At just fourteen years old, Tilly Richmond is York River Art Market 2018’s youngest artist. Despite being so young, Tilly’s talent and drive are sure to see her continuing to build on her impressive debut. Definitely one to watch, Tilly brings a creative innocence to both her digital art and traditional watercolours, which juxtaposes herexploration of complex themes such as non-binary gender identity, youth culture and beauty.
Art is Tilly’s passion, and, on a surface-level, it helps her to unwind from the pressures of school and life as a 21st century teen, but Tilly is determined to push further and establish herself professionally. With incredible focus and ambition, she understand the challenges that she faces, but is ready to take them on and create a life ‘less-ordinary’ for herself, immersing herself in a lifetime of doing what she loves.
York River Art Market is Tilly’s first time publicly exhibiting her work, and is a huge step forward for this young artist. During her first week she was overwhelmed by the support that she received from both fellow artists and the public, and has drawn on this to find the confidence to return for a second date. The organisers of the market are incredibly proud to be part of Tilly’s journey.
Amy Brunskill will be bringing a touch of magic to the market this week with her completely animal product- free range of jewellery, inspired by mermaids and fairy-tales. As a child, Amy was fascinated by crystals and the concept of them having inherent healing properties. Having nurtured this interest over the years, she eventually decided to utilise her knowledge, and started creating wearable items from carefully selected materials. Dedicated to maintaining the ethical side of her business, Amy expanded her range from crystal bracelets to include intricate shell-free pendants, which she meticulously crafts entirely from polymer clay, crystal crowns made from aura quartz, and various other enchanting designs.
Recently, Amy has started using more complex techniques such as electro-forming, a process in which copper is deposited onto the crystals, to create individually unique items, and continues to seek out techniques and designs that are cruelty-free.
Chantal Kelly was inspired to learn the skills of stained glass pieces after a trip to Iceland where she was entranced by the abstract shapes and vibrant colours in the church windows there. She was particularly taken with the way that changing light altered both the appearance of the glass, and the projection of colours and shapes onto the whitewashed walls. Drawing on ideas surrounding colour, reflection, and natural rhythms of light and dark, Chantal decided to take her hobby further, and bring her work to a wider audience.
Chantal now creates free-standing panels in vibrant colours and textures, relying on the individual characteristics of the glass to inform the final design. Her designs are intended to be enjoyed as contemporary works of art that bridge the gap between modern aesthetics and traditional methods.
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