Artisan celebrates another creative year

 

 


 

 'Angel Delight'

3 December to 21 December 2013

This December artisan is delighted to announce that the Christmas pop-up is back. This is an irresistible chance to discover wonderful gift ideas. artisan brings together a mix of local artists and mediums from silver to glass, paper to canvas. ceramics to electricity!  In keeping with its reputation artisan continues to bring something different each month and the festive season is no exception.  It's an opportunity not to be missed for those seeking something truly different. artisan gives you the chance to find gifts that are as individual as the people who will receive them.



Richard Bailey
In 2009 at the time of the 150th anniversary of the 'Origin of Species', Richard thought he might celebrate this by photographing some of 'Darwin's pigeons'. Darwin had set out to prove that all fancy pigeons are descended from the common pigeon known as Columbia Livia or Rock Dove and this particular research would help him with this theories towards the 'Origin of Species'.  Photographing the pigeons proved to be an on-going project, which has moved onto fancy and rare poultry, some of which he is showing here. The images are available as Limited Edition prints as well as open edition prints. Richard Bailey is a London Based photographer with 20 years of experience.




Annie Eastham

Annie will present a collection of meticulous small-scale pieces of jewellery continuing with her theme of inspiration by the natural world. This show includes new organic forms reflecting her passion for plant life, as well as some of her classic designs. Each piece is minutely and carefully handcrafted. Annie sells mainly in the US and artisan is thrilled to have her back for this show.


Theresa Edwards

After a career in animation Theresa turned her attention to ceramics using those classic animation techniques such as stencilling and layering to produce a stunningly original range of colourful and intensely decorated ceramic tableware and decorative pieces.


 

Becca Elliott
Local artist Becca Elliott has designed a range of beautiful and simple black and white ceramics based on the Twelve Days of Christmas, unique Christmas gifts.  She is also exhibiting some of her latest lino cut prints full of colour and gentle humour.  www.becelliott.co.uk


Ann Froomberg
Ann is an established textile designer with her own studio and has been designing commercially on a freelance basis since 1978, creating original hand-painted and digital artwork for various products: printed fashion fabrics, printed/woven furnishing fabrics, gift-wrap and packaging.   Ann's hand painted silks explore the world of colour with vibrant dyes on this most sumptuous of fabrics.



Geraldine Hallet
Geraldine returns to Artisan with a new range of wonderful ceramic Christmas decorations and fabulous pomegranates. Alongside this range she will also showcase her new collection of unique pots inspired by everyday things found in nature.


Clare Gordon
Clare returns to artisan for the Christmas show with a selection of small paintings, showing her love of colour, themes of nature and humour. Inspired by the ancient world and its cultures, landscapes, journeys, she seeks to create and simplify timeless themes.


 Off Kut

Off Kut will illuminate artisan with their range of outstanding handcrafted lighting.  Off Kut is an independent design company based in London run by Mike Doveton and Saul Grant. Their ethos is to create affordable, practical and ethically designed works of art for the home. The wood is all industrial reclaim - from railway sleepers to pier pilings. The bulbs in their lights are carbon filament reproductions, made in Switzerland. The delicate filament is hand woven.  Their products are made to last and are the opposite of built-in obsolescence, mass production and unnecessary waste.  Their work is durable, beautiful and ethical.  Design at its best.  www.offkut.bigcartel.com

 

Lynne Moulding
Lynne is a senior designer with the well-known children's book publisher Dorling Kindersley and has been part of a team which has produced many successful and awarding winning children's books. She is also a freelance illustrator and has created a collection of drawings for the 'pop-up' which are both delightful and original.  Her animal characters would be a charming addition to any child's wall.

 

Rachael Parfitt
Rachael specializes in hand lettering, graphic design and pen-and-ink stylized illustration. For the past 18 years Rachael has used her calligraphic and illustration skills in the workplace as a designer of children's books, but gets her greatest pleasure from creating original pieces of art.


