Bristol Creatives Pop-up Gallery: The Christmas Department Store

Thu, 08/12/2011 - Sat, 24/12/2011

Bristol Creatives is delighted to announce our Christmas shopping extravaganza: The Pop-up Department Store at Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus from Thursday 8 December through to Saturday 24 December inclusive.

You are invited to the special preview event on Thursday 8 December from 6-8pm to share a glass of wine, meet the artists and to do a bit of Christmas shopping, whilst supporting Bristol made art and design. 

Bristol Creatives Pop-up Department Store, Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU (see below for map and flyer).

Artists showing work in this exhibition are all Bristol based artists and makers and are Bristol Creative Gold Members:

Fleur Barnfather is an internationally selling artist with a reputation for divinely beautiful intuitive paintings.  This Christmas Fleur will be showcasing her paintings for children, offering to personalise the paintings with the child’s name and birth date – perfect for a baby’s first Christmas!  Fleur will be selling original paintings, prints, cards and miniature painting fridge magnets.

Sheona Beaumont is a visual artist and writer based in the South West of the UK. Her work and research explore the ways in which photography imparts or contains meaning beyond what is seen. Her practice consists of digitally-manipulated prints and cards made from photographs and occasionally other materials, often creating kaleidoscopic and collaged images from nature, landscape and symbol. She exhibits regularly, producing solo exhibitions every other year, and is currently writing about biblical themes in contemporary art for her doctorate at the University of Gloucestershire.

‘Built in Bristol’ is a collection of drawings by Lisa Malyon celebrating the wealth of the city’s diverse architecture.  Buildings and structures from the historic Cabot Tower to the modernist lines of the Harvey Nichols’ iconic residential tower, which are often taken for granted, are hereby given the prominence Lisa believes they deserve.

Photographer Simon Caplan is one of Bristol’s most prolific explorers – hunting down the quirky details and strange abstracts that lie undiscovered around us and capturing them digitally for all to enjoy.  Bright colours; intriguing curves and lines; rich textures and the contrast between sharp focus and soft blur – all are striking features of Simon’s unique photography. His images make beautiful, affordable artwork for home or office and can be bought framed or simply mounted. Some images are also available as greetings cards.

Mark-Jan Dielemans is a Dutch goldsmith-jeweler who trained at the trade school for goldsmith in Amsterdam and the art academia of applied arts in Maastricht in the 1980s and has been making and designing jewelry ever since. He works with and in precious and non-precious metal and uses a wide variety of gem stones and other materials in his designs.  Now working and living in Bristol he has undertaken many commission pieces as well as giving new life to “old” or damaged jewelry.

Emma Garner is a freelance illustrator whose commissions include greeting card, book design and even decks of tarot cards.  Her work combines a love of surface pattern design and typography which she uses to produce decorative and quirky images.  Emma launched her own range; Pomegranate Prints in 2010 – a collection of giclee prints and greeting cards

Zoë Hewett, a former Theatre Designer now working in Interior Design, specialises in reconditioning furniture to commission as a sideline. This environmentally friendly practice extends to making other items such as frilly rubber gloves from the off-cuts of her Flamenco Aprons, as well as cards and bags from rescued paper and textiles – including old records.

Ben Hobbs has lived in many places; he currently splits his time between Cornwall and Bristol. His images try to make sense of this movement, existing in more than one place at one time, both the real and the imagined. He carries images, taking them to new places and projects them on location using a generator. 

With a degree in metal and woodwork, Emily Ketteringham found printmaking to be an unexpected delight.  She fell in love with screen-printing one otherwise ordinary Wednesday night in 2006.  Since then Emily has been working on a series of prints inspired by Bristol architecture.  Her obsession with the coloured terraces has been growing merrily and shows no signs of abating.

Lazy Crafternoons is a custom craft business that offers a range of unique handmade products as well as tuition across an array of ‘make and do’ skills. Chris Webbs’ workshops include making bath and body products, sewing, patchworking, quilting and creative arts using paper and textiles. Chris is pleased to be involved with the Bristol Creative pop-up shop and hopes that Bristol loves his tweedy stocking, Christmas bunting and other festive wares as much as he does!

Ulf Mark Pedersen has long been interested in the use of alternative, older media.  His slide and projection work, in other places, was mounted in the face of an onslaught of digital projection, standing out proudly as a vote for atoms against bytes. Here in Bristol he turns to lenticular technology in a refreshingly new way, liberating it from winking Mona Lisas, advertising gimmicks and Catholic kitsch, so that we look at the process with new eyes. Known for his work with the groundbreaking Powerplant event, amongst many other commissions, he has specialized in bringing the outdoors indoors in much of his photographic work.  Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.

Hazel Sutton
works mostly in silver using texture oxidising along with semi-precious stones, copper and PMC.  Much of her inspiration comes from religious imagery which has always fascinated her like Catholic Milagros, Votos or Talismans; all these play a big part in the design of her jewellery.  Humour is also an element of her design along with cartoon characters, circus animals and retro image.

Susan Taylor
is an artist living and working in Bristol. She studied graphic design at the University of Brighton, and has worked at advertising companies in Brighton, London and Bristol, for clients including B.A., Wella, Mattel, Virgin and the NHS. Alongside her graphic design work, Susan also utilises her love of lettering and iconic design to create typographical cards, prints and tea towels.

The Silent Room is a collaborative, mixed-media, Bristol business that produce designs for t-shirts and art prints, combining traditional art techniques and digital processes.  Their increasing body of work includes elements of the surreal and abstract. The demolition of the Evening Post building inspired The Printer’s Devil, which also includes a book of short stories, launching at the pop-up shop in December.

Fiona Willis’ detailed illustrations are produced using watercolour, pen & ink; she has a passion for horticulture and the sea.  She uses text to enhance the meaning of her work, capturing the detail of flowers, trees, blossoms and patterns in nature in a unique and often humorous way. Her work is reproduced as limited edition prints and her cards are sold through Kew, Wisley, Heligan and many other outlets.


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