The Art Market this November - over 100 artists showing their work.

You are all invited to The Art Market at Holmfirth indoor market. Showing a selection of Art, Design & Contemporary Craft for sale and commission from 100 artists and designer-makers, re-luminate lighting installations, art auction, live music and café area.

Dates for your Diary The Art Market Late Night Shopping - November 22nd evening 8pm-10pm Day Event with 50 artists, interactive stalls… 23rd of November Late Night Shopping 10am - 4pm / November 29th - 8pm - 10pm Day Event with 50 artists, interactive stalls… November 30th  - 10am - 4pm Venue - Holmfirth Indoor Market Website Details - http://www.artmarkets.co.uk www.artmarkets.co.uk

 

Meet over 50 artists and designer makers each weekend. 

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International Jewellery Designer, Farah Qureshi’s important dates to keep in your diary ahead….

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Winter show
November 2014

At the end of November there will be a Christmas event at the JeDeCo jewellery gallery where Farah will share a retail space with other jewellery designers, on show will be a range of silver and gold pieces, perfect for Christmas presents.

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Farah will also be exhibiting with the House Of Jewellers at two events in the U.K, the first will be at Made London the address is: One Marylebone NW1 4AQ. The event is from the 24Th October until the 26Th October 2014.

The second event with the house of Jewellers is the Desire Jewellery show, at the Guildhall in Winchester, from 7Th until 9Th November 2014.

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Farah is very excited to be taking part in two international jewellery events in the near future, the first is a small jewellery show in Berlin called Kults at:
Goldschmiede Selbiger
Weitlingstrasse 30 D-10317 Berlin
from the 11Th October 2014- 29Th November 2014

The second show is Sieraad, this will be her second year of exhibiting and this takes place at the lovely Westergasfabriek from the 6Th until the 9Th November 2014.

For more information on Farah Qureshi please go to http://www.farahqureshi.co.uk

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The most iconic striped shirt-wearers of all time. *Dressed glamour:

The most iconic striped shirt-wearers of all time. *Dressed glamour:

The most iconic striped shirt-wearers of all time. *Dressed glamour:

The most iconic striped shirt-wearers of all time. *Dressed

An Interview with Artist Gillian Lee Smith on her solo show ‘We all Cast Shadows’ at Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge. The Exhibition starts from Thursday 2nd of October - January 21st 2014

For more details on Gillian go to http://www.gillianleesmithartist.com

Details on the Heart Gallery http://www.heartgallery.com

Podcast Interview with jewellery designer Farah Qureshi

Farah Qureshi is a jewellery brand based in London and sold worldwide. The key pieces within Farah’s collection are inspired by botanical nature and her love of travel, from Kew Gardens to the Australian outback.

“There are hidden treasures to be found everywhere; you just need the time to discover them.”
Farah Qureshi

Its happening - Grand Northern Ukulele Festival in Huddersfield

'A major event in the European ukulele calendar, bringing the biggest, best, silliest & just plain friendly artists from around the world, to you. There are big concerts and musical jams, large and small. There are stalls and sing-alongs and open-mics and crafts workshops and loads of surprises. There are new people to meet and old friends to catch up with. There are opportunities for youth and adults and the young-at-heart to participate in the arts and music. Grand Northern Ukulele Festival is built by a small group of ukulele players passionate about the music (and who happen to like supporting artists and doing nice things for their communities).' Go and Visit!!! http:///www.northernuke.co.uk

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Heart Gallery is based in the beautiful town of Hebden Bridge and is surrounded by the lovely hilly landscape of Yorkshire. Alison hosts a wide selection of makers and artist’s work in her gallery and is developing the art section of her business. Having already held exhibitions with artist Kate Lycett, and Clare Claufield, I wanted to find out about her next exhibition with artist Gillian Lee Smith’ so I caught up with Alison before the talk next week.

Listen to the Interview with proprietor, Alison Bartram from Heart Gallery before her main art series with artist, Gillian Lee Smith.. ‘We all Cast Shadows’ is Gillian’s first solo exhibition, there are a list of events below that you can attend throughout the art series at Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge.

'We all Cast Shadows' art programme at Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge

Dates for your diary….

Thursday 18th September 2014, 7pm

We all Cast Shadows’ - A Conversation with Gillian Lee Smith

Meet the artist, Gillian Lee Smith, and get first-hand insights into her current work, ‘We all Cast Shadows’.

