Walford Mill Crafts, Knobcrook Road, off Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1NL
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Exhibitions

 

2021

Christmas At The Mill

3rd November - 24th December 2021 Exhibition

Friday 17th December Xmas Market 6pm - 9pm

 

Our Annual Christmas Selling Exhibition featuring works by makers and artists from around the region. The perfect opportunity to pick up unique Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones.

As there will be other exhibitions in progress during the period 3rd-14th November only part of the stock will be on display during this period, with the full collection displayed for you to browse and enjoy from Wednesday 17th November through to 24th December Christmas Eve.


Tibor Eperjessy

14th December - 23rd December 2021 Exhibition

I am an artisan leather designer and craftsman. Living on the beautiful New Forest, I work from my small studio over looking sweeping landscapes and roaming ponies. My work is strongly influenced by traditional Eastern European hand crafts which I combine with simplicity, a love of colours and a great appreciation for natural leather as my raw material. I draw inspiration from the forest around me. The people and animals that populate this landscape, the changing seasons and moods of the weather informing colour and design elements.

I’m intrigued to find ever more innovative ways to create beautiful art and craft objects. I find the strength, texture and durability of leather lends itself to the classic lines and simple elegance of my designs. My leather works age beautifully, developing a glossy patina with time and wear. My interest in organic design has led me to source unusual fastenings, clasps and closures that have become distinctive features in my products.

All my leather goods are handmade and I source all of my hides from the British Isles. I search for unusual colours, textures and unique finishes that compliment the simplicity and durability of my design and craftmanship.

I offer workshops and short courses to the general public. I extend these to cover the therapeutic aspects of leather-crafts when I run uniquely tailored courses for people with special needs.


Natalie Chan

7th December - 12th December 2021 Exhibition

Peeking Duck Jewellery


Viktória Országh

1st December - 5th December 2021 Pop-Up Studio

Growing up in an artist family was a great inspiration to always see beauty in everything. My Mum, who paints beautifully, my Brother, who is one of my biggest inspiration with his inborn talent to design things to the highest standards and my Dad who is as untalented at drawing and painting as I am but outstanding in other artistic fields. He has been my inspiration in the art of dance and ballet, as he was a ballet artist for years and later on a choreographer.


Nowadays my own family inspires me the most, my two beautiful children, my Daughter, who can paint and draw just as beautifully as her Grandma and Uncle, my wonderful Son, who loves writing books about his own little world, and my Dearest Husband, who is the most precise man in his design work I’ve ever met.


High standards that I had to live up to. I’ve always loved arts and crafts, sewing, knitting, that I was never really good at, but enjoyed a lot.
I have been making jewellery for years now, but this type of copper wire work is quite new, only a couple of years I’ve been making them. I started making jewellery years ago out of silk and polymer clay. First, I sold them to my colleagues. Later on, I started looking for a new pastime activity and accidentally I came across some copper wire jewellery online. I fell in love with them right away. I started with basic copper wire pieces and then step by step learnt how to make more complicated pieces using other techniques like soldering, riveting, forging, foldforming etc. Later on I joined a silversmith course to improve my techniques and I feel I learn more and more every day. I chose simplicity, uniqueness, purity to determine my pieces.

Simplicity, because I never tend to make a piece that is too complicated (it is partly true, because sometimes I do), simply because I don’t fancy any complication in life.

Uniqueness, because I don’t duplicate. I think we are all one of a kind and deserve special things that we cannot see or buy or get anywhere else.

Purity in art is like honesty in life to me, the most important, you get what you see.

Making these pieces have been the biggest joy in my life recently. My lovely, talented Daughter Blanka joined my passion lately with her amazingly beautiful pictures and some help or much help in social media marketing and publishing. My husband Kris is responsible for all the professional, remarkable design for the packaging. Together we make an excellent team, and fun to work with. Every single piece is made by hand from scratch, some pieces are completely hand-made, even the chain links one by one. The techniques I use are very authentic and organic, no machinery used to create my pieces.

