Welcome to Wivenhoe Art Trail!
... where creatives fling open their doors and invite you to view their latest creations. From ceramics to collage, paintings to textiles, a plethora of art and craft awaits.
Wivenhoe is renowned for its creative community and the Wivenhoe Art Trail is a movable feast of established favourites and emerging talent. This event offers an opportunity for you to meet the makers and see their work, often in their studios and working environments.
If you live in Wivenhoe and wish to take part please do get in touch....
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The Christmas Art Trail was a great success, thank you to all those who took part!
The snow melted, the days are getting longer and Spring is here! Throughout lockdown we’ve still been working away and have an amazing array of new work in readiness for our next event ... COVID permitting!
Save the dates 25, 26 & 27th June when once again we fling open our studio doors and welcome you back to view our most recent work. In the meantime check out our social media platforms to keep abreast of information and how to contact makers directly to purchase work.
We can’t wait to welcome you back into our studios. In the meantime stay sane and above all safe.
Ceramicist and designer, Issy Taylor-Jones is behind the beautifully crafted works of Dantes Ceramics. The handmade pieces are designed to inspire individuals to create a slower way of life. Issy strives to create shapes that are aesthetically pleasing with the emphasis on simplicity and function. “I have always been drawn to objects with a Scandinavian feel, simple, understated, often imperfect. The colours and textures of nature are gleaned from visits to the Scottish Highlands, where I feel more connected with the dramatic landscape.
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Catherine Dodds works in terracotta clay fired to stoneware temperatures. Her work is wheel thrown and practical with the occasional sculptural anomaly. The results are constantly surprising to her.
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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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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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Alison has an ethos of recycling and repurposing at its heart. Old books, records, letters and Encyclopaedias are her starting point. Apertures are laser cut into their surfaces with hand cut ephemera, assembled in layers with her signature playful, contemporary twist.
Producing high quality, signed, giclee prints, she exhibits nationally and internationally and was included in the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2018.
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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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Jo Angell makes paintings and prints with abstract themes. Colour and textures are arranged and merged to create bold contemporary images. Jo’s work nods to her background as a designer and her love of midcentury modern art and design.
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My jewellery celebrates the patterns and colours I find in places where nature reclaims human-made environments. Contemporary hand-cut silver and copper shapes are fired with translucent and opaque vitreous enamels. Colours are layered with multiple firings, playing with light and depth or used as a ‘block’ to emphasise the shape and outline of my designs.
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Annie & Elin Bielecka
ANNIE’s known textile work reflects her love of the sea and timelessness of landscape.
There are glimpses from afar of some real, some imaginary lands as seen from the ocean. She uses highly decorative techniques crossing the boundary between fine and applied art - using fabrics that are difficult to combine such as silks and metallic fibres that reflect light with textured and raw edges showing movement, depth and dimension.
ELIN’s work is about colour and light, playfulness and projections. Elin mostly works in glass and lead with elements that are 3-dimensional. The stained glass pieces come to life when light passes through them creating fleeting projections of colour.
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Beautiful handmade leather notebooks and journals, hand stitched with decorative beading and made with artists’ grade paper – ideal for sketching or simply making notes – alongside unique bookmarks that make a perfect Christmas gift or stocking filler.
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& Beverly MacGregor
Teresa is a self-taught watercolour artist and crafter whose artwork is inspired by a love of wildflowers and nature. She produces small watercolour paintings and cards.
Teresa teams up with her sister Beverly combining her wire-work skills, with watercolour, to create unique three dimensional landscape scenes.
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Scrimshaw carving on driftwook.
Image of carved cow bone fish on driftwood.
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& Julie Cuthbert
Mathilde van der Does de Willebois: Oil paintings of landscapes and still lives.
Julie sculpts in metal using both new materials, and existing materials having regard to their former life. Many of her sculptures are kinetic, to be experienced in nature, in changing light, weather and seasons. Think Cornelia Parker meets David Smith meets Alexander Calder.
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Unique, handmade homewares & gifts woven in Suffolk. Using natural yarns inspired by tree bark, weathered rocks and seascapes - featuring stripes, geometrics and texture.
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Fleurs du Coeur
Reflective lino cuts by Katie May
Fleurs du Coeur lino designs represent the impact that the natural world has on me and speak of my reflections on life and learning.
I have discovered that my loves of nature and art are miraculously linked to understanding, health and wellbeing. They offered space to calm, connect and inwardly listen, and a medium in which to express, where words can sometimes be too much.
It is my dearest hope that my work can reach out to other people and provide contemplative space and a connection to the wisdom of nature.
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& Debra Weiss
Pru Green: Ceramics.
Janet Harker: Etching, Watercolours & textiles.
Fiona Harmon: Sculpture, boat assemblages.
James Johnston: Oil/acrylic paintings, drawings & prints.
Simon Sharp: Ceramics.
Debra Weiss: Oil Paintings and prints.
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Imy & Ali Hare
& Charlotte Wells
Imy plays with the idea of loss, depression and memories throughout many aspects of her practice. Inspired primarily by natural themes such as growth and decay, Imy is intrigued by the perception of the natural world.
Ali developed a deep love of the Stour valley countryside and the East Anglian coastline whilst she was alive. Ali's subjects included countryside views, seascapes, flowers, and birds. Her colourful pictures evoke many emotions, from warm memories of childhood summer days, to the power of wild winter storms; from outdoor scenes to interior still life; and from laughing family groups to solitary figures.
Charlotte says: 'As a lover of wildlife and the countryside I aim to capture my experiences in nature through my art. Using a range of materials such as watercolour, pen and pencils I reflect the beauty and character of my subjects on to the page.'
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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 selected for 2019’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
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I try to capture moments in time during my making process as I respond directly to the everchanging impermanent natural world around me. The slower hand building process allows each piece to take on a unique imperfection which reflects the organic nature of the world itself.
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Glass jewellery, dishes, wall panels and sculptures.
I am constantly awed and uplifted by the interplay of colour and light and the beauty of the natural world: it’s organic, modular and infinite progressive forms. The unique qualities of glass allow me to explore and express my feelings in a way not possible for me in any other medium. Whether I am making sculpture, vases, panels, jewellery, dishes or lighting, this essentially translucent material never ceases to delight and absorb me and I am rarely happier or more at peace than when I am working in my studio.
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I try to capture the effect of light and shadow in my landscapes and seascapes and to convey something of what it felt like to be there, rather than mere depiction.
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Railway Glass Studio
The studio comprises five glass artists specialising in classical lead/copper foil stained and fused glass. We design/make panels, 3D pieces and jewellery. The work is original and individual to each artist.
We are happy to accept commissions, repairs and offer tuition in stained glass techniques.
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& Janet Roberts
Jo Rizzato is a contemporary landscape and riverscape painter living in the coastal town of Wivenhoe. She takes inspiration from daily walks along the Stour and Colne rivers and uses colour, shape and light to capture the energy, beauty and emotional content of the ever changing surrounding countryside.
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For a range of fine-art, craft and experimental printmaking, taught classes, studio space, editioning and exhibition facilities.
We offer a range of facilities including screenprinting for fabric and paper, woodblock and linoprint, drypoint, monoprint & collatype, metal plate and electro-etching, together with other specialist print skills sessions and visiting printmakers. New members and occasional users always welcome!
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