Hours spent drawing as a kid gave way to a career in fashion. Opening a boutique in Holmfirth in 1972, followed by Pink Cadillac in Altrincham and Huddersfield, led to a long involvement in the fashion industry where Penny was widely respected for her designs and retail flair. The story comes full circle in early 2014 when she found time to return to her love of art. Penny’s work ranges from pop art developed on an iPad to her current medium of acrylic on canvas. The present focus is figurative, often depicting girls experiencing life, but that may change..… One of Penny’s paintings (Jess – acrylic on canvas)Read More →

2018 series || U N T I T L E D ||  mixed media on board Painting and drawing onto MDF, glass, metal and other found objects allows the materials to behave in a variety of ways. Applying paint, scratching away, adding more and removing some, creates a repetitive, cathartic process until a balanced outcome is achieved. Much like the physical process of the installations (which can be seen on the website) the work is documented throughout using photography. In addition to visual elements, text is used in response to a variety of subjects. Some refers to a found diary from childhood, as does the naivety of repeated shapes. www.charlottebillingham.co.uk Instagram: @charlottebillingham.art Contact via website  Read More →

Rod Willis lives and works in Broseley Wood, and will be opening his studio for the 2018 Secret Severn art week. He has been a full time professional artist since 1992, having run his own studio galleries in Worcestershire and Ironbridge, and been resident artist at Ironbridge Fine Arts, who he still works along with. He has recently been taken on by Beckstones Art Gallery in Cumbria, one of the finest galleries in the north of England. The basis of Rod Willis’ artwork has always been his intuitive feel for light, atmosphere and mood, coupled with a natural eye for composition. Whether at first lightRead More →

We are collaborative textile artists living and working in Ironbridge Gorge we have been working together since 2014 when we discovered our individual interests came together to produce something mutually satisfying. Our different approaches, on the one hand freeform and big picture, and on the other perfectionism and precision, enabled something we wanted to explore. Currently we are producing larger scale wall hangings in applique and and handstitching which can be viewed in local cafe, Eighty Six’d where we have held a successful exhibition. We also like to work in paper collage and have submitted a piece to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s community artRead More →

Having recently relocated from Lancashire, I am now fulfilling my dreams with a workshop and gallery at the Maws Craft Centre in the beautiful Ironbridge Gorge. Silversmithing is my passion, it’s in my blood! I love manipulating metal like my blacksmith ancestors before me. Under the name MIST Jewellery, I beat silver wire into organic shapes, such as stylised daisies and simplified butterflies, to create my distinctive hammered jewellery. I often combine these forms with freshwater pearls, using the irregular characteristics of the stones to compliment my unique style. I enjoy commissions, particularly for the bridal market that is always looking for something original andRead More →

ILLUSTRATOR & PRINTMAKER I trained as a graphic designer at Lincoln College of Art, and have worked for many years as a graphic designer and illustrator primarily in greetings, publishing and packaging for clients around the world. Recently, I have used lino printing as a medium in my work on heritage and specialist projects for clients such as The Canal & River Trust and Middleport Pottery. This interest has led me to produce limited edition linoprints inspired by the landscape and heritage around me – from the Ironbridge Gorge to the Stiperstones and beyond. I also enjoy sharing the skill of printmaking and hold monthlyRead More →

I graduated from Staffordshire University with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design. I currently work at Madeley Academy teaching Art. Whilst I enjoy a variety of mediums in art, I especially enjoy using drypoint etching and mixed media to create prints that include strong line, bright colour and texture. I enjoy experimenting with working on different papers and fabric as this affects the media used in the print. I usually focus on portrait (human or animal) but I have also done still life and landscapes. I work from images that catch my attention due to colour or composition and allow me to use a range ofRead More →

Paper Artist Making pretty thing from paper.  I’m a paper artist living and working in Bridgnorth.   Since graduated with a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication from The University of Wolverhampton, I’ve worked principally as a paper artist. My interest in traditional craft and artisan methods produces pieces that are individually hand-cut using a scalpel, with a focused attention to detail.   Papercutting is a craft with a long and international history, intended to decorate and brighten the world a little. Much of my work is figurative, focussing mainly on women and female emotion. I tend to lean towards the beautiful; in a world thatRead More →

I’ve been working in clay for three years and still have much to learn. I’m trying to push my boundaries in terms of form and scale, learning by my mistakes and profiting from happy accidents—after all it’s only a piece of clay.  I find it fascinating and I’m having fun. For me, clay is a tactile medium and my pots are made to be handled as well as seen.  I hope that the pleasure I get from drawing up a form on the wheel flows through into the feel and appearance of the finished and fired pot. Although I’m also starting to sculpt in clay, myRead More →

I am an illustrator specialising in storytelling and folklore themes What I do I work for the History press and individual storytellers to make visible and bring to life characters and themes from the rich oral tradition of both this country and places further afield What inspires me I am inspired by stories and the way they speak to our hearts as well as our experience of the world. also the natural (and the supernatural) world I inhabit and which also inhabits me Why I do it I have a wish to show others what I can see when I close my eyes and listenRead More →

Elena is a live and visual artist whose work is concerned with site contextual or site responsive situations that are sensitive to time, place and people. Her work often examines the overlooked and obscure, tapping in to oral histories, collective understandings and forgotten truths. She creates narrative interventions that invite audiences to participate, comment and create. For this years art trail, Elena is exploring the often overlooked wildlife that can be found in abundance on brownfield sites. Join her on two afternoons during the trail, for flower and fauna folklore storytelling and add your own wildflower to a stitched brownfield.Read More →

I am a Shropshire born and bred contemporary abstract artist working mainly in acrylic and oil pastels. I use a process of building up and scraping back layers of paint and mixed media. Having left full time employment behind, I now have more time to dedicate to my love of painting exploring the balance of colours and textures. Contact: belleandrewsart@gmail.com Instagram: @belleandrewsart Facebook: Belle Andrews Art    Read More →