A nutty kind of Christmas means different things to different folks. For ballet lovers it’s when the Nutcracker is being staged - weaving a magical tale from the toybox. For other dance lover’s it’s when Len Goodman of Strictly, is threatening to pickle his walnuts. For artist-designer Hannika Sumner it’s about miniature swinging nut sculptures and photo-holders.
Since graduating from Hereford College of Art in 2014, Hannika has applied her love of the unusual to explore and create unique, quirky accessories and kinetic forms. Getting inspiration form areas as diverse as anthropology museums, botanical illustration and medical drawings.
Whatever catches her eye is then converted into a modern interpretation using materials that Hannika feels lend themselves to the piece. Using both the traditional methods, such as sterling silver metalworking, and newer materials such as resin the ideas are turned into one-off designs for those who like to be a little bit different.
So if you have a sense of fun, and like a quirky alternative to the mainstream you may want to put one of Hannika’s pieces on your Christmas list and send the buyer down to The Craft Gallery Winter Showcase . She’s a one-woman gift-buyers dream with a selection of photo holders, kinetic sculptures, scarf pins, rings, and necklaces in a variety of finishes, but all with character.
The Craft Gallery’s first showcase has the latest work of eight artists. Pieces on show include blown glass, hand-made furnishings, ceramics, illustration, abstract paintings, and textiles.
Gallery opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 09:30 – 17:00. It is located on the first floor. 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.