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Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime / Saturday 16th May 2015 - Saturday 4th July 2015

This exhibition features a selection of designer makers whose works explore a maritime theme through a range of different media including metal, paper, rope, print, glass and ceramic.

We have curated this exhibition in celebration of Cunard’s three Ocean Queens, The Elizabeth, Mary and Victoria, sailing into the River Mersey to celebrate the company’s 175th anniversary. All three of Cunard’s Queen liners will meet in the Mersey for the first time on May 25th. 2015. One Magnificent City is a seven week programme of events in Liverpool which launches with Light Night on Friday 15 May.

Artists include Eleanor Bolton, Claire Brewster, Rebecca Gouldson, Tracy Hill, James Maskrey & Edward Teasdale.

For more information, call Bluecoat Display Centre on 0151 709 4014 or email crafts@bluecoatdisplaycentre.com.

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I use old and out-of-date maps and atlases as my fabric to create intricate, delicate and detailed sculptures and collages that have been described as ‘exquisitely ethereal’ by the Financial Times..

Nature is ever present, even in the most urban environments, taking over wherever we neglect, living in a separate yet parallel universe. I take my inspiration from the natural environment, creating entomological installations of flora and fauna from imagined locations. My birds, insects and flowers transcend borders and pass freely between countries with scant regard for rules of immigration or the effects of biodiversity.

The sculptures are either pinned directly onto the wall as a large scale installation or captured in box frames. The shadows created when light is shined on them creates a dynamic three-dimensional quality and creates a feeling of movement.

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Rebecca creates elegant metal wall pieces for domestic, corporate and public spaces.

Techniques traditionally used by printmakers are used to create rich, beautifully etched surfaces. These expressive, reflective surfaces engage the viewer as they transform throughout the day with the changing light.

Rebecca’s inspiration stems from both the built environment and the natural landscape. Drawing, making prints and taking photographs are the starting point to developing the diverse imagery used on the pieces.

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James Maskrey has a career in hot glass spanning over 20 years. He has a BA(hons) in 3D Design from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and an MA with distinction from the University of Sunderland. As well as being a recognised for his own work, he has also facilitated glass projects for many other artists who have included Richard Slee, Bruce McLean, Magdalene Odundo and William Tillyer.

In his own work, James Maskrey predominantly uses hot glass to create factual and imagined objects that often take the form of individual pieces or collections of curiosities. Inspiration comes from many sources; personal experiences, peculiar facts, elaborate hoaxes and more recently, voyages of discovery, endeavour and exploration all help to inform whilst a passion for both traditional craft skills and innovative new technologies play an important part in the execution of the work.

His work is held in many public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Crafts Council, Northlands Creative Glass, Dan Klein and Alan J.Poole (National Museum of Scotland), Perth Museum and Art Gallery, The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, The Crystallex Collection (Czech Republic) and the Ernsting Stiftung Glass museum (Germany).

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Ed Teasdale appeared on the UK Crafts scene in the 1980’s at a time when creative salvage, recycling, and wider environmental issues were having a strong influence on design theory and practice. Using found wood and sticking essentially to the box form he initially made small consciously modest crafted objects comprising a basic utility and somewhat rough hewn appearance. His move to making larger work evolved through his own and others interests in furniture scale objects. The approach remains modest and restrained, to produce something truly practical but basic and discreet both in purpose and appearance.

‘Teasdale’s boxes seek reconciliation of opposites; of hard with soft, geometric with organic and familiar with enigmatic. He references past and current values creating something both traditional and unconventional. Each piece is purposeful in a fundamental way yet redolent of much more.’

‘My work does not concern itself with style, fashion or decoration, it eschews them as much as possible. I am inspired by nature and the material world and guided by attitudes towards simple and ethical production, practical needs and aesthetic value.’

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Eleanor Bolton is a British jewellery and accessories designer based in London UK. During her MA at the Royal College of Art Eleanor developed a unique craft technique, coiling and hand stitching cotton rope to create lightweight tactile jewellery. This technique now forms the basis for Eleanor’s collections. Sculptural in quality, Eleanor’s jewellery comes from her focus on an intuitive and sensitive approach to the micro details of making processes, as well as to the precise scale of the pieces. This attention to detail, combined with the innovative use of the materials define Eleanor’s approach and strong aesthetic appeal, forming an alternative point of view on the boundaries between art and design.

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010, Eleanor’s designs have received high profile press attention including having her MA graduate collection featured in Vogue Paris. Eleanor’s designs have been showcased in exhibitions at major galleries including the Saatchi Gallery and the V&A in London, the Museum of Arts & Design in New York and Galerie Marzee in the Netherlands. In 2011 Eleanor’s jewellery designs were selected for ‘Talente’, the annual review of the best new designs in Europe

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Tracy Hill is an artist and Senior Printmaking Technician at UCLan. Her research examines how the conventional processes of printmaking and new developing technologies can be combined to produce innovative ways to challenge the definitions of print.

New mapping capabilities change our perceptions and understanding of the land around us, encouraging a reconsideration of how we access our rural spaces and the many narratives that are held within. Hill seeks to explore the complexity of peripheral spaces, the resonating presence of landscape within the constantly evolving geography of the North West.
Working with a mulit-disciplinary approach Hill explores responses to the sense of place experienced during extended walking journeys.

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  1. J.C / Liverpool

    This exhibition is superb! Salt soaked, wind-blown, seascapes exhibition and display!

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