Welcome to Life Love and Art, a very special page dedicated to my love of art, especially Brighton’s Artist Open Houses!
Since moving to Brighton, I’ve always loved the Artist Open House festival, and last year I took part in this amazing community festival for the first time and guess what I’m doing it all again this year!
My blog will feature some of my experiences since being involved in this brilliant festival, including the inspiring people I’ve met, as well as some of the creative challenges I continue to face, however this page will give you an insight into the artists that are exhibiting at my house this festival.
I’m welcoming Holly and Lauren back this year, as well as 6 new artists who’s work I love, continuing last year’s theme of a variety of talented artists.
The most significant personal change for me this year, is that I will also be exhibiting my own work! For those of your have read any of my blog posts you will understand how significant this is for me, very exciting but also petrifying at the same time!
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 tactileness, 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, I’m sure Dani’s designs are going to be very popular.
Returning for the second year at ‘Life Love and Art’ Open house 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.
Lauren is open to commissions and took part in the Snail Space project for the Martlets Hospice a couple of years ago.
I am the very proud owner of Lauren’s ‘Brighton Bandstand’ which I couldn’t resist when I saw it at Artist Open House 2018 when I first met Lauren.
I’m really pleased that Holly is joining the team at ‘Life love and Art’ 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 suggested I look at Alice’s work I was so happy with what I saw, so excited to have her on board this year!
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 the increased knowledge I’m building in the area of life coaching, I love the positive message Anna and Clare are spreading!
Jo Saunders is a textile artist. In addition to hand-making a range of colourful bags and accessories, she also produces original mixed media artworks incorporating screen printing, mono printing, collage, paint, stitch and fabric.
In her latest project, Jo seeks to turn the mundane into vibrant and energetic pieces of work. Buildings, stairs, doorways are explored and then transformed with an uplifting and vibrant colour palette.
Jo’s gorgeous collection of work is going to make a lovely addition to a very colourful house!
After studying photography at Nottingham Trent university, Sophie 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 last year, where I couldn’t resist her bright and colourful fun prints. One her fish design tea towels brightens up my kitchen!