Artists Open House
29th April - 2nd June
Sue is an artist, printmaker, designer and workshop tutor based at Scots Pine Studios in West Sussex. Her textile designs have been sold to international companies including IKEA, TJ Maxx and Pottery Barn. Her wall art has sold internationally and has also appeared on the BBC Drama series ‘Cuffs’. She is a member of Chalk Gallery in Lewes, the Adur Art Collective and Horsham Artists with whom she regularly exhibits. ‘Beginners Workshops’ are run by her at Made and Making, The Garden Room, South Downs Garden Centre, Hassocks. Sue’s ‘Downs View’ reduction print was shortlisted for the 2018 Artists and Illustrators of the Year Award and exhibited at the Mall Galleries.
Using a combination of photography and sketching, Sue creates her linocut images. Once she has drawn the picture she transfers it onto the linoleum. She then uses cutting tools to carefully carve into the Lino. Ink is then rolled onto the surface with a brayer. Paper is applied on top followed by the pressure of either a wooden spoon or printing press. The paper is then carefully pulled back to reveal the final image. Most of her prints are produced in Limited Editions. For multi-coloured pictures the reduction method is used which is as above except a lengthier process involving waiting for each colour to dry, cutting more Lino away and applying fresh ink for each layer. To see where Sue is exhibiting this year please visit www.suecollinsart.com or follow her Instagram @suecollinsart
I produce my textile art pieces using free form machine embroidery combined with traditional hand embroidering techniques and fabrics. My work is predominately a pure celebration of the quirkiness of British life. I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings from all the sights and sounds of the British seaside, to the hustle and bustle of an urban landscape. I also love to create more intricate embroideries depicting all the delicate details of the feathers and fur of our fabulous wildlife.
I have worked on a variety of projects including working as a visiting lecturer, producing sample works for design studios and I have proudly exhibited my work internationally and also recently created work for John Lewis and The View from the Shard gift shop.
Flo Snook BA(Hons)
Flo Snook has lived all of her life along the south coast, except for the years studying a Textile Art Degree in Loughborough. Her work features her beloved British coastline with it's piers, fishing cottages, boats and harbours, all the way from Cornwall to Dungeness. Flo has developed her own unique way of working; each piece starts life as a pen drawing and is then expressed in different media; textile canvases with silk screen, appliqué and hand embroidery, as well as large scale acrylic paintings onto wood.
Sarah is a watercolour and mixed media artist producing land, sea and townscapes and many other images influenced by her daily life in Brighton and the surrounding Downs. Using a combination of watercolour, graphite and ink on very wet paper, she enjoys the random and sometimes fortuitous results that can happen while letting the materials move across the page. Although aiming to keep a looseness in the final piece, most projects start with careful drawings. Sometimes these are left as sketches and sometimes they are taken forward to underpin the final work. Her aim is to eventually create a recognisable atmosphere even when tackling a wide range of subjects. Sarah’s work has been reproduced as bespoke wallpaper panels for interior design projects and reproduced in large and small format for private and commercial settings. She enjoys seeing these results almost as much as seeing her original work on a gallery wall.
In 2017 her painting ‘Hove Seafront with Fret’ was put through to the final round of the Sunday Times Watercolour competition and in the same year ‘Winter’s Evening near Warninglid’ was selected as one of six finalists in the ‘Sussex Life Landscape Artist of the Year’. Following this her painting ‘Autumn Beech Forest’ was selected for exhibition in the Pelham House Open.
This year Sarah was also honoured to be invited by one of her painting gurus, Shirley Trevena RI,as one of four artists to exhibit in a prestigious exhibition at Patchings Art Centre in Nottingham (March 23 – May 6).
A selection of her work can be seen permanently on the walls of Lime Tree Kitchen in Lewes where gicles of her popular Sussex landscapes sit alongside her large fish paintings. Sarah also exhibits each year in support of YMCA Downslink Group.
In January 2017 Sarah became an elected member of the Sussex Watercolour Society and has had successful exhibitions with them in Chichester and Lewes and will be showing again with them in their annual exhibition later this year.
Exhibiting annually in both May and Christmas Artists Open Houses, for the last few years Sarah has also taken part in Lewes Artwave Festival in solo and group exhibitions. She has sold work through the Grey Walls Gallery at Brighton Marina and is delighted to be invited to show work with them for their May Open House exhibition this year.
Having first tried watercolour around twenty years ago, Sarah found it too prescriptive but re-visiting watercolour and mixed media with a ‘no rules’ approach she is enjoying the ride….