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#SKETCHBOOKTHOUGHTS 188

IN CONVERSATION | SCULPTOR- ANDRZEJ SZYMCZYK

24.06.20

“As much as London offers a lot of opportunities for exhibiting and acquiring new contacts, which is very important at the early stages of establishing yourself and building your name, once you feel confident and you have enough recognition, it’s good to make a move.”

-Andrzej Szymczyk

Andrzej Szymczyk is a sculptor from Krakow. His sculptures are founded in hyper-realism in both human and animal forms. He carefully studies and analyzes the anatomy of every subject to recreate the subtlest tensions of musculature and movement. This allows him to articulate his vision with high levels of accuracy and gives him the deep understanding of physical characteristics to be able to create something new rather than simply replicate existing reality. [www.andrewsculpture.com]



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IN CONVERSATION | CERAMICIST- MIMI JOUNG

17.06.20




“It [London] has a different energy, which I really enjoy. I think London actually gives me, I wouldn’t call it creative energy, but it has a different air to me.”

-Mimi Joung




Mimi Joung is a ceramist originally from Korea, who gained her masters in ceramics and art from the Royal College of Art. She has developed a range of work through installations, artist residencies and private commissions in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. Her work focuses on issues of “displacement,” with objects addressing a wider discourse, beyond origin and usage, to reference human situations and experience. [mimijoung.com]










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IN CONVERSATION | EMBROIDERY ARTIST- CHLOE AMY AVERY

03.06.20

“It’s just got such a buzz and a diversity that I don’t think many other places have. It’s a very inspiring creative city so leaving the city you sort of lose a part of yourself. For us anyway or for me. ” -Chloe Amy Avery

Chloe Amy Avery is an embroidery artist with a Masters Degree in Surface Textiles for Fashion. She hand embroiders large scale, intricately detailed art-work as well as wearable pieces. Her style is hyper-realistic impressionism, using food and nostalgia as the inspiration for her work. [chloeamyavery.com]








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IN CONVERSATION | PAINTER- TOM FRY

01.06.20

“My expression comes from everything that surrounds me and the idea that’s in the moment, and sort of like, the current state of mind, trying to express that as well. I think whatever environment I’m in that’s always gonna have an impact on the way the finished piece looks.” – Tom Fry

Tom Fry is a painter and visual artist who explores his mental states and societal observations with his abstract style. His love of London’s urban street art culture, combined with his unique experience as an evolving voice can be viewed in his wide array of bold pieces. [tomfrystudio.com]

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IN CONVERSATION | DESIGNER- ADAM NATHANIEL FURMAN

28.05.20

“London is kind of everything. It is what’s defined my way of seeing the world. It’s allowed me to be who I am, I don’t think I could be who I am if I hadn’t been brought up in London.” – Adam Nathaniel Furman

Adam Nathaniel Furman is trained in Architecture and Fine Art, working in areas of products, interiors, writing and teaching. His designs are “always approachable, usually adorable, often cheeky, and take inspiration from a passionate & lifelong exploration of the themes of Queerness, colour and ornament as a political- aesthetic project, with his objects, artwork, spaces & installations invariably being embodiments of the diasporic, fluid & roaming cultures that surrounded him as he grew up and continues to fascinate & inspire him to this day.” [adamnathanielfurman.com]

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IN CONVERSATION | CERAMICIST- ANIA BRZESKI

19.05.20

“Hopefully that will be more of an importance placed on the importance of creatives in cities to keep sort of culture and arts alive, which is a massive part of why people want to live in big cities.”

-Ania Brzeski





Ania Brzeski creates handmade ceramics behind the name Sloth. Sloth was created with the intention to celebrate a change of pace naturally brought on by the slow process of handmade ceramics. Her designs are inspired by natural dyed textiles, mid century design, and the natural source of her materials. [ slothpots.com]




















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IN CONVERSATION | WEAVER- CHRISTABEL BALFOUR

15.05.20

“I think sometimes there’s a focus on amenities like kombucha on tap and stuff, instead of actually creating a culture, and creating an environment that’s conducive to just focus on deep work. I would really love to see an immediate shift towards that, because I think at the moment there’s not a lot of depth to some of these spaces. “

-Christabel Balfour



Christabel Balfour is an artist and tapestry weaver living and working in south east London. She has been weaving for the last eight years; beginning with sculptural amorphous pieces designed to cluster on the floor or hang from the ceiling. She progress slowly into classical tapestry now specialising in rugs and woven wall-hangings. [christabelbalfour.com]





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IN CONVERSATION | DENIM ARTIST- IAN BERRY

14.05.20

“It is cross collaboration that can make somewhere more than what it is; like it’s more than just studios, it’s more than spaces, it’s fostering a community spirit. It’s finding ways of adding value to a space.” -Ian Berry




Ian Berry is a textile artist working with denim to create intricate, full of depth works of art. At first glance many believe his works are blue toned photographs or indigo coloured oil paintings. His work has been seen in many countries and written about in major media in all corners of the globe. [ianberry.org]















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IN CONVERSATION | PRINTMAKERS- JAIRO AND NICOLA

07.05.20

“I’ve definitely found that space, where even if the artists are doing quite different work from us, it’s beneficial to have that interaction with them. I think you can learn a lot from artists who have a completely different discipline.”

-Jairo

Jairo Zaluda and Nicola Green are a creative double act collaborating in printmaking, collage, screen printing and installation. Their current work is an extension of their fascination with: alternating mental states as depicted in literature and the arts; the boundary between what is real and imagined; interacting with communities to provide expressive and immersive experiences; the exploration of combining digital, silkscreen, and collage to compliment their ongoing projects. [saatchiart.com/jairoandnicola]

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IN CONVERSATION | CURATOR- ZAVIER ELLIS

06.05.20

“I want to say something like- when I’m in the studio, I almost feel like a kind of released animal in a way. It’s place for freedom.”

-Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis is a curator, artist, gallerist, collector, lecturer, and publisher. He has curated exhibitions internationally including Frankfurt, Berlin, Los Angeles, Naples, and Rome. He’s an avid collector while still maintaining a studio practice and has exhibited with world class galleries and museums. [zavierellis.com]










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