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.
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.
Since graduating from the Norwich School of Art and Design in 1997 as a freelance Illustrator, Kerry has worked for a wide range of different clients including Hodder and Stoughton Childrens' Books, Norwich Union and The Museums' Association, currently she is working on her own series of children's books. Kerry has also cultivated her personal work as a painter and printmaker. She is a committee member of The Norwich Print Fair. Her paintings and prints are in private collections around the world.
Helen studied at Manchester University and Croydon College of Art. She has worked in theatre, television and films as a propmaker specialising in headdresses, masks and jewellery. During this time she also exhibited paper mache sculpture.
More recently Helen has turned towards painting, showing with the North Norfolk Artspace, Sheringham Little Theatre, Alby Crafts Centre, The Upstairs Gallery, The Royal Norfolk Show St Nicholas Chapel - Kings Lynn, Shakespeare Barn - Kings Lynn, The Apex Gallery - Bury St Edmunds and The Forum. Helen is also a regular participant of Norfolk Open Studios and is a member of Artworks exhibiting at Blackthorpe Barn - Bury St Edmunds.
As an artist- printmaker I use a variety of approaches depending on the kind of image I wish to produce. I use a combination of Bauhaus methods and spontaneous mark making to create my paintings and prints.
I am particularly interested in using found natural objects and experimenting at the boundary between representation and abstraction. I enjoy the transformative capacity of printmaking in which every day materials such as string, fruit net bags and discarded packaging can be used to make interesting works of art.
My training at the Curwen Print Study Centre, Cambridge has enabled me to use a variety of printmaking techniques, often pushing techniques beyond the conventional to make unique pieces rather than producing editions.
Screen-printing acts as a bridge between my practice as a painter and my experimental approach to printmaking. I over print monotypes with images based on photographs I have taken. This gives me the opportunity to mix painterly mark making with the fixed image and produce a series of unique prints based on the same subject.
The themes that I am interested in include maternity and capturing the ephemeral in Nature. Recently I have become preoccupied with musicians using abstraction to create works which through form and colour can potentially to create synesthesic effects on the viewer. I participate in Norfolk Open Studios regularly. I have exhibited in a variety of venues in East Anglia including Welborne Arts Festival, the Cambridge Art Fair and Wymondham Arts Centre and in the Menier Gallery, London. I am a member of the Espacio artists project whose gallery opens in London this May. In addition to making art, I am a part time tutor at Curwen Print Study Centre.
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!
After completing an M.A. in Textile Culture at NUCA a year ago, Jane went on to Exhibit earlier this year in Jersey, and currently has work in an International Textile Exhibition in Lithuania. Whilst continuing to develop her conceptual practice, Jane has recently returned to work in the vigorous style and genre she is well known for, and relishes the prospect of developing her painting with renewed vision and vitality, whilst still working along side her more conceptual practice; the one stream feeding the other. Tranquil still- lives and the completive aspect of water, rivers and the nature of exchange of elements at the coast are a recurrent theme.
Living in rural Norfolk has inspired Dina Leigh to explore the way we perceive our landscape and to communicate a new consciousness of how we experience our surroundings. Her work is inspired by the rhythms and change in a landscape such as growth, death and metamorphosis, which are key to life itself. The aim is to transform elemental energies and forms into a new visionary entity. At the core of her work is a practice of observations as in the practice of Goethean phenomenology. The method is to distill the visual experience from its context in search of the essence. Through a practice of exploration and transformation and a process of intuition, inspiration and imagination the effect of the visual outer experience and the qualitative inner experience is revealed. Exploring the utterance of beauty in nature, life and humanity her work intends to radiate the quiet, simple but powerful experience of our surroundings. Dina Leigh is currently undertaking a postgraduate MA Fine Art course at the Norwich University College of the Arts. She has been a practicing artist for many years, exhibiting in The Netherlands, Scotland, in some shows in Norfolk and participating in Norfolk Open Studios and Breckland Art Trail. Dina Leigh lives and works in Rayners Falgate, Norfolk.
Originally from Rochester in Kent, where she still exhibits at the Francis Iles gallery, Liz now lives and works near Shipdham in Norfolk. Village and county shows, fairs and similar gatherings of enthusiastic people hold a special fascination for Liz. Her pastel paintings are inspired by the colour, light and atmosphere, by the general bustle, the smell of oil, coal and steam. Traditional Horse Fairs represent another favourite source of subject material. In complete contrast, she seeks out the wild lonely place of Norfolk, the Scottish mountain, and Kent marshes and coast as subject matter for her watercolours and pastels.
Born in Norfolk in 1971 and raised in a creative environment, I have been interested in visual art & design for a number of years, with stints as cad operator, motorsport livery designer, freelance website designer and technical illustrator on my CV. In July 2004 whilst looking for a new outlet to express myself, I spent my work bonus on my first 'proper' cameras, an Olympus om40 and a Mamiya C330. Enrolling on a level 2 City & Guilds evening course and passing each module with distinctions, my work evolved from shop processed colour 'snaps' to hand-printed black & white images.
Bowing to the inevitable, I now shoot digital with an Olympus DSLR. Still working exclusively in monochrome, the new technology is allowing my photography to flourish. Combining a traditional approach, such as on-camera filters and a film inspired shooting discipline with the latest post-processing techniques including HDR, I present a darker outlook not normally seen in landscape photography. Long exposures also bring added tension and drama, with time captured and presented to the viewer in a way not possible to perceive with the naked eye. My subject of choice is the landscape of my native Norfolk and I strive to introduce an original view of a much-photographed and beautiful county. This approach is being realised in two major projects; 'arboria', a study on trees and 'relictus', the exploration of Norfolk's ruined and ancient churches.
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 Grapevine Gallery 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."
Throughout my live I have used my hands in very specific ways to create and describe: -through Montessori teaching, needle point and shiatsu. All these disciplines eventually led to sculpting in stone which I discovered while studying visual arts at Nottingham University and I have never looked back. I trained under Robert Fogell, resident sculptor at Burghley House, Lincolnshire. I now live in Norfolk where the sea, landscape and wild life are my inspirations.
I take my inspiration from the Norfolk coastline and the works of early nineteenth century artists, such as Hepworth, Gill and Epstein. Recently I have been inspired by the British Museum's latest show Ice Age - arrival of the modern mind, which looks at the quite exquisite art work created between 40 and 20,000 years ago.