Mary Pritchard
Locally-based artist, Mary Pritchard, works with a variety of media, mainly ceramics,  photography and more recently paper.  At the Christmas Pop-up her work will include delicate hand-built porcelain paperclay vessels, Christmas tree decorations, small sculptures and candle-holders. She will also be showing photographs, Xmas cards featuring Queens Park, and colourful hand-made notebooks. www.marypritchard.net 


Wendy Roberts
Wendy Robert's work invariably has organic themes- plant life, tree bark and in this series old stones and clay objects. The starting point was the concept of "Possession"   - walls to enclose land and territory, containers to store food and drink.... The separation of mine from yours. Only the Aboriginal people of Australia have managed to survive without this concept.... until the Westerners arrived. Wendy obtained a BA Hons. in etching at Sir John Cass Art School. Her recent work has explored collage and mixed media.



Richard Tilbury

Richard creates glasswork which is truly unique in design. For this exhibition he has created a new range of ceramic work to go alongside a new glass collection designed especially for this show. The beautiful porcelain pieces are subtly coloured to reflect the delicacy of the material.  The small glass bowls, each very different and exquisite make perfect gifts.   www.cielomio.co.uk 


 

Rudi Patterson

artisan is privileged to showcase a small example of work by the late Rudi Patterson. Rudi's style is unmistakable with its use of colour and whether it be oils, water-colour or gouache, his work is fluid and changing.   Rudi was not one to shy away of experimenting with lines and form but this gives life to his paintings.  His work can be found in many collections throughout the world. 


Sabi Westoby
Textile artist Sabi will return to artisan to take part in the Christmas show 'Angel Delight'. Her new range of notebooks with re-usable textile covers make perfect accessories and bring a touch of art and class to a working day. Each cover is unique, making the process of choosing which one to buy a tricky decision. Sabi will also show a small collection of her latest 'stitched art. These together with her cards make delightful gifts. www.sabiwestoby.com




 



 

 'ADVENT'

19 November to 30 November 2013

This November artisan offers an irresistible chance from a group of artists and designers. They bring together a mix of mediums from silver to glass, paper to canvas. ceramics to electricity!  In keeping with its reputation artisan continues to bring something different each month and November is no exception.  Christmas is coming and ADVENT counts down by giving everyone the chance to get ahead of the festive season with amazing gift ideas.

Annie Eastham

Annie will present a collection of meticulous small-scale pieces of jewellery continuing with her theme of inspiration by the natural world. This show includes new organic forms reflecting her passion for plant life, as well as some of her classic designs. Each piece is minutely and carefully handcrafted. Annie sells mainly in the US and artisan is thrilled to have her back for this show.


Becca Elliott

Local artist Becca Elliott has designed a range of beautiful and simple black and white ceramics based on the Twelve Days of Christmas, unique Christmas gifts.  She is also exhibiting some of her latest lino cut prints full of colour and gentle humour.  www.becelliott.co.uk


Off Kut

Off Kut will illuminate artisan with their range of outstanding handcrafted lighting.  Off Kut is an independent design company based in London run by Mike Doveton and Saul Grant. Their ethos is to create affordable, practical and ethically designed works of art for the home. The wood is all industrial reclaim - from railway sleepers to pier pilings. The bulbs in their lights are carbon filament reproductions, made in Switzerland. The delicate filament is hand woven.  Their products are made to last and are the opposite of built-in obsolescence, mass production and unnecessary waste.  Their work is durable, beautiful and ethical.  Design at its best.  www.offkut.bigcartel.com

 

Richard Tilbury

Richard creates glasswork which is truly unique in design. For this exhibition he has created a new range of ceramic work to go alongside a new glass collection designed especially for this show. The beautiful porcelain pieces are subtly coloured to reflect the delicacy of the material.  The small glass bowls, each very different and exquisite make perfect gifts.   www.cielomio.co.uk 



 

Rudi Patterson

artisan is privileged to showcase a small example of work by the late Rudi Patterson. Rudi's style is unmistakable with its use of colour and whether it be oils, water-colour or gouache, his work is fluid and changing.   Rudi was not one to shy away of experimenting with lines and form but this gives life to his paintings.  His work can be found in many collections throughout the world. 



