Artist Statements

My inspiration tends to be from objects that interest and inspire me. Currently I am working with reduction linocuts of quirky or unusual buildings
And I have published four books to date:-
'1000 Patterns', published by A & C Black 2003
'Patterns, New Surface Design', published by Laurence King 2006
'Textiles Now',published by Laurence King 2007
'The Pattern Sourcebook', published by Laurence King 2009

ANNE STEPHENS (Astrantia Artisan) 
It is the environment that surrounds us which now inspires my work.  I have followed a varied path which included teaching and making jewellery in silver, gold and titanium, together with stones, beads and enamel, and also spent some time researching and documenting body ornaments around the world, especially those of remote ethnic groups in the Himalayas.  I am now finding creative inspiration in other materials, particularly natural fibres, within mixed media work, which allow me to delight in colour and express my enchantment with the precious natural world.


Inspiration: from direct observation preferably.
Favourite topics: trees, landscapes and most natural things.
My work is predominantly objective.
Media: I work in a variety of media, but watercolour is my preferred.

DAVID BUNYAN I was given an apprenticeship with a Photographic Portrait, Still life and Fashion Studio in London in 1943.   Because of the war I also had to do government work two days a week.  I did my City & Guilds before going into the army.and have been doing photography ever since, not always full time as I also ran a Landscape Design and Contract business for many years.   I rarely go anywhere without a camera - you never know what you will see.!

An elected member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, who has expanded his methods of communication by designing and printing artists’ books since 2008. Also member of the Birmingham Art Circle, and founder of the Birmingham & Midland Pastel Society. He is a well known for woodcut prints, water-colour and oil paintings.
He won the Silver Rose Bowl for the best display of book art in the Westhope Craft College annual exhibition 2009.
Also exhibits book art and etchings at the Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne, Powys.
Stockist: Book Art Book Shop 11 Pitfield St. London N1 6HB.

Born 1942 Prestatyn wales. Survived Stourbridge secondary art school and a period at Birmingham school of art doing interior design. Director of Hurlston design Bournville specialising in exhibitions, conference and event design and management.
A constant observer and drawer, member of Marches Book arts group(MBAG), Castle Artists, joint organiser of Clun art and craft show and member of Clun drawing group.
Admirer of painters oska kokoschke, paula rego, leon kossoff the list goes on.
Interests, architecture contemporary design.


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