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Current Exhibition

Janette Phillips

Janette Phillips

Janette Phillips is an artist, designer & art mentor living in South Cumbria. Inspired by the gifts of nature and the seasonal changes around her, Janette's work is full of movement, colour, boundless joy & appreciation.
We are delighted to be showing a group of her flower paintings which one can only describe as sumptuous and uplifting.
Janette talking about her methods remarks, 'the sparkling abundance of nature inspires me daily. Working directly from life I see the colours transcend & change before my eyes. I distil my response through shape, colour & pattern.
I am fascinated by the marks & traces I can make upon paper, board & canvas. My paintings are fluid & develop through the interaction between myself, the marks I am making & the flowers I am looking at. As a result representation becomes secondary to the painting's surface where tonal & compositional harmonies & tensions structure the final result.'

Carole Dawber

Carole Dawber

We are pleased to be showing the work for a second time the wonderfully detailed embroideries of Carole Dawber from Birkdale. They consist of 2 series. The landscapes are beautifully depicted densely packed with flowers. The Posy series evoke the bright splash of colour a vase of flowers makes.

Carole has been a practising artist since graduating from Liverpool Art School in 1978 and was
subsequently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for her research into fabric dyeing from
natural sources. She has over 30 years experience as a senior academic within the University sector
and has subsequently exhibited at venues in Britain, France, Italy and Finland.

In the new 'Landscape' series of embroideries Carole explores the glorious colour of the summer,
floral landscape using embellished hand dyed fabrics, appliqué and hand stitch. The landscape's are
formed using a mixture of hand painted and over-dyed silk and cotton fabrics. These are then
machined felted in multiple layers to form the colour contrasting horizons. The mixed floral
hedgerows are the last addition with each flower petal individually cut and hand stitched in place, to
add their glorious colour to the final landscape interpretation.
The new 'Posy' series follows the story of those impulsively picked garden flowers fresh from the
garden. These fabric still-lives have been created using hand dyed fabrics with machine and hand
stitch, to represent the glorious colour of each flower using fuse appliqué and traditional hand-stitch
techniques. The multi - colour tones of the backgrounds are evolved through loosely woven
backgrounds of reclaimed Liberty Prints and hand-dyed fabrics. Scatterings of contrasting coloured
organza and chiffons that have then been machine stitched in place with meandering lines of rayon
threads.