RECENT EXHIBITORS

LIZ JONES

Liz is an artist with a passion for printmaking, lino printing and screen printing in particular. She was born and raised in Cumbria, where she still lives today. This rural environment provides her with a rich source of inspiration, whether it be glimpsing deer in the woods whilst walking her dog, observing the birds on the feeders or watching her chickens forage busily in the garden. These simple details of everyday life often find their way into her linocuts and fabric designs.

Liz loves the process of lino printing. From the initial sketch, the intricate carving and printing of each layer of colour, to the moment the paper is peeled from the lino block to reveal the final image, each stage provides a feeling of anticipation (and fear!) as to whether the print will emerge in the way she envisaged. She hand prints her images which are all original and produced in very small print runs mainly using the reduction method (whereby the same lino block is carved for each colour) and very little of the original block remains at the end of the process.

She also uses the linocut method to create designs for fabric which she transfers onto silk screens and hand prints onto fabric to produce lampshades, cushions and tea towels.

CAROLYN MARR CERAMICS

Carolyn is a ceramic artist whose work ranges from hold-in the-hand sculptures to unique wheel-thrown lamps, bottles and lidded jars.

With simple forms as her starting point, she likes to use a variety surface treatments as well as a wide range of clays, slips and glazes. To add a dash of local colour, Carolyn uses locally-found materials, such as river grit and beach sand.

Carolyn is based in Brampton, Northeast Cumbria, and exhibits widely in the North of England and Scotland, this year including Potfest in the Pens, Potfest Scotland, and Hepworth Contemporary Ceramics Fair. She is a member of Northern Potters Association and Bensham Grove Pottery.

http://carolynmarr.co.uk

https://www.instagram.com/carolyn.marr.ceramics/

JULIA NEUBAUER - CHAMELEON

Julia produces a range of pure wool accessories. Each item is hand framed using an intricate, labour intensive and skilled process. Made from British spun pure wool, a natural fibre renowned for its warmth and resilience. Double jacquard scarves and wrist warmers are a new addition for this year along with fine lambswool shrugs.

Additionally Julia will be exhibiting garments and accessories under the name of JU-MA, a collaboration with weaver Marion Woolcott. This work has a strong Japanese influence and is made using fine Italian spun 100% Merino Wool. This year they have been exploring hand dyeing, sashiko and Boro embroidery techniques to complement the range.

TRICIA MEYNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Specialising in abstract photography, Tricia’s work crosses the borders between photography and painting. Inspired by the wonderful scenery around her, she strives to make images which reflect that beauty in an unusual way until the images are more imaginary than factual. It’s all about the light!

Her work is often studied in local schools as part of the GCSE & A Level photography curriculum and she has taught on the foundation photography course at the University of Cumbria. For those beginning to explore the art of digital photography, Tricia also offers bespoke courses to small groups or individuals.

www.triciameynell.com

ROXANNE DENNY

RD Glass is run by Roxanne Denny from her studio near Cockermouth. Her first introduction to glass was when she began her Applied Arts degree in 2005. Whilst trying her hand at ceramics, silversmithing, woodwork and metalsmithing, she fell in love with glass as it allowed her to combine her love of colour and light. After gaining her BA(Hons) in 2008 she set up RD Glass to continue to explore glass fusing and to have the freedom and control to create her own designs.

Now an award-winning glass artist, she produces unique cast glass sculptures and one off and limited edition fused glass items, from bowls and coasters to wall art and jewellery. She is strongly influenced by colour and pattern and as such many of the designs feature bold, vivid colours and abstract or geometric patterns. She also likes to overlap colours and uses mixtures of transparent and opaque glass to manipulate light and cause reflections. Her cast glass works often include textured surfaces and multiple sections. 

She teaches fused glass courses from her studio and at select venues throughout the county and enjoys producing work to commission as it allows her to make different pieces including splashbacks, tiles and windows.

MARY KENNEDY - RAM WORKSHOP

Mary Kennedy is an artist who paints landscapes and domestic scenes, and translates her imagery onto wooden boxes and trays etc. Her painting is full of detail, light and colour, as well as humour.

www.ramworkshop.com

 

RICHARD KENNEDY - RAM WORKSHOP

Richard Kennedy is a furniture maker and woodcarver with a great love of medieval carving. He designs and makes cupboards, desks, tables etc, often carved, and also a range of unusual jewellery boxes. A recent new line is his scenes in bottles or light bulbs, not ships so much as 3D paintings.

www.ramworkshop.com

CATRIONA ARCHIBALD

Catriona Archibald works from her back yard studio in Carlisle. After Graduating from her degree in Contemporary Applied Arts, Catriona set up her ceramics business in 2010. Inspired by mid century design, patterns, mark making techniques, bright contrasting colours and all things a little wonky.

