Printmaking and artist’s books provide a platform for Theresa’s interpretation of social history and cultural commentary. As an artist with a socially engaged practice, Theresa enjoys a collaborative approach to making artwork, developing ideas alongside participants. Community participation and political activism feature as a driving force in her work. Theresa is one of the founding members of Artists’ Union England, a newly formed trade union for visually & applied artists and artists with a socially engaged practice.
Heritage interpretation provides multiple references in her work conveyed using a range of printing processes. The role of printmaking is central to Theresa's creative practice conveyed in her desire to push the boundaries of printmaking. Articulated through the use of alternative materials to paper, such as glass, ceramics, brick clay and metal, Theresa explores the inherent qualities of the material. Theresa delivers regular workshops in printmaking & bookbinding from her studio in the Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle.
Nick's work follows a path of experimentation with a practice that spans drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. His 'experiments' often deliberately parody scientific process to examine the relationship between intuition and logic, revealing a fascination with the hidden nature of things, time and materials. He seeks order in a chaotic world, recasting chance and unpredictability as his tools.
Nick Kennedy was born in Middlesbrough in 1983 and lives in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He received a BA Hons from Newcastle University in 2007. Solo exhibitions include Some Possible Truths, Customs House, South Shields, 2015 and Timecasting, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, 2013. Group exhibitions include A Foreign Encounter, Galerie Foe, Munich, 2015, Chance Finds Us, mima, Middlesbrough, 2014 Tip of the Iceberg, Contemporary Art Society, London, 2013. He is represented by Platform A, Middlesbrough.
Alex Sickling is an illustrator and ceramicist, based in Newcastle. She studied Visual Communication at Leeds College of art and graduated in 2012.
Alex works with ceramics creating decorative and functional pieces often with a playful and naive quality. She hand builds using various techniques such as coiling or slab building, before decorating with underglazes. Her work often features scenes of animals and wildlife as well as references to folklore and traditional Staffordshire pottery.
Alex has worked with clients such as Anthropologie, The Hepworth and has recently exhibited at The New Craftsmen, London.
CAROL DEVEY HAUGHTON
Carol Devey-Haughton is a textile artist living and working in Teesside. The majority of Carol’s studio time is split between commissions and producing pieces to sell online and at events.
As a self-taught artist Carol’s creative practice is rooted in sketching and ‘drawing’ with her sewing machine. Responding to Teesside’s varied beauty and stark contrasts between the countryside and industrial heritage, Carol is interested in the characters and landscapes of the fields, forests and urban environments where she lives.
Since being a young girl regular visits to charity shops, flea markets and auctions, have instilled a passion for the use of reclaimed fabrics and print elements with her work. By utilising the patterns and textures of these fabrics Carol communicates the personality and narratives of the subject with observed detail drawn exclusively through freehand embroidery.
Illustrator and artist Becki Harper works across the North East, having grown up in Middlesbrough, studied in Bristol and now based in York.
Becki’s work explores narrative strongly blended with curiosity and nostalgia, whilst drawing inspiration from nature and science. Observational drawing is highly important to her creative practice, as it's often the source of an idea, character, or composition. This greatly informs the visual language within the work utilising traditional techniques such as watercolour painting to add colour to the drawings.
This passion for creating things by hand has naturally led to exploration into other media such as textiles and craft, and some of Becki’s more recent work has included illustrated embroideries and painted ceramics. In addition to this Becki has recently started experimenting with clay to create her own hand made ceramics pieces.
Diane Watson was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1968, developing an early fascination with pattern and colour inspired by the wallpaper sample books brought home by her painter and decorator father. Diane went on to study Ceramics at Loughborough and later a degree in Textiles at Cleveland College of Art and Design, which led to a teaching post at CCAD where she eventually became course leader for Fashion and Textiles. Diane also has an MA in Ceramics, graduating from Sunderland University in 2009.
Following redundancy in 2016, Diane has thrown herself fully into her own practice, taking long contemplative walks along the beautiful north east coastline with her rescue greyhound Bobby, to inspire her environmentally-themed work. These have borne many discoveries, starting out as a quest for interesting flotsam and jetsam but culminating in an awareness of the extent of damaging impact of plastics which are washed up on the seashore.
Diane’s current work focuses on the myriad of plastic items washed up by surge tides along the North East coast. Her collection of thousands of plastic tops, toys, bottles, lighters and other discarded items are used to create kaleidoscopic patterns reminiscent of the 1970s wallpapers of her childhood.
Artist Portraits Photo Credit : Jason Hynes