artenax has arrived! If you are searching for something different, and love colour in your home then take a look at this collection. Handmade items by hand-picked designers who really understand what good design is all about. From unusual wall lights made from knitted coloured copper wire, to glass wall panels and outdoor sculpture, the collection is quirky, fun, beautiful and expanding…
Adam Slade, our first selected emerging designer, used a very monochromatic palette until, influenced by artenax, he embraced colour and produced some really exciting vibrant designs. The imagery is an eclectic mix of flora, fauna, antiques and anatomy, which surreally connect to form beautiful and unusually enchanting narrative scenes.
Not only spotted by artenax, Adam has also recently been chosen by the Crafts Council, as one of only 38 emerging makers this year to receive support from Hothouse, a six-month programme of focussed, intensive business skills and creative development. http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/professional-development/maker-development/crafts-council-collective/hothouse
Hot on his heels, recently graduated Charlotte Nash was also selected by Hothouse just the day after artenax agreed to promote her products! Charlotte has brought a whole new meaning to braiding and crochet, as she fashions these into exciting contemporary mirrors and light flexes using foiled leather and lustrous yarns to produce bold and brightly coloured geometric design pieces. Keep watching the artenax site to see Charlotte’s vibrant lights, mirrors and rugs which will be available to purchase soon.
Watch this space: other designers just appointed by artenax include Margo Selby, an established and renowned textile designer who has produced exclusive fabrics for the British Museum, Tate, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Margo’s designs are recognised for their innovative structure, colourways, and geometric patterns and will soon be able to purchase through artenax. The luxurious and decorative fabrics lend themselves perfectly to sumptuous cushions and throws. The rugs are so beautiful they are definitely something you will want to keep forever, and hand to the next generation.
Coming soon: Rachel Reynolds’ fresh range of designs for fabric, wall coverings and Perspex, combine hand drawn block printed and collaged details with digital print. The result is an innovative and exciting product range that retains characteristics of the handmade.
Aspects of nature and architecture are juxtaposed, linking together heritage and contemporary design through pattern and print. Rachel is particularly interested in exploring these aspects of heritage.