Sunday 16 April 2023

New fabric necklaces head to cambridge contemporary crafts

Hippystitch Liberty Print Fabric Necklaces

A new selection of fabric necklaces have winged their way to cambridge contemporary crafts recently.

Hippystitch Liberty Print Fabric Necklaces

There are lots of lovely Liberty prints to choose from...

Hippystitch Liberty Print Fabric Necklaces

Why not go and take a look? cambridge contemporary crafts have lots of great things that would be perfect for a present or a treat.  As well as jewellery, there are ceramics, prints and paper, sculptures, glass, textiles and cards.  Find them at 5 Bene't Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QN.

Monday 10 April 2023

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham - Hatton Gallery - Newcastle upon Tyne

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) was a Scottish artist who became a leading member of the St Ives School of artists. This exhibition - Paths  to Abstraction - at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne concentrates on her work from 1935-1972.  During this period her work develops from the representational to the abstract.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham - The Episcopal Church, Aviemore 1938

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham - Sleeping Town 1948

Colour was very important to Barns-Graham.  She often associated a particular colour with people, places, names or letters which was characteristic of her synaesthesia.  The colour red runs through a number of her works...

Wilhelmina Barns Graham - Snow at Wharfedale 1957

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham - Red Square 1954

Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham - Artist's Materials etc.

In 1949 Barns-Graham visited Switzerland and the Grindelwald Glacier which had a profound impact on her resulting in the Glacier Series which she continued to paint until the early 1950s. These shows her increasing interest in geometry and her aim to capture the scene in form and colour which continued in her Rock Form Series based on the Cornish landscape...

Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham - Glacier Chasm 1951

Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham - Three Rock Forms 1951

Her notebook and photos from her time in Switzerland were on display...

Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham - Notebook & Photos

In the 1960s, Barns-Graham's work became more abstract featuring squares and circles...

Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham - Untitled 1958

Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham - Assembly of Nine 1964

Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham - In Tension 1968

My favourite painting in the exhibition was "Snow at Wharfedale" and in general the semi-abstract forms of Barns-Graham's work in the 1950s.

Go check it out. It's on until 20 May 1923 so there's still time!

Sunday 2 April 2023

New Stock Arriving At The Ropewalk, Barton Upon Humber

Resin Button Brooches

A whole new selection of Hippystitch stock is winging its way to The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber.

There's a selection of vintage button brooches including these small mother of pearl button brooches with brightly coloured thread.  A new selection of resin button brooches (pictured above) is also en route.

Small Button Brooches

There's some larger button brooches too...

Button Brooches

and some People & Places brooches...

People & Places Brooches

There's also a great selection of fabric necklaces...

Fabric Necklaces

Do you have a favourite lucky number or a birthday coming up that one of these vintage domino brooches matches? 

Vintage Domino Brooches

Some of the vintage coin brooches have birds and animals on...

Vintage Coin Brooches

and there's more vintage button brooches, some ceramic button brooches and some screen printed bike bags too. 

Screen printed bike bag

Why not take a trip to Barton upon Humber and take a look.  The Ropewalk has exhibitions on in its galleries as well as it's Craft Gallery Shop.  There's also The Ropewalk Museum and a coffee shop not to mention some nice walks nearby. It's well worth a visit!