A BIT ABOUT US

Alex Compton

I love my job!!!

I teach fused glass workshops at Compton's Glass Workshop

at

The Court Street Gallery, and (when I get the time) I produce my own glass art.

I realise how lucky I am to be able to earn a living doing what I love, and I am very fortunate to have a small but loyal troop of glass addicts who have stuck with me from the beginning.

I started my business in 2015 in a rickety old portacabin on my dads pig farm in Bradford-on-Avon, also with a 6 month old son (who has since been joined by a little brother in 2017) and no clue of what a business plan was or how to write one (and that has not changed!)

My aim has always been to give people confidence in their own ability, and to make my workshops accessible to everyone, no matter what age, ability or income.

When I first started my workshops in the portacabin, I was also very keen to share the space with other artists, giving them the opportunity to run their own classes, sharing their skills and passion with others.

The Court Street Gallery is a perfect space to develop this idea further, we have worked hard to get a fantastic range of artists and crafts people involved to provide Wiltshire with a melting pot of creativity.

I am really proud of how far I have come, I have learnt so much over the past few years and have grown in confidence in my own ability to run a successful business, providing for myself and my two boys.

                        Jennifer Hamblin

Jennifer graduated from Buckingham College with a BA (HONS) in Textile Design & Surface Decoration. Here she developed her interests in photography and print. After graduating she set up a print room at home and produced fabric collections based on her observations of the natural world. Jennifer began teaching textiles in 1998 and for almost 20 years has been involved in sharing her passion for textiles with both college students studying A levels and private adult classes. After running a successful soft furnishing business Jennifer recently returned to teaching following the birth of her first child. She is now building a reputation for her screen printed art pieces and exhibits in between teaching part time and being a full time mum.

nature and the manmade

“I have always been intrigued by the way natural forms intertwine the structure of the man made. The relationship between the two and how in total harmony they create beautiful shapes and patterns. The ordered grids of windows, fencing, walls and railings provide a frame for organic living forms. Materials used in modern construction marry with the pallet of the natural world. Shadows and light change with the elements and seasons creating both subtle and dramatic alterations to these landscapes.  Time and weather age and alter surfaces and plants reclaim them and again change them. One of my recent collections of prints explores the aging process and through the nature of the materials I use my pieces to evolve and ‘change’ as they age together. The very nature of the media develops as time passes and light alters its surface. The texture, colours and shapes develop and fade as they age. “ 

My most recent experiments have been to push this idea further and I am exploring using mam made metallic surfaces to age, rust and alter my papers and fabrics before being printed. So far this is pleasantly subtle and becomes part of the textures that make up the leafy prints. 

Jennifer has always enjoyed experimenting with photography. She was given an old Mamia 35mm camera and is keen to explore traditional photography. Experimenting in the past with many film techniques including double exposure, infrared colour slide film and lith photography. Her photographs form the inspirations for her drawings and the shapes and textures of her screen printed artworks. Working with fabric dyes and pastes Jennifer develops her pieces using washes of coloured dye bleached with using a discharge process, often overprinted printed and varnished. This technique of layering leads to interesting interactions between the media. Experimentation and the element of the unforeseen is what excites Jennifer most! often the unexpected when understood can create successful artwork. The element of surprise and the “Happy Accident” are later controlled to achieve a rich depth of surface, and as the dyes fade and varnishes age the works take on new life. 

 

Marlene Hamblin 

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