‘Making It’ is a newly formed collaboration of artists, designers and makers working together with business support in Brighton. I was very pleased to be asked to contribute to their first exhibition, so off I went to photograph the thirteen very creative people whose work is being exhibited.
The Making It exhibition is showing at Gallery 40 in Brighton’s North Laines. The show is on for another week until the 11th of November, so if you are passing it is well worth a look in.
I’ll be writing further about many of the artists in future blogs.
SHOWCASE AND SHOP
30th October – 10th November 2013: Mondays – Saturdays 11.30am – 6pm, Sundays 12pm – 4pm
40 Gloucester Road
East Sussex BN1 4AQ
T: 07843 330232
Ali Mapletoft – Age of Reason
Ce Persiano – The Uncommon Thread
Robert & Gavin Paisley – Chisel & Mouse
Andre Carvalho & Laura Morales – De Casa
Jenny Mustill – Ruby Ruth Dolls
Sean Dare – Dare Studios
Tom Robinson - Steady-On Designs
I have always been very interested in good functional design, so it was a pleasure to spend the day at Studio Levien. It was fascinating to discover the design process behind Robin Levien’s elegant and innovative designs.
I got a last minute call from Waitrose Kitchen this summer to take pictures on the pier with a little one eating donuts. I quickly scooped up my family and off we went.
It was a lovely evening as sun set over the West Pier but in the middle of the Bin-man strike the sea front wasn’t looking or smelling its best, which added to the challenge of a sugar high daughter.
As a great fan of Jo’s work it was a pleasure to photograph her for a feature in Country Living.
I love the way that such delicate and transitory details from life can become so permanent and vivid in stone.
Artist and potter Judith Rowe creates beautiful tableware pieces with forms and decoration inspired by nature.
I decide to make a film on her last year when I took her portrait for my personal project.
Finally we both had time in our schedules in July to spend a couple of days in her studio and one glorious mid-summer evening on the beach to get it all shot.
As someone who seems to be always on the road, being sent by Morrisons magazine to discover the street food scene in the UK was revelation.
For me it’s exciting to discover this expanding quirky and expressive community selling high quality artisan food on our streets, things can only get bigger as we enjoy munching some really tasty food.
In my job I’m lucky enough to meet some incredible people, especially when shooting for the British Heart Foundation. Andy Tennant is one of them.
Andy has personal reasons for being the new cycling champion for the British Heart foundation. As teenager he received treatment for SVT (supraventricular tachycardia) – a rapid heart rhythm – which made it difficult for him to take part in physical activity. He is now a cyclist is at the top of his field, and won gold last year with Team GB for the Team Pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships.
We had a very smooth shoot in the studio, click on the link below for a bit of behind the scenes footage, I am the one in the stripy top!
Jane Foster creates simple graphic and quirky designs which look to the 1950′s and 60′s and to Scandinavia for their inspiration. What I love about Jane is her amazing personal style and her sense of fun and love of colour , all of which are there in abundance in her work.
I’ve been a great fan of Jane’s work ever since I photographed her for the Independent Magazine in 2008, so I was very honoured to be asked to do the photography for her first book “Fun with Fabric” which will be out in October. Published by Collins & Brown, the book will reflect her passion for fabrics, screen printing and sewing.
This time last year I had a lovely day in the company of artist Laura Oakes at her shop in heart of Rye.
Laura creates stunning art works built up layer upon layer on her computer through scans and found imagery, her work becomes one full of colour, quirkiness and atmosphere.
I met Fiona in her studio where a wall of books and a comfy chair seemed to be a home from home. With a view of Hastings and the sea beyond from her window you can understand how the town influences her beautifully crafted prints that often reveal a dark and quirky side of humanity.