Alix Swan, Paper Artist: Alix draws from a treasure trove of vintage and secondhand finds to create quirky and evocative art. She draws inspiration from vintage stories, rhymes and sayings, using a computer, digital camera and four old typewriters to create her trademark lettering.
Glen Campbell, Jeweller: Glenn recreates part of the beauty we can all see in nature. He is fascinated with the smaller parts that make up this world. It is this inspiration that directs the overall feel of his work, along with directly experimenting with the metal.
Irena Maria Varey ARBSA, Jeweller: Irena explores the beauty of gemstones and minerals in her work. She employs a technique called reticulation to great effect: controlled melting forms unpredictable and unrepeatable undulations.
Julia Davenport, Jeweller: Julia is inspired by the changing architecture of the city and the buildings that surround her. In her latest collection a clear connection to the new Birmingham library is apparent, this is seen in the refined lines and repeating patterns of her jewellery that create abstract petal shapes.
Katherine Campbell-Legg, Jeweller: Katherine looks at plant forms and the variety of shape and scale within them as a source of inspiration, playing with pattern and texture and searching for the essence of the subject matter without interpreting it literally.
Kate Farley, Textile designer-maker: Kate’s work encompasses drawing, printmaking, book art and pattern design for paper, textiles and beyond. Her well-established practice of commissions, residencies and exhibitions are complemented by her academic career, currently as Course Director of the BA Textile Design course at Birmingham City University.
Kiya Corrales, Jeweller: Kiya draws inspiration from her urban surroundings, picking out geometric details and patterns in industrial architecture. Her jewellery finds the balance between bold and delicate design.
Miranda Sharpe, Jeweller: Miranda’s jewellery is heavily inspired by the natural world, with recent inspiration exploring matter that evokes strong emotional responses. Her work draws on microscopic imagery of bacteria.
Nobuko Okumura, Jeweller: Nobuko is strongly inspired by geometric and natural forms. She follows the wabi-sabi approach, an aesthetic concept of simplicity and asymmetry inspired by Buddhist teachings.
Peter Wareing, Ceramicist: Peter produces mainly classic thrown forms which are illustrated with complex designs using an adaptation of the ancient technique of tube lining. The imagery is mostly derived from natural forms which are often mixed with weathered and discarded manmade objects.
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