EMILY – KRISTE WILCOX

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Emily-Kriste Wilcox is a specialist in handbuilding and has been a professional ceramicist for almost 14 years.  Her strong ability to convey a sense of place through her use of clay is effective through a painterly expression that has become her signature style.  She has developed her ceramic practice through an exploration and level of refinement in order to create pieces that are suitable for interior decor, with an emphasis on bringing elements of the outside world into the home.
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Coastal colours feature regularly in the collections created by Emily – often they are calm, muted tonal combinations similar to the one pictured here with soft blues reminiscent of the sea; others are slightly bolder or with accents of stronger colour that may be more representative of those you would find across the hills or amongst the garden.

It is here she is making significant strides in the new collection for 2019, some of which will be available at the upcoming Made by Hand exhibition to be held at Cheltenham Town Hall in March.  She endeavours to encompass her love of walking, gardening and the outside world with a painterly interpretation, where the colours and textures encountered from the surroundings inform the gestural, expressive markmaking to form the layers of surface decoration of her ceramic vessels.  The flashes and dabs of spring green, sun yellow or warm orange in the newer pieces may easily be seen as indicative of flowerheads, long grasses or dappled sunshine; but equally read as abstract painterly marks capturing the movement and fluidity of the gestural or directional brushstrokes themselves.  The reaction and evaluation of the surface informing the next marks much like a painter would develop a canvas.  This is a body of work which will continue to evolve, where new shapes emerge through the essence of the process, and so there are many more variations to come!

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See the latest pieces from this collection at STAND 54.  Made by Hand, 8th – 10th March 2019 at Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Glos GL50 1QA

Emily-Kriste Wilcox will be one of 100 designer-makers exhibiting here where you will have the opportunity to meet, chat, and buy directly.  An event organised in association with The Contemporary Craft Festival,  Made by Hand Cheltenham is now in it’s second year and set in the beautiful elegant surroundings of Cheltenham Town Hall.

Opening times: Fri & Sat 10am -5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm
Tickets are available in advance and can be purchased here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/made-by
Further information about the show and it’s exhibitors can be found here: www.madebyhandengland.org.uk


Made by Hand
 opens 8th – 10th March 2019 at Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Glos GL50 1QA
Full details of opening times and directions can be found at www.madebyhandengland.org.uk

SHELLI GRAHAM’S AMAZING CHRISTMAS CARDS

With Christmas fast approaching, DesignGAP member Shelli Graham does not disappoint with her offering of unique and beautifully designed Christmas Cards. 

The Cards are more than what they seem and offer more than your average Christmas Card as well as being expertly hand-drawn and illustrated by Shelli, they also offer longevity.  Alongside her beautifully illustrative alphabet collection with a festive twist which features Yule logs, Christmas lights and Turkeys, she has also created desktop companions and games to keep you entertained throughout the Christmas period and a card that keeps on giving.

Have some fun this Christmas. Send a card that can be transformed into a fun, gingerbread themed board game for up-to 4 players. Simply fold the card flat, cut out the spinner and counters on the back of the card and you are ready to play. Why not make play a little more interesting? Winner gets to open the first present or the loser does the washing up after Christmas dinner!

Get crafty this Christmas and send a card that can be transformed into a beautiful desktop companion. This Christmas Card will give your recipient the rare opportunity to build a snowman that won’t melt and all they will need is a pair of scissors! (Two strips of self-adhesive tape is also included inside the card)

This Christmas Card will give your recipient the rare opportunity to build and decorate a christmas tree that will not drop needles all over the floor, it doesn’t need watering either! All your lucky recipient will need is a pair of scissors and a glue stick. (Two strips of self-adhesive tape is also included inside the card)

To find out more about Shelli Graham and her wider range of  products and cards check out her website out here

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DESIGNGAP DIRECTORY AND YEARBOOK

 

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Our designGAP Directory is a great way for artists, designers and makers to showcase their products and contemporary collections to an audience of galleries, museums and heritage sites. The GA/ designGAP team distribute the brochure at specialist shows as well as sending out to a large network of buyers promoting our members work.

