In association with Devon Open Studios.
Following the tremendous success of our first show at thegallery@360° in June, we now present our second exhibition of the very best in contemporary applied and fine arts. Again we seek to feature a unique selection of work by both our resident and special guests artists who include:
David Ames - furniture maker.
David makes furniture for you to sit on, eat off, work at, sleep in and dream about.
He works with the natural beauty of the timber, an intrinsic part of the design, crafting the wood using a mix of traditional and modern techniques to produce pieces with an organic energy and contemporary feel.
His aim is to design and make pieces where both the design and the natural beauty of the wood are intimately related, while retaining a balance between form and function. His work conveys a different feeling. Is handmade and authentic with strong design to top it off.
David began designing and making furniture as a natural progression to a successful career in product design consultancy, feeling the need to channel his creativity into something more lasting. Moving to Devon in 1997 he set up David Ames Studio to focus on developing his skills after an intensive course studying the craftsmanship of fine furniture making.
Sourcing mostly British hardwoods, often local timber from the forests and mills in Devon. The construction of the furniture relies mainly on hand cut joints and each piece is beautifully finished with environmentally friendly oils and waxes.
Emmy-Gai Palmer - glass maker.
Emmy-Gai Palmer is a glass artist based in the South West of England who creates textile inspired blown glass objects. After completing her degree at the Plymouth College of art in 2007 Emmy went on to establish her business as Emmy-Gai Palmer’s Glass working through her garden studio and hiring blowing facilities from local glass studios.
One of Emmy’s most widely recognised works is her crochet and hand knitted wire inclusions encased in blown glass. To make these inclusions Emmy uses knitting and crochet techniques that were passed on through the women in her family from generation to generation, with each stitch heart-warming memories find their way in to her work. The textile element is integral to the work, the glass and knitted wire work in harmony, complimenting and emphasizing each other’s qualities.
Emmy is forever being inspired by her surroundings, the sea and beaches around Plymouth. Her ‘Del Mar’ series, are blown glass with knitted metal inclusions that incorporate colour, Inspired by nets and the translucent hues of seaweed caught up in waves and light through the sea. Light projects through these pieces creating wave like shadows.
Andrew Wheatley - photography.
Andrew is a dedicated landscape and wildlife photographer based in North Devon.
He has always had a fascination with wildlife and developed a love for the varied and beautiful landscape of the county since taking up photography several years ago.
“I am continually inspired by the beauty and variety of colour in the fauna and flora that surrounds us, but which is sadly missed by the casual observer.
Of particularly fascination are the intimate, microscopic details that are only revealed to the full glory of their natural symmetry by an experienced macro lens.
I hope I capture and imaginatively present, a unique perspective of that which surrounds us all”.
Tracy Whitbread - painter.
Having trained as a graphic designer Tracy spent many successful years working in the packaging industry when in 1992 having studied Art Therapy at Sheffield University Tracy changed career applying her creative energy and talent to helping others through working as an Art Therapist in mental health hospitals and day centres in East Yorkshire and organising workshops for special needs groups in schools and colleges.
Following a year and a half in Canada during which time she painted and exhibited widely, Tracy returned to the UK, and moved to Devon in 2000 to concentrate more on her painting and to live a life that brought her more into contact with nature.
“My work is about giving form to internally felt shapes, colours and moods often echoing those of the environment around me here in Devon - the iron red of the earth or the changing blues of the sea. It is where I most strongly feel a sense of spirit curving into matter - where the sublime permeates the ordered. In my painting process I often find myself working from a chaotic layered base then eliminating details to create clarity and space. I also feel a very physical relationship with the canvas - the texture of the surface and the sensuality of the paint, as if I am working with a living thing. I find that the paintings have a life of their own and even though I have some idea of what I want to achieve, it all happens through the process of working in relationship with the materials on the canvas”.
“I feel my paintings are the stuff of life itself rather than a painting of it”.