ARTIST AND DESIGNER FAIR

The next Artist & Designer Fair will take place at the Pavilion Gardens on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July from 10 am to 4.30 pm, with over 45 exhibitors showcasing a wealth of talent from around the region and beyond. Exhibitors love to talk about their work at exhibitions and some new exhibitors’ for this event include;

Terri Barcilon, Edie O’hara Designs is a small innovative High Peak, Derbyshire based fashion house focused on creating pretty, everyday garments for women. Terri says, ‘Like most designers, we just love sourcing beautiful soft luxury yarns and fabrics but our main focus is to create simple new garment types that serve real practical purposes.’ Our latest kaftan-like summer product is the Skimpy, a colourful light weight garment, perfect for home, high street, poolside or beach. From a long term interest in yarn based neckline accessory design which goes back to our roots in Dublin, we have expanded our offer gradually to include dresses and kaftan like coveralls to meet the winter and summer needs of our customers.

Janet Wass, Originally a student of photography, Janet uses photographic techniques sensitively to create dynamic texture and pattern within her jewellery. She duplicates often neglected glimpses of items from our everyday world, highlighting and manipulating the beauty of their shapes and forms.  Visually transformed into engaging yet delicate imagery, she provides these glimpses with permanence, lacing her jewellery with pattern. Using both modern technologies and traditional techniques Janet combines silver with colourful plastics connecting materials through pattern and form.  The transparent plastic invites attention, distorting patterns when viewed from different angles. Within her new ranges for 2012 Janet has repeated shapes to create intricate and dynamic forms, putting a modern and individual twist on traditional jewellery items such as the chain and cufflinks. Janet says, ‘Jewellery is designed to be comfortable and wearable.  It’s elegant use of pattern and subtle combination of colour, together with its playful quality appeals to a range of people within our integrated world; the chic, the stylish, the subtle and the visual.’

Des Ong is a wildlife photographer based in the East Midlands. Although much of his work is of British species, his portfolio also includes work from other parts of the world – from the humid rainforest in Borneo to the arid desert of Arizona. Wildlife photography is a combination of Des’ two passions – art and nature. It is his artistic expression of the natural world. Born in the tropics, he grew up with a firm interest in animals and plants, which later led to the study of marine biology. His love of art also began from an early age, with watercolour paintings being his main pastime throughout his teenage years. Des has been awarded in British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2010 and 2011, which included a nationwide touring exhibition. He was also the finalist of the prestigious BBC/Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (41,000 entries from around the world). Aside from galleries, Des’ work can be seen in various publications and commercial use. He also conducts workshops and give tuitions on regular basis for photographers of all levels, as well as giving presentations nationally.

Chrissie Moss qualified as a Technical Illustrator in the 1970’s at Blackpool College of Art and Technology. She worked for many years as a Technical Illustrator in Derby.  Later, she became a freelance artist where she concentrated on more natural subjects using her draftsman’s skills to capture detail. Her interest in plants, led her to complete a Botanical Illustration course at The University of Sheffield. Whilst on the course, some of her work was chosen to be displayed at the RHS exhibition, where she received an RHS award and two paintings were chosen to be included in ‘Wild flowers of the Peak District’ which was a book published to display the skills of  some of the botanical illustrators who completed the course. Whilst her children were growing up, Chrissie taught adult watercolour and botanical painting classes.

They will be joined by another five new exhibitors to the Artist & Designer Fair and many more firm favourites all showcasing the very best of art, ceramics, silverware, glassware, jewellery, textiles and other designer led products.

Entry is free of charge to the event. Disabled access and easy car parking.

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