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The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party / Friday 31st January 2014 - Saturday 15th March 2014

The Wedding Party exhibition will feature everything the discerning, contemporary couple requires for the perfect day including shawls, bags, scarves and ties, millinery, table decorations, precious jewellery and clothing. All pieces in the show will be available to buy or order.

This is an alternative wedding show, everything is designed and made by artists working in studios in the UK – perfectly on-trend with the modern couple’s ethical considerations as well as being uber stylish and completely unique. Prices range from £20 – £600.

Artists include Bailey Tomlin couture millineryAnthony Blakeney jewelleryNeil Bottle silk tiesSarah Cant couture millineryTammy Child textile accessoriesAlayna Ellis ceramic decorationsNawal Gebreel wrapsSarah Hutchison jewelleryJeanne-Marie Kenny boxes, Rebecca Molloy bespoke millineryMargo Selby clothing & Anthony Wong jewellery.

Bridget Bailey of Bailey Tomlin has featured in The Independents Ten Best Women’s Hats and worked with designers including Caroline Charles and the great Jean Muir.

Sarah Hutchison was one of the silversmiths’ to be chosen for the ‘Silver for the Stars’ exhibition where she was commissioned to make a diamond studded teapot for Texas singer, Sharleen Spitteri.

Margo Selby has rapidly become recognized as a pioneer within contemporary textiles winning numerous crafts & design awards. Collaborations include bespoke products for Habitat and Tate Britain.

The Wedding Party will feature everything the stylish couple requires for the perfect day including textile accessories, millinery, table decorations, ring boxes and jewellery.


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Each wedding and engagement ring should resonate deeply with and be as unique as the wearer. My collection draws on the scope and depth of my practice as a commissioning jeweller.  I view commissions as collaborations where the wearer’s input is integral to the success of the end piece and being so closely involved in the of design of their piece, the process becomes part of the wedding journey.

Natural crystal diamonds celebrate individuality and uniqueness and I’ve used them here for the first time in any exhibition. They carry all the symbolism of ‘indestructible love’ which has traditionally been associated with conventionally cut diamonds.   All the rings are based on organic forms with an alternative take on the combination of precious metals, rose gold, yellow and white gold and Palladium.

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Bridget Bailey has been making her colourful, dramatic millinery for the last 30 years. Many are inspired by nature – from feathers to pea pods and flowers – and all combine her love of colour and texture with an interest in elaborate, sculptural forms. She says, ‘The big hats have been left behind and replaced with delicate, quirky headpieces which are a bit cheeky and a bit frivolous’.

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The inspiration for this latest range comes from the careful study of the rose root. The power and strength of root through soil is captured in the textures and forms of these organic and original pieces.

Anthony doesn’t design in a conventional manner but forms, sculpts and moulds precious metal in response to the natural resource. He shies away from modern techniques and computer aided technology to favour traditional skills and methods. All his textured pieces are finished with individual attention to detail and his work is constantly evolving.

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Sarah Cant is a couture milliner devoted to making hats and headpieces from the finest materials, with an immaculate finish.
Her fluid, organic shapes are the result of combining tradition with innovation. The bespoke hats and headpieces are sculptural, designed to be as striking off the head as on. The style is both quirky and feminine, with an emphasis on strong, elegant shapes which flatter the face. All of the pieces are entirely handmade by the designer.
Sarah trained at Kensington and Chelsea College and worked for Stephen Jones before establishing her own label. Her work is regularly featured in leading International fashion press.

In 2010, Sarah published Hats! Making Classic Hats and Headpieces in Fabric, Felt and Straw. The book has been published in the UK, USA, France and Spain, and is widely used as a teaching tool for millinery courses.

Sarah is Course Director for the highly-regarded HNC in Millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College and teaches regular short courses at West Dean College. She is a member of the innovative Studio Seven textile artists, as well as the Gloucestershire and Devon Guilds of Craftsmen.

