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Autumn Colours Exhibition 23rd September – 11th October 2017

Exhibition, Glass, jewellery, Textile, Enamel, CeramicsCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

Our upcoming show will be focusing on Autumn Colours, with work by Caroline Parrott, Helen Chatterton, Janine Partington, Freddie Crossley, Eddy Crick and many more.

Janine Partington combines the traditional craft of enamelling with fresh, clean, contemporary design using intricate hand-cut stencils. Janine’s work is heavily inspired by the trees, flowers, seed heads and birds in the natural landscape surrounding her. Janine’s gorgeous rust-coloured pieces are perfect for this season and they shimmer beautifully in the autumn sun.

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 and paints it to create a vibrant range of jewellery, home accents and sculpture. We will have a lot of fun arranging her popular animal sculptures into a forest-themed display for our autumn exhibition.

 
 

Also on display will be a beautiful collection of silk scarves by textile designer Helen Chatterton. Helen’s silk twill scarves have a lovely fluid feel. Colour is the main inspiration for Helen’s work. Her latest London map scarf features more intense hues, combining a deep-red street pattern with parks in emerald green and a turquoise Thames.

Freddie Crossley is a ceramicist whose work seeks a deep-rooted connection to the past and future of our landscape. Working in the South Downs, his motifs speak of grassy earth and windswept sea and stone, counterbalanced by refined form and sculptural presence.  The pieces on display are individually wheel-thrown, one off pieces which are suitable for domestic use.

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Meanwhile, hanging in our window are some beautiful British birds made by stained glass artist Eddy Crick.  He learned his skills at night school after an injury left him unable to pursue his career as a classical guitarist. He finds the most rewarding subjects are inspired by nature and pushes the techniques of his art close to its limits in the endeavour for accuracy. British wild birds are his forte and are all to scale and as accurate as he can achieve.

 

 

This free exhibition runs from 23rd September – 11th October 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!

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