West Lexham

Below is a list of exhibitors who took part in our inaugural exhibition showcase in September 2015, held at West Lexham, Norfolk. Please click on the bar for each artist / designer-maker to find out more details about their practice and an example of their work.

ALEC BIRKBECK

SCULPTOR & MAKER

Alec Birkbeck always had a tendency to build things. After training as a furniture maker at Rhode Island School of Design he started making lively chairs and other items under the banner of Anti-quaint.

After ten years of production, where life veered towards the sales more than the design, Alec moved to Norfolk where he got rural, left the products, shops and selling en-mass behind and started to reaffirm why he liked building stuff in the first place.

Living on and around farms has provided way too much agri-scrap to ever need to worry about inspiration. The curved components currently employed ooze anthropomorphic association, allowing life to travel forward without losing focus.

GARLINDA BIRKBECK

PHOTOGRAPHER

After 25 years in the darkroom Garlinda Birkbeck switched from film to digital photography and printing in about 2007. She mainly works in black and white. Garlinda has lived in Norfolk for 34 years and is exhibiting some Norfolk photography

Her interests, as visitors to her website can tell, are wide. She has taken many portraits (including every Treasurer of the Inner Temple over a period of about 20 years), but her core work has always been connected with place.

She works for several charities and her photographs have appeared in many publications. She has had several solo shows at – among others – Rebecca Hossack Galleries and at Indar Pasricha Fine Arts, and her work is widely collected.

Contact Garlinda through her website

ANNABEL BLUESKY

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Annabel Bluesky is a photographer who was brought up in Norfolk, and is once again settling in, back by the sea.

She trained at the London College of Printing and worked as a commercials photographer for more than a decade in London. She then did a Masters in Fine Art Photography at the University of the Arts London.

Annabel’s work is, on the whole, landscape, whether it’s the gentle land and sea in her homeland of North Norfolk, or the more gritty urban jungle from her Shoreditch base, her work is always poetic and looks to revisit the ordinary vista and find a new peace.

Commercially she loves architecture, and is currently working on a new book.

PETRA BOASE

TEXTILE DESIGNER

Petra Boase trained in Textile Design at Manchester University. Her love of colour, vintage children’s illustration and 1950s textiles are reflected across her range of stationery, art prints and eclectic gift products.

“Living in downtown Swaffham I’m a magpie to Val & Brians bric a brac stall on Saturday; over the years I have found & bought many weird & wonderful objects ,books and textiles that have fed & inspired elements of my work”.

For this show Petra will be exhibiting a range of limited edition Risograph prints and ceramics.

Contact Petra via her website

CAROLYN BROOKES DAVIES

MAKER

Carolyn graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1982 having achieved a Masters degree in Fine Art. She than developed a career in London spanning 25 years as a fashion designer, before moving to the North Norfolk coast in 2003.

Carolyn’s background as a sculptor, and her love of the natural form, led her to explore further her childhood interest of shell collecting. Shells with accidental beauty, subtle colours, shapes and textures appealed to her. Their endless ornamental possibilities have inspired her recent work.

Carolyn makes ornamental shellwork; elaborately decorative objects which are exquisitely beautiful, intricate and as unique as the shells themselves.

Contact Carolyn via her website

LAURA BULWER LONG

ARTIST

Laura is currently studying her MA in Norwich and lives in Norfolk. Recently she has been mainly focused on an exhibition that she held in London, aimed at selling her pieces and increasing her exposure. The exhibition mainly contained a cross-section of her work ranging from still life to abstract, and to larger and more contemporary pieces.

Laura’s love of nature and poetry has led her to admire the work of Andy Goldsworthy and Peter Doig. She likes his themes of magical realism which stream through his work, capturing timeless moments of perfect tranquillity, where photo-album memory flits in and out of waking dream.

Laura likes to experiment with mixed media to create layers and to engage in the ethereal nature of the medium and the resulting composition, hoping to take her viewers on a journey. Her direction is primarily to be a painter because she gets so much fulfillment and enjoyment working with mixed media.

Today she is interested in exploring ways of introducing abstract and conceptual techniques into her own representative style of painting. She would like to develop her skill as an artist with her principle interest to develop her techniques as a painter and to really immerse herself amongst fellow artists, tutors, researchers and fellow students.

