The 2016 North Bristol Arts Trail takes place on the weekend of 26th and 27th November. The trail, which has been running for over a decade, presents over 100 local artists showing their work across a range of locations in the north of the city, including Westbury Park, Redland, Bishopston, Henleaze and St Andrews.
I will be exhibiting my work at Venue 33 - Yogawest on Denmark Place (just off Gloucester Road, near Bishopston Hardware).
I will be bringing along the mixed media collages that I have been working on this year plus paintings and monoprints. I will also be showing and selling my handprinted 'little books', glass tile jewellery and textile jewellery. Come along and have a look. I have cards featuring my prints and collages for those wanting to take away a taste of my work without spending too much!
I am one of 5 artists based at this venue. I will be showing my work alongside Linda Brogan, Denise Lonsdale, Simon Melican and Simon Farrell.
Linda Brogan uses oil paint, pencil crayon, pastel and ceramics to make 2D and 3D pieces often inspired by her travels and her love of African arts. Though her degree is in Fine Art she has been increasingly drawn to working in clay, using hand building methods to produce plant pots, sculptures, 'facepots' and plaques. Her 'Yogacats' have been very popular with yogis and cat lovers alike, and this year she has made a number of small cat and 'kitten' sculptures inspired by her own cats.
Denise Lonsdale divides her time between making ceramic sculpture and enamelling. Currently the main inspiration for her sculptures are the giants of the animal kingdom . At the other end of the scale she builds up layers of enamel on metal to make textures and patterns creating brilliantly coloured enamel jewellery.
Simon Melican was drawn to the process of throwing over a decade ago. All of his work is fired to stoneware (1260 –1300 degrees centigrade) to exploit the properties and interactions of glazes, coatings and textures at these temperatures. Simon experiments with different effects inspired by geological and marine sources using surface techniques, colouring materials, such as oxides, and the inclusion of grits and gravel in the clay body.
Simon Farrell is a Bristol born artist. He studied photography and illustration at Filton Technical College, Bristol followed by an HND in Graphic Design at Swindon College of Art & Design. His work reflects his continual appreciation of the natural beauty of the changing landscape and the iconic landmarks that surround us. Simon also specialises in cartoon and freehand illustration.
For more information about the trail visit www.northbristolartists.org.uk