Welcome!  blue-ginger has become a showcase for many talented local artists and craftspeople as well as some of the best of British talent and carefully sourced fairly traded crafts from far away.   The gallery, located in the grounds of a C15th timber framed Herefordshire farmhouse, has a diversity of quality goods on display. Within the main gallery there is also a coffee shop serving light lunches, delicious homemade cakes, and fair-trade tea and coffee.

 

In addition to the wide ranging and versatile selection of art and craft in the main gallery, you’ll also find handmade contemporary silver jewellery by Carol of Silverfish Designs in the Little Studio, mi-frame picture framing and limited edition prints and images, and The Summer House offers a showcase for a wide range of local artists and craftspeople to demonstrate and display their work. Throughout the year there are special exhibitions, suppers and events at the gallery.

 

Hopefully you will enjoy a flavour of blue-ginger as you explore the web site, and that you will be able to visit the gallery yourself and enjoy the friendly, welcoming atmosphere and perhaps taste our delicious homemade savoury muffins!.

 


JEWELLER OF THE MONTH

POPI PRIPOJAC

Mangojuice is a collection of unique, handmade jewellery, featuring precious metals, semi precious stones, textiles and interesting finds.
                        
The focus of my designs is on texture and individuality always aiming for an organic look and feel to each piece. Metals are lightly worked and textured and are allowed to develop their own patterns avoiding overworking and polishing.

Inspiration is drawn from textures and patterns in nature or I am simply guided by the materials I work with.

 

All designs are created in the mangojuice studio in Worcestershire

 


 

FEATURED ARTISTS

ANNABELLE OPPENHEIMER works un intaglio (etching and collagraph) and relief (lino and woodcut). She loves the processes involved in printmaking, saying, “ There is always an element of surprise and, even in an edition from the same plate, each print is unique. Nothing can be taken for granted!”
She draws inspiration from the immediate surroundings in her garden and the local; Herefordshire landscape as well as further afield. She is fascinated by the ever-changing light and the patterns it makes. Annabelle utilises in the print process all the small details, shapes and movements in her walks through the Herefordshire countryside, which together with her subsequent sketches form the basis for her printmaking work.

SU WILLIAMS graduated from Herefordshire College of Art in 2001 with BA (Hons) in Design Crafts and now lives in Bristol.

Landscapes are her inspiration. Her textile and ink work reflects how light and colour evoke their unique atmosphere. During her time in Herefordshire, she was surrounded by beautiful countryside, the Welsh mountains and the Malvern Hills. Mountains, seascapes, and vistas of places she has travelled to all inspire her. The landscapes of the west coast of Scotland and Ireland are her favourites.

To produce her textile collages, she begins with the background, working with dye washes. Then she adds the layers of fabric as a painter would add paint, to build up a relief image. She does not draw any part of the image but works with the materials, to express the spontaneous blend of colour and form of a landscape.

Since moving to Bristol, the urban landscape, such as the colourful houses perched on the hills, has encouraged Su to develop her print-making which she approachs in the same way as her textile work, looking at layers and textures.

Limited edition giclee prints are available of the original textile work and Su has a selection of greetings cards and postcards. 

RACHEL HATFIELD

Rachel has been working in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire area now for over 15 years, after moving up to the area from Berkshire. Her work is inspired by the country side around her and the times she has spent in it. Whilst travelling around America in 1998 she was inspired by the then new work by David Hockney, depicting the Grand Canyon in bright, bold colours that were spread over multiple canvases. She has tried to paint in an equally lively and happy way ever since. She uses oil paints on canvases. Her art is simple in its use of colour and tries to encapsulate the simple pleasure of being in the country.

 

Meet the Artist event 2.30 - 5pm on Saturday 11th June.

 

 

EXHIBITING ARTIST

Boonkerd Kaewdee (LUKA)
Sculptor using recycled metal and found objects. Based in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand

 

Luka regularly exhibits his work in my favourite little Art Cafe in Thailand, The Meeting Room. Jo, the owner of the gallery, offers a space for group and solo exhibitions and a library of books on art and design. It’s a great place to have a coffee and chat to other visitors. While I was in Chiang Mai earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be there when Luka had a party for the opening of his exhibition. Many of his larger sculptures involve Thai houses on stilts and the most common footwear - the flip flop. A huge ‘Iron Man’ type robot benignly herds a litter of metal piglets and wood and metal flip flops float over metal houses.
My favourites though are these music boxes. And I managed to bring a few home for the gallery. I brought some back last year…. but they flew off to new homes before too many people saw them. They are all unique. They are great fun.