GEORGE CARTER

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GARDEN DESIGNER & WRITER

George Carter is a leading garden designer and writer who is currently working on the restoration of the garden at The Royal Hospital at Chelsea to its original classical formal appearance.

He is a multiple Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist.

His latest book, George Carter: The Magic Garden, published in September 2015 by Double Barrelled Books, is about his own Norfolk garden, with photography by Harry Cory Wright

Contact George via his website

CATHERINE CAZALET

ARTIST & SPECIALIST PAINTER

Catherine Cazalet spent much of her childhood here in Norfolk.

Her work is built on a foundation of classical training and is developed through her knowledge of the history and origins of design.

Cazalet’s works are signified by their representation of nature using vibrant colours and abstract composition.

Contact Catherine via her website

EDMUND COLVILLE

PAINTER

Edmund comes from a long history of watercolourists, and was taught to paint with watercolour as a child. He was later trained in ceramic by famous ceramicist Gordon Baldwin OBE. All of Edmund’s works are painted in and inspired by Norfolk where he and his family live.

On his foundation course at Camberwell College of Art, Edmund reverted back to painting. For many years he concentrated on watercolours, exhibiting in London and Cape Town. More recently his work has taken a more abstract direction and has begun to include oil painting, photography and collage.

Contact Edmund via his website

KAREN DOWNING

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POTTER

Karen Downing throws porcelain pots for everyday use. The use of one material, a single glaze and a restricted vocabulary of form, creates both unity and diversity in her work as these limited elements combine into a multitude of subtle variations.

Karen gained a BA from Georgetown University Washington, DC, served two apprenticeships with potters on the east coast of America and worked at Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina) before moving to the UK.

Her work has been widely exhibited in the UK and also in Europe, Japan and the United States. She is a member of the Craft Potters’ Association and is on the Crafts Council’s Index of Selected Makers. Karen Downing now lives and works in the Brecklands of Norfolk.

Contact Karen via her website

ANNABEL GREY

TEXTILE DESIGNER

Annabel studied Printed Textiles at Manchester Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. She has worked as a freelance designer on a diverse selection of projects, from hand-painted fabric for bespoke curtains and wall hangings to public commissions, including murals for the underground and a mural in a hospital foyer, a large country house, Wiveton Hall cafe and a mosaic for a swimming pool.

Annabel is part of the Verandah Collective in Holt and Norwich, and has produced a small range of products including prints, cards, notebooks and tea towels as well as cushions, bags and oil cloth from her own range of digitally printed fabrics.

Contact Annabel via her website

LAURA HUSTON

POTTER

Laura Huston was born in 1981. She studied Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and soon after her studies followed a desire to enter the art department in film.

In 2010 she decided on a new direction and enrolled in part-time pottery courses in London at Morley, Kensington & Chelsea and City Lit.

On becoming a mother in 2013, she returned to North Norfolk where she now lives and works. She concentrates mostly on thrown stoneware using the technique of sgraffito to embellish the surface. Sgraffito means scratching a pattern into the slip that has been applied to the leather hard clay body to reveal the clay colour beneath

Laura’s approach for making relies on spontaneity and an open mind. Inspired by European woodcuts and Korean Buncheong ware the marks she makes are simplified representations of natural processes; a stylistic flow of elements that as a whole symbolise transience and movement.

Contact Laura via her website

MARGOT HUSTON

ARTIST

Margot Huston studied art at Shrewsbury Art College and John Cass College of Commercial Art. Her landscapes and compositions are based on the natural forms found on the beach and the ever-changing coastal light of North Norfolk.

She paints in oil, watercolour and mixed media.

LUCY LOVEHEART

ARTIST, ILLUSTRATOR & DESIGNER

Lucy first came to Norfolk to study at the Norwich School of Art. She then went on to do a postgraduate at The Royal College of Art in London. She later returned permanently to North Norfolk where she has worked as a full-time artist, illustrator and designer for over 20 years.

Lucy specialises in creating unique magical pictures with a naïve and childlike charm. She has worked on many one-off commissions for private clients and has also been commissioned by Chatsworth, Kew Gardens, Virgin and Sugar Beach Hotel in St Lucia to produce paintings for them. She has exhibited widely and for the last five years she has been invited to Japan to show her paintings at the British Fair.

