In 2021 a variety of Artists took over our Twitter each month, sharing their creativity, work and inspiration with our followers. 10 of the Artists and Makers presented their work in a collaborative show in the Riverside Gallery.

Private View: 8th October 6pm – 8pm

Participating Artists

Jasmine Brown

Jasmine is an Artist, Jeweller and Creative based in Kent. Her previous work has centred around themes such as Feminism, with her taking on a cartoon illustrative style.

In 2018 she won the UK Young Artists (now UK New Artists) Associate Prize at New Designers. She then went on to collaborate with UKNA on an enamel pin badge design, drawing inspiration from growing up in the East Midlands.

Jasmine is now committed to creating work in response to her childhood home in Lincolnshire and is working on projects which focus on what it is like growing up as a creative in these areas.

Naia Conde

“Throughout the process of growing up life becomes more grey as the bright colours from our favourite toys and cartoons disappear from our memories.” – Amitxus creates meaningful totemic objects inspired by experience and memory influenced by kawaii culture to connect us all with our inner child.

Blondie Howden

“All of my paintings are heavily influenced by pop culture, which is something I didn’t get into until I was studying at UCA. I like to take icons and cartoons and change their narratives and add some of my own style using sharpies, acrylics, spray paint and/or digital media.”

Mia Nesfield

“My practice as a jeweller looks at using recycled and reused materials to create precious jewellery pieces. From recycled/scrap silver to bottle caps and charity shop finds, I try to throw as little away as possible. My goal is not only to be more eco-friendly in my jewellery practice and my life overall, but to show to others the positive impacts that can come from living this way.”

Anlis Luik

Anlis Luik is a Multidisciplinary Artist who recalls the body and its interaction with objects. Her highest interest is to work with practices that involve the body, such as Butoh, to use as primary research for her material exploration. Through multiple materials and performance, she uses textures, feelings, touch, and temperature to explore how body and object become one.

She began her studies in Art and Design at Escola Massana in Barcelona, Spain. There, she developed an interest in crafts and sculptural jewellery that would lead her future work. In 2017 she studied Master of Arts in Contemporary Jewellery at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester and is now currently teaching jewellery techniques online as well as continuing to develop her jewellery exploring with materials and the body.

Kate Dewdney

“My style of working started from the fact that I have a continuous need to make people feel something when wearing my jewellery. I always knew I wanted the wearer of my jewellery to feel empowered & while my designs & processes initially changed, that want I had never went away.

I was walking to my grandparents one day and realised that that very walk was ingrained in my head, so many memories of that walk. I felt a safety and sense of security walking there. I had walked there in times when I felt I needed that safety. It was like a comfort to me.

So, on that walk I knew so well I started collecting bits of flora; from my parents’ house all the way to my grandparents’ house. The bits I had collected gained a newfound sentiment to me. They mapped that special walk. I wanted to make something with them.”

Dan Russell

“I often use found objects within my work which I collect on my everyday travels, saving them until I can find a place and purpose for them. I enjoy recontextualising these discarded pieces and giving them new life. Making something unwanted, wanted again.”

Jake Wood

“I studied for my Extended Diploma at UCA Rochester for 2 years, then furthered my studies to complete a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at UCA Canterbury. Studying at UCA, shaped me as the person I am today, in addition helping me fulfil my inner creative practice in contemporary art.”

“The most important thing to me about the work I create is to be unapologetic by performing in the public domain. Having a studio space now, I can use this as a base to generate ideas for further artworks.”

Niamh Duddy

“As a maker I am intrigued by the relationship that jewellery shares with the body, unlike any other art form jewellery is worn, it occupies an intimate space that is unique to each individual wearer.

The complicated language of jewellery which is adornment, sentimentality, and tradition. It is about adornment and consideration of the wearer as the wearer can either wear the pieces loose or participate with the piece to showcase it in its full form.

This is something that as a maker I have begun to investigate, I have become intrigued about how we wear jewellery and how it is almost a subconscious act.”

Vídir Myrmann

“I was born in 1973 in Reykjavík Iceland. I started to explore and create art at young age. Later on, I studied here in Iceland and also in Norway with the great master, Odd Nerdrum.

My main focus is on the oil painting, with its endless limits and excitement. My work is generally based upon philosophy and the relationship between the human spirit and the nature.”