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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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.
Marie Dawe has been working with glass for over 10 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.
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.
As an artist- printmaker I use a combination of Bauhaus methods and spontaneous mark making to create my paintings and prints.
I chiefly work with linocut, combining this with other printmaking techniques to make unique pieces rather than editions.
In my painting, I work at the boundary between representation and abstraction, using form and colour to potentially create synesthetic effects for the viewer. In addition to my work on street musicians, I have extended my practice to examine the rural landscape around my Norfolk studio.
I have participated in Norfolk Open Studios for the last 8 years. I have exhibited in and around Norwich. I am also founder member of the Espacio Gallery based in London's East End and have organised the Espacio Original Print Fair for the last 4 years. In addition to making art, I am a part time tutor at the Curwen Print Study Centre.
Jacob's Island, Howes Lane, Mattishall
Trained at Lowestoft Art School, Chris took up printmaking when studying at the University of East Anglia. Her work in this field comprises linocuts and etchings. She paints predominantly in acrylics. Chris has had several one-woman shows and exhibits in a number of galleries throughout East Anglia. She has been included in the Discerning Eye Exhibition in London's Mall Galleries and the Eastern Open Exhibition in Kings Lynn. Chris is a regular exhibitor with the Norwich Print Fair and has featured in the Sainsbury Centre Picture Loan Scheme. During the annual Norfolk Open Studios Event, visitors may see her 1826 Albion relief press in action!
'I am increasingly interested in the qualities and limitations of the media in which I work, and through them, try to find original and more personal ways of communicating. Throughout my life I have loved line drawing and the pre-occupation influences all my work'
Roger Gamble Educated at the City of Norwich School and Norwich School of Art, Roger trained as a Lithographic Artist with Jarrolds. In 1996 he retired from a career in printing and publishing to painting fulltime in acrylics, a medium he has used for over 20 years. His work is shown in a number of galleries in East Anglia, has been purchased by the Sainsbury Centre picture loan scheme and appears in private collections in the UK and abroad. He has had paintings selected for the Discerning Eye Exhibition in London's Mall Galleries and for the seven-county Eastern Open exhibition, winning First Prize in 2003, and is a regular participant in Norfolk Open Studios.
'My images these days are largely but not exclusively urban. I am drawn to people and their paraphernalia in everyday contexts, and try to capture inconsequential moments, I have moved away from textured painterly styles in favour of heightened realism, in tune with a fascination with the dramatic possibilities of the graphic image'
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.
Whatever I see, from Anglo Saxon burial urns and African cooking pots to delicate Chinese porcelain, I feel a deep relationship with the people that made them. If I can actually see the marks of fingers it sends shivers down my spine!
My interest in textiles has developed from a fascination with texture and colour. Finding inspiration in a variety of sources from organic shapes to ancient patterns I work to develop designs that explore flow and movement. I regularly turn to the differing aspects of the sea and landscape to inform my work. The details of growth patterns and natural formations also provide inspiration. I work both by hand and with the sewing machine to create work that reflects my interest in texture and movement.
I completed my City & Guilds certificate in Patchwork and Quilting in 2005 at Manor Community College in Cambridge and then went on to the Access to Art and Design course at Norwich City College from 2006 to 2008. I completed my BA degree in Visual Studies at Norwich University College of the Arts in 2011.
I exhibit my work regularly with Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society, Breckland Artists, and Norfolk Quilters. I teach patchwork and quilting to small groups at my studio and also take bookings to teach larger groups in East Anglia.
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.
Jane works in oils, acrylics, charcoal and pastel. "It is shape that first draws me to a subject. I am interested in the negative spaces made by natural and man-made objects. As a result of an intense response to each subject my paintings are strong and expressive."
Born in 1989 and raised in rural Suffolk, where I currently reside, I grew up juggling two of his first loves: music and art. At 19, I moved to Leeds, West Yorkshire to complete a music degree at Leeds College of Music, specialising in singing and composition. I address both music and art with a similar ethos: charisma, drama, experimentation and, above all, enjoyment.
As a rule, I try to work quite impulsively, utilising whatever can be found in the vicinity to concoct a rich playground of materials: hoover bags, parcel tape, old (clean!) clothing, candles or bog roll - giving 'ugly' items a chance at glamour. I then let this playful texture sing through the paint, resulting in an organic and unique creation.
I am a member of East Anglia's Artworks group and I am a regular performer, musician and workshop deliverer in schools and as part of Aldeburgh Music.
I am an amateur photographer and live in Norfolk, and just love the light in this county. Although I have always loved photography it is only in the past 5 years that I have managed to concentrate on it and keep realising what a wonderful medium it is and how there is so much to learn every day. I find my preference to be Black & White, but at the same time it does not work for everything, hence the colour work. I get my inspiration from such people as Henri Cartier Bresson, Bill Brant, Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna and many more besides. My pictures consist of both landscapes and people, as well as street photography.
Please find Alan at www.alanporterphotography.co.uk
Katie fell in love with Norfolk in the 1980's after a stay in Blakeney and was captivated by the scenery.
Painting in watercolours directly on heavy paper without the use of pencil marks, Katie likes to reduce the elements to their absolute minimum, thereby capturing the mood of the far distant storm or the wind blowing sand, obscuring and revealing by turn, beautifully captured and showing nature in her vastness and mankind comparatively tiny in its wake.