I have acquired a rich cultural experience through my training as a museum curator and subsequent time spent at the London College of Fashion and studying for my MA in Textile Culture.
My interest are broad, ranging from Medieval and Native American inspiration to the relationship between women and textiles.
Recently I have been exploring landscape - a theme to which I periodically return - ranging in dimension from miniature to wall hanging.
The small hanging shown here depicting a jay is the first in what I hope will be a series of birds.
I use my own hand dyed as well as commercial fabrics and stitch mainly by machine (including free machine embroidery) although I sometimes embellish by hand. My preferred fabrics are cotton, but I sometimes add silk and linen to these.
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.
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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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’s 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 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.
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I have worked with textiles all my life. I love their huge variety of textures and patterns and the infinite possibilities of constructing with them. For many years I worked as a dressmaker and gradually developed an interest in patchwork and quilting. This has become refined into my work in stitched textile wall hangings.
My work is informed by the world around me and aspects of the sea and landscape are an abiding source of inspiration. I am interested in exploring the tensions and conflicts that occur in many situations and finding my own way to respond to them. I enjoy developing a variety of surface treatments to interpret my ideas and use thread as line to accent and augment surfaces. I love working with colour and am influenced by the work of Henri Matisse and David Hockney and the diversity of Gerhard Richter. The textile work of Pauline Burbage and Jo Budd are also influences.
I use both hand and machine techniques both to piece work and to work into the surface. Working mostly in silks and sometimes in cotton I often dye and paint my own fabrics to create the exact colours and effects that I require.
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.”
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.
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.