TEXTTLES

Brenda Marshall
Designer Textiles
Having my work accepted for display in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London was a turning point in my life. I went on to win a prestigious fashion design competition in the Mall Galleries in Bristol and was a finalist in The Henry Foyle Trust Textile competition. This massive boost of confidence and acknowledgment of skills, gave me the courage needed to start out in a new direction.

Formally a successful watercolourist, mixed media artist and tutor, my medium now is painting with fibres. I work using a modern twist on ancient felting techniques to blend Merino fibres together with other luxury fibres and fabrics, including silks, bamboo, soya bean and Alpaca.

I create inspirational contemporary designs of sumptuous wraps, scarves, bags, jewellery, etc. which are described as bold, artistic, organic, exotic, colourful.... all individual, one-off pieces are inspired by the textures and colours found in the natural landscape. These are now being enjoyed worldwide. I welcome commissions and regularly run classes.

Alison Dupernex
Designer Textiles
Alison designs beautiful textiles in silk, linen and cashmere. You will always find a selection of her scarves and jackets in the gallery and every July we have an annual special exhibition of Alison's work.

Sarah Walker Artshades
Stitched Paper Lampshades

Sarah reclaims old maps and turns them into pieces of functional art. She can make lampshades from your own map or source one for you.
Sarah Walker is a qualified UK textile artist whose work incorporates stitched plant fibre papers. The inspiration for other lampshades in her range comes from her love of stained glass windows and Byzantine mosaics. She is particularly interested in the play of light and the intensity of colour.

Buffy Fletcher
Knitted Hats & Mittens

Cosy knitted hats, mitts and shrugs in a range of colours and patterns.

Karin Lillamy - ‘Celestine & the Hare’

 

"I am a fibre artist. I needle felt small creatures from my little shed workshop in Monmouth, Wales. Each creature I make has a unique character, charm and mischief of its own. I have a sense of fun and nostalgia and a love of the forgotten, small, passed over and missed things. Being small and shy I've always cheered on the outsiders, the quiet ones.


All my creatures are made from sheep fleece (with occasional use of camel, alpaca, silk fibres etc) pipe cleaner legs so they can be posed and glass beads for eyes. I make short animations of the creatures living in the shed with me and we eat a lot of choklit. These I post on my facebook page where is a lot of laughter, silliness and joy and a gentleness of life.
Some creatures are quicker to make than others too. Badgers for example may be able to be sneaked in over an evening if you need an emergency badger. Little pandas can be quite quick too. I think it is because they are black and white. Snow leopards and tigers take forever and ever to get those funny little faces and spots and stripes just right. Prices reflect the time involved so you can get an idea from that. “

 

Karin works on commissions and leads felting workshops. Some of her creatures are residing in blue-ginger gallery, until they find someone who wants to give them a home!

Nicky Thomson
Designer Knitwear

Nicky Thomson's stunning spotty and stripey designer knitwear is from 100% natural yarns, sourced in Scottish and English mills then created into bags, shrugs, scarves and hats.

Helly Powell

Helly worked as an apprentice at Charles and Patricia Lester’s Couture Fashion Designers learning a strict discipline in hand sewing, beadwork and garment making. After taking a break to have a family Helly then started working from home taking in work from textile
companies making exhibition curtains and props. One commission inspired her to experiment with making textile animal heads which evolved into the animals she creates now.
Her work is inspired by a love of nature instilled in her by childhood walks with her father around the foothills of the sugarloaf near Abergavenny. This area continues to be a huge inspiration for her and the fabrics she uses mimic that of the autumnal tones found in this beautiful place.

Jenni Stuart-Anderson

Jenni recycles textiles and yarn into rugs, wallworks and other projects.