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Tammy Child studied Fashion / Textiles at the University of Central England, Birmingham, specialising in embroidery. Following her graduation in 1999, Tammy was awarded a setting up grant from The Princes Youth Business Trust and this enabled her to launch her accessory business.

By taking inspiration from sea life and tropical forms, and with a love of three dimensional textiles, Tammy has created a captivating range of exciting and distinctive textile accessories. Using sumptuous fabrics of organza and satin, in an array of rich and sensual colours, she has created a stunning collection which emphasises her unique talent and pure wanton desire to generate beauty and elegance.

Tammy’s insistence on high quality and individuality, together with determination, has enabled her to win prizes such as Gift of The Year, awarded at the Savoy Hotel, London and to supply clients and exclusive outlets in Europe, the USA and across the world.

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Alayna Ellis is a Liverpool based ceramic artist who makes beautiful hanging decorations and tea lights. These individually handmade ceramic keepsakes are perfect gifts that are precious and lasting. Alayna also has a designed a unique wedding range that includes those extra little touches: Hanging hearts, place name settings, gift tags, bunting, invitations and table confetti.

Please ask gallery staff about commissioning bespoke favours for your wedding

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Neil produces hand-printed, painted and stenciled one-off and limited edition textiles including fashion accessories and interior items. His range includes scarves, long stoles, satin wraps backed with velvet, velvet scarves, ties and bow ties, cushions and wall-hangings. All his work consists of hand-painted and printed one-off and limited edition designs on silk or velvet. The range is produced on various weights of silk and velvet.

I aim to create the illusion of depth and richness both in terms of the decorative use of pattern, texture and colour. The work has developed from botanical and architectural influences to the totally abstract useing a mixture of abstract marks to create decorative images.I aim to convey a three dimensional quality with juxtaposition of shapes, textures and colour”.

– Neil Bottle

NeiI graduated from Middlesex University in 1989.


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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.

Nawal’s studio is based at Liverpool’s Bluecoat Arts Centre, the oldest surviving building in the city centre (dating from 1717).  The Bluecoat recently underwent a refurbishment and re-opened for Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture Year 2008.

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Sarah Hutchison graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2004. After graduating Sarah picked up two major awards, The Retail Jeweller Student Designer of the Year and the New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Award for Silversmithing. Winning a prestigious Dewar Arts Award in 2006 enabled her to travel to places such as Mexico and Munich and to progress her work to pieces such as water jugs and candelabra.

Sarah’s work encompasses both Silversmithing and Jewellery. She is passionate about saw – piercing: her work derives from this passion. Her designs come from working directly with the metal, exploring and experimenting with it to see what develops. Sarah loves large areas of silver with details of gold, she also likes to incorporate semi precious stones and pearls within her pieces in innovative ways too. The final pieces are floral, delicate and feminine in appearance, with a real feeling of spontaneity.

Sarah was one of the silversmiths’ to be chosen for the ‘Silver for the Stars’ exhibition where she was commissioned to make a diamond studded teapot for Texas singer, Sharleen Spitteri. This piece has been shown in New York, London, St Petersburg and Kyoto to name a few. Sarah has exhibited her work internationally with exhibition’s such as ’100% Proof’, curetted by Dorothy Hogg which travelled to Massachusetts, San Francisco, London and Edinburgh, celebrating the work of Scottish Silversmiths’ and Jewellers.

Sarah has taught at Dundee University within the Silversmithing and Jewellery Department and set up her own studio in the Edinburgh City Centre in 2007. In 2008 Sarah exhibited at Inhorgenta – the annual Jewellery Trade Fair in Munich, British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate, Bovey Tracey in Devon and the Liverpool Design Show.

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  3. Waltraud / Liverpool

    What a wonderful exhibition. Wish I was getting married again!

  4. DD / Liverpool

    Wonderful, desperately tempting, truly innovative

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