Walford Mill Crafts, Knobcrook Road, off Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1NL
01202 841400  info@walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

Exhibitions

 

2019

Summer at the Mill

 

SUMMER AT THE MILL

1st August 2019 to 1st September 2019


Summer selling exhibition, featuring artisan crafts by the following local makers:

Emma Leonard - Jeweller

A designer/ maker based near the Bournemouth seaside. Emma makes jewellery that combines natural influences and pattern with clean, considered lines to create a range of striking, individual and wearable designs.

Arrabella Giles - Jeweller

Arrabella uses traditional silver smithing techniques to create contemporary jewellery with silver sheet and wire. Combining clean simple forms with anodized aluminium or sea glass to add a burst of colour to each design. When it comes to Arrabella’s work, it’s all about the colour!

Alan Williams - Jeweller

Simple forms that fuse silver and wood give local jewellery, Alan Williams, work a truly unique and beautiful spirit.

Katherine Message - Ceramics

Katherine’s plates are thrown from porcelain and turned on the wheel. Her pots are decorated with incised designs, others painted with coloured slips and decorated with sgraffito; scratching through the painted layer to reveal the delicate white porcelain beneath.

Sarah Appleton - Textiles

From her studio, Sarah creates statement costume jewellery, prints, greetings cards; and other joyous objects. Taking inspiration from such far- flung places as Science fiction, music, and deep sea creatures, Sarah’s work is a unique view into a truly imaginative mind. Her work has a surreal, illustrative quality which transports the viewer into her highly creative, often humorous, colourful world.

Edward Walker - Wood turner

Beautifully hand- turned wooden bowls, plates and homeware; and intricately crafted wooden pens.by local wood artist Edward Walker. A range of woods used to fit any personal preference. On show will also be his fabulous hand- turned wooden spinning tops! Perfect for your little ones, or as a very early stocking- filler idea.

Val Brandon - Jeweller

Hand crafted silver jewellery, featuring delicate forms and stunning semi- precious stones.

Richard Gibson - Wood (Shaker Boxes)

Inspired by the simplicity and functionality of Shaker design, Richard makes tactile oval wooden boxes in both traditional and contemporary designs. Staying true to the minimalist principles and innovative designs.
The English hardwoods are sourced from locally grown trees in Dorset, and neighbouring counties.

Gill Melly - Jeweller

Contemporary, easy to wear pieces made from pure, and sterling silver and semi- precious stones. Incorporating simple geometric shapes with textures and colours inspired by the changing surface of the sea.

Leila Alford - Air Gardens

Beautiful air plants captured in glass and decorated with coastal treasures. Bringing the calm of the seaside to any space!

Jenny Sibthorp - Textiles

A textile designer and print maker inspired by the colour and surroundings of her farm studio in the Isle of Purbeck. She prints bold and often bright imagery to depict the flora, fauna and landscape of the area. These are made into beautiful homewares and accessories.

Jazmin Velasco - Prints and Ceramics

Inspired by the work of Mexican printmakers, Jazmin’s prints have been regularly selected for the National Print Exhibition, and twice for the Summer Exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts. Showcasing her prints and ceramics in galleries around the UK.

Laura Boswell - Printmaker

Laura Boswell is a landscape printmaker working exclusively with linocut and traditional Japanese woodblock. She shares the Japanese appreciation of rigorous training; and her work often displays impulsive line and brushwork, requiring meticulous cutting and printing to give the impression of fluid spontaneity.

Laura teaches, writes a column for Artists and Illustrators Magazine and works on the occasional public art project. Her prints feature in national collections including the House of Lords and the Library of Wales.


Gemma Bullen - papercuts

Originally from the New Forest, Gemma now lives and works in South Wales. Working from her home studio, Gemma creates wonderfully playful, and intricate papercuts. Her subject matter varies greatly; from wildlife, pet portrait commissions, automobiles, nautical themes; and typography.

Nicky Stockley - illustrated textiles

Designing and creating her own fabrics and bespoke, handmade products. With an interest in the natural world, and the surreal; Nicola creates illustrations and textiles that balance the traditional and digital mediums, travelling through extraordinary landscapes with encounters of fantastical plants and creatures on the way.

