The first two weeks of York River Art Market have seen a mass of artists displaying their work along the riverbank, and the third is set to be filled with just as much variety and talent.
Amble down Dame Judi Dench Walk this Saturday, and you’ll come across the delightful storybook cards of Purple Pomegranate Press. Elspeth Tavaci, who owns the small publisher along with her husband, has drawn on her experiences working in the publishing business and as a teacher to develop something truly unique. Using adaptations of folk tales, historical anecdotes, and original stories, Purple Pomegranate Press’ cards make sending a greeting even more special. Each card has at least eight full-page illustrations, by a specially selected artist, that bring the story to life. Their aim is to rekindle fond memories, and create new ones, whether it be of a place or story that you loved as a child, or something new entirely.
Another artist keen to spark happy memories is Rosie Sellers, of Elsie Rose Designs. Rosie uses painting, textiles, and free machine embroidery to share the delight of quiet, ordinary moments, such as seeing a flower, or setting foot on a beach. She plays with juxtaposing the simplicity of the initial idea with more complex subjects and commentary, and similarly romanticises images that are not typically considered beautiful. Her illustrations often come in the form of lists and groups of objects, similar in some ways to picture books for young children, but targeting an older audience. Throughout all her work, Rosie invites you to take a moment to stop and see the beauty in the world around you, wherever you may be.
Carrie Lyall, of Rose & Hen also draws much of her inspiration from nature, and can often be found walking the wilds, taking photos of interesting forms. The images that she takes inspire her sketches, which she then transposes onto silk or turns into lino-cut prints. The clean lines of her contemporary designs feel at once modern and classic, anchoring their almost fairytale appeal firmly in the 21st century. Carrie’s ability to create stunning silhouettes and delicate detail, both on her silks and prints, is testament to the time and care that she puts into her process, and her attention to detail.
Mervyn Tay is a self-taught artist who uses his canvas to share the free-spirited, joyful side of life. Each of his paintings tells a stand-alone story, often inspired by clever wordplay. His works are based on his obsession with sheep and current affairs. Given this somewhat odd combination of subjects, rather than take too serious an approach, Mervyn prefers to make humour and fun the focus. Mervyn also experiments with expressing his emotions in the form of vibrant and colourful abstracts that are equally as engaging as his flock of sheep, and well worth the trip down to the riverside to see.
This Saturday (July 21), get your sun cream on and head down to Dame Judy Dench Walk to see and hopefully buy some incredible, affordable art.Last Week's Column