Guest Artist Scheme - GAS

We are always seeking to support new up-and-coming artists who are creating high quality and distinctive work. To do this we have created Cherrydidi's Guest Artist Scheme (GAS) - it's a way of turning up the heat at Cherrydidi - keeping the place fresh and alive with superb new talent. Through GAS we seek to provide the 'Cherrydidi customer' with a wider choice of ethically produced products whilst supporting new artists who are starting out on their journey of running a small creative business.

Our aim is to offer 2-5 artists the opportunity to join the Cherrydidi network three times a year.
 GAS 1
- February to June, GAS 2 - July to September, GAS 3 - October to December. 
If you are interested in working with Cherrydidi in this capacity please complete our GAS form - download PDF version or Word version and return it to info@cherrydidi.com
We will be in touch within 8 weeks of receiving your completed form.

 July to September 2019 Guest Artists

'Jon Lamey' -  a self-taught artist living and working from home in northern Cumbria, having relocated to the area from Wiltshire five years ago. It was the love of the fells that drove the move and which now inspires his work. His wood burned pieces, or pyrography, provide a unique impression of the Lake District landscape where he can often (he says not often enough) be found walking or running. Each picture is full of individual detail and texture, and shows an appreciation of the small things as well as the monumental features that the county is famous for.


'Martin Stephenson' - living on the edge of Exmoor in his native North Devon with his wife, two children, dog, cats, rescue hens and multitude of other wildlife that surrounds him!  Inspired by the themes and forms of nature, the art and architecture of Dali and Gaudi and of course the Arts and crafts movement. Pieces often reflect a combination of these elements.  Since starting in 1993 the work has continued to develop and evolve always attempting to please both hand and eye.

 

'Tarnside Ceramics' -  Deborah Robinson lives in the small market town of Ulverston in Cumbria. Specialising in stoneware animal forms, including pet commissions and native wildlife, but has recently been working on a series of human characters inspired by the local history of rural life from Morecambe Bay and the Lake District.

'Kevin Weaver' - born in Scotland but moved to England aged ten. On completing a BA Hons Degree in the Arts, he worked as a photojournalist covering conflicts across the world in the 90’s including the Romanian revolution. He paints using very impressionistic colours using contrasts and draws on a variety of influences including The Impressionists, Fauvism, Cubism, art deco and contemporary art.

'Hollie Childe Art' - graduating from Lancaster University with a First Class Fine art degree, I have been working extensively creating paintings of British farm animals, wildlife, and unique pet portraits. My childhood summers were spent playing in the woods, with my dog Smokey at my side, whilst we discovered all kinds of wildlife. It was this incredible experience that has fostered my total love for British farming and wildlife that is at the heart of all of my artwork.

 

February to June 2019 Guest Artists

'MarmaladeRose'a self taught artist, Fiona Gill, based in North Yorkshire, works from her kitchen creating chaos and wet felted artworks, brooches and handbagsMy work is usually whimsical and wishful, cheerful and happy. I flit about like a butterfly tasting a little of this and a little of that and then mixing it all together creating a garden of texture and colour.

 'Jo Witherington' - Original Lake District Art, Jo is from rural Cambridgeshire, but settled in the Lakes after working and travelling overseas- after long shifts working in pubs, she decided that there has to be more to life. She picked up a paint brush and began working in a corner of her tiny staff flat... a few years on and art has become an occupation and a way of life!

'Fell View Felting' - Nicky Long is a needle felting artist living in Cumbria- I am inspired by the Cumbrian countryside and the creatures that live there.
I make handmade brooches, fridge magnets and box frames featuring the iconic Herdwick sheep and other animals such as alpacas, llamas and Highland cattle. The animals seem to develop their own personalities as I felt them, making each one unique. That is the magic of needle felting! 

'Carol Lewis' - Mixed media landscape artist, born Mansfield, Nottinghamshire who now resides in Cumbria. 
 
