Category Archives: craft

‘Tactile Histories’ – Art exhibition by deafblind people at the V&A Museum of Childhood

Tactile Histories, a textiles arts exhibition telling the unique personal stories of people with sight and hearing impairments from Tower Hamlets and Hackney was on at the V&A Museum of Childhood.

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10 out of 10 to celebrate best of 10 years of craft festival

Mosaic by Cleo Mussi
Mosaic by Cleo Mussi

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen have been directors of the Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey since it began ten years ago, and to help celebrate the birthday decade, the Guild will hold a Ten out of Ten exhibition.

The ten exhibitors have all earned their place through winning awards at the Craft Festival: from best emerging maker to best stand, but for that added twist the winning makers have been asked to create something new – launch a new product or show something that they wouldn’t necessarily sell on a stand.

Amongst these are Stroud-based mosaic artist Cleo Mussi. She is bringing new pieces illustrating a critical approach to human over-consumption. Sculptor Helaina Sharpley – whose work has been purchased by David Hockney ­– is able to pursue her ‘personal Edwardian obsession’ in a series of beautiful wire sculptures. Dionne Swift – a Goldsmiths graduate – shows her departure with textiles based on the elements, using the sewing machine thread as a drawing tool.

Ten out of Ten is at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen from Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, June 16 June The exhibition is free, open daily from 10am-5.30pm

Exhibitors: Virginia Graham CeramicsAndrew Potter GlassMargo Selby TextilesCleo MussiMosaicLizzie Farey WillowHelaina Sharpley WireAdele Brereton JewelleryAnja Keeley Mixed MediaJohn Luff FurnitureDionne Swift Textiles

Craftsmanship and design in furniture from Shawstephens

Stalheim Stool

It’s exciting times for furniture design and craftsmanship business Shawstephens, which is based in Kingsbridge, Devon. Not only have they had a year of a varied mix of projects, ranging from a taller teak Stalheim stool (see above), to an impressive fitted library in walnut and leather, but they are also set to welcome an apprentice from South Devon College in September.

Plus the team has include with the UK’s top makers and designers in House and Garden magazine’s feature on ‘some of the country’s most talented designers and makers of bespoke furniture’.

Pop along to the Shawstephens site and take a look at the journal page to get a snapshot of the work in progress.

Contemporary Glass Society Awards ‘Best Glass Graduate’ to Plymouth College of Art student

Precious Integrations'  by Sara Fell

A graduate of Plymouth College of Art has added another award to her mantel for achievements in glass making. This comes at a time when the college is celebrating the launch of a new degree specialising exclusively in working with glass.

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Sculptor’s chainsaw meerkats at Paignton Zoo

Sculptor Isabel Coulton at work

Sculptor Isabel Coulton, from South Brent, Devon is working on a chainsaw sculpture of meerktas at Paignton zoo. The group of meerkats is being carved from the stump of a Western red cedar tree near the Zoo’s meerkat enclosure. The stump has 8 cut-off trunks which will be turned into meerkats.

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Ideford artist Jon Mac on going on the road sharing art

Spoon carver Jon Mac is part of the Ideford Arts on the Road group, who go on the road to exhibit their work in not-art venues to inspire other artists and encourage art lovers. Here’s his take on the process of going out on the road

Spoon carver Jon Mac's spoons

The beauty of being a spoon carver is that my skills and the tools I use are easily portable. This gives me a wonderful opportunity to set up and work wherever I choose. I have given myself the challenge of using three simple tools of Nordic Origin: axe, knife and hook knife. These tools are all hand made by Nordic craftsmen. I have great respect for the skills used by First Nations and enjoy the fact that art and everyday objects are often one and the same. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with others and raising people’s awareness of traditional skills. The spoons I make have been described as beautiful little pieces of art. They are also of practical use and are designed to be used, handled and held.

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Water at Work – solo exhibition by ceramic artist Jenny Beavan at 45 Southside

Jenny Beavan

Ceramic artist Jenny Beavan’s is fascinated with water, and the geological changes it can create, and that fascination is borne out in the Water at World exhibition at the 45 Southside Gallery, Plymouth.

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Wrapped Up for Christmas – Devon Guild of Craftsmen annual Christmas exhibition is back for its sixth year

Wrapped Up, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s annual Christmas exhibition is back for its sixth year on Saturday, November 21, with a selection of contemporary crafts from £3 to £2,000.

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Wolves, wall-paper and Wang Chung – all part of the fairytale printing of Emma Molony

Dark smoky lines and silhouettes feature strongly in the printmaking of Emma Molony. Inspired by the papercuts of Hans Christian Anderson, there’s something of the fairy tale to a lot of her work. Lee Morgan spoke to her.

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Nights at the museum. Burton Art Gallery and Museum runs torch tours

As part of the Museums At Night Weekend, which takes place on the weekend of May 15 to May 17, Burton museum, Bideford, will be letting parents and children create their own spotlights with torches to uncover some of the museum’s mysteries.

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