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pop-up with RedThumbPrint 2016

Red Thumb Print and Jewelart Christmas pop-up shop at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.

Our collaboration to do a pop-up shop at the Platform Gallery came about quite by accident, whilst we were neighboring stalls at the Clitheroe Christmas Market and got chatting about our difficulties finding decent designer-maker events in Lancashire.

In previous years, I’d taken part in the Platform Gallery Christmas Makers pop-ups and we decided to see if there was any availability for us to do a pop-up there before Christmas. But, the only dates left that we could both do, were the Friday before Christmas and the next day, Christmas Eve. Would there be many visitors then? We decided to give it a go anyway and find out…

Red Thumb Print
Red Thumb Print

“I thought it might be too close to Christmas, but I’m glad to say it was better than expected with our work being greatly admired by gallery visitors and some of it going off to new homes as Christmas presents.”

It was a brilliant showcase for our work. Our displays looked fab, the complimentary chocolate and biscuits went down pretty well, we had a bit of Christmas music and even my new up-cycled Christmas decorations were a success.

making jewelart

During the pop-up shop, I decided to trial a creative activity that would help me to interact with people visiting the gallery and I sat making up-cycled Christmas decorations using recycled beads, wire and vintage chandelier crystals. Gallery visitors could buy ones that I’d just created or choose a personalised one that I made / adapted whilst they looked around the gallery. Alternatively if they had a few minutes to spare they could watch a demo, then have ‘a go’ and make their own piece of sculptural wirework, which I’d add to their chosen decoration. It went down really well and I’m going to include similar activities at my future pop-up shops.

“I really enjoyed chatting to everyone, visitors and customers alike, there are some real characters and interesting people that come and visit the gallery. Its a lovely place to spend a few days…” Samantha, jewellery artist

more Info

www.redthumbprint.co.uk
Red Thumb Print makes contemporary furniture, wine racks, and home accessories. Furniture with personality, handmade with love in Lancashire!

www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/platformgallery
Platform Gallery info

  • Visitor information centre
  • In the gallery shop there is a curated selection of Lancashire and Northern craft
  • In the main gallery space there are changing exhibitions throughout year
  • In the Education Gallery space there’s often something on; either demonstrations, workshops and talks linked to the main exhibition, or pop-up art and craft exhibitions by artists and designer-makers

Northern Lights 2016

A superb showcase of Lancashire and North-West craft can be found at the Platform Gallery annual Christmas exhibition. There are a number of handmade Christmas themed pieces as well as lovely designer art and craft gifts.

I was really excited to be invited to take part in the exhibition again and am exhibiting a selection of abstract fused glass and beaded sculptural wirework with bronze, copper, red, fuscia and vivid emerald green colours (Autumn/Winter colour theme).

jewelart venus fused glass earrings
jewelart venus glass earrings

The Platform Gallery hosts a number of different exhibitions each year and is a great place to visit on a day out in the lovely picturesque market town of Clitheroe. The Gallery – in what used to be the train station ticket office – is ideally situated next to the trains, buses and car parking and is also the Visitor Information Centre.

The Northern Star Christmas exhibition is a great opportunity to buy something handmade locally, whether its ‘just a card’ and a Christmas decoration or a unique present!

In the Education Gallery space there’s often something on; either demonstrations, workshops and talks linked to the main exhibition, or pop-up art and craft exhibitions by artists and designer-makers.

northernlight16red
Red Thumb Print Rudolph’s

Which leads me onto… Meet the Designer-Makers Christmas pop-up shop in the Education Gallery.

Myself and David from RedThumbPrint furniture will be there on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 December. An opportunity for you to come along and meet us, chat with us about our work and buy your last minute Christmas gifts.

Friday 23  December 11-5pm and Saturday 24 December 10-3pm

jewelart wirework xmas decoration
abstract wirework xmas decoration

Watch me making unique Christmas decorations with vintage chandelier crystals, recycled beads and wire. Buy one (£4 each or 3 for £10) of these or you can customise your own, have a go at bending wire into an abstract shape for a few minutes and I’ll add it to your christmas decoration  x Samantha, Jewellery Artist

 

more info:

www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/platformgallery
Platform Gallery info

www.redthumbprint.co.uk
Red Thumb Print Makes Contemporary Furniture, Wine Racks, and Home Accessories. Furniture with Personality, Handmade with Love in Lancashire!

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jewelart pop-up exhibition 2015

some photos from my recent pop-up jewellery display at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, Lancashire

The education gallery, situated at the back of the Platform Gallery, is a lovely space for solo and group exhibitions, workshops and meetings.

I enjoyed spending a few days there, meeting and chatting about my work to gallery visitors whilst making some new work; wired pieces and hooks for my new light-catcher glass pendant display on Thursday, brooches on Friday and Celtic wire-work designs on Saturday.

Am glad that my display and work got some great compliments and also that some of my jewellery went off to new homes across the British Isles; to Scotland, Brighton and Essex, as well as to places closer to home in Lancashire.

