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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
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 Aug 19, 2015
As an artist it’s not everyday that you get to exhibit a piece of artwork at a large-scale international event and for it to receive glowing reviews. Textile artist Jill Brennan is on cloud nine after her Magical Orchard design was chosen out of 1000 pieces to receive a “highly commended” award at the prestigious The Festival Of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham. We caught up with the gifted textile artist in her Sorting Office studio to find out more in this quick 60 seconds-sty...Read More
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 Aug 18, 2015
What do you do with an empty drinks can once you’ve drunk its contents or a top from an ice cold beer bottle once you’ve cracked it open? Well, if you’re creative like contemporary jewellery designer Anna Boella, you transform it into little pieces of wearable art.   Aluminium Range is Anna’s latest jewellery collection and features earrings, brooches, bracelets and necklaces made from cans and bottle tops. Demand for pieces from the new collection is rocketing, with gallerie...Read More
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 Aug 13, 2015
Following on from her selection to be showcased at the exclusive Rum’s Eg Gallery in Romsey, our ceramicist Sheena Bond has been chosen as one of the gallery’s artists to be featured in a new arts programme for Sky TV. The as-yet-titled programme is being made for the network by Face TV who were looking for gifted and gregarious artists to feature on the new show. After an initial meeting with producer Mark Brennan and director Irving Martin, Sheena was one of just six a...Read More