Claire Diamond

Claire Diamond

Claire Diamond received first prize in the RDS National Craft Competition in the Tufting category and also received the RDS William Smith O’Brien Perpetual Challenge Cup. Two rugs, which formed part of the Craft Competition Prize Winners touring exhibition, will form part of the current exhibition at The Gallery. “The tactile and seductive nature of the tufted surface are a few of the qualities that have led to my specialising in gun tufting. The Sensory awareness stimulated through careful consideration of the yarn employed has a particular quality unique to the medium of tuft. Tufting is like painting with yarn to produce an intricate image as well as a rich surface, which is further enhanced through the use of innovative materials such as reflective yarn as opposed to the more conventional material, wool. Referring to land contours I developed imagery, which I then translated into a series of three wall pieces; “So near and yet so far I, II and III”. Some of the key elements in my work are transparency, illusion and a sense of depth, which I continue to explore through landscape and geology, creating sculptural and 2D work.”

Ruth Singer

Ruth Singer:

Based in Brighton, Ruth creates wearable art and accessories. Originally trained as a curator and art historian, her main inspiration comes from research into historical dress and textiles and experimentation with decoration techniques. As a maker Ruth is fascinated by how things were made and what materials were used. Her bespoke clothing, accessories and textiles are unique works of textile art designed for vibrant people and their homes. Committed to recycling and environmentally aware practices, old and recycled materials are used where possible with energy usage and waste production kept to a minimum.

Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith:

“The tradition of taking afternoon tea has been the inspiration for my work, with the food consumed and the tableware used in this ritual providing a rich visual source of colour, pattern and texture. Using a variety of materials such as handmade felt, hand dyed vintage lace, gemstones and precious metal; I aim to create contemporary jewellery and decorative objects; felted delicacies which include larger cakes and confectionary; that combine an air of quiet nostalgia with a quirky sense of humour.

A collector by nature, I am constantly gathering and storing relics of the past. From old lace to chocolate boxes, I enjoy transforming vintage materials by recycling and feel that their use in the creation of new objects allows faded memories to live on in a different form.

Suzanne graduated from the Silversmithing & Jewellery Department of Glasgow School of Art in 2006, and was short-listed for the Glasgow Design Medal, 2006.


Lynne Walters

Lynne Walters:
Wire Sculpture

Lynne is a designer maker of metal and wire sculpture, inspired by memories of people and places. She uses a mixture of metal and wire, which include anodised aluminium, mild steel wire, stainless steel, mild steel mesh and found objects.

Metal sculptures depict housing interiors and fun and witty interiors. Memories of her childhood are quite vivid, small snapshots of time come to her in flashes, triggered by a familiar song, colour or even smell. She remembers her mother doing the daily chores. Patterns on wallpaper, floor coverings - in this way ordinary objects become very personal and meaningful.

“Highly Commended” - “Welsh Artist of the Year Award 2005”


Michael Pickett

Michael Pickett:

Based in Gloucestershire, Michael makes jewellery from acrylic and anodised aluminium. The finishings are hand-made from silver or surgical stainless steel. Colour is high quality acrylic with gold and silver leaf. A trained fine art painter, his interest in jewellery began as a way of bringing his liking for colour and form into a size that could be worn. The work is intended to be worn as dynamic fine art. A sheet of acrylic is painted in layers over time and finished with two coats of varnish. The aluminium is anodised to accept dyes, then painted and sealed so that the colour is fixed permanently. With some acrylic pieces, the top surface has been worked to give depth to the work. One may look through it to the lower painted surface and appreciate colours in depth.


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