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Crabapple

Crabapple is a collective of artists who exhibit, and mostly live, in Eynsham. It includes ceramics, photography digigraphy, and jewellery. Here's a brief blurb about each artist, and an example of their work.

Rose Hallam

Rose Hallam hand-paints wood, paper and card and uses photomontage, to make distinctive, original jewellery. The use of colour and fine detail are essential to the work, which is both abstract and traditional in design. The jewellery is light to wear, and uses sterling silver findings.

A photograph supplied by a customer can be transformed into a personalised piece of jewellery.

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Andrea Hewes

Andrea works in many different mediums, including screenprint, pastels, oil paints and gouache.
This exhibition will feature something in all of these mediums, drawing on the natural world and also still-lifes.

She is a member of the Oxford Art Society and the Oxford Printmaker’s Co-operative.


Adrian Moyes

thrown pots
Adrian took up pottery five or six years ago. He still regards himself as very much a beginner, relying on fellow potters for help and advice.

In 2006 he set up a pottery workshop in Eynsham with Sue Raikes (see below). This means he can do more potting, and experiment with glazing and firing.

digigraphs
Adrian's enthusiasm for digigraphs had two roots; one was his delight at being able to by-pass drawing (a low skill area for him) and paint with photographs, enabling him to build up an image very different from a photograph - more like a painting perhaps, but different from a painting too. The other was his interest in David Hockney's critique of photography, and his subsequent attempts to imitate Hockney's 'joiners'.

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Decals

This year Adrian has been experimenting with combining his potting with digigraphs - by converting them into decals for putting on pots.

Green Rye - 2009

Marjorie Ottley
Marjorie has a great love of the countryside and nature. In the past she has exhibited photographs depicting a range of flowers and birdlife. This year she concentrates on images of red and fallow deer, as well as some architectural black and white photographs.

Sue Raikes

thrown pots

Like Adrian (see above), Sue is fairly new to throwing and her work owes much to Gill Hedge's teaching, glazing and firing. Sue and Adrian have set up their own workshop in Eynsham - but they still have much to learn!

hand-built ceramics

Sue has been experimenting with hand built ceramics at evening classes for a few years. Recently she has begun working on flower holders for Japanese ikebana flower arrangements.

digigraphs

Initially digigraphs offered me a way of exploring texture and layers in rather the same way as an etching. I used photographs, scanned objects and my own drawings as the starting point for a sort of collage. This year I have been doing a painting class and I am now exploring the interface between a paint brush, a tablet and digital manipulation.

Rannoch - 2009

Gillian Shepherd

Gillian has been hand building delicate pots at evening classes in Oxford for some years. But her relationship with pottery is much older. As an archaeologist specialising in Greek and Roman archaeology, pots are an important part of her work and research.

Back in the 21st century, Gillian is experimenting with new techniques and new materials, and will be exhibiting thrown pots and porcelain.


artists not participating in Crabapple's Artweek/2010 exhibition

Meg Blacker

Over the last few years Meg has concentrated on self-portraiture as a means of image construction. She uses herself as a model for all her work - exploring the use of photography to illustrate emotions and themes, or to suggest narrative. Previous collections have included Scarey Movies, Seven Deadly Sins, Heavenly Virtues and Storybooks (see right).

The series of work for 2008 Artweek was the telling of stories from the lives of three different fictional women. In 2009 she continued this theme. The pictures portray characters' actions and apparent reactions to events that have previously unfolded, but we are not necessarily directly told the whole story through the photographs. Who is this woman? What has happened to her? What might be going on?

Meg has also been experimenting with infra-red film - taking atmospheric images of landscapes & local features.


Tamsin Taylor

Tamsin has been a keen photographer since creating her first dark room at the age of 17.  She trained as a Graphic Designer,  and now lecturers in Art and Design at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College. This photograph is from a series of eight entitled "Bluebottle", in which Tamsin explores the idea that photography is a process of  'painting with light'. Through optical distortion of the subject and the use of a limited colour palette, Tamsin has created a dramatic collection of abstract images. Although taken digitally, they have not been manipulated by computer. The images are printed on canvas to create a juxtaposition between the normal conventions of the printed photograph and of traditional painting