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The Hive Artist Studios Manifesto

As a group, the Hive Artists aim to support, nurture and encourage each other, to aim for excellence in their individual practices and to strive for recognition of their abilities, both personally and publicly.

As a group we share opportunities, ideas and skills.

As a group we aim for a unified identity, confident of our representation by each full member or affiliate member.

As a group our aim is to create work of significance, and opportunities to share it with local and wider audiences.

As a group each artist has an equal voice and all decisions affecting the studio are made democratically.


To become an Affiliated Artist of the Hive Artist Studios an applicant must be a practicing artist and either be a past member of the studios and/or have a commitment to the studio - all artists are expected to get involved in some way, because enthusiastic,creative minds will help The Hive thrive.

There is a £25.00 yearly fee and a selection process.

Becoming an Affiliated Artist means that you will be able to exhibit on the Hive Artists website, have opportunities to be involved in Hive Artist Studio exhibitions, on the Essex Network of Artists Studios website, be able to exhibit on their virtual gallery and access artist information and events.

"It is important to have a diverse range of talents and skills at The Hive as one of the main successes of this studio is its inspirational community and the way that the artists connect with one another, even though their skill sets and motivations may be entirely different" - Karen Jones

For more information on how to apply please e mail Karen - karenjonesillustrator@hotmail.com

Ralph Overill

Ralph Overill graduated with an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts in 2011 and now exhibits regularly in London and Essex, while working as covering technician at London Print Studio.
His work explores a world on the edge, sites where ancient and primeval forms collide with contemporary society and infrastructure. The imperfect transfer processes of printmaking inspire this border between nature and manufacture as fossils merge with factories and the primordial meets the industrial. Ralph was awarded the Clifford Chance Purchase Prize in 2011 and the Curwen Studio Prize in 2012. Recent exhibitions include the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013.

Stride, etching  200x160mm
Breach, screenprint, 2012, Ralph Overill

Hazel Jennings


Hazel is a talented children's book illustrator who creates subtle, whimsical images.
She's inspired by textures, surfaces, found objects and nature creating works which are mysterious and evocative. She uses a variety of techniques such as monotype, lino, wood block and screen printing. Using a combination of original prints, digital techniques and mixed medium, she creates atmospheric and thought-provoking collages using these printed textures.
Her biggest influences are children's illustrators Beatrice Alemagne and Jon Klassen.

Hazel has just completed her MA in Children's Book illustration at Cambridge School of Art and is currently accepting commissions.

Deborah Lobley

Deborah's original multi media degree allowed her the opportunity to experiment with a variety of materials. She soon decided to specialise in making jewellery working mainly in a combination of wood and textiles.
Deborah attended courses at the Sir John Cass School of Art. This gave her the opportunity to widen her skill base applying traditional techniques whilst working with precious metals.

Deborah now has a studio at High House in Thurrock but remains closely connected to the Hive as she is founding member.

Deb bangle
Deb disc necklace
Deb ring

Kymberly O'Carroll Fitzpatrick

Kymberly is an Australian artist and designer graduating with a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2001. In 2004 she decided to expand her horizons and came to London, she hasn't looked back since.
When painting, Kymberly enjoys working with acrylics, inks and mixed media. The techniques she uses to create her images are drawn from popular mass culture and street art. The themes in her work are inspired by vintage comic books, especially romance, crime and horror. She aims for paintings to be full of wit, humour, cheek and a slightly unerving sense of darkness.

In early 2013 she started applying her images to collections of limited edition hand- printed t-shirts. Since then her range of products has expanded to hand printed limited edition soft furnishings, hand painted 'one-off' vintage hand bags and limited edition prints and greeting cards.

Kymberly has now plans to stop here either, with more products in the pipeline. She's currently busy with building her brand Fitzygogo!

Kymberly has exhibited in Australia, the UK and the USA. More recent exhibitions include Parrallax Art Fair in London, parrallax New York, Made -Up Pop-Up Shop Brick Lane Gallery, Christmas Pop-Up exhbitions in London and the South East.

For more information check out: www.fitzygogo.co.uk

Kymberley Stripes

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