The makeready exhibition brings together a diverse array of artists including painters, potters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, film makers and a bookbinder. Some of the artists exhibiting are leading workshops during the weeklong event.
Amelie has been working in an established trade bindery in central London for over 6 years where she specialises in restoration. Amelie also creates fine bindings (mostly leather work) which she regularly enters into UK and international competition. Amelie is half of Shed Press Publications with Jessica Jane Charleston. Shed Press are a private printing press (est 2010) publishing limited editions of hand printed poetry books and record covers. www.shedpress.org
Amelie will be leading a Bookbinding Workshop on Thursday 7 April, 6-8pm.
Cecile Embleton is a photographer and documentary filmmaker interested in exploring the boundaries between fiction and documentary to capture the essence of hidden worlds and voices. www.cecileembleton.com
Jessica draws and makes handmade books, handprinted on Victorian presses. Jessica is the other half of Shed Press Publications. www.jessicajanecharleston.com
Jessica will be leading a Letterpress Workshop on Monday 4 April, 6-8pm at makeready.
Through the subtle modification and manipulation of materials, found objects and surfaces, Lizzie Cannon creates works that reflect the human desire to continually re-shape and re-define nature. Influenced by her journeys within the margins of the city, she is drawn to things that are discarded or overlooked and are in some way being reclaimed by the organic. Primarily working in stitch, she makes subtle interventions in a process of decay or degradation that tap into the delicate transitory state of a material or object. Laborious methods of handcrafting mimic gradual shifts in materiality and in a process akin to alchemy the works begin to cross boundaries between the discarded and embellished, functional and aesthetic, and natural and man-made.www.lizziecannon.com
Lee works in a scrupulously detailed manner. Working across various different mediums, his practice is frequently engaged with personal subject matter. Whether drawing a pair of discarded knickers, etching into a photograph of a domestic interior or painting a miniature portrait of an unrequited love, the works slowly reveal themselves to be intensely crafted; reflecting a personal meditation on nostalgia and contemplating the remains of things left behind. www.leeedwardsart.co.uk
‘My practice is centred on exploring ideas of place and landscape. By means of drawing and painting from life, I aim to make a more profound and meaningful connection. My work is generated through a process of immersion, observation and response through which I feel and understand more about the world around me. The physical manifestation of this takes the form of paintings, drawings, etching and handmade books.
I have been working in Scotland for the past year exploring the wild spaces in the city of Glasgow and the northern countryside. I am particularly interested in the places on the margins or threshold: the wildlife strip beside the motorway, disused factories, abandoned crofts on the western islands, allotments, ports where ships come and go. I see these places as points where something ends, begins or changes. They also attract me as they are teaming with wildlife. In areas that man has forgotten and abandoned, wilderness grows and flourishes.’ Naomi Pratt www.naomikpratt.blogspot.co.uk
Naomi will be leading a Lino Printing Workshop at makeready on Wednesday 6 April, 6 – 8pm.
Murton’s practice explores what we know and what we can’t. The artist engages withcross-disciplinary ideas and specialists to create work in scupture, installation, drawing and print. Repetition and pattern is a reoccuring theme, often referencing grids and the delicate balance between control and randomness. Murton lives and works in London. The artist graduated from Goldsmiths in 2006.
Exhibitions and commissions have included: Crafts Council at Somerset House (2009); AtPlay, Southhill Park, Bracknell (2010); Deptford X (2010); Siena Arts Institute, Italy (2011); Historic Royal Palaces (2012); Art Language Location, University of Cambridge (2014); Structure Texture Future, The Nunnery Gallery, London and Common Bodies, East Street Arts, Leeds (2015). In 2016 Murton will be continuing her residency at University of Hertfordshire, ending in an exhibition and symposium in the autumn. www.elizabethmurton.co.uk
‘The influences for my artwork come from people I know, people I don’t know, and things I find intriguing.’ Greg Genestine-Charlton www.genestine-charlton.com
Mary Herbert is an artist living and working in London. Since graduating from Goldsmiths College London in 2010 with a BA in Fine Art, she has developed a large part of her practice in museum and gallery education where she delivers projects and workshops with schools, families and community groups. She is currently working at the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Museum of London. Her studio practice is varied in media, but for the past year it has been focused on drawing and etching. Recently, she has been working on a series of prints based a collection of stones passed between her and her dad. www.mary-herbert.com
Mary will be leading a drawing workshop based on Laura Carlin’s book A World of Your Own. This workshop will be inspired by the Watford high street and community. We will build A World of Watford together using photos and drawings. The workshop will take place on Thursday 7 April, 10am-12pm.
Cramps practice is influenced by architectures, structures within societies, science fiction the process and materials used in construction. He produces installations, sculptures and photographic work that comments on utopian ideals, capitalist issues, our need for faith and the world in flux, which we build and deconstruct based on our present needs.
Looking at materials, process and structure Cramp builds sculptures and installations that evoke the viewer to consider narrative, space and perception of the situation. He invites you to consider what you see as well as projecting your imagination onto the possibilities of what lies beyond. He wants the viewer to consider their spacial awareness and how their brain reads what their eyes see.
