Tuesday, 24 December 2013

It's Christmas! Check out our opening hours

From Beverley, Jessica and The Snow Queens of ArtParade

Upcoming Opening Hours
Christmas Eve - Closing at 4pm
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - Closed
Friday 27th - Open 10am to5pm
Saturday 28th - Open 10am to 6pm
Sunday 29th - Open 10am to 5pm
Monday 30th - CLOSED
Tuesday 31st - Open 10am to 4pm (last exchange date)
Wednesday 1st Jan to Thursday 16th Jan - CLOSED
Friday 17th Jan - Back to normal winter hours
Snow Queens appear courtesy of Ann Davies, photo courtesy of my poor mobile's camera (sorry Ann!)

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Highlights of a Sunny August

It's been a bright and busy August with lots of visitors to Saltaire, which glows in the sun with all these golden Yorkshire stone buildings.  Lots of new arrivals at ArtParade too, here's a photo update.

Some lovely new pieces from Xuella Arnold

To add to other pieces from her collection already here

Xuella at work in her studio
"My designs are inspired by song lyrics and poetry, which creates narrative and wearable imagery."  Xuella creates silver, bronze and gold jewellery designed and individually crafted with the individual in mind, someone who is looking for unusual, but personal pieces of jewellery.
New to ArtParade this month is print artist Hester Cox, whose work has become an instant hit.
The Raspberry Thief

The Silent Sentinel

The Watcher
Hester Cox is a full-time printmaker specialising in collagraphs but interested in all aspects of printmaking. "The excitement of peeling off the first proof has never diminished!".  Hester’s inspiration is most often derived from the natural landscape, the plants and wildlife that inhabit it and the stories, myths and symbolism associated with them.
Rowena Park has been a favourite with ArtParade customers for some time, her delivery this month included two new designs which perfectly match this summer's sunny mood.

New designs also this month from Bill and Jacquie McNeill of McNeill Glass, entitled Landscape and Sunburst.  These creative kiln fused glass designs use elaborate glass cutting and hand building skills.
Recently Jacquie and Bill renovated and extended an old barn near Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, this is now home to their new workshop and studio gallery, which is open to the public.
Sunburst - with etched deatail


A Range of Coasters
Earlier this year, before this blog started, a new print artist began exhibiting at ArtParade.  Sarah Harris is very local and loves creating images of Saltaire and the surrounding area.  We had a new delivery from Sarah this month which included several new images, including some of Haworth and of Skipton, to add to the already popular images of Saltaire. 
 Peace Lion - Victoria Hall

Salts Mill

Shipley Glen Tramway
Sarah says "Through my work I aim to inspire exploration and evoke memories for the viewer. The pieces themselves consist of silk screen prints of original artwork depicting local scenes, which I hand print in limited runs. For inspiration for the imagery I draw on my experiences of growing up near Saltaire, taking day trips and walks around nearby areas."
Finally, an exciting find this summer is a brand new idea from the team at La De Da! Living, their beautiful  Hand Stamped Vintage Cutlery.
La de da! are based in the stunning Spa Town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.  "From our humble 'one up one down' we source vintage, antique pieces of silver plated cutlery from all over the Uk. Amazingly we then hand stamp each and every letter onto the chosen piece creating 'a one of a kind' keepsake from a piece of our history."
 'Just Married/Mr & Mrs' £24.00 : Vintage hand stamped tea spoon set
Unique Wedding Gift Ideas
A Set of Spoons
Or Cake Forks
Coming up in September, the fabulous Saltaire Festival, hope to see you there.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Quick July Catch Up

I'm evidently not a natural social networker, a month has passed since my last blog, in fact the whole of July!   I meant to blog, I even took photographs of new arrivals in preparation, so now they will have to be employed in a quick photo catch up.

Early on in the month a lovely summery collection of driftwood boats from Andrea Brewster

Spot the cheeky ceramic flying fish..
Next from David Worsley, of Saltaire's own Dove Street Pottery, a great collection of his wheel-thrown ceramic tableware.  Thinly thrown with clean lines and elegant forms, glazed in a single glaze of natural colour that has an understated richness and depth. David marries beauty with function to create a pot that is a pleasure to use.