Lucy has also worked as a freelance designer and illustrator working on a varied range of projects creating images for cards, prints, fabrics and products. Clients have included Café Rouge, Osborne and Little, Liberty, Boots, Susie Watson Designs, The Fairyland Trust, Art Angels, GMTV, Habitat and Amnesty International. Lucy has also illustrated a successful range of children’s books written by her mother Meg, which have sold worldwide.

Having run her business with her husband for many years, they recently formed a new company with three business creatives, to help them manage the commercial aspects of their work. In May of this year they launched their own branded range of cards, prints, mugs, note books and tote bags.

Contact Lucy via her website

HELENA LYNCH

DESIGNER

Helena has always been passionate about textiles. Originally, she trained and worked in London as a fashion designer, producing and selling her own designs in her own printed fabrics. More recently, Helena has worked with various interior designers and now, based in Norfolk, combines textiles and interiors with her love of the decorative arts. Well-made but forgotten pieces of furniture are re-upholstered to a high standard and re-covered with unique and fun designs.

Helena and her partner, Jon Baker, run Littleblood together. It’s an atmospheric treasure-house with unusual and unique items for buyers with a distinctive disregard for the conventional. They recognise that this is their own interpretation of what is desirable and beautiful. There’s an anarchic blend of styles and periods: furniture and lighting that have presence and objects that have personality and history and all with individuality – sometimes with a bit of whimsical humour.

Helena’s new shop Littleblood, showcasing her work, can be found at 1 The Quay in Wells Next-the-Sea, on the North Norfolk coast.

Contact Helena via her Facebook page

LOUISA MARCQ

ILLUSTRATOR

Louisa Marcq (aka Dubs) is an established Illustrator who grew up in Somerleyton Hall, Lovingland, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Lady Lexington is her cherished companion and inquisitive Pekingese.

Up until now, Dubs has been putting her unique twist on the normal and everyday goings on in other peoples’ lives. Now, her focus is turning to her world; an autobiographical perspective of growing up in Somerleyton Hall.

Her world through the lens of Lady Lexington.

Life at the Hall is never dull and Lady Lexington witnesses everything. She explores every inch of the beautiful stately home; taking in the life, the characters, the guests, the happenings, the interiors, the gardens, the wildlife and the family which fascinate her. ‘Illuminating Tales from Somerleyton Hall‘ is a new collection that provides the canvas for her quirky, humorous and lively illustrations inspired by Lady Lexingtons’ adventures and observations.

Contact Louisa via her website

MARY MACCARTHY

PAINTER, MURAL & DECORATIVE PAINTER, DESIGNER

Mary has lived in Norfolk for most of her life and has drawn and painted all her life. She studied textile design and painting at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. Afterwards she became a pioneering stencil designer, decorating houses in the UK, USA and Spain, and wrote three books on pattern and stencil design.

Stencilling was followed by mural painting and trompe l’oeil. Projects include murals at Houghton Tea rooms and Wiveton Cafe, the pub sign for the Stiffkey Red Lion and trompe l’oeil windows at Burnham Overy Staithe.

Mary is now working with fellow artist Susannah Penrose on projects both large (a swimming pool) and small (a lavatory). Their most recent collaboration has been a mural for a Montessori School, and a bathroom at Holkham.

Alongside mural work, Mary has been concentrating on her painting over the last 15 years. Drawing and vibrant colour are very important to her, using oil and other media. Her subjects are close to her heart and home: flowers and vegetables from the garden, and the Norfolk landscape and seashore. She also paints from sketchbooks and photos of travels abroad. Her most recent paintings are of barns and agricultural buildings, which are on show at Creake Abbey Café.

Contact Mary via her website

PAFFRON AND SCOTT

ANTIQUES, TEXTILES & INTERESTING STUFF

Paffron & Scott are design duo Saffron Paffron and Luke Scott.

Saffron is a textile artist, costume maker, singer and street theatre performer. Her long-standing passions for vintage textiles, re-using things and functional artwork, are at the heart of her textile work. She makes decorative furniture, sculpture and soft furnishings using antique and vintage textiles and haberdashery. Her background in street theatre, comedy and carnival bring a fun, playful quality to her interiors work, which also extends into the often theatrical shop window displays which Luke and Saffron create in their pop-up shops.

Luke is an antique and art dealer. With his father he runs Richard Scott antiques in Holt. His background is in traditional antiques, particularly country furniture, folk art and textiles. More recently his tastes have expanded to include the twentieth century. He believes that carefully selected antiques can come from any period or style. He doesn’t buy for collectors but for people who are looking for beautiful and interesting things to live with.

