LORRAINE HEAYSMAN

Lorraine can be found at Four at the Shore.
07799 303182
www.lorraineheaysmanphotography.co.uk

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I grew up in Weymouth Dorset and have fond memories of summer holidays on Weymouth beach.  I spent many long walks out with my grandfather and I believe this is where my love for being out in nature first came about.  I studied Catering at Weymouth College and alongside this  I took a short course in photography. I used a borrowed Brownie camera and spent a little time in the dark room.  I would have loved to have been able to paint but lacked the patience required, so I turned to cameras to capture the moment and the beauty I see in the landscape.

It was not until 2009, when I purchased my first digital camera, that I got really hooked.  I moved to Worthing in 1994 and live about a five minute walk from the seafront and the beach has been my learning ground.  In those early days I would be out everyday, sometimes twice a day and for me it was the best way to learn.

I have two teenage children and work as a self employed bookkeeper.  My passion and obsession for photography has to fit around a busy lifestyle so dawn before work and dusk after dinner can work out well.  In the early days of going out with my camera I would often miss the sunset and that is how I first recognised the beauty at twilight. I see the most amazing light and skies at these times of the day. I find it such an uplifting experience and feel truly privileged when I can capture the scenes I witness to an acceptable level on my digital camera.

At times I enter competitions and I have had some recognition and accolades.

My kit: Canon 5d mark II and Canon lens 24-105mm, Canon lens 100 – 400 mk II, Slik tripod, Giotto tripod, extension tube for close up work and a reflector.  Lee filter Starter Kit, a Hoya Polariser, a Lee 10 stop ND and a Lee 6 stop ND. I have a Canon 50d that has been converted to infrared.  Occasionally I use a Canon 100d with a Tamron lens 18-270mm.

I Shoot in RAW format and use Lighroom 4 and Photoshop Elements for editing.

As my first love is to be out in the landscape I try to get the shot right in camera as much as possible all images need some editing but I try to keep it to a minimum. My aim in editing is to give the viewer the impression of reality, how I saw the scene, unless I am working on something for the abstract gallery.

MAUDIE CASSERLY

Maudie can be found at The Book Hut.
07743 447701
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www.thebookhut.co.uk

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Professional book and paper conservator Maudie, currently works part-time at the Victoria & Albert Museum and partly for herself at The Book Hut. She has worked at The National Archives and the National Conservation Service in London for many years, as well as always taking on private commissions. When an opportunity arose to open a permanent studio as part of Worthing’s East Beach Studios, she grabbed it with both hands and The Book Hut came to life. Situated on Worthing’s seafront next to other artists’ studios, The Book Hut is just a short stroll along from the pier.

JESSICA GILL

Jessica can be found at Light Art.
07957 187431
jess@jessicagill.net
www.jessicagill.net

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I comb the local beaches, forage in the forests and explore bric-a-brac sales both for materials and inspiration. My work is proudly sustainable, being naturally sourced or upcycled.   All the electrics are new and comply with current legislation.  Humour and irreverence are strong themes at ‘Light Art’ and my playful approach to sculptural lighting attracts viewers of all ages

MASTER FURSE

I’ve had a keen interest in clothing and styling since the age of seven when i would produce drawings and sketches of clothing and accessories for women. Growing up in Devon I was greatly influenced by the natural environment and fascinated by the changing seasonal colours around me which feature in much of my work today. After leaving school i studied general art and design.

I followed on to Plymouth College and studied a course in Fashion Textile/Screen Printing Design where i gained immense knowledge of the Fashion Couture world as well as the industry manufacturing methods for producing my designs to a high standard of finish.The course consisted of a strong element of fashion/life drawing and painted mood story boards.

I then went on to Berkshire College where i choose to specialise in Fashion Textile Design. This course gave me a grounding in many aspects of design and allowed me to focus on creating my own fabrics through combining and dyeing to produce new fabric surfaces. I also choose to work on the tailors stand rather than the flat pattern, this method helped me to bring out the three dimensional side of my work get more in touch with the human body form.

My final collection at Berkshire  drew all these elements together under the title Liquid Space . A full expression of my vision of  alien plant-life realised through the use of textures and forms in my unique fabrics. These fabrics were then used to construct finished garments. As a designer I believe a garment should make an impact no matter what angle its viewed , it  should make as much of an impression leaving a room as it did on entering these are after all wearable art forms. This principle I carry on in my work today.

Masterfurse has shown at London Fashion Week twice, as an independent designer and as a collaborator in the Revamp Collective. He is listed with the British Fashion Council.

