South Northamptonshire designer Mia Parkinson wins exhibition at Heseltine Gallery in Banburyshire


Mia Parkinson with constituents Deborah Allan, director of the Wychwood Gallery, and John Childs, patron of the Friends of the Heseltine Gallery. Photo by Geoff Carverhill

Mia Parkinson, 26, is a decorative arts graduate and has submitted pieces to the gallery’s open exhibition, which ends Thursday, December 16. The breeders praised his work and awarded him an exhibition.

Ms Parkinson, a former student of Chenderit School on whose campus the gallery is located, uses recycled and eco-friendly materials in a technique she developed after collecting “trash” at the university that she used to create containers using layers of waste with jesmonite and resin. Jesmonite is a water-based composite material used to make decorative molded objects and is popular with environmentally conscious artists and designers.

Ms Parkinson commended the Heseltine Gallery for providing a space in which local artists can promote their work to a wider audience.

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“The contemporary gallery is a great place for works of art, especially given its large amount of glass allowing natural light to fill the room and show all of the artists’ work in their best form,” a- she declared.

She described the comments and support from viewers and gallery members as “touching.”

“With much of the arts sector shutting down during the pandemic, promoting my work in an incredible space is a real morale booster and inspires me. It all started for me here – I was in school here – walking the hallways and looking through the window admiring the artwork. I really hope someone will feel the same inspiration when looking at mine in the future, ”she said.

“It’s a huge achievement to win the award and it gives me confidence that I’m on the right track to creating art that people can love as much as I do, appreciating the time and effort put into each piece. C “is an achievement that will not be forgotten when I started as a young artist. I am very, very touched that my work has been chosen for a future exhibition.

Ms Parkinson won the National Trust New Designers’ Artisan & Craft Associate Award in 2019.

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