There will be a 30 minute talk from the artist followed by Q & A.

Thursday 2nd October 2014, 6pm - 9pm

Exhibition Preview

Preview of ‘We all Cast Shadows’ at Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge, with award-winning artist Gillian Lee Smith.

Will feature original paintings, prints, and a sketch book showing Gillian’s process from the ‘We all Cast Shadows’ collection. The exhibition continues at Heart Gallery until January 11th 2015.

Thursday 30th October 2014, 11am - 4pm

Meet the Artist - Gillian Lee Smith

See the artist, Gillian Lee Smith at work. Gillian will be painting LIVE at Heart Gallery all day

www.heartgallery.co.uk

An interview with artist ‘Gillian Lee Smith’

Gillian Lee Smith graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Performance Costume in 2005. This took Gillian on a journey from sculpture to solely dedicating her time to her paintings three years ago. In 2012 Gillian was a featured artist on BBC2’s Show me the Monet and made it through to the final exhibition at The Mall Gallery in London, where her work was sold at auction

What is your background?

Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in Performance Costume in 2005, I have since been working as a mixed media artist as well as teaching workshops. I also coordinated a project involving reminiscence work with older people. This has been a huge source of inspiration to my latest artwork and themes of memories, connection and childhood.

What has inspired you to create the ‘We all Cast Shadows’ Art Exhibition

My work is currently inspired by tales of communities of women bound together by uncertain times and stories that move the soul. A number of years ago I read ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ by Nathaniel Philbrick and the history and stories of the fishing and whaling communities captured my imagination. They were hard times but as is so often the case when we look back at times gone by, there is a strong perspective of communities brought together by hardship and uncertainty. It is these elements that I am particularly interested in. Whilst the specific histories and stories bear little direct relation to our lives today, we each have our own emotions and stories that bring us together and connect us to the past.

Describe and tell us about the women in your pictures, are they sad? lonely? lost? or love sick?

The woman in my paintings have much in common with us today I think – life has its ups and downs and uncertainties but all through this we put on a face to the world even in the depths of despair, hopelessness, loss and mourning. We go between joy and grief, contentment and unease and in many ways we can mask what is inside and hide our emotions from those we love. The women who lived in these times and in these working communities were strong hardworking women, stoic and by the very nature of the men being away for so long they were the backbone of the community. There are many aspects to their lives that I could have portrayed in these paintings but I chose to view the woman in those moments where they might be unseen – those moments where our thoughts drift and our walls come down even if only for a moment.

What made you want to tell the female perspective? In history it focuses on men. Why have you decided to tell their story?

All too often we hear about our histories through the male perspective. But here it was the story of those left behind that sparked my interest and made me want to portray this history and the stories of that time. It is the images of the women that resonated with me. The mothers and wives who worked and loved and waited and got on with the day to day. The men were off to sea – dangerous and adventurous times and many of the songs and stories tell their tales. Each of us I think (male and female) can connect to the feeling that every day we do the best we can in unpredictable times.

What are your plans for this exhibition as I hear you would like to tour it to different venues?

This is an ongoing body of work for me, a subject that grows and grows in my mind and my studio so I would love to take it to the coast somewhere in 2015.

You are writing a book to go with this exhibition tell us about this, and when will it be released?

The book of ‘We all Cast Shadows’ is a snapshot into the creation of this body of work – sketches, drawings, words and paintings together and I am very excited about its development. The book will be available late November 2014.

We all Cast Shadows art programme at Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge 

Dates for your diary…. 

Thursday 18th September 2014, 7pm 

‘We all Cast Shadows’ - A Conversation with Gillian Lee Smith 

Meet the artist, Gillian Lee Smith, and get first-hand insights into her current work, ‘We all Cast Shadows’. 

There will be a 30 minute talk from the artist followed by Q & A. 

Thursday 2nd October 2014, 6pm - 9pm 

Exhibition Preview 

Preview of ‘We all Cast Shadows’ at Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge, with award-winning artist Gillian Lee Smith. 

Will feature original paintings, prints, and a sketch book showing Gillian’s process from the ‘We all Cast Shadows’ collection. The exhibition continues at Heart Gallery until January 11th 2015. 

