As well as offering a range of products reflecting Heath Robinson’s work, the shop sells a selection of one-off items, designed and handmade by acclaimed, locally based artisans and artists.
The Maker’s Art is a contemporary range of jewellery, textiles, wood and glass that complement the imagination and enchantment of Heath Robinson’s work. The makers change every six months – this is now our fourth group – adding more valuable creative partnerships and creating a distinctive decorative art marketplace at the Heath Robinson Museum.
Participating in the fourth range of The Maker’s Art, which will run until October, are textile artists Sam Harvey of Pinner, glassware artist Carol Fulton and furniture designer and woodworker Paul Crudge, both from Tring, and Jane Pomiankowski, jewellery designer from Northwood.
Curator of The Maker’s Art, Jeannine Lawder comments, ‘We are delighted that these amazingly talented artisans have brought their stylish and beautiful ranges to support the Heath Robinson Museum.’
Carol Fulton The ‘Float and Flutter’ Collection
Carol Fulton creates bespoke antiqued mirrors and gilded glass wall panels using the verre églomisé process of applying real silver or gold leaf onto glass. Various methods are employed to antique and distress the metal; the surface can then be subtly embellished with pattern and detailing for a more textured result. All projects are produced entirely by hand in the studio. Carol is also a professional photographer.
Paul Crudge The ‘Against the Grain’ Collection
After a five-year apprenticeship with John Makepeace followed by a further five years working alongside Makepeace, Paul Crudge set up his own workshop producing one-off pieces of furniture for private home owners. Now with over twenty years experience he continues to create bespoke, hand-crafted stand-alone pieces in British hardwoods as well as fitted wardrobes, shelving, TV cabinets, storage units etc. for the residential sector, interior designers and architects.
Jane Pomiankowski The ‘Organic’ Collection
Jane Pomiankowski continues to use her textile patterning techniques on silver: texturing sheet metal with lace, leaves and wallpapers. Fascinating combinations of lava and freshwater pearls contrast with rubber and twisted silver. Currently Jane is exploring fold-forming techniques and creating silver roses for permanent wedding buttonholes. The V & A Museum has already exhibited her work five times.
Samantha Harvey The ‘Fantastical Creatures’ Collection
Sam Harvey’s creatures are inspired by the unexpected diversity, beauty and quirkiness of the world; particularly the colour, movement and incredible shapes found in the sea and the mythical creatures they evoke. The tactile act of manipulating and stitching found and recycled materials informs her practice. Sam also finds inspiration in her Stitch Clubs. Sam is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and Studio 21.