Listening for bird song high up on the hill

Inspiration from a Nightingale – Kate Lycett

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 5am, before it was light …

Life in the garden - my new normal

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 wait for those days to …

Liz Cooksey in her studio

Meet textile artist Liz Cooksey

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 a motorway verge, recording the …

Jessica Sherriff

Meet Jeweller Jessica Sherriff

Jessica Sherriff creates a unique range of contemporary acrylic jewellery.   Inspired by the colours and views of her beautiful surroundings, Jessica uses her own photographic images, from the overall landscape to close up trees and flowers, and displays them within the jewellery using a unique printing technique.   She uses the acrylic in a variety of thickness, and combines …

Rachael Singleton

Meet Yorkshire Artist Rachael Singleton

Rachael is an experimental textile and mixed media artist. She has explored many fields such as ceramics, art journaling, landscape watercolours and the more traditional areas of embroidery and textiles which inform her current work. She finds a deep satisfaction in the synthesis of materials and ideas where her work brings together creative thought and practical engagement with materials. Her …

Rachel Thornton

Meet Artist and Printmaker Rachel Thornton

Rachel Thornton lives and works in the rural North Yorkshire town of High Bentham. She graduated from a Fine Arts Degree in 2013 where she was awarded with a First. During her studies she exhibited world wide and had work accepted into exhibitions such as the Wrexham International Print Exhibition which toured the UK. She was awarded with the ArtLab …

Celia Hart Artist

Meet Printmaker Celia Hart

Celia Hart works without a press, producing hand burnished linocuts and woodcuts on Japanese papers. She enjoys using the negative and positive shapes and the marks of the chisels; this creates depth and variety in the composition. After gaining a degree in Visual Communication at Brighton, Celia worked for publishers as a designer and illustrator. A trip to Japan in …

Charlotte Hupfield

Meet Ceramicist Charlotte Hupfield

Charlotte Hupfield is a ceramic designer/maker based in the heart of Northamptonshire, UK, creating individually handmade one-off ceramic pieces from her studio at home. It is here that she enjoys spending time on commissions, personalised orders and bespoke natural designs while drinking tea.     Graduating from Coventry University in 2008 with a BA Hons degree in Surface Decoration, Charlotte used this time to explore and specialise in …

Helen Shere

Meet Jeweller Helen Shere

Helen makes jewellery that is inspired by illustration and is based on natural themes such as birds and trees, produced in a distinctively quirky style that is instantly recognisable. After graduating from the University of Derby with a design degree in 2004, Helen knew that her real passion was to make jewellery, and set about learning how to do that. …

Elizabeth Terzza

Meet Jeweller Elizabeth Terzza

With a focus on simplicity in natural forms, each piece of Elizabeth Terzza’s jewellery is hand-crafted in her Herefordshire studio. Elizabeth grew up in Yorkshire and is currently based in Hereford, she has always been inspired by her rural surroundings. In her studio, she surrounds herself with pine cones, sycamore seeds and all the botanical treasures she gathers from her …

Josephine Gomersall

Meet Designer Maker Josephine Gomersall

Josephine Gomersall is a Designer Maker based in Sheffield, UK. She studied Surface Pattern design and Textile Design, specialising in print, before doing a Master of Arts degree in Design, with specialism in Jewellery & Metalwork. She launched herself as an emerging maker at New Designers exhibition 2017 with Sheffield Hallam University graduates. As an emerging maker she shares a …

Holly Clifford

Meet Holly Clifford – Art Jeweller

Holly describes herself as an Art Jeweller, crafting pieces of delicate and detailed wearable art celebrating the curious attraction we have to plants and the natural world. Encompassing ideas from outside the realm of jewellery, her work draws from illustration, great painters such as Monet and Klimt, as well as from old dioramic books. Drawing and painting are integral parts of her …

Hayley Priestley

Meet jeweller Hayley Priestley

Hayley finds there is an enchanting beauty when the strength of nature dominates a physical structure over time. She is fascinated by derelict buildings and objects that may seem abandoned and unloved, yet nature is drawn in like a magnet. Hayley’s jewellery reflects this journey. The techniques she uses invite growth and distortion to pieces she has already spent time …

Laura Bennett

Meet the Jeweller Laura Bennett

Since graduating from UCCA with a BA Hons (First Class) in Three Dimensional Design (Jewellery & Silversmithing), Laura has set up her practice in the heart of Southsea. Laura is involved in local art projects and exhibitions, including Making Space, Aspex and Strong Island aswell as stocking galleries and shops all over the UK. She also participates in annual selling …

Meet local artist Kate Boyce

Kate lives in the hills above Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire with her two teenage daughters and has a studio in the valley not far from Heart Gallery. Kate studied surface pattern design at Staffordshire University in the late eighties and following that she was first a maker (mostly papier mache) and then a home textile and giftware designer. Kate …

Meet Yorkshire based jeweller Evie Leach

Evie is a Yorkshire based jeweller working in Sterling Silver with semi-precious gemstones. She takes her inspiration from geometry found in architecture and nature to create her angular silver jewellery designs with clean lines. She uses traditional silversmithing techniques and accompanies her designs with semi-precious stones and beads to create an organic contrast to the lines of her silver shapes. …

Meet The Maker – Becky Cornes

Becky’s work is a journey into the unknown with a purpose to open up a dimension of experience that would otherwise remain hidden, the destination is only disclosed when she gets there. Nature and geometric formations inspire her paintings which have a starting point but then take their own form and direction during the process. Material experimentation and mark making …

Meet The Maker – Claire Troughton

Claire is a talented jewellery designer whose inspiration comes from the tiny creatures and plants that can be found in the hedgerows and forests of the English countryside. Individual ranges usually feature a matching suite of necklace, bracelet or bangle, ring and earrings. Mainly working in silver, Claire uses small areas of gold to highlight details of her designs, creating a distinctive style. After completing …