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 Dec 04, 2015
Eastleigh Ceramicist commissioned to create Victorian inspired stoneware jars for Hampshire Cultural Trust Eastleigh based designer and maker Sheena Bond has been commissioned by Hampshire Cultural Trust to create a range of ceramic pieces to go on sale in their museums’ shops. The hand crafted pieces include an initial order of 30 ceramic jam jars, which are based on a Victorian design that was excavated in northern Hampshire by Sheena’s brother-in-law. They have been ha...Read More
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 Nov 30, 2015
Carly Mann leaves the Sorting Office from Harry Usborne on Vimeo. Resident Sorting Office artist Carly Mann left the studios yesterday, having been a part of the thriving artistic community since it first began in May 2013. Carly’s time at the Sorting Office has seen her work on some impressive commissions, most notably the Mayor of Eastleigh’s ceremonial mace and The Reflections Tree, an installation for the Swan Queen’s Ball at Mottisfont Abbey. She has also been...Read More
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 Nov 30, 2015
New and old visitors alike were full of praise for The Sorting Office’s Winter Open Studios, which took place on the weekend of 21st and 22nd November. ​ The designer-maker studio in the heart of Eastleigh offered a warm welcome to more than 400 people across the two-day event, allowing guests to chat with the artists, take a peek at demonstrations of their work and of course, shop for some exquisite, one-off Christmas presents. The event, which coincided with Eastleigh’s Ch...Read More
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 Nov 11, 2015
Four designer-makers from Eastleigh’s growing creative studio The Sorting Office have been chosen by a top London interior design company to help transform the foyer of The Point Theatre. Ceramic artist Sheena Bond, print designer Mariska Parent, textile artist Claire Vine and visual artist Eve Dawson will be working alongside renowned London-based interior designer Naomi Doran of Relic Interiors, to create designs for The Point’s foyer and bar area, transforming it into a more welcom...Read More
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 Nov 05, 2015
Eastleigh-based fine artist Junko O’Neill has been selected to display her work at Flux exhibition at the Royal College of Arts in December. Fine Artist Junko O'Neill in her Sorting Office studio. Junko’s work was selected after she and 600 other artists affiliated with the London art scene applied through the Flux exhibition website, with Junko being one of 100 artists to make the final cut. Flux exhibition was founded by Lisa Gray, author of The Pallet Pages art blog, a...Read More
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 Oct 30, 2015
Two designs created by Eastleigh-based artist Lisa Jean Gardner, who works under the name Iris Hill, have been chosen by Asda to feature on a range of greetings cards. Lisa’s designs, easily recognisable by her use of inks and watercolour to create bright, whimsical patterns and scenes, were selected by publisher Gemma International especially for Asda’s range of love and anniversary cards. Caroline Weaver, Head of Product, Marketing & Creative at Gemma International, said of ...Read More
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 Oct 01, 2015
When Now Heritage was looking for someone to make costumes for a play commemorating the 600th anniversary of Battle of Agincourt there was one person that sprang to mind: Sorting Office historical costumier Helen McArdle. Having established herself as one of the leading costumiers in the region, Helen was the go-to-person for the Hampshire-based organisation – and she was happy to take up the challenge. Helen has been commissioned to make around 20 pieces for the new play A Mouthful...Read More
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 Oct 01, 2015
Our resident fine artist Junko O'Neill has been selected to take part in the exhibition 10 Days 2015 CHALK the biennial festival of different forms of creative practices across Winchester. The theme of the exhibition is 'chalk' with artists invited to explore the natural material that connects the historic city of Winchester with its past and with the chalk stream and downland landscape and showcase it in their work. Although chalk is widely used in traditional Japanese painting, Junk...Read More
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 Sep 28, 2015
Illustrator and writer Lisa-Jean is embarking on an exciting new storybook adventure, introducing readers to some delightfully quirky and colourful characters along the way. Here in a 60-second-style interview we catch up with the hugely-gifted artist, better known as Iris Hill to her followers, to find out more about her process of writing and how she brings to life her wonderfully eccentric creations. SO: What triggered the idea for your latest story of the friendship between a...Read More
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 Aug 20, 2015
Ahoy, me hearties! Our ceramic artist Sheena Bond will need to have her wits about her, be an Old Salt, as she embarks on a swashbuckling new project. The gifted artist has been commissioned to design and run a children’s, nay scallywags, workshop for the popular Eastleigh Film Festival. This year the festival, run in association with The Point, takes place from September 21 to 26 and includes a host of events including film screenings in unique settings such as Snakes On A Plane in...Read More