Fiona Clai Brown is an old friend of ArtParade, one of the first artists to show here when we opened eight years ago.   Her relocation from the Island of Anglesey to the mainland, and the closure and rebuilding of her studio, has meant that we haven't seen any new pieces from Fiona for over 2 years.
So I was delighted to receive this super collection of sculptures large and small (and very small)..

Mid July were delighted to receive a visit, and a delivery, from Lesley Clarke.  Lesley now lives overseas but returns a couple of times a year with her husband, also a celebrated glass artist, Norman Stuart Clarke.  While here Lesley and Norman hire glass studios in order to create their beautiful art glass to distribute to their respective galleries. 

Photos John Withey
This year we have the addition of some gorgeous perfume bottles, alongside the "Cornish Sea Vases".  And we are especially pleased to receive some "Wilde Green" vases, made especially for us, being so far from the sea Lesley first made this green variation for us some years ago.
Well that's just part 1 of the catch up, in part 2  Hester Cox prints, McNeill Glass and Rowena Park jewellery.  

Friday, 28 June 2013

Two Local Artists Making Strange in Saltaire - Karen Belarouci and Ann Davies

This is Jessica posting while Beverley is on holiday.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Saltaire was nothing more than a centre for tradition and heritage but it is in fact absolutely heaving with contemporary artistic talent, not least of all demonstrated by local artists Ann Davies and Karen Belarouci.

Ann Davies is currently exhibiting a gorgeous collection of textile dolls, elaborately adorned in beautiful fabrics with hairdos to match and a series of detailed "Storyboxes" each hinting at strange worlds and days gone by.

The Lady Who Thought Oranges Were The Only Fruit

The Bicycle Circus


Click to enlarge


Karen Belarouci is currently showing a colourful range of surreal and fun jewellery, a little bit Frida Kahlo meets Neoclassicism with a little Steampunk and Comedia Del Arte mixed in.


Frida Earrings
Mermaid Kiltpin

Two designer makers showing us that 'perculiar' is indeed an artform.  Two of my favourites well worth coming to ArtParade for.

Bev is back next week, and we've had lots of new deliveries for her to blog about.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Now at ArtParade - Lynn Kendall and Clare Caulfield

Lynn Kendall is a new jeweller showing at ArtParade, and we are delighted because she brings something different and new to our displays.  She works mainly in silver, producing unique ranges of jewellery influenced by the natural world and found objects. She also uses semi-precious stones as part of her designs, and we are very pleased to be showing a range of her one off  Rainbow Casilica pieces.
Rainbow Casilica Ring
Using silver and a cone cut piece of Rainbow Casilica, a natural gem stone, unique to Mexico.

Rainbow Casilica Pendant
Recent work has seen her experiment with etched silver and copper, and we have some showing alongside her rainbow casilica pieces.

Patinated Copper Pendant
Coming from a background in corporate interior and image design she uses her "graphic" eye to produce contemporary and unique pieces of jewellery.  With her partner Harriet Potts she passes on her jewellery making skills in classes and workshops at their studio in rural Staffordshire.
Saltaire based Printmaker Clare Caulfield has been a very popular exhibitor at ArtParade for two years now.  She has delivered a lovely new range of work this week, which prompts a mention in the blog and gives me an excuse to include some of her images.
Saltaire's own United Reform Church, our local, aren't we lucky

 Unmistakeably Paris, wish this was our local, that would be very lucky!

New York's Flatiron Building
Salt's Mill, Screen print.  This is the view from ArtParade every day, still feeling lucky
Clare’s love of drawing and use of line lend themselves perfectly to her work as a printmaker. She produces her handmade original prints at West Yorkshire Print Workshop where she also teaches weekend screen print courses.  Screen printing allows Clare to transfer the lively original drawings often taken directly from her sketchbook produced whilst on her travels, onto both paper and canvas enabling her prints to maintain this great sense of spontaneity. Within many of her screen prints Clare combines elements of hand painted acrylic and watercolour resulting in each print being a truly individual piece in itself.  Clare also produces drypoint prints, a method of intaglio printmaking as she enjoys the rich velvety line quality it achieves.  Some of these prints also combine elements of chinĂ©-colle allowing Clare to introduce subtle areas of colour and texture into her compositions.
Clare Caulfield
I'm about to go off on two weeks holiday, the next  couple of blogs will be by Jessica, who is holding the fort while I am away.  Hope to see you again in two weeks,  Beverley.