Anna Pugh

Anna Pugh is a British designer who creates timeless leather bags. Each piece is handcrafted with a strong focus on feminine utility.

Anna started her bag label in 2012. It was born out of an idea for a shape and a desire to work with leather. Having previously worked as a creative pattern cutter for both high street and designer womenswear she developed her eye for creating pleasing shapes and lines, and exploring how they fit and fold around the body.

‘I am very interested in the wearer, how it feels for her and whether or not the bag fits her and works.’

Known for soft leather and focus on shape, Anna’s bags are staples for any wardrobe and have an ageless and enduring appeal. At a time where fashion and luxury are looking towards craftsmanship and more sustainable products, all of Anna’s bags are designed, cut, stitched and finished in her Hove workshop.

Anna Pugh

Tabatha Bargh

Tabatha is a British designer and maker interested in everyday materials and finding new and exciting ways to turn them into beautiful products. While studying Product Design at Ravensbourne College, a long time ago, I was given a project to design a briefcase. I thought that obviously I would try and make a cardboard one, and that was the start of my love and fascination with the brown stuff. Since establishing on my own in 2006 I have been designing and making a range of sustainable lighting made entirely from corrugating cardboard. 

All products are designed and handmade in the UK.

Tabitha Bargh

Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson studied M(des) 3D Design and Craft at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2016. Since then she has focused on establishing her own creative business designing and making handmade ceramics in her Brighton-based studio, specifically focusing on slipcasting in porcelain. Emma’s functional homewares are often based around architecture, incorporating precise, angular forms and a degree of buildability into the pieces. In early 2017 Emma was selected to take part in Hothouse; an intensive development programme for emerging makers run by the Crafts Council. Emma is currently creating and developing work from her shared studio in Phoenix Brighton.

Emma Johnson Ceramics

Brighton Maker Store 2019

We are delighted to announce that Brighton Maker Store will be back at Phoenix Brighton this November, alongside the Phoenix Festival of Printmaking.

We are a small group of creatives  with years of experience of selling events for applied artists and designer makers. We believe in the value of designing & making beautiful, and desirable, functional objects by hand. We’ve always been authentic and sustainable.

You can buy beautiful objects from well-known designer makers at the Brighton Maker Store. Come and meet the makers and see their work, as well as a selection of their hand tools and materials.

We are pleased to announce the Maker Store regulars will be back:

Amanda Doughty; understated luxury, contemporary jewellery for men and women
Kathie Murphy; resin jewellery
Ken Eardley; handcrafted individually designed pottery
Nicki Tarr; upholstery, chairsmith
Ruth Martin; print, paper, cards & curios.

Where:

Phoenix Brighton, Green Room, 10–14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB

When:
Special Late Opening & Private View Party Friday 15 November 6-8pm
Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

Free entry
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New England House Open Studios

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Amanda Doughty (Jewellery), Kathie Murphy (Resin Jewellery) and Ken Eardley (Ceramics) will be selling work in Ken’s Studio during the New England House Open Studios.

Friday 7 December 2018,11am – 8pm
Saturday 8 December 2018,11am – 6pm
Sunday 9 December 2018,11am – 6pm

Level 5 (north), Unit 3, New England House, New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GH

This year, 35+ Artists’ and Makers’ on 4 floors will be selling to the public on THREE consecutive days – giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy an alternative to high street Christmas shopping and buy unique gifts directly from the artists/makers.

Beautiful handcrafted items will be on sale and you will have the opportunity to talk directly to the artists and makers and as well as being able to select some really individual and special gifts for Christmas, or why not just indulge yourself.

Items displayed for sale include ceramics, textiles, fashion and accessories, children’s and baby wear; jewellery; paintings, illustrations, sculpture, greetings cards and stationery, tree decorations, stocking fillers and lots more…

Gorgeous Brutalism

New England House is an eight story building located in Brighton England. Opened in 1963 it is the worlds first purpose built high rise industrial business centre. It is now a vibrant home to a variety of organisations from digital media companies to magazines, from a French bakery to life drawing and ceramics.

Ths building is part of the brutalist architecture movement.

