Bea Roberts is now at DUKKI

Bea Roberts – Contemporary Folk Art is now exhibiting at DUKKI!

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Pop down to see her ‘Quirky Owl’ ‘Weird Fish’ and ‘Green eye cat’ amongst other pieces

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There is a vast selection of greetings cards, stickers,

jewellery and original pieces too!

You can read more about Bea by clicking here

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Come and see, me duck! It’s well worth a look!

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DUKKI Showcase 2015 – Introducing Bea Roberts Contemporary Folk Art

Her paintings are a playful, schizophrenic merging of techniques and ideas and she works in mixed media , creating artwork which has a rough, primitive naivety.

Another month has sailed by and in this merry month, we would like to introduce

Bea Roberts, who will be exhibiting with us from 17th – 31st May bea roberts

Bea has been painting and drawing more or less all of her life, and had her first exhibition at the age of 14. Her paintings are a playful, schizophrenic merging of techniques and ideas and she works in mixed media , creating artwork which has a rough, primitive naivety.

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Working intuitively and spontaneously, she uses collagraph printing techniques, brushes, sticks and other implements, as well as collage to create her vigorous and slightly surreal artworks. Her work is sold via the internet, in exhibitions and from her studio.

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She has participated in group shows, solo shows and juried exhibitions, and her work hangs in private collections all over the world. Some of her work has also been used in several film and TV productions, including Channels 4’s Cucumber, the new feature film ‘The Ninth Life of Louis Drax’ and a new German TV Drama, which is being filmed in Manchester.

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Her work is predominantly figurative. She is infinitely fascinated by faces, bodies and people. This fascination is apparent in some of the more surreal creatures she creates as well

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Bea’s exhibition opens on 17th May for two weeks. She is also a regular writer for Creative Nottingham and you can also follow her blog here

Her website is www.bearoberts.co.uk 

Thank duck its Friday! I need your Help

In a word where we fight for freedom of speech, has it now become inappropriate to use the word duck?

Ay up fellow Dukkies. I need your help. 

I had just opened the shop this morning, and was putting the kettle on for the first cuppa of the day, when a woman entered the shop. I said my usual hello as I always do to new customers, and carried on setting up the shop.

I thought she was just avin a ‘goz’ at what I was selling, so I left her to it. but clearly, she had another agenda. She came up to the counter and asked me who did all the artwork. I went into my usual spiel, that we’re an independent gift shop, and that I produce all the local dialect stuff and my partner Ian paints all the Local Landmarks.

Then she said “so why this?” and pointed to this frame

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“this isn’t Nottingham” she said (she was right) “why are you encouraging swear words in your shop? Everything else is great in the shop, but this ruins it” She went on.

I tried to explain that it was a play on words, and that I had created them because we are called DUKKI, and it was supposed to be funny. But she didn’t see the funny side to it.

For those of you that don’t know, I sell a whole range of products replacing the F word for the word duck

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I thanked her for her feedback, and told her she was the first person to have ever complained about these designs. After she’d left, I felt quite upset. I wanted to say “duck you!” But then I stopped and thought about it. Had I just become so desensitised to hearing swear words, that it didn’t offend me anymore?

There are so many things which do offend me in society. Hearing mum’s shouting and swearing at their kids whilst they run riot outside the shop, caring nothing for the people around them having to hear it. Surely that is worse than a picture which uses a word that happens to sound like a swear word?

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We have sold a lot of these pieces, and because they are not strictly Nottingham themed, they appeal to people from all over the country. In fact most of these designs sell on-line, to people outside of Nottingham. They form part of our bread and butter income. Yet, the last thing I want to do is offend anyone. It wasn’t until this lady came in this morning, that I’d ever given it a second thought about it being offensive.

I have always been brought up without swearing, it was totally frowned upon in my upbringing, yet even my mum can see the funny side to these images.

Which begs the question: Should we remove these products? What about ‘Mardy Bum’ and ‘Daft little Bogger’? Are these offensive too?

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In a word where we fight for freedom of speech, has it now become inappropriate to use the word duck?

We sell a lot with ‘Ay up me Duck!’ on, but here the word ‘Duck’ hasn’t been used as a substitute for swearing.

Does anyone actually give a duck?

 Please feel free to share this post, as I’d love to know your thoughts.

TA-RA for now, Duck!

DUKKI Showcase – Introducing Farah Batool Art.

This year is speeding by at a rate of quacks, so I thought it best to introduce our artist for April’s slot in our DUKKI Showcase 2015.

