The Staiths Cafe is passionate about creativity and supporting local artists and designers. Enclosed is information on some of the work we have on display and for sale.
Please contact a member of staff regarding any sale enquiries or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Art & Design Products
Amanda McAllister is an artist/printmaker originally from Birmingham but moved to Sunderland in 1985. Amanda worked in the Printmaking department at Sunderland Polytechnic as well as lecturing and running the university gallery for a number of years. Amanda studied at Chelsea School of Art, gaining a degree in Fine Art, Painting and an M.A. in Fine Art, Printmaking.
The urban and industrial landscape of this region is a predominant theme of Amanda’s work. These prints are inspired by the Dunston Staithes and their surroundings.
The Staithes II Digital Print, printed with pigment inks on Somerset paper Edition Number: 5/10 2014 The Staithes V Digital Print, printed with pigment inks on Somerset paper Edition Number: 3/10 2014
Framed Print £130.00 / Unframed Print £ 95.00
Mark Gibson is a local artist who lives and works in Jarrow. Mark gained an OND in Art and Design at South Tyneside College and an HND in Industrial Product Design from Colchester Institute. Mark was awarded Young Designer into Industry with the Royal Society of Arts in London. Since then Mark has developed a unique range of fluid and architectural abstract works, which when completed create a highly reflective luscious coloured surface to his paintings.
A colourful abstract piece on plywood (244 x 244cm) £1465 (displayed on the staircase)
Since graduating with an M.F.A. from Edinburgh College of Art, Katie has exhibited in a range of non-art spaces which tie in with her interests in industrial architecture and social concerns. The Deutzer Brücke in Cologne; Prestongrange Industrial Museum; Perth Waterworks; Govanhill Baths, Glasgow.
Work Cycle 1, (blue), Work Cycle 3, (white), and Work Cycle 5, (silver).
Work Cycle 1, (blue), Work Cycle 3, (white), and Work Cycle 5, (silver). £375 (each)
Sparse broken fragments of our industrial past, an imagined reality of the dynamics of rivets, tracks, iron and wood, wagons loaded up and emptied, a continuous loop of noise and activity – ie, ‘cycles of work’. Rather than glorifying industries, my extracted references are used to create more lateral, open to interpretation pieces which resonate with the past and present simultaneously, constructing new energies from consideration of history and circumstance.
The Crow Factory
Laura Crow is an artist/graphic designer influenced by infinite possibilities and skilled in After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and hand drawing. Laura lives in our very own Staiths estate.
Prints, necklaces, keyrings and notebook covers are available at the cafe.
A homeware designer with a big love of all things type. Joanna McKinnon aka Missus Print creates typographical posters, mugs, tea towels, gift cards & t shirts as well as creating bespoke prints for the home.
Missus Print enjoys finding the joy in the titchy things in life & creating prints with a dash of humour that raise a smile.
A range of products are available in the cafe shop.
Jake Cook is a photographer from the North East, situated in Newcastle. He is passionate about landscape and architectural photography capturing the wonderful coastline of Northumberland. Last year Jake had an image published in one of the top photography magazine’s ‘Digital SLR Photography’.
Prints available in the cafe shop for £18
Novocastrian are Craftsmen, Designers and Architects who make functional objects and commissioned furniture.
They believe in the honest beauty of raw, natural materials. Metal is their obsession, the backbone of their work. Each and every one of their pieces is hand-crafted with love and integrity by hardy northern souls.
Their frequent collaborations with some of the world’s most renowned designers have borne timeless furniture pieces, distinguished architectural metalwork and bespoke fixtures and fittings.
The Staiths Cafe commissioned Novocastrian to design and make the cafe condiment stand located downstairs.
Corinne Lewis | Powder Butterfly
“I love art, I love product design, and I am passionate about British manufacturing. All of these elements are at the core of Powder Butterfly – product design inspired by Contemporary Art.” Corinne Lewis-Ward
Corinne is the founder of Powder Butterfly. Her background as an artist informs the development of her collections. From the initial design and concept to the final fabrication, each piece is produced with great attention to detail, and infused with a passion for contemporary art and product design.
Collections include fine bone china; laser cut jewellery; t-shirts and bags; seasonal decorations; tea towels; gift bags and cards.
Services include an ecommerce shop, corporate gift design and fabrication, wholesale provision, and bespoke private gifts.
Urban tourism has, in one form or other, been with us since the phenomenon of urbanisation. People with the means and inclination to do so have been drawn to towns and cities to visit, to experience, to dwell. All my adult life I have been involved in making buildings, laying thousands of bricks with miles of mortar and now via the creation of my latest artworks.
Marshall has created a series of images based on Gallowgate in Newcastle– you can find these on the first floor.
Gallowgate 1; Gallowgate 2; Gallowgate 5; Gallowgate 6 (from left to right)
Pigment ink on archival paper
Working Clasp Jewellery
Working Clasp Jewellery and accessories are designed and produced in Birmingham by Rebecca Cowley a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Textile Design Course at U.W.E. Rebecca developed an interest in the laser cutting process after graduating, becoming drawn to the ‘almost magical process with endless possibilities and applications’ and set up the label ‘Working Clasp’ which offers a range of eye catching and distinct laser cut and etched pieces.
Working Clasp also makes alternative wedding wear such as Bridal headdresses and wedding accessories such as cufflinks, collar pins, invitations and table decorations.
Cowley finds inspiration from a combination of drawing and found imagery and likes to use sections of her drawings as a starting point. A lot of her inspiration stems from creating bespoke pieces for customers, each new design can lead to an endless variety of avenues to explore.
Rebecca is always working on new designs combining various materials such as acrylic, wood veneers, and fabrics to create bespoke collage pieces. She up-cycles interesting found materials and re-appropriates components from model making and DIY environments to create new and unexpected juxtapositions.
Prices in cafe range from £4-£25
F: working clasp jewellery
Twitter/Instagram – workingclasp
The Crafthood is a modern craft business. Their aim is to bring you a full suite of options to enjoy and engage in craft for modern living.
Soya Wax Candles - £8.95 each
Chris Kell is a Gateshead based artist who creates artworks that reflect the industrial past of his town.
Chris creates his artworks by utilising found materials that are no longer needed or useful and transforms them into beautifully crafted art via a layering process. By limiting his source material to 3 mediums at a time Chris is forced to make decisions and examine the material to push it to its limits. His work echoes the industrial past of the Staithes and Gateshead’s history through his inspiring use of materials.
Lunar Influence - £145
Body of Water - £280
See the artwork exhibited on the first floor
Matfen Kearsley Farm
We are a small family run business with 7 employees, based in the heart of Northumberland. We farm 200 acres of arable land but the focus of the business is our 40,000 free range hens, which we raise ourselves from day old chicks. By doing this we ensure a high quality of bird welfare throughout the hens lives.