Joanna Gill

My work explores hand dyed fabrics, screen and lino printing. I enjoy capturing abstract forms in nature and drawing these in bold and colourful expressive marks. I use lino printing as it shows the skill of the artist, as its not mass manufactured by a machine. Mistakes can occur in hand – made items, and it’s this idea of imperfections (Wabi – sabi, a Japanese expression for impermanence & imperfections in life) that makes me fall in love with old traditional printing methods. Apart from using fabrics, I have also dyed my own papers with fibre reactive Procion dyes. I like dying large pieces of paper because it allows me to use colour more freely. My work is more aimed towards interiors / fine art textiles and I hope one day I will be able to sell my own hand made products.

Deborah Crago

My artworks are all inspired by the beauty, variety and intricacy of flowers. I work in a couple of different mediums: drawing as well as textile artwork.

My graphite drawings are magnified sections of flowers. My intention is to enable the viewer to look at a specific flower in a more intimate way. By removing the distraction of colour, I aim to show the intricacy of the flowers, the detail, patterns and form that may not have been observed in such a way before.

My colour, isolated drawings are all created using watercolour pencils. I have always loved working with pencils as they allow me to capture all the detail that I find so beautiful.

With my background in textile design, I love working with the tactile nature of fabric and use machine embroidery as a means of drawing. My textile artworks incorporate hand pressed flowers within layers of sheer fabric, embroidered together.

Janet Brown

I shared a love of fabric, threads, stitch and the sheer joy of creating something with my mother and this has been a common thread throughout my life. Awareness of the myriad detail in the use of colour, in nature, art, fabrics, patterns, even make-up has always been there and is a constant source of inspiration.

Sam Brickman

As an introduction I’m Sam, a West Sussex based photographer specialising in Events, Landscapes and Wildlife. Over the years I’ve been approached to work on several commissions born out of personal projects, most notably my four 365 photo-a-day journals. My work is varied and includes; HEEM’s ‘Year in the Life’ promoting the East Midlands to trainee Doctors, More Radio’s Awards Events across the South Coast, Chestnut Tree House – 15th Anniversary and, more recently, weddings.

Rebecca Melliard

“For as long as I can remember I have been a creator or ‘mess maker.’ Having spent much of my childhood in and out of hospital, the activity that made me happy was always cutting, sticking and making pictures. It is this that instilled in me both the desire and need to create.”

Heather Irvine

I am a contemporary nature inspired artist depicting wildlife, equestrian and canine subjects (and the odd human once in a while).

My work is based around the senses and emotions and has its roots firmly planted in impressionism with a dash of expressiveness using loose brushwork and energetic strokes whilst retaining the feeling of presence and place. Mainly working from my own imagination, I dabble in oils, acrylic, mixed media and charcoal for drawing using bold bright and often complimentary colours to experiment with composition and form. Movement plays a huge role in my work, the animals within it will always be ‘doing’ something, either naturally or as a metaphor for deeper meaning depending on where their journey takes me! Either way, I try to be true to each individual.

Sketching is imperative and I watch and observe wildlife in its natural state wherever possible. The work should flourish with its own life on the canvas and often does mutate as I paint and draw – whatever happens then is instinct and lends itself to a far more organic and often spontaneous artwork.

Louise Astridge

Using a heated wire and blow torches, Louise uses the art of Pyrography to create her images on natural wood slabs incorporating the unique characteristics of the wooden canvas with her love for wildlife and nature. Much of Louise’s work has been through commission creating unique portraits of much loved pets and over the next few years she hopes to ‘branch out’ to develop her skills further.

Stephanie Anderson

Stephanie is a contemporary painter exploring an abstract and surreal style of artwork. She incorporates themes of life, death and the vastness of space in her pieces; using vibrant colours and strong textured shapes to give an unusual edge to the natural world. She paints in both acrylic and oil, drawing on her studies of still life, portraits and nature to push her exploration of abstraction further with each painting.