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old friends, new friends

Today was the last day at the Art Fair, we had to say goodbye for another year to our fellow gallery friends, had last moments with our artist friends who we have not seen for a while and then spent the night from 6pm packing up.

Back now and unpacked.

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Me, myself and I

Another day at the Fair and today the jelly team were en masse, Charlotte was continuing her mural, two of us were manning the stand and two more delivering an art activity for the younger visitors making handmade books as part of The Big Draw Campaign in a project entitled *me, myself and I*

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Re-hanging the show

Charlotte is moving on with her mural.

We also rehung the show for the first day, including the work of Kate Lockhart (nee Hince), recently graduated from The Royal College of Art.

The work of Jon Lockhart:

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The first night of the fair

Last night was the first night which is always like a rollercoaster. We have run around and collected work, selected the first night hang, hung the work, stored the rest, labelled, cleaned, collated and then finally we glitter ourselves up and wait for the doors to open.

The anticipation of exposing the work to the viewers can leave a tummy turning butterfly moment and to overcome this we wander around looking at other works on other stands and feel inspired and feed our creative selves with more art and sometimes real cake. Charlotte Hardy  had a TV interview

Followed by Kirsten Jones who was looking fabulous in feathers

Last night was a night of old friends, making new friends, talking and laughing

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The Zavialovs

There is a book I read many years ago when I was an art student that was about artists and their relationships both as siblings, offsprings or lovers with other artists and the implications, both good and bad. I have been trying to think of the title and will shortly come back here to insert when my mind has reawakened but the more I have looked at the show in London, the more I have been thinking about that book. In the exhibition of 15 artists, 6 of these are married couples.

In the book it referred to the fact one of the pair would be inevitably overshadowed by the other but in the case of jelly these artists stand on their own.

landscape, Natasha Zavialov

landscape, Natasha Zavialov

Misha Zavialov

Misha Zavialov

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Charlotte Hardy

Charlotte was the very first artists to exhibit in the jelly when it opened in it’s 3rd home, the purpose built space at The Oracle. She had recently graduated (2 months earlier) from Manchester with a first class degree and she had sent a wonderful submission letter so the Director went to visit her, loved her work and thought it represented jelly perfectly with it’s joyousness.

Fast forward from 1999 to today and Charlotte is now artist in residence at the Affordable Art Fair 2008. She is creating a mural during the duration and she started today in the tranquility of the stands being built.

sketches for the mural, Charlotte Hardy

sketches for the mural, Charlotte Hardy

Here is Day 1

We will also be showing some of her work during the show

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Visiting the Kesslings

Late last night we went to collect the works from Kate Kessling and Paul Kessling

Sadly the wonderous picture of Ted was not to be taken but Kate is planning to make it in to a print in the future. We have collected some beautiful work though.

An Ode to Terry Frost, Kate Kessling

An Ode to Terry Frost, Kate Kessling

Noughts and Crosses, Kate Kessling Print on Somerset velvet watercolour paper 60cm x 90 cm

Noughts and Crosses, Kate Kessling Print on Somerset velvet watercolour paper 60cm x 90 cm

LIQUORICE Buttons, Kate Kessling Edition 12 2008

LIQUORICE Buttons, Kate Kessling Edition 12 2008

We started to exhibit Paul’s work a while ago, back in the Oracle days 1999-2004 when he had a solo show in the Upper Gallery and we have loved taking his work with us. It was Paul that told us about Kate’s work and this is her third year showing with us, with last year at the Affordable Art Fair being Kate’s year.

We were enraptured by what we found waiting for us at theirs when we arrived there, Paul’s new work is wonderful large oils on paper and we also saw the next stage of the Kessling dynasty in an amazing drawing from one of their offspring (which sadly is not with us at this Art Fair but we will be watching that space).

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Tom Cartmill


a short statement about my work

My work deals with visual perception, in particular the fact that we can receive conflicting information from a given visual stimulus. The preconceived assumptions of eye and brain are challenged, raising questions about the subconscious and how we interpret what we are looking at.

Change through time and the inevitable accumulation of experience are themes that have underpinned my practice from early on. The way for example that buildings, much used objects and faces age, weathering and transforming with the passage of time, is a constant source of inspiration. I try to evoke a patina of experience in my pictures. This also directly relates to the methods used to make my work.

I incorporate a variety of materials in each picture, from paints and inks, to gesso and earth, which are applied in numerous layers. Each strata of material is laid down in varying thicknesses and finishes. A textured surface is produced, where the layers are often rubbed away unevenly and evidence of previous activity can be glimpsed.

I have spent much of my adult life living and travelling overseas. Four years in New Zealand was shortly followed by stints in Southern Europe. These experiences have fed directly into my work. My years spent in Southern Spain and Sicily, where I became interested in the Moorish history and in Islamic art in general, had a profound impact on me and my continuing fascination with Islamic art has been another significant reference point in current work.

Tom Cartmill 2008

An article was recently published in Berkshire Life about The Reading Foundation of Arts acquisition of two pieces for their collection.

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Gone visiting

Beauty Box, Kirsten Jones 2008

Beauty Box, Kirsten Jones 2008

It wasn’t really a visiting day in the sense of popping by but more of a day of collecting more work for the  Affordable Art Fair.

First stop, Kirsten Jones.

Kirsten Jones in her studio

Kirsten Jones in her studio

Here is a little bit about her work “Kirsten Jones paints collections of objects, imaginary gardens and quirky arrangements of  treasured possessions such as shoes, clothing, crockery and observed still life.  Using layered fragments of maps, dictionary references and stamps from around the world she creates a beautiful, subtle narrative of secret histories, which evoke a memory or sense of place which relates to the objects depicted.”

washing line, Kirsten Jones 2008

The Washing Line

This series of paintings is based on a walk through the streets of Downalong in St Ives. Outside one of the fisherman’s cottages was a washing line hung with every type of garment.. all shapes and sizes (shoes and all!). It was as if a very big wave had unexpectedly soaked a whole family. The image seemed to capture the essence of holidays by the beach. This idea continued following a trip to New York in 2008, and Kirsten began painting a series of pieces exploring ideas around fashion.

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studio visits


Today was a visit to pick up Jo’s work from her studio, she is one ofthe five new artists with us this year and came by word of mouth from Kate Kessling.

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