…just arrived ‘The Night Life of Trees’ notecards

 

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We think these screen-printed notecards by Tara are exquisite!

They feature images from the book ‘The Night Life of Trees’Each pack contains 10 cards of  4 designs printed onto black handmade paper. They are created in the Gond tribal art style from Central India.

‘In Gond belief, trees stand in the middle of life, and the spirit of many things lie in them. They are busy all day, giving shade and support and shelter and food to all. Only when night falls can they find rest for themselves, and then, under quiet dark skies, the spirits that live in them are revealed.’ 

Created by three of the finest living artists of the Gond tradition, these are a tribute to the majesty of trees, and to old ways of relating to the natural world.

 

Just arrived…

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Relief prints by Cornelia O’Donovan

Back in stock, all our bestselling printmaking equipment including inks, rollers, vinyl, lino and cutting tools.

Invest in a good quality roller like this Abig Heavyweight Beech Handled Roller and it will last you forever. Brilliant shades of 15 Schmincke Linoprint Colours are available to overprint and intermix as you wish. Our Japanese Double-Sided Vinyl is a soft easy to cut surface that can be used to print on fabric as well as handmade and printmaking papers. All available online.

Of course we still stock large 300ml tubes of Seawhites Block Printing Ink, very affordable, not flat, matt and dead, but a good quality water-based ink for the student and beginner. Available from our shop in Abergavenny only.

Exhibition currently showing… ‘As bright as a spring sun’

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New slipware by Dylan Bowen

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Decorated hand-thrown earthenware by Daniel Wright

Our spring show has opened, here are a few highlights…

New artists include Daniel Wright with a cupboard full of decorated white slipped earthenware in the kitchen (see image). Alongside Daniel is a familiar maker, Dylan Bowen. A firm favourite of ours over many years, Dylan is now a well known, established figure in the world of contemporary ceramics.

Another new artist, printmaker and painter, Henrietta Corbett,is showing carborundum prints and her new small exquisite acrylic on perspex paintings.

We have a stunning collection of large botanical studies in watercolour and graphite by regular artist, Cornelia O’Donovan.

See more on our current exhibition page

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Ten romantic Valentine ideas…

valentines 11Wrappings by… John Derian, Arthouse, Jessie Chorley, Cornelia O’Donovan RCA & Caius Shaw RCA

Hand-printed, stitched cards by Cornelia O’Donovan RCAFor You, With Love

Gifts…

‘Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils’ by Ann Swan

The Art Shop Botanical Starter Kit – perfect for beginners

Fabriano Venezia Sketchbook – smooth Fabriano Accademia drawing paper 200gsm in stitched sections

‘Hollywood Unseen’ by Dance Robert. Showcasing an extraordinary collection of hidden photographic gems from Hollywood film studios of the 20’s -50’s

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Prestel’s ‘The Green Florilegium’ – with 400 illustrations

Assortments of ribbons, garlands & lots more…

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Back in the New Year…

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Fairy by Rozie Keogh

We are closed over the Christmas holiday for our annual break and will re-open on…

Tuesday 7th January 2014

We would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you in 2014 with a new programme of exhibitions, workshops, events and some exciting new ventures…

One week to go… find the unexpected…

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Carved shed antler bird by Matt Caines, Russian Doll after Velasquez by Philippa Robbins, cards by Alexis Snell & Cornelia O’Donovan RCA

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Earthenware plate by Dylan Bowen, silver bangles by Michele Wyckoff Smith, signed boxed set Mabinogion Series by Seren Press

 

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Traditionally painted icons by Frances Green, small tin nicho painting by Philippa Robbins

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Earthenware ceramics by James Burnett Stuart

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Painting by Cornelia O’Donovan RCA, automaton by Rachel Larkins

New jewellery by Syann van Niftrik

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Silk Route Necklace. Silver, red silk with polyester core for strength £ 392

Just arrived… stunning new collection by Syann van Niftrik.

Born in South Africa, Syann originally trained as a ceramic designer. She moved to the Netherlands setting up her first jewellery studio in 1971.  A visiting lecturer on the BA Jewellery course at Central St. Martin’s, London, she also mentors students.

‘My early years were passed in Africa with unmistakable rhythms, textures and hues. I breathed it in deeply winding it freely into my northern birth right. My work draws freely from my environment without being representational. This together with a need to make a piece that sits on and moves comfortably with the body is what I seek to do.’

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Christmas Food & Drink Fair Sunday 8th December

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Hand-made crackers. Kits available – add your gift and embellish.

We are open on Sunday 8th December from 10am-4pm to celebrate the Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair.

Stock up on all your Christmas foods – fresh and cured meats, cheeses and chocolates, cakes and desserts, wines, liqueurs and more… from over 90 producers.

Come and visit our festive display in the market hall. A table decked with hedgerow gathered berries, twigs and branches; gilded walnuts and leaves threaded with gold; unique hand-made crackers; delicious Christmas delights and exquisite ceramics by contemporary makers. Personalise your festivities…

The Long Winter Show…

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A cupboard for children…

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painting by Daniel Williams

Christmas has come to The Art Shop and The Long Winter Show is now open…

Upstairs in the gallery, an eclectic collection of paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, automata, jewellery, and ceramics.

(Click here to read more and see a selection of artwork on our exhibitions page)

Downstairs our shop is brimming with special gifts…wrappings, ribbons, artist’s cards, bespoke art kits – colouring, drawing, painting and writing – and beautiful children’s activity and story books. Truly something for everyone and perhaps a few unexpected surprises too…

Our cupboard for children is decorated with hand cut Khadi paper, crepe paper and our sumptuous platinum tissue. Inside you’ll find old favourites such as the Dover Coloured Fairy Tales alongside new award winning illustrated titles.

Visit our online shop or come and see us. Don’t forget Late Night Shopping Thursday December 12th, when the best independent shops in town will be open until 8pm.

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Painting by Cornelia O’Donovan, automaton by Rachel Larkins

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Insects & Flowers Series by Cornelia O’Donovan