Dialogues – Linda Bloomfield | Sarah Spackman

Linda Bloomfield

Linda Bloomfield

9th – 30th September
Sarah Wiseman Gallery
40-41 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JL

Artists rarely work in complete isolation. Over generations, collaborations are an exciting part of creativity, and vital to artists who want to spark something new.
In their forthcoming exhibition ‘Dialogues’ at Sarah Wiseman Gallery, ceramicist Linda Bloomfield and painter Sarah Spackman explore their mutual appreciation for form and colour, and their shared artistic influences. Visitors can expect to see not only a show of beautiful ceramics and paintings, but get a sense of the chemistry between two makers as they explore a mutual language.

Sarah Spackman

Sarah Spackman - Pears & Cup (Oil on linen)

Sarah and Linda met on the exhibition circuit a number of years ago. They have remained close colleagues and friends ever since, Linda’s ceramics appearing regularly in Sarah’s paintings. The two often exchange ideas – each artist looks to the other, but without dictating to one another. They are both drawn to the same organic shapes, and smooth surfaces such as eggs or shells. A key artistic influence is the Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, whose pared-back still life paintings are renowned for their tonal subtlety.
Ceramicist Linda Bloomfield will show her recent works, assortments of bottles and vessels housed in specially made shelves. These small-scale installations are inspired by still life painting, the differing heights and shapes of each piece of ceramic placed in playful arrangement. Her choice of glazes reflects her interest in the light and texture of paint, choosing creams or greys that gleam softly.

'Morandi Bottles' by Linda Bloomfield

'Morandi Bottles' by Linda Bloomfield

This sense of play is a vital part of Sarah Spackman’s painting process. On one wall of her light-filled Oxford studio, she has erected a shelf at eye level on which to arrange her still life. Selecting from a vast collection of neatly stored objects, she’ll spend hours arranging and rearranging, setting the stage from which she will begin her painting. Working in a quiet, considered way, Sarah’s paintings are well known for their soft, clear light and well-formed pallet that contrasts vibrant colour with muted tones.

Dialogues‘ is set to be a stunning exhibition that will explore how two different makers communicate and exchange ideas and make discoveries in their own creative media.

Craft Central Designer Maker Sale 9-11 August

Craft Central

Craft Central

22 of Craft Central’s Network Members will be taking over the St John’s Square gallery spaces for three days on the 9th -11th August.

L to R: Romor Designs , Sally McGill, etad jewellery, MYIA, Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, Candice Lau, Casabi Designs, Corinne Hamak, Michele Oberdieck

Grab yourself a bargain from a range of designer-makers who will be all offering 20%- 80% off selected collections. Products ranges include ceramics, interior products, jewellery, fashion accessories and textiles.

Wednesday 9 August, 12- 6pm

Thursday 10  August, 12pm – 8pm

Friday 11 August, 12pm – 7pm

33-35 St John’s Square, London, EC1M 4DS

The exhibitors are

Alison Brent Ceramics alisonbrent.com
Arabel Lebrusan Jewellery arabellebrusan.com
Arati Devasher Fashion Accessories aratidevasher.co.uk
Barbara Yarde Jewellery barbarayardejewels.com
Casabi Designs Ceramics casabidesigns.co.uk
Corinne Hamak Jewellery corinnehamak.com
Erika Amishiro  Jewellery erikaamishiro.com
Eessemge Jewellery  essemge.com
etad jewellery Jewellery etadjewellery.com
Ikuko Iwamoto Ceramics ikukoiwamoto.com
Jane Macintosh Jewellery www.janemacintosh.com
Judit Patkos Jewellery juditpatkos-jewellery.com
Katherine Bree Jewellery katherinebree.com
Michèle Oberdieck Fashion Accessories micheleoberdieck.co.uk
MYIA Jewellery myiabonner.co.uk
Penny Akester Jewellery pennyakester.co.uk
Romor Designs Textiles romordesigns.com
Sahar Millinery Fashion Design saharmillinery.co.uk
Sally McGill Ceramics sallymcgill.com
Snowden flood Interior Products snowdenflood.com
Studio Candice Lau Fashion Accessories studiocandicelau.com
Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown Ceramics tamsinarrowsmithbrown.com

IJL announce the ten new talented KickStarters for 2017

International Jewellery London have announced the ten new designers chosen for the 2017 IJL KickStart initiative. All ten will exhibit under the KickStart umbrella at this year’s show and will also benefit from invaluable marketing support from IJL and co-sponsors, The National Association of Jewellers, to help them grow their businesses. This annual mentoring programme, now in its ninth year, is recognised within the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent. The 2017 KickStart line-up….

