One of the key features of the newly refurbished restaurant is an art wall that showcases a seasonal edit of food related art which is for sale.
This season Paris House is working with local sculptor, Tinei Mashaya, bespoke furniture designer Jane Crisp, the internationally acclaimed turner and sculptor Joey Richardson, Clive Maddison, a sculptor who specialises in working with wire strands and Annette Townsend, queen bee of copper etching.
Paris House’s Head of Brand & Marketing, Jo Freeman, says, “I am really keen to speak to local artists and craftsmen to get them involved in this space. Many of our guests are keen art lovers and our goal is to have a space that supports local craftspeople and creates a seasonally changing display that our guests will enjoy and ultimately buy from. I would encourage local artists to get in touch.”
Annette Marie Townsend
Annette Marie Townsend is a Welsh artist, designer and maker from Cardiff. After graduating with a BA (Hons) Design in 1995, she worked for the National Museum Wales as a Scientific Artist for over 20 years. She also trained and qualified as a Natural Science Conservator, helping to preserve and care for the millions of botanical, geological and zoological specimens in the natural science collections.
Annette now works as a freelance artist from her studio in Cardiff, designing and making bespoke pieces inspired by the natural world. She is widely known for her expertise in wax botanical model making and has presented papers & demonstrations at the Royal College of Surgeons, Chelsea Physic Gardens and the Hay Festival.
Jane Crisp works from her home in her studio and new workshop surrounded by beautiful countryside in Hale Fen, Cambridgeshire.
Jane’s small batches of steam bent Ash Copper vessels form nature’s carriers or trugs. The inspiration for these practical and sculptural object comes from the Norfolk reeds and draws on her creative personal connections with local heritage and low tech processes. Her developed craft practise is inspired by historic boat building techniques and copper fixings.
TRUG – Ash, brass and copper £175
Joey Richardson, an internationally acclaimed turner and sculptor, is renowned for her delicate and richly hued wood forms. Born in Lincolnshire, she grew upon a small farm. Here, surrounded by trees, her love for wood, fauna and flora developed.
Her unique sculptures are inspired by nature, life experiences and imagination. She works predominantly in the medium of wood, but often incorporates cast glass, metal and photography into her creations.
‘Full Bloom’ sycamore & airbrushed acrylic. £395
Clive Maddison’s trees are handmade from a number of single strand wires, twisted together, that run from the roots to the leaves. No glue, solder or other means are used to hold them together, it is purely down to the way the strands are twisted. The beauty of of this art is that no two sculptures are the same. There may be similarity of style between pieces, material used, or type of tree being represented, but the way they are made means that every sculpture will always be unique.
CM204 made with 165 metres of aluminium wire and is based on a Willow Tree. Mounted on a solid Sweet Chestnut wood base. £340