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Festival of Colour

Festival of Colour / Friday 29th May 2020 - Saturday 29th August 2020

This display celebrates colour in various forms. Colour brings warmth and energy to our lives and interior spaces, allowing us to represent our individuality. This show includes affordable gifts, useful homewares to enhance decor and wearable pieces which make a statement. The range of media will include ceramics, glass, jewellery, leather, textiles and more. All are beautifully handmade and high in quality.

The display will include some of our favourite makers from over the years. It will also introduce some new makers who will display will us for the first time. Exhibitors are Kat Christou, Nawal Gebreel, Silvia K Ceramics, Sarah Packington, Janine Partington, Iain Perry, Shakspeare Glass and more to be confirmed shortly.

There will be also be a special preview event on Saturday 30th May from 2-4pm, an ideal opportunity to browse the displays.

 

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Kat founded her studio in Loughborough after completing a decorative arts degree at Nottingham Trent University. She creates decorative yet functional pieces in jewel like colours to adorn the living space working with both fused and blown glass.

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Nawal is a Liverpool-based textile designer.

One of the main influences on her work are the shapes, textures and the rhythms of nature. Other influences include Japanese paper-folding and shibori techniques. She has travelled widely in Europe, America, Russia, Pakistan, China and Japan.

Nawal uses innovative 3-dimensional fabric manipulation techniques to produce luxurious scarves and wraps. She uses a wide range of sumptuous fabrics and colours to give her pieces individuality.

Recent commissions have included the Royal Academy shop in London, The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, The Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Art & Design in New York and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Her work is sold at a select range of boutiques, galleries and museum shops in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan.

 

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I create contemporary acrylic jewellery at my workshop in Brighton. While studying Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics BA (hons) at Brighton Polytechnic from 1988-1991 I discovered the endless possibilities of cutting, texturing and dying plastics. It is a perfect material for jewellery as it is light and comfortable to wear.
Using laser cutting, scoring, dying and polishing in bold designs with simple dynamic shapes, my jewellery has a retro yet contemporary aesthetic. All designs are highly finished to give a precious feel.

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In June 2018 Janine completed a part-time MA in Design with distinction at the University of the West of England. During this course she made the creative leap into working with a very traditional material, leather, in a fresh, contemporary and unique way.
Drawing on past experiences with printmaking, bookbinding and embroidery Janine has explored mark making through the carving and painting of leathers to create distinctive and appealing surfaces.
The simplicity of the process is important to Janine and she is working in as handmade a way as possible.

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Iain Perry is an artist and screenprinter who runs Print Garage, creating deeply layered, colour saturated, slow motion screen prints. Iain is also co-director of Unit Twelve Gallery, a contemporary craft gallery based in Stafford in the West Midlands.

He describes own working practice thus: “The image generation is a slow process of experimentation, of trial and error; collecting imagery, developing patterns and overlaying all the different elements until new and intriguing relationships emerge. The results are brightly lit beacons of balearic zen shining out amidst a visual, digital landscape that is in constant upheaval, upgraded and updated daily.”

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This range has a lovely satin feel to it. A sandblasted finish with a thin trail of orange and yellow shooting around the pieces. Originally based on a group of rocks in Wales, like many of my ideas they have evolved and changed over the years.

I set up Shakspeare Glass in 1988 and have my own glass studio and gallery in Taunton, Somerset which is where I blow glass. I make what I hope is a distinctive and original range of studio or art glass, whichever you prefer. As well as having my own workshop in Taunton, Shakspeare Glass also supplies our ranges of glass bowls, vases, baubles, paperweights etc to a number of other galleries around the UK.

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