We are thrilled to report that our discerning local art lovers once again came out in full force. On the Saturday the 10:23 from London was reported to have disgorged an army of visitors and we can only think that that may have had something to do with us! Throngs of people could be seen with Trail maps in hand visiting the 16 venues displaying the work of 30 artists and makers around Wivenhoe’s streets. We really did push our publicity far and wide this year, advertising in local newspapers in Suffolk and Essex and on their parent online local “What’s on” listings. Our reputation continues to grow further afield and we feel Wivenhoe has well and truly been planted on the creative map. Wivenhoe businesses reported welcome knock-on effects, especially pubs and eateries. The Art Trail team commissioned Noah Carter, local artist and professional videographer, to cover the three days. We’re so excited to see this fly on the wall view of the Trail as it’s always difficult to have documentation of our event whilst showing work at the same time and a few stills are included to give a flavour of his film. We feel this will be of great benefit to promote future events for all of us. Not only will this be ideal for promoting the next Art Trail but it will also act as a promotional tool for individual artists. Video clips and stills from the filming will be distributed to all participants for their personal use. We will have a stall at the Wivenhoe Regatta to promote our twice-yearly Art Trail and have a small representation of work from a few organisers. This offers an excellent opportunity to come and meet a few of the team and discuss how to take part should you wish to do so. In brief, our only criteria, is that you live in Wivenhoe, apply and pay our nominal fee on time and contribute to publicising the event. Alas, we are not able to assist with finding suitable venues. Talking of promoting creativity, we were delighted to represent both Millfields and Broomgrove primary schools by showing their work in St Mary’s churchyard. It was a joyful sight to see and we’re keen to encourage the next generation of creatives in Wivenhoe. We extend a huge thank you to Michaels Property Consultants for providing us with boards once again. This is such an asset for identifying studio locations and in turn we often overhear visitors exclaiming how they would like to live in Wivenhoe! We have already set the date for the next Art Trail, 17 - 19 November and begun to promote and share the date on social media. There’s a wealth of information for you to utilise on our website and we recommend you follow us on social media and/or sign up to our newsletter to ensure you don’t miss a thing. The only criticism we have encountered was the clashing with the Open Gardens event. This crossover was unknown to us and we will endeavour to ensure this doesn’t occur again. We completely understand that these two events are eagerly awaited in the town and each deserves full focus, indeed many of the artists would like to visit or take part themselves. With this in mind we are announcing next Spring’s dates early to help avoid this, so please put 17 - 19 May 2024 in your diaries now. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you once again Wivenhoe for your support, it is truly valued. xxx
These are the artists taking part in the next trail 17-19 November 2023:
My designs are created from found objects or patterns with added illustrations and text juxtaposed with a bold retro style. Strongly influence by the specific style of Letraset, a system of dry transfer lettering that was developed in 1960’s
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My work is inspired by our natural surroundings; the skies, the lands, the colour palettes and sense of place. Each artwork I create is a one-off original capturing a moment in time.
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Dantes Ceramics is a small independent pottery studio, set up by Issy Taylor-Jones. She specialises in functional wheel-thrown pieces that reflect modern design whilst incorporating traditional craft methods. From ceramic coffee pots to speckled bowls, Issy strives to make individual pieces that can be used and enjoyed every day.
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Fleurs du Coeur
Reflective botanical lino prints and words by Katie May.
The intricate and emotive designs weave together symbolic flora and fauna to represent reflections on life and learning. Each lino cut is paired with a piece of the artist’s poetry which explores the contemplative themes in the art work. The harmony of Katie May’s lino prints and reflective words provide a calm, thoughtful space and a connection to the wisdom of nature.
Fleur du Coeur lino prints are available as hand printed framed or mounted wall art. Also choose from a collection of printed textiles, cards and gifts.
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The brooding tones of Richard’s photographs reflect the continual influence of photographer Bill Brandt in his work.
His contemporary compositions concentrate on texture and form inviting the viewer to appreciate the world around us in ways that are often overlooked.
'The Swan' was included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2019.
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Drawing inspiration from the beauty of nature, Maureen Hume Ceramics, are designed and handmade in her Wivenhoe studio. Inspired
by the countryside, pottery thrown on the potters’ wheel and in press moulds using earthenware clay. Individually decorated using underglaze colours, coloured slips and stains.
Ceramics of all types: kitchen to tableware - dishes bowls platters and more, plus textural functional sculptural objects to enhance your space.
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Stockmarr's work has an ethos of storytelling and repurposing at its heart.
Old books, records, letters and encyclopaedias are her starting point.
Apertures are cut into their surfaces with hand cut ephemera assembled in layers with her signature playful, contemporary twist.
She produces high quality, limited edition, signed giclee prints of her work.
Exhibiting nationally and internationally, her Face Book 'A Stirring Book for Girls' was included in the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2018.
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My background is in graphic design and for the last 30 years I have been working in arts education, currently at the University of the Arts London.
Since moving to Wivenhoe, I have been exploring the technique of cyanotype. The cyanotype process lends the work a nostalgic and atmospheric perspective. Current work expands on my graphic design practice incorporating typography, my own photographs with found images to create work that explores the potential of cyanotype.
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Tilly de Willebois
I was lucky to study drawing and classical oil painting in Florence where I lived most of my life. I love to paint from life and going out with my easel makes my heart sing. At the moment I mainly paint local- and Italian landscapes paintings in oils and turn some of them into make dry point prints, hand finished with water colours.
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Catherine is an artist potter, making functional and sculptural pieces both on the wheel and using slab techniques. Her pieces are fired to a mid-range temperature, allowing her to keep the colour of terracotta clay whilst enjoying an exciting range of stoneware glazes.
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Lone Quist Edwards
I break down the world around me into abstract shapes and colours. Whether working in paint or making collages I am interested in layering and overlapping of tone and texture. I am inspired by my Scandinavian background where light and colour play an important role in people’s daily lives especially in the winter months when daylight is short and landscape can be bleak.
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