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Farah Batool is a Nottingham based artist, and she often walks in the Peak district of Derbyshire and gets enthused by what she sees. The sense of light, colour and texture that surrounds her, largely inspires the way she works.timthumb (1)

She studied multi-media design at university. During this time she always toyed with the idea of creating artwork and often experimented with ideas using wire, feeling there was something missing from her life. In 2010 she decided to train as a teacher in Art, and around the same time, began to focus on ideas towards becoming a maker in order to utilise her creative skills. She started painting/drawing and working in earnest on canvas with mixed media. It was in 2013 that she started to translate her ideas into ceramic, and fell in love with it.

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Farah is still learning and developing possibilities using ceramic and wire and all the knowledge and techniques she has accumulated over time. Her artwork is inspired by nature and her surroundings, and is lead by a strong sense of design and her fastidious nature to explore ideas, thoroughly creating delicate yet intricate work.

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She predominantly works with bird motifs in white stoneware clay and glass, and is interested in exploring the complex relationship between simple lines and intricate pattern with the depth of tone and subtle texture that is uniquely created through using glass.

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She will be displaying some of her ceramic tiles, and jewellery in her exhibition, including some of her beautiful lace pieces, created using Lace to make an imprint onto porcelain discs. All sets are finished with blue oxide and some have the addition of transparent glaze on the white parts of the pendant to create a contrast with the matt blue

Farah’s exhibition will run from 18- 30 April, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter, or to find out more, visit her website www.farahbatool.com 

DUKKI Showcase – Introducing Becca Thorne: Illustration

The majority of Becca’s illustration work is linocut, burnished with a teaspoon and printed with water-based inks…

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It’s time for us to introduce our next exhibitor in the DUKKI Showcase 2015!

Becca is an illustrator and printmaker based in Beeston, where she works at home in her spare room studio creating hand printed pieces in linocut, silkscreen and wood engraving. Originally from the Forest of Dean, she studied BA and MA Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts on the south Cornwall coast, graduating in 2004/05 respectively.

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 The majority of Becca’s illustration work is linocut, burnished with a teaspoon and printed with water-based inks, which dry faster than traditional oil-based mediums, allowing for longer to be spent on designing and cutting and less on waiting for inks to dry. Some more colourful illustrations, which require several printed layers, might be pieced together digitally for speed and accuracy, but she still uses more traditional and unpredictable techniques when the situation allows.

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Becca’s style lends itself well to historical illustration and, as such, she is often requested to create period-specific imagery for clients such as BBC History Magazine and The Folio Society.

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A love of nature inspires much of her personal work, especially the beautiful and wild areas she’s lived and travelled, from British beaches to New Zealand mountains, and this continues to inform and inspire her practice, as does the work of printmakers such as Sybil Andrews, Lill Tschudi, Cyril Edward Power and Medieval woodcutters and illuminators.

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 Becca’s been illustrating professionally since 2008, working for a wide variety of clients including National Trust Books, Sight & Sound Magazine, HarperCollins, The Earth Island Journal, Compassionate Dorset, YSC, GQ Magazine, Anchor Canada and Rugby Borough Council to name but a few. She also tutors part-time on the Graphic Design with Illustration degree course at DeMontfort University.

Becca will be exhibiting her latest collection of prints, from 15-29 March.

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @BeThorney and on  Facebook at Becca Thorne: Illustration

DUKKI Showcase – Introducing Ian Jones Art and Illustration

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We thought it fitting to kickstart the ‘Dukki Showcase’ with our very own resident Artist Ian Jones.

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Whilst Ian has created artwork based on the local landmarks of Nottingham for us at DUKKI, he has primarily created a large portfolio of Street Art, some of which he will be exhibiting at DUKKI this month.

Ian Jones is an Artist and Illustrator, born and raised in Chilwell, Nottingham. He has been a professional illustrator for the last 7 years and studied Graphic Design at the Lace Market School of Art and Design.

His work is a blend of traditional and digital techniques resulting in richly layered textural images.

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The images that he produces bridge the gap between abstract and figurative painting, creating a landscape that simultaneously reflects reality and fantasy.raven

Ian’s main Artistic influences are Mythology, Shamanism, Graffiti and Tribal Art, which is clearly reflected in the colour palette that he uses.

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When he isn’t helping to run Dukki in the Broadmarsh, Ian is always busy creating new pieces of artwork and posting them on Twitter and Instagram, under the handle @nonsenseprophet. 10394032_10152350151608543_2507715205960836743_n equilibrium

His work has been displayed in galleries across the midlands, and a large proportion of his Nottingham Landmarks can be found already in DUKKI in the Broadmarsh.

Ian is an avid believer that there is something very pure about creating work digitally. He says “you are in effect painting with light, with electricity, manipulating and sculpting that which isn’t truly tangible.”

You can find Ian’s facebook page here, and follow him for the latest updates of his work.

Ian’s exhibition will start on Sunday 15th February and run until the end of the month.

A full list of the exhibitors taking part in the showcase, can be found here.

Next month we will be introducing Becca Thorne Illustration