We are proud to be sponsoring the incredible Marion Labbez, who will be showing off her beautiful verre églomisé at the prestigious Chelsea Flower show, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Marion Labbez is a London based French artist specialising in verre églomisé. Marion started work as a designer for a London based company of specialist finishers. It was there she started creating patterns and learning techniques which eventually led to a new found love of gilding.
Marion creates custom bespoke furniture for clients, featuring verre églomisé. She further draws influence from her love of London, its environment, people and history. This inspiration allows her to apply contemporary thinking to an age old craft and produce such beautiful work.
Marion will be producing verre églomisé glass panel’s incorporating floral designs, giving the real flowers a run for their money! We are pleased to be sponsoring Marion and wish her the best of luck at the show.
You can view Marion’s site here and view the Chelsea Flower Shows site here.
This week we have a very special project to showcase with all the details and pictures very kindly provided to us by Danni Bradford. Danni has recently collaborated with Ellie Miller, the only professional female surfboard maker in Europe, to create a one-off, limited edition 24 carat gilt surfboard!
Danni and Ellie collaborated to create LUX surfboards in order to explore the gap between art and functionality. As well as gaining admiration for their aesthetic beauty and eye-catching elegance LUX surfboards also gain recognition for their craftsmanship and performance as contemporary wave riding craft. The board itself was inspired by the iconic single fin shape of the 1970’s. The board named “The Aureus” is the first in a short series of one off limited edition surfboards celebrating a rich surf heritage, so watch this space!
The use of our 24 carat leaf in this board marks a first in surfboard construction techniques. The gold is striking yet elegant giving the board a polished and classy look. The use of gold throughout the construction of Aureus enhances the subtle wave of the fibreglass and imbues the curves of the board with a delicate luminosity. We can’t wait to see the rest of the series. To see more of Ellie’s custom-made boards under her “Miller Surfboards” label then you can visit her website at millersurfboards.co.uk
From the Large to the Little!
Danni Bradford is an artist, gilder and surface designer specialising in verre eglomise (the reverse gilding of glass). She produces bespoke decorative and functional pieces from her north Devon studio. You can find out more and view her extensive and impressive range of work at dannibradford.com We particularly love Danni’s intricate 24 carat gold skeleton leaf. As said by her – one of the smallest pieces she has ever gilded! We’re sure quite a difference from gilding a surfboard.
We love supplying to Danni and enjoy her versatility and individual range. We cant wait to see what she comes up with in the future!
Last week we had the absolute delight of receiving this stunning canvas from the very talented Ruth Sadler. After a brief in-office scuffle one person emerged victorious and the canvas is proudly displayed on her wall!
Ruth is one of our much appreciated and creative clients whom we have worked with for some time now. Her style and approach to art is much admired by us here and we love sending her new and exciting materials for her to experiment with! Ruth has worked a lot with our Dutch metal gold leaf and it features in many of her pieces. Its beautiful finish and versatility allows for layered looks with various materials, creating exciting and abstract pieces.
Here are some pieces depicting the great Jimi Hendrix Ruth has created using different metal leaves and gold paint alike to achieve a vintage look. We are also lucky enough to have one of these brightening up our office.
Ruth’s priority in Art is “freedom, freedom to translate emotional value through her brush, not accuracy through measure. By painting like this she finds that she has the freedom that allows the magic to happen, the intrigue to be created and it’s then that the Art introduces itself.”. Ruth’s love of animals (especially horses) presents itself within her work, creating beautiful horses using our gold to give them a very regal finish. The overlapping of the different imitation leaves adds dimension to her piece.
We are excited to see what Ruth will produce next and can’t wait to work alongside her in the future!
To see more of Ruth’s work, visit her webpage at RuthSadler.com or follow her on Facebook.
Rachael Linton is a talented freelance artist and Director of Sound Vision Studio (www.soundvisionstudio.co.uk), who specialises in the creation of artworks using precious metals and other mixed media.
Rachael has been a client of ours for many years and due to her extensive skill base and flexibility we are always supremely confident when recommending her work to clients. Originally from New Zealand, Rachael loves to travel all over for projects – have bag ..will travel!
In gilding terms, Rachael covers the complete skill spectrum with vast experience in water gilding, oil gilding, restoration, chinoiserie and verre eglomise.
A recent project we supplied for was the gilding of the Holy Palki that houses the Shri Guru Granth Sahib (the sacred text and teacher of Sikhism) in an active Sikh temple in Southall, London. 23.5ct Gold leaf was used for this project and the results speak for themselves.
