Q&A Eve Redmond

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Did you exhibit last years SAT?

Yes

What have you been up to since last years trail?

Busy making commissions in my studio alongside my usual work and my nest collection for the Royal Exchange Craft Shop.

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

Just made a huge diamond ring for somebody and a three gold twisted wedding band. I am developing new work at the moment I had hoped it would be ready for SAT but I’d prefer to launch it in the Autumn when its refined.

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What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

My loopy & nest collections with some new designs in yellow gold.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

Sophie Nixon, 68 Poplar Grove Venue J.

What would be your superpower and why?

Wonder Woman, I’m part of a group of women in Old Trafford who set up a contemporary WI and we called ourselves OT Wonder Women. In contemporary society there is so much pressure on women to do everything from working to being a great Mum and running a home. My generation were lucky to be able to do it all, but sometimes I wish I had super powers to fit in everything, for example I am writing this at 12.30pm, not enough hours in a day!

When you aren’t working what do you do?

I’m currently doing a contemporary dance class with Ad Hoc Dance group in Manchester Art Gallery, we have a class every Thursday night and it culminates in a performance in the gallery on 7th July at 7.30 and 8.15, each performance is 15 minutes long.

Tell us something we don’t know

I love dancing

Q&A Mia Calderisi

 

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Did you exhibit last years SAT?

No not last summer. I did do the Christmas Bazaar which was a great
event. Wonderful atmosphere and a room full of talented artists.

What have you been up to since last years trail?

I’ve been working away on some brand new ranges and have been doing
more shows all in preparation to up my hours when my youngest starts
school in September. I did my first big trade show this year and look
forward to being involved in the Great Northern Contemporary Craft
Fair for the first time in October. I’ve also started teaching
jewellery making to adults at Wilmslow Guild.

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

I’ve recently finished a wonderful commission for a friend’s mum. As a
child she collected stones for her mum and her mum has kept them safe
and treasured them over the years. I was challenged to make them into
a charm bracelet. Without being able to drill into the stones I
designed orb shaped baskets in silver and 9ct gold to hold them. The
customer loved an old Boodles bracelet so I designed the charm
bracelet in a similar style. We were all very pleased with the end result.

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What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I have a few new ranges of silver jewellery. I’ve been working more
and more with enamel and some pieces will make their debut at SAT16

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be exhibiting at Sarah Malone’s. I’m excited to be showing
here. It’s a wonderful space to show my work and I’m looking forward
to being surrounded by the work of the other talented artists
exhibiting there. I think I might need to treat myself to something
before the weekend is over.

What would be your superpower and why?

I guess that would have to be fire. As a jeweller, having fire at my
fingertips could be quite useful.

When you aren’t working what do you do?

I’m normally running around after my two little girls who have a long
list of activities, parties and trips they need ferrying to as well as
the constant tidy up needed wherever they’ve been.

Tell us something we don’t know
Last year I took up swimming lessons as it was something I didn’t get
the chance to do as a child and I’ve always wanted to improve my
technique. I did my first 1-mile open water swim last year and this
year I was involved with a group of mums and children to swim and
raise money for sports relief – we managed over £1000.

http://www.designsbymia.co.uk

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Q&A Toby Cotterill

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Welcome back to Sale Arts Trail!
Thank you!

Did you exhibit last years SAT?
I did. Had a great weekend exhibiting with some talented makers and artists in Sophie Nixon-Clark’s garden.

What have you been up to since last years trail?
Excitingly I’ve been selected by Craft Council to be part of Hothouse, a programme of support for emerging makers. I’ve been on quite a journey in the last few months, developing my professional and business skills.

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

I’ve just finished a couple of pairs of wedding rings (which is always such an honour) and I’ve also been making some unique earrings to match a BIG neckpiece I sold last year. In the past couple of weeks I’ve had a major sort out in the workshop and ring fenced some Time- the ultimate luxury- to get inspired and begin some new work.

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I’m working on a new collection at the moment, the beginnings of which will be unveiled at Sale Arts Trail. I’m really enjoying this process of developing new work, which has included behind-the-scenes research trips to museums to look at natural history specimens. My work tends to evolve on the workbench, supported by material experimentation and sketchbook work.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I’ll be exhibiting with stone carver Nick Roberson.

What would be your superpower and why?

Apart from saving the world etc it has to be the ability to fly. I occasionally have very vivid dreams where I can fly, and at the time it is completely real and feels amazing.

When you aren’t working what do you do?

Mainly looking after my children! I’m very lucky to have a flexible career which allows me to enjoy time with them while they’re young (4 and 2). We live in the beautiful South Pennines (in Hebden Bridge) and I love introducing them to the great outdoors. Our favourite walk is up to the Honesty Box cafe, basically a shed on a farm between woods and moors. It stocks tea, coffee and most importantly, ice cream, and you leave change in a big metal box with a slot in the top.
I am also a fell runner, and get out into the hills several times a week (without the kids, there are limits).

Tell us something we don’t know

In August I will be running 70 miles of Hadrian’s Wall, from Carlisle to Newcastle, in a day. I’m doing it with a couple of friends, and we’re raising money for charity, the thought of which will help us to keep going when our bodies are really really hurting.

http://www.tobycotterill.co.uk

Q&A Sadie Blythin

In the run up to the Sale Arts Trail we will introduce some of the 2016 makers and artists, old and new with Q&A’s.

We are pleased to introduce a newcomer to this years Sale Arts Trail and that is Manchester based Jeweller & Applied Artist Sadie Blythin. Sadie will be exhibiting at Venue A The Art Market in The Masonic Hall.

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What is your practice? Tell us how you became an artist maker, did you study?  What materials do you use?
Jeweller & Applied Artist
I am very proactive and love experimenting and discovering new things so over the years I have taught myself a lot, however I have a degree in History of Art and a Foundation Degree in Jewellery and Applied Arts.
My work incorporates a range of materials, though i have a particular interest in those with a plastic element be it fabric, liquid or solid. I am interested in experimenting with material processes, attempting to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Layered, instinctive, tactile, wearable, art.

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Do you have any art or design heroes?
Cindy Sherman, Florian Ladstaetter, Gilbert & George, Keith Haring, Fred Butler……….I could go on and on

 

Where is your studio?

Manchester city centre in a fabulous old printers press building which has plants growing out of the brickwork and vast empty rooms, sadly soon to be rebuilt as something much more corporate.

What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?
Me, Happy, Cleaning, Repairing, Drawing, Thinking, Music, Paper, Making, Colour.

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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
Progressing with my practice, developing my techniques, materials and processes further to hopefully result in some exciting new ideas to design and create.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
No

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?
A collection of hand crafted jewellery where each piece is one of a kind.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?
Venue A – The Masonic Hall

Tell us something we don’t know
If i did then you would know it!

 

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 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.