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Artists Commemorate The Suffragettes

Mona Hatoum embroidered Suffragettes handkerchief s

Motive/Motif: Artists Commemorate the Suffragettes at The Vestry House Museum

The Vestry House Museum is marking the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act with an exhibition inspired by the work of imprisoned Suffragettes.

1918 saw reform in Great Britain’s electoral system in the form of the Representation of the people Act. For the first time, women were entitled to electoral rights. Still, they had to be over the age of 30 and meet certain property qualifications, but the crucial journey towards electoral equality had begun.

The WSPU, better known as the ‘Suffragettes’ had fought for this reform. They were the more militant than previous women’s suffrage groups and their motto ‘deeds, not words’ led then to show their dissent through acts of protest, vandalism and violence. These acts led to many of the women being incarcerated.

The Vestry House Museum’s exhibition was inspired by a piece of cloth which was embroidered in 1912 by 78 Suffragettes imprisoned in Holloway Prison. Most of these women were in prison as a direct result of their actions within the WSPU. The cloth was embroidered in purple and green – the colour scheme of the Suffragettes. Purple signified purity and dignity and green signified hope.

suffragette embroidered cloth

(Detail from the original cloth from 1912 – full image at the bottom of post)

20 contemporary artists were asked to embroider handkerchiefs inspired by this original cloth and the efforts and struggles of the Suffragettes. These artists included Sarah Lucas and Rachel Whiteread.

handkerchief embroiderd by Anila Rubiku
(Anila Rubiku)
embroidered handkerchief by Mona Hatoum
(Mona Hatoum)
The original embroidered cloth offers us a fascinating, yet brief, glimpse into the lives of the women who often put their own lives at risk to fight for equality. The impact of their actions is beautifully captured and reflected upon by the contemporary handkerchiefs, shown alongside the original cloth. 100 years apart but inspiring women alike.
suffragette embroidered cloth Holloway prison
(Original cloth embroidered by 78 imprisoned Suffragettes, 1912)
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Secular Stained Glass and Leaded Glass – Part 1

Secular Stained Glass Window

Glass and Techniques

Initially, a distinction must be made between leaded and stained glass. The term ‘stained glass’ is often used when referring to all work done with coloured glass, whether it is actually stained or not. Stained glass is produced  by a special enamel stain being applied to the glass, after which it is fired. Leaded glass is the use of glass (pot metal) which has already received its colouring during manufacture by the addition of metallic oxides and which need not be stained, painted, fired, etched, or treated in any other way. Therefore when making a leaded window the glass is purchased in its finished state, ready for use. The art of the craftsman is to choose the glass most suitable for the subject and to cut it into its correct shape for the required design.

– Process of Preparing a Stained Glass Window

After the design has been chosen, a full scale drawing of the window is made, representing the exact dimensions of the various parts. Care must be taken to ensure that the lead is placed where its appearance will heighten the effect of the glass by forming bold outlines to separate figures from the background, for example. A second drawing is traced from the first and this is called a ‘cutting drawing’. This is used to show the shape and size of each piece of glass to be used. The artist then marks on this second drawing the colours and tints of the glass to be used. Colour is possibly the most important feature and great skill is required when choosing colours and matching shades.

Continue reading Secular Stained Glass and Leaded Glass – Part 1

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Love Art This Valentine’s day

Love Is All Around..

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we know that a piece of original art is a great gift for a loved one. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite love-themed artworks.

Receive 14% off with code LOVE14

Lovers in Rainy London painting

‘Lovers in London’ by Aisha Haider

Love Tree

‘Love Tree’ by Amanda Dagg

Sculpture of Lovers Embracing

‘Long, Lasting Love’ by Anna Andreadi

Lovers Kissing Inspired by Rodin

‘Lovers – Kiss 5 – Rodin by Carmen Tyrrell

Coffee Grinder Original Print

‘Love and Strong Coffee’ by Peter Walters

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The Art World Sends Its Love

Art postcards

The art world is talking postcards. Not the ones from the gift shop but bona fide small pieces of art by acclaimed artists.

Jeremy Cooper has been collecting them for years. He left his job at Sotheby’s because he became disillusioned with the increasing price of art and the obsession over how much a piece is ‘worth’.

Postcards are different, they offer a small window into the artist’s mind. Jeremy has loaned his 1000 strong collection of postcards to The British Museum so hat we can all marvel at the small.

Read more about this story in The Guardian

The free exhibition at The British Museum runs from 7th February 2019 until 4th August 2019

British Museum

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Street Art in Florence

Florence aerial view

From Michelangelo and Raphael to Blub. How Florence’s Street Art became its latest attraction..

The city now has a flourishing street art scene which includes graffiti, poetry and paintings on just about every corner.

