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Made Brighton & Brighton Art Fair

Friday, 23 September 2016  |  Admin

Sarah Young owl cardWe've just taken delivery of new cut-out cards by local South Coast artist, Sarah Young, featuring Oswald the Owl, Clarence the Lion and Elvera & Len the Elephants. We love her subject matter of nature, the sea and storytelling, and her subtle colour combinations. Her tattooed sailor card has been a favourite for ages so we were pleased to increase our range of cards with these die-cut animals. 

Sarah is one of the organisers of Made Brighton and the Brighton Art Fair which take place at Brighton Dome every autumn. The two are combined into just one event this year. We hot-footed it to the private view last night. There was so much talent shoe-horned into the Corn Exchange building. The fine art side: paintings, prints and photography, complemented the craft side: jewellery, clothing, wood turning, leather work, ceramics and embroidery. Everything was unique and original - the perfect hunting ground for special gifts or a treat for yourself.

Gill Varle paper sculptureI was struck by a couple of artists who do astounding work with paper, showing off its flimsy-but-strong properties. Gill Varle makes amazing paper sculptures from paper. The picture on the left shows what varied textures she achieves using nothing but white paper. Her sculptures were displayed framed and under glass to preserve them. Strong down-lighting, casting dramatic shadows, brought out the depth of her creations and emphasised the folds and curves of her material. You can read more about Gill Varle's work at

Polly Finch paper cutUsing just a knife and a single sheet of paper, Polly Finch produces intricate papercuts with fine details and ribbons of words. There are snatches of half-remembered poems mixed with images of sea-faring, forests, houses and people. Most of the works use white paper for the image which is then mounted onto a strong coloured paper, leaving space between the artwork and its background that achieves a shadowed effect, emphasising the fragility of the papercut. See more of her work at

Made Brighton & Brighton Art Fair runs from today to Sunday 25 September. I recommend getting there early because in previous years I've seen the long queues waiting to get in. For more information, see