I've been busy making some brand new Positive Role Models, among other ceramic delights.
Check this double sided beauty, Sheila and Kevin. Sheila will whisper words of encouragement while Kevin will tempt you with sins like EAT THAT CAKE and KISS THAT STRANGER.
Can't wait to see them transform when they've been in the kiln.
I was recently commissioned to create an illustration for Fifth Word, as a thank you to all of the lovely people that worked on and volunteered for the 'This is Normanton' project that is now being shown in Pickford House Museum in Derby.
I wanted to capture the vibrance that is found in this area, looking through the archival visual research that was collected I began to formulate a mixed media collage that I think represents the community spirit of Normanton.
December has gone off the scale, crazy. Somehow I have managed to make 9 sets of Matryoshka dolls in the space of a week. I can't share them with you just yet for fear of spoiling someones surprise, but I can show you this one from last year. If you would like a set making then drop me a message.
Seems like a long time since my Sunday consisted of a banging headache and a trickling sense of dread that only comes with 'hitting the town'. These days, I can be found out the door and in my studio by 10am. Drinking coffee and listening to Radio 6, stocking the kiln and painting joyful things. Oh it's nice to be a grown up. Happy Sunday!
I love it when a scene emerges subconsciously. The painting above is a homage to my happy times in Scotland. My brothers out fishing on the lake, climbers setting out up mountains, off on brisk adventures. The happy face is me, in my element. Loving the bonny lands.
The sunlight today is quite beautiful. You can't not be inspired in this place. Who needs crazy weekends when you've got this. Time to get the fire on!
Found some old poems the other day. (don't laugh) The memories came flooding right back. Growing up in the North East, going to art college and becoming a mother. The beginning of everything.
It's only taken me 37 years to learn to put a sheet down. Still get it on my face though!
Recently started working with oils. I am finding it such a rich experience that I wasn't expecting. I don't know why, but I have always kind of avoided them, maybe it's because it is such a slow process and I've always worked quite quickly. In fact, it is the slow process that I am enjoying. Like i've finally given myself the chance to really sink into my work and experience every little detail. Maybe I'm finally growing up.
Really loving working on canvas. I have a real love for texture and mark-making; the pressure and the impact of the paint to the surface and then the fine removal of that. Lay it down, scrub it off. Find new detail. A story told with layers instead of pages.
This weekend I have mostly been invading a (lovely) strangers house with my art work.
Wirksworth Festival, a wonderful place where local folk open their doors to artists. This year I am on top of a big hill with a beautiful garden and views of rain lashing down on rooftops. Hats off to those that braved the British weather and the steep incline.
A great weekend, rain or.. rain.
I see faces in everything. I have done since I was a little girl, when I would scour my bedroom for hints of light to play with the shadows as I fell asleep. I see figures in the leaves on a tree, I see a lady eating an apple in the flowers that fold into my curtains. It's never ending how my brain can entertain itself.
So I decided to pull my work apart and put it back together. A new world has been created yet again. Oh Photoshop, I do love you.
Over the past month or so, myself and the wonderful Emily Garcés have been working with the local community in Allenton and Shelton Lock to gather inspiration for this giant mural that we are now creating for St Edmunds Church, based on the idea of community and individuality within community.
Over the course of the project, we have kept a loose template in mind that combines cell like patterns and flowing narrative. It's nice to see the finished piece growing as organically as the project itself has done over time.
I am so glad that I was given Emily to work with, we have bounced off each other in a really great way, (the fact that we are both bonkers helps) And I think you can already see both of of our styles within the work.
Watch this space for the final results!
Check out Emilys work here: http://www.emilygarces.com/
Really into messing about with different textures, layering up paper with print and colour and pattern. Finding natural compositions makes me feel kind of fuzzy inside, like this is where this piece of paper is destined to sit, without putting much thought into it and letting the work flow and speak for itself.
Ferocious storms and huge pink waves, clouds that roar overhead.
An ocean with gnashing jaws ready to devour brave fishermen.
A sky with a face and a funnel for a nose, spilling out the magic and the chaos.
A hello. A goodbye. And an End to a very peculiar day.
Another result of a quick session with Photoshop. I really need to make more time for computers.
Animation, did you say?