Life Love and Art

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 project 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 lovely people I’ve met, as well as some of the creative challenges I continue to face, but this page will provide you with everything you need to know about the Artists exhibiting at Open House in 2020.

Until the details are confirmed the 2019 artist information will remain here for you to enjoy!

Check out the lovely write up by the Robin Hood Health Foundation on the donation from my Artist Open House!

Lauren Nickless – illustrator

Lauren Nickless loves to travel and capture her experiences within her artworks.

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 last year.

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.

Holly Swain – illustrator

Swain 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.

Her latest products include little painted hanging house decorations and dioramas.

Holly’s quirky illustrations will guarantee to make you smile, whilst her imagination will bring out the inner child in you! 

Sophie Green – Painter

Green is a Fine Artist and animals rights advocate, who specialises in capturing the photorealistic details of animals using acrylic paint.

If you love animals, you will no doubt fall in love with Sophie’s work. With so many different prints, it’s difficult to decide upon a favourite but I love the Black and White Giclee prints!

Who wouldn’t love their very own commission?

Lume lighting

Lighting is the work of Joanna Corney, a designer-maker who has run her homeware business for several years now. Lume was born through Joanna’s passion for creating bespoke handmade lighting. All of Lume’s lights are carefully handmade in their studio in Hove and make a variety of styles, including traditional soft shades, contemporary drum and tapered lampshades.

The styles featured here are just a couple of her designs. I personally love the Drum style, featuring the beautiful Starling MurMur design, but Joanna has so many beautiful styles to choose from!

Katja Lelic – Printer

Lelic is the artist/printmaker behind Inky Kat Studio.

Katja produces colourful and fun fabric and paper screenprints. The majority of these are made using individual handmade papercut stencils. She also has a range of greeting cards and printed bags.

Katja’s striking use of colour is what originally caught my eye, but there’s also a playfulness within her work that I also love.

If you love her animal prints as much as I do why not have a commission of your favourite pet, the perfect gift!


Louise Phillips – Hello Woollen – Crochet

Louise is an avid crocheter and crafter who works carefully curated colour choices into her range of wooly goodness.

Here you’ll find everything from handcrafted shawls and gloves to a series of cute animal teddies from her Animals of Albion series.

If you like wool or know someone that does, you may well find the unique gift you’ve been looking for here.

My personal favourites are the animals, I especially can’t wait to see Louise’s latest addition, the Brighton Seagulls!

Rose Odette

Rosie is a Hatton Garden Goldsmith. Her greatest passion is gem hunting in the pink city, Jaipur, searching for magical and unique gemstones to make into beautiful jewellery.

She lives for her treasure hunts, making beautiful limited edition collections from what she finds on each journey.

Proud that a whole journey goes into your jewellery, each piece has been personally sourced and handmade just for you, each piece has a story, each gem has a special healing quality.

An avid supporter of female empowerment, Rosie supports Ladli, a project run by NGO I-India supporting vulnerable street kids and women in India. A not for profit project, special necklaces are made by the girls from Ladli and the young girls get to keep the profit for themselves. A successful project so far, many of the street kids are now in university. Rosie sells these on her website and open houses.

One of my personal favourites is the Cocktail ring, why not come along to the ‘Life, Love and Art’ open house and see the collection in person!