Alice Barnes, Silver Pleated Wave Necklace

Alice Barnes, Silver Pleated Wave Necklace

Alice Barnes: Born in London, Alice has always been influenced by the strong architectural lines that surrounded her whilst growing up. She now draws complex beauty from the simplest of forms to make elegant, contemporary jewellery with meticulous attention to detail. Her work is influenced by the cuts, folds and repetition used in paper art, and draws on lines, angles and repetitive shapes for inspiration.

Oddical Phyllis Mini Drop Earrings ©Oddical

Oddical Phyllis Mini Drop Earrings ©Oddical

Farrah Al-Dujaili, Oddical: Oddical is the creation of Farrah Al-Dujaili, a graduate of the School of Jewellery in Birmingham.  The debut collection has taken inspiration from plant and skeletal structures to create eye-catching statement earrings that have the appearance of being made in precious metals, without the weight. Each pair of quirky, lightweight earrings are 3D printed in nylon, plated in 22ct gold and finished with hand painted details.

Becky Dockree Jewellery Blue Dream People Ring

Becky Dockree Jewellery Blue Dream People Ring

Becky Dockree: Becky is influenced by a passion for pattern and form. She uses traditional etching techniques to display these ideas and create eye-catching designs. She has a sculptural background, graduating from the Sir John Cass School of Art and Design. Inspirations from this time have been introduced into her jewellery practice, taking her past sculptural projects to a new audience.

Raliegh Goss Astraeus Ring

Raliegh Goss Astraeus Ring

Raliegh Goss: Raliegh started her jewellery journey silversmithing at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art. The Astraeus collection takes its name from the Greek god of the stars.  The Astraeus Ring shoots it’s glistening branches of gold and diamonds around the finger. This white gold ring is adorned with yellow and white diamonds of round and pear shapes with diamond pave that gradually turns into intense yellow to accent the flick of the stars tail.

 

Emily Kidson multi colour curve necklace

Emily Kidson multi colour curve necklace

Emily Kidson: Emily is a jeweller whose layered, intuitively designed jewels marry bold materials with traditional craftsmanship. Known for her use of laminate with silver, wood and resin, she makes every piece of jewellery by hand in her London studio.

Lucy Spink necklace

Lucy Spink necklace

Lucy Spink Jewellery: Every piece of jewellery is handcrafted in Lucy’s workshop in Cornwall. She is fascinated by how closely our lives were once bound to the rhythms of nature and uses a small element of gold in her pieces to represent the importance of the natural environment.

Claire Mcfarlane

Claire Mcfarlane

Claire Macfarlane: Originally having studied sculpture, Claire manipulates her materials beyond conventional means and this has been recognized with industry awards. Visually, she is drawn to structural forms and patterns – in architecture or wherever they may be.

Rhona McCallum Fault Lines Necklaces, Silver and 22ct gold detail

Rhona McCallum Fault Lines Necklaces, Silver and 22ct gold detail

Rhona McCallum: Rhona is a Glasgow based jewellery designer and a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art. She regularly exhibits her jewellery collections throughout the UK and abroad, including Goldsmiths’ Fair in London and, most recently, at LOOT – the annual retail exhibition of contemporary jewellery at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

 

Ana Simoes Muscari Jewellery- Full moon ring in 18ct yellow gold, sterling silver

Ana Simoes Muscari Jewellery- Full moon ring in 18ct yellow gold, sterling silver

Ana Simoes, Muscari Jewellery: The grand-daughter of a goldsmith, Ana Simoes followed the only career she knew would spark her passion.  She  trained as a jeweller and gem setter and graduated from the BA (Hons) Jewellery course at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design – London Metropolitan University.  Her aim is to merge traditional jewellery making techniques with a modern aesthetic.

Heather Woof Teardrop Earrings gold plated silver

Heather Woof Teardrop Earrings gold plated silver

Heather Woof: Heather creates subtle, refined yet distinctive jewellery in silver and gold. Inspired by pattern and structure, her designs are characterised by clean lines and sculptural forms. Each piece is handcrafted from her Edinburgh studio with a focus on detail and beautiful craftsmanship.

Find out more about KickStart and the Industry Choice Award directly at: www.jewellerylondon.com/kickstart

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