I am very excited to say that I will be taking part in “creative redemption” at The Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester. As their site says,
“This is a moving exhibition by artists all of whom, in their own way, have benefitted from the restorative powers of their personal creative process. In the honesty of revealing the wounded condition, powerfully sensitive works of art have been born; beautiful in their own right, but also serving to offer empathy, encouragement and hope.
With refreshing honesty, Helen Frost, Christine Habib, Nicola Hancock, Helio Teles and Julie Turner have revealed the wounded condition through their individual response, presenting a highly sensitive and powerful collection of works.”
Here is an example of each of their work:
The exhibition runs from – Tuesday – Sunday 10 – 4.30 and there is a “Meet the Artist” session with tea and cakes Saturday 2nd February 2 – 4 p.m. We hope to see you there!
On the last day, I made some more paper collages and then moved on to working with fabric. Caroline Bartlett was very helpful in experimenting and suggesting a way of using the screens to print images that were looser and more akin to drawing. This was more appealing to me and I returned to my group of chosen objects:
Working on a screen I used three different tools to draw these and came out with an image which I felt better suited my style of working:
I felt that this had possibilities although this version is a little too busy. I prefer the reverse – as is often the case!
So I will now write up my notes, process my photographs and take a little time to digest all that I have learned, but, in the meantime, a big thank you to Caroline and the rest of the group – many lessons learned by all!
Yesterday was the first of what I hope will be many – a study day supporting individual practice at West Dean College. I did not arriving knowing what I was going to do (unlike everyone else) but the word “respond” struck a chord and I decided to look at some of my found objects with that in mind. Below is a lovely bit of metal that I found on the shore near my home – I find it beautiful in its own right and would happily live with it framed on my wall but here is my response to it.
I used layers of acrylic ink and paint with wax resist to create a group of four:
A useful tip is to work on top of a good piece of paper – you create a series of loose and unintentional marks that might just look good:
The second found object was a piece of plastic found whilst walking along the harbourside at Bosham – on the back it reads “Discharge” and it was the top section of a plastic folder – something to do with copying I think. Anyway, whatever it is, I like it! Again I worked with layers and scratch marks to create a group of six small works which I was pleased with:
It was a first for me to work this small and I will do so again. I’d also like to try this really big … and on fabric ….
Who knew it would be such a palaver! I wanted to display two images – one showing my mixed media painting and the other to display my work using found objects. It was not too hard to choose a layout which suited this but choosing images that were a suitable size to fit the card and still allow the required text was a little more time consuming. Luckily my husband deals with such technological matters but it took him a good half a day to get it right!
The main image is a mixed media painting inspired by a visit to Birling Gap.
The reverse is “Crow” made from Chichester Harbour found objects. I think the two images compliment each other and give an impression of what I like to do.
The cards themselves are made from recycled T shirt fabric which I felt fitted well with my pledge to do my bit for the environment. Thanks to www.moo.com.