Jessica Christie Miller opens her home at 7 Caburn Road, 7-dials, Hove, BN36EF
What is so special about this event?
It’s a really great opportunity for creative people to experiment with their work in a public arena.
How did you select which artists to show in your home?
That was easy. All the art just seemed to stand out. Also, importantly SNUG (the house) was originally set up with my good friend Rosie Gifford. Rosie has extensive experience in fine art and I come from a background in retail display. It was a very good match.
Why do the artists selected fit in so well with your home?
Some of the walls in our house are white, which lends its self to fine art and then there is the SNUG – a special room which is painted in a colour by Farrow & Ball called ‘brinjal’. The room is dark but well-lit so it is fantastic for jewellery.
Your own artistic practice involves making pin boards. How did this come about? You also seem to love making Christmas decorations – tell us about this.
I did an upholstery course a couple of years ago and realised that I really enjoy working with fabric. At Christmas it’s so much fun making decorations. I have a background in retail display, working mainly in the jewellery trade for Cartier and Links of London – I used to make wreaths for them.
How will you be developing your work in 2016? What projects do you have planned?
I need to make my pin boards available to buy on line. I get commissions for bespoke boards and I have a small shop on Etsy.com, but there is always room for more.
How would you describe your work?
Useful, practical and my flower, feather and sequin memo-boards are just bonkers.
What can we expect from you for The 2015 Artist Open Houses Christmas Festival?
My lovely jazz singer friend Lucy provides me with pheasant feathers from shoots that take place on her farm in Balcombe, so this year’s wreaths are all about feathers.
What would you say are the best Christmas gifts at your house this year?
I would say that Abigail Bowen’s paintings make a really dramatic statement as they all have wonderfully dark backgrounds. To contrast, I would also recommend Rosie Gifford’s work, simple pencil drawing.
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