Contact Saffron and Luke via their website

MARIA PAVLEDIS

ARTIST & PRINTMAKER

Maria Pavledis is an artist and printmaker based at Burgh Print Studio in Norfolk, which she co-founded. She studied at Norwich School of Art and completed her MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in 2012.

Her practise is rooted in drawing and printmaking, fusing traditional methods with expressive mark making and light installation. Stories are told using the symbolism of traditional folk and fairy tales. These are starting points to explore more recent events, connecting and interlacing with issues both contemporary and timeless, political and personal.

Maria has exhibited widely, and recently held a solo show called Counter Charm at Salthouse Church with workshops, funded by the Arts Council.

The pieces shown here are:
Owl Smoke Drawing (Smoke on paper, 130 x 100cm )
In a Moment It could all Change (Etching on copper, 30 x 30cm)
Fox (Coloured etching on steel, 49 x 50cm)

ANNABEL POPE

WILDLIFE ARTIST

Annabel Pope spent much of her early life in Norfolk and it was from here that she first visited Africa as a child, and continued to travel and spend time in the continent throughout her education. Her work has documented visits to several other continents including India, the Far East and South America.

Her great passion for travel allows her to visualise and witness wildlife in its natural environment, and is the inspiration for all of her work. Her talent as a wildlife artist is shown by transferring the unique spirit and energy of her subject matter to the observer.

Annabel regularly exhibits throughout London and the UK, putting together her own shows and working with galleries. Her work is hanging in several lodges in East Africa and in private collections worldwide.

Annabel regularly contributes her work to many charity events and exhibits with travel companies to promote holidays worldwide: Countryside Alliance, Countryside Foundation for Education, Zambian Conservation and Lewa Rhino Conservancy. A silent auction was held of one of her paintings for Tusk Trust, and printed in Sir Timothy Ackroyd’s new book.

She was asked to be artist in resident, working with Jonathan Scott and Warren Samuels from the BBC Big Cat Diary series. She is the official artist for Beijing, Hong Kong and New York Ralph Lauren children’s stores, and works on commissions for them.

Contact Annabel via her website

SUZANNAH PENROSE

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ARTIST & MURALIST

Born and brought up in Norfolk, Susannah studied Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, and The City and Guilds College of Art, London.

Since graduating, in 1984, she has been working as an artist.

For over 30 years she has been the artist and colour matcher for restoration teams countrywide, including almost all the ceilings at Chatsworth House Derbyshire, and the restoration of Charleston, Sussex.

She has continued to paint in her own right throughout and she also paints murals for which she has had a large variety of commissions from private houses to 15 large panels on the ceiling of the Grill room at the Café Royal, Piccadilly.

Now back on the North Norfolk coast she takes commissions for murals, often in partnership with Mary MacCarthy, and she paints at home in Cley next the Sea.

Contact Susannah via her website

FRAN PERKINS

ARTIST & PAINTER

Symbolic references throughout the images indicates a sense of how trapped we are by ourselves. Often, Fran’s work shows characters walking into, or up to, a box or definite line. The lines and boxes are symbols of life and allude to human behaviour, our parameters and boundaries.

The paintings are as much about the process as anything else – each image informs through colour, composition and brush work. Often layering and scraping back, with both brush and palette knife. There is a hurried panic to some mark making and a sense of something ending; a finale of sorts.

Fran’s images are playful and dark, awkward and fundamentally about expression. She currently lives on the North Norfolk coast.

Contact Fran via her website

TIM PLUNKETT

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WOODWORKER

With a BSc in Environmental Science and involvement in direct action opposing the destruction of ancient forests and cultures, it is important to Tim that all his work is made from locally sourced wood.

Entirely self taught through trial (and often painful error) he strives to produce elegant, functional pieces with graceful uncluttered lines, for the kitchen and table.

Contact Tim via his website

ABBEY STIRLING

WRITER & FURNITURE UPCYCLER

A freelance journalist and writer for 18 years based in London, New Zealand, Miami and Ibiza, today Abbey works as a copywriter and blogger from the tranquillity of her Norfolk home. No longer lurking beneath the darkness of clubs and screening rooms scribing music, culture and lifestyle features, she is now penning her magnum opus, a novel of Victorian gothic proportions, far from the madding crowd.

