It really has been a long break away from my blog and for that I can only apologise. However, I’m still here and I’m still spending a lot of my spare time creating, in one form or another. Last week while I was talking to a client about social media and the importance of keeping up to date with their website and blog it made me realise that I should be taking some of my own advice and keeping up with my own stuff!
Since Christmas 2014 I’ve been working really hard, slowly and steadily producing work for my show which opens Friday June 12th at Inkwell.
Linea is the culmination of months of work where I have been exploring different aspects of myself, my family relationships and my relationship with the natural world around me.
The body of work includes lots of ink drawings but some of the pieces take on a new ‘style’ where my work has changed from the ornate to the minimal. This was a very planned move in an attempt to try challenge myself and my process. Unsurprisingly drawing hundreds of circles and repeating patterns takes patience but is also very self indulgent and a move to minimalism was an experiment to see if I could show some self control.
Here’s some of the new work I’ve produced while I’ve been away..
Blue Study I
Blue Abstract in three parts – acrylic on canvas 2015
Mother and Child – Acrylic on canvas – 2015
Being a multidisciplinary artist does have its limits. I find that I can only really focus on one things at a time. So for the last six months I’ve been concentrating on painting and drawing. There are 26 pieces of art work being exhibited in Linea, so I’m pretty proud of the fact I’ve been keeping my creative juices flowing while holding down a fairly demanding ‘day job’. I’ve even taken to writing down art days in my diary!
If you are local to Leeds I’d love you to come to my show. There will be jewellery, wine, installation work, drawings and paintings all in the beautiful space that is Inkwell.
The show preview evening is on June 12th from 6pm -8pm
31 Potternewton Lane,
It’s been a journey of highs and lows, of self doubt and self confidence, of holding on and letting go, but it’s left me feeling positive about my future both creatively and mentally. I am of course referring to my part in the Place and Memory project over the last three months.
The greatest thing I will take away from this experience so far is the ability to slow down and to use the many different skill sets I do have, to not be afraid to experiment and feel confident enough to step out of my comfort zone. To take time to think and research, to conceptualise an idea before leaping into creating a finished piece. My work always used to have a fast turnaround, mainly due to my impatience, my perfectionism, my eagerness to throw myself in, sometimes without sufficient thought.
The exhibition preview evening at Holy Trinity last night was really well attended and I felt extremely proud to have been a part of this creative development of seven fellow artists. The work on show was all astounding, each piece reflecting our personalities and journey we had made.
I know it’s probably felt like I had disappeared off the face off the earth but rest assured I have been hard at my creative work. I just wish I could have had the time to share more of the journey with you! It’s been three intense months of research, ideas, learning and collaboration. The Place and Memory project has been a wonderful focus for me, I have been thinking a lot about my work and development. This has been refreshing as quite often life just gets in the way of what you’d rather be doing with your time.
I realise my jewellery work has taken a back seat and I feel that some restocking of my shop is urgently required.
The exhibition for the show looms within an uncomfortable distance now. Just a few more weeks to finalise those ideas. I settled on a 3D piece which, at first I envisaged to be on a grand scale but realised due to the sheer cost of the materials needed this was just out of the question. What will result will be far more intimate for the viewer.
The exhibition space is proving a bit tricky. It’s far from being that blank white cube we’re all used to these days. It is filled with wood, stone, textures and church fittings and monuments but I wanted to work with this in mind so have incorporated aspects of these materials into my piece of work.
Without giving too much away, here’s a sneaky look at what I’ve been doing……
The exhibition preview will take place on Friday 11th October, 6pm to 8pm, Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane Leeds.
The exhibition continues from Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th October inclusive, 10am – 3pm Monday to Saturday.
I do hope you will be able to make it to the opening. More details of the film and exhibition will be posted soon.
This year I have been selected to be part of the Arts Trail at the Chapel Allerton Arts festival. This is the first trail ever organised and it looks really exciting!
The opening night will be on August 27th when the Trail officially opens. The festival vibe will be brought alive with musicians and acts lining the streets of Chapel Allerton with each venue celebrating the event too.