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Design Head Hand Heart exhibition

Friday 13 April – Sunday 8 July 2018

Sponsored by Technique Print and The Friends of Court Barn Museum

Nine leading contemporary designers will display their work at an exciting new exhibition.

Sarah McCormick Healy, Court Barn curator said: “These designers all follow the rich heritage established by architect and designer Charles Robert Ashbee - placing great value on work, the joy of craftsmanship and the natural beauty of materials.”

Designers include:

Vicki Ambery-Smith, jewellery & silverware designer who creates delicate, small scale jewellery and boxes inspired by real and imaginary buildings and designed to be worn comfortably.  Especially attracted to the structural clarity and minimal ornament of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, Vicki also uses forms reminiscent of the modernist structures of Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Sebastian Bergne, industrial designer, is renowned for making everyday objects special with his essential and human approach to design. His work shows less of a signature style, more a quest for appropriate new solutions to diverse design problems, whether working on bespoke projects or anonymous consumer products.

Stella Campion, designer silversmith and jeweller, works in gold and silver, specialising in the techniques of chasing and repousse to create relief designs on metal. Stella draws on nature for inspiration using bird, insect and plant life themes with richly textured gold surfaces set with coloured stones.

Samuel Chan, furniture designer, spent seven years training and in 1995 set up Channels to keep the entire design-make-sell process in-house.  His aim is to create pieces known for their clean, contemporary design and excellent craftsmanship. To date Samuel’s work has been recognized with seventeen Design Guild Marks.

Annette Friedrich, artist bookbinder, was brought up in Germany and moved to London to set up her studio for unique fine bindings. A founding member of the artist’s collaboration ‘club mantell’ she is active in their cross-discipline ventures and exhibition projects. Working within a very old craft, Annette employs techniques passed down through generations: tooled mark making, rhythms and space.

Tanya Gomez, ceramist. Working in porcelain, Tanya uses a range of approaches in her throwing to create forms that capture the qualities of fluidity and movement and evoke a sense of space. Her work evolves from her observations of natural phenomena, dramatic landscapes and the shifting qualities of the sea.

Caroline Groves, traditional bespoke women's shoemaker. With over 33 years of leather working experience, Caroline’s creative talent crosses the boundaries between craftsmanship, fashion, art and fantasy.  Her work is all about curves and the sculptural elements of shoemaking and design.

Jacqueline Mina OBE, goldsmith, is recognised as a significant talent and influence amongst UK and European contemporary goldsmiths. Her superb technical accomplishment in manipulating precious metals is combined with a fine, painterly eye.

Harts, gold and silversmith. Harts Silversmiths encompass a unique living tradition in design and silversmithing which has its origins in the Arts and Crafts Movement. The Harts are descendants of the silversmith George Henry Hart (1882-1973) who came to Chipping Campden with C.R. Ashbee; they continue to produce handmade silver in the workshop established by Ashbee.


Sat 5 May

Demonstration: Jeweller and silversmith, Vicki Ambery-Smith, will be demonstrating her approach to making her finely detailed architectural designs in silver and gold. With scored and folded silver and fine fretwork she obtains an interpretation of iconic architecture in miniature.

Sat 23 June

Demonstration: Tanya Gomez, a celebrated ceramicist renowned for her porcelain vessels in her signature lustrous colours, will be sharing her expertise.

EVENT CANCELLED Sat 19 May at 6pm

Panel discussion: The rise of the designer-maker - why now?

Participants include Charlotte Fiell, leading design historian, renowned industrial designer Sebastian Bergne, and Marylois Chan from Channels Design

CHANGE OF VENUE - this will now take place in the Museum

Tickets £7 available from the Museum