Get a Sneak Peek at the Artists You'll Find at Living North LIVE this Spring at York Racecourse
Living North LIVE is back in York this March
AMY MILLER ILLUSTRATIONS
This is a small, family-run business led by illustrator and designer Amy Miller. She finds lots of inspiration in her rural surroundings, being based in the Northumberland countryside. She blends her artistic style with her passion for animals to make country home- and kitchenware and gifts, and works alongside her mum and dad who play a key part in keeping things running smoothly when she is at shows such as Living North LIVE.
Highland Cow fine art print, £50
ALISON HILL STUDIOS
Following study at the University of Sunderland, Alison taught art for years. She’s always sewn and was inspired to combine her drawing and sewing skills to develop her own style of embroidery – using a sewing machine like a set of pastels or crayons to create her work. She uses various stitches to create texture and form, and her collection of work includes stitched artworks inspired by people and animals, pastel creations of seascapes and landscapes and ceramics.
Cows on Salt Marsh pastel
BY ANTONIA ILLUSTRATION
Antonia is a freelance artist based in Yorkshire. She offers unique commissions, prints and stationery in watercolours, pencil and various other mediums (including gold leaf). Some of her favourite subjects are birds and insects and she finds much of her inspiration in nature. Her wrapping paper designs always prove popular, alongside her original artwork, and she now has Valentine’s cards available to order online.
Mr & Mrs original painting, £110
Tuffnell Glass stock all the equipment and tools you need for experimenting with glass and lampwork, but also sell a variety of gifts made from glass. They handmake their glass-headed divider pins using Effetre Italian glass rods and high quality stainless steel pins and their marbles are hand crafted in Yorkshire using borosilicate glass. Don’t miss their decorations and stunning porcelain dome lights, and if you’re feeling inspired, they also offer classes and tutorials.
Silver fumed galaxy marble, £40
York-based Marc, an animation tutor, podcaster and graphic designer who has worked on cartoons for CBeebies, creates mood-lifting art prints, greetings cards, stationery and more. From artwork inspired by the city of York to other famous landmarks and calligraphy to inspire you and boost your mood, his varied artwork always guarantees to brighten your day.
York Minster hand illustrated print, £15
Charred Wood use their natural surroundings as inspiration for their unusual pieces. Owner Chris Ewing studied Illustration & Graphic Design at college in Edinburgh, but taught himself pyrography. They source and shape wood from the Scottish Borders and hand burn a design to make their unique pieces, from pet portraits to recognisable landmarks. Northumberland based, they attend Alnwick and Wooler markets regularly, but Living North LIVE will be their first event in Yorkshire this spring.
Wall decoration, £40
Ben Staves has always been fascinated by cityscapes and the urban environment and during his travels across the globe, he’s visited and sketched cities such as New York, Chicago, Paris and Rome. He designs hand-drawn, globe-style 3D maps of skylines across the UK and beyond, including famous streets and landmarks, and also draws sporting stadiums and popular pubs.
The Pubs of York (2021) mounted print, £30
Andrew Stott designs and makes his pottery from his home studio in his garden and spends much of his time there with his two rescue dogs. After taking lessons and watching YouTube videos, as well as practicing endlessly and getting tips from other ceramicists, Andrew purchased his first kiln in January 2021. He thanks word of mouth and Instagram posts for his ongoing rise in orders and requests.
Curling otter original ceramic, £195
ON THE WILD SIDE
Garden flowers and woodland inspire textile artist Sue Barker’s machine-embroidered creations. Using a Bernina sewing machine like a paintbrush, she experiments with tension and speed to create impressions of mountains, gardens, animals, moorlands and meadows. Cottons and silks act as a canvas and many of these art pieces are made into greetings cards. On The Wild Side also sell hand-decorated ceramic cottages inspired by the red roofs of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in France and by cottages, barns and crofts in Britain.
Original greetings card, £1.50