Welcome!  blue-ginger has become a showcase for many talented local artists and craftspeople as well as some of the best of British talent and carefully sourced fairly traded crafts from far away.   The gallery, located in the grounds of a C15th timber framed Herefordshire farmhouse, has a diversity of quality goods on display. Within the main gallery there is also a coffee shop serving light lunches, delicious homemade cakes, and fair-trade tea and coffee.

 

In addition to the wide ranging and versatile selection of art and craft in the main gallery, you’ll also find handmade contemporary silver jewellery by Carol of Silverfish Designs in the Little Studio, mi-frame picture framing and limited edition prints and images, and The Summer House offers a showcase for a wide range of local artists and craftspeople to demonstrate and display their work. Throughout the year there are special exhibitions, suppers and events at the gallery.

 

Hopefully you will enjoy a flavour of blue-ginger as you explore the web site, and that you will be able to visit the gallery yourself and enjoy the friendly, welcoming atmosphere and perhaps taste our delicious homemade savoury muffins!.

 


Blue-Ginger Gallery is now CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.

 

Thank you to all the artists, makers and writers who have contributed their work to exhibitions and have made it a very special place to work in. Thank you to all the helpers and supporters who have made things happen. And thank you to all our followers and customers and the much appreciated positive feedback you give us.


We'll be re-opening on 17th March with an exhibition organised by stained glass artist Tamsin Abbott entitled ' The Garden of Earthly Delights'. More about that very soon.


Sue is off on her travels once again.

 

If you're interested in following her trip she will post updates here travelblog.org/Bloggers/sueblueginger/ You can subscribe and get notified when she does a new post.

 


The Garden of Earthly Delights

March 17 to May 7

 

Our opening exhibition this year will feature new work by prestigious British artists inspired either by the Hieronymus Bosch painting of the same name or simply by the title itself. Is there a heaven on earth to be found in the gardens that people have created for delight, nourishment and inspiration over millennia and across the world? Join us and meet the artists on Saturday 17th March 2-5pm.

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

Tamsin Abbott makes illustrated stained glass panels, painted and engraved, depicting the rural landscape, folklore and fairytale. For this exhibition she has taken inspiration from the richness of Bosch’s painting of the same title and created her own jewel like gardens in stained glass which are both exotic and everyday.

Lyn Antley is a Designer who lives in Worcestershire and creates whimsical , magical jewellery from Platinum, Gold and Silver, sometimes incorporating precious and semi precious stones, especially diamonds which are her favourite!! She sells her work locally from her workplace, and internationally. She also creates commissioned items.

Kathleen Murphy is a maker who specialises in constructing with needle and thread. By combining handstitch with found objects and repurposed materials, Kathleen creates pieces which have a strong sense of narrative, colour and texture. Also known by the name Murgatroyd & Bean, she has recently completed an MA in Contemporary Craft.

Jo Verity is a Mixed Media and Decoupage and artist. She applies traditional decoupage techniques to ‘found’ and vintage objects, creating individually designed and handcrafted pieces. Current work is inspired by the life and death of nature, with natural world repossessing objects which were once ours and returning them the earth.

 

Hannah Willow is an artist and jeweller living in wild Wiltshire, inspired by the ancient magical landscape in which she lives. Barrows, tumps, carved white chalk hill horses, the abundant wildlife, folklore and the mythology of the British Isles all form the foundation of her work.

Jemima Jameson lives with her husband in a beautiful valley set in the South Shropshire hills, between the site of an ancient hill-fort and a steep, densely wooded oak forest. She derives much of her inspiration from the surrounding countryside & its wealth of fauna & flora; working mainly in acrylics which suit her illustrative style. “I have always retained a deep nostalgia for the illustrations & stories from my childhood. I feel so compelled to draw and paint, it is quite simply a celebration of the natural world and a vital part of the daily rhythm of my life.”

 

Louise Lovell designs and makes exquisite textile based jewellery with an emphasis on colour and texture. She uses a combination of her designed and digitally printed fabrics that are hand stitched and moulded, alongside her hand knitted flowers, beads and edgings which are then finished with silk cord, chain, pearls, beads and vintage finds. She is inspired by memories, a pattern on a jug, photos, books or flowers and is a self-taught jeweler drawing on many years of experience in stitching and knitting . She works at home surrounded by the things she loves which provide her with the inspiration and passion needed for her work.

Nancy Sutcliffe trained and worked as a Medical Illustrator before discovering glass engraving, and drawing is still key to my artistic practice. She regards her process as drawing on glass, but using diamonds and stones instead of pencil and pen. Using a small tool much like a dental drill, the crystal is carved and abraded, each mark capturing light within the object to give the illusion of 3D. The “fabulous beasts” here are creatures from her imagination, engraved and inlaid with precious metals. The gold, palladium and pink silver leaf is inscribed by hand with a diamond point to form delicate patterns inspired by the Art Deco period.

The jewellery that Clare de la Torre is making for "The Garden of Earthly" delights is quite a departure from her usual, fairly parred-down approach. The painting itself suggested layer upon layer of ornament, rich colour, texture and some amazing organic & three dimensional forms. This high ornament will be clear a small group of necklaces with semi-precious beads, cut stones and enamel providing colour, filligree and granulation of precious metals providing texture. Let the garden blossom and come see the blooms.

Claudia Petley and Paul Shepherd

After more than twenty years of traditional Blacksmithing, making gates, railings, and candlesticks, Paul and Claudia decided to follow their love of nature and take this as their inspiration. This new direction has led them to design and make a range of sculpture focusing on birds and wildlife. Their sculptures are made from forged, shaped and welded steel which is then galvanised, etched and allowed to weather naturally. Sharing a studio and forge, Claudia and Paul have developed a unique working relationship where both create pieces individually and together. Their work captures the intrinsic essence and character of the subject; the serenity of a barn owl, the rowdiness of a crow, the comedic strut of a chicken.

Mark de la Torre has made a collection of thrown stoneware bird boxes for The Garden of Earthly Delights exhibition, as many birds are depicted in the Bosch triptych. The textured boxes are ocular in form with an offset pupil and for a perch; a vermicular twig of contorted hazel. The boxes are frost proof and rot proof and suitable for a shady wall in the garden. The perch can be replaced; as and when; with any suitable stem from the garden, cornus or salix would provide a touch of colour. If you wanted something more in tune with the triptych, try a small doll’s arm!

Luis de la Torre is a young local blacksmith specialising in traditionally made items. His work combines function and finesse with striking beauty.

Fiona Owen paints in oil on panel and gilds her work with 24ct. English gold leaf in the tradition of the Medieval manuscripts. Inspiration for her extraordinarily intricate, lyrical paintings is drawn from her native landscape - the flora and fauna and the changing seasons, and her Celtic inheritance.

John Owen’s paintings are infused with light, air and transience ‘The challenge is to create a sense of space, depth and atmosphere from paint, transforming an ordinary, everyday scene into an extraordinary moment of vision.’