In 2014, we supplied the leaf used for a large project that Rachael was working on, at Westminster Palace London. The work was carried out by eight conservators and gilders in the Queens Robing Room.
One of Rachael’s greatest artistic achievements to date is actually a Guinness Book Record breaker – an incredible piece of work titled 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic – which is set to tour the UK in 2016 to honour the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The tour starts in Hastings itself in with the exhibition running from August to October in the crypt of St Mary in the Castle, Hastings. This colossal artwork is the longest steel mosaic in the world and is a complete re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry with many new scenes painstakingly researched and added. This is a family project of combined talents with Rachael working alongside her father Michael Linton.
Michael and Rachael spent eight years researching historical and contemporary literature on every aspect of 11th century history in order to draw a truthful depiction of the events preceding the Norman conquest of England. This has led to Michael Linton becoming one of the world’s most educated historians on 11th- century medieval history.
Rachael Linton researched the design style to match the Bayeux tapestry and studied the illuminated manuscripts and iconography of the time and meticulously designed the artworks. Michael researched the written stories and documentation of medieval records. As a period piece, it was important that the extension depict the people, events and culture accurately, while maintaining the appropriate artistic style, colour and composition of the original tapestry.
An exhibition not to be missed!
Apart from being an incredibly talented lady, Rachael is always so enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with. She has a genuine hunger for new and exciting artistic challenges.
If you’re interested in retaining Rachael’s services then please contact her at – [email protected]
Phil Shields, specialist decorator and gilder recently completed the gilding work on these incredible chandeliers made by Great British Lighting for Hereford Cathedral.
We supplied all the 23.5ct gold leaf used to gild the surface of the chandeliers to create a lustrous finish. The polished, golden sheen is a perfect compliment for the beautiful interior of Hereford Cathedral. It is hard to gauge the scale of the chandeliers, each one was 5.4m high x 2.8m wide! Phil said that working up close they seem enormous. Phil is a talented gilder and decorating finisher and all his work is gained by word of mouth – always the best way! He is always busy so that’s a good advertisement for his talents. We have worked with Phil for a number of years on various projects and nothing ever seems to faze him.
Great British Lighting are a global lighting manufacturer with over 100 years experience in making lighting to order. They work with architects and designers to create lighting designs, both traditional and contemporary which are installed worldwide.
Our new range of coloured silver leaf is now available on our website. From standard to light resistant, marbled to oxidised, the colours and styles suit many different types of work. The above bowls were created by Lenore Zavitz of Moth and Mirror and showcase the stunning and vibrant colours of the leaf. Lenore’s aim is to team the organic material, representing the moth with the contrasting sharp jewel-like effect of the coloured leaf, representing the mirror.
The process of creating pure coloured silver leaf involves taking pure silver leaf and then dying and coating it with a plastic resin on both sides to create a vibrant leaf with the brightness of silver in a myriad of gorgeous, jewel-like colours. Coloured silver leaf is most often used in artistic applications; it can be used in paintings or other artworks, for wall coverings and is especially popular due to its eye catching finish in glass gilding.
Below are some artworks created by clients illustrating the variations of application for this product range. It is a fairly experimental product and although traditionally used for the decoration of Kimonos in Japan, artists and designers are pushing the boundaries and finding lots of interesting applications.
Alexandra Spyratos draws inspiration from her background and incorporates coloured silver into her African wildlife inspired pieces resulting in beautiful bold pieces. Her dynamic combination of fluorescent materials and coloured leaf adds dimension to her pieces.
Coloured silver leaf is versatile and can be used across many mediums.
Black oxidised leaf used in interior decorating.
Using coloured silver leaf in Kimonos has stretched back years and years and is an integral part in the traditional process.
And last but not least….Sarah Scotchman’s beautiful collection featuring our coloured silver leaf.
Although we’ve previously done a separate blog detailing Sarah’s work we love her work so much we couldn’t leave her out. Sarah’s collection uses the coloured silver leaf to highlight the elegance of the female form, and was recently featured in the Turner Barnes Gallery Exhibition.
Titian Studios in London are one of Europe’s premier studios / workshops for high-end restoration and conservation. Their talented team has a varied skill base capable of undertaking a wide variety of projects, whether residential or commercial. The Company was founded in 1963 and Rodrigo Titian was taught the trade by his father. They run a thriving workshop and Rod and his wife Rosario have passed their knowledge on to many artisans and restorers who have done apprenticeships under their expert guidance and have since gone on to develop their own workshops.
