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13 November - 11 January 2020

A group of design graduates who have studied in diverse specialisms linked together by our passion for surface pattern. As designers, we are all very diverse, using different techniques and resources to construct a final product. A strong sense of textiles runs through our work and design processes, connecting us together.

We have come together as a creative group to help influence and drive each other on to new projects. 

Nature’s beauty is a theme that is touched upon in all our work, mostly because of the area we live in, surrounded by the coast and the Gower. It is always pleasantly surprising us with its natural beauty and continuously shaping the way we think.

Melissa Payne 

I’m an artist-maker, specialising in mixed media (enamels, woods, glass, and ceramics).  I am very excited to be involved with this Maker in Focus at Mission Gallery, developing new pieces. Having grown up next to Three Cliffs Bay in Gower, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the sea with its lovely marina and varied coastline, I tend to mix landscapes with waterways. 

Carly Wilshere-Butler

There is an essential interconnectedness, and an important empathy needed between us and the world of nature around us. Conservation is an area which is very important to me, and often feeds into my work particularly the plight of pollinators. On recent projects, I have worked closely with scientist from Dr Beynon’s bug farm and the national botanic gardens.  My practice is an exploration of how a small and quiet voice may contribute something significant to a society which values an ostentatious discourse.

My design work is very much drawn from alternative darkroom photographic processes. The content is drawn from nature’s unsung beauty, and my fascination with fragile, ephemeral. I attempt to record or freeze them before they fade. I use a variety of techniques and materials including glass, metal and enameling. Recently I have been experimenting with creating pieces that are multisensory capturing sound, touch as well as being visually stimulating. 

Thainara Ferreia 

Thainara's creative process begins with the task of establishing a theme but more importantly portraying a story. Visual elements are carefully considered to create meticulous Surface Pattern Design collections. Colours and forms come together to reveal bold, detailed patterns to your home and lifestyle. Nature has always been a major source of inspiration and this time is no different. Thainara was born and raised in Brazil and for this collection she explores her roots and dormant yet vivid memories.

Brazil's exotic fauna and flora are combined to present you with a representation of her culture or what she remembers of it. Rich sweet flavours from her favourite childhood fruits; beautiful animals and blooming plants harmonise and bring richness to her prints. A creative journey seeking to reinforce her culture and combine her origin and her passion for design. 

An eclectic maximalist designer at heart, Thainara invites individuals into her story. She encourages them to be a little bolder and allow themselves to enjoy colour! 


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