Ann studied at Yale College and Glyndwr University (The North Wales College of Art and Design) obtaining First Class Honours in Design. She specialised in Illustration through drawing and printmaking.
Artist in Residence at Chester Zoo, making artworks of the Aquarium, the Twilight Zone (bats) and the gardens.
Spinning a Yarn, an exhibition based on the life cycle of the silkworm recorded through drawing.
The Ladies of Llangollen, a visual diary residency in the house and grounds of Plas Newydd, Llangollen.
Ann is a keen keeper of sketchbooks and observational drawing.
Ladies in Lockdown (in socially distanced conversation).
Drawing of tiny brass lady-bell from the Sue Ryder charity shop in Westerham
Tamsin's work is influenced by her home India, where she grew up; the diversity and chaos of it. The patterns, the colours, the intricacy of the architecture and of the people. She is half British and now lives in the UK which is colourful, chaotic and diverse in a different way. This brings about a fusion of style and sentiment which inspires her art. She aims to immerse viewers into a world where anything is possible. Being a multicultural artist, she wants to spread emotion, colour and diversity
Tamsin found a small Indian tapestry at The Salvation Army on Beckenham High Street. The piece is about factory workers in Asia and the conditions they have to work in. On top of this, a lot of the factory workers in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan have been laid off due to the decrease in orders because of coronavirus, there is no furlough in these countries, the factory workers are trapped in the jaws of Western consumers.
Jacky's artist statement is different from yesterday’s and will be different tomorrow.
Uneducated in any of the arts, she longed to play music, to dance, to make, to paint, to be, but she seemed to fall at every hurdle until she found making and painting.
She took an evening class, learnt to paint. She went to exhibitions and began to understand art books. Eventually she rid herself of her illusionary representations, and turned to experimentation.
She is now as happy to indulge in paint as she is to climb into skips, or slip into charity shops to salvage used materials . Jacky never knows what joy and learning tomorrow may bring.
Tea cosy and painted mug
The tea cosy is made from bits of fabric and she uses the mug and saucer to mix paints, all items found in Wilfred’s hospice charity shop in Felpham, West Sussex.
Is a painter and illustrator working with oil paints on board and canvas. She has loved creating since a young age, always illustrating to pass the time. She studied Art at Northern Illinois University, where she fell in love with oil painting. She is German American, living and working in Chicago, Hamburg and now London.
In oil painting she has found her love of vibrant colour mixing which soothe and excite at the same time. Her illustrative pop style a common theme. Her primary subject matter include oceans, harbours and rivers with choppy or calming reflective waters, as well as villages and terraced rows illustrated in cosy proximity. Her paintings are occasionally visited or rained upon by the odd illustrated creature. Her work is light hearted meant to provoke a smile or illicit calm from the viewer.
It's Raining Cats
A common theme in her unique pop style, Klaudia painted her mini raining cats for this oval gold frame with velvet backing, found at cancer research in Sevenoaks.
After a long period exploring drawing Jeff has returned to collage as his primary practice. It is a media of tremendous versatility which has enabled him to work more intuitively, embracing experimentation and risk taking. Because it uses found materials the medium itself is always throwing up new ideas, new directions and possibilities. As his work develops he is breaking out of a traditional 2D rectangular format. Breaking through and breaking out into freedom seem to be emerging themes for Jeff which seems particularly apposite in this time of involuntary confinement and restriction.
The first charity shop to reopen in his town, Wimborne in Dorset, was Debra. he saw a book in there on dogs for a pound. It fitted the brief for the Charity Shop Art Challenge perfectly. Jeff had been talking to his American husband about Old English Roses which in combination with the book triggered the title 'Dog Roses' as a whimsical prompt for this piece.
Kate works in a minimalist tradition, exploring the qualities of pieced fabric, and the related media of book pages. She works in a crowded minimalism; dense and hectic with marks.
She deconstructs a traditional textile process, English Paper Piercing, and thereby taking a craft practice into the Fine Art World. This includes deconstructing the false opposition of the categories of 'Fine Art' and Textile Art'
Currently she is very interested in exploring the binaries of presence/absence; bound/unbound; stitched/loose; and closed/open.
Her contribution to the show is a half a book cover wrapped in textile. Book bought from Oxfam in Buxton, Derbyshire.
Mike is a landscape painter. Living in Kent he mostly paints En Plein Air.
Frame bought from Hospice in the Weald in Edenbridge. (Mike's favourite place to shop).