Jills original career as a museum curator has provided her with a rich cultural experience, of which textiles forms a branch. She has studied textiles at a number of colleges and recently completed her M.A. in Textile Culture - graduating with a distinction.
Jills practice embraces many areas ranging from richly stitched miniatures interpreting Native American and Mediaeval themes, to landscape interpreted through photography, knitting and stitched textiles
Recently Jill has been exploring the paraphernalia of womens work (the needlecrafts) through a variety of media. Currently she is producing work in her Women series embracing the idea of all - or any women - in the dress of different periods, expressed through stitch and line.
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Marie Dawe has been working with glass for over 13 years and started with the simplest of copperfoiling. Quickly realising this would not be the end of a trail, she moved on to producing leaded glass work and stained glass then into the world of glass fusing. Although a technical product, there is plenty of room for artistry, pushing new boundaries is part of the passion.
Having been taking pictures for some while now I have realised that really I’m an “on impulse” photographer. I don’t spend lots of time setting up to take a certain view, or a studio shot, I will just see something I like and take it. Therefore my camera is conveying what grabs me at the time, such as a group of people, the way I will see a building, or how the light at a certain time shows through the trees or falls onto a car, a person etc. I suppose that my camera has become my 3rd eye. I just endeavour to capture a picture in a different manner to the “norm”. When I then take that image and from it create what I hope to be a piece of photographic art, this can take many forms. Either my shot will be such that I can use it straight from the camera, or if I have a different view in my mind once developed I may give it my "treatment".
I have had my work published in several magazines, by BBC East and have been involved in joint and single exhibitions of my work.
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My painting interest is in portraiture and landscape. I work in oils, acrylic, pastels and charcoal. In portraiture I try and capture the personality of the sitter as well as a likeness. In my landscape painting I’m interested in capturing the atmosphere of a place. The end result is my own interpretation of a place that goes beyond an exact representation. It is the abstract quality of a landscape that interests me.
My work is diverse in style, scale and media. My subject matter reflects the Flora and Fauna of the countryside in particular that of the Breckland area where I live. Whether it’s simply at home tending to my garden or out and about exploring this diverse county with my family. I like to capture these special and sometimes fleeting moments in my mind’s eye and then go on to create the essence of this moment within my artwork.
I work in a variety of mixed media chosen to best portray my vivid mental image and often work in encaustic wax. This is made from pigmented beeswax and is heated using specialist tools which I use to manipulate the wax. What I find most captivating about this unique medium is the depth of colour and expressive mark making that can be achieved with it.
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I first met clay while I was still at school and attending Saturday morning classes at the local Art School in Gravesend in Kent. I remember little of what we made but the seed was sown of a passion that would weave it's way through the fabric of my life like a lurex thread. In recent years I have been lucky enough to travel to other parts of the world and wherever I go I gravitate towards pottery. It fascinates me to see the variety of wares produced and at the same time the similarities that grow out of the nature of the material and how it can be persuaded to our will as potters.
Much of my current work is inspired by the folk art of the Solomon Islands. Many of their ceremonial artefacts celebrate the symbiotic relationship they have with the Bonita that they fish for and the Frigate Birds that fly over the shoals, thus indicating where they can best drop their nets.
Lyn's work is primarily concerned with the human figure and portraiture, exploring the way in which individuals portray their character through facial expression and posture. This interest has developed from earlier work that dealt mainly with relationships, exploring ties between family members, together with recollections of childhood and childhood experiences.
Lyn works mainly in oils but also use acrylics and lithography. Her studio is located in Thetford and a small selection of work can be viewed at the Chimney Mill Galleries in West Stow, Suffolk. Lyn is happy to accept commissions.
Educated at the City of Norwich School and Norwich School of Art, Roger was trained as a Lithographic Artist at Jarrolds. In 1996 he retired from a career in printing and publishing to concentrate on painting and music. His paintings are shown in a number of East Anglian galleries and he regularly exhibited at the six-county Eastern Open, winning first prize in 2013. His work has also been shown at London's Mall Galleries. One of the founder-members of Breckland Artists, he is also a member of the influential Artworks group.
“I work solely in acrylics these days, I find the medium sympathetic to my way of working; quick-drying and ideal for flat areas. My choice of subject matter has over the years gone through several changes; currently I draw inspiration from aspects of the Breckland landscape, deconstructing and reconstructing, looking for new ways to interpret the images. Painting is a constant source of discovery.
My work is informed by the world around me and events taking place near and far. I am interested in exploring the tensions and conflicts that occur in many situations and finding my own way to respond to them. The differing aspects of the sea and landscape are also an abiding source of inspiration. I enjoy developing a variety of surface treatments to interpret my ideas
My early training as a dressmaker and subsequent interest in patchwork and quilting has led to my work in stitched textiles.
My degree in Visual Studies from Norwich University College of the Arts has expanded my approach to my art and given me the skills to seek a variety of interpretations of my ideas. I use both hand and machine techniques to create work that reflects my interest in texture and movement. I work mostly in silks and cottons and often dye and over dye my own fabrics to create the exact colours and effects that I require.
Sonia Dobbs-Orr was born in Norfolk. She gained a BTEC Diploma from Great Yarmouth College of Art & Design and subsequently a BA Hons degree in Fine Art specialising in sculpture from Bretton Hall College, Leeds University. She continues to work in a variety of mediums from her studio in Castle Acre.
With Breckland Artists, sculpture will be her main focus. Sonia mainly works in bronze resin concentrating on the female form.
Her main influences are Degas, Rodin and Matisse.
I studied at Manchester University and Croydon College of Art, and worked as a prop maker for film, theatre, and television, before returning to Norfolk to paint full time. My work has been shown extensively across the region, at The Upstairs Gallery, Beccles, Earsham Street Gallery, Bungay, Sheringham Little Theatre, Ferini Gallery, Pakefield, and The Apex Gallery, Bury St Edmunds. With Breckland Artists I have exhibited at Wymondham Arts Centre, and The Forum, Norwich.
My chosen medium is acrylic on canvas. The starting point of my work is landscape, seen, remembered, or imagined, and recreated in varying combinations of these elements. The experience of putting paint on canvas is as important to me as the subject matter, so the final piece is ultimately about my engagement with the creative process.
From infancy Chris has involved herself in image making, training first at Lowestoft Art School and then, during an Education degree at UEA, where she took up printmaking.
She paints mostly in acrylics with drawing in various media and prints from lino blocks on her 1826 Albion press. She uses the reduction method of lino-cutting which requires the whole edition to be completed at each stage.
Chris' work has been sold throughout East Anglia, in the London Mall Galleries and travelled to Europe, America and Canada. She has won prizes in the Eastern Open exhibition, participated in the Print Fair in Norwich and London and sold work in the great Art For Cure exhibitions in Suffolk and the biennial Norwich Castle Open exhibitions. She regularly has work in Mandells Gallery in Elm Hill Norwich.
Chris belongs to two artists' groups: Artworks, a group of thirty artists from across all of East Anglia, and Breckland Artists.
I try to produce interesting but personal interpretations using the qualities of my media.
I sometimes feel that art is thought to be easy. It is not!
I began working with silver about eight years ago and gradually developed my skills and personal style to produce a range of sterling silver jewellery. I draw on my experience in fashion design (St. Martins School of Art) and as a water-colourist (member of society of botanical artists). I don't intend my jewellery to be pretty but rather more striking and interesting. I like to combine different techniques into each item, for example, hammering, piercing and folding etc. I sometimes combine silver with semi-precious stones other metals and beads. My work can be seen at the Sainsburys Centre in Norwich and at Bond Street Studios in Hingham.