It pleases us to say that we have supplied Titian Studios with gold leaf and gilding materials for many years and have become good friends with Rod and his team. Due to the company’s extensive skill base and “ never say never” attitude, the projects we have worked with them on have been as varied as is possible.
We supplied leaf for the re-gild of the Royal Albert Memorial, the Dome of the Guru-Nanak temple in London, the gilding of various interior hotel projects including the Dorchester and the Sheraton Hotels, London. Also, we have supplied leaf for a variety of high-end residential projects using many different metals, Caplain, Palladium, Platinum, and Champagne gold leaf.
An interesting, but unusual, project that we supplied leaf for was a commission for gilded shoes and accessories. These were to be shown to an audience of worldwide fashion icons at a fashion show during London Fashion Week. Despite the strange nature of the request the talented team of gilders at Titian was not fazed and yet again they produced some lovely gilding work… oh to own a pair of those shoes!
One of our fabulous clients Sarah has been very busy lately working with our coloured silver leaf to create some stunning pieces in her metal leaf collection which exhibited at the Turner Barnes Gallery during the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park. “All That Glitters”, Sarah’s beautiful show, uses 24ct gold leaf and coloured silver leaf to create stunning pieces that capture the sensuality and elegance of the female form.
She uses moulding and casting techniques resulting in her work having high levels of detail and realism and a wide range of materials such as metal leaf, pigments and resin to achieve such beautiful results.
Dying and coating the silver leaf with a plastic resin results in vibrant bright jewel-like colours widely used throughout Sarah’s work.
Sarah’s husband, Chris recently created his Batmobile via VanSadler Creative and rumour has it that he loaned it to Batman to come and view Sarah’s work. He even parked right outside!
Decorex International 2015 held at Syon Park London certainly didn’t disappoint this year. In fact, the show seems to get better and better. Full of inspirational British and International design, it was good to meet up with clients and also discover new and exciting products and finishes which will be seen in interior settings in the coming months.
This year there were some fantastic interactive installations on display. We were able to watch De Gournay’s artists as they hand-painted designs onto gilded wallpaper. It was mesmerising to watch such talented craftspeople in action! Alongside the traditional crafts there were examples blending modern technology with timeless techniques. Volta’s painters created stunning ceilings using virtual reality!
The Future Heritage area was particularly inspiring. On display was a showcase of new works by a select group of talented British craftspeople. The beautiful pieces on display are the hottest luxury collectibles in contemporary British design. The pieces truly pushed the boundaries of design and making in ceramic, metal, textiles, wood and plastic. It was a great experience to chat to the artists and discuss their inspirations and processes.
It’s hard to say what were our favourite stands but these are a few that stood out this year…
Last year we featured in our blog the Celebrity Doodle fundraiser for the British Glass Heritage Foundation. Allister Malcolm was inspired by the story Damien Hirst giving a cabbie a doodle as a tip, which the cabbie then turned around and sold for £12,000, the fundraiser aimed to take doodles from celebrities and glass artists would then turn them into unique glass art. These would then be sold to raise money for charity.
Jonathan Harris, a world renowned glass artist and engraver, has recently completed three stunning glass vessels for this fundraiser. Each intricately decorated vessel was handblown and engraved by Jonathan and features designs inspired by Elvis Preseley, his guitars and his famous logo ‘TCB!’ These designs were inspired by celebrity, Mark Hill – co-presenter of BBC2’s ‘Collectaholics’ and his lightning-bolt doodle. The designs were painstaking carved through multiple layers of 24ct gold and sterling silver leaf that we donated to the cause.
The complicated final stages of producing these gorgeous, one-off pieces was done in front of a delighted crowed at the International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge. Jonathan, working together with Allister Malcolm and Dan Ridgway at Allister’s studio, completed the tricky final reheat stages that go into creating these reheated cameo pieces.
These fantastic art pieces are generating a lot of buzz through Jonathan’s own private collectors, Elvis and music fans and glass lovers who are looking for a unique, one-off artwork to add to their collections.
All three pieces will be offered at auction at the Decades of Design Auction on 24th October with all proceeds going to the The British Glass Foundation’s charity. All of the other ‘Celebrity Doodle’ pieces, that also included doodles by other celebrity’s including Beverly Knight, Frankie Valley, Raymond Blanc, & Lenny Henry to name but a few, will be auctioned later in the year to raise funds for the Glass Foundation.