Sian Croose is a singer and conductor with over 30 years’ experience creating and directing music projects in the UK. She is co-director of The Voice Project, developing large scale, site-responsive performances that bring together community choirs and professional performers in innovative pieces of choral theatre. She is musical director of Harmonium.
I am a traditional book binder who restores all types of books typically from the 18th century for example family bibles. I take commissions such as Thesis and photo albums. I hold a range of presentations and workshops for adults and children for example 3D pop up cards, “face making” and folded book art.
Fiona FitzGerald is a Ceramicist and an Art Historian.
She works with clay that she has textured and patterned as she has rolled it out. The surfaces then suggest the subsequent forms that the clay will create as she assembles turn and torn pieces together. The work is then fired to stoneware.
She gives regular talks to groups, at The Cut, Halesworth and at Anteros in Norwich. Current regional and London based exhibitions prompt the topics. She also runs short courses on Art History for adults. Her Norwich classes are based at The Stage, St Augustine ‘s Street.
Joanna – AKA Dotty Scotty – is an artist that currently specialises in 3D needle felted wool sculpture. She predominantly creates beautiful birds of all shapes and sizes drawing her inspiration from the wildlife that surrounds her.
Having formally trained in Fine Art & Textile Printmaking she is able to use her design skills to bring her creations to life, each one taking on their own individual character.
The wool is felted by jabbing barbed needles into it. Firstly a solid form is made which is then worked into: layering the colours, blending them and then creating the stunning patterns that are unique to each bird, all crafted with a single or multi needle.
Joanna has lived in Norfolk for 11 years and works from her studio in Brundall. She sells her work online ( Dotty Scotty needle felt ) undertakes commissioned work and has recently started to show her work locally.
Instagram – instagram.com/dottyscotty8338
Facebook – dottyscottyfelt
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Jessica D’Alton Goode is an award-winning children’s illustrator and fine artist. Her work is created with a mixed media of watercolour, acrylic, and ink with gold detailing and is inspired by the beautiful and the wild; influenced by folklore and legend and the ancient relationship between us and the wilderness
My art is a natural progression of ideas, informed from my inner and outer landscapes. I am interested in how my intuition transposes thoughts into a visual format and how the collection of marks and materials become the sum of their parts. I make my own charcoal and collect soils to use for pigments. I call my practice drawing but this can be on paper, wood, cloth. I am experimental and work in 2D and 3D, and my subject registers the environment in which I work. My argument continues to be that man has a creative spirit with a need to make traces.
Stephanie Bunn is textiles artists, craft practitioner, curator and Lecturer in Social Anthropology. She works with felt, willow and rush, does landscape work, curates interactive and collaborative exhibitions. and is an ethnographer. Most recently, she has been carrying out a collaborative ethno-historical study of Scottish vernacular basketry alongside contemporary Scottish basket-makers. Practice forms an important element of all of her research and she has done apprenticeships and learned many of the practical skills entailed in her areas of study, including conducting extensive ethnographic and historical research into felt textile practices among high mountain Kyrgyz pastoralists in Central Asia.
Stephanie has also made several collections of nomadic felt textiles for museums in the UK and worked with the British Museum to curate the first ever British Museum exhibition on Central Asian nomadic textiles, Striking Tents. Her publications include Kyrgyzstan, an edited study of the work of the Kyrgyz ethnographer Klavdiya Antipina, Nomadic Felts of the World published by the British Museum Press, and www.wovencommunities.org/ the interactive website of her current research project on Scottish basketry.
Using primarily silk and wool I design each piece around a mood or feeling, or something in nature that has touched me whilst out on my regular bike rides in the countryside. The combination of texture and colour drive the design to the point where I try to capture some element of nature.
I especially enjoy using the finer wools such as camel, baby alpaca and merino which, when combined with silk make a luxurious, hardwearing and beautiful textile. I also enjoy using vegetable fibres including rose, nettle and soya fibre, and cotton and hemp. Some beautiful and unusual yarns are made in Japan, and I enjoy using a fine stainless steel thread wrapped in pure silk to produce some interesting effects.
Mike Challis is a freelance sound artist, maker and educator.
His SoundHides for Waveney Sculpture Trail 2015 and SPILL 2016 created a den in a straw hut playing recordings of sounds of nature from local habitats. He is working on a new SoundHide for Suffolk Wildlife Trust using recordings made at their Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve. This SoundHide will feature in the FirstLight Festival in Lowestoft in June.
His aeolian sculptures, Beech Cello and Microtonal Chimes, were exhibited at the Waveney Sculpture Trail in 2018.
2018 Mike ran Still Solos for SPILL 2018 and will be running listening walks at Snape Maltings during the Aldeburgh Festival and then throughout the summer.
Having spent most of my adult life wanting to paint and draw full-time but actually being involved in jobs that did not interest me, I finally decided to change my life in my mid thirties.
I quit my sales job at the time in 2014, sold my home and decided to travel the world for inspiration. After spending time in Europe, Nepal, the Far East and then hiking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, I found myself back in England with a new passion for wanting to create.
As a self taught artist with no formal training my journey and the evolution of my work has been very surprising and exciting so far.
I focus on creating work with fine detail, mainly using ink, to depict the complex beauty of life. Inspired by nature on all levels from microscopic images in my Abstracts, powerful wildlife studies, the beauty and strength of the human face to wild Landscapes.
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Website Address: www.astraoriginalartworks.com