If you like to support local artists and makers, you’ll love The Glades Local Showcase. We’re bringing a fantastic selection of independent creatives to The Glades, and you can browse and buy their work throughout the centre.
The Local Showcase is curated by South East London artist Emma Jane Semmens, whose own pop-up store has been a huge hit at The Glades.
Mark Haynes, Centre Director, explains the new project: “The Glades is in such a great location, with wonderful talent on its doorstep in Kent and London. So it’s only right to bring some of those talented creators into The Glades, where people can be inspired by their work while supporting these independent makers directly.”
Look for the Local Showcase throughout The Glades, with locations currently on the Upper Mall next to Zara, and in Regents Arcade. The displays will be changing over the months, so make sure you check back to see new talent!
If you’re an independent maker or creative with an online store, and would like to be considered for the next Showcase, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
MEET THE ARTISTS
Rachel Malli is a London-based visual artist honing her skills in abstract art through mixed media, graphics and photography. Her works are heavily inspired by colour, space, form and psychology.
Rachel is passionate about wellbeing and human rights and is always curious about new and interesting ways to represent mental health and celebration of self in her pieces. Her use of colours and form reflects the intricate yet wonderful layers of the mind and thought process.
Emma Thrussell is a traditional illustrator from the Bromley area. She works as a freelancer from her cosy home studio creating illustrations for clients and her own online shop selling prints, greetings cards and custom portraits.
Emma started out her creative journey at Ravensbourne university where she studied Art, Design and Animation. Experimenting with various art disciplines was where she found the passion for illustration and design. Her work is created with watercolours, gouache and coloured pencils and takes inspiration from nature, oddities and whimsical storytelling.
Leonor MacraMaker is a self-taught fiber artist. She uses eco fibres to create beautiful and sustainable art pieces, making use of recycled cotton, reclaimed wool and reused materials.
Leonor works closely with her clients to create exclusive artworks that are designed especially for their interior space. She also shares her knowledge through workshops which can be booked on her website.
Roccia Jewellery was created by Jessica, a self-taught jeweller, and specialises in jewellery inspired by African culture.
Jessica aims to use the collection to educate and expose the world to African culture and history. The jewellery pieces are inclusive to all, and allow individuals to wear their heritage with pride.
The collection features handmade pieces and includes bracelets, necklaces, earrings, anklets and waistbeads.
Ellen Jane is a South East London-based lettering artist, illustrator and designer. She is best known for creating quirky and playful designs, featuring fun illustrations and funky looking letters.
Ellen has worked with a wide range of clients, creating custom lettering artwork for products, publishing and advertising. When she isn’t dreaming up ideas for clients, Ellen designs prints, stickers and greeting cards, aimed to bring a dose of positivity to your home.
Arizona Smith is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist, working in painting, drawing, tarot and rug-making. Her work focuses on dreams, myths, meditation and the surreal, with many of the images she creates coming from her own dream-work practice.
Arizona has run a number of community projects with the public promoting creativity and expression as a healing modality. She also co-founded @thelurnerprize, a prize for self-taught artists, and @thenewearthartschool, an alternative community arts space.
Bronze Age is an independent art publisher based in New Cross, established in 2011. Their books are always direct collaborations with artists from all over the world and printed in short runs, often bound by hand. Bronze Age aims to continue producing affordable folk art far outside the elitist institutional art world; with a general emphasis on the absurd, human existence, nostalgia and aesthetics.
Lauren Doughty is an Artist and Illustrator (born Singapore 1991), based in London after completing a BA (Hons) in Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. Her work draws attention to the natural world, showing appreciation of its links with human wellbeing – using colour, iconography and recurring motifs, informed by her experience of living in different countries and cultures in South East Asia, and her half British half Balkan heritage. Influenced by everyday life and idiosyncratic details; she uses drawing to highlight the smaller, relatable moments which may otherwise pass us by – working from both observation and memory.
Pea & Me
Pea & Me is an independent print business that designs fun, quirky bespoke prints, notebooks and tea towels.
Founded by established fashion print designer Elizabeth Harris in 2017, the first prints were designed for her new-born daughter’s nursery. This has since grown into an expansive collection of designs inspired by the rewards and challenges of motherhood, and finding the fun in everyday life!
Pea & Me’s prints are stocked in shops throughout the UK. You can visit Pea & Me’s website to purchase the prints in a range of sizes and colours, and to commission personalised artwork.
After years working as a makeup artist and beauty guru, Bridget L created Spa Galaxy, an ethical hand-crafted home fragrance & beauty brand to promote wellbeing.
From concept to end, Spa Galaxy products only use high grade natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. The close attention to detail makes Spa Galaxy products unique, luxurious and desirable.
Christian Wood is a published illustrator, artist, designer and 2D animator. Christian’s work is dynamic, playful and conceptual with a strong graphic design led approach.
Although his commercial work is varied, there are consistent characteristics such as his application of colourful, geometric, decorative compositions. His interests in youth culture, dance and fashion trends feed into his personal work along with his quirky, angular character designs. These elements combine with his interest in new technology and the fast-changing environment we find ourselves living in today.
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