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Go Eco

Go Eco / Saturday 15th June 2019 - Saturday 27th July 2019

An exhibition of works by makers working in eco friendly materials or with a focus on sustainability.

Exhibiting artists are Jo Atherton, Ray Gonzalez Brown, Julie Dodd, Lorna Doyle, Caroline Gregson, Miriam Jones, Dominika Kupcova, Harriet Lawton,  Séarlait McCrea, Jane Sedgwick & Jason Taylor. Plus a complementary display of works by Mike Badger.

Private View: Friday 14th June 2019 from 5.30 – 7.30pm.

Book now for our Garden birds recycling workshop with Julie Dodd.
Saturday 6th July 2019, 11am – 4pm. Tickets £55 (£50 bdc Friends and concs) including materials and a light lunch at the Bluecoat. Click here to see more information. Go Eco exhibitor Julie Dodd is an environmental, paper installation and altered book artist.

 

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All of the materials used Jo Atherton’s work have been found on the tideline, inspired by the stories these orphaned objects have to tell. Her work highlights the diversity of plastic items washing ashore and how the ubiquity of this material characterises the geological age of human influence – the Anthropocene. The sea curates orphaned objects and presents them to the shore; a temporary narrative replenished with each changing tide. Like the pottery archaeologists use to define human cultures of the past, a layer of plastic will signify our own throwaway society. What will these discarded fragments say about us?

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Corrugated ceramic tableware, formed from single-use cardboard moulds. The moulds are filled with stoneware clay, and then burned away in the kiln – creating dense, overlapping textures on the ceramics inside. The vessels bear the crumpled gesture of the cardboard, as if they are made of petrified paper.

This is: The Lost Cardboard Process. A reaction to our wasteful culture of disposable cardboard products. Cardboard Ceramics turns these generic pieces of neglected cardboard into distinctive pieces of ceramic tableware. They are tactile, handmade, and rich with individual character – the antithesis of the mundane, expendable paper from which they are made.

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I am an installation artist and I mainly work with paper but I also recycle other discarded materials to form installations, bringing a new life and meaning to them.

I focus a lot of my attention on environmental issues and use my art practice as a platform to reflect my concerns of our consumption and environmental responsibility.

My artwork is based on repetition and is inspired by pattern and shape found in nature.

I work in multiples, which I use to mimic life, growth and regeneration. The processes involved in making my work are as important if not more important sometimes than the finished product. I work methodically and laboriously with mundane processes in order to produce a satisfying result. I present my work in a playful manner to assist in engaging the public.

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Lorna Doyle is a designer who strives to push the boundaries of experimental textiles. Her body of work features heat manipulated recycled materials combined with traditional printing techniques. Lorna has recently been recycling wetsuits and exploring different ways to experiment with material that would other wise be seen as waste. Her journey as a designer is a constant exploration recycled materials.

The Circular Economy is imperative in Lorna’s designs. It is a vision of a world where both making and the using of products wastes nothing. It offers an alternative to the traditional linear economy ( make, use, dispose ) and aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while they are still in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

Lorna has sold her designs to New York Fashion labels such as Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole and Reed Krakoff. Her work has been exhibited and published in New York, Paris, Brussels and London. Her designs are handmade and finished in her Deal studio.

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“Willow is such a fantastic material to use in sculpture. I use one year old growth (withies or rods) from coppiced willow trees, some of which I grow and harvest locally myself. It would be hard to think of a more sustainable material.”

“I have loved and been inspired by the natural world since I was a child and the ability to make willow sculptures representing the essence of animals, birds and other living forms now brings me great pleasure.”

“I love to represent movement and vitality in my work. My willow sculptures appear to have just paused in their setting before they are ready to move on. One of the nicest things anyone has said about my animal sculptures is that you can always see where they are looking!” – Caroline Gregson

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First and foremost I am a maker. I enjoy creating beautiful and decorative objects which are often inspired by my surroundings on a small farm in North Wales which is located a stone throw away from Hell’s mouth beach.

