Treasured Pieces with Jessica Trent | Ullyanna Hammond, Russian born, she moved to the Isle of Wight | Painting Grace

Treasured Pieces with Jessica Trent

Treasured Pieces with Jessica Trent | Ullyanna Hammond, Russian born, she moved to the Isle of Wight | Painting GraceI’m thrilled that Jess of ‘The Cabinet Makers Love Tale’, blogger, mother, maker and one of the nicest people I know is joining me on the blog today for April ‘s Treasured Pieces post. This monthly column features other artists, makers, bloggers and creatives who share their favourite artwork, specifically a piece they display in their home. Be it a sculpture, painting, textile or ceramic piece. Art is such a personal item and I’m fascinated with what makes someone choose the art they live with – or perhaps how it chooses them?

Jess is sharing a beautiful painting that hangs in her home. I saw this painting on her Instagram feed and the story behind it  is so romantic! Over to you Jess…

Treasured Pieces with Jessica Trent | Ullyanna Hammond, Russian born, she moved to the Isle of Wight in 2003 | Painting Grace

What is the name of your painting and who is it by?
The artist is Ullyanna Hammond, Russian born, she moved to the Isle of Wight in 2003. The name of the painting is unknown, however we are aware the view captures the Solent, on the south coast of the UK.

Treasured Pieces with Jessica Trent | Ullyanna Hammond, Russian born, she moved to the Isle of Wight in 2003 | Painting Grace Blog

What is the medium it was produced in? Is it an original or a print?
It is an original acrylic painting, on canvas. In fact, it seems strange to refer to it, as ‘it’, is one of a pair of paintings. They’re really quite big, 90cm x 90cm square, and we, one day, would hope to have them side by side, on a lovely large wall.

Treasured Pieces with Jessica Trent | Ullyanna Hammond, Russian born, she moved to the Isle of Wight | Painting Grace

How did you acquire the piece?
The pair were presented to us at our wedding in 2006. It was magical.
Ross {my husband} had initially discovered them on the top floor of a local lifestyle store, here in Ely. It was a funny little shop, with some really lovely pieces, but displayed in such a hotch potch manner…so much so, the paintings were hung rather awkwardly on a very small wall, hidden away upstairs.I’m actually always grateful for that, as I’m sure they would have been snapped up before we had a chance!

Anyway, Ross took me to the shop to see them, around the time we were planning our wedding. They were way too expensive for us to have bought at the time, but we realised if our family & friends might gather vouchers for us, we could buy them as a wedding gift.
When they were presented to us, along with a gazillion separate gifts, at the wedding later that year, we were overwhelmed, and have cherished them ever since.

Treasured Pieces with Jessica Trent | Ullyanna Hammond, Russian born, she moved to the Isle of Wight | Painting Grace

Where does it live in your home?
Currently they live in our front room, on opposite walls. The one you see in these images, over the mantle is seen as you enter the room and always makes me smile. It’s quite literally a breathe of fresh air.
In previous homes, we’ve had them in our bedroom, side by side, but this house is rather small with limited wall space, so we have chosen to separate them in the living space. It’s lovely, as we now enjoy them throughout the day, and with such gorgeous texture, the changing light really affects the way the surface of each canvas looks.

Our beloved paintings have survived building sites & storage, joining us in various rooms along the way, ever remaining the calm, in our whirlwind of a busy decade!

Treasured Pieces with Jessica Trent | Ullyanna Hammond, Russian born, she moved to the Isle of Wight | Painting Grace

What’s the story behind your favourite piece of artwork?

I’ve probably already explained the ‘story’ behind the paintings above, but our personal ‘love tale’ with them grows every day. It’s funny, we’ve only had them since we were married, but they feel like they’ve been with us from the start. We met in 2003, in Bath, and both had such a passion for art, furniture design and the home. Ross and I have since gone on to renovate 4 homes together; a new build, a grade 2* listed, a Victorian country cottage and our current 1920’s end terrace. Our beloved paintings have survived building sites & storage, joining us in various rooms along the way, ever remaining the calm, in our whirlwind of a busy decade!
Quite literally, our escape has always been to the sea {north norfolk}, so to have a little piece of the coast with us, here at home, is always such a gift.

Thank you so much Jess, what a beautiful and romantic story!

Treasured Pieces with Jessica Trent | Ullyanna Hammond, Russian born, she moved to the Isle of Wight | Painting Grace

And Finally…

Do take a moment to read The Cabinet Makers Love Tale, an interiors and lifestyle blog with lovely snippets of Jess and her family life. Jess also co-hosts ‘My Monday Mood Board’: a weekly photo challenge on Instagram. Everyone is welcome to play along, by using the hashtag #mymondaymoodboard. Upload your new image to the feed at the beginning of each week. The idea is to create an inspiring feed to encourage a creative start to the week.  Jess promotes the ‘super favourite’ image every Friday on her blog.
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Have an inspired day
Georgie x
Image Source: Jessica Trent

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