Q&A Wayne Hart

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Wayne Hart

What is your practice?

Wayne Hart is an award-winning lettercarver, typographer and sculptor. Seeking to achieve the highest levels of craftsmanship, he is dedicated to creating beautiful inscriptions, low-relief carving and sculptural forms. His designs are skilfully drawn by hand, with lettering, image and form tailored to suit each client’s needs. These are then carved by hand using mallet and chisel, paying the closest attention to detail. Carving in both stone and wood, Hart also works with other materials such as metals, plastics and glass. He works internationally and his work to date has included commemorative gifts, public art projects, memorials, signage and artwork for exhibition.

What five words best describe your work?

Bespoke, quality, award-winning, unique, contemporary

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Do you have any design heroes?

My work is influenced by nature and the artwork of ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians, Aztecs, Myans and Greeks. Modern-day heroes include Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley, Thomas Heatherwick, Tom Perkins and Alan Fletcher.

Where is your studio?

My studio is based in AWOL Studios, Ancoats. I am currently serving a five-month artist residency at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre in Norfolk.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

There is always work to be done!

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

I am currently creating the WW1 memorial to Edith Cavell during a five-month artist residency at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre. The memorial will be situated in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral.

I have a number of other exciting commissions, both large-scale and small, and he is creating new works for a number of upcoming exhibitions. Hart is currently exhibiting his piece, The Raven, at Craft Open 2015 at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.

Did you exhibit or visit last year’s SAT?

No.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will be selling a range of smaller lettered items with one or two larger pieces. All work is being created specially for Sale Arts Trail 2015.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be exhibiting at Sarah Thirwell’s studio.

Tell us something we don’t know

I am a Queen Elizabeth Scholar and the youngest artist to have created work for Westminster Abbey in the recent past.

http://www.awol-studios.co.uk/residents/wayne-hart

Thank you Wayne!

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Q&A Julie Harris

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a portrait/people photographer. I work in my own studio as well as on location or in peoples homes. I produce beautiful, natural photographs for people to treasure. I am constantly sourcing different products for my clients and they are always of the highest standards. However, my first love is always Black & White photography and here I try to offer something a bit more gritty and unusual. I use this style within my portrait photography to offer a different look. But mainly I reserve this for my personal work around sale.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Natural, Different, Bespoke & Beautiful.

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Do you have any design heroes?

I love the Magnum photographers, reportage work. Documentary style photographers. Oldies such as W. Eugene Smith & Eugene Atget. My first inspiration as a young art student was definitely Salvador Dali. Most recently I am inspired by the award winning wedding photographer Mark Cleghorn.

Where is your studio?

My Home Studio is on Marsland Road. It is rapidly expanding and currently undergoing
a very exciting modern extension programme.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

There is no such thing as a typical day for me. It can range from: Shooting: anything from a Harp Quartet, a family of 9, wedding cakes, a lawyer, school children or a boudoir session. Editing on the computer, packaging products for delivery. Setting up the studio.
Delivering products, client viewings, client collections, client consultations.
I never get bored, and I love it!

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

I am working on a very exciting project for a local school. Very creative and different. It will make a
huge impact to their building. But is very much hush, hush at the moment, sorry!

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
No.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will be selling a range of prints and products of images around sale.
Everything from metal prints, wood prints, canvases, frames & cards.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

My Home Studio on Marsland Road.

If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio?

Yes, I have Ian Chadwick Glass Art.

Tell us something we don’t know

I used to own & ride a Virago 535 motorbike, in all its beautiful black & chrome loveliness.
Perhaps thats where my love of black & white photography was nurtured.

http://www.julieharrisphotography.co.uk

Thank you Julie!

Q&A Scott MIllar

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Scott Millar

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

At the moment I’m working with jesmonite, wood, clay and paint.
I’ve recently been trying to incorporate my concerns about the environment into practical products. In the case of the extinct bird hooks – loss of biodiversity and the effect of humans on the environment.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Practical, quietly political, colourful, hopeful

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Do you have any design heroes?

I’ve always been a fan of the utopian vision of Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus School.
..and I really like Nek Chand too.

Where is your studio?

It’s the third floor studios-past piccadilly station, down Jutland street (steepest street in Manchester- as painted by Lowry), up Sparkle street and along Chapeltown Street. It’s on the third floor.

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 Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Recently I’ve been having tea breaks. Making- with tea breaks

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

At the moment I’m working on making some down at heel marionettes for a short film.

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Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I’ll be selling some extinct birds and perhaps a painting (of someone wearing a Bhutanese bird-headed mask). The painting will be new (It’s not finished yet) and extortionately priced. I’ve also made a dodo coat hook to commemorate the Sale Arts Trail.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

At the Minikin Emporium.

