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Celebrate Herts Open Studios launch weekend in the fabulous Assembly Room.

Taking inspiration from the setting, the following artists and artisan makers will be there across two days to welcome you with demonstrations, workshops and inspiring activities.

Saturday artists:

Laura Dunmow: Oil Painting

 Laura is a representational artist, living and working in Hertfordshire.

“My inspiration is immersed in the classical style of oil painting that centres around the aesthetic values of colour and unity of space, where the use of light and interpreted brush strokes create a distinctive, contemporary style. I choose oils as a favoured medium, as my portrait and figurative works are heavily influenced by Sargent’s work and his remarkable technical ability to draw with his brush, while the landscapes are inspired by Turner’s interplay between light and colour.”

Sally Taylor: Brusho

“Trained as a Textile Designer, I have always been fascinated by pattern and structure. More importantly, for me, artwork needs to be practical too; knitting for a purpose: original artwork which can adorn a wall but also be made into greetings cards. Another part of me loves recycling and retro styling. Fabric patterns and colours from a by-gone era updated with modern finishes.”

Hatty de Barnard: Computer Arts 

HatDebris is based in North London.

“HatDebris creates modern art with a mild urban twist.  Infused with a quiet desire, the stylized images are created with digital tools and clean aesthetics. Visual diamonds in this cultural rough. Photography, collage and illustration have been in constant use over the years, along with other inclusions. Images are inspired by stepping off the main route and creating a visual with an idea behind it. The subtle influences of everyday life, popular culture, media, conversations, people and memories all conspire to make their way into a final pie

Debbie Knight: Pen and Ink Line drawing

Debbie is an art graduate who has returned to art after a career in teaching. She has been oil painting now for 10 years and in that time has built up a vocabulary of marks, which she now uses in her expressive abstract work. Whilst her work is ever evolving, fundamentally she returns to the same core themes; she has a deep interest in ancient history, myth and faith, man's origins and common dreams.  Through colour and layering, texture, scratches, adding and removing paint, Debbie builds an image which is open for the viewer to interpret, but shows an outward expression of the drama that has built the image.

Linda Gifford: Computer and textiles

Linda is a compulsive pattern maker liberated by Photoshop to experiment and play. Creating designs inspired by the patterns, colours and textures around her, especially, but not exclusively, in nature. After foundation at Central St Martins and studying textiles at Farnham and 20 years art teaching, she established her own business in 2006. Linda has exhibited at the East London Design Show, Made in Clerkenwell, The Contemporary Textiles Show and Handmade at Kew, among others and in 2010 was nominated for a Hidden Art Award. An active member of Craft Central and Herts Visual Arts, Linda exhibits her work regularly in London and Hertfordshire and as part of Herts Open Studios

Sunday Artists:

Hillary Taylor: Pen drawing and found materials 

“A lifetime of engineering, languages and art, alongside natural and built environments all inspire and inform my practice. I love that information and physical objects can be put together in so many ways and at the same time experienced so differently by individuals. All around me I see everyday items and scenes that can be simplified, abstracted, built or viewed ‘differently’. To me, each transient image or object is just one possibility, somehow frozen at that fleeting moment in time. My work is an intrinsic combination of research, engineering discipline and creative freedom.”

Opal Seabrook: Glass 

"An artist for over 20 years, working specifically in glass for more than 10, I merge traditional stained glass methods and modern fusion and screen printing methods, incorporating materials such as wood and metal to create unique stained glass art panels, window and mirrors, and kiln-fused jewellery, and wall and table art. My ever evolving style brings a range of beautiful and unique pieces with inspiration from various sources and styles including pop art, art nouveau, nature and photography.”

Paula Barnard Groves: Metal Sculpture/Finishing

Paula is an East Barnet based artist of both indoor and outdoor metal sculpture. 

“My work is all about Process. I love getting into close contact with materials, handling them and getting to know them. A piece often begins with recycled metal, but whether it’s new or used, each part is selected for its unique appearance.”

Linda Gifford: Computer and textiles

Linda is a compulsive pattern maker liberated by Photoshop to experiment and play. Creating designs inspired by the patterns, colours and textures around her, especially, but not exclusively, in nature. After foundation at Central St Martins and studying textiles at Farnham and 20 years art teaching, she established her own business in 2006. Linda has exhibited at the East London Design Show, Made in Clerkenwell, The Contemporary Textiles Show and Handmade at Kew, among others and in 2010 was nominated for a Hidden Art Award. An active member of Craft Central and Herts Visual Arts, Linda exhibits her work regularly in London and Hertfordshire and as part of Herts Open Studios

With Herts Visual Arts Forum

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