I often get asked why I work with copper and the answer is very easy. Copper is a very special metal not only does it have its natural non-silvery colour besides gold, but also it is the most versatile metal considering its different colours that it can change to naturally. This pure metal is among those very few that can be found in nature. It is also responsible for colours of semi precious gemstones, such as turquoise for example. It is a natural antibacterial agent so it causes no allergic reaction to any skin type at all, 100% recyclable. It also has healing properties and useful in the treatment of arthritis, bursitis, and rheumatism, and to stimulate the metabolic processes.

First it was only copper I worked with, then later on I introduced gemstones to my collections. Amethyst, quartz of all sorts, different kinds and colours of agate, turquoise, howlite, just to mention a few. Not only are they exquisitely beautilful but also have healing powers both because of the copper and the gemstones.

 


Jen Vincent

10th November - 14th November 2021 Pop-Up Studio

Jen is a Dorset based printmaker specialising in Lino print and Wood engraving. Her work is largely inspired by the movements, patterns and colours of the natural world which often feature in her botanical pieces.


Sarah Lovell

3rd November - 7th November 2021 Pop-up Studio

Sarah is a Dorset based illustrator. She has drawn and painted for as long as she can remember and studied art to degree level .

She is inspired by nature, wildlife , magic and her three young children.

She now runs her own small business ‘Sarah Lovell Art ‘ designing and selling illustrated cards, prints and colouring books, all of the products are printed in Dorset using eco friendly card and inks. She also works on commissions and has recently illustrated two picture books which will be published in the next few months.

 


Sean Lenn

6th November - 14th November 2021 Exhibition

Sean's work takes inspiration from nature and folklore aswell as calligraphy, pop-art and graffiti art. All of the pieces in his exhibition contain words hidden within organic fluid shapes that take the form of animals and other things from nature.



David Joy

27th October - 31st October 2021 Pop-Up Studio


Sophie Kilic

27th October - 31st October 2021 Exhibition


Our Rivers Run Through Us

 

'Timeless Stream' A short live performance event set on the riverbank at Walford Mill on the evenings of October, 21,22, 23 at 6 pm. Tony Horitz, Director, says: ‘The performance is our attempt to celebrate the beauty and diversity of creatures and organisms living on and in the river, and how interconnected we all are.’

Programme of other Watery Events, also at the Walford Mill:

 

Sound Fishing Listen to the sounds of the river and the wildlife that lives within it. Interactive demonstrations of river listening devices, by Adrian Newton, David Rogers & Lynn Davy

Thu 21st: 2pm-4pm , 5-5.40pm Performance of River Sounds

Fri 22nd: 2pm-4pm

Short Films - The Poet Fish of River Allen and Relaxing by the River

Wed 20th, Thu 21st, Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd, Sun 24th - All Day

Undercurrents - Multimedia Installation about the River Allen

Wed 20th, Thu 21st, Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd, Sun 24th - All Day


Kate E Randall

6th October - 17th October 2021 Exhibition - 'Mandalas and more' In collaboration with Indiana Sun Jewellery

 

Recently returned to her home town of Wimborne Minster, Kate E Randall has brought home influences and ideas from her global travels.

Working with acrylic and oil paint, pattern and portraits are Kate E's passion, often using both to create vibrant and individual pieces.


View From The Top

29th September - 3rd October 2021 Exhibition

A 'taster' exhibition featuring works from the five of the in-house makers who all share the common ground of having their studios on the top floor of our superb Grade II listed Mill building. This is a ground level chance to sample some of their work which we hope will then tempt you to venture further up into the building.


Wimborne Art Club

1st - 26th September 2021 Exhibition

"Back on Track" - Is an exhibition of work by members of Wimborne Art Club who, like most clubs, have not been able to meet for many months. The members have continued to paint with enthusiasm, and would like to share their work in this exhibition, but to also encourage others to paint for their own pleasure and wellbeing.


