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Lis Toft

Posted on July 29, 2015 by simon glover

TOFT PORCELAIN is designed and hand crafted by ceramic artist LIS TOFT, on the Isle of Wight

 Lis studied at Bath Academy and has a BA Hons in Fine Art.

Her studio is situated alongside 6 other professional artists studios at Jubilee Stores on the river Medina, Newport Quay.
Lis works in porcelain; specializing in porcelain jewellery, wheel thrown, and hand built decorative porcelain. We've had several different collections from Lis and the most recent are this Bronze Seahorse collection and Beach Bowls. Just lovely!

 

 

 Seawash pots from a previous collection at Found

Seawash Vase from a previous collection at the Found

 

 

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Ella Robinson

Posted on July 28, 2015 by simon glover

Ella Robinson is our sort of experimental artist, working with what she finds and daring to challenge conventional expectations. Her work had been shown internationally and we've been lucky enough to see her exhibiting at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and Origins.  She has sent us a selection of stitched and wrapped found objects/driftwood ranging from £18 - 400.

Ella Robinson was born in Brighton (UK) in 1984. Her passion for art was first realised during experimental art lessons, where numerous found materials were used; ring pulls from drinks cans, large pieces of wood found in skips and scraps of materials and ribbon. She found it more exciting and inspiring to work three-dimensionally with materials, discovering their unique properties, rather than to paint or draw.

Since graduating Robinson has continued to combine found wood with traditional textile media and plastics by drilling, stitching and wrapping. She sells these through her own stands at Craft Fairs (including Origin and The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair), exhibitions and through selected galleries in the UK (such as flow in Notting Hill and Mostyn in Wales). Her practice also involves planning and running workshops, either based on her own work (focusing on the materials and techniques she employs) or a set theme. She was also an Evening Lecturer at the Oxford Embroiderers’ Guild in 2014.

Robinson has had work published in magazines, including Embroidery, Design Week, Mollie Makes, Crafty Magazine, International Textiles and Nya RUM (a Swedish architecture and design magazine) and one book; Atmosphere, The Shape of Things to Come (Architecture, Interior Design, Design and Art). Her project, Make an Embroidered Decorative Object, was featured in the booklet accompanying the BBC series Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution. Robinson’s works have also featured in a number of trend prediction publications.

 

Now, only one question remaining, which piece will make it into the gallery's Found collection?

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Justine Miller

Posted on July 28, 2015 by simon glover

Justine Miller recently dropped a selection of her digital prints into the gallery. We have a selection of her Woodland series, both framed and unframed and starting at only £70. We love Justine's work and hope to regularly feature her work. Please come and see this work before it has sold out. The following words are taken from Justine's website and give an insight into her practice and motivations.

"Justine is originally from London where she started her training at Camberwell College of Art studying decorative arts, specialising in textiles. From there she headed to Edinburgh College of Art to join the Fine Art Printmaking course. Hers was the first year group who studied computer imagery and technology as part of their course work, as well as traditional techniques such as etching and lithography.



Justine has a love of texture, pattern, line, repetition, scale and colour, and the decorative quality of her work plays an important role in the end piece. This all ties in with having studied textiles. These elements, along with the ever changing cinematic light in the Borders, are what inspire her landscape based work.



She sees everything in terms of pattern and colour and this will be the starting point for her work. Whether out on a walk or travelling she is constantly looking out for inspiration and subject matter. This could appear in the form of a barren moorland landscape with a line of trees on the horizon coming together as a simple composition of horizontal stripes, or the regimented trees in a wood or forest seen as vertical stripes of light and shade.



Creating colour charts is very important to Justine’s working practice, and she often creates prints in different colourways, enjoying the repetition. She is fascinated by the feel and atmosphere of a piece and how the juxtaposition of colour can create such opposites, whether harmonious or jarring.

Justine doesn’t take a traditional approach to her printmaking and has had to use the equipment that was readily available to her, mainly a computer. She feels that digital technology has opened up new opportunities for printmakers. and has adopted it with enthusiasm. She uses different techniques, to create a finished work, experimenting photographically, digitally and with hand drawn images, initially paring them back to simple shapes, shadows and highlights, before layering them up again. The process, for her, is ever evolving."

Wonderful work Justine, we're looking forward to seeing where you go next with your printmaking.

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Jane Strawbridge

Posted on July 15, 2015 by simon glover

 

On me head son! Jane Strawbridge's work is unique, beautifully realised and often surprising. We have previously had a series of characters with vegetables balanced on their heads, mystical and mythical looking creatures, and Jane's trademark long legged people. All Jane's work is made from papier mache, modelled around a wire armature and utilising the natural colours and qualities of the raw material. All surface colours and patterns are from paper, books and found materials. Often fragments of text add another subtext to the work. Jane rarely applies any colour, other than to accentuate lips and cheeks. Every exhibition has always sold out and I'm always asking for more so it's likely that if you visit you'll find some of Jane's wonderful creations waiting to meet you.

 

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Driftwood and Fused Glass Photography

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Amy Christie

After the excitement of a weekend at Why Not in North Berwick I've returned to the gallery with a bunch of new driftwood and fused glass wall hangings. These cost from £15 to £95 and show images from Dunbar, North Berwick and other local areas The driftwood is collected from a secret East Lothian beach combing area and the photography is fused into the glass in the large flat bed kiln we have in the gallery.  I hope you like them.

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