Last weekend the local artists, craft makers and performers of Southville and Bedminster opened their doors to the public for the South Bank Bristol Arts event. Over 60 venues including 40 private houses temporarily turned into galleries and performance spaces, inviting strangers inside to view their work. I decided to wander around the local area on the Saturday and check out what South Bristol has to offer.
The Tobacco Factory on North Street got involved and hosted a special street market, with live outdoor painting and exhibitions. I stumbled across some absolutely stunning artwork and crafts, so here’s a rundown of my highlights:
Extraordinary Lighting – Sparke & Hammer
Unfortunately they don’t seem to have a website, or any sort of web presence for that matter but take it from me, their light designs are simply stunning. Made from copper piping, old industrial equipment and lots of welded metal with exposed large filament lightbulbs. The copper string pendant and vintage rusty cage lights feel very Brooklyn loft apartment.
Handmade in Bristol, each Ore Pot is unique and made from Jesmonite. The marble effect pattern on the pots is beautiful and each one is individually crafted. You can buy them on the Ore Pots Etsy site here, or find them in a few locations around Bristol – The Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe and the Salt Cafe & Deli, Bristol.
Henny & Joe’s Homemade Chai Infusions
Made with 100% natural ingredients, Henny & Joe’s homemade Chai infusion has won an impressive amount of awards since the company began in 2013. The Chai recipe is created from a blend of whole spices – cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, allspice, vanilla, star anise, nutmeg, fennel seed, mixed spice, sugar, water and nothing else! The syrup is already used in many cafes and restaurants in the local area, and you can get your hands on the stuff on their online shop.
The Open House Artists:
Rebecca Miller is a fine artist who works with a mixture of mediums to create her artwork- watercolour paint, oils, pencils, oil pastels and digital art software. She takes her inspiration for her work from the natural environment and the modern world. If you’re local to the area, you can see her work in Margot Mays on North Street.
Lisa Malyon Drawings
With a fine tipped pen and collage paper, Lisa Malyon draws buildings and structures with detailed architectural flair. Her range of hand drawn lampshades are particularly impressive, with her subject matter of choice being Bristol and all its famous landmarks. Her drawings are also available as greeting cards, and you can view her original pieces in various locations around Bristol, including Cafe Grounded in Fishponds and Hidden Gallery in Clifton Village.
Keep you eye on the South Bank Arts Trail website for information on the next trail!