Switched On

GALLERY ONE, | 01/11/2014 : 30/11/2014

By richardhatfield |

This exhibition brings together a collection of contemporary artists with bespoke, handmade lighting at the centre of their craft.  A variation of materials and prices are used by each using different materials to achieve their selection.

 

Hannah Nunn

After exhibiting her work in our craft gallery for many years, Hannah’s limited edition lamps were the starting point for this exhibition. Her handcut exquisite designs have been popular not only with our customers, but with many across the country.  Her work is on display in several galleries throughout Britain and in her own shop Radiance, based in Hebden Bridge.  Her inspiration comes from the tiny details in nature.

Penny Seume

Penny Seume is a textile designer using site specific imagery from the urban landscape as inspiration for atmosphere, texture and colour. By marrying traditional fine art techniques and contemporary digital print, she creates bespoke and limited edition high quality fabrics and products for interiors. Living and working in Bristol, her unique designs reference the original location in a subtle way and capture some of the inherent mood and magic.

Harriet Caslin

Design led porcelain lighting and functional tableware are handcrafted in small batches from Harriet’s boat house studio on Mersea Island, off of the Essex coast. Influenced by her Scandinavian roots, Harriet’s designs focus on simple form, linear patterned design and soft contrasting colours to invite a tactile approach to her work.

“My work is all about appealing to the senses. I love the idea of someone using one of my designs and enjoying these details; how
comfortable the cup feels in their hands when drinking tea, how the colourful light transforms a room when it’s turned on. To me this
is what creates an enduring and enjoyable relationship between the person and the functional objects that they use every day…”

Colin Chetwood

“Living in the Wye valley, an area lush with plant life and with sharply changing landscape, my work is inspired by natural elements. The river often floods covering the trees with flotsam; the sky above the Black Mountains changes from day to day sending clouds and winds scudding towards my home. The energy of this landscape permeates my work.”

Colin Chetwood is a designer and maker of handmade metal furniture and custom made lighting for office and home, based in Herefordshire. Inspired by shape and structures found in the natural world, Colin’s sculptural, contemporary furniture and lighting uses a range of materials including burnished, beaten and forged metals, glass, paper and wood.

Laura Slater

Since graduating from The Royal College of Art in 2008 Laura has been based in West Yorkshire.  From her studio all designs are created through the initial drawing process and then translated through hand printed processes.  Laura’s bespoke textile designs are all hand printed.

Sarah Lock

“Born out of a need to make use of some very large pieces of waste timber from a furniture making business, I have been making table lamps on a lathe in one corner of a triangular workshop in Brighton for quite some time. Today I still make use of waste timber such as oak and walnut and if I am lucky sometimes cherry, but most of my lamps are turned out of lime wood which has a grain which makes it suitable for sophisticated turning and allows me to finish it to a very fine finish ready for painting.

I turn them on an old Union Lathe, the idea to paint them while they are still on the lathe suggested stripes and a delight and joy with colour followed and has developed over the years to a very sophisticated level, as can be seen in the very fine stripes on my recent lamps. Eventually I felt the need to turn the lathe off and paint vertical stripes, which was very peace-full! Shapes change and evolve through the search for harmonious forms and though designs are repeated many times, each lamp will ultimately be unique in form and colour. The height of the lamps ranges from 40-60cm and are taller with shades.”

 

 

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Jill Stewart

Metal Clocks

There’s something about the contrast of textures of the different metals and etched parts that is so compelling. Metal is not always a hard shiny intractable thing – it can have a softer look, have variable colours created by the act of heating, can be a way of drawing in the air.

Jill Stewart was brought up in rural Northumberland, surrounded by nature and colour, always noticing the tiny details that surround us. After city adventures and unsuitable jobs, she started to make things, and developed unique ways of working in brass, copper, silver and titanium. The clocks developed after she was challenged to make larger items than jewellery, and to really develop a colour palette using the effects of heat on different metals. After cutting out the shapes, a large flame is used to solder parts of the design together, but also makes copper go beautiful unpredictable shades of dark red, and changes the look of other metals, especially the etched parts. The handmade look is important, that you can tell an actual person worked closely with their materials here, not absolutely sure how each process would turn out.

 

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Luke Jerram

Harrison’s Garden

If John Harrison had a garden, how might it have looked?