 



 

'Inspiring Generations'

16 October - 9 November 2013

Leon Cummings     -     Nicola Cummings

The autumn season at artisan continues with an exhibition that brings together a father and a daughter. Leon Cummings arrived in London in the sixties to make his way in the world. He brought with him not only his Caribbean heritage but also a talent which he would pass onto his daughter Nicola Cummings. Inspired by her father and his love of art, Nicola is now Head of Art at Queens Park Community School and is herself inspiring another generation of exceptional artists.

To coincide with Black History Month, the exhibition looks at migration from Trinidad and Tobago to London through a range of ideas including still life, portraiture and street scenes. There are references in the work to key artists such as Pablo Picasso through the style and use of colour.

Leon Cummings came to Britain in 1962 to live in London. He has been painting since the 1980s as a hobby and has never exhibited his work before.  Many of his pieces are based on his knowledge of art history, developing ideas about his heritage from Trinidad and Tobago and his love of colour.  Leon enjoys looking at a range of artists including George Stubbs, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh because of their rich tone and use of oil paints.

 

 

Nicola Cummings is the daughter of Leon who was born and grew up in London. She studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art and has become a painter and local Art teacher at Queens Park Community School. Her interests are documenting local history and portraits in her painting.

"I was inspired by my father's painting for many years; some of my work is directly linked to his themes and modern views as a black person working and living in Britain".

 

 



 




'6 x 6'

6 Artists - 6 Visions

11th September - 5th October 2013

This September six BAR artists will come together for a group show at Artisan. During the last four years artisan has demonstrated that NW10 is London's most creative corner. To prove a point this month six members from the Brent Artist Resource will exhibit their extraordinary talents giving us six individual visions through six different mediums.

Sally Buchanan

Sally combines conceptual principles with meticulous craft and wit to make sculptures, installations and land art. Using recycled materials, textiles and photography, her work reflects a deep respect and commitment to the finished piece. Site-specific projects mirror intuitive responses to the unique atmosphere of individual spaces. Her interests include Jungian thought, Art and awareness, the environment, neuro-psychology and Art as Medicine.


 

David Gee

David mostly produces one-off pieces, using earthenware clay, slips, under-glaze colours and glazes.  In addition to throwing pots on an electric wheel, David uses hump or press moulds, adding thrown foot-rings to produce his large bowls and platters.  His decoration is inspired by the movement and textures created by the application of slips and pigment while the pot is either in motion or stationary.  His interest in rhythm and movement finds echoes in the natural world, in waves, in vapour trails and the laying down of sediments or erosion of rocks by water and wind. Recent pieces are concerned with textures of everyday surfaces and how these can be transformed by the use of colour - applied by brush, spray diffuser or pouring, the  "layering" of different colours, laminating slips, inlay and burnishing the resultant surface.


 

Clare Gordon

Clare is an artist and designer who works with a range of materials: paint, print, gesso, clay, found objects, glazes, varnishes. The process of constructing each piece is cherished, often starting with an idea that can then seem to take on a life of it's own. Inspired by the ancient worlds and cultures, landscapes, journeys, she seeks to create and simplify timeless themes. Sometimes abstract, often including figuration, she uses her own, and imagined experiences to express emotional, spiritual and metaphysical states of mind, relating to life's mysteries. Fragmented narratives, where complexities are stripped back to search for some kind of truth, a wordless essence.


