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Friday, 6 February 2015

Selected Artists Showcase at The Middletons Hotel April 2015

David Patrick, Samantha Mills, Elizabeth Redfern, Peter Byrne and June Hardy are proud to be selected and part of a great event, to raise awareness of the amount of creative talent we have in York.

Showcasing in the beautiful setting of Middletons Hotel, nestled in a secluded courtyard garden minutes from the city centre, where you can stop and enjoy lunch at the hotel restaurant on your tour around the Studios.  Or why not stay for the weekend perusing the artist’s work within the hotel and beyond.

David Patrick studied art at Leeds and Leicester, and has worked in archaeology, museums and interpretation. His drawings and paintings capture aspects of the built landscape in and around York. 

June Hardy’s’ paintings have a strong design influence as she likes to extract the superfluous and work with the structure and the simplicity of shape within landscapes. Fishing boats on the east coast and trees locally have provided inspiration for June’s mixed media pieces.

Peter Byrne studied at The Newport School of Documentary Photography in Wales. After graduating worked with numerous national and international clients as an editorial photographer based in the North of England. More recently he has dedicated his time to traveling whilst exploring the art of medium format photography.

Elizabeth Redfern creates One-off pieces of jewellery hand-crafted in silver and often incorporates found objects and textiles within her work.

International exhibited Art Jeweler Samantha Mills has moved to York from Manchester and new to York Open Studios. She aims to bring the love for heritage and objects into her work.  Samantha is highly influenced by her surroundings within “Architectonics” foundations in Jewellery sponsored by the Arts Council and toured internationally. Will we see the same influence with York Open Studios? Or could it be a more political development as in “Adornments for Justice”? You will have to visit Middletons Hotel York to find out!

“York Open Studios was initiated with the aim of promoting, celebrating and encouraging participation in the visual arts. It offers the chance to talk to and experience the world of the selected artists and makers, discover their passions and inspiration, share their knowledge and support their engagement with the local community. With studios, workshops and exhibitions open all over the city, York Open Studios has become a major event. Over eleven years it has introduced more than 180 artists to the visiting public. The support and encouragement of visitors old and new for both the well established and the emerging artist is much appreciated and important to the continuing development of York's cultural environment.” YOS Statement.

“Middletons hope that by showcasing the skills of local Artist throughout York we will be recognised as a creative hub in the heart of the City.  Owner and Director Henny Clark has worked hard to have a creative ambience within all areas of the Middletons for guests and visitors to enjoy.  By hosting the YOS in 2015, this will certainly be felt throughout.  We are honored to be taking part in such a successful event and look forward to welcome lots of talented artists and visitors through our doors in April.” http://www.middletonsyork.co.uk/

For further information on York open studios, including details of other events in your area, please visit: http://www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk/

Monday, 6 October 2014

York Open Studios April 2015

I am please to announce I have been selected for York Open Studios April 2015, where hopefully my influence and research into York will transfer into my work, and more sculptural pieces will emerge.  I am working at Hands on at the Castle museum handling objects, and hearing peoples memories of that object.  Which is what I hope I have created within my work, so it holds the story of not only the object, but myself as a maker and the peoples stories that own that piece.

The preview for YOS will be held at Blossom Street Gallery, York which as selected artists such as Autumn Garner, Magdalena Thaller, Charmanian Ottaway, Mo Burrows, Ruth Claydon, Ellie Crosby amongst others.

Opening two spring weekends York Open Studios offers the chance to talk and experience selected artists within York.  It offers a chance to meet the artist rather than the gallery owner, and an event that continues the development of Yorks cultural environment.  Also a chance to say I have now moved to the great City of York, and speaking to a few visitors the tourist capital of England!

In the mean time I am concentrating on objects of the past such as my "Arsenic & Lace, spool, Jack ranges to create individual pieces for christmas selling.
Also my development of the butterfly range in silver and steel will be available to purchase online through agent showcase etsy

Friday, 15 November 2013

Art Arcade, Festival of Light

Make a Statement!

I will be taking part in the Art Arcade at the Festival of Light event in Huddersfield on 
Friday 6th Dec 4pm till 10pm
Saturday 7th Dec 12noon till 10pm
Sunday 8th Dec 12noon till 4pm
You will find myself and many other artists at 
The Lord Street Mission is a short walk from the train station, and a central part of the Festival of Light, in Huddersfield.
"This quality makers fair will be held in the Lord Street Mission where you will find unique gifts for your friends and family, or special treats for yourself from our vast sample of the finest art being made in Kirklees and beyond. Twice as many artists will be sharing their wonderful work with the festival revellers this year filling the bright mission hall with colour and creativity, chic, quirky, beautiful and striking imagery in many forms. From photographs, drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics and carvings there is something to appeal to all tastes and all pockets."

