Erica studied Fashion and Textiles at Loughborough University specialising in woven Ikat dyed fabrics in 1986. She set up her studio in Nottingham in 1987 where she continues to work as a textile artist and painter.
She has exhibited her work internationally and has work in both public and private collections. She has lectured extentively and worked as Artist in residence.
Construction, texture, fibre and image all combine to form the basis of her work. Drawing inspiration from the natural world she translates these in woven pieces, collaged constructions using plant fibres and paintings in watercolours.
Erica's watercolour paintings of grasses are drawn and painted with the brush. The composition of mark is observed by sitting, watching and taking time whether to see how sculptural shapes are formed on blades of grass from the rain and then scorched by the sun or a stalk broken and bent by a bird in search of a grain or resting place.
The paintings work singularly, in pairs or triptych creating a panoramic view.
Local Enameller Katie Sanderson was first introduced to enamelling through her mum, an experienced and accomplished enameller in her own right.
It soon became something she loved and still finds incredibly satisfying. Every time a piece goes in the kiln she knows that once it's out and cooling there will be a different result every time.
Enamelling can be incredibly unpredictable yet also an art form that with time and experience you can learn its patterns its tricks, how temperatures play a huge part, how depths of enamel change the outcome, how one method can interact with another.
The process can make Katie feel like an alchemist and other times totally at the mercy of the materials, being unable to predict what the kiln will bring me.
Katie's inspirations are broad. A lot coming from the natural world, she often pick up leaves stones or photograph flowers for there colours and textures, other times it comes from animals like taking photos of snakes for there patterned bodies, but she's always on the look out anything that provides a new combination of colour and texture for inspiration.
Justine Nettleton is a Long Eaton based Fine Artist. She paints landscapes and site specific artwork. She exhibits nationally and internationally.
Her jewellery is inspired by her paintings. She uses her paintings at various stages of completion as source material for the colours and textures in her brooches and pendants.
She incorporates her love of nature into her botanical designs while animals and birds are a source of inspiration for her brooches.
Each piece is individually made by the artist and no two animal brooches are identical.
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Nottingham based Dawn Feeney is a very talented lady indeed.
After graduating from Loughborough college of Art and Design with a BA hons in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing she was then accepted onto a One Year Bursary which
included working with one of the country's leading silversmiths, Rod Kelly. Under Rods supervision she furthered her knowledge and technique of 'chasing' in jewellery.
With home-made traditional tools and a hammer this technique allows the maker to draw and 'markmake' on the silver, this when polished brings the metal alive with both texture and reflection.
There are any number of medium that an artist can use to express their vision and as well as silver and watercolours, Dawn Feeney has chosen copper as the basis for a number of her designs.
If you go back to your school days you may remember that as copper becomes hotter, a rainbow of permanent colours are transmitted thought the surface depending on the temperature the the metal is at.
Dawn takes a fine blow torch and uses this inherent feature of copper to create something quite beautiful.
Using the finest and yet sharpest tools her subjects range from insect life through to fish and other sea creatures, all of which emerge from the frame. Dawns copper art always includes the finest embossed detailing which she adds by hand using the silver chasing techniques from her informative years.
Dawn has left a great selection of her work with us and we are confident that once you see them in real life you will appreciate the skill and talent involved in producing these artworks and fall in love with them like we have done.