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The Makers Art Launch

The Makers Art Launch
Pictured left: Charlotte Harker BA, Joy Trpkovic, Morag vanGeyzel with Andrew Rowdon at last night's event. As well as offering a range of products reflecting Heath Robinson’s work, the shop at the Heath Robinson Museum sells a selection of one-off items, designed and handmade by acclaimed, locally-based artisans. The Maker’s Art is a contemporary range of artworks, jewellery, ceramics and printed images that complement the imagination and enchantment of Heath Robinson’s work. The makers change every six months, adding more valuable creative partnerships and leading to a distinctive decorative art marketplace at the Heath Robinson Museum.
Participating in the second programme of The Maker’s Art, running from now to mid-October 2017, are the artist and illustrator Charlotte Harker, the artist/ceramicist Joy Trpkovic and the jewellery designer Morag vanGeyzel
• Currently the Museum’s Artist-in-Residence, Charlotte Harker’s drawings of trees and buildings and spaces in Pinner and other places are presented in the form of drypoint and giclée prints as well as part of two publications of image and text titled Species of Trees and Nowheres.
• The highly creative jewellery designer Morag vanGeyzel brings her unique etched Dichroic glass and silver jewellery combining beautiful colours and intricate styling.  Morag’s range for the museum includes a necklace made with ruby and gold plated sterling silver beads and Dichroic glass ear-rings and bracelets, pendants and cufflinks.  
A world-renowned artist and ceramicist, Joy Trpkovic brings to The Maker’s Art a selection of individually-designed works from her stylish ‘Sprung from the mud’ collection.  These include beautiful translucent porcelain bowls, striking brooches and Joy’s signature intricate funghi sculpture.  
The collection was launched at the Museum on 27 April at a Meet the Makers evening hosted by the collection curator Jeannine Lawder, where all three makers described the inspirations and processes behind their products to a large audience. 
The launch of the new collections has been sponsored by the specialist travel company Andrew Rowdon Travel, whose founder Andrew Rowdon says:  “Having worked in a local travel agency in Pinner for 20 years before setting up my own company, I followed the development of the Heath Robinson Museum with great interest and it is excellent to see how it has so quickly become a fixture in the area and supports regional and national tourism. Being involved with the museum and now supporting the artisans in The Maker’s Art is a real pleasure and I hope that our sponsorship makes this a successful launch to the second season of the collection.” 
Jeannine Lawder says “We are thrilled that these amazingly talented artisans have brought their stylish and beautiful ranges to support the Museum.” 
At the end of the evening, all guests were given a range of publicity material about local events – with Octavia Art  Group,  The Pinner Music Festival and Harrow Open Studios  exhibitions in May and June, a reminder of the buzzing artistic community Pinner has become and the wealth of talent that abounds here. 
Our thanks to Sharon Pink (Volunteer for Heath Robinson Media Team) for the report