Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Things have been a bit quiet on the creative side for a while, apart from some creative packing of boxes.  I'm preparing to move house and so some things just have to be put on one side for a while.

I heard on Saturday that my application to Arts Council England for funding for a residency project I'm planning for next year was not successful.  I was initially very upset, gutted in fact:  a lot of time, energy and hope goes into such things.  However, I'm growing more philosophical about it.  I had some really good feedback, so I know that my application ticked all their boxes but that there just isn't enough money to go around.  Although they recognise that this is a crucial stage in an artist's career, and that funding can give an almighty boost, I understand that it is also quite a gamble to give funding to a recent graduate.   I am reminded that many artists take years of applying before they actually get anywhere with this kind of funding.  I'm determined not to put the project in the bin yet, I have avenues still to explore and plans may have to be altered to make it all happen.

Meanwhile, I made a return visit to Runswick Bay, almost exactly a year after my first visit there.  The weather was calm and grey (after a starry, starry night) when I first stepped on to the beach with the light changing rapidly, coming and going through racing clouds.  Further along the beach the wind suddenly seemed to swing round and strengthen so that the tops of the waves were blown back out to sea and sand was blown in great fuzzy swathes up the beach.

Things were mostly in grey-scale, or in black and white when the light was strong: high contrast with reflections on water of land in black and sky in bright white.

The grey-scale was occasionally interrupted by gaudy scraps of washed up plastic or the brightly coloured boats that sit about the place.

The chance to get away to somewhere different for a few hours was welcome.  To be by the sea is always a rejuvenating experience; to be out in the air and the wind and get so cold that it takes hours to feel warm again; to drink it all in - the light, weather, the constantly changing shapes and patterns of the water and sand.  I was reminded of how much remains un-resolved from my last visit here.  So much of my work and thinking is coastal at the moment and it looks like it will remain that way for some time yet...

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

open house

I spent a lovely weekend sitting at 6 Harrowby Road (hosted by the lovely Joanna) with my work and the work of various other artists adorning the walls. I met some lovely people, had some really interesting conversations and feedback about my work... and drank lots of coffee and ate lots of cake!

I do think that showing art in domestic settings can work really well.  There is a relaxed-ness that you will never get in a gallery, and people get to see how something might look in their own home.  Of course there is a certain amount of nosiness in being able to wonder round other people's houses, and that is part of the attraction of an arts trail like this for many people.  I took some stitching to do on the second day and have to admit that it felt very luxurious to sit on a comfy sofa all day, stitching and having pleasant conversations... back to the rest of life now!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

this weekend

The Headingley arts trail is this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 4pm.  You can down load a brochure from here now or collect one at your first venue. See you there!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

small things

This week I've finished off pieces to submit to this and this. 

I'll have to wait and see whether they're selected or not

Friday, 4 November 2011


I collected some work from the framer today, ready to take to the Headingley Arts Trail next week.  I'm really pleased with how they've come out.  

I've framed some of the thick felt pieces that were part of my degree final work.  They originally made up one large work with 25 separate squares arranged together.  Now, in their own box frames they have become separate works.

I didn't want them to be behind glass, so they just have a simple wooden frame with space between the subtly painted wood and the felt so that you can see the depth of the felt.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how they will look on the walls of 6 Harrowby Road....

Thursday, 3 November 2011

headingley arts trail

 I will be exhibiting work at the Headingley Arts Trail the weekend after next.  I'll be at venue 9, which is at 6 Harrowby Road.  See the website for more info.  I hope to be there most of the weekend so do come and say hi!