‘A Student’s Guide to Street Art in Florence’ highlights some of the most well-known street artists working in this beautiful city..

Read ‘A Student’s Guide to Street Art in Florence’ by CAPA World

street art florence


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The Right Backdrop

Framed Abstract Painting Dark Wall

Do you buy the painting to fit the wall or change the wall to fit the painting?

Is the colour behind the painting as important as the frame which it sits in?

The artwork needs to feel at home, complemented by its surroundings, not overwhelmed by them, and this means careful consideration of the above.

This article from The New York Times written by Michelle Higgins seeks to answer this question. She consults colour consultants from major art galleries and  interior designers to seek out the perfect way to show off your artworks best features. It also discusses why white may not always be the answer and how even the finish on the wall, matt, gloss or flat, can affect how a painting hangs.

‘The Right Backdrop for Art is Bold. Or Maybe It’s Neutral’ by Michelle Higgins

The New York Times.

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Beautiful Books by Peter Walters

'Beautiful Books by Peter Walters


Combining his creative talent and love of literature, Peter has established a literary inspired portfolio shared with book lovers and art fans across the globe.

Peter at work in his studio in North Cornwall

Merging traditional illustration with digital art has seen Peter hone a style whose “mix of textures adds an eye-catching dimension to his vibrant collages.” (Publisher’s Weekly) Peter also works as an illustrator and children’s author and understands that works of literature create a lasting impression on people of all ages.


‘The Wind in the Willows’

Peter creates affordable artwork that everyone can enjoy. If you would like to create your own unique artwork designed by Peter, please view  ‘Good Reads – Custom Artwork’ 




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Cinzia Mancini – A Passion for Nature


Cinzia was born in Rome, Italy, but is now based in London.

She is a self-taught artist, and is passionate about painting, especially flowers. Cinzia says that painting flowers reminds her of her childhood, and her grandmother’s beautiful garden in Rome. Cinzia works in a variety of materials, oils, ink, acrylics, often producing textured paintings which are very tactile.

She immerses herself in her paintings, painting with love and exploring the world of nature. She says that she knows that each of her paintings will find the best home and an owner that will love them like she does.  Cinzia is always happy to paint commissions. Should you see one of her paintings that you like, but which is no longer available, please just contact her via Rippingham Art as she would be more than happy to paint a commission painting for you.

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Paresh Nrshinga

Paresh Nrshinga painting

 Paresh has always been fascinated by colour and shape, and by combining the two together, he says that there are endless possibilities for creating art. His painting however goes deeper than simply putting the two of them together. It starts with emotion or feeling and then it “spills out” onto the canvas. Through his paintings he tries to express the way he sees the world and connect with the viewer on an emotional level.

 He creates abstract paintings that concentrate on colour and form and that are unique in their ability to be at once bold and bursting with energy whilst also retaining an overall delicate nature. His work looks fantastic in contemporary environments, in the home or office setting. His art is captivating and unique, dramatic and mesmerising and his abstract paintings are internationally recognized and collected widely.

 Through his passion for music he developed a unique flair of transferring and transforming the energy of sound onto canvas in the form of colour and movement – thus, creating the most vibrant visual effects. He is a versatile and perceptive painter, using spontaneous brushstrokes,  concentrating on texture and gesture.

From early childhood, Paresh was already absorbing colours, movements and sounds, transforming them into expressions and motions in his sketchbooks. His paintings are inspired by his travels and his spirituality. He is also inspired by artists such as Pollock, Warhol, Klimt and Picasso.

Paresh has exhibited widely in galleries in London, New York, Abu Dhabi, France, Italy and across the UK. His multi award winning work now features in many valuable private and corporate collections not only in Europe, but also in the U.S., Asia, Australia and South America. His paintings have been used by the TV and cinema industry. He has worked together with established and prestigious brands such as Bang & Olufsen and one of his most recent clients and collectors includes the Queen of Abu Dhabi.

Paresh Nrshinga was born in Kenya, and at a young age moved to the UK where he now lives in Radlett, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

Paresh is more than happy to paint commissions, please just contact him via Rippingham Art.

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Stillness & Calm – Nicola Jane

 After leaving college with a BA Hons degree in sculpture, Nicola spent the next 14 years producing figurative and abstract sculptures in wood. She returned to carving in stone in 2004, concentrating specifically on the human form, taking inspiration from Jacob Epstein and Eric Gill amongst others.


Nicola has also been working on a series of stone, plaster and wood pieces inspired by natural organic forms. She prefers to make larger pieces in plaster which are then cast in bronze or occasionally resin. Her bronze sculptures portray a stillness, and a sense of calm.

Nicola has exhibited regularly in London, including at the Mall Galleries and The Royal Academy.

Her work is in both private and public collections in the UK and worldwide.