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Fancy Free, Oxfordshire Craft Guild: West Ox Arts, Bampton
This varied exhibition in Bampton draws on both past and future. Victoria Borondo, inspired by vintage dresses, botanical paintings and china designs, favours a muted palette. Her bags, purses and brooches, made of silk, satin and lace, and decorated with pearls, buttons and Victorian lace, are timeless.
Another artist good with fabric is Lizzie Hurst. Her flyaway fascinators, velvet ladybird and bird brooches are fun and beautifully made. Her purple velvet 1920s hat, decorated with a shot silk band and a ruched floret rose, would grace any occasion.
Glass with style is the hallmark of two gifted artists. Drawing on botanical illustrations Wendy Newhofer fuses glass and metal for wall panels and bowls. For her framed Strange Fruits copper leaf is used for blues and for silvery grey differing thicknesses of aluminium foil. Tlws Johnson, too, traps colour between two sheets of glass: her circular table top of bright greens, oranges and reds rests on an elegant black stove-enamel stand, ideal for the garden. She employs the lost wax process for her red glass ammonite — an unusual and decorative object.
Most potters adopt a particular style; Martin Easterbrook is more interested in the processes and reactions of glazes that suit the form; hence the varied and unusual nature of his work. Take his vivid azure barium mat vase (above), tall, elegant and deeply blue, and compare it with his rounded urn, its pit-fired surface stained with different elements giving a random autumnal effect.
If you are the owner of one of Alison Dupernex’s coats, scarves or jacket you will be wearing a work of art. Take her Hockney Stripe (above), a jacket inspired by the ploughed fields and linear trees in the recent exhibition in the Royal Academy. Her elegant garments, made of lightly felted cashmere and silk, sourced from Japan and Italy, flatter the wearer with their natural, gentle folds.
Jewellery, silverware, ceramics and painted wood are all here in abundance.
Tues-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm, Sun 2-4. Until August 5.