Originally from Cambridge, Matt Brown graduated from Brighton College of Art & Design in 1992 with a BA(Hons) in Illustration. In his final year he specialised in three-dimensional illustration and animation, leading to a career in special effects, commercial model-making and even bespoke carpentry.
Matt has been exhibiting his work for over 20 years, and throughout his career, has always championed the use of reclaimed and found materials. More recently, his work has focused on his love of the Suffolk coastline and its ramshackle fishermen’s huts, houses and boats. It is this weather-ravaged working environment, with its improvised structures and colour palette, that particularly holds his interest.
British wildlife is the inspiration for Rosie’s work, as it constantly surrounds us and is a major part of world. Yet we mostly only ever see glimpses of them and they are often ignored or thought as separate from us as we go about our lives.
Through her wire work, Rosie hopes to bring out the beauty and wonder of movement and form of British wildlife. Transforming wire into works of art for people to view and appreciate in a hope that they will do the same for their real-life counterparts.
Metal, 36x55cm, £440
Metal, 80x28cm, £330
Metal, 30x28cm, £286
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 favourite 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".
Jeni 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 on 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 life size 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.
Polly is a self-taught papercut artist and has been working in this medium for several years now – she has also flirted with stained glass, etching and lithography but Polly prefers papercutting.
'The challenge of telling a story with the paper whilst keeping it all in one piece is both exciting and magical, and it's so rewarding to lift a completed papercut from the cutting mat – like an intricate piece of lace.
I was ten when my grandmother gave me some Chinese papercut horses – beautifully delicate designs cut from fragile rice paper. Amazingly, I have them still and in one way they could be credited as being the inspiration for my present work'.
Polly has been fascinated by paper since childhood – when her '70s collection of Snoopy stickers gradually amassed to a huge stock of all things paper – origami, handmade papers, notebooks, wrapping paper. Polly loves everything about paper – the feel of it, the huge variety of textures and colours – the boundless potential of the medium – and so far she feels that she is only just scratching the very surface.
'Each papercut begins from an idea of a narrative. Influences come from all around me – things I see and hear, books and TV. My sketchbook is a constant companion – filled with doodled ideas, sketches, words and phrases.
I might draw something which will spark an idea – and this develops in my sketch book and in my imagination until it is formed enough to begin a papercut. I then freehand draw the image full size and start cutting – although even then the story can still evolve and change whilst I marry it into the structure of the papercut until it is fully formed'.
All of Polly's papercuts are unique. She does have themes that may reoccur but every papercut is an original one-off that tells its own story. Polly sees it in her mind's eye as one narrative – but each interpretation is up to you – the viewer.
New work from Polly Finch coming soon
Clare Gunson makes mixed media work with a strong coastal influence, often incorporating found, reclaimed and salvaged objects.
Illustrations of birds in watercolour and ink work, are mounted on reclaimed wood and presented in a contemporary box frame.
Acrylic on Wood, 26x26cm, Framed, £34
Acrylic on Wood, 26x26cm, Framed, £34
Acrylic on Wood, 26x26cm, Framed, £34
First and foremost, Miriam classes herself as a maker. She enjoys creating beautiful and decorative objects which are often inspired by her surroundings on a small farm in North Wales which is located a stone throw away from Hell’s mouth beach.
During her time in Manchester studying 3d Design and MA Design at Manchester School of Art, Miriam discovered how strongly her Welsh background inspired her work, and how woodwork forms a part of her identity. She is the fourth generation within her family to take up wood work and the only female. Although she explored other materials and inspirations during her time at University, it was Wales and wood that the focus of Miriam's work often returned to.
Farming is also an important element which influences her work, taking inspiration from rope tying’s which are interpreted strongly within her products through binding coloured thread and inlaying them into the wood.
A lot of Miriam's work is created from reclaimed timber or her own off cuts from other projects and later turned into beautiful objects with a purpose and meaning once more. Nothing goes to waste in the process of making, with the wood shavings being re used under the chickens on the farm. Each item is unique and has a story to tell.
Miriam's work is simple, contemporary, tactile and decorative. She aims to celebrate the natural beauty of wood through simple forms, and adding a hint of colour to attract the eye and make wood look feminine and fun.
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.
Small Automata Ships
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'.