Combining photography, design and print.

December offer

 

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Drop in 4 products at our studio in Newcastle, we will photograph these to our usual high standard, do the graphic design work for you and deliver to you a platinum pop up stand.

The platinum pop up stand is top of the range quality and very robust. It can be re-skinned for updated products. Re-skinning is not possible with cheaper pop up models. It also comes with a useful carrying case. Orders should be placed no later than 13 Dec. A booking fee of £50 is required at the time of placing the order. Photography and design can be carried out up to end of March. 

If you are not familiar with our work, please visit our portfolio which contains many varied samples of work for other designer makers.

To take advantage of our December offer (ends midday  13 Dec) or to obtain a quote for another project please email us or call 028 43 72 7171.


It is always a pleasure photographing Nua Jewellery by Nuala Lynch. She not only is a talented jeweller but also a great product designer. Every aspect of her jewellery is meticulously designed and considered. Nuala's work is sculptural and elegant and always gives us an opportunity to be creative in terms of our props and composition. View more of Nua Jewellery on our portfolio .


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Alison Hanvey lives and works in Newtownards. She shares a studio with her husband wood turner and furniture maker Mark. Alison has a huge talent for creating classical ceramic forms which are very harmonious and suited to their purpose. Traditional in form, her work has both a contemporary and timeless feel. They are a pleasure both to look at and to use. Speaking of her work Alison said:
“Now in my 24th year working as a potter, I make a wide range of functional and decorative pieces. Every pot is made entirely by hand and with a desire to share, with everyone, the pleasure of using handmade pottery every day. My forms are simple, the glazes muted, and any decoration is inspired by natural motifs and by the beautiful coastal landscapes of the Ards Peninsula and the Kingdom of  Mourne.”

We have had the pleasure of photographing Alison’s work on a number of occasions and I believe the image above demonstrates both the quality of her work and its fitness for purpose. View more of Alison's work in our portfolio.


Recently we were asked to photograph some work by the talented ceramic artist Anne Butler. This is fascinating and intricate work made from porcelain. In Anne’s own words,
“I work primarily in ceramics using a variety of materials, processes and techniques that challenge the fallibility of material and explore the passage of time through the accumulation and dissolution of material. The sculptures are created using material, techniques and processes that allude to the object's function, material culture, present associations as well as exploring cultural and individual memory.”

We were asked to photograph 2 pieces of work in advance of an exhibition in which Anne was participating in Cambridge, and which would be used for marketing purposes for that event. In simple terms, they were a sculpture of a sewing machine with associated sewing materials (‘Remnant’) and a group of 3 porcelain forms (‘Reflect’). Our brief was to capture the intricate detail, emphasising the amount of work and delicacy involved, the translucency and the 3 dimensionality of the sculptures. Anne said that she loved the work we had done for her through Craft NI (‘Wax and wane' 2015), and would like them to be photographed in the same style. This was a very challenging and interesting project to be involved with, and by well considered lighting and composition, I believe we have satisfied her requirements. View more of Ann Butler's photo shoot in our portfolio.


Above is one of our photos of the brilliant John McKeag in action. His designs and corresponding procedures may be thoroughly modern and individual, but here he is using a throwing technique which would have been very well recognised in the nineteenth century, and indeed for many centuries before that. 

Arguably, designer/makers still work more or less within the traditions of the Arts and Crafts Movement, when hand and eye, head and heart contrasted with the ruthlessness of industrial production. Starting in England in the mid to late nineteenth century, the Arts and Crafts Movement spread out across Europe and the USA. It affected nearly every aspect of household design, from architecture to pottery. The movement meant different things to different people, but it was essentially a response to the dehumanising effects of the Industrial Revolution and the excesses of the Victorian Age. It had a stylistic influence in Ireland, although was probably less pronounced than elsewhere as, apart from in Belfast and the surrounding area, industrialisation had not yet significantly taken root.

The English poet and artist William Morris, widely considered the movement's founder, articulated its philosophy, stressing the importance of the dignity and humanity of the work of craftsmen: "every thing made by man's hands has a form, which must be either beautiful or ugly; beautiful if it is in accord with Nature, and helps her; ugly if it is discordant with Nature, and thwarts her.” He had an absorption with nature - hence his highly stylised, naturalistic wallpapers. Others involved in three dimensional design were more concerned with honest and often visible constructional methods and details, involving a lack of decoration. Ironically, there was a some similarity if not a direct link between this honesty in construction with the modern movement in design and all the industrialisation that followed.

In architecture, outside the British Isles one of the first major innovations appeared in Chicago and the Midwest, where Frank Lloyd Wright designed Prairie Style homes, which used horizontal lines to follow the landscape. The bungalow, a later architectural development, began in southern California; and it brought the concepts of the Prairie Style to small, middle-class homes. Built largely in the early twentieth century, bungalow houses incorporated Prairie Style features such as exposed joinery and low-hanging eaves.

In England the Barnsley brothers Earnest and Sydney and Earnest Gimson embraced Morris’s ideal, setting up a furniture workshop in the Cotswolds, later taken over by Earnest’s son Edward. The workshop still runs today as a commercial workshop and educational trust.

Makers now have the opportunity to be much more fluid with their approach to design and making. Hand making techniques can be combined with CAD, CNC machining and 3D printing. Designing/making one-offs and small quantities which would have been inconceivable a few years ago are now common place. What continues, what still links us with the early days of the Arts and Crafts Movement, with much of today's practice, is the individuality of the work, the care, the knowledge of material and tool, and the personal connection between the initial idea and the final product.
Written with reference to:
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To take advantage of our December offer or to obtain a quote for another project please email us or call 028 43 72 7171