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Le Design à l´heure anglaise

10 june – 28 july 2011


Design Factory presents Le Design à l´heure anglaise Design Factory is a not-for-profit organisation that internationally supports and champions the thriving craft and design sector in the East Midlands region of the UK. For the first time in France thirteen designer/makers from Design Factory present their work in a prestigious gallery setting. Creators of textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery and paper sculpture take you on a journey of exploration into British craft and design. Alison Yule – textiles Ashi Marwaha – jewellery Clare Gage – ceramics Debbie Bryan – textiles Gill Wilson – paper Hannah Lobley – paper Jan Garside – textiles Jeanne Roberts – textiles Jenny Creasey – ceramics Kate McBride – ceramics Lorna Syson – textiles Phiona Richards – paper Stuart Akroyd – glass


Alison Yule Textiles Alison creates hand woven fabrics that fuse contemporary design with traditional fibres and techniques, targeting both the domestic and corporate markets. Alison specialises in unique products that are individually designed and hand woven for each client. These can include wall panels, rugs, cushions, throws and window hangings. The quality hand woven fabrics are richly textured, but with a simplicity of design, and sit very comfortably in a contemporary setting alongside furniture such as “Roche Bobois”, “Minotti”, “Sevensolotti”, “Ligne Roset”, etc.

W: www.alisonyuletextiles.co.uk E: alison@alisonyuletextiles.co.uk


Ashi Marwaha The architectural geometry of India has inspired the work of silversmith Ashi Marwaha. Her work is an adventure with Indian and Islamic decorative design. Glimpses of the region’s cultural depth and spirituality are evident in her designs for jewellery and silverware. Her work is part of a journey of evolution, displaying remarkable and interesting detail, with a touch of the luxurious. Silver has been Ashi's metal of choice, allowing subtle details and contrasts within the patterns and designs. Ashi also incorporates a delightfully subtle use of colour in some of her designs.

W: www.ashimarwaha.com E: ashi@ashimarwaha.com


Clare Gage Clare is an award-winning ceramicist creating elegant porcelain tableware in her signature textile-inspired style. Each design starts as a textile piece featuring hand woven fabric. A mould is then made from the textile piece capturing the texture. These are then used to create a version of the design in porcelain. Clare’s range includes a collection of cups, tableware and vases each with the appearance of textiles. She was awarded the 2007 Design Directions: Ceramic Futures Award and made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art. She now works from her studio in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

W: www.claregage.com E: clare@claregage.com


Debbie Bryan Based in the beautiful and inspiring Lace Market area of Nottingham, craft award winner Debbie Bryan creates beautiful scarves, brooches and gloves which are well designed and individually hand crafted. Debbie's fashion accessories are innovative, always distinctive and reflect a unique contemporary colour palette, the collections are elegant and reminiscent of heritage and nostalgia. Debbie specialises in creating design led craft based pieces and is committed to a local handmade ethos that ensures quality and unique character in each piece of work.

W: www.debbiebryan.co.uk E: info@debbiebryan.co.uk


Gill Wilson Gill Wilson works with plant fibre to make paper. This passion was originally inspired by three months travelling in Japan studying papermaking. Gill's work is developed for architectural spaces and contemporary interiors, the search for beauty through purity; the purity of concept, of process and of manufacture. Gill makes paper by hand, using natural plant fibres. Using dyes, she produces a palette of colours ranging from naturals shades to complete colour saturation.

W: www.gill-wilson.com E: paperworkz@hotmail.com


Hannah Lobley Hannah Lobley developed the internationally exhibited and award winning Paperwork; a unique recycling technique using the printed pages of unwanted books and paper. The pages are layered and transformed back into a solid wood like material. Traditional wood working methods, such as lathe turning, are then used to create interior objects from that material. The surface patternation of the paper when the objects are worked echoes wood grain. Wood becomes paper becomes wood. Each product and material is hand-made in England; and is a one off, unique item in which the distinct surface texture cannot be recreated.

