District’s artists open studio doors to public

Sally Lister - painter
Sally Lister - painter

Artists across Whitby and district are throwing open the doors of their studios to give the public a glimpse of how they work.

On the weekends of 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 June, 123 artists will be taking part in in the free annual North Yorkshire Open Studios.

Whitby and the surrounding villages’ artists – including painters, potters, willow artists and jewellery designers – will be displaying an inspirational array of art.

Studios will be open from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

There is anprogramme of workshops and activities planned which will run alongside the event.

For more details about North Yorkshire Open Studios, log on to www.nyos.org.uk.

Here, the Whitby Gazette highlights some of the artists and designers taking part:

Susan Willmington 
Red Barn, Littlebeck Lane, Sneaton, Whitby YO22 5HY


Sue is a costume designer working internationally.

After studying fine art and theatre design, she has worked in theatre and opera for 35 years with well-known directors and organisations. Her costume designs are very detailed and she has a wide knowledge of historical costumes and the cut necessary to create the silhouette.

Heather Gatt studio
Green Lane Centre, Green Lane, Whitby YO22 4EH www.heathergatt.co.uk

In her studio across the fields from Whitby Abbey, Heather applies beeswax resist to cotton fabric when creating her batiks, subsequently swirling on coloured dyes and repeating the process many times for each unique piece. Indonesian wax pens and assorted brushes are used to apply the molten wax, which is finally removed by boiling. Heather’s landscapes and seascapes are about light and the way light can be transformed.

Rebecca Corner 
Studio 14 Middlewood Lane, Fylingthorpe, Whitby YO22 4UB

Rebecca creates her wide range of products from traditional English basketry willow. In the winter months when the sap is down she also weaves with hedgerow and garden prunings, enjoying the variety of colours and textures. Her products include sculptures, baskets and beautiful practical garden items amongst many others.

Sally Lister 
Holly Barn, Glaisdale, Whitby YO21 2QA


Sally’s work is abstract and expressionistic and is a response to the way she feels both physically and emotionally about the landscape. Colour and texture are major inspirations.

Janette Boskett 
Key Green Farmhouse, Egton Grange, Whitby 
YO22 5AX


Janette loves the landscape of the North York Moors and coast so much that she has returned to live in this area and draw inspiration again from it for her slightly surreal paintings that also feature items from her collection of quirky still-life objects.

Lynne Glazzard 
Holly Barn, Glaisdale, Whitby YO21 2QA 

Lynne makes jewellery and enamelled pictures inspired by the colours and patterns of the landscape around her studio on the North Yorkshire Moors. She also makes glass beads and often combines them with large silver and enamelled beads to make vividnecklaces and bracelets.

Emma Evett, Manor Farm Cottage, Newholm, Whitby YO21 3QY 

Emma makes work in glass, ranging from jewellery to wall pieces and freestanding sculpture. Like many artists she is inspired by nature, in particular, the countryside and coast near her home in the North York Moors. At present her work is based on close observation of plants when walking her dog, which she then translates through drawing, print and decals into glass pieces. Emma works mainly in fusing and casting glass.

Alan Davis, High Farm, 21 Wades Lane, East Barnby, Whitby YO21 3SB


Alan is a designer-maker of architectural stained glass. Much of his work is ecclesiastical but he also produces work for private and public commissions and contemporary exhibition pieces. The work is highly influenced by the forms, colours and textures of his local environment. Alan does not copy from nature, “I deconstruct an image or idea, analyse it and reconstruct it allowing the design to react to itself. I am constantly trying to capture the ‘feel’ or essence of a given subject.”

Caroline Riley

The Tractor Shed, Moorgate Farm, Commondale, Whitby 
YO21 2HJ

www.tractorshed commondale.eu

There is a stone on the moor above Caroline’s home where she used to go and sit – a place to shed the strain of daily life and reconnect with the peace and stillness of just being. She tries to recapture that feeling when she draws and paints trees and landscapes. She gets lost in the making of the image and hopes that feeling of peace will be conveyed to whoever spends time contemplating the finished work.

Jill Christie

Wold Pottery, 79 High Street, Loftus, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 4HG


Jill specialises in hand-thrown slip-decorated earthenware producing a wide range of domestic wares, as well as commissions and one-off pieces. Her work is known for its fine throwing and natural clear colours combined with the natural warmth of the terracotta clay.

Ian Mitchell

Duckett & Jeffreys, Sunnyside, High Barrass, Staithes TS13 5DE


‘Linescapes’ are Ian’s unique delineation of the landscape based on a stripped down reality. His series of limited edition landscape prints, celebrating the Yorkshire coast and countryside, pay homageto the early 20th century travel posters, and draw on the reductive style of early 20th century German and Swiss design. Using his original sketches and photographs, Ian refines and reduces source material down to minimalist forms and shapes.

Stef Mitchell

Duckett & Jeffreys, 
Sunnyside, High Barrass, Staithes TS13 5DE


Stef Mitchell is obsessed with painting, printmaking, pouring and process. Her work grows from her relationship with the landscape and is divided into two areas of development, both examining travelling through the landscape. On foot Stef records walks, printing directly from plants while in the landscape. To reference journeys made by car she uses a car window motif in her paintings and prints.

Andy Black

Duckett & Jeffreys, Sunnyside, High Barrass, Staithes TS13 5DE


Andy makes drawings of imagined spaces using an alphabet of forms. Some of these forms are objects from the landscape, topiary or architecture. Others are sharp-edged and geometric or more amorphous and ‘blobby’. The forms are plotted onto a perspectival space that recedes deep into the distance. Andy describes them as drawings of gardens.

Michelle Freemantle

Duckett & Jeffreys, Sunnyside, High Barrass, Staithes TS13 5DE


Michelle makes functional ceramics that are tactile and visually pleasing, using a mix of hand-built, press-mould and thrown techniques. Lines and text, often snippets of thoughts or poetry written during her travels, are inscribed into the surfaces and slips applied.