cambridge contemporary crafts

Sarah Myatt Glass Exhibition 8th July - 9th August 2017

Exhibition, GlassCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

As the (hopefully) sizzling summer sun beams down on us, our gallery window will be filled with a stunning display of vibrant glass work handmade by Sarah Myatt. Sarah will be the featured artist from 8th July until 9th August.

 
 

If you have visited our craft gallery before, you will certainly have come across some of Sarah’s nature-themed hanging decorations. Her colourful birds, bees, ladybirds and sunshines are firm regulars in our window displays and our customers love them as gifts for friends and relatives or as a treat for themselves! Alongside these long-time favourites, Sarah is producing a range of larger work for our summer window. Still running with the natural theme, she is making larger panels that will catch the light on a window sill or look fabulous with candles behind them. This range will consist of various sizes of bowls and trinket dishes, free standing curves and hangings. Sarah has very much enjoyed the process of creating something new and designing larger pieces. Have a look at some of her work in progress below:

 
 

Sarah completed a degree in 3D Glass Design at Wolverhampton University, graduating with honours in 2000. She has continued to work with glass in her studio in Staffordshire ever since, creating a range of suncatchers, birds, bees, bunnies and much more. Each piece is cut, decorated and finished by hand. Sarah loves the endless possibilities of glass: the colour combinations and patterns, the flexibility, the way light can completely change a piece. Glass can be quite an unpredictable material, so there is always an element of surprise when opening the kiln door. Sometimes the pieces that don’t turn out exactly as planned can spark an idea for a new design. Sarah loves making unique pieces that you can treasure in your home and garden for many years to come.

 
 

This free exhibition runs from 8th July – 9th August 2017. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Father's Day - Sunday 18th June 2017

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Father's Day is just around the corner, and there are so many great gifts in the gallery. Whether your Dad prefers something to look at or something to look good in, we've got you covered. Pop into the gallery to see our full range of gifts and cards, or have a look at our suggestions from our online shop below. 

Cufflinks
46.00
Foxy ed13
90.00

Kaper Exhibition - 13th May-7th June 2017

Exhibition, PaperCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

 

This May, we are looking forward to having some very special creatures inhabiting our window space. Toucans, cockatoos, macaws and all kinds of tropical species will be migrating down from Manchester to make cambridge contemporary crafts their new habitat. They are beautiful unique paper sculptures handmade from start to finish by Kate Kelly (Kaper). Taking inspiration from nature and building on her fascination with geometry, Kate has been making her one of a kind paper sculptures since she graduated from her Design Crafts degree in 2006. Make sure to come by in May and admire the gorgeous summery window display she has created for us!

Kate’s sculptures are designed, hand printed and hand built in her studio in Manchester. They start off as doodles in her sketchbook, inspired by the great British countryside and rainforest wildlife. She is particularly fond of birds because they are so characterful.

Based on her drawings, Kate designs a three dimensional template with her ruler, protractor and angle measurer. She has always liked geometry, so she enjoys the technical process of working out the mathematics.

The templates are hand printed using a blank silkscreen to doodle patterns onto the surface. This ensures each has its own unique textures, patterns and colour palette. She then cuts out and glues all of the parts together to build suspended, free standing or wall mounted paper sculptures. The sculptures are varnished, which gives them a lovely satin sheen, seals their edges and protects them against harsh sunlight so the colours do not fade.

Kate’s sculptures are embellished in different ways, sometimes adorned with floral decorations, twigs, acorns, spectacles or bow ties, so no two pieces are ever the same. She groups them together in various compositions and combinations. Every design has a unique name, which she picks out from beloved books, bands, films or heroes.

As a nature lover, Kate is dedicated to making her business as environmentally friendly as possible. She uses recycled paper and animal friendly products and materials. All paper off cuts are used in embellishments, collaged cards or one-off prints, so very little is left to the recycling bin.

This free exhibition runs from 13th May – 7th June 2017. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

 

Spring Exhibition 15th April-10th May 2017

Exhibition, Ceramics, Prints, Textile, PapercutsCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

Spring is in full swing and as the seasons change, so do our window displays! Leaving the winter months behind and anticipating summer, we're celebrating the new season by giving the gallery a springtime look with lots of plants, flowers and bright colours.

We start off our spring exhibition by nodding goodbye to winter. Tone Von Krogh’s collection of contemporary tableware is strongly influenced by her impressions of the wintery landscapes during her time spent in Norway. Covered by snow, sharp edges become soft and everyday shapes become unrecognizable. The colours range between different shades of blue, white and turquoise, reflecting the many tones of snow and ice and winter skies.

