This pop-up shop showcased the work of 40 of Norfolk and the easstern region’s finest artists, designer-makers and craftspeople. It ran alongside a major exhibition by Damien Hirst. This included a series of new paintings by Damien Hirst entitled Colour Space will be installed in the State Rooms at Houghton Hall for the exhibition Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall from 25 March – 15 July 2018. The exhibition also included a number of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures which were installed throughout the 18th-century house and gardens.
We are very grateful for the support of all the exhibitors and more than 20,000 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.
NORFOLK BY DESIGN AT HOUGHTON HALL, 29 MARCH TO 29 JULY 2018
Margaret Nairne Mellis (1914 – 2009), was one of the early members and last survivors of the group of modernist artists that gathered in St Ives, in Cornwall, in the 1940s. She and her first husband, Adrian Stokes, played an important role in the rise of St Ives as a magnet for artists who frequented their home in Carbis Bay. This included Patrick Heron, Naum Garbo, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth to name just a few. She divorced Stokes and then married Francis Davison when in Nice, in 1948. After living in France for a short time they returned to live in Suffolk in the 1950s. Margaret lived and produced art for many years in Southwold. Having been cared for by her son, the artist Telfer Stokes, for the last 5 years of her life, Margaret passed away on March 17 2009 .
Ros studied BA(Hons) Decorative Arts at The Nottingham Trent University, 1999-2002, where she specialised in ceramics and learnt to throw on a potter’s wheel. Following her studies, she had an adventurous few years, living in various places including Japan for two years and northern Spain for a year, teaching English, and traveling to many more countries.
She specialises in thrown tableware made from stoneware clay. She is influenced by the behaviour of the clay when manipulated after throwing and by the way glazes behave on their own and when put together. Her work is simple and tactile. Ros made the plates for Farmyard Restaurant in Norwich and The Dial House in Reepham – she currently undertakes commissions for sets of plates and dinner services, as well as other pieces.
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.
In 2015, Debby was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Association of Photography Awards 2015. Running along side this, Debby was chosen as one of the most highly rated documentary portrait photographers from 145 countries with LensCulture Photography Awards.
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. We have showcased Lorraine’s work in Norfolk by Design events for the past two years.
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.
Carolyn graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1982. 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.
American artist Alfred Cohen, lived in Chicago until 1949, Europe (mainly Paris) until 1960, and in England from then until his death in 2001. From 1978 Cohen lived and worked at the School House, Wighton, in North Norfolk. The School House Gallery is now the home of the Alfred Cohen Art Foundation, and permanently exhibits varying selections of his work.
Harry Cory Wright was born in 1963 and lives and works in Norfolk. His work was included in Landmark: The Fields of Photography at Somerset House, London (2013) curated by William A. Ewing and also featured work by Darren Almond, Elger Esser, Hirsohi Sugimoto and Thomas Struth amongst others. Solo exhibitions include Six Hour Place, Creake Abbey (2017), Anglia, Eleven (2015), Hey Charlie, Eleven (2013) and Place in Mind, Eleven (2011).
Harry Cory Wright explores our fundamental attraction to place, and the very physical process of being in landscape. The vivid and immaculate nature of these large format photographs convey a real sense of ‘being there’.
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
Polly Cruse is a Norwich based artist. Her practise currently involves photography and sculpture, and is focused on the relationships between the intangible and the material aspects of the everyday. She is at present exploring the creation of a private dwelling.
Cruse aims to elevate the importance and status of objects, gifts and memorabilia in the home, the presence of which is often so familiar as to be overlooked. Her photographs depict these objects composed into classical ‘still life’ arrangements to create images of beauty, narrative and fond humour.
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.
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.
Illustrator, ceramicist and canary keeper based in Norwich
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.
With a background in Graphic Design, Steve now concentrates his creativity on making decorative and functional interior pieces using new and used materials. Based in West Norfolk, he applies combinations of modern and traditional workshop skills to create original designs which explore contrasting materials and surface finishes
Ruth studied Fine Art, specialising in Sculpture on the respected course at Norwich School of Art back in 2000. While over the years she has also worked producing painting and illustration, paper cutting has come more recently and this work has initiated a wide range of commissioned and private work.
For Ruth the process of a paper cut is a bit addictive. Starting with a blank paper and methodically removing ad cutting bits away, it is by diminishing her materials that an art work takes shape.
Ruth is much influenced by buildings, mapping and human traffic and is recently compelled with an inclination to order (and often alphabetise) the subjects of her cuts.
Ruth lives and works in the heart of Norwich’s Lanes; she is available for commissions and projects.
Abbie Herculson creates contemporary jewellery which embodies, style, strength and self expression.