Carol gets her inspiration from aspects of the landscapes that surround her. Sometimes her images bear a close resemblance to a specific place or feature. Others simply capture the spirit, atmosphere, flora or fauna of the scene. Carol paints in mixed media combining water based mediums, pastels and textural materials such as tissue paper and thread. 

'Patricia Murray' - a self taught Painter of Animals who grew up on the West coast of Cumbria and now living in the village of Braithwaite. Working from my kitchen at home, I paint mainly in Acrylics on canvas from the small to the very large, furry and feathered subjects which are my focus at present, in all their wonderful variations. 

'Bee Bombs' Native, wildflower seedballs, handmade in Dorset. With your help, we can start to restore the lost wildflower habitat and make an important contribution to the biodiversity of Great Britain. Beebombs are a mix of 18 British wildflower seeds, fine, sifted soil and locally sourced clay. Our seeds are native species and designated by the Royal Horticultural Society as "Perfect for Pollinators" 'Let's #bringthebeesback'

  

  

July to September 2018 Guest Artists 

'Upland Clay' - Alicja Zasucha is a start-up ceramicist based in Ireby, Cumbria.  

Combining rustic, speckled clay, with a strong, smooth glaze, my robust mugs really feel a part of the landscape I live in. I moved to the Lakes to be able to spend more time hiking, climbing and wild camping – I am happiest when amongst the mountains with my partner, friends and dog. I want my work to communicate that feeling of putting your feet up after a long day out in the fells.

'Night Owl Needle Felts' - needle felted animal art based in Cumbria. Leane creates intricate vibrant characters out of woollen fibres.

'The Enlightened Hound' - Debbie Kendall is a printmaker specialising in linocut based in Buckinghamshire. I hand-print original art, inspired by my love of dogs. Producing work that others can connect with is important to me. I use hand-lettered words and illustration to interpret and narrate the unique connection people have with their dogs.

Conquer Lake District - We design and create awesome hiking patches in Cumbria. Our aim is to inspire people to have fun and celebrate the adventure whilst also caring for our majestic and delicate landscape.

'Karen Wyeth' - a contemporary felt artist combining free machine & hand embroidery based in Kilsby in the Midlands. I create vibrantly colourful textile pictures, hand crafted using traditional felting techniques. Creating textile pictures combines my passions of painting and drawing with sewing and making things.
February to June 2018 Guest Artists

'MarmaladeRose' - a self taught artist, Fiona Gill, based in North Yorkshire, works from her kitchen creating chaos and wet felted artworks, brooches and handbagsMy work is usually whimsical and wishful, cheerful and happy. I flit about like a butterfly tasting a little of this and a little of that and then mixing it all together creating a garden of texture and colour.

  

'Susannah Lawless -SIBL' -  a contemporary landscape artist, specialising in acrylics. Having been born and raised on the Solway Plain, Cumbria and now   living   in   Ilkley, Yorkshire, it   is   these   landscapes   which inspire me the most.  

'Designer at Large' - recycled bottle lampsSam Bickerdike is a British designer based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. His passion is creating quality, long-lasting products that inspire a similarly enduring and emotive relationship between the user and the product

'Challenging Waters' - John Mather  have written and illustrated a book describing my project to swim the length of the 17 longest lakes in the Lake District. I am keen to draw attention to the environmental pressures affecting the Lake District and also to explain how swimmers can play their part in preserving this previous and beautiful environment.

'Crafts by Ra' - Natural wool rugs & cushions - Rachel Nelson is a Cumbrian farmers' daughter who has a passion for sheep and their wool. She loves to turn the fleece of sheep into something useful and valuable. She transforms the fleeces into natural handwoven wool rugs, mainly using Herdwick from local farms in the Eden valley and Keswick but she also uses a mix of Shetland, Jacob, Zwartbles to create different patterns, textures and colours within the rugs. Once the fleeces are prepared and carded Rachel weaves the rugs with a pegloom. 

