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Exhibition: Yorkshire Christmas Crackers 21 October 2017 to 24 December 2017
Exhibition: Yorkshire Christmas Crackers 21 October 2017 to 24 December 2017

The Piece Hall Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of Yorkshire artists and makers for the Christmas season. 

 

Pieces available to purchase includes prints, ceramics, textiles, stained glass and jewellery, all handmade by local producers.

Dates and times 21 October 2017 -
24 December 2017
Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 11am-5pm
Ticket pricing
Free

Ruby Creagh

Ruby Creagh creates bespoke leather bags and wallets, handmade in Yorkshire using locally tanned hides originating from Italy and Scotland to ensure the highest quality throughout.

 

Catherine Davis

A freelance Textile, Surface Pattern Designer and Product Developer based in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Catherine has worked on an eclectic mix of products, including Nursery, Luggage and Homewares products. Over the years she has created designs for a wide variety of retailers from mass market supermarkets to middle and high-end retailers like Next, Lakeland and John Lewis.  

 

Ali Haley

Piercing and hand-finishing are time consuming processes but ones which Ali Haley feels lend her work a unique look. Using recycled silver to help minimise the environmental impact of her work Ali’s precision with a saw blade and signature high-polished finish show off her craft to the highest degree and give each piece a unique depth that reflects, shimmers and shines, reacting to its surroundings and bringing it to life. 

Inspired by a diverse range of subjects that span art movements, nature and maths Ali’s work looks to be practical enough to be part of your everyday outfit and beautiful enough for those special occasions. “When I see a piece being worn, then it’s finished. Then I’m happy”, says Ali of her work.

 

Rachel Johns

"Thoughts, desires and relationships depicted through a creation of monsters and creatures. Through this drawing process I hope to capture the energy and feelings of a moment."

Rachel developed large stick and ink drawings during her fine art degree at Cumbria College of Art & Design. Since graduating in 2000 Rachel has been using the same two sticks to continue to explore and refine her drawing process. Her drawings are often concerned with personal reflections & characterful portraits often referencing archetypes. Past work has referenced mythological characters such as Medusa, Hydra, sea creatures, witches and hybridized people and animals. A love of textiles and print has led Rachel to occasionally combine free-machine embroidery onto her paper drawings and also to translate some of the drawings into screen print.

Rachel lives in Todmorden & works from her studio at The Egg Factory, Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire.

 

Nobuo Okowa

Nobuo Okawa was born in Tokyo and went on to train at St. Martin’s School of Art London where he became interested in Mezzotint. He exhibited his prints in New York from 1987-1991 at the Vorpal gallery. His Mezzotints are represented in the British Museum Collection.

 

Rachel Red

Rachel Red is a printmaker, designer and print teacher living in Hebden Bridge and working from Northlight Art Studios. Her own work is inspired by wild habitats and special places, by woodlands, mountains and coastlines.  It often explores and celebrates our Northern European forests, the creatures which inhabit them and the tales and folklore that drift out of them. Boar, deer, woodpeckers and owls populate her imagery and sometimes a house in the woods appears....

She works mostly in linocut and screen printing, making original, limited edition prints, using the graphic ascetic of the techniques to create simple, bold designs with limited colour palettes. She makes homeware and stationary products from the prints and together these form her collections. 

It is important to her to make products that are useful, beautiful, good quality and manufactured in as ecological and socially just a way as possible.

 

Angela Symth

Angela Smyth was born and raised in Halifax and has a deep love of the town. She has worked as a professional artist for twelve years and has exhibited widely, both in England and abroad.  She is perhaps best known for creating the South Pennines map, commissioned by Pennine Prospects, which has been made into a tiled mural on the wall of the Visitor Centre, Hebden Bridge. 

A painter of life-affirming, and poignant images. Lover of people & animals, watcher from cafe windows, interpreter of the everyday, fan of the gentle smile and the knowing wink. Imaginer of things that aren’t usually there, but quite possibly could be!

Published by Aquarelle Publishing Ltd. Published for Cards & Merchandise in USA by Calypso Cards
 

Pottery West
Catherine and Matt West run Pottery West a ceramics studio based in Sheffield, UK. Established in 2015, they design and craft small-batch wheel-thrown ceramic homeware with an emphasis on simple, ergonomic forms and tactile functional glazes. Inspiration is sculptural and painterly in the most elementary ways; texture, tone, light and form. 

They work mainly in stoneware and fire in an oxidised environment. Matt is the lead thrower; Catherine specialises in glaze development.

 

Samantha Yates

Samantha is an emerging stained glass artist who uses both traditional leaded lights and copperfoil (Tiffany) methods. She began working under the pseudonym Lil Rabbitfoot in 2016. She explores themes of popular and commercial culture from flora to fantasy. Her work, rich in its individual character, is both kooky & kitsch.

Samantha is currently exhibiting in Glisten & Shine: Glass, an Exhibition at Cartwright Hall in Bradford until April 2018.

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The Piece Hall heritage regeneration project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation.
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