 

If Tone von Krogh’s work makes us look back to winter, Brittany Delany’s Seasalt ceramics make us look forward to the summer months, conjuring up thoughts of summertime beaches and the crispy feeling of salt on your skin. Brittany’s collection consists of minimal shapes, frosted with tactile glazes in shades of teal, mint and aqua. The smooth outer surfaces of the vessels, reflective of soft skin, contrast with the tactile sea salt colours inside.

 

Ceri White specialises in one-off plant pots hand-thrown from high quality white earthenware and decorated with black and white slips and striking glazes. The playful designs and the fresh turquoise and warm yellow colours instantly brighten up the space. Ceri is inspired by a wide range of influences, from urban architecture to nature, from the aesthetics of her 1970’s suburban upbringing to her current countryside existence. Ceri’s adorable pots are perfect for cacti and succulents and we have taken the liberty of filling them with some of our own plants.

 

Helen Musselwhite’s skill at the laborious art of paper engineering is second to none. With painstaking integrity and a great eye for colour and design, Helen’s intricate, layered creations are as mind boggling as they are aesthetically pleasing. Her work truly shines when she works with natural, flora and fauna-based projects. For our spring exhibition, we’ve selected pieces with lots of exotic plants and bright pops of colour.

 

We also have a lovely range of limited edition drypoints by local print artist Alison Hullyer on display, featuring seed heads, flowers, twigs and trees. Walking her dog every day, Alison enjoys being outside in all weathers, observing the changing seasons. She loves the patterns and textures in nature, from seed heads and brambles to silver birch trunks and skeletal winter trees and these often form the starting point for a new print design.

 

Janine Partington’s work combines the traditional craft of enamelling with fresh, clean, contemporary design to create framed panels and jewellery. She makes intricate hand-cut stencils which are inspired by trees, flowers, seed heads, birds and the natural landscape. A perfect match for our spring exhibition!

 

We are happy to announce a new addition to the gallery: Alex Bagenal. Alex makes beautiful hand turned wooden bowls. His style is contemporary and modern, utilising old and new methods. His work incorporates different materials such as Ash and copper leaf or Douglas Fir and metal.

 

 

To finish things off, we’ve draped some gorgeous silk scarves by Ima Pico and Helen Chatterton around the gallery. They add a pop of colour and their luxurious fabrics feel light and airy like a soft spring breeze!

E-Luminate Festival

Papercuts, ExhibitionCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

Last night saw the start of the E-Luminate Festival bringing projections, music, lights and art installations to the city of Cambridge.  Some of the most historic buildings in the city have been given a completely different look at night -  based on this year's theme of Play!  Not wanting to miss out, we have been lighting up our window display with some new lamps and lanterns made by Jo Green of Seren Papercuts. Jo is a  papercut artist and designer-maker based in rural Norfolk, designing and making her pieces from her shepherds hut studio there.  Much of her work takes inspiration from the surrounding countryside. More details about the festival can be found here.  And to see more of Jo's work, see her page on here!

Jo Green's Blackbird and Berries 10'' Drum Lamp £95

Jo Green's Heart Twigs Papercut lamp £75

Buttercups Papercut lamp £95

Lighting up our window!

The changing face of the Senate House during E-Luminate

The changing face of the Senate House during E-Luminate

Winter Warmers

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Although the days may be getting longer, it has been very chilly here in Cambridge lately. Luckily we have a wonderful selection of warm and stylish knitwear in the gallery keeping us cosy. Here is a selection of the artists who make beautiful textiles for us:

Annie Neill

Annie's knitted angora and lambs wool scarves, hats and gloves come in a range of lovely colours, and are just the thing for keeping warm. Annie is committed to the skill, creativity and tradition of British manufacturing, small businesses and hand knitting. Annie works from her studio in south west London. 

 

Tangent Accessories

Tangent Accessories' scarves are designed and made by textile designer Zoe Miller. They are made from 100% Lambswool and are as stylish as they are soft. Whatever your tastes, there is a colour-way and stripe for you! 

Rose B Brown

Marrying geometric patterns with soft neutral colours, Rose B Brown's scarves, gloves and hats are made using entirely British materials, with lambswool dyed and spun in Scotland, and gloves produced in the North of England. The twist headbands and fingerless mittens are gallery favourites.

 

 

Sarah Dowsett

Sarah uses the Double Jacquard machine knitting technique to create the wonderful patterns in her scarves. Simple yet sophisticated, the Ice Fir Sparkle scarf is especially fitting for this time of year.

Hattie Kerrs

Pattern is key to Hattie Kerrs' designs, which include cosy bobble hats and hot water bottle covers. Each item is made in Hattie's home studio, using merino wool, and she focuses on small scale production to retain the originality and integrity of her designs.

