Posted on 25th Mar 2020
Meet the Artists who’s work you can buy online and at GHT
Amy Harwood is a freelance Illustrator and Designer based in Southampton, UK.
Inspired by nature and history, Amy’s style nods to vintage botanical illustration with a contemporary and playful twist. Working with pen, watercolour and gouache paints, Amy creates fun and vibrant illustrations for books, stationery and products for her online shop.
Deborah began her journey into printmaking at Red Hot Press, while she was part of a residency at GHT. Her engagement as a writer with Gods House Tower – looking for stories in archives, the memories in stones, examining where the human rubs up against the material of the building – became the subject matter for exploration of printing techniques. It continues to be a rich resource for her work in words and as print, which she is working on bringing together in book form.
Mandy Smith is a 2018 BA (Hons) in Fine Art graduate from Solent University, she works with a variety of media including sculpture and print making.
The first of the heritage print range ‘Southampton Heritage Cityscape’ 2016, was one of 4 artworks that won an open submission competition and was on display for a year, printed supersize onto brick vinyl on the West Quay shopping centre wall between the existing shopping centre and the new leisure outlets. The lively print composition pulls together some of the historic and important buildings that survived the WWII bombings and that can still be seen in the city today.
In 2017 Smith added to the heritage print range with ‘Southampton Old Town’ and ‘Southampton Arcades’ depicting more of Southampton’s architecture. For 2019, 4 new heritage prints have been added celebrating some of these unique building and printed in a range of bright colours.
Oli Knowles is a designer and illustrator based in Southampton. His style of work is heavily inspired by 20th-century travel posters with a contemporary twist which evokes a bygone era. This age of the travel poster celebrated exploration and the wonder offered by plane and steam, and he aims for his illustrations to recapture this time. Oli’s prints distil a location’s essence and capture its true character.
For the past few years, he has been creating a number of illustrations depicting Southampton and the neighbouring areas. These prints celebrate the area’s rich history and culture that they have to offer. The addition of these 3 new prints ; The Bargate’, ‘Holyrood Church’ and ‘God’s House Tower’ showcase the beauty and heritage that the Old Town has in abundance.