This pop-up exhibition showcased the work of 52 of Norfolk’s finest artists, designer-makers and craftspeople. It ran alongside a major exhibition by Richard Long, the renowned British land artist and first winner of the Turner Prize.
We are very grateful for the support of all the exhibitors and more than 18,000 visitors who passed through our exhibition and made it such a great success. Thanks also to Lord and Lady Cholmondeley for their generosity and vision in providing such a beautiful exhibition space.
Born in 1987 in Norfolk, United Kingdom. Guy discovered his passion for print making during his time in Paris studying at the École Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts in 2010, when he became particularly fascinated with the traditional etching process. Following his graduation from Central Saint Martins School of Art in 2011, Guy moved back to Norfolk from where he still finds his inspiration while now living and working in London.
Today, Guy is a successful international artist, having been exhibited in Dubai, New York and London and has his work in private collection including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Berber Interiors was conceived by owner John Pryor in 2007 on a trip to Morocco and was inspired by the artisans and their colourful work. Morocco meets North Norfolk with lamps for example, that are made by Mohamed and his family outside Marrakech, but then shipped to Holt where they are wired and finally topped with an exclusive fabulous handmade lampshade made locally – a wonderful visual experience. The Moroccan Tadelakt (meaning ‘to rub’) lamp bases showcased at Houghto Hall start life as earthenware pots and then covered with a lime and marble plaster. Then oil and natural pigment is applied and after several coats it is polished to give the sheen.
Debby Besford is an established professional photographer who lives with her young family in North Norfolk. Since graduating from London College of Communication with a Masters in Photography, Debby has built a strong and diverse portfolio with specialisms in documentary and editorial work. She has published in The Guardian and Independent Newspapers, numerous photography magazines as well as touring exhibitions across the UK.
Her work for this exhibition at Houghton Hall demonstrates a modern yet timeless interpretation of the “Modern Pastoral” in a Norfolk context.
Garlinda started her professional career by doing her own film developing and printing. She now enjoys processing and printing digitally in her studio in Norfolk. Some of her work is in colour, but she prefers black and white. She photographs without artificial light and as naturally as possible.
Her commissions include the portraits of past and present Treasurers of the Inner Temple, where her many portraits hang, and the Millennium documentation of the Houghton estate in Norfolk and the Cholmondeley estate in Cheshire.
Lorraine’s paintings of the Wash and North West Norfolk capture isolated panoramas and luminosity. Her recent works are of woodland drawn close to where she lives that were included in the Groundworks Gallery (Kings Lynn) exhibition “Out of the Woods” (November 2016 to January 2017)
Lorraine has exhibited widely in London and East Anglia and was nominated in 2015 for the Norfolk Arts Award.
The paintings involve a pursuit of things that are indistinct, elusive and ever-changing. She strives for paintings with a liquid, viscous quality where ambiguities of surface and reflection and of depth and distance can combine to convey the ambiguities of land, sea and sky.
Britz and McGowan is a partnership of two artists: Margie Britz, who makes paintings and drawings, and Liz McGowan, a land artist working with natural materials. They both take inspiration for their work from the detail and pattern of landscape and much of their work has evolved through walks along the coastline and through play and experimentation with materials.
These drawings have been made by the artists working in collaboration and are the result of an ongoing conversation. On some, they have taken it in turns to make the marks. On others only one of them has made the marks with the other directing or contributing ideas.
All of the drawings have been made using natural materials – seaweed or starfish – as the drawing tools. No brushes or pens have been employed.
Asteroidea was inspired by the ceiling of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia – Margie had the idea of taking starfish from the sea bottom and transforming them into a celestial body.
Olivia Brotheridge is a graphic designer and illustrator who studied Illustration at university, where she spent a lot of time experimenting in the printrooms. Olivia then moved to London where she worked for the arts charity The Big Draw. Now living in the clean air of her Norfolk home she has set up a design studio, running workshops and events.
We were pleased to present a limited edition print for sale at the Houghton Hall Pop-Up, designed and printed by Olivia.
Sarah Cannell loves the process and experimentation that goes hand in hand with painting and has found that over the years she have incorporated and honed elements that she is drawn to. The black graphic line echoes the shadows cast over the landscape by hedgrows, furrows, trees helping to create strong compositions which are also reminiscent of the printmakers line. Combined with a dynamic, intense colour she creates her own interpretation and response to what she feels is her landscape.
