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Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts. This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate Gallery and also include a programme of makers' professional development events and a £500 prize. The participants are graduating students, recent graduates or at a pivotal moment in their early career due to changed circumstances.
Many of the graduating makers are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. Rising Stars offers just the right platform, and for many, it is a starting point for an exceptional career. Rising Stars is an opportunity for both makers as well as art collectors who wish to support and collect work by future stars.
Following an open call with 97 applications, 26 makers of exceptional talent were selected by a panel of craft experts, Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery), Sharon Ting (University for the Creative Arts) and Debra Allman (UCA). They are Darren Ball, Sandy Buchanan, Niamh Duddy, Jack Durling, Fran Fell, Beth Gates, Rhiannon Gwyn, Faye Hall, Abeer Kayani, Joshua Kerley, Antigone Lentzos, Rebecca Oldfield, Archana Pathak, Rebecca Perry, Laura Plant, Irina Prolygina, Jane Sarre, Jane Sedgwick, Ralph Shuttleworth, Hannah Staber, Olivia Taylor, Hermione Thomson, Nikole Tursi, Claire Walton and Katie Watson.
Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
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Jane makes wooden jewellery, combining playful geometric forms, repetition and a bold use of colour. Jane is based near the coast, where she manages a small woodland which provides a sustainable supply of timber for her work.
Combining traditional woodworking methods such as woodturning and carving along with textile techniques such as weaving and knotting, Jane explores colour and surface finishes and likes to balance the tones of natural wood against vibrant coloured surfaces. Natural cordage and narrow fabrics are used for threading and linking bead forms.
Jane's current range is influenced by classic educational toys, which focus on developing basic skills such as dexterity and counting through play. More generally she is inspired by the multidisciplinary approach of modernist movements such as the Bauhaus, whilst also drawing on more utilitarian or decorative sources such as folk art and costume.
Jane is based in North Norfolk.