When she’s not writing Abbey likes to get distressed in her West Acre workshop, reviving, revamping and reloving unwanted furniture using painting, distressing and decoupage techniques to create quirky, unique and environmentally sustainable pieces for her shabby chic upcycled furniture business Abbey Chic.

Passionate about low carbon living and minimising her footprint on the Earth, Abbey finds that recycling and reusing redundant items and giving them a new lease of life is a fantastic way of clearing her carbon conscience. She loves working with Annie Sloan chalk paint – a non-toxic, water-based medium that is lead-free, EG-free, odour-free and has very low volatile organic compounds – on all of her furniture, and what began as a hobby – taking unloved treasures and giving them a new story to tell, with a touch of creativity – has become the ethos for her brand and her life.

ANNIE TEMPEST

FIGURATIVE SCULPTOR & CARTOONIST

Norfolk artist Annie Tempest is one of Britain’s best-loved cartoonists. For her popular strip cartoon The Yuppies, which ran for seven years in the Daily Mail, she was recognised by her peers in the Cartoonist Club of Great Britain as Strip Cartoonist of the Year in 1989.

In 1993 Annie embarked on her current internationally acclaimed cartoon strip Tottering-by-Gently for Country Life magazine. In 1995 The O’Shea Gallery, St James’s Street, London, was appointed agent for Annie Tempest originals and publisher of her books and prints. In 2009 The Cartoonist Art Trust awarded her the prestigious Pont Prize for The Portrayal of The British Character.

To see the list of Tottering shows and events and the full range of Tottering originals, prints and products visit tottering.com

In 2006 Annie Tempest began developing her skills as a sculptor, initially under the tuition of Ron Spriggs, Life Sculpting Tutor at Wensum Lodge, Norwich. His traditional atelier methods focused her attention on human anatomy, the silhouette and negative space and this, combined with her line drawing expertise, is evident throughout her work in the flow and artistic licence used in the anatomical rhythms.

The emotional roller coaster of Annie’s life over these years from divorce to the loss of her only son has imbued her work with a powerful sense of rawness. Each piece holds its own intensity portraying extreme anguish to the heights of hope felt in one of her largest pieces ‘Pursuit of light.’

Contact Annie at The O’Shea Gallery

BEN ZAVEN CRANE

MUSIC PRODUCER & DJ

From the Himalayan range to the Masonic Temples of London to the tranquillity of Norfolk, worldwide tour schedules to sober raves, regal weddings to illustrious openings of The Royal Academy previews; year-on-year, the exploits of Ben Zaven Crane – aka Mojo Filter – are unending.

His eclectic music collection has seen Ben as the first DJ ever to play at Buckingham Palace. Although a modest affair, this set the precedent for a new breed of DJ amongst the upper echelons of the events industry.

With a refined musical prowess and an uncanny ability to merge occasion, placement and people, Crane exudes an almost supernatural understanding of what it is to create magical and frenetic atmospheres with music. From Bond to Bollywood, disco, rock and soul, Ben has the tools to engineer heightened states of dance.

“No two events are the same, much as the flow of a river will subtly evolve and reform according to its ever-changing environment,” says Crane. “Music is the culmination of space between sounds that – when honed – can complement and accentuate the energetic exchanges between people and place.”

“No two events are the same, much as the flow of a river will subtly evolve and reform according to its ever-changing environment,” says Crane. “Music is the culmination of space between sounds that – when honed – can complement and accentuate the energetic exchanges between people and place.”

Contact Ben via his website

TOBY WINTERINGHAM

FURNITURE DESIGNER

For the past 35 years Toby Winteringham has established a deep knowledge and understanding of the design and manufacturing processes required to produce some of the outstanding pieces of contemporary furniture seen today.

The general style is simple and clean, lined in both solid timbers and veneered. Toby’s work covers all aspects and includes bold marquetry with natural and coloured veneers to create patterns and borders. Some, shaded with hot sand, for a trompe l’oeil effect.

“In all my work I enjoy interplay of the various elements in the design. I love solving the problems of how they relate to become greater than the sum of parts.”

Three of his pieces have been awarded Guild Mark Certificates, from The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers in England, for outstanding design and craftsmanship.

A recent development has seen Toby collaborating with his daughter, Grace, whose background is in textiles, to produce exciting cabinet, table and mirror designs.

Toby has exhibited widely and teaches both in the UK and the USA.

Contact Toby via his website