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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.

Layla Amber Exhibition 2nd – 20th September 2017

Exhibition, jewellery, WoodCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment
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This September, we are very excited to have Layla Amber as our featured artist. Layla is one of our most popular jewellers whose cute and quirky designs have become long-time favourites at cambridge contemporary crafts. Throughout the year, you can always find some of Layla’s lovely pieces on our jewellery shelves or tables. This month, for the first time ever, we will be creating a window display with her work. Layla is designing some brand new things to go in our front window, including floral wall pieces. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

Layla Amber is a designer/maker based in a beautiful seaside town in Suffolk. She was brought up in a very creative family with her mother and grandfather both being artists.  Layla studied Graphic Design at the Norwich University College of the Arts, graduating in 2010 with a BA honours. It was during her time at art school that Layla discovered her passion for illustration. When she graduated, she set out to turn some of her illustrations into jewellery. Layla started working from a corner of her bedroom and now has her own studio, supplying jewellery to galleries and boutiques all over the world. We’re very proud to be one of them!

 
 

Layla's aim is to create fun and wearable pieces of jewellery from her finely detailed illustrations. She started out working mainly in shrink plastic, a material that allowed her illustrations to retain their intricacy and vibrancy in a miniature format. Her design style evolved over the years and she now focuses on more illustrative designs intricately laser cut in sustainable birch wood and then delicately hand painted. She likes to think of them as miniature wearable pieces of art. Layla’s work is greatly inspired by wildlife and the seasonal changes of the countryside that surrounds her.

 
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This free exhibition runs from 2nd – 20th September 2017. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.