Kath Baker

Wildlife inspired textile art

Hi, I’m Kath and I am a self taught textile artist based in Wainsgate Chapel, a beautiful, deconsecrated baptist chapel, in Old Town above Hebden Bridge.

All of my designs are inspired by my love of nature, stirred with a good dollop of childlike imagination. I make a wide range of brooches, accessories, homewares and original artwork featuring our native birds and creatures. Each one is lovingly hand cut, needle felted and free motion embroidered, to have its own unique character.

The majority of my fabrics are carefully sourced S...

Joe Gregory

Willow weaving, basketry and sculpture

My willow work is influenced by the natural environment all around me. Using much of my own grown willow I create work that is often functional and connected to the land.

I love being able to create something from just a bunch of sticks. Willow is so flexible and strong it can be woven into almost anything only limited by my skill and imagination. I enjoy the physical nature of what I do, that along with the repetitiveness of weaving keeps me completely absorbed while I work and I am always reminded of the people and cult...

Tim Schofield

Painting

I enjoy painting landscapes and seascapes that play with form and formlessness. I aim to create scenes that feel half-remembered, at once familiar but also dream-like.

In my art I experiment with the boundaries between the real and the imagined, creating scenes that seem both familiar and yet distant.

While many of my paintings are inspired by real places I rarely paint specific locations, instead preferring intuitive and meditative painting methods to paint through pure, direct creative expression.

Some of the most rewarding and exciting feedback I’ve...

Josephine Gornall – Phinefibre

Fibre/mixed media artist and tutor

Inspiration for my fibre artwork comes from my wanderings of the land and wild seascapes, my love of vibrant colour, abstract expressionism, free flowing forms and textural surfaces.

I’ve always been a wanderer, exploring the moorlands, flora and fauna. I lived on a small farm in my childhood, drawing, creating, making imaginary worlds with whatever I could find both in and outdoors.

After my art degree, I worked as a designer, participatory artist and lecturer. I now love to create my fibre felted paintings, sculptural pieces...

Dorothy Ann Simister

Painting

I was initially inspired by reflections in a department store shop window in Peckham High Street when I was student at Camberwell School of Art. Peering at my own reflection a woman in a fur coat rushed by reflecting in the glass and captured my imagination. The reflections theme has kept me painting in various guises for over 40 years.

Over this time the paintings have changed in form, size and medium. They question and consolidate a momentary experience, recording a pinch of life at a particular time – a historical document. Shops and displays modif...

Dan Morrison

Designer/Maker

My work draws on architecture, machines, and natural forms to produce unique lamps and clocks that combine a strong mechanical or structural aesthetic and a playful character.

All my work is designed to encourage interaction and introduce a sense of play into everyday activities; for example a kinetic element or simple mechanism to adjust the piece or to set it in motion.

The overall aesthetic draws on the beauty of industrial materials and the charm of simple machine assemblies, made using materials with a strong practical and decorative heritag...

Roo Waterhouse

Painting

In my paintings I celebrate our connection with treasured books and the way our bookshelves reflect the stories of our lives.

My work brings together my love of oil painting, books and typography and a fascination with how our bookshelves can hold on to our stories and reflect our lives. I specialise in carefully rendered, reverential Shelf Portrait oil paintings: collections of treasured books gathered together, resonating with the relationships they hold.

Local inspiration has come from Shibden Hall in my ‘Gentleman Jack’ Shelf Portrait, commissioned...

Hannah Nunn

Designer/Maker

From my sunny studio I make glowing paper-cut lighting, wallpaper, window film and a large collection of tiny laser cut treasures, all inspired by the exquisite details found in nature.

I’m always inspired and enthralled by the tiny details found in nature and I love living in this valley with its many woodlands paths, moorland and meadows. I walk often with my camera taking it all in and trying to figure out how to express what I see in my work.

My studio is home to my incredible laser-cutting machine, which I use to cut all the motifs for my la...

Toby Cotterill

Jewellery

I create unique, articulated jewellery inspired by the natural world and the process of making. Growing up on a farm near the coast in West Wales I spent my childhood playing outside with my brothers, exploring rock pools, and making things. Most of my ideas stem from this early immersion in nature.

I completed an Arts Foundation course at Carmarthen College of Art, I studied Design Crafts at Staffordshire University, where I specialised in fine metal, growing to love the scale and personal connection of jewellery making. After graduation I continued ...

The Friday Feature 2

Exquisite art & craft to explore this April

This month our tour of Calder Valley creativity continues with stops along the way to see some extraordinary articulated jewellery, exquisite nature inspired designs for the home, and ends up exploring a unique fusion of oil painting, books and typography.


Follow #hbosFridayFeature on social media or check out our blog on the following Fridays for the full length features:

April 8 – Toby Cotterill – Jewellery
April 15 – Hannah Nunn – Homeware and design
April 22 – Roo Waterhouse – Painting

All aboard! Tickets and pas...

Julia Ogden

Painting

Always a fan of a good story I studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, my passion for screen printing followed and I brought to life literary characters I loved in little hand printed books.

A move to Brighton gave me the opportunity to study a Masters in Sequential Illustration and to continue with making and printing.

A painting career then developed from showing a few tentative paintings in a pop up shop. I painted florals and landscapes and have been published nationally and internationally.

My love of the outdoors and surrounding nature ...

Lesley Lishman

Ceramics

I am a small batch potter working from my home studio in Hebden Bridge. I hand craft functional earthenware ceramics such as vases, mugs, jugs, plates and candleholders.

I use white earthenware clay to create my pieces and slab-building or hand-made moulds to create the shapes. I decorate my pieces with vintage lace, or simple bird, leaf or flower shaped paper templates.

Using quick, vibrant brush strokes I apply coloured slips to my ceramics and after they have been bisque fired I add more details with brush-on underglaze and pencil. I then apply a lu...

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