Helfa Gelf

Professional Development Day for Artists and Makers

Helfa GelfWhere can your practice go?

Wednesday 7th September

1pm – 4pm

Ruthin Craft Centre


Spaces are limited, to book a place please go to:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/where-can-your-practice-go-i-ble-allwch-chi-fynd-ach-arfer-tickets-26441081988

Are you at that stage in your artistic career where you would like to explore how to develop and expand your practice, but are not quite sure what the next step is and how to get there? Or perhaps you want to try something new and explore new avenues within your work, but again you’re not sure where to find those opportunities and how to approach them? Or maybe you just want to earn more money out of your practice to find a reliable source of income, but are not sure how to achieve this? If this all sounds a bit familiar and you’re in need of inspiration and some direction, this is the event for you.

We’ve invited three craft practitioners along to discuss and share their artistic journey with you; they have all shaped, developed and expanded their artistic careers successfully, and they’ve all approached it very differently.

Claire Norcross – Lighting Designer

Claire Norcross graduated with a first class degree in Embroidery and is now an award-winning designer specialising in lighting, and offers a design and consultancy service for both the commercial and bespoke markets.

Claire is best known for the range of designs produced whilst head of lighting at Habitat. These include Spindle, Newton and Ribbon; which received the ‘Best in Lighting’ award from Elle Decoration magazine in 2006.

Andy Hazell – Public Artist – Automatist – Photographer – Film-maker

Andy has maintained his many careers as an ‘Automatist’, a public artist as well as a maker of short films. Throughout his career he’s experimented with mechanical sculpture and became an Automatist creating animated tinplate figures, m useum collection boxes and props for Film and TV companies.

Andy’s practical skills have led naturally on to creating durable, site-specific works for the public realm. He has become a skilled fabricator who is able to create almost anything.

Laura Thomas- Textile Designer

Laura Thomas is an established woven textile artist and designer specialising in producing striking textile artworks for public spaces, corporate environments, exhibitions and private homes. These can either be commissioned directly from the studio or purchased through a number of galleries.

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