Monday, 14 May 2018

Popup Penzance Is Happening NOW

Come and find us at the top of Market Jew Street, Penzance - lots of new members and a wonderful bunch of seasoned favourites too! We are at Popup Penzance now until 16th June with artisan goodies AND drop-in clay workshops also running twice a week!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Helston Flora Day 2018

Mirva Gallery Collective will be exhibiting at Helston Flora Day this year on Tuesday 8th May-pop along and see us and enjoy this fabulous event!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

On The Road Again!

Mirva Members at Porthleven Food Festival this year-what an enticing array of goodies on offer!

Monday, 9 April 2018

Mirva Collective coming to Popup Penzance!

Mirva Gallery Collective will be running Popup Gallery sessions again this year at Popup Penzance ( top of Market Jew Street) . We look forward to welcoming back veteran members and some new artisan traders when the next Popup at Penzance begins on 6th May.
Here are just a few tasters of what we have to offer this session :

Monday, 2 April 2018

Mirva Collective On The Road

A little snapshop collage here from our first outing for 2018 exhibiting as a group!
Falmouth Cider Festival was chilly but fun-and we all look forwward to more later in the year- find us next at the Popup Penzance shop at the top of Market Jew Street, Penzance. This year we are welcoming a number of new members so there will be lots more to see and enjoy-watch this space for more soon!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Mirva Member Feature

Julie Duggan Designs

Julie Duggan has spent the last 30 years working with gemstones and designing jewellery. Having travelled the world and lived in such stunning places as India and Italy she says it’s been easy for her to find inspiration for her designs.
Julie now lives in the beautiful UK County of Cornwall, working from a converted stables nestled in the countryside and looking over the water.
On her working process Julie says "I begin my design journey by purchasing the gemstones directly from their source.
Once I see the stones, the creative process takes over and I begin to play with the colour, drawing inspiration from my travels and from nature.
The silver work is always designed around the gemstones, which are then set with open backs. This enables them to be worn against the skin and to be seen in their best light.
Every piece is unique due to this handmade process.I feel incredibly lucky to have such an amazing home in Cornwall and work with the stones that I love."

You can find more of Julie's work HERE via her website, and Julie is a firm favourite at our Mirva Collective Popup Galleries in Penzance ( next session begins in April more news on that soon!) and she also regularly exhibits her beautiful silver and gemstone jewellery across Cornwall and beyond at events and festivals.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Artist of the Month, March 2018

We are delighted to welcome to our St Ives gallery our latest featured guest artist of the month, Julia Wainsmith of Rock Paper Sand.
Julia's evocative and atmospheric paintings are inspired by her love of the ocean and evoke a mystical feeling to her rich, beautiful works.

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."


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!