The collections are eclectic and range from the bold to the quietly intriguing. I love the contrast of different techniques and materials: precious gold against oxidised silver , plexiglass with silver, or adding fine detail with gold seed clusters and rivets. With a combination of traditional techniques and a sense of playfulness I aim to make pieces that can stand alone, offering a self-confident individuality. The subtle thread of rebellion against the perfectly polished keeps me curious and creating jewellery with a modern, contemporary edge.
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.
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.
Linda Jamieson was born and spent her childhood in Norfolk. She was trained at St. Martins School of Art and studied further at Heatherley’s 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. After returning to painting she now divides her time between her studios in Norfolk and London.
Suzi’s work contemplates attachment and habitat, using a variety of materials including wood and woven fibre, with her latest projects using the seaweed-like Flustra Foliacea. Living and working in Norfolk Susi collects the Flustra Foliacea from the local shoreline, gathering and then regrouping the material to reform a colony in a new habitat. Bringing this material into an altogether unfamiliar context – trading the sea for an oak frame – her latest works invite new perspectives. Each piece is bespoke and commissions can be made for specific dimensions different to those listed.
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.
Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts in 2006 she has created bespoke illustrations for Vogue, Tatler, The Spectator, Paul Smith, Conran and her work is now in the Collection of the V&A. She has worked on a variety of other private commissions – paintings, 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 traveling 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.
Geoffrey’s work is non-representational, however place is important in the making process. Nepal and the South of France have been such places and now he works for the most part out of doors with natural found tools and a limited range of materials in the North Norfolk landscape. The works are on paper or unprimed canvas with the history of the mark making evident beneath layers of fine open textured Indian paper.
Thomas Leveritt is a half-American, half-English artist. He has received the Carroll Medal for Portraiture from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Somerset Maugham Award for Literature and the Betty Trask first novel award.
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.
Daniel Meek, the 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 stonemasonry 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.
Making something visible and material out of what is inherently invisible is the paradox behind this project: these planets are simply too far away to be seen. The work for this project emerged from Pandora’s work as the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residency in the Astrophysics Department at Exeter University. She worked closely with Professor Isabelle Baraffe and her colleagues who are undertaking pioneering research into Exoplanets, searching for life beyond our solar system. The discovery of these distant planets will potentially revolutionise the way we view our place in the universe, perhaps as significant a discovery as ‘Big Bang’, Darwin’s origin of species or deciphering the human genome. The scientists feel the impact of this fast developing field has not registered with the public and welcomed more exposure through such a collaboration.
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’.
Maria creates smoke drawings and then produces limited edition prints from these originals. She always takes great pleasure in creating rhythms and patterns on paper which is blackened using a lighted wax taper before the image is drawn in the smoke.
Maria is an artist and printmaker who works with the dream like world of fairy tale and narrative, drawing upon the relationships between animals, humans and nature, including the darker and uncanny elements. Starting from a very strong commitment to drawing, she develop images using a mixture of traditional and non-traditional methods, including etching, drypoint, monoprint, projection installation, and more particularly, smoke drawing .
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
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.
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.
Tracey Ross studied textile design and went on to complete a Visual Studies degree at Norwich University of the Arts. She is a member of the Norwich 20 Group and regularly participates in the annual Norfolk Open Studios. Tracey was shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition 2015, was a finalist for the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) 2016 and the Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) at the Mall Galleries 2016/2017. Her work is held in private collections both in the UK and abroad.
Jane makes bold, playful wooden jewellery which she hand turns and hand paints in her studio near the North Norfolk Coast. Working with geometric forms, repetition and colour, her inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Her current range is influenced by classic educational toys, which focus on play to develop basic skills such as dexterity, shape and colour recognition. Jane uses traditional woodworking techniques and manages a small woodland which provides a sustainable supply of sycamore for her work.
Jane is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. She has taught at various colleges & universities in the UK and is a member of Design Nation and the Association of Contemporary Jewellery.
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.
Joceline concentrates on small Still Life paintings. She is interested in painting the things she sees around her and organising and portraying them so that some sort of transformation might take place. Sometimes the objects Joceline chooses have a particular meaning or personal connection for her. Sometimes they have a particular quality which draws her to them.
Joceline studied at the Royal Academy Schools in the 1970s and has been painting on and off, mainly on, ever since. She has exhibited her paintings widely both in London galleries, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and many galleries in East Anglia.
She is a member and regular exhibitor with the Norwich 20 Group.
Teucer Wilson 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.
Paul Wolterink, graphic designer, printmaker and Dutchman, resident in rural West Norfolk since Winter 2015. Here he runs his design practice and is currently setting up his print studio in a former chapel. He loves applying the fundamentals and systems of graphic design in his ‘crossdisciplinary’ practice and works across a range of media, believing “Anything can function as a carrier for information”. He is also Visiting Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts, at the Graphics faculty.