Thursday 30th October 2014, 11am - 4pm 

Meet the Artist - Gillian Lee Smith 

See the artist, Gillian Lee Smith at work. Gillian will be painting LIVE at Heart Gallery all day

http://www.gillianleesmithartist.com 

Interview with designer and entrepreneur, Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor is ‘one of a kind’ working and following her career has been an education and a joy. Optimism, risk taking and passion are some of the ingredients that has given Rachael fuel in her career so far; and even through the hard times she has strived, delivered and met any challenge that has come her way. I am extremely proud to know and have worked with such a talent as Rachael Taylor. Here is a little insight into her creative life so far…

What is your background and where did you study?

I am originally from the Wirral, Merseyside (UK) and graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005, with a BA (Hons) in Textile & Fashion Design. After graduating, my first job was as a print & design technician whilst also working as a part time freelancer in the textile industry. I then then went on to progress my textile & stitched screen printed pieces & held my first solo exhibition called ‘Stitched’ in 2006 at the Brahm Gallery, Leeds. Later that year I was awarded 1st prize in the ‘Janome Creative Competition’ for a layered paper skirt design.

Do you feel university prepared you for work?

University was where I originally developed my signature style of layering, textures & quirky hand drawn linework and was a great time of experimentation for my work. This style is still present in all of my work from my illustrations to my product line. Though university was a valuable experience to me it was my work placements and concurrent jobs after university that really enhanced my knowledge of the industry.

What are the key elements you have learnt from graduating, to going freelance, to eventually running your own business?

I have always worked in the design industry; I was lucky enough to secure full-time employment straight after graduation. I initially worked for a year as a print and design technician for a small textile company. I then went to work for Hallmark, UK for a further two years; my role was a ‘mac designer’ and specialism was surface pattern design.

The experience of working in house was invaluable and the people were fantastic; however, I always felt more of a number than an individual designer. It was also very competitive, and I never felt I was being true to me. (I was never really allowed to draw from scratch or inject my own ideas; we generally received quite restrictive design briefs.) Early on in my career, I was happy to plod along and soak it all up, but after a while I really began to not enjoy my work at all. I always had a niggling uneasy feeling. It sounds odd but I always knew I was meant to do something else. I just needed to figure out what that was. I always say my ‘inner doodle’ was set free once I decided to go it alone.

Just over six years ago I left a secure job to pursue my dreams and take control of my own design path. It really was the best decision ever and has really opened my eyes to what’s out there in the world. I suddenly felt free, it was like a huge weight had been lifted and it really allowed my personality to shine through. I gained confidence as a person and taking that leap encouraged me to push myself both professionally and in my personal life.
Ever since, my life really has been one exciting roller coaster; there have been ups and downs and lots of sacrifices. I really wouldn’t change a thing! I have been on such an exciting life-changing journey. I have really had to learn on the job, and I’ve made some mistakes along the way. I believe things can happen for reason, and every little thing (good or bad) has played a part in my career and shaped my creative journey.

One of the main things I want to convey in my online e-courses is to be ‘you’. Of course we have to learn commerciality but the design industry is a competitive one and injecting your own personality and stamp on things will always help you to stay passionate and create fantastic design.

The attitude I encourage is to just go for it - life is too short. We all get no’s from time to time but it’s good to at least try and I think the online support had just given a lot of the students the encouragement and reassurance they need.

How do you start licensing your work? What is the route you took and what do you recommend others to do?

I initially licensed a small amount of pieces via an agent (these were mainly unnamed ranges) after a while I decided to launch a small product line of my own, as I wanted to become a recognised brand. Soon after I was approached about further licensing deals as a branded range using the ‘Rachael Taylor’ trademark.

You have started a business on ‘How to Make it in Design’ which includes the groundbreaking e-course ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design’ with Beth Kempton from Do What You Love. Is the teaching side something you would like to do more of?

It’s hard to explain the buzz you get from teaching, it was quite nerve-wracking in the beginning as you worry that people may find you boring, not like you or not enjoy your teaching. Luckily I’ve found it to be a completely rewarding experience. To be able to help and inspire others is mind blowing. I’ve been lucky to be able to teach across the UK and even in the US and I really look forward to doing more in the future.

At an early business age, you have achieved a lot - what keeps you driving forward?

