Our 2017 exhibition will be held from August 2nd to the 29th
Sarah Ames . . interior textiles Tricia Meynell . . art photography Sarah Ross-Thompson . . printmaker Christina Hargraves . . watercolour artist Mark Hamilton . . metal sculpture Denise Huddleston . . artist and jeweller Mark Farrelly . . artist woodworker Julia Neubauer . . textile artist Joy Grindrod . . painter Jenia Gorfunkel . . glass artist Ben Fosker . . ceramics David Stephenson artist blacksmith
Sarah Ames is a contemporary artist working in embroidered textiles. She gained BA and MA qualifications in Contemporary Applied Arts at Cumbria Institute of the Arts and has taught art and textiles in the West Cumbria area. Her work takes inspiration from the surrounding landscape of the Lake District in West Cumbria. She is fortunate to have a renovated summer house in the garden as her studio which is also an influence in her colourful palette. Using the versatility of appliqué and free-machine embroidery, Sarah creates contemporary, functional and decorative textile pieces featuring quirky and characterful imagery.
Marion lived in Hertfordshire until her move to Cumbria in 1987. She has been a prolific knitter since childhood. This love of knitting, has led her into exploring the many forms of textile construction, including spinning, crochet, weaving and ply split braiding. Unable to find the right coloured yarn introduced her to finding out more about dyeing, using chemical and natural dyes. Marion’s handwoven hand-dyed fine scarves are eye catching with exciting colour combinations and weaving patterns
Jenia Gorfunkel is an artist who works exclusively with recycled glass sourced mainly from bottles. She designs and makes a range of items for the home – both functional and purely decorative - using fused glass. She also makes silver and glass jewellery. Additionally, Jenia takes on commission work developed individually to customers’ requirements.
Although my work is contemporary; it involves a deep exploration of the traditions of earthenware and English slipware. I feel an affinity for the artisan potters who inhabited the English countryside of the past, often making both functional and figurative ware, resulting in works of art for display and enjoyment.
I aspire to produce jewellery, which is not just individual, but also reflects the craft of the maker and is beautifully finished and aesthetically pleasing. I derive satisfaction from making pieces that are beautiful, unusual and a pleasure to wear. I find that working with precious metals is both rewarding, and exciting. I enjoy seeing the piece take shape, from what was once a pool of molten metal. My main inspiration for my work has evolved, from elements of Danish, Celtic and Regal designs, often combined with simple, clear, crisp, shapes.
Mark Farrelly - Lakeland Cabinet Makers
Mark is a bespoke furniture and box maker based in Penrith. I work closely with customers to design and create one off bespoke pieces using traditional cabinet making skills, I like to use the Cumbrian timbers where possible, which have some beautiful grain patterns. I also work with hardwoods from all over the world. Everything is finished to a high standard using oil & wax finishes which give a very nice natural look to the pieces I make.
Tricia is a fine art photographer specialising in abstract images which very often blur the distinction between photography and printing - almost (but not quite) painting. She does not use Photoshop to create her work, preferring to 'manipulate' images manually by processes such as printing onto acetate and spraying with water to create a painterly effect, or by simply printing two different images onto the same piece of paper to create an abstract image. Her camera is often used to 'paint' the subject by selecting colour and form and shooting in such a way that these two elements are rendered as a confusion of colours with just the merest hint of the reality behind them.
Born a farmer’s daughter in the West Allen Valley, Christina now lives at Lanercost just over the road from the Priory. She draws inspiration for her art from her country background, having worked on the land as a shepherdess which developed her deep love of nature, animals and the countryside. She now loves working in her beautiful cottage garden and paddock, full of wild flowers, honey bees and a few chickens. Mostly worked in a wet on wet technique, the watercolour paintings are in impressionistic floral style using mainly pastoral colours, creating an atmospheric pictorial image.
Denise designs and makes a collection of hand printed artworks and jewellery. She combined a previous career as a college lecturer, teaching art, textiles and interior design with exhibiting her work throughout the UK. Denise makes her own silk screens to create designs, developed from her own paintings and drawings. Mountains, water and wildlife and poetry have been her inspiration for as long as she can remember. As a keen environmentalist, she uses ecologically safe inks and natural fabrics. Passion for landscape and the natural world is portrayed with contemporary flair.
I make a range of sculptural and functional items at Lockton in the North York Moors National Park. I work using traditional hand forging techniques, often applying these to contemporary designs, producing work which is beautiful to handle and which reflects its origins in fire. All pieces are intended to outlive their maker and those for whom they are made. I have no fixed product list but specialise in designing and making individual works.
'I've been lucky enough to have been born and brought up surrounded by the hills of The Lake District. After graduating in 1998 from the University of Central Lancashire gaining a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, I returned to my home near Coniston where I gather inspiration to paint. I was introduced to the hills from an early age, and they have always been a way of life for me. The immediate landscape of rough hillside and rock, a “back garden” has become a key influence for my work. When I go out to sketch I don't always have a plan because the 'moments' which inspire me don't aways emerge from a plan. Art starts with an idea, then the idea develops…. I take a lightweight sketching kit that allows me to deal with the not so favourable conditions. The weather doesn't allow you to mess around with easels for the full painting experience. I sketch quickly to translate the essence of what made me stop and get my sketchbook out. The speed at which the weather changes allows the eye to become selective and only include what is important. Experiencing the hills is an essential part of developing a painting. During the start of each season there is an element of excitement as the season unfolds it's glory. During the late Autumn the low watery sunlight hits the yellowing deer grass and the hills are capped with the first snows. I would find it quite hard to portray something without knowing and loving it. The painting will then come from the heart.'
I am an Artist/Sculptor living in Carlisle. I work in woods, metals and various materials. The focus of my work at the moment is nature in the form of wood and metal trees, clocks, miniature landscapes, wood and metal spiders. My pieces are free standing or wall mounted. And where possible I like to upcycle locally sourced materials.
Julia Neubauer - Chameleon
This years Chameleon collection has neutral colours with bright accents, combined with bold stripes, blocks and patterns to produce a range of hats, scarves, wristwarmers, brooches and cushions in super soft lambswool.
My work focuses on an interpretation of the natural world using collage materials to capture the innate textural qualities of the landscape. I build collage printing blocks using materials including string, salt, corrugated card and organic matter such as lichen. These are bonded to mount board, which acts as a support and can also be used through scoring and ripping as part of the design. Each material has a tonal value, either rougher or smoother/darker or lighter, which allows me to build up a tonal composition on which to apply the inks. Once the block is completed it is sealed with a shellac varnish to protect the materials and allow it to be used much like an etching plate.