|Posted on 23 September, 2016 at 9:00||comments (177)|
After a summer of festivals and exhibitions, I find myself happy to be back in my workshop full time. A releif from the hectic hustling of the festival scene and scorchig summer days in fields! It feels like being on holiday in conparison, relaxed and enjoying the work I do.
During the busy summer season, I exhibited my work at an array of different places this year in the UK, and creating some works which are very differnt to my usual art work. I wanted each to reflect a differrent part of myself and what inspires me in the work I create. The copper carnival band was an element of fun which motivates me from the core; I love to laugh and joke my way through life and these life size sculptures represent that side of my charachter. I enjoyed working on these and they will be added to each year for the Jerk Off food and music Festival, with some having local musicians faces added in due course!
For the Art of Heritage exhibition, I created a 'Tree of Dreams'; my personal inspiration comes from the classic illustrators of the Victorian/Edwardian eras. Growing up with an antiques dealer father, my childhood was spent around beautiful engravings by classic artists of the time and books, magically coming to life in a little girls dreams. Remembering the fairy tales of my childhood I created a tree which represented those wonderful stories which I grew up with. Here you can see some of the engravings in the tree with me crouched next to it chatting to a visitor about it.
Around the base of the tree is Sleeping beauty, tucked up in her quilt of glass, the lady of the lake, wading in the still waters and a fairy sat pondering on a stained glass toadstall. Up in the branches are mysterious faces set into the wood, woodland sprites? and atop the highest branch sits a resting butterfly, sunning her wings. I love how the fanasy of fairytales bring childhood imaginations to life, story telling inspires young imaginations to be set free and not be shackeled by the restraints of how we see and experience life, but to explore in imppossible, dream new dreams and push their creativity to the limits and beyond.
|Posted on 31 July, 2016 at 16:10||comments (2)|
As time fly’s past at warp speed, this year seems to be flashing before my eyes. From February when my work went viral on line, it has been a crazy but creative year for me from commissions pouring in from the States and Europe and working on exhibitions alongside festivals. I have had to up my game in getting prepared for larger sculptural installation work and have been creating some large pieces from copper and stained glass. I am enjoying the challenges and stretching my creative skills base into working with larger metal pieces. It opens up new and exciting avenues for my work and is an area I will be developing in the future in learning welding techniques.
My website has been updated to take more media; videos and a new webstore will soon be up and running for one off pieces I make between commissions. I also hope to return to updating this blog more often again… It’s all about time management; what a shame time doesn’t always allow it!! ;-)
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