Author Archives: Heart Gallery

Bluebells at Beverley End

Bluebells at Beverley End

Bluebells at Beverley End – Vanessa 10.05.2020 The Weather Elves have been working overtime ensuring we have some sunshine in our lives during these strange times. We have had lovely weather for such a long time now it’s been like summer in spring. The world is in turmoil, our lives are upside down and new […]

Don’t Panic Mr Mannering!

Don't Panic Mr Mannering!

Don’t Panic Mr Mannering! As  2020 began who knew that our own personal normality was about to change so drastically to the point that life felt  like we were living in a scary movie! I’m a lover of  the simple things and have always been quite good at recognising the basics of what I need […]

At home with Alison Read

Alison Read

What is there to not adore about Alison Read? She is a remarkable artist who specialises in hand-made original prints using linocut, screen printing, woodcut and etching. These are sold at Heart Gallery as prints and as greetings cards … little mini pieces of artwork that can be framed. She herself in character is the […]

A walk to ‘Little Stoodley’

Little Stoodley in sight

Isn’t it amazing how time seems to go so quickly even during a time of crisis? We’re nearing the start of the 6th week of Social Distancing and staying home to save lives, but only now do I think that we are starting to adapt to our new lifestyle, getting used to the changes we, […]

Willow Moon

Willow Moon

Willow Moon – Here we are in my third month of tree moon sharing and now we find ourselves in the time of willow or Saille as it is known in Gaelic. This new tree moon, Willow Moon, actually began back on the 15th April but I really struggled to write this one. I couldn’t […]

My magical adventure down a rabbit hole with Demelsa Haughton

Magical Demelsa

I would like to take you on a magical adventure down a rabbit hole of the work produced by Demelsa Haughton that we sell in Heart Gallery. We have been privileged to stock her work at Heart Gallery for 2 years.  I will never forget the proudness in her Dad’s eyes when they both came […]

If you go down to the woods today …. my bimble to Jumble Hole Clough

hidden heart

If you go down to the woods today… my bimble to Jumble Hole Clough: In a previous post I mentioned the wonderfully named Jumble Hole Clough. This little steep sided valley, cut through by a river with, quite literally, a jumble of waterfalls is a magical place. I love walking through this valley at any […]

Inspiration from a Nightingale – Kate Lycett

Listening for bird song high up on the hill

Last Tuesday I was woken up by a Nightingale! I’ve never heard one before, but I knew what it was because they’d played the archive recording of the Nightingale and the Cello the evening before on Radio 4. I recorded it (the nightingale), just to be sure, and I’ve heard him twice since, at around […]

My ‘new normal’

Life in the garden - my new normal

As I head into Week 4 of 12 weeks at home I finally feel more settled in my ‘new normal’. Don’t get me wrong my friends, I still really, really, really miss popping on a frock, brushing my hair, putting on some make up and heading in to Heart Gallery for the day; and can’t […]

I love my Veg box

I love my Veg Box

I love my veg box and it was a pleasure to be a guest blogger here for Heart Gallery. A month or so before life here in the UK shifted on its axis, my partner and I moved out of town into a lovely little village close by. Now, as well as feeling incredibly fortunate […]

Where I have been walking!

Vanessa Kay - out walking

This is an extremely peculiar time for all of us. Routines have changed and our freedom has been greatly curtailed. We are all socially distancing ourselves, staying home unable to meet up with friends and loved ones. However, at the moment we are still able to go out for excerise and benefit from some fresh […]

Flow Magazine Project

Flow Project

So a few words about my Flow project last week: The sun was warm this afternoon and that really helped me to deal with not being at work in Heart Gallery; lack of routine is something that I am sure we are all struggling with right now. The house realistically is a mess, but my […]

Heart Gallery News

Heart Gallery Hebden Bridge

Hello everyone! These are really strange times right now for us all and it’s taken me well over a week to sit at the computer to think about writing this wee blog post! Being in business is always about adapting to change and coping with the unexpected which we have had our fair share of […]

Meet textile artist Liz Cooksey

Liz Cooksey in her studio

Liz Cooksey’s inspiration comes from natural habitats; hedgerows, garden boarders, meadows. Her works combine wire and thread to create intricate and delicate two dimensional and three-dimensional pieces reflecting observations of nature. The inspiration stems from the love natural forms in which Liz look for shapes, textures, colours, within what might be a hedge row or […]