Working with porcelain and stoneware, Catriona slip casts and hand builds functional vessels and forms before applying layers of colour and patterns. Using underglaze colours, glazes, decals and lustre creates depth and high contrast in each piece.

ANNA MACKAY

As a watercolourist Anna enjoys experimenting with texture and colour and the unpredictability of the paint on the paper. She takes an organic approach to painting and markmaking, often letting the materials develop their own path as the work progresses. 

She uses watercolour, ink, pencils and pastels to recreate landscapes from the Eden Valley and the Solway coast inspired by the play of light on the water and through the trees. 

her linocuts are all individual as Anna uses different papers and watercolour paints in combination with printing inks to create negative positive images using simple shapes drawn from the hillsides and cottages she sees on my travels. 

Recent exhibitions include EVAN gallery in Penrith where she has a studio , Talkin Tarn Alex Boathouse 2018, Spirit of the Eden 2018, Art in the Hills 2018, EVAN art trail 2018, 

AMANDA MUDGE

Amanda has been working in ceramics for over 20 years and loves exploring form, texture and colour. Her work takes inspiration from the natural environment and the beauty of Cumbria.

Amanda's established her porcelain jewellery business ‘Something Precious’ in 2000.  Her glazing techniques result in stunning blends of colours and beautiful wearable art.  The business is about making something precious and also doing something precious. £1 from each sale supports organisations helping vulnerable women and children who have been trafficked.

DEREK ELAND

Derek Eland is a multi media artist who was born in Cumbria, where his family have farmed for generations.  He has a Degree in Politics and a Masters Degree in Contemporary Fine Art.  His work has been exhibited widely and he has received and been shortlisted for a number of arts prizes and awards.  Derek is currently working on a series of transcriptions of John Constable’s paintings and drawings of the Lake District from the early 1800s. 

LITTLEJOHN BROTHERS

Born and brought up in rural Northamptonshire, the LITTLEJOHN BROTHERS made Cumbria their home in the 1980’s.

Working with both native & exotic hardwoods they produce a range of creative pieces including: thumb planes, games, kitchen tools, bowls, tables, chairs & samurai swords!!

Every piece is unique – production cannot be guaranteed, commissions are accepted on smaller items but not on furniture.

SUE DUNNE

Sue has been working in ceramics all her adult life and has always referred to her rural surroundings for a sense of direction in her practice.

She makes hand built and press moulded pieces in grogged - white earthenware which are then coloured with velvet underglazes, before either dipping or pouring with a clear glaze.

Sue uses real plant material as her starting points and observes their amazing growth and change throughout the seasons, both in her own garden and in the woods and fields beyond. From these observations, Sue can always find new ideas to try out.

WITHY CRAFTERS

They are a group of 4 makers who love to weave. They grow their willow in Cumbria and meet whenever they can to create and enjoy making baskets. Between them, they have about 10 years experience of basket making. They like nothing better than to share this passion with others and to pass on these skills so that the craft will be carried on for future generations.

CAROLINE BROGDEN

Caroline Brogden is a jeweller working in precious metals; her work combines a number of elements with an emphasis on natural from.

Using traditional silversmithing skills her main body of work looks at ways to mimic natural shapes and forms found in nature, to create small pieces of wearable art and sculpture. Her work involves a number of fold-form techniques first discovered by Charles Lewton-Brain which have them been developed further by the use of anticlastic raising and forging.

Individual designs are often further elaborated by the use of added adornment such as gold accents and semi-precious stones. These are used to highlight and emphasize the multi-dimensional aspects of the piece.

Caroline is currently a member of Design-Nation and showcases her work at selected shows and galleries through the year.

GLENN TOMKINSON

Born in 1944, Glenn has been making prints since his school-days.  He now mainly work with aquatint, sometimes combined with etching in which his youthful flirtation with abstraction informs his reaction to landscape. He produces small editions of up to 20. Each print is made by hand and so is unique.  It is the limitations and difficulties of printmaking which allow Glenn to find the essential elements in the image.  His work is mainly inspired by landscape and acknowledges the influence of the abstract in art while retaining a response to the visual stimulus of the world around us.