For more info about the Platform Gallery visit their website

northern star exhibition photos

The Northern Star exhibition runs until the 9 January 2016 at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

I took these photos during the 3 days I spent there with my jewelart pop-up ‘wired designs’ exhibition in the education gallery space at the far end of the gallery.

The visitors to the gallery that I chatted to, were very impressed and loved the exhibition. A great showcase of handmade craft!

See more info on the exhibition in my last post, Samantha x

For more info visit the Platform Gallery website

northern star exhibition

It runs from the 17 October 2015 to the 9 January 2016 at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, Lancashire. I’m chuffed to bits that a small selection of my jewelart Venus copper wire-work jewellery designs are included in it and on display in the gallery.

This Northern Star exhibition at the Gallery connects visitors with contemporary makers and their crafts from Lancashire and throughout the UK. Work on display includes; ceramics, jewellery, wood, paper, stone, craft, textiles, glass, metal, print and plastic.

northern star exhibition 2015
snazzy textiles at the Northern Star exhibition at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe

Although I’m not a hat person – I don’t suit hats – I do love these quirky hats in the exhibition. Come along and visit it, to see these and lots of other interesting crafts.

Venus copper wire-work collection wire shaped in spirals, squiggles, flowers, celtic inspired and wrapped designs. Copper wire is combined with abstract fused glass, gemstones, freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals and vintage buttons to create unique wearable jewellery.

jewelart venus designs
venus glass pendant

I will be at the gallery with a larger selection of my work at my pop-up exhibition on Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 October. Come along meet the maker – chat to me about my work, watch me making and have an opportunity to buy direct.

See some more examples of my venus copper wirework collection in my earlier post. Love to hear what you think of my new designs, please leave me a comment, either here or on facebook. Samantha x

Black Sheep, Darker Side of Felt exhibition

at the The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe…

My visit last week to the Platform Gallery luckily coincided with the Black Sheep – Darker Side of Felt exhibition that’s on there. This exhibition has spent 18 months travelling around the UK and the Platform Gallery is its last venue. Wow, there’s some amazing work on show. There’s a collection of work by 7 international felt artists; including colourful large abstract wall hangings, sculptural 3-D pieces including  vessels, costumes and my favourite the primal animal headpieces by Barbara Keal. I could just imagine myself transported to fairytale land wearing one of the pieces and meeting up with elves or witches (as we’re near Pendle, the witch county).

There’s also a display of different types of wool and other materials, and info about the felting process. Although you can’t handle any of the main exhibits, there is a handling section showcasing a variety of felted work. Its definitely worth going to see, you could also have a go yourself at one of the felt workshops or find out more about the exhibition at the curator talk.

Info board about the exhibition:
This exhibition is an exploration of the edgier side of this extraordinary and versatile material, looking at artists who create sometimes disturbing and bizarre oddities and technically brilliant objects. This is a touring exhibition from The National Centre for Craft and Design.

Info board about the artist Barbara Keal:
“On my way to the workshop I was gathering leaves and grasses I suddenly felt giddy, overwhelmed by the strength of the force of life – when I arrived at the workshop I got down to making a hat fast and furiously – how can I make a work wild and vigorous enough for you to catch that feeling?”

East-Sussex based Barbara Keal is on a mission to create hats for the whole world, inspired by real and imaginary animals, and effortlessly crossing the boundaries between sculpture, craft, design and fashion. Keal’s work is an example of the extraordinary sculptural possibilities of the material. Felt is often used to replicate animal puppets or toys but Keal’s work has a rawness and reality to it. By wearing Keal’s creations we are encouraged to become another creature and explore our primal side. visit the exhibition to read more…

The Black Sheep Felt exhibition runs until the 3rd October at the Platform Gallery

Clitheroe
Clitheroe, Castle Street

My main reason for visiting the Platform Gallery, was to collect my work that had been in this year’s Craft Annual Open Exhibition – great news that 3 of my pieces sold (2 pairs of my Venus copper  flower earrings and a pair of my rose medieval design earrings) – and to deliver some posters and leaflets for my 3-day pop-up exhibition there on 22-24 October. Samantha, jewellery artist 

Clitheroe is a great place to visit for a day out. Its a pretty market town, with lovely shops, cafes, galleries, a castle and museum.

more info: Platform Gallery website Black Sheep – Darker Side of Felt exhibition blog

Platform Gallery Craft Open Exhibition 2015

The Platform Gallery Craft Annual Open Exhibition has a selection of textiles, pottery, wood, furniture, metalwork, glass, print-work and jewellery from makers across the North-West.

Platform Gallery
Platform Gallery

A maximum of 3 pieces can be entered by each maker for the exhibition. All of my 3 pieces that I entered, were selected and they are currently on display there; a Venus copper and pale pink fused glass pendant on copper chain, rose coloured medieval 2 bead earrings and copper flower earrings.

The Craft Open exhibition runs until 4th July

Clitheroe is a great place to visit for a day out. Its a pretty market town, with lovely shops, cafes, galleries, a castle and museum.

more info: www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/info/200303/platform_gallery