Sandra Orme is one of the UK's leading pastel artists and workshop tutor. She has developed innovative ways of working with pastels with outstanding results.
‘My obsession with pastels gradually evolved whilst still working full time. Every UK holiday and break we had- I drew charcoal studies ‘en plein air’. A move in 2002 from London to Buxton, in the beautiful Peak District, enabled me to become a full-time professional artist. From then on I was able to broaden my charcoal obsession to include colour -which naturally led me to pastels.’
Sandra Orme’s work explores both the ever-changing landscape that surrounds her studio in the Peak District- the light, seasonal colours, atmosphere, and weather- whilst capturing the relentlessly unchanging and seemingly timeless nature of stones and rock faces or high edges and outcrops.
Her work explores this dichotomy. She says:
‘I want to capture passing moments and express how it feels when walking on the edge- to recreate a sense of place. I remain fascinated by the contrast between the unchanging and the ever changing- the weather and the land.’
In 2016 she has won a national art competition, The Buxton Spa Prize, exhibited with UK's best pastel artists at The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London and taught a sold out workshop at University of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum - a testament to both her beautiful art work and her expertise.
Complimenting Sandra’s work is the colourful jewellery of Michelle Gillam-Hull, Gillam Glass is a handmade glass business based in Nottingham.
She has been making Jewellery for over 10 years using Dichroic Glass, this is a glass that shows two or more colours when viewed from different angles or in different lights. This is caused by a refraction of light through the metal oxides that are layered in the glass.
Overall this results in colourful and vibrant work that changes colour when you move it, perfect for making eye catching jewellery.