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Wonky Wheel was launched in July 2019 by Mary and Rob, but this wasn’t the very beginning of the journey. From an early age, Mary grew up sewing and learning about textiles from her Grandmother and Aunties. Mary got her first set of knitting needles from her Grandmother at the age of three.  This is where Mary’s love of all things beautiful and handmade came from and which led Mary to study Fashion and Textiles. However, Mary’s career got diverted into the corporate world for twenty years but Mary did continued to paint with Acrylic, pen and ink and painting on silk.

From an early age Mary always wanted to open a shop but the timing and location had to be right. Since moving to Essex Mary fell in love with a beautiful village called Finchingfield and she knew it was the right location for her Gallery. Mary’s current Art is available in the gallery and she will be introducing some new work this coming year. 

With Rob’s shared passion for art, we have sourced artist’s from Ireland, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridge throughout the journey to opening the Gallery to the public in October 2019. 

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Finchingfield Gallery exhibition season opens with Essex based typewriter artist James Cook.

Finchingfield based gallery ‘Wonky Wheel’ will host a season of exhibitions during the summer months commencing on the 2nd July 2021 with the talented Essex based typewriter artist James Cook.

James is from Braintree, Essex and is studying for a master’s degree in architecture at UCL, London. In the past seven years he has produced more than one hundred typewritten drawings. To produce his stunning artwork James has nearly thirty typewriters dating from the early 30’s all the way to the late 90’s. Using the typewriters he has produced artwork for celebrities, television presenters and musicians.

James’ work has been featured on ITV's Good Morning Britain, Sky News and BBC News and in other parts of the world such as The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Morning Show Australia.

The exhibition at The Wonky Wheel Gallery in Finchingfield will showcase a collection of James' more recent works, exploring the architectural and historical landmarks of the Essex countryside inspired by where he grew up and has lived during the recent COVID lockdowns.
Wonky Wheel owner Mary Turley commented: "I’m so excited about exhibiting the latest work from James, and it was an honour to go out on location with James to get an insight into how he prepares for his drawings. We have some exciting locations still to be announced and some remarkably interesting buildings as well here in Essex.”
On display will be drawings of Horham Hall, The Moot Hall, Finchingfield Green and a few more still to be announced. All work will be available to purchase from the gallery along with a selection of prints.
You might even see James and his typewriters around Finchingfield and surrounding areas as he works on some of his drawings for the exhibition.
James will be in the gallery on the opening weekend and his vintage typewriters will be on display throughout.
The exhibition runs until 31st July 2021. We are open

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Wonky Wheel Gallery

Type:Art Gallery

Unit2 The Green, Finchingfield, Finchingfield, Braintree, CM7 4JS
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* Gallery Opening Hours
Monday and Tuesday by appointment only
Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday closed

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