Discover Jenny Smith McOnie…

I’m delighted to introduce you to the artist Jenny Smith-McOnie, who will be showing her sublime work at the Discover Original Art Fair on the 29th & 30th November.

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Jenny Smith-McOnie creates original hand-made prints on paper and specialises in the collagraph and drypoint printmaking techniques.

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Much of Jenny’s time is spent in Wigtownshire in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. Her work explores the region’s diverse coastal landscape and she is particularly interested in the rich textures and constantly changing colours that can be seen in the area.

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The word ‘collagraph’ is taken from the word ‘collage’. Prints are produced from collaged plates with a highly textured surface, resulting in an embossed print.

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The method produces unpredictable results and enables Jenny to create dynamic, textural, vibrant prints.

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Talking to Jenny about her work and processes is absolutely fascinating, so if you’re near Ivinghoe over the weekend of November 29th & 30th, don’t miss the opportunity to meet Jenny in person.

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You can find out more about Jenny and her art at her website JennySmith-McOnie.com Follow Jenny on Facebook: Jenny Smith-Mconie Prints and Twitter @SmithMcOnie

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Discover Jan Drury…

Visitors to our forthcoming Discover Original Art Fair, will have the wonderful pleasure of seeing ‘up close and personal’, the abstract works from artist Jan Drury.
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Jan creates superb pieces, using many different media, gradually applied in layers, each contributing to the overall beauty and mystery of the finished work.

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These layers draw you into the experience, some would convince you they’re still wet, and you’ll find yourself wanting to touch them. Which is fine, because Jan encourages people to feel and touch her art.

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Viewing Jan’s work in person, getting so close you can see every layer, texture and colour, is how Jan intends her work to be enjoyed. Come along to Ivinghoe and take a close look – what will you see?

You can read more about Jan at her website Jan Drury Art. Do pop over there and see other fabulous examples of Jan’s lovely abstract creations.

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Discover Joanne Bowes

Landscapes and the patterns created in nature, feature prominently in the delicious work of Joanne Bowes, who will be one of the eight local artists exhibiting at Discover – 29th & 30th November.

Joanne is an established, professional artist, who achieved Foundation Diploma (Best in Year End Show), and Fda in Fashion and Surface Pattern Design, both with Distinction, and BA (Hons) in Contemporary Applied Arts (Textiles).

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Joanne loves natural forms, colours and textures,  working with them to create drawings and paintings, which she then manipulates to develop her unique textile designs.

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She focuses on the use of natural materials, combined with traditional techniques, such as dyeing, knitting and weaving.

Joanne’s mixed media landscapes are created using a range of techniques, including naturally dyed textiles, collographs, ink, wax resist and watercolour, and are often embellished with hand or machine embroidery.

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She is currently developing a range of up-cycled garments and accessories using natural dyes and eco leaf prints.

You can see more of Joanne’s work at her website Joanneshewan.wordpress.com,or find her at Facebook Joanne Shewan Textiles and Twitter @JoanneShewanTxt

We’re all excited to see the work she’ll be showing at Ivinghoe, so don’t miss the opportunity to come along and meet her in person if you’re in the area.

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Discover Judy Youssef…

Today I want to introduce you to my wonderful, multi-talented friend, Judy Youssef.

Judy is one of those amazing artists who seem to be able to turn their hands to a whole raft of techniques always finding a way to express themselves that is both unique and inspiring.

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Originally from the Isle of Wight, Judy has in fact spent many years living in remote parts of the Middle East, a fact that has undoubtedly greatly influenced her career in art.

Today Judy is based in Bedfordshire and will be one of the eight local artists exhibiting at the Discover Original Art Fair, at the end of this month.

As Judy herself puts it,

one lifetime isn’t enough to try out all the ideas jumping around in my head

But visitors to the exhibition will be able to see Judy’s latest work, including exquisite abstracts in alcohol inks – pieces that really do ignite your imagination…

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and also her superb new jewellery and accessory pieces in polymer clay – Judy’s expertise in this material is renowned, do come along if you can and see what she creates, I guarantee you’ll be amazed.

There are lots of Judy’s finely observed paintings on her website, where you can also see examples of her jewellery and details of the other fascinating projects she’s been involved with during her fascinating career.

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Discover Ali Mesley…

I’m always intrigued by the way artists express themselves through a variety of media. Today I wanted to show you the work of Ali Mesley, who is also exhibiting at our Discover Original Art Fair in November.

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Ali is a visual artist, inspired by colour, texture, line and form, who expresses her thoughts and feelings through a whole range of techniques and materials, including textiles, glass, papier-mache and found objects.

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Her work is process driven, with all sorts of things inspiring her to create.

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Most recently, she’s been exploring her responses to books and colour families.

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You can see more of Ali’s work at her website, and if you’re near Ivinghoe on 29th or 30th November, come along and meet the artist herself.

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Discover Victoria Johns…

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No stitching today, instead I thought I’d show you some of the work of artist Victoria Johns, who, like me, is based in the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire borders, and will be exhibiting her range of original art, prints and greeting cards, at the Discover Original Art Fair, at the Ivinghoe Community Hub during the last weekend of November 2014.

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Victoria’s works frequently develop from her interpretation and response to her location photography.

Having trained as an artist specialising in glass, she now works predominantly in mixed media and print, but her fascination with glass and the translucent quality it produces is evident in the many delicately layered, subtle and dramatic effects she creates.

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There’s a gorgeous tactile quality to Victoria’s artwork and you often feel you could hold it up and see light shine through.

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One of the best things about coming along to Discover, is having the opportunity to meet and talk to all the artists, who’ll be there on both days, delighted to talk about the processes and inspirations they use, so if you’re in the area, please come, I’m certain you’ll find much to enjoy.

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Discover…

I am absolutely delighted to be part of the forthcoming Discover Original Art Fair.

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If you’re anywhere near Ivinghoe in November, please do come along. There’s some seriously fabulous talent in the group and who knows, you might even find the perfect Christmas gift is just waiting for you there…