Eastleigh has a thriving artistic hub – The Sorting Office.
The Sorting Office has gathered a strong team of 16 designers and makers, all of unique talents.
Two months ago, I met five of the artists from the Sorting Office at Eastleigh Library, where they introduced their work to the public.
Karen Head, textile artist
Karen Head specialises in hand dyed, hand made nuno felt scarves. She said making a nuno felt scarf is quite physical.
“With such gorgeous hand dyed silks and wool around me, I’m able to make scarves which are beautiful and unique. The technique is nuno – physically making the fibres go through a fabric with friction, which involves a lot of rubbing and rolling.”
Carly Mann: stained glass artist
I introduced Carly Mann to you before.
Carly Mann is a contemporary stained glass artist, who creates distinctive, original and experimental pieces that incorporate mixed media including collage and her own paintings.
Carly studied painting and printmaking at Canterbury Christ Church University and her work is influenced by her interest in local heritage and landscape, ancient history, and symbolic imagery from other cultures.
Her striking work intricately weaves stories from physical artifacts and vintage ephemera through the cleverly crafted use of stamps, postcards and maps.
Visit the website of Carly Mann to find out more.
Mariska Parent: print designer
Mariska is a print designer creating designs for the home and commercial interiors market. From florals to ships, she incorporates appealing hand-drawn imagery with a surreal and playful twist.
She enjoys painting and loves working in a variety of media to create texture and detail. She works on canvas and textiles either printing or painting.
See Mariska Parent’s stunning wallpaper designs on her website: Mariska Parent- Surface Designer for Textiles and Interiors.
Sheena Bond specialises in screen printing onto the ceramic surface. She is also an award-winning member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
Sheena draws inspiration from her family in her creation.
“My work primarily involves printing in one way or another onto the ceramic surface. From iconic images like the £20 note which I have developed into a range of coasters and smaller wall pieces, to handwritten images from previous generations. I collage and layer to create pieces that evoke memories and links with our family heritage.”
“My Great Grandfather was a master baker, so I have handwritten recipes dating back to Victorian times. My Grandpa fought in World War One; I have a handwritten letter to his family about the day he was awarded The Imperial War Medal. The letter is very fragile, but it will be used to create something long-lasting for future generations to appreciate. I even have a letter written by my Dad to my Mum, written on the day I was born….. a beautiful love letter. It has served as source material for me to use in a variety of creative ways.”
Find out more fascinating details about Sheena’s work on her website: Sheena Bond Ceramic Design and Print – Welcome
Helen McArdle: costume designer
Helen McArdle’s costume design business has grown out of her own passion for historical costume.
Helen is a graduate of Wimbledon School of Art, has worked in theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has an MA in historical textile and dress. She is also a member of the Hampshire Regency Dancers, who have a reputation for historically accurate costume.
Helen shows me the bobbins on the lace pillow. She tells me that the spangles are the beads on the ends of the bobbins.
Helen has created costumes for museums, theatre, re-enactors and dancers. She is notable for her hats and male costume specialism.
Find out more about Helen McArdle in this Sorting Office page.
Winter Open Studios at The Sorting Office
Saturday 22nd November 2014 Time: 11am to 5pmAddress:
The Sorting Office37 Wells RoadEastleigh SO50 5FY
Telephone: 023 8180 0364
It’s that time of year when we throw open our doors for our annual Winter Open Studios.
This is a rare chance to meet our talented artists, to watch them work in their space, fire questions at them – and to grab some unique, handmade Christmas pressies, too.
Winter Open Studios is a thrilling experience to see behind the scenes of artists’ studios.
There will be a special festive chap and his little helpers to keep the children occupied, freeing you up to shop ’til you drop.
Handmade scarves, bespoke jewellery, hand-crafted Christmas tree decorations, beautifully crafted ceramics and glassware, hand-drawn Christmas cards, artwork, accessories… you’ll be spoiled for choice for ideas for stocking fillers and festive gifts with the wow factor.
About The Sorting Office
The Sorting Office has been funded by RECREATE.
RECREATE is a cross-border project to boost economic regeneration and create jobs through the development of the creative industries supported under the cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England. It is an Eastleigh Borough Council project and managed by ‘a space’ arts: Growing Creative Communities.