THOMAS FREER

Tom can be found at Studio Freer.
07970 220880
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Thomas Freer was born on Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck, famous for its stone quarries and fossils. He spent his early childhood surrounded by traditional stone sculptors, which taught him the importance of immersing oneself in a material and understanding it entirely.

At seven years old, Tom won a scholarship to a local boarding school, where he was taught by some of the country’s most skilled and influential tutors. He held his first exhibition of ceramics and illustrations a year later, aged eight. At twelve he headed off to Radley College in Oxford, which provided world-class technology, art and design facilities.

Tom returned to Dorset aged seventeen, with a wealth of new skills and a deeply embedded desire to be creative for a living. Already aware of the difficulties many artists face when trying to sell their own work, he enrolled in a degree in art and engineering. This was followed by a move to London, where he worked as a concept product designer, creating prototypes for major London advertising agencies. Deprived of natural light for days on end, Tom then turned his skills to creating ambient lights, an art-form he still specialises in today. He held his first exhibition of sculptural lighting at St Martins, and soon afterwards won an Arts Council award for his public installation work in Hackney.

In 2001, craving fresh sea air, Tom moved to the South Coast, where a flourishing art scene provided opportunities for exhibitions, gallery shows and festivals. From there he worked as a freelance artist whilst also providing independent representation to more than 40 professional artists; arranging workspace, marketing opportunities and business assistance. He also worked with young people with behavioural difficulties, providing a therapeutic environment in which they could create (or destroy!).

Thomas now lives in Worthing, where he is a trustee of the Worthing Artists Open Houses, involved with Brighton Open Houses and works alongside Creative Waves Community Arts. His lights are highly sought after by individual collectors, and have found their way to New York, Rome, Bangkok and Auckland to name a few, whilst being featured in exhibitions in Jordan, London and Berlin. All his pieces are unique, taking up to two hundred hours from sketch to build, using materials such as polished wood, acrylic and thermal resins. Tom continues to exhibit across the country.

NAOMI FRANCIS

Naomi can be found at Hut 42
www.naomifrancis.co.uk
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I have been working with glass for about 25 years, I love the colours and the textures that glass provides, and the long history that accompanies it. I like the structure that the making of stained glass gives me, but at the same time I am always looking for ways to push boundaries. The formal design and illustration training I have gives me a background discipline of drawing that underpins everything that I create.

I attended a short course in Stained Glass at Broadland District Council Training Services, I have a Graphic Design/Illustration BA (Hons)from Norwich University College of the Arts and an MA in Sequential Design/Illustration from the University of Brighton.

Texture, contrast and colour are things that inspire me, whatever medium I am working in. I enjoy putting colours and textures of glass together on the lightbox, and I like to contrast colours, in glass and in illustration. I design each glass piece by making loads of thumbnail drawings in a sketchbook.  I make them using the copper foil stained glass technique developed originally by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the 19th century. This gives me a flexibility with the forms my work takes and allows me to take liberties with the objects I include. I make decorative glass landscapes and beach scenes using a collage of found items from the local beaches and semi-precious stones. I put together transparent textured glass, shells and stones with different levels of translucence because I love the contrasts in colour and texture. The layers build up to a sculptural landscape in miniature. I have begun adding found objects to my glass pieces like china and bottle tops as a way of adding another dimension.

I use a kind of wet scraffito technique for my illustrations. I cover the whole piece with acrylic colour, draw the lettering, prime my surface and paint around the letters.Then I smear a liberal coating of oil bar on the dry primer, scraping it off using sticks, rags, blades and my fingers to create the textures and contrasts.

Working in ceramics is a natural progression from glass and illustration for me. Again my preoccupation is with colour and texture, using everyday objects to create sea like textures. I use copper, manganese and cobalt oxides to recreate the ever changing colours of the seascape.

Here is a link to a short interview for W.art with a little more information about how I work.

JANE CLUCAS

Jane can be found at Margot.
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Jane Clucas started her foray into vintage fabrics when she discovered charity shops at the age of 15! Her first collection of children’s clothes made from patchwork vintage fabrics was bought by Paul Smith and she continued to sell to stores such as Cath Kidston, Matches, The Conran Shop and Topshop. She also had a range in the Iena Boutiquein Tokyo. Her latest obsession is with vintage pinnies and she has created a range of purses in the sweetest of designs, which will be available from Margot in July. Her passion for vintage fabrics remains undiminished and she spends a great deal of time finding exactly the right kind of textiles for her projects.

NADIA CHALK

Nadia can be found at Hut 42
07967 503212
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Co-Director of Creative Waves Community Arts www.creativewaves.co.uk

I love to draw, stick, splash, build….create.

Inspiration is found everywhere. A swim in the sea, a run on the downs, rummaging through a skip.