Artists and designers have and always will be, inspired by nature. These two makers, seen at Made London, are a case in point.
Bridget Bailey’s exquisite interpretation of bird eggs made from textiles and feathers caught my eye, quite a change from her earlier insects and moths (see a previous post)
as did the work of another textile artist, Amanda Cobbett, who is completely obsessed with nature. Her highly reflective display boxes didn’t permit decent photos of these fungi so please visit her website for better imagery
And those red dots below are from my camera, not some aberration on the mushroom.
To see more of Bridget’s work, visit Clockwork Studio’s Christmas Open Studios 8th – 10th December
The principle of this blog is to be read in less than a minute so my intent is for you to be able to look into the connections further at your leisure. Whilst events have already taken place, many will recur including this one next year (dates at the end)
The first Roy’s People Art Fair took place in September, only ten days after The Other Art Fair Bristol and had a varied selection of artists including the ubiquitous Rod McIntosh showing a wall of tonda
and Sarah Needham with her colour field paintings, so much more impressive in real life than on screen.
I’ll be exhibiting at the next Roy’s People Art Fair at the OXO Bargehouse London 12th – 15th April 2018.
This is the last of the group posts showing Abigail Bowen’s smaller paintings,
one of regular exhibitor Ali Yanya’s prints,
Clare Cutts‘ moody treescape print and
Elaine Kazimierczuk’s colourful garden paintings.
Still feeling inspired by artists I showed with at The Other Art Fair in Bristol. Here are more shots showing the wide variety of art as I whipped round before opening time.
Michelle Loa Kum Cheung’s landscapes,
Olivier Leger’s intricately detailed drawings, and Sara Dare’s suggestive abstract paintings.It’s not just me is it? The last post in this series follows next week.
There really is something for everyone at The Other Art Fair as, I hope, the following images and posts will show. It’s well worth a visit wherever it is.
From oil painted landscapes by Dawn Reader, another stand neighbour in Bristol,
to a new series of paintings by John Hainsworth ;meticulous still lives by Hisham Echafaki and large abstracts by Kate Williams More artists to follow…
Writing this as it rains outside, The Other Art Fair Bristol with sunbathers outside the Arnolfini Gallery now feels a long way off.
Every TOAF event has its communal displays with the ones here including The Colours of Bristol, an Instagram project created over 7 weeks with Bristol 247, @porthjess and @joyfulbristol – I saw it before opening time as you can see from the frenzied activity below. Next to my stand was the I,the Poet. You, The Poet project by Biba & Laurie Cole which was consistently busy as visitors drew images and thoughts with outsized pens and brushes.
Given the weather I thought an outdoor post would be appropriate for this week.
Nestling under the mature trees we discovered this gem designed by Ishihara Kazuyuki, a regular gold medal winner in the Artisan Garden category (plot sizes 5 x 4m or 7 x 5m) at the Chelsea Flower Show.
This year he kept his gold medal record and deservedly so with his inspiration the Kyoto imperial garden which has no defensive moat or wall as it was inconceivable that it should ever be under threat.What I found staggering here was the level of detail with all sides of the plot carefully considered. Here is a photo of the back
and the sides
Known for his trademark use of moss seen here in a detail on the sides
and along the front.The scale is deceptive, giving an impression of generous and mature landscape within such a tiny space
Now that galleries are increasingly moving online, art fairs and pop-ups are the main shop windows for many.
This time the Affordable Art Fair was at Hampstead, on the heath, a pretty location where you can almost feel you’re out of London.
Galerie Nummer 40 showed these porcelain polyhedron sculptures by Mo Cornelisse . I so wanted to touch them.
VC Art showed several of David Cottingham‘s dancer life drawings vivid with their immediacy of gesture.
These paintings shown by Jordi Alcaraz on Galeria Miquel Alzueta’s stand were quite different from the work he is otherwise known for to the extent that I wasn’t even sure it was the same person. He works in monochrome and these charmingly look like colour tests.