Welcome to our Associate Artists page. We have a variety of visiting artists to Fleece. All the artists are still based within the Yorkshire Dales or just beyond. Click on an image to get further information.
Adrian's greatest inspiration is the plasticity of hot steel and the ability to form and manipulate the steel into a design that embodies his philosophy of beauty. Music is also something that inspires his sculptural work and he admires songwriters that can paint a picture in the mid or elicit an emotion that is strong enough to inspire him to ant to interpret it in steel.
Ben's designs and makes jewellery which is frequently enamelled using extreme heat to bond the colours onto the copper.
Ben's inspiration comes from the varied greens and browns found in the Dales and in the Highlands of Scotland
Elizabeth has lived in Wensleydale for over 30-years. Growing up on the edge of the moors sowed the seeds for a love of wide open spaces, walking and being outdoors. She has always had a passion for taking photographs and enjoys capturing moments in time whilst out walking - nature and the environment through the changing seasons are the core themes of her work. Having left full-time work, and children growing up, the idea for her cards came to life.
Heather Ritchie started making rag rugs when she moved to Reeth 1971 . Shown the technique initially by a local farmer's wife Hanna Place, then a lady rugmaker who had lived in America then moved to Reeth, taught her further techniques . Who would have thought this craft/art would take her across the globe teaching? Inspiration for many of her pieces is taken from the beautiful surroundings.
Jennifer & Adrian work from their home studio in Co. Durham. Known for the detailed naturalistic designs inspired by the countryside they are hand cast from Earthenware and fired in a kiln to 1140c. Jennifer draws a design onto the ceramics with a pencil then paints them using under glaze oxides. They are finished with slip-trailing to give a slightly raised effect. Once complete the ceramics are usable, decorative and they make beautiful gifts.
Kevin has enjoyed painting and photography from his early days in Kent and throughout his working life in Derbyshire. Now living in Swaledale he can combine these with his love of all things outdoor. Capturing photographs whilst walking locally, nationally and abroad, he loves big skies, waterfalls and characterful buildings. He works in his digital darkroom to bring out the moods of the landscape and picks out colours and tones to add a personal touch to the recorded image.
Sheila is a textile artist who enjoys making hand stitched books. The surface designs on the covers are created individually from natural leaf prints, acrylic mono prints and from fragments of vintage fabrics. The fabric is then waxed to protect the surface.