Artists

Art Collective Resident Artists

Tania Bryan

Fine Artist, Director & Treasurer

I graduated from Howard Gardens UWIC in 2006 with a BA in Fine Art Painting and Drawing and went on to work as a College Lecturer teaching Art and Design at a local college which I embraced for 12 years.

Outside of my teaching role I have always loved painting and drawing with a diverse interest in almost any subject matter, however, if I had to be selective I guess I would predominately always choose animals or nature and the sentimental relationship I have with birds, I enjoy observing their fragility, form and in particular the fleeting moments of their presence.

Email: tania.bryan@nonaffart.com

Frank Aitken

Fine Art Printmaker, Director & Secretary

I am a fine art lecturer at a local college where I have been teaching a wide range of subjects for over 20 years. I graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Fine Art and have completed a PGCE in post compulsory education.

I have delivered lessons and workshops to a wide audience during my time lecturing including further education, additional need learners and adult education. I have delivered subjects across many disciplines within art, design, media, fashion and even have experience teaching music theory and composition.

In my own work I experiment with a range of techniques and processes from landscape, portrait, to abstract compositions that explored the relationship between colour and music. Fine art and printmaking being my preferred specialism, however I have used other disciplines like sculpture, right through to creating audio soundscapes and music.

One of my main themes in my work is the exploration between meaning and language.

Email me: frank.aitken@nonaffart.com

Tina Phillips

Textile Designer & Associate

I studied my degree in Contemporary Textiles, followed by my PGCE. I have been taught and inspired by many artists, known and unknown which have encouraged me to learn a wide range of skills and not be pigeon holed into one area. I am drawn to hand stitching and creating textures, using different techniques and materials. The focus of my work is hand embroidery I use all types of techniques in my work such as appliqué, batik, fabric painting and recycling fabrics.

Email me: tina.phillips@nonaffart.com

Olivia-Jade Antonio

Fine Art Ceramicist

I am a graduate of a ceramics course. I studied at Cardiff Metropolitan School of Art and Design and am now an artist in residence. I like to hand build sculptural vessels using clay.  The forms of these vessels are loosely based on the human figure, focussing primarily on gesture and characteristics that build up to individuality.  I find these characteristics through studying the figure and creating 2D drawings and turning them into 3D forms.

Email me: olantonio97@outlook.com

Rebecca Jayne Hammett (TEMMAH)

Fine Artist

TEMMAH
I am a Diverse Multi disciplined Visual artist I specialise in large scale abstract expressionist painting, performance, live art and Kinetic sculpture using recycled materials.

I have a Masters in Fine Art, I am a qualified post 16 teacher, I have creative practitioner training and have completed workshops in mindfulness and wellbeing.

I have worked with many different age groups and exhibited in Wales and internationally.

The creator of TEMMAH performance and workshops and Jayne Dust commissions and contemporary art.

Website: temmah-rebecca-hammett

Martin Browning

Ceramicist

Martin is a figurative ceramic artist who explores the relation between materiality, metaphorical content of clay and the human figure. He has exhibited in the Ghosts in Armour exhibition (2010 – 2014) in the European Parliament, Bilbao in Spain, in the UK and USA (Santa Fe).


He was also on Spanish T.V. and a featured artist in the book ‘Ghosts in Armour’ (an international collaboration between twenty-one artists exploring cultural change due to the closure of traditional industry in working class communities and the loss of long held social roles and identities.


He has had many art commissions for both public and private patrons including a commission by the Seren Group for a commemorative plaque that was unveiled by the former Welsh Assembly leader Rhodri Morgan.


Martin’s work seeks to express the material metaphors that exist between clay and the human form and allow his figurative forms to live.


Talking about his work and philosophy, he says that “We all have within us what the Portuguese call ‘Saudade’, translated as an inexplicable longing, an unnamed and enigmatic yearning of the soul. This feeling lies within the realms of inspiration and imagination. Ultimately, through the territories of material expression, the quietness of gesture and form, and the aesthetics of process”.

Louise Soale

Fine Artist

I have a BA HONS degree in Painting and Drawing from Swansea Institute and have worked in Community art-based projects and Art education. I have studied in Caerleon for my PGCE before starting a teaching career for Newport Council in Adult education and Youth work.  I also worked as a lecturer in a local college for the past 18 years to present.

My work is heavily inspired from the landscape around me, the walks, and memories of the walks that I have taken throughout lockdown to current day. My surroundings, memories, weather conditions, lighting, colours, and textures are important to my work, and I try to capture this in my studies. I don’t class my work as finished or complete- but more in the process of recording a sense of place.

Menna Evans

Fashion & Textiles Designer

Hi I’m Menna, I graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a First Class Honours in Fashion Design in 2021 and started my Brand Naturesthreadss soon after leaving.

Within my practice I focus entirely on Creating Sustainably by hand through a variety of different textile techniques. My work is inspired by nature and the idea of making something from nothing. Within my practice I like to work on a no waste policy, ensuring any waste produced can then be fed into another technique to create something new, this ensuring a continuum of sustainability. 

For more information about my work click here

My Website https://naturesthreadss.co.uk

Art Collective Associate Artists

Philip Davies

Fine Artist

Born in Newport, Wales and currently living in the Rhymney Valley, Caerphilly. I studied Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff. Graduating with my B.A. (Hons) and as a Master of Fine Art. I am a mixed media artist and use film, sound, installation, drawing and painting to create my visions.

The thin line between imagination and reality is whare my artwork emerges drawing inspiration from myth, symbolism, unconscious thought. I am deeply interested in the unnatural, the strange and mysterious. This interest has instilled in me a sense to explore and represent the enigmatic in my artwork.

My art is how I converse with these experiences, my own way to comprehend the world through creating a personal language and symbolism that interacts with my deepest inner thoughts.

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