Tell us something we don’t know

As a child I fell down a well.

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Q&A Karin Sheldon

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Karin Sheldon

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Jewellery and Silversmithing – passionate about Silver & Gold; which is obvious when I use Keum-Bo (a Korean technique) to fuse 24ct Gold to Sterling Silver. Copper, Gilding Metal and Silver come to the fore when I make Mokume-Gane. This is the layering and fusing technique developed from the method for making the Samurai Sword. Chasing and Repousse too.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Curiosity Invention Stubborn Excitement Unique

Do you have any design heroes?

Wendy Ramshaw – Jeweller of the 60’s. She made jewellery into a fashionable expression of Art. She still designs all manner of things including jewellery.

Where is your studio?

I work at home. I work more than I would if I had to go somewhere else!!

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Radio 4 – no computer – concentrate on the metal – innovate.

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

Developing and extending the gallery collections – Nature Walk: a walk in the English Countryside in Silver and Gold. After an enforced year of ‘slow down’ to move house, I can’t believe my luck – TIME – just making new and unique, handmade pieces and improving my skills.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I wasn’t in last year’s SAT but I have done a few shows. I was at Made London last October with DesignGAP, this was our second showing there. With Manchester Jewellers Network, I was at International Jewellery London, a trade show at Olympia. All these were exhausting, exhilarating and successful! The Great Dome Art Fair in Buxton is a good one for me; on my doorstep, very successful and great fun.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I am making alot of rings with unique stones these days. Most with a dash of gold. Necklaces, earrings and bangles. Cufflinks and money clips too! Small silverware – ‘Constellation’ is a range of jewellery with small bowls that have a splash of gold and diamonds, difficult to explain really, you’ll need to see them!

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I’m sharing my space with Jane Mitchell Designs at Sarah Driffill’s Studio.

Tell us something we don’t know

I’m a “Techniques Junkie” – but, actually, you might know that if you’ve read the above. My Dad was a Master Organ Builder and taught me to solder when I was 9, I used to press the notes down, in church, while he tuned the pipes.

http://www.sheldonoriginals.co.uk

Thank you!

Q&A Ian Chadwick

 

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Ian Chadwick

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

The manufacture of kiln-formed glass objects..

What 5 words best describe your work?

Geometric, symmetrical, colourful,optical,precise.

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Do you have any design heroes?

Klaus Moje(German glass artist now working in Australia)..

Where is your studio?

Along the road in Timperley.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Coffee, tidy, deconstuction, reconstruction, bafflement, patience, grinding, polishing, washing and drying.

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

My work constantly evolves which produces new challenges and problems. I am currently trying to figure out lenticular techniques in glass where the image changes from differing angles.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No…

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I have a small new range of hand-polished jewellery along with some new vessels and wall-based work which continues older themes.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I am at Julie Harris’ photography studio on Marsland rd near Sale Girls grammar school.

Tell us something we don’t know

My work was recently hired by a production company and placed as an exhibition in Manchester art gallery for a scene in the latest Russel T Davis comedy drama Cucumber.

http://ianchadwickglassart.com

Thank you Ian!

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Q&A Sandra Robinson

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Sandra Robinson

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a painter working mainly in oils and acrylics, but I also like using pastels, watercolours, charcoal basically anything I can get my hands on.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Abstract Layered Colour Space Expressionist

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Do you have any design heroes?

There are many artists that I admire but top of my list would be Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, Roger Hilton, Matisse and Beatriz Milhazes.

Where is your studio?

I have a home studio that I share with my husband who fixes electric guitars.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Make tea, think, make more tea, paint, think, remove paint!!

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

I am currently working on a year long project based around my allotment, initially exploring the themes of growth, survival, mapping, transformation and beauty.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I didn’t exhibit last year but I did visit and had a thoroughly enjoyable day. I hadn’t realised that there were so many artists living in and around Sale.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

All paintings and drawing will be for sale.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

The Bean and Brush.

Tell us something we don’t know

I studied City and Guilds embroidery parts 1 and 2 which is a four year course. On completion of this I went on to do art foundation with the intention of doing the embroidery degree at MMU but discovered that I preferred paint so I went on to do a fine art degree in painting instead. However embroidery and textiles are still important to me, and are definitely an influencing factor in many of my paintings.

http://www.sandra-robinson.co.uk

Thank you Sandra!