During my time in Manchester studying 3d Design and MA Design at Manchester school of art, I discovered how strongly my Welsh background inspired my work, and how woodwork forms a part of my identity. I’m the fourth generation within my family to take up wood work and the only female. Although I explored other materials and inspirations during my time at university, it was Wales and wood that the focus of my work often returned to.

Farming is also an important element which influences my work, I take inspiration from rope tying’s which are interpreted strongly within my products through binding coloured thread and inlaying them into the wood.

I create various wood turned objects on the lathe. All my work is handmade and functional ranging from wearable objects to home ware. My work is simple, colourful, tactile and decorative. I aim to celebrate the natural beauty of wood through adding a hint of colour to attract the eye to its form.

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Dominika Kupcova is a jewellery designer and maker based in Glasgow, Scotland, who aims to create complex, eye-catching structures with an element of optical illusion, carefully constructed using repeated layers of linear pattern.

Dominika’s work is created using a combination of hand and manufacturing processes – time-consuming and repetitive skills of metal work and hand cutting paper alongside quicker and innovative modern techniques such as laser cutting. The resultant body of work, titled the LINES Collection, pursues to seamlessly combine precious metals, with non-precious materials of paper and card, which are manipulated and transformed through a variety of processes into a material which is sturdy, durable and waterproof.

“I use recycled card to make all my laser cut jewellery, and I use Liquitex spray paint which is water-based, unlike most spray paints which are acrylic, meaning it is safer for the environment.”- Dominika Kupcova

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Through the exploration of craft materials, my practice highlights the beauty of objects and collections. I work with remediated patterns and motifs to create art pieces and design objects, updating collections by transforming them into installations for multiple viewers; framed works for interior settings; or wearable fabric or jewellery pieces. Each series within my work celebrates the value of a specifc collection and explores the memento function of its objects. I play with illusion and scale; crossing materials, techniques and surfaces. Ceramics are cut like a textile, textiles allude to the form of a 3D object and patterns transfer from object to 2D surface. Within my water-jet cut ceramic series, I take discarded plates and repurpose them as art objects and bespoke jewellery items. I began working with this process in 2013 after a trip to the Johnson’s tiles factory in Stoke-on-Trent, during which I gathered a collection of discarded willow pattern ceramics from the waste piles of the factory. Since then I have continued to work with forgotten china objects, many of which are donated to me or purchased from local charity shops. Through this work, these objects begin a second life as treasured art objects.

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I enjoy channelling my love of simplicity and loathing of excess to create pieces that are designed to bring you happiness, now and forever. I create timeless designs that you’ll want to wear every day, no matter what the season. I hope the simple forms will bring you a subtle calm and confidence when you’re wearing them. I work with quality materials that will stand the test of time, and crucially can be maintained. I examine every aspect of my business to produce as ethically as possible, always thinking about the social and environmental impact of my decisions.

After 6 months spent making jewellery on the move from the back of my campervan, I now make jewellery from my spare room in Saltaire, usually with a coffee in one hand and a cat on my lap.

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I make bold, playful wooden jewellery which I hand turn and hand paint in my studio near the North Norfolk Coast.

Working with geometric forms, repetition and colour, my inspiration comes from a variety of sources especially classic educational toys and nautical imagery.

I use traditional woodworking techniques and manage a small woodland which provides a sustainable supply of sycamore for my work.

I am a graduate of the Royal College of Art and taught in higher education for 13 years before moving to Norfolk to develop my practice.

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Jason has exhibited and sold his range of lighting and furniture around the world, in art galleries and museums, as well as high street shops and design outlets.

Taylor works with everyday items or ‘ready mades’ and loves tinkering with them to combine, adapt and transform them into new designs.

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These wall mounted assemblages reflect my origins as an artist in collage but also include my use of found metal objects – more familiar in my sculpture work . Everything is made from recycled and reclaimed materials, for example the wooden bases are from the set of the ITV ‘Cilla’ docudrama which I worked on. The objects include vintage wall paper and found metal creating retro inspired abstract images in relief.

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