Galleries

Brantwood Winter Fair 2016

What a gorgeous location it has on the bank of Lake Coniston in Cumbria.  Brantwood, the former home of artist/writerJohn Ruskin is a real treat of an event and its been lovely to have had the opportunity to be part of its Annual Winter Craft Fair for a number of years.

Its a great location and venue with super arts and crafts, but it involves quite a lot of work and long days, so as this might be last time taking part, I brought my camera along to capture some of its beauty.

There’s a few photos of its stunning setting on the Lake and its ever-changing  gorgeous Lakeland views as well as one or two photos of some of the jewellery pieces I created during the event whilst sitting at my stall.

Luckily, my artist friend, Sally Anne Lambert has moved up to the Lakes and invited me to stay, this has been a big help and this time we had a good catch up and I had some interesting chats with her mum about fairies, fairy story books and artists.

Samantha, jewellery artist x

jewellery making classes Autumn 2016

Some of the jewellery created by my students on my last jewellery making classes of 2016. There’s always such a great creative vibe at the classes with everyone choosing their own beads and later on in the class, choosing designs to work on. Everyone on the class makes something different, unique and personalised.
See more photos on the bebeady website / facebook page.

Everyone managed really well and created some super jewellery. Samantha, jewellery artist x

Cornwall, a journey of discovery

A selection of some of my photos from my recent travels around Cornwall in September.
A journey discovering Cornwall – it took me to some of its ancient and sacred sites – its stone circles, standing stones, wells, barrows and ancient settlements, as well as a bit of walking on the South-West coast path.

My visit to these special sacred places, has helped me recharge my batteries and allowed me some thinking time, as well as experiencing some amazing places and meeting some interesting people (I also managed to spend a few days in Glastonbury on the way down / back and revisit the White Spring and Glastonbury Tor). I’ll tell you more about some of these places in blog posts over the Winter months. Samantha, jewellery artist x

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

travels in Wessex

Autumn 2015

My recent holiday, travelling and sightseeing in Wessex was blessed with glorious weather. My time was spent visiting ancient sacred landscapes; stone circles, springs, cathedrals and watching inspiring sunsets.

Along the way, I met some quirky characters and amazing people and had a number of interesting conversations with; a stonemason that was working on Salisbury Cathedral and a Dutch healer at Salisbury Youth Hostel, a forge artist from Norfolk, sound healers at Glastonbury Tor and an abstract artist at Cheddar, amongst others…

A glimpse of Wessex Autumn 2015, Samantha x

jewelart photography

Just to show you a bit of what goes into my jewellery photography…

vintage cherub plant pot stand
vintage cherub plant pot stand

Recently, I added to my unusual finds collection, whilst having a stall at a makers market which had been combined with a vintage collectables fair.

As soon as I saw the vintage cherub, I thought it would be really useful. I could use it as it was intended – as a plant pot holder – and also as a prop for my jewellery photography.

Its a lovely handmade cherub by ‘SP’, in Italy. I guess it was made using a  mould with some sort of plastic material, then hand-painted.

As a display for my jewellery, I like its variation of silver and pewter tones, but a downside of its shiny surface is that it causes reflections that I don’t particularly want in the photos. My windowsill has the best light for photography, I experiment with different backgrounds, moving the props around and photographing from a variety of angles to see which gives the best results.

These are all photos of one of my new smaller sized glass pendants that are on vintage style filigree bails and with snake chain necklaces.

Some of the photos turned out either too dark or light. My favourites were the 2nd and last photos, but decided that the colour of the pink pendant was better on the last photograph and that was chosen – as my latest featured header image for my Jewelleryartist facebook page, as well as for my September jewellery artist newsletter.

Photographing glass is quite difficult, because of its shiny surface you get many unwanted reflections and its also not easy to capture its true colour. Hopefully my jewellery photography skills will improve…

Please post your comments and any tips you have on photographing glass.
Thanks Samantha x

studio photography

Last week I had the opportunity to have a go at doing some studio photography with a small group of photographers from the Chorley photographic society, loved it… 

It was great to work with models English Rose and Sally Anne, they both had a different look and lots of patience, whilst we experimented using different props, such as; vintage hats, a shawl, a cardigan and jewellery.

John at the studio in Horwich, helped me with my camera settings and gave me a mini-lesson on lighting.

Considering it was my first go at taking photos of my jewellery being modelled in a studio, I’m really pleased with some my photos. It was actually quite difficult to get a good photograph of both jewellery and model. In some photographs my jewellery isn’t in focus or there is light reflecting in the glass jewellery, but the model looked great. In other photos I haven’t quite captured the model, but the jewellery looked good… anyway its a start!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my first studio session photographs, Samantha x

42 Graphs fine art studio in Horwich

Astley Hall and park

Atmospheric lovely Lancashire location, a place that holds many memories for me… 

I used to live next to the park and for 5 years had a lovely walk through (or around) Astley park to get to school.  Being my local park, I would spend many hours hanging out there, climbing trees and jumping streams, walking and day dreaming. It was really a great way to experience the changing seasons in the park and woods. The atmospheric misty mornings, frosty scenes of a winter wonderland, scattered snowdrops and spring daffodils, followed by balmy summer evenings. 

Astley Hall Astley Hall and parkland is known as the jewel in Chorley’s crown.
It lies between Chorley and its neighbouring villages of Euxton and Astley Village.

Astley Hall is of Jacobean origin and has 105 acres of parkland, its beautifully situated next to an ornamental lake and there are woodland walks, picnic areas, bowling greens, tennis courts, animal enclosures and children’s play areas. A few years ago its walled garden and Georgian stable block was refurbished and it has a cafe (cafe ambio), classrooms and exhibition area.

The Hall and parkland was home to several important local families, until it was given by Reginald Arthur Tatton to Chorley Corporation in 1922 to be used as a war memorial and museum for the benefit of local people.

Astley Hall and park is a lovely place to visit. Its free to enter (optional donation) and there is also free parking a few minutes walk away in Astley village. During the winter months the Hall is sometimes closed or just open at weekends, its best to check the current opening times before visiting.

For more info on Astley Hall visit the: Chorley council website

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my photographs and discovering about this lovely Lancashire place that inspires me, Samantha x