Cramp aims to evoke a sense of play, adventure, intrigue and excitement through the use of scale combined with interactive elements. The exhibiting of my work is enhanced by my consideration of the environment in which the piece exists allowing space and sculpture to blend and form a symbiotic relationship. www.richardcramp.com
Neil Packer is an exceptional book illustrator. Represented by Illustrationcupboard Gallery, Neil works meticulously and predominantly in gouache. Published by the Folio Society and Walker Books, Neil Packer’s illustrations are works of art. www.neilpacker.co.uk
‘Regardless of the medium I use, my work resonates around the themes of landscape, surface, ruin, memory, nostalgia and the patina of time. Traces of the ephemeral and states of decay are my inspiration. With these references in mind, I create a sense of place and develop a passage of time within my work.’ Pete Roberts www.peter-roberts.co.uk
‘Working from life feeds my imagination which twists and turns the world so it emerges strange but familiar, mostly in fictional figures that could be folk tale characters or almost abstracted creatures. There is always in a state of metamorphosis. When drawing from my mind I work without a destination, vision or goal, watching the lines rely on each other and suggest further lines until something emerges, then I work to discover it further and not let it slip away or vanish back into the page.’ Blanche Ellis www.blancheellis.com
‘I am an artist/illustrator currently living and working in London. I usually work using printmaking or drawing, but I also like making ceramics and painting. My work is usually a reaction to something I have seen. I spend a lot of time drawing from life and people watching. I am interested by what people do for a living, how we socialize and relax, and by our traditions and conventions. I often find myself wondering, if an alien came down to earth now and saw this, what would they make of us? To an outsider, I think the way we live today would be puzzling. Why would anybody in their right mind go on the tube in rush hour? or sit and stare at a screen all day? In my work I like to reflect on the moments in life that I find interesting or amusing.’ Alice Macdonald alicemacdonaldillustration.co.uk alice-macdonald.co.uk
Sophie Cordery is a painter and printmaker based in Watford. She has had several solo exhibitions in and around the town since graduating in Fine Arts in 2011 from the University of Hertfordshire. She has also been actively involved in pop up exhibitions in empty shops in Watford.
Sophie is back this year at the same university for an artist residency. This is giving her the opportunity to work on a new series of etchings inspired by her photos of buildings taken mainly in France at the seaside: The season is finished. The houses are empty. Their shutters are closed but their names (Mon Rêve, Mon Plaisir, Les Vacances…)are evocative of warmer days. Though the prints have evolved using a variety of processes, Sophie tries to avoid anything too overly technical in favour of a more atmospheric mood. She doesn’t print editions but individual variations and not two images are ever the same.
Sophie Cordery also teaches Life and Portrait classes at Frobisher studio in Bushey.
Chloe is a London based photographer maker whose work explores the narratives of objects and spaces creating new stories through repurposing materials and documenting small details on grand scales. Interested in slowing down in the fast paced immersive world of digital photography, Chloe also teaches darkroom and pinhole photography workshops. www.chloeedwards.photographywww.madeanew.co.uk
Chloe will be leading the Capturing a Community Photography Workshop on Tuesday 5 April, 10am-12pm.
Brough’s approach as an artist is to take up a process of using base philosophical concepts within painting and sculpture to convey his ideas. He has taken to a tangibly conceptual style which is playfully polemical and involves a great concern with aesthetics, materials, and processes but also deals with philosophical questions, contemporary media, and the nature and ongoing history of society. www.stuartbrough.com
Seemab Gul is a London based artist and filmmaker. Her films interweave documentary, fictional, and performative elements to explore social-political stories.
Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue, examining conditions of precarity in society and focusing on the outsider experience. Her films and videos have been screened and exhibited at a collateral event of 55th Venice Art Biennale, Oberhausen Film festival, Geneva Contemporary Art Centre and other galleries and festivals internationally. Her works have been commissioned by Channel 4, Arts Council England, CBA WoldView, The Foundling Museum and Moti Roti Foundation.
Seemab completed a BA in Fine Art at Surrey Institute of Art & Design in 2001. After doing a PACE course in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, she completed a Masters in Filmmaking at the London Film School in 2010. She was a fellow at the National Film & TV School Film Clinic in 2013.
Lucie Beeston is a jewellery designer living and working in Leyton. She works mainly with wood, paper and paint, and is influenced by the materials she uses and the avoidance of waste. www.lucie-ellen.com
Cecilia Ricchi is an italian photographer based in Rome.
She focuses on the theme of memory and social issues.
‘As an insomniac, my work focuses on the complexity of the brain, the self and dream. I see myself like a doctor and patient at the same time, to heal myself through the monologue from the inner part. During this process, I imagine acting like a doctor to analyse and dissect my brain, and then observe it as a method, it seems like I am doing a surgery to/for myself.’ www.daphnehcshen.com en.pinkoi.com/store/daphnehcshen