Kelly Gardner

I studied Fine Art Painting & Printmaking at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds gaining a First Class Honours BA Degree (1995-98) and have an MA in Fine Art from Birmingham City University (2001).

I have always been inspired by collecting and using vintage objects in my work, from fragments of old lace that I printed and bleached on to large scale canvases; christening gowns that I made ghostly photograms from; dress sculptures made from book pages and copper wire and collages incorporating a variety of found objects including buttons, stamps and cigarette cards. Car boot sales and charity shops are my idea of heaven for finding treasures I can use in my work.

It was in 2014 that I first started making mosaics from vintage china. I had always saved pieces of broken china with the intention of one day trying out mosaic. I absolutely loved it. My mosaics are made from china from various eras that has been chipped, broken and discarded. Using tile nippers I hand cut and reconstruct the fragments. I find the patterns on old china very beautiful and evocative. Flora and fauna to patterns from the 1960’s and 70’s are a constant source of inspiration. Rather like a patchwork quilt the china fragments represent memories, each piece has a history, traces and residues of the past.



email: kellyruthgardner@gmail.com

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Kelly Gardner, Masked Lovebird

Kelly Gardner, Masked Lovebird

Kelly Gardner, Purple Butterfly

Kelly Gardner, Purple Butterfly

Kelly Gardner, Burgundy & Turquoise Hear

Kelly Gardner, Burgundy & Turquoise Hear

Kelly Gardner, Bluebird

Kelly Gardner, Bluebird

Kelly Gardner, Red & Green Heart

Kelly Gardner, Red & Green Heart

Kelly Gardner, Red Admiral

Kelly Gardner, Red Admiral

Kelly Gardner, Red-Throated Bee-Eater

Kelly Gardner, Red-Throated Bee-Eater

Bee-eater

Bee-eater

Bee-eater, China Mosaic, 2017

Bee 2018

Bee 2018

Fox 2018

Fox 2018

Horse & Leaves, 2018

Horse & Leaves, 2018

Little Girl with Veil

Little Girl with Veil

Little Girl with Veil, book pages, copper wire & found photo

Baby Dress

Baby Dress

Baby Dress, Photogram

Lace Collar

Lace Collar

Lace Collar, Photogram

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting, mixed media collage

Tiger Moths (detail)

Tiger Moths (detail)

Tiger Moths (detail) mixed media collage

Garden Warbler (detail)

Garden Warbler (detail)

Garden Warbler (detail) mixed media collage

Greenfinch & Roses

Greenfinch & Roses

Greenfinch & Roses, China Mosaic

Swallowtail & Turquoise

Swallowtail & Turquoise

Swallowtail & Turquoise, China Moasic

Chaffinch & Jade

Chaffinch & Jade

Chaffinch & Jade, China Mosaic

Swallows

Swallows

Swallows, China Mosaic

Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail, China Mosaic

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay, China Mosaic

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