In the lead up to our Summer Pop-Up event on the 10th of June we asked our artists and makers with a few questions in order to gain an insight into their practices. Terry Chance is the artist in the spotlight for this event. You’ll find Terry’s delightful mosaic birds and garden features at our Pop-Up
How would you describe your work in three words:
Colourful, quirky, handcrafted
Why is ‘handmade’ so important to you?
Each piece I make has its own process, emotion and personality. I love the imperfection of what I make, the asymmetry and the surprises.
What will you be selling at our Eclectic Mix pop up event on 10th June?
I will be selling some colourful mosaic birds for the garden along with some other mosaic pieces.
What’s the best part of making what you do? And the worst?
I love everything about mosaics – colour, texture, creating; mosaics are like puzzles and each takes you through an internal process. Very therapeutic and I even like the messy stage of grouting.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Creating makes you look at things differently so I find inspiration everywhere – textiles, colour, shape, nature, objects.
Whether you are looking for Easter eggs or listening to the St. John Passion, Easter is another mark in time that tells you spring is here and is here to stay for a while. Let’s hope for some good weather the coming days so all Easter picknicks, egg hunts and first BBQ’s of the year can be enjoyed.
Did you know that eating eggs was originally not allowed by the church in the week leading up to Easter? That’s why people started decorating them instead, to give them to their children (BBC.co.uk, 2012).
Just like eggs, rabbits are a symbol of new life. This cute (and very affordable) lino cut print by Maria Meridian is inspired by the character ‘Fiver’ in Watership Down.
Spring is officially here as of this week (although you would hardly know with the weather being so decidedly chilly of late) I love spring with its promise of lighter days, warmer weather and the new green shoots sprouting up from the earth with the promise of better things to come.
Talking of new things, we are thrilled to have Honor and Ronan of Avalon Jewellery selling through our website now. A lovely creative Cambridge couple working together from home to produce beautiful, quirky, ‘springlike’ creations. Ronan is the brains behind the earrings you see below, which is part of their ‘honeycomb bee’ range inspired by their love of bees. Honor, his wife, makes glass hand spun beads from her home garden studio. She has produced some lovely ‘Art glass’ bead earrings in 10 different colours now on our website and includes those shown below in vibrant spring hues. We think their designs are utterly delightful and beautifully crafted.
Have a look at Honor’s and Ronan’s products in the webshop and a wonderful little video of Honor making her glass beads on our Instagram feed.
I have a quick question for you: my favourite season is Spring. What is yours? Whatever it is, why not fill your home with its colours, flowers, artwork, or related ‘stuff’ in the style of your choice, be it ‘contemporary and clean lines’, minimalist or ‘quirky’ and shabby chic, whatever it is you like. You can follow the latest trends and designs but if it doesn’t feel right to you what is the point. My motto is to only have around you the things you love. All that matters is it makes you smile and brings enjoyment.
See you next week when we will be talking about what makes you smile and Easter. What does it mean to you?