Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Meet The Artist Feature - Karen of KayCee Glass

KayCee Glass Art, Cornwall
Unique affordable artwork made for everyday living - Lovingly and individually hand-drawn and painted in Cornwall.

Karen Clowes (aka KayCee Designs) has been dabbling with glass paints for a number of years now. Her glass painting started as a hobby and a creative way of giving presents to friends and family. After numerous requests to paint glasses for friends of friends, Karen set up KayCee Designs and now creates and sells her unique, affordable and functional artwork. Her works include vases, teapots, drinking glasses, candle holders, coffee and tea mugs, as well as LED baubles and light boxes.

Karen’s pieces are inspired by the breath-taking surrounding land and seascapes of the beautiful West Penwith landscape surrounding her home town of Penzance. Her Cornish themed designs include rugged ‘Poldark Country’ Mine Engine Houses, Cornish fishing boats coming back to harbour, seagulls, shoals of shimmering mackerel and pots of late summer flowering Aganpanthus.

All of Karen’s work is unique, no tracing or transfers are involved; she individually hand draws and paints her designs direct onto the glassware using specialised glass paints with a range of amazingly different transparent, shimmering, metallic or frosted finishes. They are then oven baked to both strengthen the colour and to provide a top rack dish washer safe product which can be used time and time again.

**1 Note: tealight and LED baubles are also baked to strengthen the colours but because of the delicate nature of this glass and electronic components they are NOT dishwasher safe and should be cleaned with a damp cloth only.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Meet Our Members Feature - Jules of Water Street Apothecary

The best way to introduce the lovely Jules is to let her speak for herself!

"Hi! My name is Jules and I am the creator of Water Street Apothecary. Water Street started in Canada, in a sleepy seaside town called St Andrews (Look it up its beautiful!).
At the time I was working as a chef in a hotel there. The long hours were hard on my body, so I turned to essential oils for natural relief for my aches and pains... and hangovers!

The business developed from there, the street I lived on was called Water Street and I wanted the products to have medicinal and aromatherapy properties, so it became an Apothecary. Slowly after months of friends using and loving my products I started to supply local shops and attend craft markets.
Last year I made the hard decision to move back home, to Cornwall, due to missing my family so much, and I brought Water Street with me. Since being home, Water Street now has almost 60 products, all of which I strive to use ingredients purchased in the South West.
We have Essential Oils from Devon, Beeswax from Somerset, & Olive Oil from Cornwall’s own ‘Cornish Olive Stall’. My proudest moments are when people tell me my products have genuinely had a positive impact on their lives, that and the fact that me mum loves my products!
Keep an eye out for the product names as they are usually named after mine and my families favourite rock songs."

"Enjoy!"


Friday, 19 January 2018

Meet Our Members Feature - Dorothy Oliver Folk Art

Dorothy Oliver – Daisy Dot Folk Art

Dorothy has been painting in Folk Art style since 1996, when she went to a class on Decorative Painting run by a Local Authority and got hooked.
At that time, Decorative Painting was the new “in“ Craft, world wide. and there was a lot of influence from Australia and the USA, who in turn drew from many European sources, brought into their countries by those coming to start a new life in a new land.
Over the years, Dot attended many classes in different traditions and learned a great deal, quickly tiring of painting other people’s designs and developing her own style.
Mainly influenced by our native Canal or Barge Art, and by One Stroke painting developed by Donna Dewberry, Dot's work now is all painted freehand, to her own designs. She uses water based enamel paint on her metalware (very hardwearing and very difficult to chip!) and acrylic paint on other items. These are then coated with a clear varnish , which brings out the colours.
All Dot's work can be cleaned with a damp cloth and a little washing up liquid if needed.

More of her original designs can be seen on Facebook – Click here > Daisy Dot Folk Art .
Daisy Dot is a very popular regular at all the Mirva Gallery Collective's Popup Penzance events ( next one runs from 6th to 26th May 2018), and at selected Craft Fairs throughout the year.
Dot will also arrange purchase from her home by appointment – contact via Mirva Gallery or Daisy Dot Folk Art Facebook page if there is something you like!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Meet Our Members Feature - Angela Truman Feltmaker

