Rainbow of colours.

A riot of colours in the work of artist Kate O’Brien and brightly coloured stitched textiles by Michelle Barnard.

Michelle’s evocative textile art incorporates patchwork, quilting, applique and exploring home, haven, a sense of belonging and comfort in unexpected places.
“Inspired by the places that I love, including cities, canals, beaches and particularly the Isle of Skye. There is an emotional element to my work, reflecting themes such as haven, escape, solitude, warmth and attachment to places.
I am fascinated by textures, shape and vibrant colour. I am also interested in exploring text and graffiti. Circular forms and organic, curved lines frequently feature in my designs. I love experimenting with many textile techniques, particularly patchwork, quilting, machine and hand stitch. I use a needle felting machine to create soft, distressed fabric surfaces.”

Kate’s vibrant ink and watercolour images of architecture, which contrast strong imagery with bleeding lines and vivid hues.
Being based in Manchester, but having grown up in Derbyshire, Kate takes great inspiration from both the dramatic natural beauty of the landscape and the solid architectural forms within and around the city.
“It is by presenting simple elements of my surroundings together that I aim to achieve a subtle balance of mood in my work in terms of both subject and medium.”

Kate will be exhibiting at Heaton Moor United Church

Michelle will be exhibiting at Belmont House

Graham Hyde

Reminiscent of Mid-Century modern paintings, Graham Hydes work would not look out of place in a Heals catalogue. A plethora of shapes and colours, seemingly chaotic with hidden images within.

Graham works in a range of styles drawings, paintings and 3d mobiles

www.madeinthemoor.com

Graham will be exhibiting at:-

12 Hawthorn Grove

Mei Yuk Wong

Mei is a visual artist, designer and writer.  Her work ranges from abstract paintings and textiles to installations, sculptures, text pieces and objects. Themes include cultural, social, spiritual, political and feminist issues.
“Examples of my recent work include What The Feminist Theologians Say…, Manchester Cathedral.  Tide Line, St Katherine’s Docks, London. The Match Markers, The People’s History Museum.  Messages…, Ekklesia, Hong Kong and Jun Salon, Manchester.  Where is the Heart of Stockport? & Enchanting Cosmos, Stockpot Art Gallery.  Inspiring Women, Inspiring Inventions, Rainbow Fountain, & The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement, Manchester Metropolitan University.  Women of the Future, Afrofutures, Manchester.  The Nameless Women of the Bible, Stockport
My written works have been selected by various publishers and organisations, including “Caged Birds”, Black Flash Fiction, Commonword.  “A Match’s Monologue”, The People’s History Museum.  A wedding poem, private collection. Noodle Bar, Sweet Mandarin, Manchester.  Arrived, Depart, Bolton Octagon Theatre.  Walking in the Clouds.”

Trompe l’oeil effects

You may or may not be an expert on trompe l’oeil effects (French for deceive the eye), an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. This is something that photographic and mixed media artist Ian Vines is a master of.

Ian’s work over the past decade has grown out of an interest in spatial ambiguities, optical distortions, double images, trompe l’oeil effects and all sorts of visual trickery. Earlier photographic collages were based on the vase-head motif, or images of strange rocks, suggestive of human heads. More recently, photographs of buoys, beaches or bridges are often rotated or inverted, resulting in more abstract images. Many of these works feature photographic images and actual objects, creating a dialogue between pictorial space and real space, illusion and reality. Other works use optical devices, such as mirrors and magnifying glasses, to reflect and distort objects, text or images. In a series of playful photographic collages, painted and unpainted copper discs mimic circles painted on a wall, or float across the picture. The intention with all these works is to engage the spectator in the process of looking.

Ian will be exhibiting at venue 13 on the trail:-

55 Marcliff Grove, SK4 2AB

Venues

 

Art, cakes, music, workshops and …a good brew!

1st & 2nd July as part of Heatons Arts Trail

At No. 2
on the trail……
is Belmont House

This ‘jewel’ of a building in the heart of Heaton Norris has opened its doors for the first time this year to the Heaton’s Arts Trail.

30 minute musical interludes on both days

Piano, Piano duets, Flute & Violin Duo, Classical Guitar and Ukulele Band.

All to be sampled with a good cup of tea or coffee and delicious cakes in the ‘pop up’ Tea Shop’

7 artists with an exciting variety of techniques and media will be exhibiting here:-

Textiles – Michelle Barnard
Ceramics – Avril Cairncross
Watercolour Painting – Susan Diskin
Fibre Art – Josephine Gornall
Painting, New Media (video, sound) Installation – Sumaya McIntyre
Painting and Sculpture – Peter Senior
Glass and Sculpture – Nicola Thompson

There will be workshops on both days for anyone aged 14yrs and above. Each workshop lasts 2 hrs. and costs £15.

Workshops:-

11am – 1pm
Try 3d & 2d felting with Josephine Gornall, using a variety of colourful wool, silk and other fibres to make a needle felted 3D heart, flower or other creation.
Felting Workshop with Jo Gornall

1.30pm – 3.30 pm

Design and decorate a mirror frame using mosaic tiles, pieces of coloured glass, beads and broken pottery pieces. Mirror, backing board, glass and ceramic pieces, adhesive and cutting tools all supplied, but you can also bring along fragments of glass, pottery and jewellery to add to your design.     Mosaic Mirror Frame Workshop

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What’s not to like!

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Wild At Art

Using the animal kingdom and the natural habitat as a basis for artistic exploration is nothing unusual, artists from the Ice Age captured the essence of the woolly mammoth on cave walls, Henri David Rousseau gave us a vivid depiction of the tiger and the jungle, with it’s lush green leaves and of course, Damien Hirst, his animals frozen in time floating in formaldehyde.

Many of the artists in this years trail have made some fabulous pieces inspired by the natural world, from delicate jewellery to wonderfully windy willow sculptures.

Mia Calderisi Phelan’s exploration of forms found in flowers and fauna concludes with exquisitely made jewellery. Techniques used are reticulation, fusion, granulation and various forming techniques.
Jewellery designer and maker, Mia works in both sterling silver and gold. “I believe my fine art background can be seen in my sculptural approach to manipulating precious metals.” Her naturalistic range “is made by gradually building up the piece a layer at a time mixing different textures and shapes.
“I am passionate about traditional jewellery craft and keeping this artistry alive. My work is therefore not mass produced and is carefully handmade, making every piece unique and one off.”

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Juliette Hamilton makes sculptures of animal forms, they are truly magnificent, her sculptures will be exhibited at Glastonbury this year, so if you are lucky enough you can see her at Glasto and Heatons Arts Trail!

Formed from different varieties and colours of willow, soaked in water to make it pliable, she weaves and forms what appears to be a huge tangle of willow into a fantastically life like animal.  Flowing organic shapes and the surprising process of intensely investigating a new subject are something she enjoys. Her method of weaving suggests movement, weight and muscle tone producing something beautiful and life-like but with character.
The sculptures, if put outside, are temporary, lasting a few years, and so are somehow more precious and demand more attention. They must be admired as they age and weather and finally disappear altogether.
Each piece is unique and never quite knowing what is gong to happen when they are started makes it all the more exciting.”

Mia and Juliette will be exhibiting at 4 Lynwood Grove

See Juliette demonstrate her craft :- Willow Sculpture Demonstration

HAT 2017

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