Monday, 23 November 2015

Open Studios

It was a wonderful experience to take part in my first Open Studios event at Banks Mill this past weekend. I remember the studios being set up while I was studying at Derby University at the Britannia Mill site and thinking how it would be fabulous to work from there. So 15 years later I have finally moved in and I am incredibly happy to be using the space creating what I love.

I have been an affiliate for a long time first as Trash Revamp then as EcoCreate, the networking group is still going strong and had a stand at this years Artisan Fair. Several of the Artists taking part in the January 'Fairtytales, Myths & Legends' exhibition came to visit during the weekend and it was fabulous to finally meet those that I have only spoken to online.

There is a wonderful, friendly and supportive atmosphere, which is lovely to be a part of and am so pleased that I (finally!) took the plunge and moved in.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Magazine Collage Commission 'Reid Family'

This piece was relatively straight forward as it was taken from just the one photograph. Although I am happy to build compositions I do think the single image pieces are naturally the most accurate. The piece is made entirely from ripped and cut magazines, as always no paint was used.

This is an A2 piece depicting the father and his three children, commissioned and gifted by his wife as a 40th birthday present.

Alan created a wonderful handmade wooden frame from reclaimed fencing which I think compliments the piece beautifully.

I have quite a large waiting list now for the commissions so if you are considering having one for a specific date please do contact me as far in advance as possible to ensure I can make your deadline.

My 2016 Calendar

I am very excited to present my first calendar!!!! They feature imagery taken from my original magazine collages.

An A5 image with an A5 calendar page below. Printed on recycled paper using vegetable based ink.

They are page per month, I have tried to choose my more seasonal pieces to reflect the months.

I have only ordered a small print run as I was unsure how well they would be received, I am however thrilled that they most have already found new homes! They are available through the EcoCreate website here