October to December 2017 Guest Artists
'Hollie Childe Art' - Original watercolour and acrylic paintings. With each painting, I always aim to create bold and lively representations of the many lovely animals I have the pleasure of working on to capture their unique characters. When I am not painting, I love to spend my time outdoors gathering inspiration and meeting and photographing characterful animals. 
 

'Terry Hawkins' - Honister Green Slate. I was born and brought up in Liverpool, I'm a talented and creative self-taught craftsman, who has always loved and been inspired by the stunning landscape of the Lake District.  In 2015 I gave up a successful career as a management consultant to concentrate on slate sculpture.
'Beedoodled (Rachel Hall)' - Pen and Watercolour Doodles. I am Rachel Hall, Bedoodled is my creative home, I am an independent artist, illustrator and doodler. I produce prints, greetings cards and printed products in my signature doodle style, consisting of detailed black line drawings with bright splashes of watercolour.
'Amanda Godden Artist' - Fine Art Landscapes. After a career which has so far included teaching, running a gallery and working as an Interior Designer Amanda returned to Cumbria and overcome by the beauty of her home county her work interprets some of her favourite views from around Cumbria using her love of colour and a fresh contemporary take in some well loved vistas.
 
'Catherine Tough' - Hand Knitted Clothing. I established my company in 2000 following a number of commissions from my Royal College of Art final show and haven't stopped knitting since. My lambswool hotwater bottle covers launched my commercial range which has now broadened to include doorstops, cushion, bed socks and delightful lavender filled animals.
July to September 2017 Guest Artists
'Amanda Godden' - Papier mache sculptures, lamps and mirrors. My inspiration is drawn from many sources and they include bizarre Victoriana, Fairground art sometimes with a slight smattering of the macabre. I aim to teach and work with paper to make the imaginary reality.
'SeaBreeze Designs' - Elegant sterling silver and gold handmade jewellery. I'm Caroline Brodgen, I take my inspiration from the coast and the surrounding environment, but enjoy adding a splash of whimsy, using traditional silversmithing techniques to create texture and form.
 
'Marty Strutt' - Detailed and humorous acrylic paintings. I would describe my natural style as a kind of "naive realism" tinged with humour wherever I can get away with it!  I want my art to make people smile. I like to create art that people can relate to and connect with.
'Lorna Soar' - Felted fairytale landscapes and textiles. I began by making a few felt pots and other sculptural pieces and soon became totally hooked by the alchemy of turning a hank of wool into an arty object. From there I wondered if it would be possible to translate what I usually create with paint, into a painting using wool and the rest is history.

  
'Sarah Ames' - a contemporary, functional and decorative textile artist. I work from my lovely studio (a renovated summer house) in the garden, using applique and free-machine embroidery to create a range of textiles inspired by the Northern Lake District and more industrial West Coast.
February to June 2017 Guest Artists

 

'Visual Counterpoint' 35mm film photographs with abstract acrylic painting. This collection is the visual expression of counterpoint, on the simplest level juxtaposing 35mm film photographs with abstract acrylic paintings and also, with themselves.

   

'Art You Wear' handmade jewellery by Justine Nettleton who is a Nottingham based Fine Artist. She paints landscapes and site specific artwork. She incorporates her love of nature into her botanical designs while animals and birds are a source of inspiration for her brooches.

      

'Sacred Nature' a self taught needle felt artist - I'm Hannah, and I find joy in using natural fibres to create beautiful things. I started as a knitter, then learnt to spin and weave, then I came across needle-felting. Although I love all these crafts, I especially enjoy needle felting. I specialise in needle felting wildlife/nature images on to Harris Tweed using British wool.

   

'Graham McKenzie-Smith' Graphite pencil, ink & digital painting techniques - Graham's preferred medium is the Cumbrian made Derwent Graphite pencil, though he has also recently been working with pen and charcoal, as well as exploring digital painting techniques. His preference is for monotone pictures where the shades and textures work together with high detail so that the viewer spends time with his drawings rather than moving quickly on from a punchy image. Although his style can appear traditional, he often incorporates his own unique stamp, be it an unusual viewpoint or feature.

