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Whether you’re local or an art lover from afar, save the date, mark the calendar and book time off, for the next Wivenhoe Art Trail is taking place 17 - 19 May. Spring is just about to bloom but before we flag up the eagerly awaited Spring Event, we’d like to thank all who visited our pre-Christmas Art Trail for your support and patronage. November’s Art Trail had excellent weather with the usual buzz of anticipation enjoyed by all for what was another busy event. It was heralded by three timely articles in prestigious magazines, which undoubtedly played a part in the incredible footfall! Essex Life Magazine ran an in-depth piece called ‘A woman of many layers’, outlining the work of collage artist Jane Watson. It featured her working practice, role and inclusion as a Wivenhoe Art Trail organiser, and the inspiration she takes from the area surrounding Wivenhoe. Additionally, it printed a full page article flagging up the Art Trail, highlighting our previous successes and long held reputation as a creative town, giving a flavour of what to expect. We even had a mention on the front cover! As if that wasn’t enough, an article in Country Living magazine featured Isabelle Taylor-Jones, of Dante’s Ceramics, carrying a full lifestyle piece on her studio and home in preparation for Christmas. The Art Trail was mentioned as Isabelle is a valued Art Trail organiser. If you get the opportunity to view the rather magnificent photoshoot, you will identify many Wivenhoe artists’ work, past and present, adorning her walls. We feel that these articles really did put Wivenhoe on the national map and had the usual favourable impact on the town’s businesses and hostelries. The Community Rail team ESCRP assisted us in brokering an incentive for visitors from afar to attend the Art Trail by rail, with a pack of postcards of local artists’ work on presentation of a valid rail ticket. This will be an ongoing project designed to alleviate pressure on local traffic, offering a more eco-conscious way of attending. Each Wivenhoe Art Trail boasts familiar favourites and a regular turnover of new emerging talent, and, as usual, the breadth of mediums is extensive. From ceramics, paintings, prints, textiles, photographs and collage, each year we develop and grow in both variety and reach. Our ‘home grown artists’ are always happy to chat about their work and the Art Trail is an excellent opportunity for budding creatives to see art in action and watch artists inspire their audiences. We are always astonished and delighted by the resourcefulness of our artists securing venues and working together to find ways of showing their work. Having an Art Trail with venues within walking distance of each other is a rarity and incredibly convenient, with the added benefit of taking in Wivenhoe’s beautiful surroundings. As in previous years, we are keen to encourage the next generation of artists and makers, by including both Broomgrove and Millfields primary schools in the Art Trail, and we look forward to including them on the promotional leaflet once a venue is confirmed. To keep up with all Wivenhoe Art Trail news follow us on Facebook the_wivenhoe_art_trail and Instagram @the_wivenhoe_art_trail or sign up to our mailing list via wivenhoearttrail.com, where all makers’ contact details, Art Trail dates and opening times can be viewed throughout the year. Not visited, or been unable to visit the Art Trail yet? Simply visit our website and view the video of last year’s Art Trail, it really is a great opportunity to see Wivenhoe at its creative best… please feel free to share it. The Wivenhoe Art Trail team and artists appreciate and look forward to your continued support and can guarantee a warm, creative, welcome at each studio. We look forward to seeing you.

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These are the artists that took part in the trail 17-19 November 2023:

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Sara Barker

Silver jewellery and copper objects entirely handmade, cut and shaped into elegant , contemporary designs, fired with rich, colourful enamels.

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Rosanna Clare

Contemporary leather bags & accessories designer/maker and teacher of

a range of workshops and courses.

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James Dodds

James' paintings and prints are inspired by boats and boat building. His work follows the coastal variations of the simple workboat. 

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Kathryn Elizabeth

Water and seascape oil painter 

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Anna Gibb

 Anna is an architect and artist who makes highly detailed idiosyncratic drawings, rooted in history, allegory and fun! 

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Fiona Harmon

unique sculptures  & assemblages made from found objects and broken bits of boats, abstract oil paintings, self taught artist

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Gil Holmes

I am showing a variety of work that includes expressive portraits of various types, mainly of my favourite jazz musicians. There will be other work including landscapes. 

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Amanda Jenkins

I will be presenting a group of small scale mixed-media paintings and original prints in response to local estuary landscapes.

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Caroline Moiret

Contemporary glass: colourful jewellery, dishes, sculpture, panels, etc. Gorgeous gifts for self, loved ones and home. EASY PARKING. Wine & Christmas Nibbles.

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David Purdey

I try to communicate something of my response to the light and atmosphere of a place and the feelings it evokes.

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Jacqueline South

Fine art illustrations in pencil, pastel and watercolour. Original art, limited edition prints and other merchandise for sale. Commissions taken.

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thelettersrsw

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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Jane Watson

Jane is a self-taught painter and collage artist. She is inspired by the countryside around her and her love of colour.

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Charlotte Bernays

In pursuit of expression of the nature of nature. That is - the configuration and reconfiguration of matter and energy.

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Emma Connolly

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

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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Angela Godwin

Using different techniques Angela Godwin creates functional pieces in earthenware clay, made on the potter’s wheel.

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Richard Hayward

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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Maureen Hume

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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Ella Johnston

My current practice explores handwriting, mark-making and form through painting, drawing and print-making.

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Nel Mooy

Colourful Lino prints using reduction technique, depicting Wivenhoe and further afield.

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Railway Glass Studio

Four artists specialising in lead/copper foil stained glass and fused glass.

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Alison Stockmarr

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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Adrienne Tulley

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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Hanna Buck

My art is a collection of my thoughts and feelings which I translate in to canvas. Expression through painting helps me interpret and process the world around me.

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Catherine Dodds

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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Laura Fletcher

Woven homewares, gifts & accessories inspired by natural textures & pattern in nature.

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Janet Harker

Drawings and watercolours of traditional sailing boats and of flowers. I make commissioned quilts and wall hangings and interesting cushions.

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Julien Holley

I'm a self-taught artist inspired by nature and the human condition, painting bold colour and line in a figurative expressionistic manner.

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Robina Jack

Using her own moulds, coloured slips and transparent glazes, Robina makes earthenware dishes decorated with animals, plants and

coastal motifs.

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Lauren Kelly

I make lino prints inspired by nature, pattern, repetition and collections.

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Margie North

Margie paints in oil ‘en plein air’ trying to capture the energy of the landscape. She also enjoys still life watercolour.

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Janet Roberts

My ceramic sculptures & totems are very much influenced by the driftwood that I find along the River Colne. 

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Nancy Rose Taplin

Nancy’s work responds to the beauty of the natural world in media including block-printed fabric and painted paper ephemera.

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Carla Watkins

Photographic & mixed media art photographic artist in the realms of fantasy, magic & imagination, inspired by books & folklore.

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