As with The Giftware Association’s yearbook, the designGAP directory features members from designGAP in an easy to read format that has been used as a unique and comprehensive resource by buyers looking for talent and innovative creative thinking in art, craft, design, fashion, interiors and jewellery.

Each member is listed alphabetically and features images, contact details and a short bio of the company or maker. Enabling buyers and retailers a quick and easy to use reference for new and exciting products.

The directory has been going for many years in different incarnations and has always focused on the concept of designGAP, representing contemporary artist makers and designer producers from small fledgling businesses to fully established companies. DesignGAP was established by Dr Shirley Frost in 1980 who based it on her personal experience as a designer, artist, lecturer and wanted to help like-minded individuals.

If you are interested or would like to be part of our designGAP directory or to discuss membership and how we can help you, then please get in touch with simone.rose@ga-uk.org or chris.workman@ga-uk.org.

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Alternatively,  The Giftware Association Yearbook is back for another year celebrating and focusing on the products and ranges from our wonderful members. Over the past year we have worked hard to distribute the book amongst the buying community in the home and gift world.  We have sent the book to key buyers, presented them out at our Meet The Buyer events and at the many many trade shows, we have already visited throughout the year.

The image led yearbook gives a platform to our members to get in front of new buyers and to get their products projected to a new platform. With a short description linking to members social media, websites and contact details and a choice of layouts the yearbook is a great advertising opportunity and gives our members a chance to shine, and this year we are hoping to go bigger and better with a digital version which we can spread further afield.

Last year the book was a hit with buyers, who appreciated the easy to read layout, the information and the quality of the images with them being easy to have round the office to view products and inspiration. Featuring the huge array of diversity of our members, we had jewellery companies, candle brands to toy manufacturers and everything in between.

If you are interested or would like to be part of our designGAP directory or to discuss membership and how we can help you, then please get in touch with simone.rose@ga-uk.org or chris.workman@ga-uk.org.

 

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DESIGNGAP DIRECTORY

 

Our designGAP Directory is a great way for artists, designers and makers to showcase their products and contemporary collections to an audience of galleries, museums and heritage sites. The GA/ designGAP team distribute the brochure at specialist shows as well as sending out to a large network of buyers promoting our members work.

As with The Giftware Association’s yearbook, the designGAP directory features members from designGAP in an easy to read format that has been used as a unique and comprehensive resource by buyers looking for talent and innovative creative thinking in art, craft, design, fashion, interiors, and jewellery.

Each member is listed alphabetically and features images, contact details and a short bio of the company or maker. Enabling buyers and retailers a quick and easy to use reference for new and exciting products.

The directory has been going for many years in different incarnations and has always focused on the concept of designGAP, representing contemporary artist makers and designer producers from small fledgling businesses to fully established companies. DesignGAP was founded by Dr Shirley Frost in 1980, who based the concept of designGAP on the struggles that she experienced when she first graduated. Over the years over 3000 members have helped designGAP become a respected organisation.

As a designer maker, we would like to offer you space in the directory as well as designGAP membership which entitles you a wealth of benefits and information for £75. Attached is literature which outlines the services and benefits you will receive through membership which can help transform your business and help you grow.

If you are interested or would like to be part of our designGAP directory or to discuss membership and how we can help you, then please get in touch with simone.rose@ga-uk.org or chris.workman@ga-uk.org.

Thank you

The designGAP Team

 

 

NEW SPONSORS FOR BCTF AWARDS 2019

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Organisers of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) have announced that three new sponsors are on board for the next edition of their prestigious awards, to be presented during the show on Monday April 8th.