Storm Ciara

hebden bridge

Storm Ciara and then Storm Dennis have battered the Calder Valley, Yorkshire and beyond. For those of you who have followed us on this Heart Gallery blog for some time you will know that we were sadly hit by Storm Eva back on Boxing Day 2015 and it took us 6 months to recover and […]

Meet Fiona Kingdon, an artist with a scrollsaw and a shed!

fiona Kingdon working

Fiona Kingdon studied Industrial Design, Craftsmanship and Furniture Restoration in the 90s. She then dedicated time to family and supporting young people with behavioural difficulties, but couldn’t be kept from working wood. Making chairs, guitars, lighting and cajon drums. Now, Fiona works in native and rescued timbers. Over many hours of hand cutting with a […]

Meet Lucinda Clark

lucinda clark textiles

In 2017 textile designer Lucinda Clark-Wright launched her award winning contemporary brand Cinda Clark Design. Cinda Clark Design specialises in printed collections inspired by grand London Art Deco architecture, geometric form and tonal colourways. Lucinda studied Textile Design at the School of Textiles in the Scottish borders then worked within Design and Product Development for […]

Meet Jeweller Judith Brown

Judith Brown jewleler

Judith Brown has been making jewellery since 2004, when she began hand stitching with wire; this technique was inspired by her studies of Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University.   Since then her techniques have been refined and she has developed collections of jewellery which have an elegant, nostalgic feel. Her latest collection contains details inspired by […]

Meet Katy O’Neil

Katy O'Neil

In her Lancashire studio Katy O’Neil creates contemporary ceramic vessels and handmade ceramic jewellery. Her jewellery, which includes pendants, bracelets, earrings and brooches, is created from smooth black onyx porcelain or high fired white porcelain which are both strong and durable in order to give two distinct ranges. The clay is impressed with marks which […]

Meet Olive Pearson and her luxurious knitted accessories

Olive Pearson textile designer

Olive Pearson is a designer-maker specialising in luxurious, knitted accessories. Combining traditional techniques with contemporary design, she creates slow-fashion pieces with beautiful colour combinations. Fascinated by spirograph as a child she has continued to explore repetition and applies that to her signature, small-scale, geometric patterns that play with perceptions. She finds inspiration for her designs […]

Meet Rebecca Lawley, designer silversmith

Rebecca Lawley at work

Rebecca Lawley studied silversmithing at Sheffield Hallam University graduating with a BA (hons) in 3D Metalwork and Jewellery in 1996. Her silverware has won acclaim from the beginning of her career to the present time. Along-side Rebecca’s silversmithing she has always made jewellery to commission. Recently Rebecca decided to create a couple of ranges of […]

Meet Louise Lockhart – AKA The Printed Peanut

Louise Lockhart

Louise Lockhart is an illustrator living in an old mill twixt Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. She spends her days creating designs from little paper cut outs and line drawings, dreaming up worlds where men still wear suits and hats. As well as working as a freelance illustrator, Louise also applies her illustrations to products for […]

Meet Katrina Alexander

Katrina Alexander

Following a hectic career in the events industry, in 2008 Katrina Alexander moved from London to Brighton to embark on her dream career as a designer/maker. Katrina specialises in making striking contemporary silver jewellery which is hand carved into organic sculptural forms using the ancient art of lost wax carving.  Her pieces are designed with […]

Meet designer Carol Jackson-Kitchen

Carol Kitchen at work

Carol Jackson-Kitchen has worked in the design industry for nearly 20 years, however ,working in Ceramics is a relatively new medium for her but one which she loves and feels passionate to develop. Having graduated from the University of Northumbria in 1995 with a degree in fashion design, Carol began her 15 year career as […]

Meet award winning British Artist Designer Maker, Rowena Gilbert

Rowena Gilbert

Rowena Gilbert’s ceramic work is a celebration of the natural world informed by her travels and her coastal home town of Brighton. Following a trip to Thailand, experiments with new colour palettes led to an unintentional spread of hundreds of turquoise blue swatches spread out in her studio like tiny tiles. Rowena, daughter of fine […]