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Barry lives in Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, where he has built himself a printmaking studio in his outbuildings.
Taking inspiration from printmaking tuition at West Herts College, he has become an enthusiast for a particular type of printmaking called solar plate etching.
This allows printing plates to be made from any starting point, from a photograph to a sketch or even real objects such as feathers and foliage. The plates are exposed to bright light such as the sun, and developed in pure water, so it is an eco-friendly process.
Barry was encouraged by his friends to enter a print for the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, a chance to be seen among the top artists of the day. As someone who has only been able to be a full-time hobby artist for a few years this approbation from fellow artist was a great pinnacle of achievement. His submission featured in the exhibition and sold out.
James Dougall is a multi-award winning silversmith whose innovative approach bridges the gap between C21st design sensibilities and the traditional craft techniques he uses to produce his work.
Unafraid to take risks, he seamlessly utilises other materials with silver to extra- ordinary effect; leather, wood, glass, fish skin, even brick and marble are employed to create a unique synthesis and design vocabulary.
Each piece is the cumulative outcome of a long process of engagement which the designer hopes will add to the rich canon that is the silversmith's art.
Kathryn specialises in screenprints and linoprints. She takes inspiration from
nature, British landscapes and her travels
to Western USA, China, Greece and elsewhere and likes to abstract shapes and colours to create her distinctive prints.
Kathryn taught for many years and during her teaching career discovered with her students the joys and unexpected and surprising results of the printing process.
Laura's primary interest in creating
prints is to work with shape and colour.
Her subject matter is the rural landscape around her and, while she makes observational drawings and photographs in the landscape, the design drawings that result in prints are very much her own creation in the studio.
She aims to evoke a sense of place that is less about geography and
more about mood and her chief ambition is to provide enough space and ambiguity for the viewer to make the landscape their own.
Marian Carter is a designer and artist who graduated from Middlesex University in the early 1980s. She has worked on her own and for a number of companies in a range of areas such as book illustration, card design and, recently, printmaking.
She lives on the edge of the Chiltern Hills and uses a number of different methods to produce original prints. These include etching, drypoint, monoprinting, screen printing and reduction lino printing. Her inspiration comes from various sources but especially from the natural world where she finds reduction lino a good method for portraying feather and fur.
Marie Shepherd has always been fascinated with forms and movement and this reflects so well in her sculptures. She likes to explore various facets of sculpture from the sensitivity and dynamism of the human form to humour in animals or the pleasing shape of fruits.
She draws a lot of her inspiration from the wildlife around her.
Her favourite material is plaster but she also works in clay, wax and her sculptures are then cast in either bronze or bronze resin. The sculpture takes form and evolves as it is created. The final creation is a moment captured.
Originally from Brittany, Marie lives with her family in Oxfordshire where she pursues her passion for sculpture. Her work has been exhibited and selling in the UK and abroad since 2007. She is an active member of the Oxford Sculptors Group.
Paul carves mainly abstract, semi-abstract and occasionally figurative pieces in a range of stone types including limestone, sandstone, soapstone and alabaster. He enjoys the act of carving, the ring of the stone, the feel and even the distinctive smell of different types of stone. It is a totally engrossing activity - even meditative.
He loves stone and is endlessly fascinated by the challenge of carving it and revealing
the hidden qualities of this hard old material that was created millions of years ago and will long outlast us.
Tom's paintings are a way for him to explore the wonder of the world around him, everything from exotic wildlife and the intrigue of places and people far from home, to simply the shadows cast across a sunlit street right outside his front door. What fascinates him most is the way light brings a subject to life.
Tom was born in Leamington Spa in 1985 and always had a real interest in painting and drawing. After a slight deviation from the world of creativity for a few years, in 2010 he found himself working freelance creating custom artwork for guitars and other musical instruments.
In 2011 he made a move towards fine art painting, studying as an apprentice in a working artist's studio. Since then he has exhibited work at various venues around the UK. The spring of 2014 saw him move into his own studio space on the edge of the Cotswolds which is where he creates the majority of his work.