Originally from Cambridge, Matt Brown graduated from Brighton College of Art & Design in ’92 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.
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.
Having graduated from the 3D design course at Loughborough University, Sophie is based in the East Midlands and works 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.
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 - make sure you read each item’s product description to learn about their story and inspirations.
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
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.
£34, Acrylic on Wood.
£34, Acrylic on Wood.
£34, 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
Ceramic on wood, £130, size, colour and shape may vary.
Framed Huts on Driftwood
Ceramic on Wood, £80 Framed, colour and shape may vary.