The South Norfolk Marshes are a wild place, a place where you are close to the elements. Winter, raw and unforgiving, summer, baked and exposed. They are a place of familiarity and home to Sarah, space to think and breathe but have an edge of unease, no shelter or protection. Sky and light are reflected in the links, dykes and ditches which carve their way through the marshes.
Carolyn graduated from the Royal College of Art in1982. After a twenty-five year career in London as a fashion designer she moved to North Norfolk in 2003. Carolyn’s background in sculpture, her love of natural form and the close proximity of the beach led her to indulge a childhood interest in shell collecting.
Shells with their accidental beauty, subtle colours, variety in shape and texture appealed to her. Their endless ornamental possibilities have inspired her recent shell work of elaborately decorative objects, which are as exquisitely beautiful, intricate and unique as the shells themselves.
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.
It was at school where Toby first experimented with sculpture and had a piece shortlisted for an exhibition at the Saatchi gallery. Since leaving school he has used sculpture as a form of relaxation, and focused on the horse. In his late teens Toby spent time with Mark Coreth to learn the basics of modelling and lost-wax casting.
After studying Textiles at Norwich School of Art and Design (NUA), Abbie turned to the discipline of silversmithing while backpacking through New Zealand. She became intrigued by a number of artists working in precious metals. The process and tools of this ancient craft had instant appeal for her. There is a thread of rebellion against the perfectly polished, which keeps her curious, creating jewellery with a modern, contemporary edge.
Her current collection embraces different techniques and materials – lace textured and oxidised silver, precious gold detailing, rivets and coloured Plexiglass, result in a body of work where traditional techniques meet a thoroughly modern aesthetic.
Photographer Harry Cory Wright explores and celebrates the beauty and subtleties of the landscape. Often it is the very physicality of a place to which Cory Wright is drawn; a feeling for the scale of things, their mass and volume.
We showed a series of framed drawings in this show.
Award winning British artist Shauna Richardson invented the term Crochetdermy® to describe her distinctive work – realistic life-size animal forms created using crochet. ‘My work presents a conundrum, it is the coming together of two disparate passions, art theory and making things.’
Riddled with questions and rebellion, Richardson’s work appears as the antithesis of this, the unchallenging appearance a conscious deceit. ‘It has long been accepted that ‘Anything can be art’. At first glance this notion seems liberating, but perhaps ‘anything’ has its limits. It is in this grey area around the boundaries that I play .’
Richardson has received much critical acclaim, her work exhibited internationally at many prestigious venues including Saatchi Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Commissions include Crochetdermy® portraits of Mayor of London Boris Johnson as blond gorilla, and HRH Prince Harry as ginger baboon. Publicly funded commissions include a flagship project for the London 2012 Olympic Games for which she crocheted three 25ft lions that toured the UK in a mobile glass vehicle.
Will Cutts grew up in Nottingham. He studied at Stourbridge College of Art and obtained a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art. He moved to London in 1986 and has divided his time between working with artists and galleries, as well as on his own work.
He has followed the work of influential Californian landscape painter Richard Diebenkorn. Will has exhibited his work with the Royal Society of British Artists at The Mall Gallery and The Millinery Works Gallery in London, as well as numerous group exhibitions.
Will has been painting Norfolk landscapes during the last 20 years, while based in London and moved to North Norfolk four years ago.
Karen Downing 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 settling in the UK.
Her hand thrown porcelain is included in many private collections and has been widely exhibited in the UK, as well as 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 lives and works in the Brecklands.
Alex Egan is an artist living in the Norfolk Broads. She mainly paints and draws trees.
During the winter months, she will use her car as a roving studio looking for a potential candidate. When a willing subject is found she parks up and commences a few hours of intense study. With these drawings she then sometimes uses them as reference back in her studio to create larger paintings.
When the weather warms, she works en plein air doing larger scale paintings and drawings. She is a member of Group Eight, a Norfolk collective of artists and The Arborealists a U.K. and French collective of artists who depict mainly trees.
Judith Ellis covers all aspects of bookbinding. More recently her work has encompassed the book form as a sculptural object. The Birdflight series is her own development of the flag book and combines a love of drawing with her lifelong interest in the natural world.
Judith is fascinated by birds. In her former life as a veterinary surgeon she often had to handle birds and was always moved by the lightness of their being. A birdʼs bones are hollow, their feathers are hollow, they have air sacs beneath the skin as an extension of the lungs, and hardly seem to weigh anything in relation to their size. It is as though a bird has only just materialised and lives only partly in this world.
Oystercatchers fly along a beach, and swifts zoom over rooftops. Gannets fly fast fast over the sea and redshanks call over the marshes. The Birdflight series of artistʼs books can each be made to commission, but as they are all individually handpainted no two will ever be quite the same.