 

Q&A Nicola Taylor

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Nicola Taylor

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a fine art photographer. My main body of walk is called “Tales from the Moors Country” and it’s a collection of narrative images, inspired by folklore and fairy tales. My images are all self portraits, taken with a remote control and they often combine many different photographs, stitched together in the computer to create a world that doesn’t exist in reality.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Literary, Ethereal, Feminine, Otherwordly, Mysterious

Do you have any design heroes?

Tim Walker, Sally Mann, Kay Nielsen, Arthur Rackham, all the Pre-Raphaelites.

Where is your studio?

I’m based in the North Yorkshire Moors

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Photoshop practice, swearing, cup of tea, writing, emails, emails, emails

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

I’m always working on pushing my Photoshop skills further. My ambitions and my imagination always run ahead of my abilities so I need to keep learning so that I can create more difficult composites and satisfy those creative drives.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No. I had not heard about the event until earlier this year.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I’m exhibiting at Fresh Filling

Tell us something we don’t know

Five years ago I was a very miserable stockbroker, working in the City of London. It’s a very different life these days!

http://www.nicolataylorphotographer.com

Thank you!

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Q&A from Toby Cotterill

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Toby Cotterill

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I design and make unique jewellery inspired by the natural world. My work evolves through sketchbook work and material manipulation. I use traditional silversmithing techniques to forge unique forms, often articulating them with handmade catches and hinges. I mainly work in silver and gold, combining these with resins, natural pigments, and ethically sourced precious stones.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Arthropods! Unique, articulated, wearable sculpture.

Do you have any design heroes?
William Morris, Rene Lalique’s jewellery, John Moore, Rie Taniguchi, Louise Hibbert, Ernst Haeckel, Adam Paxon. My single biggest inspiration is the outrageous jewellery of Peter Chang.

Where is your studio?
At home in Hebden Bridge in the South Pennines.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Getting into the flow and creating objects from my soul.

Or, in practical terms:

Tea. Sketches. Silver. Jewellery. Piercing. Hammering. Soldering. Filing. Stretching. Polishing.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I exhibit regularly regularly with the Manchester Jewellers Network which often provides opportunities to create new work and develop techniques. This year we are making limited edition work to celebrate the 150th publication of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. As a main piece I am making a one-off articulated caterpillar with a hookah pipe/tube doubling up as a pendant chain so he can be worn around the neck. He will be sitting on a mushroom ‘stand’ which will contain hidden surprise jewellery which can be detached and worn with the caterpillar. The exhibition will open at the Manchester Craft Centre on 25th November then go on tour.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
I didn’t exhibit at last years SAT but heard good things about it.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?
I will be exhibiting my collection of Arthropods, unique, wearable creations inspired by the natural world. I’ll have some one off collectable pieces, mid range necklets, and a new range of affordable wearables.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?
I’m exhibiting at Sophie Nixon’s studio with her fantastic paintings, alongside Juliette Hamilton’s Willow weaving and Nicky Martin’s Ceramics.

Tell us something we don’t know
I’m a fellrunner…I run several times a week on the beautiful South Pennine moors. My best race was up and down Ben Nevis, from sea level, in 2 hours 6 minutes, although I might have to do a return trip to get under two hours!

http://www.tobycotterill.co.uk

Thank you Toby!

#Planyourtrail Sale Arts Trail map

SALE ARTS TRAIL MAP 2015

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Sale Arts Trail is just over 4 weeks away and we now have the map ready for you to plan your trail. Get your walking boots ready, tell your friends and come and join us on Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4. Don’t forget you are ALL welcome to come and join us on Friday evening for the preview at Waterside Arts Centre 6-9pm to officially open the trail.

The map is listed alphabetically A-X starting with Waterside Arts Centre where you can view the group show and take part in workshops, talks and The Penguin Parade at Sale Library. Other central venues include Pumpkin Interiors, Coasters of Sale, Minikin Emporium, Fresh Filling, Bean & Brush and a sculpture project The Grotto.

New Open Studios for this years trail include Sarah Driffill Art, Victoria Haire Textiles, Sarah Thirlwell Wood Turning, Nick Roberson Stone Carving, Mitch Canvas Textiles and Photography, Louise Dewsnap Paper Sculpture, Julie Harris Photography, Sylvia Glover Ceramics and Jacquie Wilson Textiles.

We are pleased to have Walton Park on board this year, hosting the Burgess Chainsaw Wood Sculptors demonstrating on Saturday and Sunday. Not far from Walton Park the Brew Boat will be moored on the Bridgewater Canal serving drinks and cakes alongside a canal boat dedicated to The Artism Society of Artists.

The event flyer will be ready very soon and will be available to pick up at local independent businesses in Sale.