Angie is co-director of the Mirva Gallery Collective and a driving force behind many of the ideas and exhibitions that our members offer.
We asked Angie to describe herself and process, and she says this:
"I am a maker.
I have been occupied by creating with my hands since I was a young child.
I found, then and still to this day, high value in the focus, patience, and dexterous control involved in manipulating physical materials.
Ever since my mother taught me to knit at a young age, I have loved working with wool. Still an avid knitter today and admirer of all things "wool", I began to look deeper into the wonders of this wonderful natural product. In 2009, an unexpected wave of redundancies in the company where I was employed gave me the opportunity to spend time with my children. a friend offered me some sheep fleeces and after I worked out how to process them, I began to look at ways to put them to use. Wet felting has become my daily passion. I continue to study various types of sheep's wool and the wonderful fiber that these varieties produce.
Felting is also a fabulous contemporary art form that has many practical and modern applications. Whilst it is quite simple to learn, mastering the medium can become a wonderful journey. I obsess about new techniques and processes. Felt continues to inspire me with its duality, both its simplicity and its complexity. It is this amazing alchemical process and is also this beautiful simple combining of material.
For me it is creative, vibrant, fun, and challenging. It is a very simple process, yet its applications can be as complex as I desire.
I gain inspiration first and foremost from all of my experiences in life, inspiration from the beautiful rural setting I live in and the natural world that surrounds me. I love shape and form and texture. My inspiration comes from the collaboration of many elements: raw organic materials, historic process and the natural world. It is my passion to take the ancient art form of feltmaking and blend it with a modern aesthetic to create textiles that straddle the boundary between art and craftsmanship.

It is wonderful to be able to now pass this skill on through my teaching and workshops. I enjoy encouraging others to explore their individual creativity. I am convinced that we all are incredibly artistic and creative-we just need self belief and practice. I am also interested in the possibility of simplifying the process and using alternative equipment to make the process more accessible, such as foot rolling, using a sander or a tumble dryer for example.
My current interests are to further explore the contrast between the lightness of the muslin I use as a scarf base, and the deeper, heavier texture of the wool I felt into it. I am currently planning a series of panels which use this attribute in such a way that the finished panel can be hung over a window to create almost a stained glass effect. I love to take a medium which is often thought of as indelicate and stiff, and produce delicate pieces which play with the light."


Angie's beautiful work is sold through the Mirva Gallery in St Ives, open year-round and also at numerous events across Cornwall. She also offers a selection of popular workshops with the Mirva Collective sharing her passion for felt making and inspiring others to create in new ways.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Meet Our Members Feature - Rebecca English

Rebecca English - Ceramic Artist

Mirva member Rebecca is a potter living in Penwith, Cornwall and is deeply inspired by Cornwall's wild scenery in her work.
Rebecca studied art at Portsmouth then moved to Ireland where she painted extensively.
After the birth of her daughter,she moved to Cornwall and fell in love with clay, attending classes at Penwith art school,learning and exploring different techniques and discovering her own styles for creating with clay and never looked back!
Rebecca now works from her home studio which she built up herself. Her work is mostly wheel-thrown and her delicate style often favours a sgraffitio method, which involves etching designs into the clay.

Mirva Workshops this February!
Rebecca is running a Clay Day and Potter's Wheel workshop on Tuesday 20th Feb.
Due to popularity, she will be offering it twice, from 10.30am to 1pm and again at 2pm to 4.30pm.
Spaces are limited for the best possible experience all round, so grab your slot now for whichever session-time suits you best!
£35 per person-booking can be made via paypal to rebeccaenglish2[at]hotmail.co.uk.

Your creations will be fired for you to collect at a later date at no extra cost!

Rebecca will be demonstrating sgraffito along with other techniques at her workshop and you will also have the opportunity to have a go on the potters wheel, with guidance producing a pot or bowl which you can decorate and leave for firing to be collected at a later date.
You will also learn the basis of different hand-building techniques such as coiling and slabbing.
Rebecca says this day will be a fun, exciting experience! Time to bring out your inner child and remember what it's like to play with clay!



Workshops Listings For This February

Full menu of offerings for Mirva Workshop Week-this is going to be such fun!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Basic Photography Workshop at Penzance Pop-Up Shop this February

If you have been using you camera permanently on 'auto' or trying out settings with mixed results this is the workshop for you! Learn how to create blurred backgrounds in your portrait and close-up shots to make your subject stand out,how to take detailed landscape shots by shooting in aperture priority. Find out how shutter speed affects your image and how to avoid camera shake. Gain tips on composition and adding interest to your images. This workshop is aimed at beginners and anyone who wants to get their camera off auto setting! Handout notes will be included to take home. £55 per person.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Keep Out The Winter Chills!

Keep out the winter chills! Cosy wristwarmer gloves are still available in lots of fab colourways! CLICK HERE

Available from Sujati Designs, proud member of the Mirva Gallery Collective .

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Even more fabulous Mirva Workshops for 2018!

