Present Maker

South Hams Arts Forum


Tuesday 5 - Sunday 17 December 2017
10 am - 5 pm (11 am - 3 pm Sundays)

Meet the Artists: Saturday 9 December, 10 am - 5 pm
Admission free


Jane Mahood

Charlotte Dalrymple-Hay

Helen Curtis

Sandra Litchfield

Teresa Barlow

Sally Tapsell-Hall

Christine East

Amanda Brooks

Anna Ventura

Caroline Barker

A richly varied exhibition with a Christmas theme. Artists and makers from the South Hams Arts Forum present a wide range of interesting and affordable art and objects of beauty.

Christine East creates organic shapes for her jewellery by fusing and soldering recycled silver shreds to form brooches and pendants. She also knits with pure silver wire, incorporating gemstone chips, crystals and pearls into knitted cuffs and delicately formed necklaces. Teresa Barlow shows colourful screenprints exploring fairground imagery, and delightful pictures in ceramics portraying some of the characters one might meet there.

Sally Tapsell-Hall shows mixed media paintings and collages, textile works and jewellery made from fabrics and other materials. Sandra Litchfield presents original gifts handcrafted in lead-free pewter: games, jewellery and bowls, depicting the flora and fauna of the local area.

In her mosaics Jane Mahood uses old recycled tiles and broken ceramics, some of which come from the mud of the Kingsbridge Estuary. Helen Curtis’ mixed media pictures incorporate stones, shells and flotsam from walks on the South Hams beaches. Her love of re-cycling extends to making paper wreaths from old school atlases, books and music scores found in charity shops.

Amanda Brooks’ work is influenced by old Japanese paintings, and she likes the idea of bringing a bit of the natural world inside to enjoy. Painting onto fragile gold leaf with acrylic or oil paint reflects light and changes throughout the day. She finds it perfect for capturing a shadow rolling across a field or the sun shining on the sea. Charlotte Dalrymple-Hay says, “The inspiration for my work comes from the environment I am surrounded by; firstly with something that catches my eye, and then when it touches my heart I set about trying to capture that inspiration within a beautiful piece of silver jewellery.”

Caroline Barker is a printmaker, calligrapher and collector of quotations, and she combines all three in delightfully quirky handmade books. Anna Ventura shows drawings, and miniature, wearable paintings set into jewellery. She also enjoys painting in pastels and acrylics: animals, portraits and properties.