|Date.||Monday, 26 March 2012 until Saturday, 05 May 2012|
|Time.||09:00 - 17:30|
|Venue.||Creative Hinckley Gallery, The Atkins Building, Lower Bond Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 1QU|
|File 2.||The Collective's creative workshop programme.|
Statement for The Collective 2012
Introducing “The Collective”.
A forthcoming exhibition will be taking place at the Creative Hinckley Gallery in the Atkins Building, Hinckley from March 26 – May 5. Formerly all graduates of De Montfort University in Leicester, “The Collective” were formed in 2010. All the members have completed a BA (Hons) degree in Design Crafts which covered a wide range of disciplines from fine silver smithing, ceramics, glass, to mixed media, printing, textiles and more. The group provides a showcase of diversity of skills, fine workmanship and development of their chosen craft as they strive to establish their careers in their particular field.
Their quality of work and skills has been rewarded by some members receiving recognition in the form of exhibitions, awards and highly regarded national memberships. The Design Factory is well represented with 7 members taking part showing the new developments in their various fields of expertise.
Fine examples of ceramics are exhibited by the five designers using ceramics, Katie Almond with her inspiration and references based on nostalgia, are shown in her range of tableware, jewellery and textiles. Another inventive use of ceramics is shown in Lucy Crisp’s work, sparkling glazes are revealed on her wall plaques and table pieces. New graduates Sonya Viney and Katherine Staples demonstrate other aspects of their imagination and inspiration in their different approach to producing their works.
Samantha Robinson presents another creative use of porcelain with her elegant vases and the incorporation of silver, providing a delicate collection of personal jewellery. Both Anna Bagnall and Serra Malta use precious and semi-precious metals in their fine jewellery, each bringing their individual style and method of production to their work. Amelia Kirk brings yet another angle with her silver jewellery inspired by her reminiscences to a previous era.
Then onto mixed media where four designer makers who exhibit the broad range of qualities and uses for various papers, textiles and other products. Phiona Richards’ sculptures and tactile jewellery is shown with its delicate crochet, needlework and folds on recycled papers and books. Kirsty Whitlock uses machine embroidery and modern images in her various wall pieces and cards. Lisa Godrich employs meticulous hours to her pierced work and finally to Sharyn Dunn who uses light and shadow to enhance her remarkable folded and pierced work accumulating to light sculptures and wall pieces.
The ‘collective’ of materials, designers and talents bring an exciting and diverse collection of work together for this exhibition.