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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.
7 x 5 x 2 cms
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The concept of Faye's practice focuses on exploring surface contrasts using materials which are sourced as sustainably as possible. She aims to make accessories that oppose the fast fashion culture by creating pieces that will not only last a lifetime but also utilise scrap, undercelebrated and recycled materials. The limitation of using predominantly discarded, found or donated material pushes her to discover combinations that she may not have chosen if she could select the materials herself. In addition to this, she has also been exploring hand casting her own sections using other 'kind' materials such as discarded wood ash, tree resin, bio resin, extracted sawdust and agar.
Colour interaction is important and intriguing for her, and she likes to juxtapose materials not only in terms of their surface and weight qualities but also how the colours react to each other. Embroidery and flock allow her to add detail in small sections but also serve as a functional joining method. This double purpose is an element of creating her work that she aims to explore further.
Faye is based in West Yorkshire.