List of exhibitors showing in St Michael’s Church Hall
|Sarah Adby – Basket Weaver
Sarah weaves with willow from Herefordshire and Somerset. All the colours are natural to the material.
Her work uses traditional basket making techniques, creating traditional and contemporary baskets, lampshades and garden products.
Sarah sells directly to the public and runs willow weaving courses .
|Arts in the Marches – Multi media artists
Frances Warren – After thirty years working in social housing I took the opportunity to study at Hereford College of Art and Design. I was hooked and haven’t looked back since!
I established Arts in the Marches in 2013; an arts company offering a range of support and activities for artists and people interested in art; including:
Creative Workshops; Exhibitions; A wildlife sculpture garden; Representation
In addition to Arts in the Marches, I am developing and exhibiting my own sculptures. I am currently working in recycled materials, steel and glass; combining my interests in ecology and architecture to create sculptures for the garden.
Sandrina Gay – Sandrina’s journey to developing artistic skills was thanks to
An inspiring course at Hereford art college
A visit to see the creative skills in the Blacksmiths department
Once she visited the small metal workshop her love affair with copper and fire started.
She began to to develop her ideas from working with a flat piece of shinny copper and using a hammer and fire turning it into a three dimensional form.
She takes most of her inspiration from studying nature and frequently collects pieces of stone and gnarled wood to complete her copper sculptures
She also applies her love of working with fire by using an 18th century
Japanese technique called Shou–sugi–ban this technique blackens and scores the wood which helps preserve it and also helps repel insects.
Working with copper, stone and wood her aim is to produce unique pieces of secret garden sculptures.
Phillip Kennedy – Crafty Bird Feeders from Rock Cottage.
My name is Philip Kennedy and I’m a gardener by profession, I have always been interested in crafting and making things and recently came up with the idea of bird feeders. I can turn glass bottles of any shape and size into an exciting and colourful bird feeder which are both a great addition to the garden and kind to the environment by reusing bottles.
Alan Richardson – I work in all mediums, mostly with materials and objects that I have “found” along the way, which at some moment in time I join together. The materials used keep their original shape but enter into a new configuration. The aim is to stimulate the viewer into considering the way these objects exist in time and then to accept the process of creation into a new form.
Stephen McCrae – Originally from Sussex, with a background in architecture, Stephen moved to Herefordshire over 20 years ago when he joined the newly established Artistic Blacksmithing course at Hereford College of Art and Design.
Stephen’s work is regularly exhibited at both national and international shows. His creations are inspired by what he terms “playing around” with the material; in reality a complex and informed process of experimenting with the elasticity of heated metal. Stephen specialises in deceptively simple sculptures for the garden, working with the power of steel and stone to produce pieces with fluid movement. We are showing some of Stephen’s smaller items at this event.
|Sally Boehme – Multi material jewellery maker
I have been creating jewellery for 30 years using many materials; glass, lead crystal, pearls, semi-precious stones, polymer clay, fabric and wire. Keen to share my enthusiasm with others, I have been running courses and workshops for adults in these subjects for 10 years, both nationally and from home. I have met so many lovely people and made many friends through a shared love of all things sparkly and ‘beady’!
I love my work and am constantly inspired by the things I see around me; my lovely lush garden and the surrounding countryside here in the Wye Valley, Herefordshire is my design muse. I love the art of the Renaissance, as well as that of the Impressionists; diverse but inspiring styles that influence my work, with a touch of Gustav Klimt for good measure!
|Barbara Bromhead-Wragg – Photographer
Trained at Hereford College of Arts, in Fine Art Painting, Photography and Printmaking, Barbara has spent the last 6 years working in photography. She is local to the area, a Photographer of Nature, inspired by the surrounding countryside and her own garden. Barbara captures images of the landscape and what lies within, both flora and fauna. From her images she produces framed prints and cards, as well as glass dining or wall art, plus other practical items and gifts for nature lovers. Informed by light and colour, as well as the occasional moment of whimsy, Barbara seeks to celebrate and promote the beauty and value of the British countryside and wildlife.
|Marion Butler – Accessories Knitter
I come from a family of knitters. My mother taught me and my two sisters to knit at an early age and my grandmother was still knitting squares for blankets at 90 years of age.
‘Knit and Natter’ isn’t a new thing. Back in the 1970s we would all go down to the local wool shop and buy a pattern and wool and come home and sit knitting and chatting.
Now with the internet we can buy wool online and have a wealth of colours and textured luxurious yarns to choose from. You can also find interesting patterns for beginners to experienced knitters at our fingertips. Knitting has come back into fashion and is here to stay.
Knitting is very therapeutic and is an easy pastime for our stressful lives – they call knitting the new Yoga!
My Long-fringed scarves, Necklace cowls, Shawls and Shrugs are knitted in a lacy yarn that has a jewel-like glisten, just wait for the compliments from your friends and family.
