Maiko Dawson

Maiko says…

I have always loved making things. My mother bought me a sewing machine when I was six, I started sewing everything we needed in our house and my sewing machine has been my best friend since.

When I started making shoes nearly 20 years ago, I realized how wonderful it is to work with “LEATHER”. The smell of the leather makes me feel happy and the ability of the leather makes me to be creative.

My inspiration for design comes primarily from colours and shapes I see in everyday life.  Colours and shapes in nature, in seasons, on streets, at markets, on clothes someone is wearing, and in other product designs … I pick them up from everywhere.  On good sunny days, I see more colours in the light, they encourages my ideas to form to the products I create.

Then I draw clean lines, not always even on paper, it can be only in my head.  And so I fill with the colours I picked up.

For designing shoes, I combine these with traditional designs.  Because I respect the history of shoes which we have developed for thousands of years, and am always working to make them original and comfortable at the same time.

On the other hand, the functionality comes first when I design bags/ purse, and secondly the simplicity.  Our life styles are changing all the time especially recent years.  Not so many people were using personal computers 20 years ago, though majority of the people now carry one or more devices everyday.  I think a lot how to carry those things comfortably and try to make it to happen as simple as possible.

I believe the high quality natural materials gives not only a good appearance and durability, but also comfort for use/wear.  I use only the best materials I can find and carefully craft by hand myself in the traditional shoe/bag making method.

Maiko Dawson; handmade shoes and leather accessories
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Nicki Tarr

Love what you do

Nicki Tarr lives in Brighton and enjoys practising the noble art of upholstery. It’s a wonderful artisan craft that brings together so many elements she loves – working with traditional materials and tools, restoring wood and bringing old chairs back to life. Nicki says, ‘I am lucky enough to spend my days using my hands to create things that are both useful and beautiful’.

Nicki Tarr; upholstery, chairsmith

Ken Eardley

Ken Eardley ceramics are all individually handmade.  With a background in textiles, Ken creates a fun and graphic range of functional ceramics. His handmade earthenware is made using press moulds which are then fired three times. His artwork is very striking and popular.

Ken Eardley; handcrafted individually designed pottery

Kathie Murphy

Kathie Murphy trained at Middlesex Polytechnic and Glasgow school of Art.  She set up her studio in 1992 and specialises in resin jewellery.  She has two books published by A&C Black, Resin Jewellery 2001 and Design and make non-precious jewellery 2009.  Her work is in the collections of MIMA, Museum of Scotland and Aberdeen City Art Gallery.

Kathie Murphy; resin jewellery

Ruth Martin

Ruth Martin is an illustrator, designer and printmaker.  Whether drawing, painting or rubber relief print, her work is full of wit and whimsy.  Ruth publishes a range of hand-finished greetings cards and limited edition artists’ books alongside working to commission.  Her books, cards, illustrations and other curios all invite you enter a world of cheesy puns and old-world charm.

Ruth’s work has been exhibited and sold in galleries and shops throughout the UK and abroad.  Her work is also held in the collection of Tate Britain.

Ruth Martin; print, paper, cards & curios.

Phoenix Brighton

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Brighton Maker Store is proudly supported by Phoenix Brighton. Thank you to the team for making this event happen.

Phoenix Arts Association Ltd (trading as Phoenix Brighton) is a charitable (not-for-profit) arts organisation based in central Brighton.

Phoenix Brighton
10–14 Waterloo Place
Brighton BN2 9NB
East Sussex, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 603700
email: info@phoenixbrighton.org

Phoenix provides 100+ studio spaces, short-term project space for hire by community groups and supports a gallery and education programme which bring together professional artists and the general public in a friendly and creative environment.

Its charitable objectives are:

  1. The promotion of the arts
  2. Advancement of public education in the appreciation, production and practice of the arts, particularly in the towns of Brighton & Hove, and in other areas of Sussex
  3. To relieve poor artists by providing workspace and studio facilities and by the provision of advice in artist development seminars.

Registered Company No 3136932
Registered Charity No 1051551

 

We Love…

BRIGHTON PRINT FAIR
15th – 24th September, 2017
Phoenix Brighton

www.brightonartfair.co.uk

Brighton Print Fair is a new selling event taking place over ten days, promoting printmaking in all its various forms. Sixty printmakers will exhibit their work showing a wide range of print techniques; etchings, screenprints, woodcuts, linocuts, letterpress and more. Additional workshops, talks and activities will make the show a real celebration of printmakers and printmaking.

Brighton Wayzgoose
On Saturday 23rd September as part of Brighton Print Fair, we’re holding the Brighton Wayzgoose, a series of events (in addition to the main fair) centered around a printer’s tabletop fair, where artists will sell printed products – books, zines, bags, posters, cards, fabrics. Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft’s print trolley will enable visitors to print free postcards.

Mid Century Prints – from Emma Mason Gallery
Emma Mason will present an exhibition of Mid Century Prints in the South Gallery. Emma Mason is showing a range of prints celebrating the skill and craft of mid-century printmaking. Work will include linocuts by Robert Tavener, screen prints by Geoffrey Elliott, lithographs by Paul Sharp and wood cuts by Peter Green and Tadek Beutlich.



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.


MADE BRIGHTON at ST BARTHOLOMEW’S
Saturday 25th November
10.30am – 5.30pm

www.madebrighton.co.uk

St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton, BN1 4GP

THE FAIR

MADE BRIGHTON at St BARTHOLOMEW’S is running for a second year in stunning St Bartholomew’s Church. With this show we aim to do something a little different. Whilst still showing the best makers in the country, the St Bartholomew’s fair will be a down to earth ‘Village Hall’ one day, table-top selling event.

MADE BRIGHTON will return to the Brighton Dome – Corn Exchange in 2018 when extensive renovations to the building are completed.

ST BARTHOLOMEW’S

The venue is St Bartholomew’s Church, a stunning late Victorian Byzantine inspired church. Known to some as the Noah’s Ark Church, because of the local legend that it was built to the same dimensions as the Ark, the Church is an awe-inspiring space. It’s the tallest parish church in Europe.

We’ll be using the main body of the church to show sixty makers, exhibiting a wide variety of original work; jewellery, knitwear, ceramics, wood, print, silversmithing, textiles, clothes, toys and more.

ATELIER 51

Atelier 51 is the home of Tutton and Young. The building is a converted Victorian warehouse directly opposite St Bartholomew’s Church. We have four studios housing Silvia K Ceramics, Elaine Bolt, Rhoda K Baker and Sarah Young.

A year ago we opened a shop Atelier51 showing and selling work by our resident artists and also by a selection of other contemporary designer / makers.

If you visit the show at St Bartholomew’s, please do drop by and see what we do.