Ceramics and photography may, at first seem strange bed fellows. Using both disciplines can lead to new and different creative conclusions. Raku pots inspired by photographs of beaches and cliffs around the Bristol Channel.
Nat produces bold and lively woodcut prints inspired by her passion for wildlife. She carves her blocks out of MDF with linocutting tools and prints them individually by hand. Her designs depict characterful creatures and often contain a feeling of movement and vitality.
Lorna trained at Liverpool John Moore’s University and worked as a graphic designer and freelance architectural illustrator. Building on this experience she worked in traditional watercolour for a period producing paintings of many places in the Southwest and West Midlands.
Gradually, new work became more abstract, compositions developing from montages of landscape, garden and coastal images painted in acrylic inks. These are arrived at by using lots of sketches from life and reference materials assembled in a layered technique, and showing traces of Cubist influence and also similarities to English painters of the 1920/30s
Richards approach bridges both paper cut and collage to create his bold and distinctive style. Every picture is designed, hand cut from card and paper, and layered to create the nished piece.
Inspiration comes from the love for his local countryside and organic forms alike, with a particular appreciation and affection for trees which are often represented in his work.
Often compared to wood or lino cut, his in uences are a collective of both retro and contemporary avours. Certainly his experience as a graphic designer lters through into the more minimalist or iconic representations he creates.