Sarah Jane Brown's work upcycles driftwood, metal and newspaper. Her delicate small sculptures start with the driftwood which forms the landscape and onto this she add houses and trees soldered together from metal and wire. Newspaper foliaged trees too appear in her tiny scenes of homes and plots. An interest in scale and proportion is evident as tall trees overshadow diminuitive houses and stretched washing lines span the space between distant trees.
Each piece of driftwood is selected for its particular shape and feel and the unpredictability of her material means that each piece is unique but clearly recognisable as her work.
Jeni Cairns is an award winning artist and garden designer living in rural Cambridgeshire. Her work covers a wide variety of mediums and disciplines including painting ,collage, sculpture, ceramics ,drawing , sewing, garden design and planting.
Jeni studied general art and design at the Isle of Ely college and Fine Art at Derby University, creating large scale abstract and figurative paintings and drawings incorporating text and various materials.
"My favorite medium is oil painting on canvas and most recently Plasma cutting! Collage, including vintage music paper and quirky vintage objects to give my work a sense of nostalgia and preserving something precious".
Jen has most recently concentrated on using metal drums to carve and cut her designs.
Born in Burton upon Trent, Elliot showed a passion for wildlife and art from a young age. Influenced by the animal sculptures of the Renaissance, he focuses on capturing the life and grace of the subject, concentrating n their key features but allowing spontaneity to make up the main body of the sculpture. Largely self-taught, Elliot takes inspiration from the countryside, initially in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Elliot now travels the country in order to observe and photograph animals in their natural habitat. Alongside lifesize sculptures, he also scales down large animals creating more manageable sculptures. Focusing his art on wild and farm life, Elliot's clay sculptures are then cast in bronze or resin. All of Elliot's sculptures are of small limited editions with each sculpture taking several weeks to complete. He also welcomes commissions.
Born Portsmouth, Hampshire, 1952. Educated St Felix, Southwold, Suffolk (1962 - 69) and Chichester College, Sussex (1970 - 73) Lincoln College of Art and Design (1985 - 87). Rosemary Cook worked for many years as a conservator and restorer of the decorative arts, however, it was during her late teens that she discovered her love of sculpting.
'I was attending a pottery class with my mother, just to keep her company. My pots were dreadful so to pass the time I started making quick, sketchy sculptures. It was like a window opening onto a new world. True love... I never looked back. "
The Scholar £890
Jane works from home in her studio & two small workshops in Hale Fen on the Norfolk Cambridgeshire border.
She believes that functional objects can be elevated; creating heirlooms & longevity in designs we live with every day. Jane takes inspiration from her local countryside, history, tradition, flora & fauna. She loves the textural & tactile qualities of natural materials like Wool, Wood, Copper, & Leather & Brass.
Jane's designs are made to use & love, amplifying traditional techniques, in a contemporary way experimenting with the mythologies of making.
Her products consist of a small batch of steam-bent Ash vessels or trugs. The inspiration for these practical ‘one off’ pieces comes from Norfolk reeds & the process is inspired by historic boat building techniques & copper fixtures. her Trugs are currently featured on the front cover of Craft & Design and in Crafts Magazine.
The Wesley-Barrell Craft Awards judges…
“A refreshingly contemporary take on the classic trug. While the fluid form references the traditional process and materials, Crisp adds an unexpected touch by juxtaposing brass and copper with Ash.”
Having recently graduated from the 3D design course at Loughborough University, Sophie is based in the East Midlands and works and makes in her studio in Loughborough, specialising in jewellery and metalsmithing . Having refined her silversmithing and metalsmithing skills throughout her degree, Sophie has more recently been exploring the process of traditional hand metal spinning.
Metal spinning is a 'dying craft' that sits on the border between craft and an industrial process. Sophie has been lucky enough to work with, and at, a local metal spinners who have shared their expertise. She has been combining metal spinning with her love of mathematics - something that Sophie is heavily inspired by.
Small Copper Bowl
£63 each, Etching on Copper.
Large Copper Bowl
£189, Etching on Copper.
Medium Copper Bowl
£105, Etcing on Copper.
Wanda has a small workshop on a farm near Bath.
She studied Craft and Design at University in 1998. At the time, Wanda was already influenced by Alexander Calder's wire work; she was making steel cogs and cams, wire figures, waterwheels and mobiles.
Wanda visited Cabaret Mechanical Theatre in London after a friend bought her a postcard of a Paul Spooner piece. Her two first automata were made of steel, but in her final year at University, Wanda moved in to the wood workshop.
Wanda keeps the mechanisms quite simple, she doesn't paint or varnish the wood and uses different natural colours of wood instead.
All the wood she uses is either reclaimed or small off cuts. Most of the shaping is done on a tatty (and noisey) mini belt sander with an inch wide belt. She uses a small bandsaw, scroll saw, pillar drill and a dremel.
Sardines for Tea
Sardines For Tea are Clare and Richard Gunson. Much of their mixed media work has a strong coastal influence, often incorporating found, reclaimed and salvaged objects.
Their large Shipping Forecast, typography-based work has a nostalgic, poetic feel and is displayed in their own handmade, hand painted, wooden frames.
Recent works include Richard's love of the photographic image being combined with collected items to create Clare's contemporary assemblages, displayed in handmade wooden boxes bringing in urban, rural and coastal themes.
Richard's photography features again in deconstructed, waxed, photographic pieces , adding depth and texture to captured moments.
The couple's smaller pieces include bird watercolour and ink work, which is mounted on reclaimed wood and presented in a contemporary box frame.
£24, Acrylic on Wood.
£24, Acrylic on Wood.
£24, Acrylic on Wood.
£295, Acrylic on Wood.
Emma loves the North Norfolk coast and has spent many a childhood holiday jumping off the dunes and crabbing at low tide.
'The wildness of the Norfolk coast is amazing, with its ever changing coastline after each tide. She has always wanted a beach hut, so Emma built her very own in her garden in Cambridge. It's now her studio for making coastal inspired ceramics.
Emma has been a potter for many years, she is also beach-combing mad and uses many items she's found on the beach in her work, making each piece totally unique'.
Huts on Driftwood
£130 , Ceramic on Wood Hanging, Size, Colour and shape may very.
Framed Huts on Driftwood
£80, Ceramic on Wood Framed, colour and shape may very.