 

Zoe Landau Konson

Zoë is a London based artist and designer who creates sculpture using crochet, textiles and mixed media. She grew up in a creative refugee family, deeply affected by the aftermath of displacement but brimming with stories, secrets and the unconventional. The themes that now influence her work are generated by a fascination with this hereditary narrative. Currently creating a new body of work using hair and architectural structures, Zoë is also in the process of launching a sculpted cushion design business.


 

Alex MacIntyre

Since March 2012 Alex has undertaken a research project generating drawings from observation during rehearsals for dance, theatre and physical theatre performances. Using her observational drawings Alex produces further studies including oil paintings on gesso and board. Her work explores the movement of the body, emotion, gesture, group dynamics and the silent layered presences of time and space. The relative space between the performers has an emotional significance and is as important as the figures themselves. Her practice searches for the glimpsed gifts of the transcendental in the everyday.


 

Francine Winham

Francine moved to New York in the 1960s where she worked as a photographer. Her overriding passion was the jazz scene with it's vibrant energy in New York and East Coast. Living in NY she travelled twice to Newport Jazz Festival, 1965 and 1966. "Ever since I'd seen the film 'Jazz on a Summer's Day' I'd wanted to go to Newport. It was like the Holy Grail for me, a chance to see all the stars in one place - and photograph them too." The result was a unique record of some of the greatest names in jazz history, every picture infused with mood and sensuality, living legends in mid-flow, displaying every emotion that music evokes.



 






Boundaries

7th - 31th August 2013

QPCS - The Summer Exhibition

The Advanced Level Art and Photography students at Queens Park Community School return to artisan with their summer show. . The exhibition will include photography, fine art, printing and 3D work. The QPCS Art Department has earned themselves a reputation for stand-out talent and this year the standard of their Advanced level Art/Photography students has exceeded expectations.

 Painting by Matthew Holt


Queens Park Community School and artisan are proud to present a range of works under the umbrella theme 'Boundaries'. All of the work was made by this year's AS and A2 level Art, Design and Photography students. They explored a range of artists, from works based on observational drawings and still life by Georgia O'Keeffe to the gritty sharp abstract work of Frank Auerbach.

Installation by Petra Kidron

 

'Boundaries' as an exhibition concept reflects a range of ideas which look beyond Art and Design as a subject at school, to future career prospects in Architecture, Photojournalism and Fine Art. artisan has provided an exciting, contemporary setting for this exhibition, giving the young people at QPCS a chance to exhibit and sell their work.


Window by Holly Watson



 



 

 

'Forest 2 Furniture'

3 - 27 July 2013

An Exhibition of handmade traditional English furniture
 by master craftsman Patrick Turk.

This July artisan, NW10s most creative corner, welcomes master craftsman Patrick Turk for his first London show. Fallen wood is gathered from Sherwood Forest which is milled and dried by Patrick then lovingly transformed into beautiful inspirational pieces. In the throes of a 'throw-away' society this is the antithesis. 

 

Bespoke furniture gives a room a sense of its own unique identity not possible with something that is mass produced. In terms of design, Patrick draws much of his inspiration from traditional English country furniture from the centuries, but he also allows the wood to influence how the finished pieces turn out so the grain is displayed to the best advantage. This sometimes results in the marriage of traditional style with a more contemporary look. Patrick also mills and dries all the timber he uses for the Forest 2 Furniture collection.

 

'Knowing exactly where the wood has come from allows me, when I'm making a piece, to reflect backwards on the history that has unfurled during the growing phase of the tree as well as focussing on the present & future life lf the wood in the form of a piece of functional art'.

This show is about much more than just the furniture. Patrick's work ensures that important heritage skills are being kept alive, and his hope is that people will be re-connected with wood and where it really comes from, helping to engender an appreciation and bond with the end product. www.forest2furniture.co.uk



 




 

artisan, NW10s most creative corner welcomes Fiona Bailey to its walls.  '366' is an instagram diary taken over the period of one year. Fiona offers you an intimate glimpse into her life and that of her family as they go about their daily routine, the swimming lessons, holidays, school runs, trips to the park, birthdays and walks to work.  Fiona turns the urban mundane into the amazing.