Tor is a landscape artist based in Norfolk having studied Fine Art Painting at Norwich School of Art.
Tor is an artist who walks. Walkers can not help but be aware of the make up of the earth beneath their feet. Of the changing sounds, temperatures and light levels as they move through a landscape. They pass sheltered spots where tender plants flourish and others where trees are brutally sculpted by the prevailing wind A walker knows the real distance between here and there. Walking is the basic human act of belonging on, and experiencing this planet.
Tor makes her pastel drawings on her journeys.
Illustrator, ceramicist and canary keeper based in Norwich
Sally Anne is a painter, with a background in Textile Design and Ceramics with a first class degree from Bristol Art School. Having run a textile design studio ‘Digby Morton Designs’ in London selling her designs to Liberty’s, Monsoon, Laura Ashley, Calvin Klein and Cerrutti amongst others Sally now works from her North Norfolk home /Studio, where she paints mainly flowers and still lives.
Her past as a textile designer is evident in her use of pattern and colour.Her joyful ,exuberant paintings inspire a feeling of happiness in the viewer. Often elements of collage, gold leaf are used, and a technique of layering and scraping of paint to create texture that results in paintings that are vibrant, luminous and full of interest.
Cornelia Fitzroy is a landscape painter based in east Anglia . She trained at Byam Shaw,and Chelsea school of art, BA Hons. Her work is a direct response to the changing colours, light, weather and seasons, and is created outside in the plein air tradition. Cornelia is a member of Group Eight, a collective of 8 Norfolk painters, who meet regularly for life drawing sessions.
Designer Laura Fletcher looks to her photographs and paintings of the natural world for insipiration. Everything from weathered tree bark to English seascapes. It is these colours, proportions and textures that find their way into the woven cushion collection.
Laura is a woven textile graduate from the Royal College of Art whose work is based on creating woven stripes in stunning colours and combinations, all made in Britain. Sampling is done by hand on a loom, before going into production in the mill.
For this exhibition Laura Huston is showing a mixture of work – white vases made by joining thrown and hand built forms in earthenware and applying a white tin glaze.
The coloured vases use 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. The instinctive approach used to make and decorate each form means no two pieces are the same.
My approach for making relies on spontaneity and an open mind. The forms and marks I make are simplified representations of the natural environment. Through continual experimentation I hope to achieve subtle individuality.
Fred Ingrams was born in 1964. He studied at Camberwell and St. Martins Schools of Art.
For ten years he painted above the Coach & Horses pub in Soho, whilst exhibiting in various central London galleries.
He has worked as a graphic designer and art director on many magazines including: Sunday Times, The Field, Tatler, Vogue and House & Garden.
In 1998 he moved to Norfolk where he paints and draws both nudes and landscapes from life. He has spent the last seven years painting The Fens.
Linda Jamieson was born and spent her childhood in Norfolk. She trained at St. Martins School of Art and studied further at Heatherlys and with Francis Pratt in France and Norfolk. She worked for many years in the field of textile design in London, France and Italy, and also as a consultant for interior design. She now divides her time between her studios in Norfolk and London and has also exhibited regularly in both.
Louisa Jones’ etchings are inspired by the natural world and her curiosity about what lies beneath the surface: energy, shapes, forms, colours and layers. She explores the mysterious places that are beyond our visual plain; the depths of the sea, the roots of the earth, outer space and the continuous cycle of energy which connects them all.
Louisa’s work is characterized by her playful use of colour and detail, and also her desire to capture hidden human emotions in her exploration of the vast and unknown. Etching is an intaglio process where the image is incised into the zinc plate, and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink. The etching process is therefore also about surface, and layers, and in this way – reflects the subject matter. Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts in 2006 she has created bespoke illustrations for Vogue, Tatler, The Spectator, Paul Smith and her work is now in the Collection of the V&A. She has also worked on a variety of other private commissions – children’s clothing designs, maps and wedding/ party invitations.
Blott Kerr-Wilson is an international sea shell artist. Ingrid Thomas, in the book The Shell, wrote “Kerr-Wilson is the most innovative shell artist working today.” Blott set off at full steam on her shell career in 1993 after winning a design competition in The World of Interiors magazine. Since then she has created works both privately and publicly worldwide.
Her designs are informed by the mathematical nature of shells, their movement and colour. Her works are tapestries of energy, playing with light. She is inspired by the drawings of Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919, zoologist) and the sketches of Nigel Peake.
