Home decoration and art combined

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ART and home decor can be long-lasting and complementary.

That’s the view of five artists and an interior designer who will be exhibiting at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley from next week.

Art for Interiors will feature the work of printmaker Kim Major-George, land and sea painter Laura Dunmow, painter Antonia Glynne-Jones, multimedia artist Helen Savin-Thornhill, figurative sculptor Asya Dudko and interior designer Sarah Maidment.

Kim works in the field of hand-drawn textured printing, creating unique collagraphs. She developed her own way of printing using layered plates, imaginative blind embossing and complex methods of mounting and finishing her images.

She’s worked with many interior designers and says, “I can do a colorway to work with a palette, so they’d give me a sample of the cushion covers, or the gray of a wallpaper, and I could tone it. in the work of art. ”

His works are influenced by our interaction with the planet. “It’s all to do with this flow of energy and the trace of energy that remains, like my new range, the Earth traces“, explains Kim.

“It’s the whispers of the flow of the seasons, so you have what’s on the surface, which are classic trees or foliage, and then, it’s more what’s happening below in the heart of the flow of Earth energy.

“My images are whirlwinds, where energy circulates in large spirals. I did a lot of blind embossing work in the artwork.

Sarah Maidment has over 30 years of experience as an interior designer, working with wedding styling, furniture upcycling and bespoke headboards. The headboard designs are named after places that mean a lot to her, Abbotsbury, Chepstow, Swinsty and Henley.

Sarah, who lived in Wargrave as a child, will make two presentations at the gallery. The first, entitled Where to start?, next Saturday (March 19) is for those who want to tackle a room in their house but feel overwhelmed.

Sarah says, “Sometimes they flip through magazines and there’s too much to choose from, they don’t know what they want. It’s just to guide them through the initial ideas. For the second conference, titled Sustainable Homes, a week later, she will demonstrate upcycling. “It’s really an organized house, to bring people’s personalities into it,” says Sarah. “You want their soul in their house and then they will be happy.”

What will she demonstrate? Sarah says, “One of them will be a lamp stand that you’re going to throw away because it’s not going anywhere. You can paint it or make different effects, or you can make different lampshades from scraps of fabric left over from the room.

Sarah will also take a trip down memory lane, posting a Henley Royal Regatta program from 1962. It cost two shillings and has marks where her father plotted the results.

She says: ‘We used to take the train from Wargrave to Henley and go and play in the play park by the river.

She also recalls a toy store near Market Place: “I bought this little nurse with a baby from that store and bought a workhorse – just good memories.”

• Art for Interiors, the Old Fire Station Gallery, Upper Market Place, Henley, Thursday March 17 to Tuesday March 29, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

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