Artists at The Yard Studios Winchester
I'm a visual artist working in the mediums of sculpture, sound installation and Japanese woodblock print (Mokuhanga). I make geometric work that responds to the simplicity, rhythm and harmony found in nature. I'm interested in offering a re-connection to geometry through symbolism and object agency, acquired through the process of creation.
I am an architect as well as an artist. I am particularly inspired by landscape and the unique qualities of places. I am interested in texture in painting and my paintings are often influenced by materials that can be found on site. Out of these very man made products, I try to reflect a natural landscape, often moody skies and spluttery seas.
I grew up in rural Wiltshire and Hampshire, my love of nature certainly influenced my early work. The artists that have been my major inspirations range from Turner, with his wonderful use of light, to Peter Doig and Cecily Brown who have been my contemporary influences. Doig, using photography as a starting point, and allowing his imagination to run riot in his use of paint. With Brown, it is purely her use of paint; the fluidity of her brushwork has such movement.
I’m interested in what things do rather than what they are, this project draws on New Materialist thinking, feminist writing practices, photographic documentation, drawing and dance scores to create a practice of ‘sitting in’ or an archaeology of the present which responds to the material of the body, materiality of the site and affective relations between the two, as well as the writings of Kathleen Stewart to create a language thick with intimate resonances of everyday details near and far.
I am an illustrator and textile designer based in Winchester. Inspired by folk art and local flora and fauna, I founded my own illustrated stationery brand and have been based at The Yard since 2015. I studied fashion & textile design at NSCAD in Canada and graduated from the Winchester School of Art with an MA in Textile Design in 2014.
Lorraine Morris is a fine art printer/photographer whose practice combines the disciplines of drawing, painting and photography to explore landscapes which capture and retain the trace of human activity. Photography, which literally means 'light drawing' is an immensely important element in the process of exploring memory. It is their material quality combined with the captured image, that makes photographs amongst our most treasured possessions as well as vessels of personal and collective memory. The images created attempt to investigate the relationships between time, space and place. Lorraine graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2008. She has work in private collections in the UK and in the permanent collection of The University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. Her work has been exhibited in Winchester, Southampton and The Forest of Dean and in London at APT Gallery in Deptford.
Lisa Gardner is a watercolour artist inspired by the natural world, theconnection between breath and brushwork and the utter joy that canbe found when paint meets the canvas. Lisa crafts whimsical artwork under the name Iris Hill - an homage to her Nan, the woman who lit Lisa’s creative flameand helped it burn bright.
It is the creative process that really sets her work free. It is the
intricate culmination of breath, meditation and movement… a pyramid of
inner indulgence that opens the doors to her soul sanctuary. To Lisa, this
offers the portal to a truly joyful and liberated creative journey.
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Wendy Couchman is an installation artist, based in Winchester, working with a range of media, including print, to express the human experience, drawing on a professional background in health and social care. Recent work explores the effect of the old on the new - nostalgia and memories that impact on our present experiences, like archaeological traces.
A Hampshire-based visual artist, Eileen received her BA in Textiles from Goldsmiths, University of London and is currently a student MA in Print at the Royal College of Art, London. Eileen has exhibited work internationally and worked with a variety of heritage organisations such as English Heritage and The National Trust, as well as private museums and galleries. She has worked in the education sector as a lecturer and teacher as well as facilitating many workshops. She is an active member of The Sustainable Darkroom, The London Alternative Photographic Collective, The Walking Artists Network and The Kiln Photographic Studio.
Sherin is a self-taught, abstract painter from the UK. She paints to connect to the mysterious forces ever-present and abundant in the natural world. She paints to remind herself that the entire universe is intricately and intimately interconnected through vibration and meaning.She paints to explore the concept of the soul in all living beings.
Sherin has published her creative work with Oxford University Press, the Mindful Word, ARTEMIS poetry, The Closed Eye Open, the Wild Roof Journal, and the Woman Made's Gallery HOME exhibition. She is also a lawyer, diplomat, yoga teacher, and a Fulbright Scholar.
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'In wildness is the preservation of the world'
A reverence for nature, and a meditation on it, is what my work is all about. Colour to me is often more important than form. Each colour viscerally conveying an emotion or sensation. How often we feel deep peace when experiencing the sublime turquoise of the sea or are perked up by a vast blue morning sky.
How much nature needs our reverence at this moment in our history.
Junko O’Neill is a fine art painter who primarily works in traditional Japanese paints made from natural mineral pigments. Inspired by the Japanese spacial and temporal concept of ‘Ma’, her paintings, which range from figurative to abstract forms, embody space with a sense of time-passing and a charged atmosphere, underlined by a sense of calm.
She gained her MA and BA from Winchester School of Art. Born in Tokyo, she now lives and works in Winchester, Hampshire.
When she retired from teaching Wood completed a B.A. [Hons] in Visual Art and an MA in Fine Art by Project at W.S.A. .She is a drawer whose practice has three strands, colour, line and sound. Through these she expresses the vibrancy of immediate experience, celebrates the routinely unnoticed and interrogates the boundaries between reality and imagination. She is essentially a journeyer whose work emerges from a
personal, intuitive engagement with her surroundings.
I am a Hampshire based designer working across a wide range of disciplines and projects ranging from printmaking and product design, visual merchandising, public art and site responsive installations. I visually build stories and give new histories to environs and objects of function.
Informed by colour, shape and pattern, my personal work is inspired by journeys, by the unseen beauty in the everyday. Street furniture, utility ware, pavements. Collections of functional objects, the domestic; bricks and mortar that hold the domestic rituals of ‘dressing’ our homes. I record the everyday that is embedded within our daily visual journeys.
Robert Truscott is a sculptor producing sensitive figurative work mostly in bronze and plaster. His ‘Defeat’ sculpture was the winner of the prestigious Threadneedle Prize Visitor Choice award 2012. You may like his Facebook page on this “Defeat at Stalingrad” piece. After graduating from Winchester School of Art, a strong feeling for Russian culture lead him to St Petersburg’s Repin Academy, where he continued postgraduate study. His work emphasises links with 19th century culture, and 20th century conflicts. He feels that the human figure remains the ultimate means of artistic expression, communicating in a direct unequivocal manner humanity's eternal struggle. The pathos of conflict, lies central to his work. This fascination with military history – the ordeal of the soldier – bound up in his specific national uniform becomes an increasingly marginalised art genre. His inspiration is often drawn from the music of Beethoven, Bruckner and Wagner. Their work articulates mankind’s yearning for a humanised society based on traditional values in harmony with nature.
Rebecca is a Hampshire based artist with an interdisciplinary practice. She completed her BA in Fine Art Painting in 2012 from Winchester School of Art. Rebecca’s love of the natural landscape is a source of great inspiration for her expressive paintings. Living in the past somewhat she takes visual guidance from the impressionists; their romanticised notions of capturing light have always been poignant. Controlling, or manipulating time within a landscape to create a space for contemplation has also has been a recurring subject within recent work.
Are you a local artist or designer in Winchester? If you would like to become a member of The Yard and rent a studio, please get in touch!