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.