Summer At The Mill

7th July - 29th August

Showcasing works from over 30 artists and makers from around the region


Sophie Kilic

13th August - 15th August 2021 and 23rd - 25th April 2021 Popup Studio

As a Dorset girl, growing up in the Wimborne area, I have always had a passion for the sea. In early days my enthusiasm was stimulated by a fascination for fossils, for the creatures in rock pools and for my love of collecting shells. I still enjoy all of these but over the years, I have developed an obsession for the many moods that the sea creates through the water patterns which it plays. I have recently become fascinated by the patterns made by the foam of the waves both in the sea and on the shoreline. I find the infinite variety of ways in which the waves can strike the shore and leave their mark, even on the same stretch of sand, to be a wonder. Combining this with the light play which intermingles with these patterns and the many ways it can reflect on sand or on water is for me a true inspiration, for the sea is ever changing, a kaleidoscope of pattern and light, a perpetual motion, with every fleeting moment a unique moment of beauty which I feel is worth capturing. My intention is to bring attention to the amazingly complex and intricate beauty of the sand and sea and to create a mood which will find its home with the person who identifies with it.

I am a self-taught artist who has been painting and drawing since I was a child, experimenting with different mediums. At present I am working with acrylics, trying to source products which are as kind to the environment as possible. The acrylics I use contain, where possible, non-toxic pigmentation and the canvases are mainly unbleached or use wood which comes from sustainable sources.

 


Anne Easterbrooke

28th July - 1st August 2021 Exhibition

A Dorset girl and lifelong maker, I love the fabulous Jurassic Coast and my pieces are influenced by aspects of this environment. I am a passionate ceramicist and stitcher and also find inspiration from my fascination with texture and ‘fragments’.

For the last 8 years I have been learning, exploring, experimenting and practicing with clay and I feel that at last I might be getting somewhere. Having recently retired from teaching I am really enjoying the opportunity to spend hours immersed in our home studio alongside the River Frome.


I use a variety of stoneware and porcelain clays and mix them to achieve the colour, texture and properties that I need for each piece; I like to make individual pots which have a personality of their own. Although I enjoy throwing, I find myself increasingly drawn towards hand building, which seems to offer me more opportunity to express my ideas. I currently enjoy making one off pots inspired by the changing moods of the sea, bowls representing rock pools with textured outsides and smooth colourful interiors, and one-off plates and platters which bring a little wow to the table.

Glazes are all handmade and my favourites are the result of much experimentation. I particularly enjoy silky smooth surfaces and very matt glazes, and love the unpredictable nature of volcanic glazes using silicon carbide. All work is fired at cone 6 in an electric kiln. The firing profile is slow and steady with a long controlled cool to develop crystals in the glaze, resulting in a complex and interesting finish.

My stitching has been with me since childhood and although has sometimes been in the background, is having its ‘moment’ now alongside my ceramics. I make my own substrates from handmade paper and love using hand dyed, textured silks. Currently I am exploring uniting stitch and ceramic in one off porcelain pieces inspired by ocean sea beds.
​I live on the edge of the Purbeck Hills and often walk the coastal path with my husband and dogs. We share our pottery studio and work alongside each other developing forms and glazes and sharing a love of life, a passion for ceramics and a gratitude that we live in such a beautiful part of Dorset.


Natalie Chan - Peeking Duck Jewellery

14th July - 25th July 2021 Exhibition

 

 


Lisa Berkshire

29th June - 4th July Popup Studio

Drawing is at the centre of all of Lisa’s playfully illustrative work, which she also combines with printmaking, collage, digital effects and her own words and stories.

She creates ranges of original illustrated artworks, digital prints, greetings cards, jewellery, illustrated homewares, hand-painted stones and hand-made assemblage art-objects, and also works on commissions.

Favourite themes are of the sea and its creatures both mythical and real, folk tales, personal narratives, children’s themes and stories, birds, wild animals, Dorset and Cornwall.

Making Life Illustrated!

 


Colin Smith

25th June - 27th June and 13th - 17th January 2021 Popup Studio

Colin is a local Dorset-based designer-maker and coppersmith. He hand-makes low energy lighting and aims to combine elegant design with functionality and sustainability, using reclaimed materials and operating his business on a climate positive zero waste basis. His lamps all conform with EU safety standards and he is WEEE registered. He undertakes commissions, and sells his work at local events and from his workshop. He is also a featured maker at the Cygnet Gallery in Shaftesbury and at Seed in Frome.

See more of Colin's work at: https://www.copperstuff.net/