So who would live in a house like this? At 23 Church Street, Hereford the answer is the mayor’s of Hereford in the 14 -16th century. Usually Hereford-based Brittany Davies would have thought of a character and then created a building full of curiosities and clues to their identity. In this case, the artist-illustrator was asked to capture the beauty of the building by it’s owners, the Church Street Charitable Trust. The delightful A4 line drawing has been framed and is on display in the hallway of the building. It is to be given away as a prize.
Brittany’s drawings are usually very large in order to incorporate a high level of detail. She creates with fine pens and watercolours. The hand-drawn lines and bright colours add charm to the story that she weaves into the items in the rooms. Each detail giving a clue to the character that Brittany has created the building for. You can take a peek into the rooms in Brittany’s illustrations at The Craft Gallery at the Old Mayor’s Parlour which runs from 1 November 2016 to 31 January 2017.
Brittany, is a Hereford College of Art (HCA) graduate. After leaving HCA her illustrations have been seen around Herefordshire, on windows, business stationery, and at weddings as invitations. Her detailed style, originality and technical skill with line-drawing lending itself to a number of uses. Like all artist there is a balance between commercial work and pieces created in response to the artistic muse.
Old Mayor’s Parlour owner’s, Church Street Charitable Trust, commissioned Brittany to create a drawing of the exterior of the building showing the window lights in their dark metal frames. Visitors to the Old Mayor’s Parlour fall in love with the 14th century timbers and the pitched roof before going through the bright blue door shared with John McKellar Jewellery Design. Then visitors are amazed again after climbing the stairs to see the wonderful decorated ceiling and mural of Hereford Castle.
The Craft Gallery’s first show will include eight artists. Work on show will include blon glass, hand-made furnishings, ceramics, illustration, abstract paintings, and textiles. Anyone signing up to the Old Mayor’s Parlour newsletter by 30th November 2016 (at the gallery or online) had the chance to win a one-off framed illustration of the building by Brittany Davies.
The Craft Gallery opening times will be Tuesday to Saturday 09:30 to 17:00. It is located on the first floor and the age of the building prevents the owners from creating a lift or other form of assisted access. Hugh and his team will be happy to assist in bringing down items to those who are unable to go up the stairs.