In 2019 I hosted 8 amazing artists as part of Brighton's Artist Open House Festival and this year we are back!
I will be exhibiting my collection of art during all 4 weekends, alongside 8 other talented local artists and makers.
In the mean time my work is available to buy on my online shop, which includes originals and my limited edition prints.
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I have three colllections, florals oil on canvas, mixed media, and colourful contemporary abstract.
My flower collection has an uplifting feel which will be a light relief from these challenging times. The mixed media pieces are inspired by nature, and have a textural feel, where as the abstract work were inspired by places I have lived, as well as some of the emotional journeys I've been on. I hope they will some how capture your imagination and bring a smile to your face.
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In this year's art festival I will be welcoming back Holly and Lauren, as well as 6 new artists who's work I also absolutely love. Check out the below information for a quick sneak peak!
Vannucchi is a modern, slow fashion jewellery brand. Run and owned by Dani, who has combined her two passions of wood working and silversmithing. Sharing with you her treasured family name that pays homage to her grandparents who first ignited this love.
Using a blend of wood and metal to create unique pieces with clean lines and a geometric theme, Dani has a desire to bring modern design together with nature and sustainability. Creating an infusion of aesthetics and tactile-ness, her products have been designed to be versatile in wear and all purchases should be considered and truly loved.
I personally love her earrings which are shown here, which I'm sure are going to be very popular.
Returning for the second year at my home Lauren Nickless continues to create fun, imaginative artworks from her experiences on her travels.
Each piece celebrates the character of the location through her vibrant, intricate prints, which layer many dimensions of city life. She is detail-obsessed; including the architecture, local events, the people and happenings. There is always something new to discover within any of these quirky pieces.
Lauren starts each piece with hand-drawn sketches and then develops them on the computer before sending them to be printed.
I am the very proud owner of Lauren's 'Brighton Bandstand'
I'm really pleased that Holly is joining 'Life love and Me' artists open house again this year.
Holly is a children's book illustrator, who likes nothing more than creating new characters -quite often wearing knitwear!
Many of her products feature her quirky ink and watercolour characters. These can be found on a range of products from greetings cards to badges to colouring-in posters.
Holly's quirky illustrations will guarantee to make you smile, whilst her imagination will bring out the inner child in you!
Tracy-Ann, otherwise known as Curly Lulu (a story which I'm sure she'll tell when you meet her!) designs and makes hand sewn animals in pants known as The Pants Gang!
They are lovingly made in linen and 100% cotton, with pants in various colours, patterns and themes. They come in various sizes and all are cut and sewn by her own fair hand, making them all unique. They have all been through the vigorous boot camp known as CE testing, meaning they are safe for everyone from 0-100!
She also makes other items with the same theme, such as brooches, egg cups, decorative hoops, cushions and key-rings.
My absolutely favourite are the rabbits pictured here, but there are so many more gorgeous creations to choose from!
Duck Ceramics is an independent pottery studio run by Alice Duck. Originally founded in a small attic room in her Bristol flat, she now makes and finishes each piece by hand in her Brighton studio.
The technique Alice uses is called slip casting. Commercially this process is used, along with machines to reproduce identical copies of one design, churning out hundreds of 'perfect' duplicates. There is something satisfying about imitating the machine - but with the ability to make every product individual.
Simplicity and function are at the core of the work she makes, each piece has been designed to be used and loved every day.
I have struggled to find ceramics which I love when previously visiting open houses, so when Dani (Vannucchi) suggested I look at Alice's work I was so happy with what I saw, so excited to have her on board!
Clare and Anna, are a creative couple, and together they are canda bytes – art that cares.
They design and sell high-quality Eco-friendly products. Their art prints and greeting cards are ethically and sustain-ably made in Brighton, and risograph printed on 100% recycled paper.
canda bytes ethos inspires their work, and they print it as a positive message on the back of every greeting card, which I personally love!
“Let’s… care for each other • create positive ripples • be mindful • look after the natural world • celebrate diversity • see our similarities • find the wonder in the everyday • be environmentally-friendly • make a positive difference.”
With so much more focus on my own mental health over the past few years, along with my work as a life coach, I love the positive message Anna and Clare are spreading!
After studying photography at Nottingham Trent university, Sophie Mutter worked at a photo library and then at OK! magazine on the Picture Desk for many years. In 2013 she took a massive leap of faith, left her job and moved from London to Worthing to set up her own business.
She creates colourful, graphic screen prints, cards and tea towels, inspired by the natural world and the seaside, which hopefully put a smile on your face! She sells her products at craft fairs, shops and galleries along the south coast, and has just opened a shop with a friend on Worthing Promenade, which sells over twenty local artists work!
I first saw Sophie's work at Worthing Open House in 2018, where I couldn't resist her bright and colourful fun prints. One of her fish tea towels brightens up my kitchen!
Laura Tolhurst's passion for creativity came from an overwhelming need to unwind from a very stressful job. She realised that she wanted to learn something creative in her spare time, to take her mind off work. So she taught herself to crochet and knit. 5 years on the passion has just grown.
The idea for Baby Gaia came out of a way to connect with friends who were starting to have children. She wanted to create a collection of decorative pieces for children's nurseries and bedrooms which reflected nature.
Everything is lovingly handmade and items include baby mobiles, blankets, amigurumi animals --and wall hangings. Laura likes to make a mix of more vintage looking items, with modern scandi style pieces.
Some of my personal favourites were Laura's Christmas tree decorations!