italy. They have commissioned me to make one of my granulated rings in 18ct yellow gold with two wonderfully green malachites.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect christmas present?

My colourful enamelled range of rings and earrings, pendants, necklaces and one of two things that I’ve not quite decided on….find out on the day.

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Q&A Opal Gems

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a jewellery designer and lapidarist. Lapidary is the art of cutting and polishing gemstones. My designs are created using traditional bench making techniques using sterling silver, elements of 9ct gold and semi-precious gemstones. One of my signature designs is jewellery incorporating milk sea glass from the North East of England.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Unique, colourful, semi-precious, organic, simple.

Do you have any design heroes?

I have many design heroes, from great artists such as Matisse, with his bold use of colour to the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright is the architect who created one of my favourite buildings, the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He utilized natural materials to embrace the natural environment, he described it as ‘Organic Architecture’. You can’t help being inspired!

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Where is your studio?

The studio is located within an old cotton mill in Stockport. The mill once housed approximately 265,000 spinning mules and provided employment to much of the local people. Today my studio is one of twenty plus spaces within The Galleries, which was created in 2008 to provide creatives with a space to rent and work. My studio is on the mezzanine level and from it you get a sense of the height and scale of the building. I like the thought that the mill has been a place of production for over a hundred years.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Cup of tea, research, sketching, sourcing, stone cutting, soldering, polishing.

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

I am currently working on pieces based on well-known artists’ work, one being The Snail by Matisse.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect christmas present?

Rings, bangles, earrings and necklaces. There will be new milk sea glass pieces in this seasons graduating greys and complimentary red hues, perfect for the Christmas party outfit. If you are stuck for Christmas present ideas, I will also be offering gift vouchers.

Tell us something we don’t know

I share my studio with Picasso and Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube. Well in spirit that is, I find the photo inspirational as both artists weren’t afraid to experiment. Torun broke with tradition in the 1940’s when she made jewellery from twisted wire, moonstone, quartz and pebbles. It reminds me that ‘to live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong’.

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http://www.opalgems.co.uk

Q&A Elisa Clare Glass

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?
I am a designer maker who works with kiln formed Glass to create a diverse range of individually handcrafted glass and Jewellery design.

I am drawn to glass for its versatile nature, not only allowing the viewer to appreciate the outside structure but to look deeper inside the object and observe the world that makes the piece. As a glass artist the experimentation of opaque and transparency have been combined to create new and interesting work.

The products have a fresh look into the meaning of kiln formed glass, through the exploration of colour, form, style and surface pattern exploiting the qualities and distinctive surface textures with in the material. With on going development my portfolio continues to expand.

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What 5 words best describe your work?

Innovative, Bespoke, Decorative, Functional, Unique

Do you have any design heroes?
I have so many design heroes and inspirations there is so much to be inspired by. The designers I studied in university are always inspiring like Aline Johnson, Claudia Borella and Peter Layton. It’s not just the medium of glass that motivates and intrigues me it is also ancient civilisations, different eras in history from the Victorians, Italian Renaissance to the Egyptians and the Greeks. I could go on and on so I will stop there.

Where is your studio?

Currently my studio is in my back garden in a converted garage, it does the job.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

A lot of glass cutting!, Sandblasting, Sweeping, Polishing, Soldering, Designing, Mould Making, Tidying, Preparing and Shelf Priming.

 

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

Currently I am expanding my jewellery range, creating a few extra pieces for men and creating new wall art we a new twist that combines my skills.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect christmas present?

All being well the above new ventures but still some of my classic best sellers. There will be Christmas decorations, him and her gifts displayed in a classic contemporary style.

Tell us something we don’t know

As well as being a designer/ maker I am also a photographer and graphic designer.

http://www.elisaclare.co.uk
http://www.twitter.com/elisaclareglass

Q&A with Cabbages and Nettles

 

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Cabbages & Nettles.
Free machine embroidery, sculptured textiles.
Machine stitched layer upon layer of threads, which are then hand stitched and sculpted.
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What 5 words best describe your work?

