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Hygge is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment as cosy, charming or special. It requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present - but recognise and enjoy the present. Hygge is about an art of creating intimacy. While there's no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the concept such as cosiness, charm, happiness, contentment, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simplicity.
Our festive Hygge exhibition presents handcrafted work that helps us to survive the cold, dark and sameness of the winter time. These objects will celebrate, acknowledge and break up the mundane. With so many cold, dark, days, the simple act of a lighting a candle and enjoying a beautiful cup of coffee could make a huge difference to one's spirit.
Some of the highlights in the exhibition include Ekta Kaul's special embroidered Story Maps rooted in narrative, handwoven tapestry by Jeni Ross rich in colour, warm homewares from Judeworks, atmospheric lighting by Amy Cooper and Liz Scrine, beautifully crafted mini houses by Fiona Findley, delightful ceramics by Isobel Higley and ceramic sculpture by Alison Proctor, exploring the natural word in a series of tactile festive terracotta vases decorated with leaves and flora.
7 x 9 x 9 cms
Through her sculptures ceramic artist Isobel Higley intends to evoke a sense of positivity in her surroundings. Higley's distinctive illustrative style, combined with a pleasant fusion of humour and fantasy, creates artworks with a strong narrative. Embodying inviting and tactile forms, Higley encourages her audience to interact with her sculptures and domestic work.
Isobel Higley uses sustainable processes in her practice wherever possible to reduce negative impact on the environment: In my studio I make my working process environmentally sustainable, which includes recycling and reusing waste clay. The reclaim process means that the colour and texture of the clay body can vary between each work, with each piece embodying unique characteristics based on this layered process
A graduate from BA(Hons) Contemporary Craft, Falmouth University, Higley wrote her dissertation on 'An Environmentally Aware Investigation into a Contemporary Sustainable Ceramic Practice'.