Vintage theme to Cockington Court Kitchen Gallery Exhibition : ‘Suspended’ 3 – 11 June

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Having set up her own business at Cockington Court Craft Centre, upcycling and recycling vintage clothes and accessories, Maddy Heaton has temporarily returned to her fine art roots and is due to hold her first exhibition for many years. The exhibition titled ‘Suspended’ and takes place in the Kitchen Gallery at Cockington Court Craft Centre from 3 to 11 June. The exhibition is open from 10am until 4pm and is free to enter.

“I studied fine art,” explained Maddy who heads Mads Vintage. “I haven’t done much painting for many years and wanted to return to it. To have the chance to exhibit in the Kitchen Gallery is a wonderful opportunity.”

The exhibition will have a vintage theme and will concentrate on showing the effects of time with old photos and reworked photos on show.

“The works will be mostly figurative,” explained Maddy. “They will show the effects of time with cracked surfaces and fading. The paintings are a mix of new and old works inspired over the last 20 years by my interest in vintage with some painted directly from my vintage photograph collection.”

Together with returning to her painting, Maddy has also been keeping busy with a stall at Cockington’s Vintage Fair which took place at the end of May; and developing another range of handbags, this time making use of her husband Marc’s paintings.

“I’ve cut up some of Marc’s old canvases which have a 60s theme and am upcyclying them for the bags,” said Maddy. “I’m also developing a range of leather handbags made from vintage recycled leather. I’ve always enjoyed recycling and upcycling, it’s the combination of being able to make my own items and recycle items.”

Maddy, who is based in the Seachange craft studios at Cockington Court operated by the TDA, says she still loves coming to work and meeting the visitors who often donate items to her and provide her with additional inspiration.

Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Centre Director said: “Maddy is tremendously talented and her creations are very popular with visitors to Cockington Court. Recycling and upcycling are very fashionable and give well-loved items another lease of life. Making use of Marc’s paintings for handbags is another novel idea of Maddy’s and I’m sure the public will love them.”

Adrian Sheen, TDA Innovation Centres Manager, added: “I’m looking forward to seeing Maddy’s exhibition at the Kitchen Gallery, which is well used by artists of international acclaim and emerging local talent. I’m pleased we are able to provide the gallery space to showcase Maddy’s works.”

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