Gwen Bainbridge and Alison Ogden

BOX GALLERY, | 04/08/2012 : 02/09/2012

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Both ceramicists work with porcelain and intricately decorate their work using different techniques.  Inspiration comes from different sources, but their work has a good relationship. Alison first started working with porcelain whist studying at Rochdale college of Art.  From her small garden studio in Carlisle, Cumbria, Alison produces a charming range of fine porcelain ceramics.  The range includes cups and saucers, mugs, bowls and vases, framed porcelain illustrations and porcelain with silver jewellery.  For this joint show Alison is showing a selection of her decorative yet functional ceramics.

The selection is slip cast and then individually hand manipulated to create a unique pot every time.  The craze free glaze, especially developed for Alison by her husband produces highly durable dishwasher-safe ware.

Gwen’s ceramics act as her three dimensional scrapbook, as she draws inspiration from her memories of childhood.  She’s an avid collector of all things old seen at museums or found at antique fairs.  She’s always on the look out for inspiration.

After growing up in Cumbria on a rural farm, where the woman’s place was in the home Gwen’s nostalgia for this period of time is echoed in this work.

Rather than a direct reference to the natural world Gwen prefers to explore the work of other craftsmen of the past who themselves might have once been inspired by nature.  Appreciating the finery of the costumes of previous eras, with their lavish embroidery and the distinctive qualities of their design these elements are all shown through the detail on the ceramics.  Porcelain and bone china lend themselves perfectly to this amount of detail, receiving imprints and markings.

 

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Lindy Norton – Inside Out

‘When first I walk into a darkened room, my eyes need to adjust; a short period of visual insecurity stimulates ideas; moments that much of my work relates to.’
Lindy Norton

Lindy Norton has always been able to use drawing as a means of generating atmosphere. Purposefully developed and well practiced observation skills enable her to subtly change the truth of light and darkness, to amplify uncertainties.

Norton’s drawings and dry point etchings have a physical urgency, the energies required to generate the compositions are retained, enlivening the work with an uneasy breath. Beasts from Africa may wander along the window sill, a sailor boy may sit in an armchair with teddy bears or an entrance hall may contain vague shapes that cannot be identified as friendly or hostile.

Her paintings in both water colour and oil paint are just as accomplished as her drawings and prints. Her use of light, subject matter and her selected range of colours amplify surreal associations.

Lindy Norton’s work welcomes us uneasily into a friendly twilight zone, allow yourself to consider her interiors and their occupants: your perceptions may shift, just slightly.

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20 20 Print Exchange

20:20 Print Exchange started in 2009 as a project between Hot Bed Press in Salford and Red Hot Press in Southampton and has grown in popularity ever since.  Over 50,000 prints have been created and exchanged in the past six years with The Ropewalk Printmakers taking part for the last three years.

Every artist produces an edition of 25 prints on paper 20cm x 20cm.  In return each artist receives a bespoke hand printed boxed set of 20 randomly selected prints, (including their own print and 19 others). Prints could be any print medium and numbered 1 to 25 of 25 prints.

Each workshop also receives one set of randomly selected prints and one ‘twinned’ set whereby workshops are randomly matched, each receiving a set of 10 of their own members’ prints and one set of their ‘twinning partner workshop’.

This year we were twinned with Seacourt, The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, in Bangor, Northern Ireland.  The prints on display are a selection from our previous years of participation.

One print from every participant, including 10 Ropewalk Printmakers is kept by Hot Bed Press to exhibit/tour nationally. In 2015 the tour started at Hot Bed Press and went on to Neo: Gallery in Bolton, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, The Art House, Wakefield, and Belfast Print Workshop.  The final exhibition is at Liverpool John Moores University, opening at the end of March 2016.

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Amanda Cobbett

From her studio in the Surrey Hills Amanda creates sculptures, embroideries and paintings based on life outside her back door using a mixture of papier mache, wire, found objects, antique and upcycled fabrics.

Amanda trained as a printed textile designer at UAL Chelsea . Her love of mark making techniques either through stitch, paint or wire manipulation, are combined with colour, intricacy and occasionally automata.  Gathering a collection of salvaged materials and the setting of a tiny scene; they all play a part in her creative process.

The sculptures of garden birds are life size and accentuate colour and the intricacies of feathers using torn silks and lace, they often have little wire speech bubbles with quotes and phrases, quirky sayings or machine embroidered text in the body of the fabric and sometimes ticker tape with a little ‘ode’ about each bird.  All have a bird tag on their ankle with the makers mark stamped on it. Amanda also makes jewel like flowers made from wire, antique buttons and jewellery findings on a wooden base.

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Phil Burman

Out of the woods

New sculptures and paintings developed from the common theme of woodlands.
Whilst my sculptures are an abstract exploration of wooded landscape and the underlying terrain, the paintings are a record of my emotional responses to woods and forests.

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Lou Hazelwood

Part Coded and the Bi-visual

Having had an Arts Council grant and a  year to research Victorian Children’s Magic Lantern Slides and their proposed (by the artist) embedded ethics and moral values of The Empire,  Lou Hazelwood presents a multi media show. Showing large scale photographic prints, acrylic slides, showcasing results of a chemical process based investigation with the support of Dr Mark Lorch and the Chemistry department at Hull University. She has also worked with artist and designer Phil Ratcliffe to model some modern viewing machines, referencing old technologies and using Instagram’s toy projector ‘The Projecteo”

If you are interested in image making, art and science crossover, lens based processes and historical viewing machines then this is the show for you.

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Part Coded and the Bi-Visual 2015 promo from lou hazelwood on Vimeo.

A film by Andrew Quinn of part way through the project at the exhibition (still in progress) Part Coded and the Bi-Visual at KAG Gallery, Humber Street, Hull, 2015.

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Winter Wraps

As we welcome in the New Year, with winter still on our doorstep why not wrap up with something from our Box Gallery this January. Jane Withers and Michael Hanmer of Janie Knitted Textiles will be providing machine knitted wraps. They use lambswool and British wool on hand operated knitting machines to create contemporary fabrics. If a hat is more your thing, we have Barbara Cassell’s wool hats. Her handmade hats are decorated with machine and hand embroidery

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