Low Sizergh Barn, Sizergh, near Kendal
19 May – 28 June 2017
Ellie Chaney is an artist who creates papercuts, illustrations and animations. Born in Cambridge, Ellie now lives in a small town on the outskirts of the beautiful Lake District in England. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London before going on to complete an MA in Art as Environment at Manchester Metropolitan University. Throughout this time she worked as a freelance artist and creative workshop facilitator.
As an illustrator Ellie has been commissioned to create images both for small businesses and within the community arts sector, and has worked as an animator for theatre and for educational charities. She is also a trained teacher who teaches art to people of all ages.
Ellie began Stories In Paper in 2014. Creating artwork that is intricately detailed has always been a passion of hers, and so when she discovered papercutting in 2010 she fell instantly in love with the medium.
Ellie also loves to work in illustration and printmaking, making complex images inspired by natural patterns and forms which she combines with her other love of ornamental patterns. Her ‘Bird Spotting’ series is a collection of papercuts of birds and plants found in Britain to celebrate the wildlife we can find in our parks and gardens.
Lynn Hamel gained a BTEC in Fine Arts at the Allen Tech Kendal College in 2002. While she was doing the course, she was suffering from depression and preoccupied herself during her lunch breaks with writing about characters she had made up at the age of seven to keep herself amused. These were mischievous characters on springs who caused havoc – she called these The Goggins!
The art teacher regularly saw her writing and suggested for her final project that she turn these into short stories and illustrate them as children’s books. The illustration style she used was inspired by Jan Pieńkowski who illustrated the Meg and Mog books; this being bold and simplistic. The black pen outlines were scanned into PaintShop Pro, coloured, and words added. Ten books have been written and illustrated, one being published, ‘Goggins at Home’.
Lynn’s current line of art takes the form of what she has termed ‘Wool Art’. This is a technique of gluing strands of wool to canvas to make large-scale pictures of animals and buildings. The artwork itself is very time consuming to complete but it is very rewarding seeing the picture take shape. The wonderful aspect to this is that wool itself when used in this way gives a unique quality and texture.
Her canvases are available to purchase, and she is also happy to undertake commissions. However it has to be stated that due to the nature of wool itself, certain subjects will work better than others. She has also recently been able to create from her canvases greetings cards that are also available to purchase.
The tea room at Low Sizergh Barn is open each day, 9.00 – 5.00.