Category Archives: Exhibition

@cambridgecraftfestival charity

As we get closer to @cambridgecraftfestival (on instagram on the 5th of June) fundraising has started for Maggies Charity. Raffle prizes have been donated by dozens of the vendors and sorted into bundles that anyone who appreciates craftwork or enjoys crafting themselves will love! Tickets are just £2 from the homepage of cambridgecraftfestival.co.uk

One of my hand burnished lino prints is available as part of bundle 3, one of 4 fantastic prize bundles up for grabs.

My instagram post lists the full contents and the vendors that donated them.

No Frost At Night – Babylon Arts

No Frost At Night

Fourteen-day diary project

Babylon Arts (curator Sid White-Jones)

Completed 11 – 24 April 2021 and returned to Babylon Arts, Babylon Gallery, Ely

I expressed an interest in taking part in this project and received a 14 day diary to complete through the post. I took over a week to feel comfortable starting the project. After completing it I had this to say in the notes at the end of the diary:

Diaries are embarrassing; private and personal, they are unedited.

Approaching this project, I first thought of themes on which I could write or draw that would show a developing picture over the 14 days. Instead I just started one day, after coming home from my morning walk, quickly scribbling an impression that had stayed with me.

I have resisted the urge to improve on drawings, edit words, or add subsequent commentary. The pages show a spontaneous snapshot of (imperfect) memory.

I’ve learned from this project, or remembered, the discipline of capturing impressions, of thoughts, of reflecting on what meant something.

I plan to continue with something like this format to keep notes and set myself up for the day by being receptive to playfulness, to what intrigues me, and warming up my hand to make meaningful marks.

Thank you Sid White-Jones and Babylon Arts.

I won’t be including all of the pages here – some of them are embarrassing! And I feel they belong to the project which is now out of my hands. (I have returned the diary to Babylon Arts to make of what they wish for the exhibition.) Below are the notes that I made each day. It’s interesting to me that strung together they have a certain poetry to them.

– DAY ONE –

Pearly grays

Swallows soar and swoop

Stop to watch

Art can make me feel this way

– DAY TWO –

Blue sky

Skylarks

Rainbow dew

Treasures

Rust coloured catkins falling into the ouse making ripples like huge fish

– DAY THREE –

Reflections

Hidden treasure

– DAY FOUR –

Bursting bright

Soundscapes

Shadow shapes

– DAY FIVE –

Cormorants

Dragon shaped

Fire scraps found

– DAY SIX –

Midge cloud

– DAY SEVEN –

Stunning sun

Red

Kite

Flight

– DAY EIGHT –

Bumbling over clouds of white stars

First butterfly sight

– DAY NINE –

Misty

– DAY TEN –

So long heron

– DAY ELEVEN –

Dishevelled blue tit

Sitting flitting

Blossom snow falling

Slow flow into the river

Floating faster and faster

Till bumbled down the fall

– DAY TWELVE –

Sense of place

– DAY THIRTEEN –

Negative space

– DAY FOURTEEN –

Blackbird warning

‘Cat cat cat cat’

@cambridgecraftfestival 5 June 2021

I’m excited to be taking part in the innovative online Cambridge Craft Festival alongside dozens of talented makers.

As part of this I’ll be aiming to promote my signature abstract paintings incorporating emulsion paint as well as smaller abstracts on paper, drawings, prints and my collection of playful jewellery handmade with paint trapped inside delicate necklaces.

I look forward to learning a lot from my fellow makers and the fantastic organisers Camilla and Jem, both independent craft business owners based in Cambridge.

The festival will be Live on Instagram @cambridgecraftfestival and via the website cambridgecraftfestival.co.uk

I would say I can’t wait – but I’m also looking forward to the preparation, planning and promotion throughout May before we get there!

What’s up with #COSart2020

An update on what’s been on display so far for #cambridgeopenwindows

Preview weekend: New work on paper, canvas and board

Week 1: Painting and lino prints inspired by the local landscape

Week 2: Keeping it simple with one statement painting – big, beautiful and blue

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Cambridge Open Windows preview weekend!

I genuinely couldn’t wait for Cambridge Open Windows to start, so decided to kick off early with a preview weekend this weekend! Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot.

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I hope it may have got a few people talking in Huntingdon in advance of the main event throughout July, but it also helped me work out how to most effectively show work in this format. Key points to note:

  • My contact details didn’t stand out, so they’ll be moving to the top windows!
  • Having work flush against the windows does work well where this is possible due to the nature of the work and if there’s no risk of condensation… this poses a logistical challenge for a number of the things I am hoping to show during the next month.

I’m setting myself the goal of having a completely new display each weekend in July; though I may repeat the preview weekend’s display for one of them as it includes newer work and lent itself well to being shown in this way.

Cambridge Open Windows 2020

While I was looking forward to returning to the Artists Marquee at Burwash Manor 2020 had other plans. Instead the lovely creative types that make up Cambridge Open Studios have come together to create Cambridge Open Windows instead.

During each weekend in July I and many COS (and non-COS!) artists and crafters will be putting up work to be glimpsed by passers by. You can find out more at https://www.camopenstudios.co.uk/open-windows

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Print editions for COS 2019

I’m working hard getting ready for my COS weekend at Burwash Manor next weekend where I’ll be showing my abstract paintings alongside the lino prints I’ve been working on. I love learning new techniques and am really happy with how the final editions have come out. I don’t have access to a press so they are all hand burnished, and I’ve married the fixed quality of the lino print with painterly backgrounds which make every print unique.

New lino prints

It’s always good to try something new. Having attended a lino printing workshop by the fantastic printmaker Nina Sage I’ve fallen in love with the process so will be developing some prints to show at Burwash Manor on 27th and 28th of July alongside my paintings. I’m still at the test print stage but am encouraged by the results so far.

Whereas my paintings (often influenced by the natural world) are usually abstract I’m enjoying sticking with representational images while mastering the printing techniques. The prints also allow me to use my preparatory drawings and observations in a new way.

Using the processes and materials to evoke/capture movement in a print through mark making, as in any medium, is very satisfying.

COS 2019

I’m looking forward to taking part in Cambridge Open Studios again, this year at fantastic Burwash Manor on the 27th and 28th of July. This will be a new venue for me and I’m delighted to be exhibiting alongside other artists at such a great location with the farm, fantastic shops and Art Hound gallery also on site, which will make it a great day out for anyone coming to see the exhibition.

I’m working on some new ideas to show at COS in July at which I’ll be showing paintings and hopefully some lino prints too. I’m 130 in the guide and you can also download the COS app which is brilliant for navigating your way to the artists and makers you most want to see, whether by location or discipline.

Art festival buzz

There was a lovely buzz about the towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester during the festival over the weekend and it was great to meet so many local people with an interest in art and crafts.

My work was displayed in the assembly room at Huntingdon Town Hall alongside permanent work by the likes of Gainsborough! I enjoyed the juxtaposition of old and new.

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