A season of new Original Paintings
Throughout autumn and winter 2020 we will be launching a series of original new paintings, collages and textile pieces. Here is a sneak peek at what's to come...
A brand new collection of Unity Coombes’ ‘Antique Plate Paintings’ with her signature tablecloth patterns to go alongside the launch of our corresponding cushion collaboration.
Auricula were renowned for their status and were grown for competition by flower fanciers at ‘Florists’ Feasts’, the precursors of the modern flower show. Across Europe they were so popular that many large estates set up an auricula theatre with a stage, a curtain and seating. A flowering plant was brought from behind the curtain and placed on a structure for the audience to admire and applaud. The specimen was then taken away and a new one placed in front of the audience to great applause. At the end of the show the audience was invited to the wall to view the plants at close range.
Inspired by these auricula theatres, we launch this beautiful new collection of Denise Allan’s twelve original paintings on board and a limited edition print series.
At The Shop Floor Project one of the most exciting roles is to commission new work from our stable of artists and makers at the beginning of each year. Inspiration for new collections come from a multitude of places. Often overlapping with things we’ve seen, read or even made ourselves, these beautiful paintings by Raphael Balme have a thread of references as exciting as the paintings themselves.
For the first time in the UK, we are showing a collection of original paintings, limited edition prints and cushions by celebrated Japanese artist Kosuke Ajiro. His work consists of jaw dropping four-metre long ‘scrolls’ full of detail to get lost within; small paintings of handmade theatres and puppet shows; and quilt-like scenes, cut up into squares and patch-worked together.
We are very excited to launch a new collection of hand embroidered textiles by British Indian artist Saima Kaur. Building up a variety of stitches with traditional threads on linen, Kaur is influenced by her heritage and Indian Folk art. Kaur’s work feels allegorical and often uses her extensive collection of antique Punjabi Phulkaris as a source for motifs, unusual stitches and composition.
Her work tells stories, but they are fragments, inviting the viewer to follow a thread, stitching together a story of a larger embroidery in our imagination.
A new collection of work from award-winning British artist Kate Black featuring a series of large-scale hand appliquéd textiles, framed in bespoke box frames and inspired by village-hall banners; collages of various poultry; and country women in hats are all created from material gathered from years of collecting imagery.
Inspired by painted European trays of the 18th and 19th century, Denise Allan uses a collection of antique and vintage papier mache trays for this new collection. Each tray is hand painted and depicts a wading or woodland bird, observed by the artist whilst exploring South Cumbria and the Levens estuary in particular. Finished with highlights of gold stencil work around the edges, they vary in size and shape.