Please see more information about artists and their work below along with some other works and website:
Determined to learn the intricate skills of jewellery making, I undertook a short silversmith course and haven´t stopped designing and making jewellery since! having a background in architecture my designs are simple and functional. I work the silver with different textures in order to create depth and contrast and play with the importance of scale to form a successful composition. If you would like a unique piece of jewellery contact me! all my jewellery is handmade.
I love books and have always been a ‘bookworm’ and what I now do to
books would probably make a good librarian cry – however in these days of everything being electronic and yes I have a Kindle – I wanted to re-love my books and found this imaginative way of
turning books into unusual and unique ornaments for display or to give as presents. Each book is different due to the image chosen, the age of the book and the condition of the individual pages
together with the decoupage covers I create.
My books take a great deal of time and patience to create and I hope you enjoy them.
I first decide on an image and then find just the right pre-loved hardbacked book – and so the process starts. First I cover the book with chalk paint and decoupage in a complimentary design to the chosen image. Then I start marking each page with the fold marks needed to create the design – once this is done I fold; or cut and fold each page until the image is complete. To finish off I often tie the book with a pretty ribbon and sometimes add embellishment to the ribbon.
For more examples of my work please visit my Etsy Shop: www.Etsy.com/shop/Quackers4Books
custom commissions are also welcomed – please contact me via the email link on my Etsy Shop.
For those who wish to try this absorbing hobby I have also started added patterns with a ‘how to’ tutorial in instant PDF download. I am always adding to these and if you can’t see exactly what you are looking for. Test PDF patterns are also available at half price and if you send me 3 clear pictures of your finished book – the next test pattern you choose is free!
I started my teaching career in Worcestershire, as an Art, Design & Technology specialist teacher in a lovely Middle School. I enjoyed teaching a range of subjects but I was especially passionate about inspiring young people to develop an interest to explore the creative subjects. My personal travels took me to the South of England where I decided to specialise in Special Needs Teaching, teaching children from 5–16 years of age.
From the shed in the back garden, containing a second hand pottery wheel and kiln, I have produced a series of small vessels. I am originally from Yorkshire and I have many fond memories of exploring the outdoors, spending many Sundays following my Dad on fishing trips to my favourite childhood place, Bolton Abbey. I am fascinated by the effect that the elements have on the natural surroundings. My set of three bowls and other related work have been inspired by holidays and visits to the Coast. Walking along the beach you see the forms of shells and pebbles, in different stages of weathering. The time of day determines the light and tides that can transform the appearance of these coastal objects. My three “Shore” vessels are striated pebbles washed up on the shore. The striations were created using underglaze colours applied with a hake and Chinese brushes on the wheel. A mixture of transparent and a white opaque Dolomite Glaze was applied over the bisque ware to achieve a “wet and dry” contrast.
I have been involved in the creative arts for many years, and have recently found myself on a new journey through spiritual manadalas. These are creative healing tools, based on an ancient art form used for meditation. I enjoy producing one off bespoke artwork for the individual, to provoke a sense of peace and wellbeing. Each painting is uniquely and intuitively designed, and hand drawn. I then apply specific colours relating to the needs of the individual, using a variety of strong colour combinations. I sometimes include an element of metallic paint, with complimentary small gemstones or trinkets, to enhance a focal point in the painting.
During the past thirty years I have exhibited throughout the country including the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. I have sold my own textile designs, illustrated fashion magazines, sold designs for cards and calendars and designed book covers. My inspiration comes from colour, it excites me and this combined with patterns and texture is my starting point when I begin a painting. I try to capture a mixture of a moment in time and interesting patterns and textures using restricted but exciting colour themes concentrating on tonal values and texture within those colours. I use a variety of mediums to produce my paintings including inks, acrylics, gouache, crayon, oil pastels and oil paints.
As an artist, I want to develop paintings that speak both to me and to others about the beauty that I see in the world. I love to paint landscapes and townscapes, particularly scenes in my home county of Hampshire. I am influenced greatly by artists such as Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Cezanne, and use bold colours in my paintings in the hope to capture moods, emotions and also create a sense of connection to a location. I paint for the pure enjoyment of it and desire to share this joy with others.
My paintings are made by using a variety of mediums including acrylic, gouache, oil pastel, ink, collage and pencil. I have exhibited paintings at Winchester Cathedral and also the Business Design Centre, Islington, as winner of the Abstract and Experimental category for the Society for all.
A Greek-born amatuer photographer who lives on the Dorset/Hampshire border in Christchurch.
My photos are a blend of both England and Greece with a sprinkling of travel shots I have managed to take along the way, hope you enjoy.
Lucy was born on the Isle of Wight and now lives in Hampshire. She has exhibited widely and her work is held in many private collections. Lucy's paintings have recently evolved from traditional landscapes to an abstracted style that alludes to a metaphor of scenery but that still draws on the surroundings and landscapes that she loves. Lucy’s work belies its’ simplicity, challenging the viewer to reassess ideas of form and traditional relationships. The artist is wary of deconstructing images and would like the paintings to speak for themselves, evoking 'feelings and memories' whilst reflecting on the traditions of painting and modernism. The spaces left between the paint strokes are as important as the marks themselves as they allow the viewer to engage with the work whilst always remembering that it they are merely looking at a few brush marks on a canvas but that if successful it allows the viewer an emotional engagement.
I am a self employed fine art photographer living in Lee – on – Solent. My career began as an art student in 1970 at the West Sussex College of Art & Design, where I gained a Design Diploma in Photography in 1973. In 1997, I was awarded a B.A. (Hons.) 1st class degree in Media Design Theory from the University of Portsmouth and in 1998 became a photography lecturer at Southampton City College, until 2006.
Born and bred in Hampshire, Phil has lived in Warsash for the past 24 years and it is this village at the mouth of the River Hamble that has provided the inspiration and locations for Phil's exhibits. Phil is a member of the Warsash Art Group and exhibits and sells his work through Hardings Art and Framing Gallery in Shore Road. One of Phil's exhibits is of Shore Road and its iconic Clock Tower, opposite the shop!
He also exhibits his work more widely online and across Hampshire and also works to commission on portraits, landscapes, pet studies and the odd caricature. But it is Phil's fascination with watercolour and his love of his local environment that have come together to produce three local scenes captured in his "literal loose" style. Phil doesn't control the medium-after all it's "coloured dust suspended in water", but he does exploit it to produce his signature representative yet realistic work.
The layout and design of the urban fabric was an integral part of my working life and my interest in design and the arts was furthered by a degree in the History of Art from Winchester School of Art in 2003 and a Diploma in Art and Design from the Arts Institute Bournemouth in 2005. Now retired I continue my interest in urban themes through my mixed media work as well as printmaking techniques which I explore as a member of the Omega Printmakers Portsmouth.
I am a largely self taught painter that has been influenced by a disparate range of artists from Francis Bacon to Christopher Wood. My current work is influenced by the work of Francis Bacon in particular his earlier works of the 1950’s. The two paintings I have submitted also reflect my interest and academic background in Egyptology.