This month’s cover is the work of Sarah Young; the second that she’s designed for us. Her mannequin-meets-paper-doll adorned our ‘dressing up’ issue in September 2015, and it was her storybook style that sprang to mind when we were planning this magazine. Fortunately, she was already thinking along the lines of fantasy and folklore. She is midway through a huge commission for a cruise liner, creating 52 pieces on the theme of sea myths. For our cover, she turned her thoughts back to land. “I was looking at the holly and oak kings, but I thought they could end up looking a bit too ‘Green Man’, and I wanted to work with a European story because of the political times we are living in. I took inspiration from a Hungarian Yuletide myth, but the deer features in lots of stories and in all kinds of places around this time. So, this is Csodaszarvas The Miraculous Deer. It gathers up the sun in its antlers and carries it into the New Year.”
Sarah used a variety of techniques to make the image. “It was the first time I’d used Procreate on the iPad. I create drawn elements and use ink, cut paper, print, and gouache, which I scan and build up like a collage. I should probably have left it alone, but then I went back to photoshop and then back to Procreate. I use lots of layers!” We love the finished effect and can imagine Csodaszarvas, bursting from Stanmer woods, his twisted antlers cradling the sun.
Looking back through Sarah’s prints, I notice a fantastical quality to much of her work (fauns, circus performers, mermaids and minotaurs all feature). That, she says, is probably because she and her partner Jon (Tutton, the other half of Tutton & Young) got together when they created a travelling puppet show, many moons ago. “I’m always wanting to revisit the puppet shows, and how they used so many different ways of working and thinking,” says Sarah, who is best known for her printmaking, painting and illustration work, but is increasingly enjoying making sculptural ceramics.
Of course, Tutton & Young are the duo behind the makers’ fair MADE Brighton (and London) and the Brighton Art Fair, which will return next year when the Corn Exchange reopens. They also established Atelier 51, a shared studio space in Providence Place, with a shop selling work by around 50 artists and makers, and, for Christmas, have opened an additional North Laine pop-up shop, at 29 Sydney Street. As ever, they’ve curated some of the best local artists and makers (and some from further afield) under one roof. Go along and peruse the huge selection of prints, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and other creations. They will be open every day up to and including Christmas Eve.