My work is Tactile
Evolving
Individual
Mixing threads
Colour

Do you have any design heroes?

Egon Schiele
Francis Bacon
Marlene Dumas
Louise Bourgeois
Jenny Saville
Eva Hesse
Cathryn Boch
Anita Botman

Where is your studio?

Altrincham, South Manchester.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio.

Coffee, music, sewing machine non-stop, surrounded by threads, bobbins and decaying vegetables.

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

My embroidered vegetables are now being sold in America, Australia, Netherlands and South Of France.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect christmas present?

Thread ornamental cabbages.

Tell us something we don’t know

I exhibited stitched allotments for “Dig The City”, Manchester in August. I made 10ft sheet of embroidered soil.

https://www.facebook.com/cabbagesandnettles/?fref=ts

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Q&A with Mootsink

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?
My illustrations are both hand drawn and digitally drawn then captured in glass and set in antique brass or silver plate.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Wearable, timeless, Steampunk, quirky, affordable.

Do you have any design heroes?
Hayao Miyazaki, Martin Tomsky, Nick Hubbard, Tim Burton.

Where is your studio?
In the corner of my bedroom.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Get home from day job and tiredly create some jewellery.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I’m really pleased to have the honour of making quite a hefty order of jewellery for a wedding which will take place in December.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect christmas present?
A good full selection of my steampunk jewellery range which includes illustrated necklaces with fresh water pearls, bird skull necklaces with eyeball charms, eyeball and freshwater pearl earrings and illustrated rings. My work is great for all ages and sells at a very affordable price which makes a perfect extra stocking filler.

Tell us something we don’t know
I worked on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride making the corpse brides hair and Victorias eyelids.

Q&A Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors

One last Q&A for this years Sale Arts Trail from the Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors who you will find at Venue W Walton Park. They will be demonstrating throughout the day from 11-4 today.

Just a note on your travels over to that area of the trail on the Bridgewater canal near Walton Park  check out art on a barge from the Artism Society of Artists and get refreshments from The Brew Boat next door.

Tim Burgess

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Wood.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Sculpting logs with chainsaws.

Do you have any design heroes?

Bob King from Seattle.

Where is your studio?
Rostherne.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Noisy, sawdust, Radio 2 on headphones, off cuts.

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

Preparing for the RHS show.

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Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail? 

Chain saw carving at Walton Park, Sale.

Tell us something we don’t know

I take part to chainsaw carving competitions all around the world.

Thank you to Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors!

Q&A Gemma Truman

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Gemma Truman

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

My primary material is glass, which I first work hot from a furnace using glass blowing techniques, then work cold using finishing and polishing processes.
Most of the pieces are then completed with some complimentary woven or crocheted rope work.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Intriguing, quietly striking and colourful

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Do you have any design heroes?

I actually don’t. I am far more drawn to an individual piece of work and how it effects or provokes me rather than any one persons entire body of work. We cant all agree on everything after all!

Where is your studio?

Truman Keeling Studios, Unit 31, Wellington House, Pollard Street East, Ancoats, Manchester.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Currently? Endless coldworking dispersed with workbench building and studio organising.

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

I am. I’m in the midst of creating an Alice in Wonderland themed piece, to celebrate its 150th Anniversary this year. But its all under wraps until completed, Watch this space!

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

Yes

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

My wonderful light catching, colourful, outdoor hung ‘Kiota’
The hung White ‘Kiota’
Lots of fabulously coloured ‘Kiota Michozi’
and my new Soul Bowls.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

At Mitch Canvas’ Studio, Venue F

Tell us something we don’t know

Outside of making and creating, I am a Roller Derby addict. Its a brilliant sport with a great community.

Thank you Gemma!

http://www.gemmatruman.co.uk

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