I am Magwitch and I design and make unique gold, silver and gemstone jewellery here in my small studio in rural Hertfordshire.
I love to incorporate texture and vibrant colour in my work, inspired by art, history, nature and a touch of neo-gothic magic with a contemporary vibe.
All of my pieces are designed and entirely made by me. I am always exploring techniques and ideas and trying to push the boundaries of the pieces I create and I hope that you will be kind enough to like some of them too!
I happily take commissions so if you want something special - just ask.
I graduated with a BA Hons Art and Design degree at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield in 2000 where I thoroughly enjoyed exploring lots of different techniques and materials working in a variety of media.
I am a member of the Herts Textile Arts group (as part of Herts Visual Arts) the Guild of Silk Painters, and the Barnet Guild of Artists.
Taking and manipulating photographs and creating textiles are inspirational to me. As well as pen and wash sketches and photos of anything and everything taken on my travels, I find colour, reflections, light, shadow and texture inspirational. Using stencils and photographic silk screen printing processes I create etched devore and silk scarves and hangings, and welcome commissions.
I also enjoy hands on dyeing and silk painting and meeting up with the local Sericum Guild of Silk Painters group. I use hand decorated papers together with photographs and my textiles to create colourful collages and cards.
I love to immerse myself in nature and what I see inspires my paintings. I particularly love to paint skies and seas but also flowers as I am a keen gardener and have an allotment. However I am open to painting all subjects and have completed several paintings of The Gambia where I work with a charity. I mainly paint in acrylic and oils but also in pastels- I love their vibrant colours. Also I paint in ink and mixed media. The form of ink I use is Brusho and have used this successfully with children at the Fun Palace at Southern Maltings. A former teacher I now relish the time I have for painting. I am the tutor for the local age concern art group and derive a great deal if pleasure from that. I have exhibited at a number of local art exhibitions and am a member of local art groups.
I was very fortunate to have been able to pursue my passions of painting and jewellery making when I gave up my day job in 2016 to do just that.
I started botanical painting in 2007, and have gone on to achieve a diploma in 2013, and was accepted as a Fellow Member of The Society of Botanical Artists in 2022. Both achievements I am very proud of. I continue to paint botanical subjects, but am occasionally freeing myself from this very disciplined art form to create a more painterly piece, involving gold swirls and patterns, encased in circles. I am also experimenting with a more creative illustration style of painting.
I started making jewellery in 2016, immediately after I gave up work. I started to attend regular classes in Hertford, until Covid came along. My little garden workshop was my saviour during Covid. I now attend classes in Wheathampstead and Linton, as well as studying for a diploma in fine jewellery.
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On display, there will be a number of examples of my previous work for the audience to view. In addition to this, there will be a setup so I can create a new artwork. This would provide an opportunity to explain my process and allow the audience to create their own works.
Sarah's photographs and paintings are full of meaning and often with dustings of hope. She draws philosophy and design, image and resonance into one art object, sometimes with brief energy and sometimes with a longer overview of a shape to let an image permeate the viewer's consciousness: people have consciousness - machines do not - yet. Relish and roll in the ambivalence of the time, now.
With my digital art, photographs and paintings, I aim an oblique and wry look at ordinary views of architecture and people. Then by abstracting shapes and colour from more realistic images, I make pieces that are primed to unpeel surprising perspectives on the world around us. What does this mean to you? Share your views on what art means for you.
Come along to Southern Maltings and enjoy pictures and sketchbooks from RISE Gallery, and chat about how (making) images and abstracts can enrich our day to day lives.
The fascination of print making arises from the chance development of the image in the process of creating layers of colour, marks and textures. During the past year I have primarily worked with lino printing but have also delved into using polyester litho plates and methods of monoprinting using stencils and traced lines. These techniques can also lead to a joy in employing mixed media in experimental and exploratory ways. Complementary to these art works are a series of collages which meet my love of pattern and decoartive expression mainly based on landscape studies and drawings. The completed art work lead to framed pictures, framed collages, blank greeting cards and festive wrapping paper. All exhibited work are original hand-made and hand-printed with no digital reproduction.