Wirksworth Festival 2017

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.

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How Many faces can you see?

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. 

 

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Murals Wedding

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/

 

Paper World

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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.

New Studio

Looking forward to moving into my new studio space. Bit of a commute through all hell breaks loose traffic twice a day so it's probably going to be temporary, 

BUT LOOK! Even has a roof terrace. My heart is jumping.

Inside my sketchbook there lives another world

Decided to spend a couple of afternoons painting in my sketch book. I dunno why but I feel this weird guilty feeling whenever I choose to just spend some time working on my own thing. Like I still have the voice of Mr 9 to 5 in my head, telling me that it's not 'real' work. 

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Well kids, if you're reading this. Don't do what the man tells you to do. Follow your dreams. For all you know, you only have one life, don't spend it doing something you don't care about. A man in a suit does not decide what real work is. You do.

Keep painting, keep singing, keep dancing. Keep keeping it real.

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Daydreamin'

Today was meant to be a day of admin and art proposals. Got a bit distracted with the good stuff. 

Next Batch of Good

After some panicked searching for kiln space, the university kindly offered one more load of work. I have had great fun making these twisty boobie ladies. Fingers crossed they come out looking amazing!

Keep an eye out for them in the museum shop!

#TBT First Art Thing

Looking through some old photos, I came across this piece of art work from back in the Foundation years. (13 years ago!!!)

Months spent listening to Radiohead, I really began to see how much music effected me, creatively. I'd use every beat to determine what I did with my pen, totally sucked into the moment of the sound.

Time capsule

This piece was based on Memory, a kind of giant time capsule / pod. Twigs foraged and twisted round to form cocoon-like shapes,  intricately weaved with hand printed papers, filled with mark makings and scrawlings from my childhood, signifying moments caught forever. 

It was a pretty inspiring time, I had recently become a Mum and was going through some incredible changes as a person. I was looking at the world in a different way, noticing changes in seasons a lot more, the colours the smells. Everything inspired me. It all started here really, with the birth of my daughter came wave after wave of creativity. 

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Went to check out the space where I will be hanging the penguins at the museum. Really exciting to think about how it will look next week.

Not massively excited about the prospect of climbing these bad boys. Even after abseiling off an incredibly large bridge in the Peak District, in a bid to cure my fears, I still get wobbly legs and clammy hands at the mere thought of a ladder. Luckily, I will have lots of help on hand so hopefully I can keep the jelly legs to a minimum. 

 

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Swimming Ladies

Starting to really love Mondays. After a whole weekend of waiting with bated breath while my little treasures cook away inside the kiln, the anticipation is almost too much.

Today, three lady swimmers swam right out of the oven, rich with colour and flush in the cheeks. After three whole days of continuous exercise they are ready for a cup of tea and a big slice of cake. 

Adélie Blues

Adélie populations have fallen by more than 65% in the past 25 years. The biggest threat to them right now is climate change.

In parts of the Antarctic peninsula, sea ice cover has reduced by over 60% in 30 years. One of the Adélies’ main food source, krill, needs ice to breed and feed under, and the loss of ice is causing a decline in krill in some areas. Warmer temperatures can also have an affect on chick hatching times, and they may hatch at times when food is scarce.