She works to commission from her Norfolk studio as well as travelling the world creating shell installations.
I have been working as a self-employed basketmaker for nearly 20 years. I make both traditional and contemporary baskets using willow grown by my husband in a field just outside our village. I also create large scale outdoor sculpture as well as teaching basketry and sculpture.
Sue was attracted to the craft of basketry because of its rich history and multitude of incredible patterns and techniques which have been around for thousands of years. When she is making a basket, Sue becomes captivated by the rhythms of the weave and lost in thought. Designs develop from repetition of previous baskets and the ideas for the next piece often come half way through a basket she is working on.
Her contemporary baskets showing at Houghton Hall are sculptural rather than functional objects. The form is important, the colours of the willow make patterns and stripes. The hazel handle is like a drawn line piercing through the weave.
Helena has always been involved with textiles & design.
Originally, she trained & worked in London as a fashion designer, producing & 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 & 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 expressive and fun designs. The designs are unique and individually created, with special regard for the shape and style of the piece. Mainly commissioned, these designs are often applied to the clients’ own chairs.
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.
Liz McGowan works with natural and found materials, creating responses to particular environments through installation, sculpture, drawing and conversation. Her focus is the meeting point between inner and outer landscapes, where personal creativity is given inspiration and form by those elements – stone, reed, tree, earth, tideline – that combine to form a landscape.
Liz also works with those processes that shape and transform landscape – snow, wind, water and time. Her personal concerns in this work are about containment and expansion, about the cycles of growth, change and decay, and about the shifting relationship between the human and the more than human world.
The ambiguity of names for Pandora’s paintings do not represent actual seas but rather imagined universal ones. Pandora wants them to have an immersive quality and to evoke rather than describe the space. It is for the viewer to find their place within them, which could be a meditation or stimulation. The tension between the beauty and cruelty of the sea, of threat and solace is something she explores in these works.
Claire lives and works in rural Hertfordshire and is a regular visitor to Norfolk. She graduated in 2008 with a BA Hons in Applied Arts. Her current work is a ‘freestyle’ form of 3D embroidery which can loosely be described as stumpwork. She is unconstrained by formal embroidery techniques which leaves her free to experiment with threads and materials to achieve her aims.
With an appreciation of the natural world and love of drawing Claire has been inspired to study insects and reproduce these as tiny embroideries on felt. She enjoys the humour in producing insects that are realistic and presenting them as traditional entomological collections. Her work is a celebration of insects some of which are ironically described as ‘pests’.
Charlotte Packe is a Lighting designer and artist who has been working with lighting since 1990, designing bespoke luminaires for private and corporate clients as well as manufacturing small batch runs for selective retail outlets.
For the past seventeen years Justin Partyka has been photographing the rural landscape and culture in his native region of East Anglia. His photographs have been exhibited at Tate Britain, Gainsborough’s House, the Museum of English Rural Life (University of Reading), the Boutographies Photo Festival in Montpellier. He has also had a major solo show at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich in 2009, Flatford, Suffolk in 2014, Osborne Samuel gallery, London, 2013, the Black Barn, Cockley Cley, 2015 as well as being part of Nature: Norfolk by Design at Creake Abbey 2016. He recently showed during the Aldeburgh Festival 2016.
Maria Pavledis is an artist and printmaker whose works with the dream like world of fairy tale and narrative, including its darker and uncanny elements. Starting from a very strong commitment to drawing, she develops images using a mixture of traditional and non traditional methods, including etching which she uses to explore new ways of mark making and expression. She is interested in the qualities of fragility and destruction both in nature and in the printmaking process itself. Other explorations of destruction in her work take place in the unique smoke drawings, which are made with fire and smoke. Recent work has also included moving light installation creating the sense of being inside a dramatic space. Maria originally studied painting studied at Norwich School of Art and then continued to an MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Art
Maria has exhibited widely, and is a member of London Organisation of Original Printmakers
Ann Payne lives in North Norfolk, trained at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London. She has had two solo exhibitions in London and has also exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Living so near the sea has been a great attraction and Anne has spent many happy hours sitting in Morston mud, drawing the sea, the sky and boats. It is a fascinating and everlasting subject.
Fran lives and works in North Norfolk and the works we have on show in the Houghton Hall pop up are created using charcoal and watercolour. This is part of a landscape series inspired my mid century design and drawings taken from the North Norfolk countryside.
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.
Working in a palette that reflects the muted colours and tones of her Danish heritage – natural and vintage cottons, linens and particularly beautiful worn patchwork – Janine draws with a sewing machine.