The increasing use of the phone as a camera over the last few years has travelled alongside an explosion in new ways of showing and sharing images on the web. Sites such as Facebook, Instagram and personal blogs are democratic in enabling the photographer in all of us to show our work to the world.  Alongside phone camera technology is the ease at which images can be uploaded for all of us to share and comment upon.  It is from this starting point that Fiona took a decision to represent her everyday environment in this thoroughly modern manner.

 

The main aim of this project was to take one photograph a day, which she absolutely stuck toIt became a religion, an obsession, to be sure that not only did she take a photograph, but also that it was posted online that day.  All the images have been taken on her iPhone using Hipstamatic and shared through Instagram. The printed work takes the form of small-scale prints, combined to form much larger bodies of work.

If there is a constant theme running through the work it is an attention to detail and a simplicity of composition, but mostly they are the images of a mother, a wife, a worker, a dreamer, a lover of life and the joy is there for all to see. wwwfionabaileydesigns.com

 



 

 

 'Spring has Sprung'

Group show

17th April to 11th May 2013

artisan welcomes spring!

artisan, NW10s most creative corner welcomes spring with a group show by local artists. Since its launch in 2009, artisan continues to attract attention in North West London. The role of the gallery is to create a space which offers an opportunity for artists of many disciplines to showcase their work. artisan's success has been its ability to keep changing and offering something different each month.

 




BLANKAAD
- BLANKAAD is a newly-formed cooperative of photographers based in North West London. They share a love of analogue photography and an appreciation of the intrinsic value of the photographic print. From their darkroom in Queens Park they have produced a limited edition of signed black and white prints and greetings cards. Showing for the first time at artisan the collection is entitled 'SAW THIS AND THOUGHT OF YOU' and features the work of Alexander Koby, Amir Dian and Raf Luczak.


Vanessa Cohen - Vanessa is a South African ceramicist who lives and works in London.  She designs and produces a range of handmade white earthenware bowls, platters and cups. Vanessa explores and expresses the distorting qualities of thin clay and allows her bowls to uniformly distort into tactile, subtle egg-like shapes. Some bowls are left plain whilst others may contain a single humorous or inspiring word or a delicately coloured mandala-like design. Vanessa's ceramics reveal a subtle combination of elements informed by the two countries she has lived in: her delicate use of colour is inspired by 1950s Post War British Textiles, while her simple decorative geometries reflect her South African roots.


Annie Eastham - Returning to artisan, Annie will present a new collection of intricate small-scale pieces of jewellery inspired by the natural world. Each piece is bespoke and beautifully handcrafted. These are truly small objects of desire. Annie sells mainly in the US and artisan is thrilled to have her back for this show.


Becca Elliott - Becca is an architect and illustrator who delights in the surprising diversity of wildlife in London, reflected in her recent commission for 'Up at The O2' where sparrowhawks can be seen perched in the dome's masts. With an impressive list of clients including The Jubilee Walkway Trust, AEG and Ocado, she is currently working on a new collection for the April pop-up.

 

 

Icon Jewellery - Irena Constanti created Icon in 2009, she trained with Swarovski Elements and the London Jewellery School to further develop her skill and then explored the art of bead embroidery. Her 'Leona Ring' was voted by fellow designers as 'Design of the Month' for Swarovski's 'Create Your Style'. Icon's collection is commission based.


Maria Kemp - Maria's love of photography developed during her years as a successful fashion model, being married to photographer Charlie Kemp and working with such icons as Parkinson, Donovan and Bailey. Maria realised that her passion lay behind the lens rather than in front of it. She worked closely with her husband, who was a pioneer in digital image manipulation and has now taken this genre in her own unique direction. She takes the elements of nature and creates her own inspired world. Maria's photographs are hand printed on Archival Cotton Rag.


