Friday, 21 June 2013

Part One Meet the Friends!

Thank you for following the Friends of Studio 61 Blog! But have you ever wondered who we are? Over the next two blogs we will be introducing you to our 'Task Force' Starting with and in no particular order.........

Valerie Dalling

Business Title: Valerie Dalling Visual Artist/Photographer and Founder/Owner of The Image Club

Services: Photography inspired by the landscape, exhibitions, community workshops, walks with the camera, facilitator and mentor.

Artist Statement: For Derbyshire based visual artist and photographer Valerie Dalling the landscape is quite simply her inspiration. As Valerie takes a walk with her camera, she has no preconceived ideas, but is constantly looking beyond the surface, allowing her work to grow organically.
In support of personal projects and exhibitions, which are at the forefront of her practise, Valerie has recently started to introduce a selective range of fine art photographic prints and cards, all inspired by the landscape. She also enjoys working with the community, and in 2008 launched her first successful monthly photography forum through The Image Club. From beginners to those with photographic experience, Valerie has a particular interest in how others visually respond to the world around them, and encourages discussions on image making, through the sharing of ideas and knowledge, in relaxed and informal environments.

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Helen Rhodes


Business Title: Helen Rhodes HWR Designs

Services:  Mixed Media Artist and Textile Giftware.  Workshops and Commissions
Artist Statement:  Helen Rhodes work is constantly evolving to embrace the original and unique.  A mixture of textiles and transfer techniques Helen’s use of real flowers and felting methods combine with emulsion transfer to create two distinctive styles that may converge or evolve individually.  At first site Helen’s work has traditional Fine Art qualities but closer inspection will reveal hidden depths that she hopes delight and surprise the viewer.Helen’s inspiration generally comes from nature and unusual or remarkable photographs and she endeavours to incorporate a fabrics history in the art and products she produces.
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Mel Anderson

Business Title: Mel Anderson Design

Services: Original Artwork, Cards, Homeware and Jewellery
Artist Statement:  Mel Anderson is a textile artist creating a vibrant and visually exciting collection of hand felted, contemporary wall art, jewellery, homeware and hand made and printed cards, notebooks and bookmarks. All made to order at MAD HQ on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border. Using bold colours, iconic inspiration and moody monotones, each piece is hand felted using Merino wool, natural and un-natural fibres, vintage jewellery elements and other treasures. Commissions welcome.

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Michelle Pearson

Business Title: Art by Michelle Pearson

Services: Original Artwork, Prints, Greeting cards, Commissions, Murals

Artist statement: "With each brushstroke a kaleidoscope of colour exudes from the canvas as Michelle creates exquisite fine art. Harnessing the full luminous qualities of her chosen medium, oils, she sets about transposing the viewer into a world of vibrancy and rich colour, where the subtle fragrances of bluebells and roses, or the invigorating smell of the sea are almost tangible as she leads you through a world captured by her love and passion of flora and fauna and the sea, especially her beloved Devon and Cornwall.
But this is also a portfolio of diversity where abstract art and commissioned works of portraits and pet portraiture sit alongside motorbikes and golfers.

Hers is a world without limits, where the subjects may change but the quality always remains"

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Nita Dalley

Business Title: Anita Dalley Artwork

Services: Original Artwork, Prints, Greeting cards.

Artist Statement: I have always doodled, painted, and experimented with all kinds of mediums for as long as I can remember. I am completely self-taught, learning mainly through my mistakes (!) and through experimentation. After studying Art at A level, I decided to pursue my other life-long passion in literature through studying English at Loughborough University and happily gaining a BA Hons (2:1) in 1993...but my paint brushes gathered no dust and I continued to paint and explore.
After qualifying as a Teacher in 1998, I started to bring my love of painting into the classroom through my work with children with complex and profound disabilities. Now my studio is at home with a fantastic view of Froggat Edge in the Peak District, so it’s hard to not be inspired by that!  I love the changes I see on Froggat Edge from season to season and I continue to enjoy sharing my creativity with young people. As long as I can make people smile when they see my work, I’ll keep on painting!

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The Friends of Studio 61 are an informal group of artists and designers who work together for the good of each other and the gallery, the Task Force have been appointed to work on a voluntary basis on behalf of the Friends.