Janine has shown in the Contemporary Craft Fair, Hereford Contemporary, Made by Hand Cardiff, Christmas at Blackthorpe, Bury St Edmunds and Selvedge.
Trained at Goldsmith’s College with a further Postgraduate qualification at the University of Leeds Janine was a tutor for many years tutoring University students in Surface Design and Printed Textiles as well as Adult groups.
Mark’s lifelong love of the landscape and wildlife of North Norfolk continues to inspire new works.
The wild beauty of the birds of the coast and marsh are the passionate source of inspiration for this collection. His knowledge and love of drawing and painting are evident in this skill of capturing the natural essence of his subjects with the minimum of fuss and line.
Fiona Roberts is an artist based in North Norfolk. Her paintings communicate the sense and atmosphere of the landscape. She captures the moments before a storm, sky and horizon melting into the sea, salt marshes and fields.
Fiona paints on hand stretched calico and makes her own gesso, oil paints, dammar resins and varnishes using recipes dated to the old masters. She has exhibited throughout Europe and has paintings in the Sainsbury Centre (SCVA) Loans collection and the Wallace Space Collection among others. Fiona’s work can be seen in The World of Interiors magazine.
Jac Scott is a nationally renowned, multi-award winning visual artist who investigates environmental issues. She is interested in the cohabitation of art and science and how this relationship enriches our understanding of the world. The gaps and the differences in our experiences deliver fractured realities that profile the earth as an enigma. To try and unravel this mystery Scott researches and collaborates with specialists from other disciplines, including scientists and geographers. The tension between approaches, objective scientific verses subjective artistic, the latter further skewed by emotional and philosophical underwriting, creates dynamic outcomes that ignite curiosity and debate.
Tim Simmons has an underlying need to make sense of the world through his own experience. Using photography and film, he explores themes of time, motion and place, and the idea that landscape acts as a link between the past and the present. His work has a visual clarity and a quiet, reflective quality, which offers space for personal contemplation. Attempting to make the unseen visible, he encourages the viewer to consider on the constancy of the land, and our inherent relationship to it.
Born in East Anglia in 1966, Paul has been painting in oils for over thirty years. He paints both portraits, and highly detailed landscapes that tie in with events and experiences in his life. He uses traditional techniques to produce work of exceptional quality, often on a large scale. He attempts to produce paintings that are, in some way tactile, sensitive and meaningful, and to create realism that is not simply photographic. Pauls work in recent years has been steadily gaining recognition, with paintings in several private collections. Paul has been a BP Portrait award finalist in 2015 and 2017.
His newest work “Towards Home” has been entered into The Columbia Threadneedle Prize that champions figurative art today. It is one of the most valuable open art competitions in Europe and will be held at The Mall Galleries London in 2018.
Madeleine has been working as a jeweller for more than ten years and that time has seen her work in a diverse range of styles and materials. Her current obsession is to use reclaimed sterling silver rather than new, and through a process of salvaging, melting down and then reshaping she creates unique pieces of handcrafted jewellery full of a sense of history and story telling detail.
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. Her latest collection of decoupage lamp and light shades using vintage graphics reflects her passion for art and interiors.
Dedicated to 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 wonderful 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.
Teucer studied stonemasonry and architectural carving at Weymouth College before learning the art of letter-cutting at the Richard Kindersley studio in London.
He produces a variety of work including sculptures for private settings and public art projects, garden pieces, signage and memorial work. He enjoys making anything from three dimensional abstract sculptures to more functional work such as birdbaths, sundials, seating, house name plaques and headstones. He generally works to commission, mainly in limestone, sandstone and slate, although he has also worked in wood, glass, stainless steel and cast iron.
Daniel is a Norfolk based stone carver and letter cutter, is acclaimed for his memorials, commemorative plaques and ground-breaking conceptual sculptures.
Meek, who trained in architectural stonemasonry, carving and letter cutting at Bath – he qualified in 1995 – has worked on many of the country’s major restoration projects, including St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. For some years, as a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s stone-masonry and letter carving team, he was responsible for restoring First and Second World War monuments across the country.
Today, in addition to creating his own work, he acts as Teucer Wilson’s assistant and letter carver.
Toby Winteringham is a furniture designer and maker based in King’s Lynn. His work encompasses a variety of styles from elegantly simple statements to bold marquetry decoration.
He combines original design ideas with innovative construction to produce striking pieces for any setting. He says: ‘To me design is like poetry: the stripping away of all unnecessary detail in order to leave an object in its purest form.’