Pyramid Gallery, York, Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge and ACID (Anti Copying in Design), join existing award sponsors The Giftware Association (GA), NAJ (National Association of Jewellers), Greetings Today magazine and DesignGap/ArtGap. The full sponsorship line-up for 2019 is as follows:

  • Pyramid Gallery will sponsor the BCTF Award for Excellence
  • Heart Gallery will sponsor the Best Newcomer Award
  • ACID will sponsor the Post Newcomer Award
  • GA will sponsor The Giftware Association Award for Excellence
  • NAJ will sponsor the Award for Excellence in Jewellery
  • Greetings Today magazine will sponsor the Greeting Card Award
  • DesignGap/ArtGap will sponsor the Wow Factor Award, with the winner decided by exhibitor votes.

Established in 1982, Pyramid Gallery is an independent craft and art gallery in the centre of medieval York that stocks British sourced art and crafts, specialising in handmade jewellery and British studio glass. Commenting on the new sponsorship agreement, owner, Terry Brett, said:

“Since taking ownership of Pyramid Gallery in 1994, I regard this show as the most relevant and useful to me for sourcing handmade crafts and art of the right quality for my business. The show is always a joy to visit and gives me the opportunity to chat to makers that I have known and represented for many years. Some makers at this event have supplied Pyramid Gallery since 1982.

“I have always had high regard for the BCTF Awards and the opportunity to sponsor a category comes with a great responsibility. It feels to be a great privilege for me. As part of our sponsorship we will offer a gallery exhibition to the winner and runners up. The timing and nature of each artist’s show will be arranged with the winners to suit their needs, as some will require a bigger space than others. We will also publicise the shows”.

Alison Bartram, owner of the Heart Gallery was also very pleased to be involved, saying: “I am delighted to have been asked to sponsor the BCTF Best Newcomer Award and hope that I can fill the big shoes that Angie and Paul (of previous category sponsor, Craft & Design Online magazine) have left for me to fill. It’s an absolute honour and I am really looking forward to 2019. I would love to offer exhibition opportunities to newcomers and nurture them through the process as well. What I can offer depend on who the winner of Best Newcomer is. For example, if we select an artist it could be a solo show, but a jewellery designer would probably form part of a group exhibition in the gallery”.

Heart Gallery opened in 2006 with a clear vision to support artists/designers and makers in the UK and hopefully change the way people shop by seeing how important it is to support and shop locally. Alison has been visiting BCTF to help fulfil this remit for almost two decades. Alison adds: “We have helped to put Hebden Bridge on the map as a town full of independent shops that meant in 2016 we won two awards – Best Small Market Town and The People’s Choice.”

ACID Chief Executive, Dids Macdonald commented: “ACID is delighted to sponsor the Post Newcomer Award at next year’s BCTF event, and we were also delighted that there was such a good response to the ACID seminar on design protection at the 2018 show.”

A representative of ACID will judge the award from around 30 post newcomers exhibiting at BCTF 2019. The winner will receive complimentary ACID membership for a year which includes free initial legal advice on intellectual property and design issues, access to the ACID IP Databank to upload evidence of original designs, along with the full range of ACID member benefits. In addition to this, the winner will be presented with a unique ACID trophy, £100 shopping voucher and an ACID Member Focus promoting their products to the ACID community.

“ACID is very much looking forward to developing our relationship with BCTF”, Dids added.

Giftware Association chief executive, Sarah Ward, explained why she thought it was important to support the BCTF awards, saying: The Giftware Association, as the voice of the gift industry, is proud to be one of the sponsors at BCTF.  We are particularly delighted to have been asked to present our Award for Excellence, which gives our talented designer-makers much-deserved recognition, and gives their products more crucial visibility.

“With a more varied and accessible gift market than ever before, shows that promote strongly design-led gifts, particularly those made in smaller studios, are vital. For the GA, learning more about these smaller businesses and the challenges they face allows us to better help the whole industry face those challenges.

“BCTF is a great show for the Giftware Association to support, which is reflected in our membership base, it’s the smaller, independent micro and macro businesses that need our help and it’s the inclusiveness of this show that supports and builds confidence amongst these companies.“

For more information about BCTF and to register for free (trade only) visit the website:  https://bctf.co.uk/