Several of my willow sculptures and paintings are on show at the Shine exhibition which opened during the first week of November, the exhibition has not gone online for the rest of the month. They are planning to reopen again in December as soon as it is safe to do so and will stay open until the 20th of December
I am delighted to be involved in this weekend’s online event celebrating small businesses based in Hampshire U.K I am selling some very small affordable items as well as some of my larger works which you can find on my shop
I love meeting people and I would normally be very busy at the moment attending art exhibitions and shows.
Alongside many other artist and creative, I have been exploring new ways to connect with people I am needing to adapt to how to do things. I have already taken part in an online exhibition which was fun and I have launched an online shop.
I am also going to be exhibiting some of my work at the Yellow Edge Gallery in Gosport who is running a view through the window exhibitions and hopes to be able to open for appointments only in the next few weeks
For more details about the shop please follow the link at the top of the page.
One of the things that I asked for as part of the talent development grant was to pay for a photographer to record me working, Nick Carter lives in the forest and is a great photographer it has been really interesting seeing myself through his eyes.
I had an interesting day overwhelming in many ways, it’s hard to know where to start from there is no much visual stimulus the colours are amazing s.
The head gardener has shown me some willow, there is a limited resource and I’m loath to use too much but I need to start somewhere, and allow myself to just play and experiment”
I tend to work with dried willow as it shrinks so much so working with live willow brings its own challenges, it doesn’t hold its self so well together,
I decided to leave the leaves on for now and I’m just enjoying playing with shape and form there’s something really engaging about working with raw materials . as they’re even less predictable but that’s part of the challenge.
I thought that id make a little video I’m new to doing this but thought that it would be interesting to show you what I’ve been doing as photos don’t really capture it
I came back to start work all fresh today and found that my work was all over the floor it was firmly fixed and so the only thing that I can think is that a child played with it and accidentally pulled the work down.
It was very frustrating but after all, Furzey is a garden with visitors of all ages, this experience highlighted that I need to get a sign made asap to let visitors know that the things that I am creating work in the gardens. I think that the shape now looks quite a cocoon-like, but without a sign, there was no point in me rebuilding so I moved it into a safe area so that I could work on it again later.
The autumnal leaves are so beautiful and inspired me to create a new piece of work, as I started making a shape emerged and encourage me to create something that might bring a smile to visitors faces. It is not likely to last that long as wind, rain and overly zealous gardeners cutting the grass will all be a factor as to how long it is there but that is part of the joy of creating ephemeral art it doesn’t last very long
One of the things that I enjoy at the gardens is the conversations that I am having with the gardeners and volunteers
Lots of curious discussions happen for example when a dead owl was found what happened to its head, was it killed or was it found and then eaten?
Walking down towards the bottom of the gardens near to the bottom meadow I was asked if I had smelt the toffee I was told that it came from a tree, so I asked them to show me it the Katsura tree comes from Japan it smells like popcorn, toffee and on this autumn breeze is very special, I did wonder if there were a lot of them would the smell be much too overpowering
My first day working in the gardens ( 26th September )
I spent my first hours with furzy staff, meeting a few of the volunteers. There is something special about spaces such as this which is so tangible that you can feel it that entices people to stay and be part of it
A space for tranquillity, time to be part of something that is important and worthwhile.
Id already met with the head gardener who had said that he was happy for me to create different things around the garden, I knew that it would take me time to become familiar with the space so I decided to something simple, so much of creating new work for me is to allow myself time to play and just get into the creative experience so as I love the colours of the leaves especially the varying shades of reds and golds,
Creating simple swirls and circles, large petal shapes and mounds under one of the rhododendron.
I was drawn to an old wooden stump at the top of the rise. a nearby plant was shedding heart-shaped leaves, different shades of red.
I find such starkness enticing. as I was working for some young families with children walked past, curiosity got the better of them and they asked me what I was doing
We spoke about the pleasurable act of creating patterns with leaves and found materials, one of the ladies was particularly interested in what I was doing and asked me if I’ve made the colourful shape under the tree, she said that they’ve been trying to guess what it was, I encouraged them to do have a go themselves
I am really pleased to be able to share that I have been awarded a talent development grant from a space’ arts, the funds will enable me to work with a mentor and photographer to help me to record the experience. I will be creating new work as an Artist in Residence at the wonderful Furzey Gardens in the New Forest. I will be starting my time there at the end of September and creating work through the winter months.
I will be keeping a record of the experience and sharing this, details to follow.
I’m so looking forward to tomorrow , The Hampshire Open Arts Studios is happening over the next couple of weeks and weve now taken over the whole pub with all of artwork , 9 artist in one space do need a lot of room after all.
We are lucky at the Dancing Man Brewery that the public can view the artwork when the pub is open. However we wanted to be available so over the next two weekends we will be available from 12pm – 4pm
Wev’e now moved into the top floor of the Dancing Man Brewery in the old part of the original city, its such a fantastic venue which started life as a medieval warehouse and has been a tax collection venue which at the time was in the form of wool hence the name of the wool house. It was also a sea life museum and originally housed many of the Titanic exhibits and is now as a listed building has been sensitively converted into independent brewery, pub and restaurant.
Together with my artist colleagues we are in the process of moving to our final venue, its been a really enjoyable experience touring are work around the city centre we have been showing a range of styles and mediums including traditional paintings , pen , ceramics, glass, cast resin and recycled plastics. Were really keen to keep the momentum going as there are hardly any art exhibition spaces in the city that are not traditional gallery spaces.