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Meet the Maker: Ian 'SWIFTY' Swift

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Even if you have never heard of Swifty you will probably have seen or even owned a piece of his artwork. In the late 80s he was plucked straight from art school in Manchester by Neville Brody to work on The Face  - the most influential magazine for music and graphic design. He has worked for record labels like Gilles Peterson's Talking Loud and James Lavelle's Mo Wax, designed TV titles such as Smack the Pony and Peep Show, was the art director of Straight No Chaser magazine, designs Fonts, club night flyers, T-shirt designs and skateboards. 

Swifty's is a very hands on graphic designer - equally at home with a Rotring pen and a stack of paper to designing in Photoshop. To create his iconic artworks he mixes up to the minute design tools with lo-fi production techniques. 

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Meet the Maker: Miesje Chafer

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Hello! My name is Miesje Chafer and I am textile designer, screen printer and maker. I live down in Southsea and work at The Sorting Office studio in Eastleigh, Hampshire. I have an unquenchable thirst for fabric, pattern and colour and love nothing more than knocking up a prototype that's been niggling away at the back of my brain.  Read more

Meet the Maker: Eric Gaskell

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I’m Eric Gaskell, born in Wigan, going through school in 60’s and 70’s. I was always good at drawing but only really finding out about art as a 17 year old sixth former. Before then I’d never heard of even Van Gogh or Picasso (let alone anyone else). For the last 37 years, since leaving art college, I have been making “things” for myself, other people, publishers and companies in one way or another. Illustrations, graphics, typography, design and art. I have always made the effort to draw, whatever else was happening, and whenever possible to exhibit work in open, group and one-man shows. Read more

Meet the Maker: Elizabeth Harbour

Thursday, January 19, 2017

My name is Elizabeth Harbour.  Read more

Meet the Maker: Sue Brown

Thursday, January 05, 2017

We are delighted to have Sue Brown joining us for her signature workshop next Autumn! We asked Sue to tell us about her work and processes: Read more

Meet the Maker: 2016 Round Up!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

We've had some amazing artists featured on our blog this year. They've opened up to us about their working practice, favourite materials and given their best piece of advice. If you've missed any of this year's Meet the Maker posts, scroll through this list for a catch-up of inspiration! Read more

Meet the Maker: Lisa Hooper

Thursday, December 01, 2016

I’m a full time artist/printmaker living in South West Scotland. I moved to Port William in 2006 following redundancy to pursue an ambition to make a living from art. I was very interested in natural history and I particularly liked wildlife art, so I set out to make prints of the local landscape and wildlife. Read more

Meet the Maker: Polly Finch

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Polly Finch of Polly Papercuts is joining us for a very special workshop on Wednesday 23rd November. Participants will get to choose from a variety of designs to cut your own papercut! Use your papercut to make a photographic silk screen and then print 30 cards! Go home with your original papercut and cards. We asked Polly to tell us more about her work and process:   Read more

Meet the Maker Flora Arbuthnott

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I am a printmaker, natural dyer and forager. My work is all about nature: from doing prints and illustrations of birds and leaves, to dyeing using plants I've grown or foraged. I run workshops teaching printmaking on fabric and indigo dyeing. I also run wild food walks.  Read more

Meet the Maker: Karin Moorhouse

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Meet Karin Moorhouse: local artist and designer who is teaching Monotype Printmaking with us in November! Read more