We’ve worked with six artists exhibiting in Somerset Open Studios ’16, here we explore their work and studios. If you haven’t visited their studios yet, we highly recommend it.
1) AMANDA BEE
Amanda works from the same studio complex as us: Silk Mill Studios in Frome. As one of the most active artists at the Silk Mill, Amanda’s studio is a must-see. Her work draws inspiration from the land and often depicts beautiful scenes of Somerset, Cornwall and Wiltshire. Her distinctive style plays with perspective, often creating a flattened plane and a highly original representation of British land and seascapes. Amanda uses various techniques, including oil painting, collagraph and monotype printing. “These print-making processes are very spontaneous, creative and freeing and I use mono-type printing methods as a way of fully exploring a subject.”
We produced a beautiful series of giclee prints for Amanda, which are on sale during the Open Studios event. These prints were made on our 44″ 12-colour giclee printer onto 308gsm archival cotton paper. We’ve also worked with Amanda to make bespoke frames for her original work.
2) SARAH HITCHENS
Sarah won a SAW Creative Pathway Emerging Artist bursary this year, part of her award included an exhibition at Black Swan Arts Pop-Up studio in Frome.
Sarah makes figurative sculptures using hand-rolled slabs of clay; the forms she creates are rough, torn, textured and purposely imperfect. “Rips and tears are actively encouraged and become an essential part of the making process, revealing the life of the form and the journey it has been on in its creation.”
Our designer, Jennifer, won a SAW Creative Pathway bursary last year. So as a designer for Black Swan Arts, she was delighted to create Sarah’s Open Studios exhibition poster.
3) HILARY FARTHING
Hilary works with egg tempura to record an instinctive response to surroundings. She works on hardboard surfaces and achieves a beautiful luminescent finish. Hilary captures moments both real and imaginary; highly evocative and atmospheric. Her work is shown alongside sculptor Ian Marlow in the village of Buckland Dinham, near Frome.
We worked with Hilary to frame a selection of her egg tempura paintings. They really are a must-see collection of works.
4) MICHEL LINTHORST
portraits by Mies
Michel, aka “Mies”, is showing his beautiful maps and portraits at Batcombe Old School, alongside other artists. Mies’s maps are graphical depictions of the local environment; semi-imaginary, but also extremely familiar. His work is colourful and playful, showing the relationships between local landmarks in an engaging and mesmerising way. There is a real joy in his work. We highly recommend visiting his studio space at The Old School.
We print Mies’s maps and illustrations using our 12 colour giclee printer, using 308gsm cotton paper to create true-life deep colours that really pop. While you’re in Batcombe, we recommend having a pint at The Three Horseshoes pub where you should be able to see a large framed map of Batcombe made by Mies, printed and framed by Mount.
5) FIONA CAMPELL AND NICK WEAVER
Fiona Campell creates sculptural forms, often using mixed media such as steel, copper, wire, as well as found materials. Her work represents the relationship between natural landscapes and lifecycles; metamorphosis and growth are frequent themes of her work. Her work has been shown at the Arnolfini, at Chelsea Flower Show and was a major part of the ambitious “Step in Stone” art in quarries touring exhibition.
Nick Weaver is a furniture maker and sculptor who works with wood, influenced by natural forms, materials and textures. Nick and Fiona’s work is beautifully displayed in a beautiful garden setting, as well as in a converted laundry room studio.
Mount designed the exhibition flyer for Fiona and Nick.
6) PAUL NEWMAN
Paul Newman creates stunningly detailed pencil drawings. He’s interested in ancient British places, such as hillforts, holloways, tors, trees, churches, and harbours. Paul has exhibited widely, including at our first gallery space (The Old Print Room) in Dorset. He’s moved his studio into Castle Cary’s The Gallery for the duration of Somerset Open Studios. The work he’s displaying ranges from early works to his newest drawings, offering a rare glimpse into his progression as an artist. Alongside Paul’s drawings are framed poems by Jill Harris, which form part of “Netted in a Silver Mist”: a body of collaborative work that was first exhibited at The Old Print Room. A book based on the show is available to buy from Paul’s studio.
Paul was one of Mount’s first clients, we met him when we called for open submissions to our very first exhibition in Dorset “Biophilia”. Since then we’ve been framing Paul’s work, and taught Paul the basics of framing enabling him to have a closer relationship to the construction and design of his frames.
Find all the studio locations and opening times on the SAW website where you can download the guide. We have a few free printed guides left in our studio that you can take too.