Richard Shimmel - printmaker

Drawn to landscapes and the complexity of trees in particular, Richard makes most of his prints by carving pieces of vinyl flooring to leave an image in relief. Each plate takes weeks to carve, using lino- cutting tools, and sometimes wood- engraving tools to make positive marks.

Sally Winter - etchings and collagraphs

Sally began printmaking 40 years ago after moving to the South Coast. The sea and coastal landscape continue to move her to draw and etch and more recently make collagraphic work in response.

Jen Vincent - linocut printmaker

The beauty of botanicals and the natural world play key roles in the colourful and poetic linocuts of Jen Vincent. Drawn to these themes, the prints she creates encapsulate the character and charm of the diverse natural world around us. A printmaker for a number of years, she has been trusted for pet portraits for her ability to capture personality in our furry family friends.

Vinegar Hill Pottery - stoneware pottery

All Vinegar Hill Pottery tableware has its own unique character, and the range is constantly growing and changing. The work is functional stoneware ranging from espresso cups to casserole dishes, cheese boards and fabulous large jugs. Clean lines and the criteria that form follows function gives their work a minimalist feel. Emphasised throwing lines and curled handles have become trademarks.



 


2019 Summer Showcase

 

SUMMER SHOWCASE

3rd July 2019 to 28th July 2019

'Summer Showcase' An exciting exhibition featuring the work of artists and makers who will be joining us here at the Mill throughout the coming year as resident makers, tutors, pop-up artists and exhibitors. This will be a wonderful opportunity to experience a taster of jewellery, ceramics, fused glass, textiles, mixed media, paintings and more.

The majority of the items on display are for sale.

Artists and groups exhibiting are:

 


EELES POTTERYS WITH VAL GODMAN TEXTILES

1st June to 30th June 2019

 

David and Patricia Eeles joined the Shepherds Well Pottery in London in 1955 then moved to Mosterton, West Dorset in 1962. Their sons, Benjamin and Simon Eeles carry on the family business, producing wood fired stoneware and porcelain fired in a three chambered climbing kiln. Naked crackle and copper fumed raku complete the wide range of work.

In 1990 both Benjamin and Simon became partners in the family pottery resulting in the name being changed from 'Shepherds Well Pottery' to 'The Eeles Family Pottery'. They continued to work together until Patricia's retirement in 2005 and David's death in 2015.

We are thrilled to welcome Benjamin and Simon who will be joining us for our next exhibition - their father being instrumental in starting the Mill with the Dorset Craft Guild 33 years ago.


ROBIN MACKENZIE 'Impressions'

13th April to 19th May 2019

 

Walford Mill Crafts resident printmaker and illustrator Robin Mackenzie creates detailed wood engravings and vinyl cuts inspired by Dorset's Jurassic Coast. 'Impressions' brings together Robin's prints alongside work from those that have inspired him in his creative journey. Featuring work by Angie Lewin, Ian Phillips, Eric Ravilious, Rena Gardiner, Andy English, Hilary Paynter and Preeti Sood. 


COLOUR NOTES - Studio 21

2 March - 7 April 2019 

Private View 1 March 2019

 

 

Staff and Makers would like to invite you to join us on Friday 1st March at 6pm to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition at Walford Mill Crafts.   

Colour Notes by Studio 21 is a textile group with a high national profile.  This exhibition has already been seen as part of major events in London, Harrogate and Dublin.  Several members make extensive use of print in their work.  Again, there are opportunities for associated workshops later in the year.  

Studio 21 is a group of textile artists who bring together a creative and innovative mix of media and stitched textiles. The aim of the group is to develop and extend innovative techniques and to push the boundaries of traditional expectations in textiles.

Recently Studio 21 was identified as one of the Top 5 UK textile art groups by TextileArtist.com.

The group was formed in 1997 to develop and extend innovative techniques and to challenge and expand on the traditional expectations in textile art and stitch. This continuing evolution is achieved through a structured programme of monthly workshops and critique sessions.

Many members undertake further personal research, studies and courses; others work as teachers, lecturers and are authors of books and magazine articles. Members are regularly represented at textile events throughout the country, and are happy to consider invitations to give talks, workshops and courses.