Saturday, 21 April 2018

Yas Hussain, from Finance to Woodturning

"I have always been drawn to the look and feel of wood, its natural lines, the grain, the smells and its warmth as a raw material," says Yas. "Every piece of wood is unique and every turn of the lathe uncovers something totally new."

Yas had the opportunity to train as a wood turner back in 2015 and realised very quickly that he had a real passion for turning.

"I purchased my own lathe shortly after and decided I would throw myself into woodturning. I quit my job in finance and spent the next two years covering myself in sawdust."

Wanting to do something different, Yas decided he would use resins with his pieces as a way of capturing the beauty within the wood.

"My current pieces all include resins to either complement the wood or create something unusual," he says. "I love the way colours can be added to accentuate the piece or clear resins can be used to magnify the grain or create a feature within the wood."

"Flaws like worm holes, cracks and decayed wood are all beautiful to me and capturing these with resins creates something truly unique."

"Through the Eyes of a Child" runs until Saturday 12th May.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Sally Scott, bringing colour, vitality and a joy of life to her painting

"In my paintings I want to share my love of nature and the countryside and bring the joy of life, colour and vitality into every picture," says Sally, whose favourite subjects are landscapes, flowers and trees.

"Most days I walk and absorb the landscape, looking, photographing and jotting down ideas for new paintings."

Then back in the studio, Sally draws out a rough idea of the painting's composition with masking fluid before using acrylic inks and spraying water to give a natural flow and energy to her work.

Sometimes she floods the paper and manipulates the colour, carefully moving the paint in a "thoughtful but imprecise" way.

"Waiting as areas dry before moving on, and learning to walk away to let the painting embed, is always a challenge," she says.

"As the piece dries, I think about the light: the contrast of light and shade as the depth and form of the piece emerges. I mark, use brush ends, scrape or etch patterns, blot with tissue and add details to give structure, sometimes layering on pieces of tissue paper to give a further dimension."

"Through the Eyes of a Child" continues until May 12th.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Victoria Coleman and her Crazy Critters!

Victoria has led a diversely creative life. After her degree in metalwork and jewellery, she began a career in the prop-making industry. She enjoyed making costume props on Star Wars and Gladiator, fabricating crazy critters at Jim Henson's Creature Shop in Camden and painting Disney characters for their flagship stores around the world.

With a great fondness for animals, Victoria is fascinated by the humour and personality they show through body language and expressions. It's this that her work is primarily based on - creating images that are slightly off-beat, bold and occasionally humorous.

"My painting technique is all about the detail achieved in the layers which are built up until the essence of the subject has been captured," says Victoria.

"I use a mix of water-based paints including emulsion, which work well both for blending and spraying through an airbrush."

Victoria works from her home in Shropshire with her two dogs Daisy and Bailey for company.

"Through the Eyes of a Child" continues until May 12th.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Introducing.....Naomi Frances, Glass Maker

Naomi has been working with glass for about 25 years.

"I love the colours and the textures that glass provides and the long history that accompanies it," she says. "I like the structure that the making of stained glass gives me, but I am always looking for ways to push the boundaries."

Following a Graphic Design/Illustration BA from Norwich University College of the Arts and an MA in Sequential Design/Illustration from the University of Brighton, Naomi took a short course in Stained Glass.

"Texture, contrast and colour are things that inspire me, whatever medium I am working in," she says. "I enjoy putting colours and textures of glass together on the lightbox and I like to contrast colours both in glass and in illustration."

Following many thumbnail drawings in her sketchbook, Naomi makes each glass piece using the copper foil stained glass technique developed originally by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the 19th century.

"This gives me the flexibility with the forms my work takes and allows me to take liberties with the objects I include. I make decorative glass landscapes and beach scenes using a collage of shells and found items from local beaches as well as semi-precious stones."

Naomi's work forms part of our exhibition supporting Chestnut Tree House children's hospice, "Through the Eyes of a Child".
The exhibition continues until 12th May.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Iveta Goddard, from the Great Pottery Throw Down to The Green Tree Gallery!

If you watched BBC2's The Great Pottery Throwdown last year, you may already be familiar with Iveta's work (on the right in this picture) as it was used as an example to the contestants...

Iveta set up her own pottery studio in West Sussex in 2004, having studied ceramics in her home country of the Czech Republic, where she also worked in TV films and cartoon studios.

She makes contemporary, unique pieces, including wheel-based bowls, cups and tealights as well as innovative wall plaques, clocks, lamps and boats, which are slab-built.

Her pottery is made in white earthenware or stoneware. The design is achieved using techniques such as engraving, carving and stamping following minimalistic decoration with oxides and colourful glazes. Finally the pieces are fired in an electric kiln to 1020 - 1240 degrees celsius.

"I enjoy the whole process of creating something from an idea which can come from anywhere at any time," says Iveta.
"For example, the idea for the shape of the clocks came from an interesting stone that I saw in an ornamental garden."

"Through the Eyes of a Child" runs until 12th May.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Sarah Rickard and her Guardian Angels

Sarah says she is driven to create art "which celebrates life and conveys a sense of wonder at nature's mysteries".

"My work is inspired by nature and the birds, beasts, botany and beings which inhabit our world," she explains. Her work includes wrens and robins, as well as running hares that reflect the phases of the moon.

She has a life-long fascination with angels, which stems from a spiritual experience in early childhood, when she saw a benevolent, other-wordly figure smiling at her from the end of her parents' bed.

Her angels, which take stylistic inspiration from William Morris, are constructed in white earthenware and decorated with oxides, underglazes and transfers, which are created from her original drawings and paintings.

"People buy them for many different reasons," explains Sarah. "Sometimes for friends or relations who are going through a difficult time or sometimes to put over a baby's cot."

Sarah lives and works in Heathfield, East Sussex.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

An Extra Special Party to Mark the Start of our 10th Birthday Celebrations

As you may know, 2018 marks the Gallery's 10th birthday, which we are celebrating by supporting Sussex children's hospice Chestnut Tree House throughout the year.

Having kicked off our year-long support at the end of January with our Annual Art Sale, the focal point of our campaign is the Gallery's spring exhibition. By giving the exhibition the title "Through the Eyes of a Child", we hope to also raise awareness in the local area of the charity and its work.

The exhibition was launched last Saturday with an extra special party. At the Chestnut Tree House awareness stall, manned by community fundraiser Jayne Todd, we welcomed our MP, Sir Nicholas Soames, who was tasked with officially opening the exhibition..

Alongside customers, friends and family were artists such as Sally Scott...

...Maddy McClellan, seen here with her mother, son and dog... founder and sculptor Julie Janvrin...

...wire sculptor Emma Bird...

...wood turner Yas Hussain... well as long-term gallery supplier Angela Farmer.

As our guests sipped on their drinks...

...Jayne told us about the work of Chestnut Tree House and the importance of art for the children of the hospice and their families.

Then Sir Nicholas Soames said a few words to launch the exhibition...

...before we trooped outside to cut the ribbon.

And now the roll call of thanks...a HUGE thank you to the following people for helping us on the day...

Chris for manning the till...

Tiff, seen here with her niece...




...and last, but definitely not least, Sophie Mitchell of for her fantastic photographs that perfectly captured the sheer joy of the occasion!

As well as the Gallery donating 10% of takings on all launch days this year, Angela Farmer, David Fawcett, Julie Janvrin, Clare O'Neill and the family of our late colleague and 'Gallery Gal', Debbie Medlicott, have all donated work to be sold with all proceeds to Chestnut Tree House.

"Through the Eyes of a Child" runs until 12th May.