My Neck-warmer-snoods, Cable Neck-warmers, Hats, Fingerless Mittens, Woolly Shawls and Shrugs are made in an acrylic variegated yarn that is soft and non-irritating. The beautiful colours enhance any outfit and even more essential they will keep you warm as the weather changes.
From a hobby I now display and exhibit at Craft Fairs and Exhibitions around Herefordshire and beyond and have joined other crafters at Canon Frome Court in 2018 during their H Art event.
I enjoy meeting new and existing customers, chatting with fellow knitters and encouraging young girls and boys to get
knitting in 2019.
If you can’t knit and have the time come and see me at our Ewyas Harold Festival Event and I will help you start to learn a new craft in 2019. Clickity Click…. see you there.
With a background in Forestry Steve Elsby has been creating Sculptures for about 16 years and demonstrates Chainsaw carving to the Public. He takes commissions where a tree stump needs carving or provides the wood which is locally sourced from woodlands or from tree surgeons and other contacts.
|Ken Gilbert – Woodturner
After many years in the carpet industry in Kidderminster, Ken completed an upholstery course and became a self-employed upholsterer. He furthered his skills by completing a course in Rush and Cane seating, as well as a Windsor chair making course at West Dean College nr Chichester. This led Ken to producing a range of Windsor chairs and also fully upholstered swing rocking chars which he sold for many years.
However, following his wife’s death in 1998, he decided he needed to broaden his range of products to include smaller, lower priced items. This led him to take a course at the Greenwood Trust in Coalbrookdale learning the art of making Shaker oval boxes, which were originally made by the Shaker community when they moved to America in 1774.
Later in 2005 whilst staying with friends in Devon who were wood turners he was introduced to this skill. Here he became intrigued with their 1894 ornamental turning lathe and having learned the basics, agreed to buy it from them. Since then he has developed a wide range of intricately patterned wooden boxes with lids. His most recent acquisition is an 1836 universal rose engine, needing a bit of TLC, but he is looking forward to producing more patterned work.
|Chris Helm, Firedrake – Jeweller
Jewellery and other precious metal items hand-crafted in rural Herefordshire, England
“Firedrake Jewellery: We make precious metal jewellery and gifts from our original designs, using a wide variety of techniques and incorporating gemstones and semi-precious finds where we can. Located between Abbeydore and Ewyas Harold, overlooking the Herefordshire Golden Valley we are proud to be a part of the Ewyas Harold Festival of Arts in it’s second year.
We began making jewellery about five years ago, mostly self taught and always willing to learn. Our inspiration comes from our beautiful surroundings and the desire to create wearable art jewellery that cannot be found on the high street. Always on the lookout for new techniques that will interleave with our designs and ideas, commissions are welcome.”
Visits by appointment only
We are members of the following:
Society of British Jewellers
The Professional Crafters Guild
The Guild of Jewellery Designers
|Pat Sleeman – Artist
Pat is a self taught Artist who belongs to the Golden Valley Craft Society. Having lost family and her dog; Pat threw herself into art and crafts to keep herself busy but soon got addicted. Her work includes Hand-decorated Candles, Books, Canvasses, Glass and other Giftware.
|Linda Thomas – Photographer
L A Thomas Photography I’m not a trained photographer but it has become a passion over the past 3 years and I thought I would like to share this with like minded people. I mainly take photographs while out walking to help keep me fit. Natural images of nature are my preferred subjects, printed as I see them, without Lightbox or photoshop. I currently do not have a website but have a Facebook page @naturalworldbylinda will find me.
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
|Paul Thomas – Metalwork
I’m Paul Thomas born and bred in Herefordshire I lived for 10 years in California.
Once I had retired I looked for something to do with my creative mind and started to make some astonishing human powered vehicles made from old bicycles. It was while making these vehicles that I thought of using scrap metal to create art pieces. I design and create, interior design sculpture and garden pieces.
I am fascinated by the beauty, and indeed art, that can be found in finely engineered gears, bearings etc that make up engines. In todays throw away society I try to use 90% of my materials from scrap so that they have a very low carbon footprint.
My work can be seen at The Trumpet Corner Gallery near Ledbury and also at my studio – see my website. http://www.paulsmetalcrafting.com
|Angela Thoo – Metalwork Artist
Inspired by the things I see on long walks near my home in Pontrilas, I create a range of unique ‘one off’ jewellery and sculptural pieces.
Angela creates precious metal jewellery and mixed media sculptural pieces inspired by the beautiful area she lives in. Movement in and of water, birds, animals, insects, flowers – often just a fleeting glimpse captured, the essence of the subject to be developed into a piece of jewellery or metalwork.
Angela’s work is constantly evolving with new materials and techniques being explored to bring her ideas to life. She takes great pride in producing completely handmade work. Each piece is a ‘one off’ and has its own unique character.
I am a member of Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen and have exhibited and sold my work nationally and internationally