Sunday 18th Feb:
10am to 12 noon.
Melt and Pour Soap Workshop
Make a range of melt and pour soaps using pre-made bases, colours and fragrances. Add natural ingredients to achieve an exfoliating effect, embed objects and soap shapes create fun, fabulous bars or loaves of soap, or even add moisturising oils for a truly luxurious bar.
£15 per person - take home at least one bar of each soap type!

2.30pm - 5pm
Festival Flower Fascinators and Headdresses
Come and get festival ready, making and creating fabulous festival fascinators with silk flowers, colourful feathers, gems, beads and glitter!
This workshop is open to all abilities and ages and all materials will be supplied.
Each session is £15 per adult, £10 for under 10s
A single session will make you 3 fascinators or a single headdress.

Tuesday 20th Feb
10.30am to 1pm
Clay and Potters Wheel Experience
Experiment with a variety of hand building clay techniques, tools, stamping and glazing. Learn how to use a potter's wheel and experience working with clay.
All materials will be provided, including aprons.
Your creations can be left for firing to collect at a later date and keep forever!
Please wear old, comfy clothes.
Cost £35 per person, including all supplies and firing.

2pm - 4.30pm Clay and Potter's Wheel Experience Details as above

Wednesday 21st Feb :
10am to 12.30pm
Felt a pair of Merino Wool Mitts
We will be using the finest merino wool (which is a delight to work with), silk and other fibres to create your masterpiece. You will be shown wet felting techniques around a “resist” to create a 3D shape. Suitable for beginners or for those who would like to expand their technical know-how. All tools and materials included.
£25 per person

6pm to approx 9.30 pm
Felt a Hat, Puppet or Bag (3-4 hours)
A relaxed, meditative workshop. Create a soft, expressive hat or puppet in your own size, style and design. We will be using the finest merino wool (which is a delight to work with), silk and other fibres to create your masterpiece. You will be shown wet felting techniques achieved around a “resist” to create a 3D shape. Suitable for beginners or for those who would like to expand their technical know-how. All tools and materials included.
£30 per person

Thursday 22nd Feb:
4.30pm to 7pm
'Festival Flower Fascinators and Headdresses '
Come and get festival ready, making and creating fabulous festival fascinators with silk flowers, colourful feathers, gems, beads and glitter!
This workshop is open to all abilities and ages and all materials will be supplied.
Each session is £15 per adult, £10 for under 10s
A single session will make you 3 fascinators or a single headdress.

Friday 23rd Feb
10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Basic Printmaking
All abilities welcome.
We will be creating monoprints using hand cut stencils and water-based block printing inks. All materials supplied. You will learn how to produce single and layered images and create your own prints for framing or as greetings cards to take home with you.
*tea and coffee available.
*please wear old clothes or an apron.
*suitable 14 years and upwards
Price £26 per person. Spaces are limited to allow for full tuition, No experience required.

10am to 3pm (30 min lunch break-lunch NOT provided!)
Essential Camera Skills
Have you been using you camera permanently on 'auto' or trying out settings with mixed results? If so, this is the workshop for you!
Learn how to create blurred backgrounds in your portrait and close-up shots to make your subject stand out and how to take detailed landscape shots by shooting in aperture priority. Discover how shutter speed can affect your images and how to avoid camera shake. Gain tips on composition and adding interest to your photographs.
This workshop is aimed at beginners and anyone who wants to get their camera off auto setting!
Handout notes will be included to take home.
£55 per person.

1.30pm - 5.15pm
No Fear! Exploring Charcoal and Graphite Drawing
Not drawn or sketched in a while? Need techniques to help you 'loosen up' or get past a 'block'?
Want to create but feel intimidated by a blank sheet of paper?
Then this is the workshop for you!
An intensive, freeing exploration, working from a series of still life set-ups.
Sharing lots of techniques and tips through a series of demos and tasks including how to: preserve charcoal drawings, correct mistakes, identify values and shapes, prime your paper.,use tonal background, and compose a study whilst taking a loose, relaxed approach towards rendering your drawing.
All materials supplied. You will go home with lots of drawings, printed technique notes, new knowledge and loads of inspiration. *tea and coffee available
*extra supplies will be available to purchase to take home should you so wish
*please wear old clothes
*suitable 14 years and upwards.
All abilities/experience welcome.
Price £35 per person. Spaces are limited. Suitable for newbies and experienced.