 

'Marmalade Rose' a self taught artist, Fiona Gill, based in Hawes, North Yorkshire, works from her kitchen creating chaos and wet felted artworks, brooches and handbagsMy work is usually whimsical and wishful, cheerful and happy. I flit about like a butterfly tasting a little of this and a little of that and then mixing it all together creating a garden of texture and colour.

     

July to December 2016 Guest Artists

'Mindful Weaver' - Weaving with natural fibres - The Mindful Weaver is a designer maker label created by artist Rebecca Gallop. Rebecca creates beautiful accessories using hand operated weaving looms working with ethically and mindfully sourced natural fibres. Inspiration is drawn from the natural landscapes of the Hebrides, west coast of Scotland and the Cumbria fells.


'Loving Slate' - Honister slate sculptures - we use slate from the world famous Honister Slate Mine in Keswick for our Lakeland collection. Slate has been mined at Honister for centuries and is renowned for its beautiful green hue. Owner Terry was born and brought up in Liverpool, he fell in love with the wonderful landscape of the Lake District as a teenager and has been a regular visitor ever since. Terry has developed a unique layering technique, an innovative and original approach which he combines with traditional methods of working with slate. Using this new technique he has designed and produced a range of beautiful birds and animals, each individually and lovingly handcrafted.
        

'Witch Mountain' - Cyanotype printing -  Kim Tillyer is an artist, designer and maker, originally from North Yorkshire, now living in Cumbria. Much of Kim’s work combines cyanotype printing with traditional stitch techniques and hand drawn motifs such as bears, plants, birds and ‘shelters in a landscape’ including tents, simple houses and romantic and mysterious towers.
 

'Natalie Burns' - Sketching & Photography - Natalie grew up in a family that loved the outdoors. Forests, lakes, mountains and the west coast of Cumbria are her inspiration. She likes experimenting with different materials and combines sketching with Derwent line Painters and photography to achieve bright, modern designs for cards and prints. Natalie also works in acrylics using sea sponges creating one off paintings of forests. 


'Crafts by Ra' - Natural wool rugs - Rachel Nelson is a Cumbrian farmers' daughter who has a passion for sheep and their wool. She loves to turn the fleece of sheep into something useful and valuable. She transforms the fleeces into natural handwoven wool rugs, mainly using Herdwick from local farms in the Eden valley and Keswick but she also uses a mix of Shetland, Jacob, Zwartbles to create different patterns, textures and colours within the rugs. Once the fleeces are prepared and carded Rachel weaves the rugs with a pegloom.


February to June Guest Artists

'Sarah Robley'  Lino-printing - I was born and raised on a farm in the Eden Valley, where I now work as a printmaker with my lovely Labrador, Quiver. After studying History of Art at the University of Cambridge, and completing an MA in Medieval Studies at York University, I decided I wanted to create beautiful things, not just look at them! I love the individuality that medieval artists gave their animal subjects; medieval ‘marginalia’ and decorative art inspires much of my work. I also take inspiration from the wildlife of the Lake District and from Folk Art. Working in a minimalist, illustrative style, I love the bold simplicity of line to which linocutting lends itself so beautifully. I enjoy the expressive qualities of rough-cut backgrounds and the sense of movement they evoke.

    


'Marmalade Rose' – a self taught artist, Fiona Gill, based in North Yorkshire, works from her kitchen creating chaos and wet felted artworks, brooches and handbagsMy work is usually whimsical and wishful, cheerful and happy. I flit about like a butterfly tasting a little of this and a little of that and then mixing it all together creating a garden of texture and colour.

     

'Glenshee Pottery' -  Hand thrown pottery
Glenshee Pottery is a family business run by mother and daughter, Diana and Jennifer. Together we make hand thrown pottery using red and white earthenware clay and as it is all hand thrown shapes and sizes are ever changing.