Our Studio members of the family at Sandhurst Farm Forge include Ceramic and Textile artist Isabel Dickinson, and Fine Art Sculptor William Dickinson.
Both are students at De Montfort University in Leicester. Isabel is in her final year of a BA Hons in Design Craft and William is in his second year studying for a BA Hons in Fine Art (sculpture). Both did a foundation course at UCA at Rochester in Kent.
Having studied Textiles at A level and loving the colours and textures of mixing different media, my Foundation Year fuelled my interest in 3d work, but using natural materials such as wool and clay to produce pieces. Growing up in the Kent countryside, my work has always been very influenced by my natural surroundings and organic forms.
Having been taught to throw clay on the wheel by local Faversham potter Tony Ross-Gower, and introduced to hand building by Jim Robison, and latterly using paper clays by Jane Richardson, my journey through University has been a roller-coaster of experiments, using textiles, mostly felt and threads with clay, combining them so that they co-habit entwined.
3D sculpture in felt
Burnt red glaze
Distorted felt vessel
My beginnings as an artist revolve around my background with my father being a Blacksmith and my mother, a fashion and textiles teacher along with my own interest in woodturning and stonemasonry. Therefore, much of my experience has been related to the direct use of materials. Since my foundation course in art and design and currently while studying for a BA Hons Fine Art degree, I am exploring the relationship between material, material environments and people. I believe that our relationship with objects is very shallow. I want my work to re-engage the viewer to the material behind the objects within our environments. And through the use of both traditional and experimental processes which are another important part to my work, I wish to gain a better connection to the materials myself.