Entries from June 28th, 2013

‘Seek&Adore’ Lizzy

 

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Oh Lizzy! I’ve told you in a previous blog posts that Lizzy was the first true friend I made in Warwickshire when I moved here last year and its been a joy just hanging out with her and Binks so when she asked me to photograph some of her products so she can start selling some more of her work through an amazing craft led online shop called ‘Seek & Adore‘ I was more than happy to help. I drink most days from one of Lizzy’s lovely cups I cradle it in my hands as the polished surface is devine and the shape is the perfect fit for my hand,  I like to think she made it that way, especially for me. A lot of Lizzy’s work really appeals to the minimalist in me although I’ve never found true minimalism in my life I’m too much of a car boot addict. I like to look at her ceramics as functional as well as incredibly beautiful. Silent is the word I described them as at first.

My job as photographer was pretty straightforward to be honest, I knew Lizzy’s had a specific look she wanted to achieve and well the rest I guess is just my know how with a camera and how to control light to achieve the best possible results. Why not take a look at Lizzy’s website www.eeceramics.co.uk or follow her on twitter to see when the launch of her products start on Seek & Adore. If In the meantime you think you’d  like to have your work photographed professionally or are having difficulties converting sales online and think its because of your images, drop me an email, I’d be happy to send you some tips and advice and it would be great to hear from you.

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Warwickshire Open Studios – Part III

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Its my final post in the series on Warwickshire Open Studios although I’m sure it won’t be my last, following the wonderful world of artists around Warwickshire. Its become a little addictive especially when everyone welcomes me with open arms. The final installment showcases the work of Michaela McMillan whose based in Rugby, she’s an incredibly special person and an extremely talented artist and to be honest and I feel like I found a new friend the day I visited Michaela.

I spent almost 3 hours just hanging out, talking about her work which has developed from working with found and recycled fabrics to creating individual sculptural objects either wall mounted or figurative, each piece with it owns personal narrative.  Instantly the colours Michaela uses attracted me, drew my eyes closer and enabled me to see the intricacy and fine detail, in many ways my images don’t justify how wonderful they really are.

Warwickshire Open Studios runs from the 29th June to the 14th July with over 300 artists and makers at 198 venues in and around Leamington Spa, Stratford upon Avon, Kenilworth, Rugby, Warwick, Nuneaton, Shipston on Stour and Coventry. Entry is free so there’s no reason not to take a look. Michaela’s work will be showing at Lewis Gallery and Cleves Garden Studios from the Sunday the 7th July to Sunday 14th July, open daily from 10.30am to 5pm, its a must see in my opinion.

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Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time…

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So what do you get when you take Amy & Emily from Berylune and their beau’s, Lara from Sewsmith and Zoe from Sew Make Believe? A bloody great Etsy Craft Party! I was really excited to be invited along last night and was even more excited to meet so many like minded people. There had been a lot of hard work done during the day from the girls at Berylune, decorating, baking and organising. It looked amazing!! Well done everyone involved, of course I brought my camera along as its fun catching people deep in thought whilst wrestling with a washi necklace or smiling and laughing having just created a fab owl envelope. There was a real mix of people, some who were avid crafters and some newbies but everyone really enjoyed themselves and got involved. Can’t wait for next year!

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Warwickshire Open Studios – Part II

There’s something special about the artists at Ditchford Farm near Shipston on Stour, I may be biased, as all the potters who work there, have become my friends but I love the place and really recommend visiting during the open studios. All of the makers will be open daily from 11am until 6pm, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to visit. Did I tell you that there is a secret kiln pizza club there too? it may be a little risque of me to suggest that one day there may be a slice of pizza on offer, if not there are always lots of cups of tea and cakes. I won’t say too much about the artists as I hope my images will let you see a really special world, a handmade world made by Elizabeth Edwards, Alice Shepherd, Emma Clegg and Binki Edmonds.

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Warwickshire Open Studios runs from the 29th June to the 14th July with over 300 artists and makers at 198 venues in and around Leamington Spa, Stratford upon Avon, Kenilworth, Rugby, Warwick, Nuneaton, Shipston on Stour and Coventry. Entry is free so there’s no reason not to take a look.

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Warwickshire Open Studios – Part I

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I’ve been making more and more images of artist and makers since I arrived in Warwickshire last year, its my comfort blanket, hanging out with like minded people. I’ve already written on the blog, how I found my first friends through Warwickshire Open Studios website when I moved to Leamington, and in some ways I feel indebted to this collective for helping me find my feet.

Warwickshire Open Studios runs from the 29th June to the 14th July and has grown to become the biggest exhibition of unique and original art and craft in Warwickshire, with over 300 artists and makers at 198 venues in and around Leamington Spa, Stratford upon Avon, Kenilworth, Rugby, Warwick, Nuneaton, Shipston on Stour and Coventry. Entry is free (its the Glaswegian in me that squeals with delight) and during these two weeks you get to see a unique world. Speak to the makers and artists, get a chance to make a piece of art yourself in one of the workshops, watch a demonstration and buy a piece of art work to take home.

In this the first blog post in my series in the run up to the opening weekend, I get to introduce you through images, to 4 wonderful Warwick based artists who all make very different work however are exhibiting collectively at Warwick Space. Armando Magnino, Lara Smith, Sally Larke and Miranda Miller.

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