Adornments for Justice tours to Wales

A collection of body adornments based on the 
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 
will feature at Oriel Davies Gallery, of which is the largest 
and most significant visual arts venue in the region, 
and a key gallery of Wales. 
"showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft." 
Free Admission
16th November till 22nd January 2014

Exhibition launch on 16 November 2013
3 - 5pmRefreshments provided
Eleven jewellers including myself have interpreted eleven articles from the (UDHR) to create unusual, individual and often personal jewellery pieces.  Fundamental themes and issues addressed include freedom of choice, hunger, industrial disease, access to medicine and the female right to vote. The jewellery is supported by Jonathan Keenan’s photography exhibition, showing shots of the work worn on the body. Taking a journalistic stance the photographs show the pieces in context, challenging and prompting the viewers response around common human rights issues.
Jewellers: Caroline Royal, Stefanie Buckley, Samantha Mills, Rowena Golton, Anne Hawley, Ewa Barker, Abby Filer, Martin Rees, Melissa Hansom, Tara Kirkpatrick, Gemma Scully.
Please tell us your thoughts on the pieces and exhibition, we would love to hear your views.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Something Old Something New Handmade & Vintage Market 26th May 2013

"Ding Dong Saddleworth Vintage" concept derived from being Whitty as it was Whit Weekend in Saddleworth.  Also the ideas around the wedding industry, due to all parties including myself are part of.  "Something Old, Something New" seemed a fitting title to our vintage and handmade market.  Plenty to see and do as always check out the website for updates http://www.saddleworthvintage.co.uk/fair/

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Oxjam Takeover Manchester 2012 Lost & Found

This Weekend Oxjam Boutique will be running alongside a great music line-up at Antwerp Mansion as part of the Takeover 27th October.
Featuring an eclectic mix of original hand-made , re-worked and vintage clothing, unique jewelry and accessories, scrumptious cup-cakes and kitschy craft items. High street – eat your heart out!  
Here’s just a taste of who will be showcasing their wares on the day :_______________________________________________________
Mustard Tree aims to improve and rebuild the lives of homeless and marginalised people in Manchester through the provision of furniture, clothes, emergency food, training, mentoring, friendship and social enterprise.
Second hand vinyl records and books donated from people around Manchester,will be on sale at their stall at Oxjam, cheap as chips!
Oxfam Originals need no introduction
If you’re into retro, this terrific stall has high-quality gear from the 1960s and ’70s. Shop in the knowledge that it’s for a good cause.
Chezzie Le Choux
A wide range of cup cakes from the crazy peanut butter and jelly to the good old British Jammie Dodger
Dirty Work 
Graffiti art specialists; art supplies, t-shirts, caps and much more!
Unique and imaginative clothing, art and accessories that transcend the everyday expectations and scream of individuality. 
Saddleworth Vintage and Handmade 
Lost and found pop-up shop, vintage style accessories, clothing for the party season. For that unique Christmas gift made from found objects by Samantha Mills. On The Lost & Found stand you may have a Brief Encounter with Laura Norey from Memory Lane calendar, the vintage model & dancer will be signing selling the Calenders through this event.  
Memory Lane is a vintage pin-up calendar project, helping to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. 
Elly Page 
Unique garments handmade using vintage lace and other gorgeous fabrics
TOMS Live Art Installation
TOMS give a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair of TOMS purchased
0% Dinosaur
A range of laser-cut acrylic necklaces – perfect festival accessories 
Helena Dennison 
Handmade crafts – Colourful hanging birds, Owl hats, Crochet blankets and more
Not Now 
An award winning, Manchester based creative studio with recent exhibitions in Font Bar and Cord. They produce effective client-based work balanced alongside self-set experimental projects and will be selling off some of their work at Oxjam.
Peggie Mae Vintage by Sarah Crawford
Lovely vintage for ladies and fellas from the 50’s-90’s
Kitty’s Vintage Closet by Kate Frain
Step back into time and and into a fabulous frock from Kitty’s Vintage Closet. From the 1950s to 1980s, whatever the occasion and wherever you’re going we’ve got something to make your wardrobe pop!
Crafty Ginge Designs by Kelly Joseph
Hand-made cards, cushions, brooches and more with an ongoing aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
The Boutique Market will run from 2pm to 8pm in the ballroom upstairs at Antwerp Mansion
Entry is £5 for a wristband which ALSO gains you access to the live music at…
// Trof Fallowfield
// FUEL Cafe Withington
// Red Rum Fallowfield
// Antwerp Mansion 
Therefore, if you have already bought one for the music you DON’T need to purchase a second one for the market, and vice versa! 
Wrist bands are available at the door on the day or online here; with all proceeds going to Oxfam