As I sit here preparing for a night in with a lovely drink and not much else to do for the weekend I realise I’m feeling really wonderful. I’m typing this post to be scheduled for 1st August 2020 and everything feels rather sweet. I’ve two new works available as Stand Yur Ground Neutralize Nepotism Today! and You’re Strong Be Warned which I finished in July 2020.
I create two new works each month and these have developed on from previous projects. My art practice works this way. I create at least two new finished works is the result of this method. As I have to create two works and not one new work I engage with my processes and techniques differently. If I were to create just one work then I might dither, fuss about, get distracted etc. and so because I have to create two works together I gain a difference level of momentum which generates better foundations for the works that follow the month after. As well as this aspect to my routine art practice I develop long term projects. It feels fantastic after all the trouble shooting I’ve had to do to get into the routine of creating finished works that I can ground the rest of what I’m doing on.
Then after months of gorgeous sunny weather, a true emblem of the winter months, a rainbow formed outside my window. God they’re stunning. They’re so vibrant and they illuminate in a way that I can barely understand. It’s like they’re radiating coloured energy. They look powerful to me. Whilst the #Coronabolona pandemic was droning on I actually did a little bit of personal investigation for the sake of my art practice. I’ve been fascinated with rainbows for years as you can see here in an older Album. It was great I simply looked at how rainbows seemed to be forming from my understanding compared with what I know in a scientific sense and these were the results.
Of course I’m also fascinated with nature and so organic materials like flowers for example are a study focus. Flowers display colours and are perceived differently by different animals which is because of the way light behaves. I often study inorganic materials as well which have formed naturally on earth. I took a quick stroll through the park on the way home and manged to snap these today.
Finally if you have time I would love it if you could have a look at my #lifestyleblog which is called The Labour Is The Maker and let me know what you think. Its title is based on a poem I wrote in February 2019 just before I moved home. I write the blog on a personal basis because I’ve received so much help from the work of others in managing my life in both its ups and downs. I found that information for free and I wanted to do the same for others but I simply wasn’t in a position to do so. That’s how I am by nature. I’m really quite annoying with the advantage point tit bits for getting on in life. Maybe it’s my background.
Printing by hand allows me to connect with the images I create on a personal level whilst exploring all their different applications. I love painting on canvas although my current studio doesn’t allow for much of it, so printing at a smaller scale provides room for experimentation and exploration of meaning. I’ve experimented with print on demand and often the results are fantastic but having studied fashion and textiles I can’t get away from wanting to make items myself. A combination of the two on the different platforms that exist is how I approach this.
Since 2010 I’ve experimented with my art making almost daily, unsure of where it’s taking me. I knew that I had to return to older ideas but invention is always pushing an artist forward- to try new things. I receive ideas everyday and knowing which ones to pursue is half the challenge. Card making is fantastic, like working on hand size canvasses. I can try different effects and there is something lovely about the card. Working on items for my Folksy Store has brought lots of older ideas to the fore to be revisted. I looked at decay and organic during my education. I think that alchemy and a love of nature inspires me to look at the less pleasing side of being alive, the opposites of the pretty and the beautiful, and still I find them so interesting.
This particular block print was tricky to get right and I had to redesign the fly a few times, but purple turned out to be the perfect colour. I must try green and blue. These cards will be on my Folksy store shortly. I will be creating some ‘how to’ posts on printing methods in the next few weeks. Please follow my blog to stay updated.
My love of nature began when I was a little girl. Walks through Bute Park in Cardiff, summers spent in my grandmother’s garden, nature books and an affinity with science inspired a love of flowers, birds, wild life, seasons and the earth itself.
I remember creating illustrations of birds of prey in primary school, focusing on their amazing talons, and diagrams about climate change. In high school I did the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We went camping and navigated using maps. It was my first experience of sleeping under the stars and out in nature.
It wasn’t until I studied fashion and textiles fulltime by doing a BTEC National Diploma that I felt able to fully express my love of nature, and by then it had become a kind of personal faith expressing the divine. I hand printed birds, embroidered leaves, quilted flowers, and reveled in having the time and the resources to focus on this aspect of living.
I was a young woman then and as I’ve matured there have been many occasions when I have perceived the same divine quality in the natural world, yet capturing it has proven more and more difficult.
I was in hospital roughly a year ago, and in the hospital garden I found a pink rose growing in the middle of winter. It gave me hope and strength when I felt weak and uncertain. I drew a sketch in felt tip, hoping not to forget it. I would sit and watch the birds that visited the garden and pick up rubbish from the bushes, so that they would have a clean environment.
My love of the natural world feels overwhelming at times. I feel unable to capture nature in the way that I used to, but it’s always there, supporting me. Everyone has the opportunity to have a relationship with nature and I would encourage it.