There is something deeply magical about Adele Karmazyn’s unique photomontages. It’s not simply that her love of antiques, oddities, old doors and weathered surfaces add distinct layers and depth to each of her pieces (which they do), but that those old doors stand as portals into brand new worlds and environments, where Adele presents the familiar as strange and vice-versa. She creates images are both sophisticated and playful, and draws the viewer into explore a narrative that crosses time and realities.
Adele’s process involves scanning vintage 19th century photographs and extracting the characters that she finds waiting for her in the past, then relocating them to new environments. She intertwines her subjects with creatures, great and small, and adds in delicate foliage and detail to build new worlds and new stories. She often draws on idioms, metaphor, and lyrics to inspire and add narrative to her work.
Adele’s beginnings as an oil painter, a passion that she still carries today, and her qualifications in textile work and children’s book illustration have all clearly influenced her work, and she expertly brings these diverse disciplines together to produce some truly enchanting and engaging images.
Helen Hardy works as a self-taught artist both in textiles, and pen and ink under the banner of A Sisterly Stitch. She often trials new techniques, experimenting with her process to create one of a kind pieces of art. The focus of her work is on environment and surroundings, whether it be the nature that dominates her textile work, or the city buildings that she loves to draw. Her attention to detail shines through in all her work, whether it be in her bright florals, charming animals, or meticulous architectural drawing.
Helen loves to immerse herself in her work, and loves nothing better than moving the dials on her machine to dormant so that she can manually move the stitches around and build up layers of fabric, felt, and thread to enhance the final picture. The texture and detail of each piece can often be immense, taking what might otherwise be a simple, eye-catching design and turning into an intricate piece of art.
Head down to Dame Judi Dench walk this Saturday to see these and a range of other artists on show and available to buy.Last Week's Column