Artwork for Danielle Flowers
"Synergy" - Rippled Ash
"Moon Vessel" - Spalted Beech
"Element" - Spalted Beech Stud
"Element" - Rippled Ash
I aim to create timeless pieces of home decor and jewellery, that capture the essence of our British woodlands into a miniature work of art. Sourcing native timber from sustainably managed woodlands in Shropshire. Each element is handcrafted and formed on the lathe from carefully selected hardwoods, to showcase the unique features of the grain, using minimal dome and round forms. Sustainability, materiality and craftsmanship are the three driving factors for my business ethos. Utilizing every section of timber as by products, from table lamp to bowl, necklace to stud.
I believe being an artist was not necessarily a conscious choice but a subconscious urge, as for me being a creative has always been a part of who I am and my life has always gravitated towards a career in the arts. At every hurdle in life I always find my way to art, whether that be in the workshop or through sketching, to cooking or gardening I am driven by an inner creative instinct and I am so pleased I allowed myself the freedom and courage to pursue it.
"Artist Designer Maker" would best describe my practice, as a multidisciplinary creative primarily working in the traditional craft process of woodturning, combining this with raw materials such as silver, brass and leather to create contemporary statement pieces.
Contemporary Woodturner - small scale precision turning, bespoke commissions and production turning.
Ludlow College - Fine Art, Photography, ICT, Graphics
Hereford College of Art - Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Cardiff School of Art & Design - BA (hons) Artist Designer Maker 2016
After graduating in 2016 I took the leap to launch my business, with the help of a start up bursary award, as a result of a successful pitch on a business short course I completed. Working from a renovated shed in a family garden, with second hand machines and excess firewood I started full time.
In my first year of business I was fortunate to receive a contract from the National Trust to stock several outlets with a bespoke range of bowls, handcrafted from spalted beech from Wenlock Edge in Shropshire. This launched my career forward and in 2017 I received a bursary award from The Worshipful Company of Turners for extended training, which funded a five day trip to the world renowned woodturning school in France; Ecole Escoulen.
After two years of honing my skills and refining my product ranges I launched into wholesale at the British Craft Trade Fair and since have multiple stockists across the UK. Throughout the year I can be found at a selection of events, such as Living Crafts in Hatfield/Cirencester, local markets in Shropshire and Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre to name a few.
I am now part of a collective of eight artists that co-operative run The Artists' Gallery in my hometown of Ludlow, since October 2019.
With thanks to an Arts Council England grant during the 2020 lockdown I have been able to continue to run my creative business from my home workshop and to plan for a positive relaunch this year.
The Artists' Gallery, Ludlow - October 2019 - Present.
Makers Arcade, Cardiff - Nov/Dec 2020.
Sara Preisler Gallery, Birmingham - "Seeking Autumn" Exhibition 2019
Shetland Arts, Bonhoga Gallery - "This Winter" Exhibition 2019
Craft in the Bay, Cardiff - "Showcase Collection Emerging Makers" 2019
DFContemporaryCraft - Etsy online shop
The Artists' Gallery, Ludlow
The Lion Gallery, Leominster. Farfield Mill, Sedbergh.
Riverside Art and Glass, Norwich. Masham Gallery, Harrogate.
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