 

Rachael Parfitt - Rachael specializes in hand lettering, graphic design and pen-and-ink stylized illustration. For the past 18 years Rachael has used her calligraphic and illustration skills in the workplace as a designer of children's books, but gets her greatest pleasure from creating original pieces of art. This will be Rachael's first time at artisan.


Richard Tilbury - Richard creates glasswork which is truly unique in design. Those who have been following Richard's development and collecting his work will be delighted in this new collection of flower sun-catchers which he has created especially for the April pop-up. He creates glasswork which is original in design and his work would enhance any room. www.cielomio.co.uk


Sabi Westoby - Sabi is a mixed media artist who started her journey making patchwork quilts.  Her work then developed to include paint and paper as shown in her recent successful solo show at Artisan.  We are returning to her roots of creativity and will be offering for sale her unique and sometimes quirky quilts, as well as the popular fabric covered notebooks and handmade cards, each with an original piece of artwork. www.sabiwestoby.com


Jeff Wood - The inspiration for Jeff's work comes mainly from the material itself. Glass has such wonderful qualities, both transmitting and reflecting light. He has designed wall pieces to use reflected light whilst retaining the translucent, vitreous quality that is unique to glass. For the rest of this collection he has combined both transparent and opaque glass to enhance the colours and shape of each piece. The firing process embodies the variations of chance, making each piece individual. and the whole process exciting.


'Spring has sprung'   17th April to- 11th May 2013 at artisan

 

 


 

 

'Focused'
Photography by Lori Heiss

13th March to 6th April 2013

artisan is getting focused this spring!

artisan, NW10s most creative corner welcomes spring by getting 'Focused'. Since its launch in 2009, artisan continues to attract attention in North West London. The role of the gallery is to create a space which offers an opportunity for artists of many disciplines to showcase their work.  artisan's success has been its ability to keep changing and offering something different each month. This month Lori Heiss will cover the walls with her beautiful and thought provoking photographs.


Photography is a medium which Lori has always loved, but not something she ever concentrated on seriously until recently. Capturing a moment in time,  from a distinctly personal perspective, is something that fascinates her. Looking at the world through a lens is something we all do, but do we always take the time to truly see.  What Lori finds most satisfying is capturing a snapshot, a frame, of beauty and focusing on the geometric shapes, the balance and the light that is created in that moment. She saturates the colours and exaggerates the light to heighten the beauty and this in turn creates something that is suddenly closer to art than reality.


This is a show not too be missed. Lori Heiss will be at artisan for one month only.

 


 

 

 

 

 'Stitched'

Textile art by Sabi Westoby

6th to 23rd February 2013
 

artisan, NW10s most creative corner reopens on 6th February after a short winter break.  When the old organic shop re-opened as a gallery space for local artists and those whose work offers something different, owner, Naomi Harrison could not have predicted what the response would be. Three years later she is still amazed at how much talent there is on the doorstep and says "..it has been wonderful to give new artists a place to show off their work" which is why artisan is delighted in February to give the gallery over to textile  and mixed media artist Sabi Westoby.


Sabi Westoby is a mixed media artist with a life-long love of textile. Her recent works are inspired by both the natural and man-made worlds. Sabi combines fabric and paper, yarn and paint, using burning and tearing as well as stitching and layering to explore colour and texture without being restricted by rules and preconceptions. 'Stitched' will showcase new work by Sabi, demonstrating her creative and original talent.

 

Sabi's work is not only in two-dimensional form - there are also the reversible bowls; these fabric constructions can be turned inside out giving the ability to introduce something different into a room at the twist of the wrist. Her notebooks with re-usable textile covers make perfect accessories and bring a touch of art and class to a working day. Each cover is unique, making the process of choosing which one to buy a tricky decision. www.sabiwestoby.com

 


 

'Stitched'   6th - 23rd February 2013 at artisan