In 2017, artist Luke Jerram took that thought and turned it into an amazing and imaginative exhibition that has been touring the UK. His idea was to create a ‘an imagined garden’ of clocks clustered into species, forming ‘flowerbeds’, ‘islands’, ‘pathways’ and borders’. Luke’s array of around 3000 timepieces has now visited the beautiful National Trust properties of Nostell Priory, Gunby Hall and Penrhyn Castle.

And in January 2019, Harrison’s Garden will reach its final destination at The Ropewalk. Bringing Harrison’s Garden home has been organised by the Better Barrow Community Project and Luke has kindly offered to donate the clocks to their fundraising cause to erect a statue of John Harrison. The clocks will be auctioned at the end of the exhibition – for further information visit betterbarrow.org

Harrison’s Garden was originally commissioned by Connect! and presented over 5 days at Devon’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery in 2015.

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Chrissy Collinson – Sites Unseen

The Tenfoot Series of paintings is a distillation of Hull’s hidden and unseen urban routes. These hidden routes have provided inspiration for me as an artist who lives in Hull and is intent on discovering the picturesque of the everyday, the roughness and irregularity of the mundane. My paintings are not though to be viewed as exploitative of the ‘down at heel’, but observation of this urban picturesque, and are paintings first and foremost.

As a keen walker of the Tenfoots I am never without my camera. I observe and record the fragility of rotting wood, holed by worm and beetle alike. I find the ad hoc nature of Hull’s Tenfoots fascinating: the make do and mend fences; the mock Tudor and Swiss chalet style garages; patched up boundaries and beguiling attempts at security. It would seem that Hull’s Tenfoots appear to be held together by flaking paint and rusting hinges. My paintings are as varied in subject matter and colour as the Tenfoots are in diversity.

Back in the studio I use photographs to compose and decide the subject matter to be painted. The resulting compositions are intended to concentrate the viewer’s gaze to a certain mark, form and/or structure of, or upon, a surface that initially caught my eye. There is no visual clue of a horizon or vanishing point. Nor are they meant as decorative shape and colour. The Tenfoot Series is an expression and first hand exploration of a familiar (to me) landscape through the concentrated and detailed process of painting in oil paint on an intimate scale.

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Studio Artists’ Show

The annual Ropewalk Studio Artists Exhibition features work from

David Alcock
Sally Beaumont
Emily Connor
Deborah Grice
Gill Hobson
Richard Hatfield
Judith Land
Tim Needham
Michael Scrimshaw
Reginald Swinney
Shirley Trumble
Keith Woodcock
85 Fathoms

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Fair Ground Fables – Michelle Forrest-Beckett

Michelle recalls a frightfully fascinating childhood memory of a former sideshow attraction in Whitby. Her recollection of witnessing a pickled dicephalic baby and the staked bones of Dracula began the blurring of the boundaries between reality and fantasy.

‘Fairground Fables’ was conjured to question the satirical and moral ambiguity of fringe entertainment presented behind the curtains of Vaudeville theatres and Victorian Side Shows. Michelle draws from idioms and fables that play with tales of tragedy and fortune as well as the traces of life that befall the discarded or well loved, by enlivening everyday objects with an air of uncertainty.  She assembles things left behind on dusty shelves, creating magnetic forms that encourage the viewer to take an encounter with the apprehension of things.  ‘Fairground Fables’ is bent with a nostalgic and melodramatic allure that bestows something provocative and enchanting.

 

On November 24 Michelle will be running a workshop teaching participants how to make their own Fairground Fable. Bookings can be made in the Craft Gallery.

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Richard Hatfield – Tim Needham

Richard Hatfield & Tim Needhams’ interest in painting stretches back through careers that began just one year apart. Working independently, both find common ground in their references to landscape, yet it is their divergent approaches which spark the dialogue in this show.

I paint out of doors and in the studio. Landscape embodies form, colour and light. Painting can reflect these primal elements and leave us with an object akin to poetry. I play with the picture plane and use paint on various surfaces, abstracted to convey feelings and form with a sense of the drama of the place.
Tim Needham

The subjects are the amalgamation of the remembered, the fleetingly observed and the repeated, emblematic motifs left, like an afterimage imprinted on the retina. I look for a sense of the unfamiliar in the ordinary – a gentle disquiet. Some pieces recall a particular moment or episode, often dramatic and transient such as the effects of light or weather, frequently in the extreme. It is at these times that nature can reassert itself into our consciousness and provide us with a taste of something that is awesome in the true sense of the word. Other paintings are less dramatic and conjure up emotions and associations of particular memories and universal fears from early childhood.
Richard Hatfield

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