The Artist Gill Erskine-Hill

CSM INTERVIEWS Gill Erskine-Hill has been painting for 35 years in a variety of locations, being fortunate enough to live and work in Devon, Scotland, Norfolk and the Dordogne area of South West France. Following a move back to Devon, she is re-experiencing the beauty and diversity of this part of Britain and drawing inspiration from the people and landscape there. Most of Gill’s early work … Continue reading The Artist Gill Erskine-Hill

The Stained Glass Artist

Country Squire Magazine’s Dom Wightman interviews Andrew Fitzsimmons, the talented stained glass artist. Born in 1978 at the start of the ‘punk era’ in London, Andrew spent his early childhood on Mersea Island, near Colchester. Andrew has one daughter, Lilly, who’s also an artist and he lives in Southend.  Dom: How long have you been an artist? Andy: I come from an artistic family of, painters, … Continue reading The Stained Glass Artist

Interview with a Master Weaver

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Ask anyone what the word “tapestry” means and the chances are that they’ll talk about old and grandiose designs that are metres long and wide, which the aristocracy often used to keep out the draft. Nowadays the need for tapestries to keep out draughts in a large hall has disappeared but the weaving of tapestries did not die in medieval times and … Continue reading Interview with a Master Weaver

The Great British Pottery Revival

BY CHRIS EGAN The successful BBC TV series The Great Pottery Throwdown has added to the current wave of popularity gripping the world of ceramics in the UK; underlining how clay is oozing back into contemporary art. As Hettie Judah wrote in the Independent last year, “the championing of clay as a sculptural medium by a younger generation of artists has brought with it a re-examination … Continue reading The Great British Pottery Revival

Star Shooter & Character: Allan Warren

INTERVIEWEE: ALLAN WARREN Allan Warren is a British portrait photographer based in Covent Garden, primarily known for his images of high society including stars of the screen, celebrities and royalty. Allan also happens to be a great character, raconteur and bon vivant. Allan has photographed Mae West, Salvador Dali, Prince Charles, Roger Moore, Joan Collins and many others. Here, in a transcript of their interview, his friend … Continue reading Star Shooter & Character: Allan Warren

Lucy Sparrow: Shoplifting

For one entire month in the summer of 2014, felt artist Lucy Sparrow took over a rundown corner shop in Bethnal Green, East London, and filled it with more than 4000 hand-stitched felt replicas of everyday items that you’d ordinarily find in a local shop. Even the ice lollies in the freezer were felt lollies. The show was a huge success and visitors from all … Continue reading Lucy Sparrow: Shoplifting