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Our Artists. 

 
CLAIRE PITT

Claire started her creative self taught life funded by the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, which allowed her to expand and gain a studio space at Hazlehurst Studios. Her body of work at that time was illustrative, for a commercial audience. Being at the studios exposed Claire to different art practices and allowed her to delve into community art participation, which she gained a passion for. A temporary pop up garden project, has turned into fully involved award winning art and garden space, pulling in inspiration from the industrial heritage and culture that Runcorn has to offer. This has led Claire to explore new bodies work based on the materials that surround her on a daily basis, which are botanical. A fascination in how these materials can be preserved and used has developed, as well as other heritage artisan skills such as gilding work. The garden project is a testament to the found object and this has provoked Claire to work smaller and produce artwork in assemblage form, which encapsulates the materials she works with on a daily basis, in a much smaller scale. 

 
CATHY ROUNTHWAITE

With a background in textiles and a degree in embroidery my work is often concerned with the physical engagement with materials. This has developed as three dimensional sculptural forms and handmade books. I am currently exploring print as a medium, working with relief print: referencing woodblock illustrations in cautionary tales, collagraphs: building up textures and surfaces to create atmosphere and reference environment, and more recently experimenting with non-toxic etching. My work is engaged with tradition and narrative and with the impact of English folklore on modern culture.

 
NICOLAS CARRILLO

At the centre of my practice is documentary photography which covers a range of subjects. My recent work is based around my childhood, my thoughts on past, present, and future.

What comes out of this is a range of interwoven themes which I am allowing to develop at their own pace.

MARIA TARN

Initially my photographs or sketches of places visited are interpreted to form the basis of a range of textile work which I have successfully displayed in local galleries over the last five years.  If an image can be drawn or captured digitally it can be interpreted using the sewing machine as drawing tool on canvas. I use digital images transferred onto fabrics and photo collage as backgrounds in my pictures.  Working in these digitally enhanced images and textiles offers opportunities to bring together the rich diversity of texture, colour, depth and energy inherent in textiles. My materials are usually canvas, papers, ribbons, braids, sheers and a range of machine sewing threads.

 
ALLISON JOHN

Allison John's inspiration comes from the Natural world, and her day to day life. She is interested in how our every day lives impact who we are and the way we see the world. Through the combination of several media she tries to explore her place in the natural world, and how the small things in life effect who she is and the way she sees the world that she lives in.

 
MIMA CORNISH

Mima is enchanted by the circular pattern of mandalas that can be found in every aspect of nature - from cells, tree trunks, flowers and snail shells, with the repetition found in structures like snowflakes and flower petals. Mima loves the universality of their form - varioations of which can be found across most of the planet's spiritual traditions. 

RACHAEL PRIME

Rachael graduated from Glyndwr University with a BA in Illustration using embroidery to create her work. She then dived into the world of costumes going back into education to expand her skills at Liverpool College. After completing this course, she went on to create costumes for films and stage. She never strayed too far from the visual arts using her embroidery skills on her costumes designs and after joining Hazlehurst Studios, Rachael started to create portraits, jewellery and other work. She has now begun to explore the role of narrative within her work expanding her practice to include digital machine embroidery combining with the more traditional techniques of hand and free-hand embroidery.

CLIFF RICHARDS

With a background in textiles and a degree in embroidery my work is often concerned with the physical engagement with materials. This has developed as three dimensional sculptural forms and handmade books. I am currently exploring print as a medium, working with relief print: referencing woodblock illustrations in cautionary tales, collagraphs: building up textures and surfaces to create atmosphere and reference environment, and more recently experimenting with non-toxic etching. My work is engaged with tradition and narrative and with the impact of English folklore on modern culture.

ELLIE WATSON

Former Art student at Mid Cheshire College, specialising largely in portraiture and figurative drawn works with a contemporary twist. Graduated in July 2018 achieving a Higher National Diploma in Fine Art. Previously exhibiting in establishments including Castle Park Arts Centre and Hobbycraft Chester branch, as well as yearly summer college exhibitions. Studio holder at Hazlehurst craft studios since April 2017. Since leaving education, the artist has dedicated her time to developing a broader and extensive portfolio of work, building a social media platform as a young, amateur artist and producing various commissioned pieces.  

KIM LIU

Kim graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Fine Arts with a focus on sculpture and performance art. Kim’s projects evolve as she develops them, blending the lines between sculpture and performance art. This was highlighted through a recent exhibition piece where Kim designed and build her childhood bedroom using old family photographs to recreate even the smallest details. Using her own daughter to pose as a child version of herself she brought life to this static sculpture, evoking a nostalgia feel throughout the whole piece. 

Kim is a firm believer in Art education for the younger generation developing and delivering art clubs within her local school. Demonstrating different artists each week, she works to develop the children’s cultural outcomes and art processes through professional art techniques and practices.