W: www.hl-web.net E: info@hl-web.net


Jan Garside Jan Garside is a designer/maker who weaves beautiful, delicate and exquisite pieces of textile art. Each piece is unique, hand dyed and hand woven in multiple layers. A combination of natural fibres and a synthetic yarn gives wall hangings, blinds and room dividers an incandescent, almost dream-like quality as they move and change with the light. All pieces are woven on a traditional loom and are underpinned by extensive research. Jan uses combinations of silk, monofilament, cotton and linen yarns when weaving the multiple layers that have become her trade mark.

W: www.jangarside.com E: jan@jangarside.com


Jeanne Roberts Jeanne Roberts is a full time textile artist living and working in Nottingham. She introduces fine art to ancient felting techniques creating unique textiles to complement and inspire public and private spaces. Jeanne has developed a distinctive approach to the Japanese Nuno felting tradition to produce exclusive, versatile textiles with intricate detail and astonishing fluidity and depth of colour. Jeanne uses dry felting and carded wool techniques to mould images using pre-coloured fibre. Merino, alpaca, mohair, silk and hemp are her favourite materials.

W: www.jeannerobertsfinearttextiles.com E: jeanneroberts250@yahoo.co.uk


Jenny Creasey Sculptural ceramic vessels created from fine porcelain. Each delicate piece is paper thin and unique. Inspired by earlier paper samples, each piece is made from paper-thin porcelain so that it not only references, but also imitates paper. Each piece has an individual character and detail that makes it truly unique. Hand made using adapted slip casting techniques these sculptural ceramic pieces have a wonderful translucent quality which is given another dimension when lit. The delicate pieces capture the viewers’ imagination with their subtle details and the ingeniously deceptive nature of their medium.

W: www.jennycreasey.co.uk E: jennycreasey@hotmail.com


Kate Mcbride Kate’s work is a collage of clay and ideas composed of borrowed and original material reflecting today’s throwaway attitude, where a broken object becomes worthless and discarded. Using porcelain, the objects look disrupted and fractured, being broken or damaged and then reassembled. Kate uses stories in her work to combine myths and legends with modern ideas and humour. She makes unique and quirky porcelain tea services, cake stands and varying sized figures which, if you look carefully, all tell a story.

W: www.katemcbride.co.uk E: katie_mcbride@yahoo.co.uk


Lorna Syson Lorna creates hand-made sculptural textiles for home interiors. The floral inspired collection consists of beautifully printed, laser cut and manipulated suedes and textiles to produce bespoke pieces and limited edition collections for soft furnishings and wall decoration. Lorna recently launched a new eco friendly interior collection inspired by the British countryside in the springtime, looking at the shapes and colours created in the wild rural hedgerows. The collection is also inspired by the fabric, which is made from stinging nettles and wool.

W: www.lornasysontextiles.co.uk E: lorna@lornasyson.co.uk


Phiona Richards Phiona creates interactive book sculptures and intriguing jewellery using traditional needlework techniques. "Having been brought up with a ‘make do and mend’ mentality I tend to collect and gather materials including books near the end of their existence and regenerate them into pleasing tactile structures using a variety of needlework techniques. Although they appear to be fragile and delicate they are quite robust and interaction becomes a therapeutic experience on many sensory levels."

W: www.rarenotions.co.uk E: rarenotions@hotmail.co.uk


Stuart Akroyd Stuart designs and creates beautiful contemporary glass. He has always found inspiration from nature; his use of vibrant colours and rhythmic patterns echo the flora and fauna of the ocean. His most recent work ‘Elements Light’ is a wall mounted sculpture reflecting the appearance of deep sea creatures. Stuart has a wide range of functional pieces as well as one-offs and limited editions. Stuart’s glassmaking career began in the North East and he has been based in Nottingham since 2000. He is recognised nationally and internationally as an accomplished designer/maker, sought after for private and public collections.

W: www.stuartakroydglass.com E: info@stuartakroydglass.com


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Le Design à l´heure anglaise (English)