So far I've been successful with a few scarf sales but it's really nice to have some of my artwork on display for a change, a first for me. My little hand loom is also there to hopefully put the craft into perspective. I only use it for demonstrations, I don't actually use it to weave scarves, it would take forever. I've also got a couple of lampshades hanging in the Wilson Gallery alongside Chantelle Cheshire's hand drawn cushions and a hand embroidered lampshade (a work in progress).
Chantelle likes to use recycled and alternatives such as bamboo and hemp to create products like lavender bags, dolls and cushions which she screen prints with her quirky designs and doodles. She takes her inspiration from many things but especially old children's books.
|Some of Chantelle's screen printed lavender bags|
Also in the Wilson gallery you will find ceramic artist Rose Bates' collection of chrystaline and raku glazed ceramics, pit fired pots and garden poppy heads and urchins. Rose has a passion for colour and an interest in both human form and animals.
|Rose's pit fired pot|
|Rose's raku glazed torso|
|Rose's garden poppy heads|
|More of Rose's raku work|
Samm Mackinnon specialises in marine scenes, painting with acrylic she works from photographs, sketches and her own extensive archive of images. Samm's work is visually stimulating, evocative and colourful.
In the window of the foyer is the work of Katherine Webber, a Southsea based jeweller who uses semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, glass, sterling silver and gold vermeil beads to create distinctive styles from the subtle and delicate to the bold and dramatic.
|Katherine's semi-precious jewellery|
Our last exhibitor is Di Wren, working in ceramics, printmaking and mosaics Di is exhibiting artwork in foyer and three dimensional work in the Wilson gallery. She is inspired by twentieth century artists such as Matisse and Picasso and she also has a taste for the gothic.
|Di's raku glazed fish|
The exhibition continues until Saturday 29 October 2011. Opening times are 10am - 4pm and admission is free. Hope you get the opportunity to come and see it. If you do make it to Chichester pop along to Pretty Scruffy on Cooper Street, a lovely little shop selling only hand crafted goods, where you will find a few more of my scarves for sale.