Writing Your Artist’s Statement

Our new application process requires a bit more information than previously so here’s a guide of how to write your “artist’s statement”.  It’s nothing to worry about, we promise.  Applications open on the 1st April, so if you’ve never written an artist’s statement before, you can get a head start this coming week! Your StatementContinue reading “Writing Your Artist’s Statement”

Firing up the kiln

If you have visited Design@HEART before you may well have seen Lindsay Thomas’s work.  Lindsay is a potter, producing eyecatching home decorations using the ancient method of Raku, and incorporating her other love of textiles into her new work.  Here she is talking about her work and methods: I have been making pots since 1995.Continue reading “Firing up the kiln”

Sarah Dunton

Sarah Dunton’s work went down very well last Christmas, so we’re having her back!  Here she is talking about her work: I am a painter, potter and plant grower – and maker of small objects. I always drew as a child, and went on to study fine art at Leeds University. My influences and inspirationsContinue reading “Sarah Dunton”

Everyone Loves Bags!

Sue Turrill of Nuthatch Designs will be back at Design@HEART this December with her beautiful tweed bags.  Here she is talking about her work: When I was a small child I would spend weeks in the summer with my two siblings staying with our Grandmother and her two sisters.  That was when I really startedContinue reading “Everyone Loves Bags!”

How To Choose A Good Fair

For Artists and Makers By Becky Moore, and with thanks to Alice Chandler and Jane Kay of Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, Anna Urwin of House of Bats and Shaun Vickers  for their contribution to this document. I know it seems a long way off, but now is the time when stallholders are getting their ChristmasContinue reading “How To Choose A Good Fair”

Be Dispensable: the first rule of fair management

By Becky Moore As some of you know, I’m not just a fair organiser, I’m also a designer-maker myself.  I think that gives me an insight into what our stallholders need and expect from fairs.  They’re looking for a well publicised, well organised, well attended platform from which to sell their products.  It sounds likeContinue reading “Be Dispensable: the first rule of fair management”

I never intended this to be something for other people to see

Photographer Kelly Marsh takes over the blog this week, ahead of her first appearance at Design@HEART in June. I’m a self-taught photographer. I never intended this to be something for other people to see. It’s always been something I have primarily done for myself.  But then it turned into a business!  I guess you couldContinue reading “I never intended this to be something for other people to see”

New Year New Hobby

Its a New Year, and while we’re not advocating a new you (you were just fine last year and you will be this year!), how about a new hobby or project? What have you got in mind?  If it’s something arty crafty, we’re here to inspire you.  On the 17th February, 20 local artists, designersContinue reading “New Year New Hobby”

Your Christmas Shopping Guide

Looking for those perfect presents for friends, family and colleagues?  We’re here to help!  Here’s some ideas from Design@HEART exhibitors next month to get you started. The Makers Know someone who likes making and creating?  Check out these crochet and sewing project kits from Elm Rocks and Sally Sally.  And for the knitters, Ed BennettContinue reading “Your Christmas Shopping Guide”