Saturday 24th Feb
10am to 4.30pm (includes 30 min break for lunch)
Mixed Media Workshop - 'Mermaid Fantasy'
Create a full piece of work whilst learning a wide variety of media, including oil pastels, acrylic, ink, collage, water based crayons and more. Using a mermaid/ocean theme, you will be given full guidance on creating an expressive, whimsical face and figure over a mixed media background (which can be as simple or complex as you like; full support is given for all abilities). We will use layering, collage, gel mediums and paper ephemera to create a series of mixed media samples before producing a full piece of work incorporating the techniques learned.
You will be given guidance and demos on composition, and colour mixing, for different media.
Suitable for all abilities, individual support will be given.
You will go home with a finished piece plus notes and samples.
All materials will be provided.
*tea and coffee available throughout.
*some extra art supplies will be available to purchase to take home should you so wish
*please wear old clothes
*suitable for 14 years upwards. All abilities/experience welcome. *Please bring a packed lunch, or there are many options nearby for food supplies!
Price for full day workshop £55 per person. Spaces are limited and this course welcomes all abilities and experience and tutoring will be tailored to individual needs.

10am to Midday (ish!)
Painting With Wool – create Wall hangings and Play Mats
Suitable for adults with children!
Fun, messy but clean workshop, suitable for all ages. Beginners very welcome!
Using wool and other fibres as your “paint”, along with soap, water and elbow grease, create wall hangings, either landscape or abstract. Or make a play mat based on the bird’s eye view of a landscape. Your finished piece will be approx 30cm square. You will have the opportunity to play with a range of techniques and fibres.
£20 per person

10am to 3pm (30 min lunch break-lunch NOT provided!)
Essential Camera Skills
Have you been using you camera permanently on 'auto' or trying out settings with mixed results? If so, this is the workshop for you!
Learn how to create blurred backgrounds in your portrait and close-up shots to make your subject stand out and how to take detailed landscape shots by shooting in aperture priority. Discover how shutter speed can affect your images and how to avoid camera shake. Gain tips on composition and adding interest to your photographs.
This workshop is aimed at beginners and anyone who wants to get their camera off auto setting!
Handout notes will be included to take home.
£55 per person.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Mirva Workshops Week Update!

Here are just a few of the workshops planned for February at the pop-up Mirva, top of Market Jew Street, Penzance.
We have a huuuuuge range of choices on the way,including clay,felt making,soap making and photography- this is just a sprinkling of what is to come!

Friday 23rd Feb 10.30 - 12.30 Basic Printmaking All abilities welcome. We will be creating monoprints using hand cut stencils and water-based block printing inks. All materials supplied. You will learn how to produce single and layered images and create your own prints for framing or as greetings cards to take home with you. *tea and coffee available. *please wear old clothes or an apron. *suitable 14 years and upwards Price £26 per person. Spaces are limited for full tuition.No experience required. ***

Friday 23rd Feb 1.30 - 5.15pm No Fear! Exploring Charcoal and Graphite Drawing Not drawn or sketched in a while? Need techniques to help you 'loosen up' or get past a 'block'? Want to create but feel intimidated by a blank sheet of paper? This is the workshop for you! An intensive, freeing exploration, working from a series of still life set-ups. Sharing lots of techniques and tips through a series of demos and tasks, including how to preserve charcoal drawings, correct mistakes,identify values and shapes, prime your papers,use tonal background,compose a study and take a loose, relaxed approach to rendering a drawing. All materials supplied. You will go home with lots of drawings, printed notes on techniques,new knowledge and a ton of inspiration. *tea and coffee available *extra supplies will be available to purchase to take home should you so wish *please wear old clothes *suitable 14 years and upwards.All abilities/experience welcome. Price £35 per person. Spaces are limited. Suitable for newbies and experienced, individual support will be given. ***

Saturday 24th Feb 10am to 4.30pm ( includes 30 min break for lunch) Mixed Media Workshop. 'Mermaid Fantasy' Create a full piece of work whilst learning a wide variety of media, including oil pastels, acrylic, ink, collage, water based crayons and more. Using a mermaid/ocean theme, you will be given full guidance on creating an expressive, whimsical face and figure over a mixed media background ( as simple or complex as you like, full support is given for all abilities) . We will use layering, collage, gel mediums and paper ephemera to create a series of mixed media samples and a full piece of work incorporating techniques learned. Guidance and demos on composition, colour mixing,how to approach different media will be given. Suitable for all abilities, individual support will be given. You will go home with a finished piece plus notes and samples. All materials will be provided. *tea and coffee available throughout. *some extra art supplies will be available to purchase to take home should you so wish *please wear old clothes *suitable 14 years and upwards.All abilities/experience welcome. *Please bring a packed lunch, or there are many options nearby for food supplies! Price for full day workshop £55 per person. Spaces are limited and this course welcomes all abilities and experience and tutoring will be tailored to individual needs. ***