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Cockpit Arts Open Studios

Amanda Doughty Jewellery returns to Studio 2 at Cockpit Arts in Holborn where she started her business in 1994. She joins the brilliant Christmas Open Studios event as part of the Alumni programme.

Holborn | 23 – 25 November

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The Christmas Open Studios is the perfect opportunity to buy direct from the best of London’s independent makers.

– Weavers, ceramicists, jewellers and many other crafts
– Maker portrait exhibition and showcases by photographer Alun Callender
– Alumni showcase during both Open Studios
– Enter our Prize Draw to win vouchers to spend with Cockpit makers
– Delicious food by Hand Made Food café

23 – 25 November
Fri 1-8pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm
Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
Tubes: Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square

Advance tickets £5
Please note advance ticket sales end at midnight 18 November

Book Advance Tickets

On the Door
Holborn £6 (inc. free entry at Deptford)

Pop Up Maker Store

You can buy beautiful objects from well-known designer makers at a Pop Up Maker Store. Come and meet the makers and see their work, as well as a selection of their hand tools and materials.

We are a small group of creatives  with years of experience of selling events for applied artists and designer makers. Pop Up Maker Store is responding to the changing nature of galleries and events for selling applied arts in the southeast, and we could pop up anywhere.

We believe in the value of designing & making beautiful, and desirable, functional objects by hand. We’ve always been authentic and sustainable.

Pop Up Maker store is available to pop up anywhere.  Contact us for more information office@popupmakerstore.com

Read the press release from our first event in Brighton here.

We are grateful for the amazing support of Phoenix Brighton and Playne Design in launching our first event. And thanks to our launch maker-partners:

Amanda Doughty; understated luxury, contemporary jewellery for men and women
Kathie Murphy; resin jewellery
Ken Eardley; handcrafted individually designed pottery
Emily Boo; upholstery, traditionally modern chairs
Nicki Tarr; upholstery, chairsmith
Maiko Dawson; handmade shoes and leather accessories
Ruth Martin; print, paper, cards & curios.

Emma’s Pop Up Cafe

 

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Artist of the Month

Phoenix Artist of the Month, October 2017
Amanda Doughty

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1. How long have you been at Phoenix?

I moved into Phoenix Brighton in 2006 having been part of Cockpit Arts in Holborn, where I established my business in 1994. In looking for a studio in Brighton and Hove I discovered Red Herring Studios and applied to be a studio member hoping for a space at Phoenix.

I inherited my studio from Cynthia Cousins, a jeweller who I much admired, and who taught me as a student.

I love the light and the position of my studio, but most especially the pins and marks in the walls that Cynthia left behind.

2. What are you working on at the moment?

I am fortunate to have some really interesting and fulfilling commissions ongoing at the moment, I make engagement and wedding rings, as well as other private commission pieces.

Alongside these I am working on new pieces and work for the collection to show and sell at the ‘pop up’ Brighton Maker Store at the end of October.

I am part of a small group of creatives with many years of experience of selling events for applied artists and designer makers. Brighton Maker Store is responding to the changing nature of galleries and events in the south east. We believe in the value of designing and making beautiful, and desirable, functional objects by hand. Seven well-known designer makers will be exhibiting at our first event at Phoenix Brighton.

3. Which media do you like to use?

I predominantly use precious metals; silver, gold, palladium and platinum, I work with diamonds and semi precious stones.

Whilst I love machinery, I also love making with my hands and tools at the workbench. Some of these tools will be on show at the Brighton Maker Store.

4. Which other artists do you admire?

I admire jewellers Dorothy Hogg, Cynthia Cousins, Andrew Lamb and Jacqueline Ryan.
I am inspired by the great architects Frank O’Gehry, Richard Rodgers, Norman Foster and Zaha Hidid.

I grew up very near Harlow New Town, love the brutalist architecture by Frederick Gibberd, and have a life long admiration for Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

5. What would you recommend to go see?

Come and see ceramics by Ken Eardley; leather shoes and accessories by Maiko Dawson; resin jewellery by Kathie Murphy; print, paper, cards and curios by Ruth Martin; and stunning upholstery by Emily Beaumont and Nicki Tarr. I will also be selling my work at the Brighton Maker Store.

