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Etsy News What’s on: Brighton Art Fair 2014

I won’t be able to go but maybe some blog followers down south may get a chance.
By Sarah Hewett

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Photo by Brighton Art Fair 2014

Creativity is in the air and art fair season has begun – we love this time of year! Here at Etsy HQ, we of course cannot wait for our very own show; OPEN: An exhibition of art on Etsy opens on 16th October and runs until Sunday 19th October (pop those all important dates in your diary!)

In the meantime, we’re looking forward to the Brighton Art Fair coming up this month (26th-28th September). Our busy friends from MADE London and MADE Brighton, Etsy artist Sarah Young and fellow organiser Jon Tutton, somehow also find time to run the much anticipated Brighton art event.

For over 10 years, they have selected 100 of the brightest contemporary visual artists from Sussex and around the UK to exhibit at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. They tell us:

“The Brighton Art Fair is the largest annual art exhibition on the South Coast and enables artists across all media to sell their work to the public, building a relationship with buyers, galleries and curators.”

Sounds good to us!

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Emma Forrester Brighton Art Fair 2014Emma Forrester
Janie Ranger Brighton Art Fair 2014Janie Ranger
Celia Wilkinson Brighton Art Fair 2014Celia Wilkinson
Melanie Bellis Brighton Art Fair 2014

It’s also a great opportunity to mingle with the artists themselves, learning more about their artwork, creative inspirations, techniques and future projects. Find painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors along with artist groups and Sussex based galleries.

This year they will also feature photographer Alun Callender‘s latest personal project – a series of environmental portraits of East Sussex artists in their studios. Sounds right up our street!

To help you on your way, Brighton Art Fair are also offering Etsy UK blog readers the chance to buy tickets for the price of one – hurrah! To redeem, complete this form by 22nd September and a voucher will be sent to you in the post before the event.

brightonartfair.co.uk

Inspired by this exhibition but not yet selling your work on Etsy? Opening an Etsy shop is simple – get started with 20 free listings! Enter the code: MADEUK at etsy.com/promotion (new sellers only).

Source: Etsy UK

September 17, 2014   No Comments

Kate Bush Inspired Art Dresses

Despite releasing many albums, Kate Bush has not toured since 1979. Last month she took to the stage with her new show – Before the Dawn , a 22-night residency from 26 August – 1 October 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. I was fourteen when the first Kate Bush single – Wuthering Heights, was released in1978. With her individual voice, visual performance and style she soon become and remains one of my favourite performers.

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Kate Bush in the Wuthering Heights days.

Like Kate Bush, the novel Wuthering Heights and the fairy tale The Red Shoes (Kate Bush’s first single, single was Wuthering Heights and in 1993 she released the album The Red Shoes), have inspired some of my art dresses and art assemblges. So, when she started her new stage show I decided to look back at some of her work and see if I could draw some inspiration directly from her work.

Kate Bush released her last album in 2011, entitled 50 Words for Snow ; it consists of seven songs “set against a backdrop of falling snow”. As I love snow and I love words, especially new ones or those that have been made up,finding out that the Eskimos have 50 different words for snow (I’ve since found out this may not be entirely true) was very exciting. Having listened to the title track “50 Words for Snow”, in which the 50 words are recited by Stephen Fry (English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist) I set out to create a set of art dresses to represent snowflakes, each hand embroidered with one of the 50 words for snow.

Creating 50 individual art dresses is quite a challenge; to make each art dress as individual as a snowflake when seen up close but, when observed from a distance, appear to be the same as all the other snowflakes. So far I have five little art dresses – Sliperella, Vanishing World, Swans-A-Melting, Eiderfalls and Vanilla Swarm.

Sliperella.

Sliperella.

Vanishing World

Vanishing World.

Swans-A-Melting

Swans-A-Melting.

Eiderfalls.

Eiderfalls.

Vanilla Swarm.

Vanilla Swarm.

Silent Snowflakes.

Silent Snowflakes.

Keep watching I may have more soon…

September 5, 2014   2 Comments

The Dying Swan (Anna Pavlova)

I’m trying to get into a routine with blogging and my work. I’m so unorganized everything has become a little chaotic. Having my first grandchild doesn’t help either, I get lost in the world of Oliver and could quite easily stay there.

This post contains images of  Swan Lake, a commission I recently completed for a former ballerina whose last performance was the lead in Swan Lake.

Swan Lake is proving a popular theme, easy to understand, it’s such a dramatic ballet. I could watch it over and over.

I’ve tried to keep the dress to the original one that Anna Pavlova wore. Jayne, who commissioned the piece, has just told me that the dying swan was choreographed especially for Anna Pavlova with music written by Saint-Saens and is not part of the Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

Thanks! Jayne. I’m glad your pleased with the piece.

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“It is not the movements that make a dance beautiful, it is the emotions that inspired the movement that make it beautiful” – Kirsty Nilsson

April 25, 2014   3 Comments

Wordless Wednesday (51)

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I finally get to see it tonight

March 27, 2013   No Comments