Every Cloud is a ‘makers’ co-operative launched in August 2013 by local artists and craftsmen and women in order to explore working together to gain wider recognition for their work, offer each other mutual support and encouragement, share workspace and collaborate on projects.
As the name suggests, all of the founder members have uncovered their creative talent and skills through adversity. They have all been helped to do this by TWIGS – Therapeutic Work In Gardening in Swindon.
TWIGS community gardens are a delightful surprise in the middle of an industrial estate in the heart of Swindon – and it feels like an oasis of green peace and tranquilly that has inspired us all.
As a ‘makers’ co-operative, Every Cloud provides the ‘next step’ that is needed to help individual members to continue to develop professionally and to reach their full potential as artists and craftsmen and women.
Members are committed to the cooperative principles of self-help and self-determination, democracy and equality; and in the ethical values of social responsibility and caring for others.
Every Cloud is planning to deliver workshops in the community across a wide range of traditional skills and crafts.
In the meantime, the work of Every Cloud can be seen on 20 July at TWIGS Community Gardens Open Day, during Swindon Open Studios in September and at “Handmade Swindon”- a collaborative project with Artsite at no 9 Theatre Square, Swindon from mid-June.
For more information please contact Every Cloud Arts & Crafts: email@example.com.
Our website www.everycloudartscrafts.com is under construction.
T: 01793 692596 or 07796 530 560.
Like a magpie, Karen is drawn to anything shiny, sparkling or precious, using mainly items that others no longer want to create individual one- off pieces to decorate your home.
She currently has a recurring theme of hearts running through her work, using a range of media from willow to decoupage. The creative process can be sparked by somewhere she visits or a single bead or button she has collected. Karen is happy to incorporate ‘precious’ items belonging to her customers’ and their preference for colours and textures in her commissions for bespoke pieces.
Gill’s creative talent is one of depth and diversity. She can apply her skills in a wide range of media – paint, textiles, clay, wood and wire. She has particular interest in felt. She is at her most creative when challenged and produces unique, one-off pieces, often working with ‘found’ objects and unwanted materials whose colour, texture and form spark her imagination. Gill is able to combine the decorative and functional in response to individual commissions.
Geoff makes practical and ornamental items by skillfully re-working metal – which can be steel, aluminium or copper. He can breathe life into sheet steel, transforming it into living/life like, organic sculptures to enhance any public or private space or garden. Geoff can work equally creatively with other durable materials such as polyeurothane and re-inforced concrete. He combines functionality with art in quirky one –off pieces such as tables and bird baths and can also produce decorative but fully functional gates to commission.
Tom follows in the long tradition of skilled British wood-carvers who can craft exquisite objects using a variety of native and exotic woods. He has been carving for around ten years and can produce many beautifully crafted items – from furniture to jewellery and from the useful to the simply decorative. He enjoys commissions for house names and signs that incorporate letter carving with images often inspired by the natural world. He will works closely to the design brief of his customers.
Chris can draw, paint and write but her passion is fabric. She describes her work as a playful experience of colours and textures, often weaving memories, imagery or possessions of sentimental value into her pieces. Creating is exciting and spontaneous and often a leap of faith. Chris allows herself to get lost in the process – binding, knotting, twisting and joining – exploring the limitless creative possibilities of fabric, wool and wire. Chris can be commissioned to weave your own memories and life stories into her landscapes and wall hangings – and always with little surprises to make you smile!
Jane is a print- maker who makes etchings of still life subjects drawn beautifully and skillfully from her own compositions. The deliberate nature of the process from making a mark, taking a print and re-working the plate to gradually build up the lines and tones to form the image is Jane’s skill and joy as an artist. She enhances the tonal quality with the application of an aquatint which helps capture the subtle changes of light and shade, giving all of Jane’s work a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Jane also produces exquisite lino prints as limited editions.