'Collected, Captured, Cast' - Su France, Helen Wilde and Sue Nicholls
Collected, Captured, Cast is an exhibition of the work of an artists’ collective that came about through a love of nature and the power of Instagram. They are exploring the natural world of Gunby, its surrounding area and a love of nature in general, through their art. Here they're also looking closely at the flora, the influence of people and the relationships that unfold throughout the year.
Su France is an artist and silversmith whose pieces are inspired by the landscape around her rural Lincolnshire home. Working with elements cast mainly in silver, and more recently bronze, has allowed her to create botanically inspired jewellery and delicate sculptures. As well as this, her photography reflects the world inside and outside her home studio. Su studies the form and textures of the organic elements, as well as the exquisite and often overlooked tiny treasures, taking into account how light and shadow interplay with nature’s beauty. Collecting and studying forms allows Su to select and capture the perfect, the imperfect and the astounding. Look at www.sufrancedesigns.com to purchase Su's artworks and for more information.
The inspiration for Helen Wilde’s work comes from the natural environment, combining her passion for floriography, flowers and botanicals with fibre art and embroidery. Helen is fascinated by the organic forms, the cryptological communication through the use of floral arrangements, the secrets these reveal, the conversations of colours and patterns within flower meadows that are represented within generations of decorative arts and traditional textiles.
Exploring these forms using a variety of contemporary and traditional techniques, from flower presses to hand dyed embroidery silks, creating new conversations and textures.
Sue Nicholls’ current work is inspired by and explores the interaction between people, nature and landscape. The ways in which plants themselves can form a dynamic, fluid landscape in which fields of swaying grasses undulate in the wind and move together like one giant organism. She likes to explore the intense beauty of texture and form that exists in places that are often overlooked. Her ideas develop by taking photographs or sketching a few ideas based on what she sees in different locations over a period of months. She then bases her work on the memory of what she’s seen, rather than using any direct references. Sue chooses to work in textiles as her main medium. Look at https://suenichollsdesigns.co.uk/ for more information.
'Collected, Captured, Cast' will be in Orchard Gallery from 1 to 31 August. The gallery is open from 11am to 5pm daily and admission is included in the entry to Gunby.