As our lives become increasingly overrun with technology we feel a strong urge to get back to nature, rebelling against the order and precision that dominates. We’re tempted to bring the outdoors inside with natural materials and handcrafted pieces as the autumn colours announce the end of summer. Our latest show evokes the traditional crafts of our ancestors given a twist to ensure they fit snugly into our modern world. Winter walks through ancient woodlands collecting nature’s treasures with Jane Bevan and Charlotte Duckworth; roasting chestnuts by the fireside with Simon Bushell, and Duncan Pass telling stories, drawing inspiration from the old to present to the now.
Drawing skills are seen as fundamental to good design and often are more than a means to an end: check out the intricate details in Louisa Crispin’s nature drawings. Caroline Gregson loves the idea that she can draw with the willow, resulting in what appears to be a 3D sketch. Myer Halliday has an on-going love of abstract mark making, the quality of line and the way in which it interacts with the materials he works with. Catherine Hicks gathers her ideas in a sketchbook as she wanders the hills around her studio.
But it’s not all countryside and nature: Alan Richmond’s paintings are heavily influenced by the abandoned boats and buildings found in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. For Emma McFarline it’s the marks, textures and colours found in urban graffiti that she uses to create her vibrant collection of jewellery. According to Sophie Stamp, disassembling an old piece of machinery is like exposing a treasure trove bursting with unusual shapes and elegant forms, from which to draw inspiration.
This is simply a small insight into the selection of treasures in our Autumn Show. Check out our website for more information about our artists but better still pop into the Gallery for a sensory treat.
Modern Rustic in Artichoke Gallery from 2 October to 24 December includes:
Painting: Alan Richmond, Caroline Chappell, Catherine Redmayne, Duncan Pass, Vivienne Cawson, Liz Moys, Louisa Crispin, Paul Evans, Annie Soudain, Felicity Flutter, Sue Scullard, Kate Penoyre
Sculpture: Jane Bevan, Caroline Gregson, Emma Purcell, Charlotte Duckworth, Wendy Love Hinds, Mary Clarke, Suzy Stokes, Peter Clarke, Chris Moss, Simon Griffiths, Vicki Atkinson, Jeff Soan
Ceramics: Myer Halliday, Jill Shaddock, Wendy Jung, Michelle Freemantle, Sue Binns, Darren Ellis, Sarah Rickard, Marion Brandis, Jonathan Chiswell Jones, Holly Bell, Matthew Bayman, Katie Almond, Katie Brinsley
Jewellery: Bea Jareno, Florence Carter, Sophie Stamp, Emma McFaline, Catherine Hicks, Naomi James, Annabet Wyndham, Jo McAllister, Sophie Court, Ellie Ingram, Stuart Jenkins, Caroline Reynolds, Emily Thatcher
Also: Simon Bushell, Kit Benwell, Chris Alley, Tessuti, Trisha Needham, Tangent, Sophie Cadogan, KatyB.