 

Helen Chatterton

Helen's scarves feature a variety of textures, materials and patterns, as Helen likes to juxtapose elements that might not usually be put together. Her tweed scarves (featuring either Harris or Shetland tweeds) lined with either Liberty fabric, Silk Dupion or Silk Velvet are especially warming and elegant. 

 

We have a wide range of all of these lovely accessories in the gallery, so feel free to pop in and browse our collection.

We won the Christmas Window competition!

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We are really thrilled to have won the best Christmas window competition, especially as we thought that all the other nominees - lovely, independent shops and cafes; Podarok, Bread and Meat, Ark, Jacks on Trinity, millers Music, The Flower House and Tailor's Cat had beautiful windows too. Thank you to everybody who voted for us. We will be donating the money to Cambridge Street Aid, a charity set up to help people on the street to turn a corner. www.cambscf.org.uk

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New Collection of Butterflies by Vikki Lafford

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Vikki creating some of her lovely Red Admiral butterflies

Vikki Lafford is a textile artist based in Oxfordshire. Drawing inspiration from nature, she creates colourful and meticulously detailed butterflies and dragonflies that have been brightening up our gallery for several years. The butterflies are made from layers of fabric including cotton, faux suede and polyester organza. They are all embroidered and hand painted.

 

Vikki has always had a love of butterflies and an appreciation of the natural world. For the last few years she has been making a collection of embroidered British butterflies. After a customer from the USA commissioned her to make some Monarch butterflies, Vikki was surprised to learn how the once common and abundant Monarch butterfly is in severe decline in the USA due to various factors such as climate change and the loss of habitat. The facts and figures were quite startling and Vikki realised there must be many more different butterflies around the world that are fighting for survival. Her collection of endangered and threatened butterflies is an attempt to represent the beauty and fragility of vulnerable butterfly species from around the world.

 

 

Vikki's work on display in the gallery

 

Below we are zooming in on some of the endangered butterflies from Vikki's new collection. Come to the gallery soon to see them!

The Wallace’s Golden Birdwing is a beautiful butterfly with a large wingspan reaching up to 19cm wide. It is native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, where extensive commercial deforestation has caused the butterfly to become endangered.

The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing is the world’s largest butterfly. With beautiful iridescent wings spanning up to 28cm, the butterfly is highly prized by collectors. Trade in the endangered Queen Alexandra’s birdwing is now illegal but its future in Papua New Guinea continues to be threatened by the devastating loss of habitat following a volcanic eruption of Mount Lamington in 1951 and through deforestation for oil palm plantations.

The Ceylon Rose is a very rare butterfly from the swallowtail family, found mainly in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka. It is classified as critically endangered and the main threats facing the future of this exotic butterfly are thought to be deforestation due to timber extraction and agriculture.

Wallace's Golden Birdwing

Queen Alexandra's Birdwing

Ceylon Rose

The Morpho Helena is one of many different Blue Morphos native to the rainforests of Latin America. Blue Morphos are known for their stunning iridescent blue wings and so highly sought after by collectors. There is concern for the future of all Blue Morphos in the region due to the gradual destruction of their habitats to clear land for crop plantations and livestock pastures.

The Kaiser-i-Hind is often known as the Emperor of India. It is native to the high altitude forests of the Eastern Himalayas and as a rare butterfly, is protected by Indian and Nepalese law. However, it is still illegally hunted for supply to butterfly collectors and is also threatened by loss of habitat through the slash-and-burn techniques used in agriculture.

The Monarch butterfly is a native to North America. The Monarch is well known for its incredible annual mass migration to central Mexico, covering a distance up to 3,000 miles.

Blue Morpho

Kaiser-i-Hind

Monarch

Caroline Parrott Exhibition 27th August – 21st September

Exhibition, WorkshopsCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

cambridge contemporary crafts’s featured artists during September is Caroline Parrott. Caroline is an established artist in the gallery, who has created a lovely new range of colourful jewellery especially for the exhibition.

 
 

Caroline Parrott is a Dorset-based artist who works in anodised aluminium. Caroline hand prints the aluminium with her own unique designs. She then dyes it using industrial dyes and powder paints to vibrant effect to create a range of jewellery, home and garden accents and sculpture. She is the featured artist for our next exhibition, which runs from 27th August until 21st September.

         

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday 8th and Saturday 10th September Caroline will be coming to our gallery for a jewellery making workshops using colourful aluminium. She will demonstrate the process of printing and dyeing aluminium, as well as how to cut shapes, file and finish the metal and form it in to shapes. Participants will be given a choice to create a small range of jewellery, including pendants, earrings and bangles. The workshop will be suitable for both beginners and those with some knowledge of jewellery making and everyone will have completed 3 to 4 pieces by the end of the evening.

Click here for more details and to book a place.

This free exhibition runs from 27th August – 21st September 2016. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. 

 

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