Photo taken by Suzy Sharpe
This years theme for City of Lights was expect the unexpected. Unfortunately i didn’t make it to the first meeting which was discussing what type of lantern to make but it was decided that a bird would be the lantern of choice. Last year we made the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.
I helped out when a lot of the work had already been done, not because im lazy but because the team leader Kym did a fantastic job on getting the lantern started when i was away doing my painting course in St Ives. Myself and fellow student Tina spent majority of a day piecing the neck together so it would articulate and interact with the crowd. Even though i was feeling quite poorly we got it finished, i didn’t want to let the team down.
We started of at Truro Highschool for Girls where the wind was ferocious and the hail decided to pelt the lanterns even further. I spent a good hour holding onto the birds leg whilst repairs were made and the neck and tail were attached as it had travelled to Truro in pieces in the back of a lorry. This was where we also got to see everyone elses lanterns, each one brilliantly made. I then carried the bird at the back between the body and its tail.
We ended the parade in the mud where the samba bands played on and it was just fantastic to listen to as the lantern went back into the lorry.
Despite the wind, rain, hail and cold the parade was such a buzz to be a part of and i hope to be involved next year, especially more with the making side which is always hard to juggle with study commitments.
To see more photos taken by my tutor Suzy click HERE
West Briton Gallery HERE
Ive been playing around with paint, viewfinders and abstraction for my current module, i was pretty pleased with my little experiments which you can see in THIS recent post. With some inspiration from Cas Holmes, i looked from a window and used the sewing machine to capture the view.
First i coloured my fabric with acrylic paint and worked from photos and another experimental stitch drawing. Then i used my viewfinder in the same way as before to abstract areas. It didnt work out so well and looked better as the original piece. However i did create a stitch/applique version of my first painting and abstracted it in the same way.
I had the pleasure of viewing new work from these lovely ladies yesterday who are exhibiting in St Ives. If you are in the area i really recommend popping in to the gallery where you can also meet the artists:
3rd – 16th November 2013
St. Ives Arts Club - Westcotts Quay/The Warren, St. Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2DY (opening hours 10.30 – 4.30)
I didnt realise that i walked past the exhibition on my way to and from work and what a lovely way to end the day before heading home. Carolyn is lovely and welcoming and is happy to talk about her pieces whilst also working on new ones.
At the last exhibition i attended i bought some beautiful art cards, one ive framed and the others are on the wall in my studio space. I bought a new one from this exhibition to add to my little collection of inspiration. There are also materials available to purchase as well as the art.
Here are a few photos i took whilst browsing, its a beautiful little gallery with gorgeous views! (click to enlarge)
I cant believe its been almost a month since i last blogged. I have been busy trying to get my head around my new module for Uni, working at a painting school and still doing my driving lessons but all is good.
For my new module I’m focusing on windows, light and colour…there’s a lot more to it but i wont go into detail.
Patrick Heron has been an inspiration for a while and some of his work ties into mine quite nicely as he often used windows in his work as well as being passionate about colour. I recently did a charcoal sketch of my bedroom window using a piece of Herons as inspiration, i then photocopied it a few times and using acrylic paint and various papers i then filled in between the spaces.
Photocopying the finished pieces altered the colours slightly which was a happy accident. Then using a homemade viewfinder, i placed it over sections of my photocopied pieces to create small abstractions.
Im really happy with the outcome of each of them, i have then recreated the pieces again using paint, taking it to another level and totally away from what i started off with.
As you may have read, i recently entered the Seasalt charity Christmas card competition. I received an email today to go to the Seasalt blog and view the winners.
Unfortunately i didn’t win, but congratulations to those that did, hopefully the competition will run again next year. I did feel mine wasn’t quite festive enough but i still love it as a piece of work. There is a photo of all the entries laid out and i can spot mine!
I started back at University again and already received my first module about evaluation and critical reflection of myself as a creative practitioner. I have been thinking a lot lately about what i may do after graduating which is scary but also intriguing.i still have been enjoying working as a studio assistant in St Ives and id like to continue with that for as long as possible.
I have just watched this program on BBC iplayer called What Do Artists Do All Day featuring Cornelia Parker, its really interesting and its only 30 minutes long. I didnt see the series when it was on so im not sure if the other episodes are available to watch. I think the most interesting thing is that no two days are the same and sometimes you dont know where your research and interest will take you.
I get my new studio space tomoro so keep your eyes peeled for photos of studio work coming soon!