I’m someone who is really inspired by motivational quotes.
I especially love this quote…
“Entrepreneurship – is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”
(Unknown)

You really do have to believe in yourself and take that leap! I always think if you want something so much you really can make it happen. I made a promise to myself to stay truly dedicated to my goal (and never, EVER give up!) I tried not to worry and think too much about the big picture and that way you are not so overwhelmed. Daily, weekly and monthly goals are realistic and manageable. I think if you don’t try something it will always niggle away at you so you might as well as just go for it! I always remember to celebrate my achievements along the way no matter how big or small. When you’re having a bad day and things are not going to plan it’s important to reflect and remind yourself how far you have come. Life really is short so I make the most of every opportunity and chances I am given.

You have recently published a book called 20 ways to draw a Doodle - how did this come about?

I was approached by Quarry Books through my US agent Lilla Rogers and was asked to illustrate for one of their ’20 Ways to Draw…’ series. They had seen examples my work and thought the doodle version would go well with my hand drawn, quirky style. It was a lot of fun and I got to draw so many different things that I would never have thought to draw before! It is a dream come true to be the author and illustrator of my very own book!

20 Ways to Draw a Doodle: http://www.rachaeltaylordesigns.co.uk/shop/paper/books/20-ways-to-draw-a-doodle-book#.U9pPP1Zr57Y

What is next for Rachael Taylor Designs?

I hope to continue doing what I love. I really hope to have longevity as a designer. I really would love for my design brand to keep growing, be able to teach around the world and possibly create some children’s’ clothing designs and books. I enjoy the not knowing sometimes, as long as I continue to do my best, be happy, work hard and remain dedicated, I’m quite happy to see where the journey takes me.

Links to Rachael Taylor Designs World:

Website: http://www.rachaeltaylordesigns.co.uk

Visit the online store at:
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Follow the blog at:
http://www.rachaeltaylordesigns.co.uk/blog/

Twitter: @rachael_taylor_ @RTShopOffcial

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Taylor/167179349298

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Enjoy this amazing film with artist, Kate Lycett talking about her love of colour, landscape and the wonderful architecture that surrounds her.... http://www.katelycett.co.uk

Creative Mentoring with Happy 4 pr

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Mad Men, which just began its seventh and final season, is a time capsule from the world of 1960’s advertising in New York. Matthew Weiner’s dense story line is propelled through protagonist Don Draper, the former creative director at Sterling Cooper & Partners. Handsome, debonair, and talented, Draper is also a louche and a tortured soul. Weiner invited Interior Design’s Cindy Allen, the only magazine editor ever granted full access, to tour Draper’s Park Avenue apartment, the agency’s Time & Life Building office, and more on four sound stages in Los Angeles. interiordesignmagazine:

Mad Men, which just began its seventh and final season, is a time capsule from the world of 1960’s advertising in New York. Matthew Weiner’s dense story line is propelled through protagonist Don Draper, the former creative director at Sterling Cooper & Partners. Handsome, debonair, and talented, Draper is also a louche and a tortured soul. Weiner invited Interior Design’s Cindy Allen, the only magazine editor ever granted full access, to tour Draper’s Park Avenue apartment, the agency’s Time & Life Building office, and more on four sound stages in Los Angeles. interiordesignmagazine:

Mad Men, which just began its seventh and final season, is a time capsule from the world of 1960’s advertising in New York. Matthew Weiner’s dense story line is propelled through protagonist Don Draper, the former creative director at Sterling Cooper & Partners. Handsome, debonair, and talented, Draper is also a louche and a tortured soul. Weiner invited Interior Design’s Cindy Allen, the only magazine editor ever granted full access, to tour Draper’s Park Avenue apartment, the agency’s Time & Life Building office, and more on four sound stages in Los Angeles. interiordesignmagazine:

Mad Men, which just began its seventh and final season, is a time capsule from the world of 1960’s advertising in New York. Matthew Weiner’s dense story line is propelled through protagonist Don Draper, the former creative director at Sterling Cooper & Partners. Handsome, debonair, and talented, Draper is also a louche and a tortured soul. Weiner invited Interior Design’s Cindy Allen, the only magazine editor ever granted full access, to tour Draper’s Park Avenue apartment, the agency’s Time & Life Building office, and more on four sound stages in Los Angeles.