6. Is there a piece of work you’re particularly proud of?

Having designed the unique ‘ring within a ring’ range approximately fifteen years ago, I wear one every day. It has become a signature piece in my collection, alongside my bangles for which I am known.

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Image © Manel Ortega 2017

 

We love… HOUSE Biennial

HOUSE Biennial at Phoenix Brighton: Common Threads

North Gallery
30 September – 5 November 2017

Weds – Sun 11am – 5pm
Late Opening: Friday 27 October 8 – 11 pm

Preview: Friday 29 September, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Phoenix Brighton is partnering with HOUSE Biennial and Outside In to present newly commissioned work, shown alongside related existing work of two artists selected by open submission.

Two artists this year, Anthony Stevens (Brighton) and Andrew Omoding(London), have been selected from Outside In’s network of over 2500 artists to produce new artworks inspired by the theme of ‘Excess’ and the work of HOUSE Biennial invited artist Laura Ford.

Anthony Stevens​ is a self-taught artist whose work is about expressing personal experiences and processing the consequences. His characterful hand embroidered textile collages draw out satirical observations around human behaviour and our underlying motivations. The act of making itself is mindful and important process in making the work. Stevens’ work shares personal stories alongside more widely known fables that explore excess and its implications found in mythology, historical events as much as contemporary societal values and consumerist trends. This includes how the need to be loved has been manipulated into a desire to overconsume.

Ugandan born Andrew Omoding’s ​work is largely autobiographical. His mixed media creations include sculptures, books and costumes made from left-over and scrap materials he finds. Omoding selects a variety of found materials to weave, wrap, sew, thread and construct new objects. An intuitive process, the works are created as his stories evolve. Whilst making, the artist simultaneously sings, performs and shares his works through storytelling. Andrew will be present in the gallery at selected times throughout the exhibition to share wider stories on the works exhibited – details to follow.

Conceived in 2008 by Directors Judy Stevens and Chris Lord, HOUSE is a contemporary visual arts festival that began in part as a response to the limited space in the city for presenting contemporary art. HOUSE is curated by Celia Davies and commissions an internationally regarded Invited Artist and selects for commission a range of artists at varying career stages. Inherent to HOUSE is a potential to experience new ideas and different ways of thinking within the artistic process.

Outside In provides a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world for reasons including health, disability, isolation or social circumstance. The goal of the charity is to create a fairer art world which challenges traditional values and institutional judgments about whose work can and should be displayed.

Brighton Maker Store

Pop Up Maker Store presents: Brighton Maker Store
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th October 2017 •
 Phoenix Brighton • Free Entry

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You can buy beautiful objects from well-known designer makers at the Brighton Maker Store. Come and meet the makers and see their work, as well as a selection of their hand tools and materials.

Our first event presents:

Amanda Doughty; understated luxury, contemporary jewellery for men and women
Kathie Murphy; resin jewellery
Ken Eardley; handcrafted individually designed pottery
Emily Boo; upholstery, traditionally modern chairs
Nicki Tarr; upholstery, chairsmith
Maiko Dawson; handmade shoes and leather accessories
Ruth Martin; print, paper, cards & curios.

Emma’s Pop Up Cafe

Where: Phoenix Brighton, Green Room, 10–14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB
When: Museums at Night Special Late Opening & Private View Party Friday 6-11pm
Sat & Sun 11am-6pm
Free entry

>> Register for the event here (Eventbrite)
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Organised by Pop Up Maker Store.

We are a small group of creatives  with years of experience of selling events for applied artists and designer makers. Pop Up Maker Store is responding to the changing nature of galleries and events for selling applied arts in the southeast, and we could pop up anywhere.

We believe in the value of designing & making beautiful, and desirable, functional objects by hand. We’ve always been authentic and sustainable.

Press Release here.
More information & press from: office@popupmakerstore.com

We are grateful for the amazing support of Phoenix Brighton and Playne Design in launching our first event.