Friday, 28 November 2014

a little bit of thinking, but not too much ...

The last week has been quite intense. From hanging on hope and possibilities to crashing and actually realising that it was probably for the best. Being an artist is hard. The hardest thing about being an artist is not having to come up with ideas, they are always usually flooding over, no it's other people appreciating what you do. It's funny how the public think that if you spend hours, days weeks ... on a piece of work they should only pay pennies for it. While they are willing to spend an absolute fortune on something that has been mass produced in China using slave labor.

Monday, 17 November 2014

printed silk scarves

printing my scribbles and thoughts as silk scarves that shall be on sale at the Mac's annual Christmas Fair 

Friday, 31 October 2014

Lee Bul at the Icon, Birmingham. What an amazing exhibtion!

Lee Bul.Mon grand récit: Weep into stones …(2005).Polyurethane, foamex, synthetic clay,stainless steel and aluminum rods,acrylic panels, wood, acrylic paint,varnish, electrical wiring, lighting.280 × 440 × 300 cm as installed.Collection HITEJINRO Co., LTD., Seoul.Photograph by Watanabe Osamu.Courtesy Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.                    
Such an inspiring exhibition at the Icon in Birmingham. Lee Bul I highly recommend it. 
I went there today with my parents, and my younger brother. I'm not sure what they thought about it. I think they felt a little overwhelmed and intimidated by it all. They never go to art galleries, let alone ones like the Icon, renowned for its contemporary installations. I don't think they really understood why I took them there either. Their bemused faces just added to the experience and my joy. :)

On the other had Lara, my daughter loved it. But then she is used to visiting art galleries, she's been going ever since she was born. 
This exhibition was especially wonderful for young children. Still with that innocent magic in her heart, she played and ran about with such excitement, it was an absolute joy to see.  

When my mum entered the gallery I remember her saying ' I hope they don't start asking me any questions'. She was worried about being tested on her understanding about what was displayed in front of her. I reassured my mum by saying that when it comes to art it doesn't matter, anything goes, anything can be true or false. It's probably just about the only place in the world were one is safe to just simple be. 

Why else do you think I love art so much and why it is so central to my life. It is why I'm immersing Lara into it so much as well.

Friday, 12 September 2014

recent scribbles

I feel like my art is moving away from image and text and more towards just text and fabric manipulation.  I feel that images as with colour can dramatically control how an image can be perceived often taking it in a completely different direction. I like the ambiguity and abstraction that fabric manipulation brings.
There is a sense of the internal journey memory takes.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Friday, 15 August 2014

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A completed commission

Another commission completed. The image was where the marriage proposal took place. 

My work featured online ...

I know this is an old post but I realised that I never re-blogged it. I'm always telling my students that when someone promotes you, remember to publicise it, so here goes.

Thank you Mr Stitch!

Monday, 11 August 2014

After a little break in East Sussex

After spending a few days down south with my folks and doing family stuff, such as eating, resting, chatting & sleeping, eating, resting, chatting & sleeping, eating, resting, chatting & sleeping ... oh yes plus paddle boarding and swimming in the sea with my bestest friend the lovely and completely unique Miss Saunders, wish we lived closer, miss you xx

During my short break in East Sussex, I received an email congratulating me on being accepted for the Midland Art Centre Christmas Fair on the 13th December. I was rather chuffed as this is exactly the sort of thing I feel I should be focusing on, more up market fairs.

Some of you might be interested in this link to high end fairs; 
There you will find under 'events' good links and information to high end craft and art fairs in the UK.  

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Experimenting with print and text.

The last few days of work were bliss. I abandoned all essential planning and ran with screen and squeegee in hand to do much needed experimental print work. These images I took with my phone, so they lack detail. I'm still waiting for a decent photography day so that I can photograph them well. Meanwhile these images will have to do. 
Quite happy with the outcome of these but the problem is I do not know what to do with the large body of work I've manged to do in just those two days. So watch this space for developments with print ...