Open Studios and Krowji

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I have been volunteering again for Cornwall’s Open Studio’s at Krowji in Redruth. Open studio’s is when artists literally open their studio doors, inviting in the public to purchase work and find out more about the maker. If you cannot make it to this Open Studio’s (which finishes this Sunday), there is another in early December. Krowji is the Cornish word for shed or workshop.

 HERE is the website with a downloadable list of artists taking part.

Krowji has an exciting new building to expand on the number of studios currently offered. The new building was officially opened on saturday but the artist will not move in until mid June, you can still register your interest in a space.

I have  been lucky not to just have a tour of the new spaces but to also apply for a year long  residency in  one of them following the end of my degree!

I have had some time to wander around the studio’s and see some of my friends work as well as  see other makers I am less familiar with. Today I managed to take a few photo’s…Click on the artists name to see more work.

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Bethany Robinson

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Lou Johns

End of year summer show

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The end of University is looming but will finish on a high with the Arts and Media Summer Show at Cornwall College, Camborne. I havent shared much work as everything i have been producing will be shown in the show. My work will be on the second floor of Proctor building.

Above is a tiny section of a bigger piece, all my work is centred around the landscape and the quote ‘to make visual how the world touches us’ (Merleau-Ponty, 1993). After the show i will post more images.

The Private View is 12th June, all are welcome! The show will continue the week afterwards.

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New Sketchbook, New Work

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It’s great to get creating again after writing my dissertation! With spring and the sunshine making an appearance my work has reflected this. I found monochrome really reflected my proposal and i did well from this but as i continue to look at the landscape, my work must change with it.

I have done a few sketchbook ideas this week, i have started to include some partially concealed text reflecting personal thoughts, some of these are still ideas/works in progress. If you are interested in more of my works in progress, please follow me on Instagram (link is top right).

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Upcoming Exhibition

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An upcoming exhibition of Cornwall College students, including myself, at Helston Museum.

As we are all nearing the end of our academic year we all agreed on the title Almost There.

The two week exhibition features work for sale and is free entry, it will also be featured in the local press.

London & #thinktoomuchart

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My sticker on a street…somewhere!

Recently i went to London for a few days with friends from uni, we visited the V&A, Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Marsden Woo Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery and lots of other little places.

I loved Richard Serra’s work, it was huge! I wont bore you with my little ‘holiday snaps’ but there are a few over on my instagram page.

Before i went to London i had some stickers made with my art on them. The idea came after a little photo discussion with my friend Betty at uni. i came up with the hash tag #thinktoomuchart with the hope that people will see my stickers around and use the hash tag if they took a photo of it.

So i spammed London as much as i could…i even left my portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, yes i’m a bit smug about that haha (some stickers were left as ‘free to take’ and not stuck down)

I will be getting some new designs printed soon!

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My sticker in the Gagosian

Last Creative Module- Inspiration

I have just started my last creative module for university, this work will then be exhibited at the end of the academic year. This work will be a continuation of my previous module looking at comfort, discomfort and the landscape, the finished pieces can be seen here and here.

Today i have been looking at some artists i have admired for a long time and some recently discovered, i recommend looking at Ross Loveday’s paintings as well as prints. All artists names are linked to their websites. All are very different but have a nature/landscape element to them, click to view larger.

Inspiration:

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Carolyn Saxby 

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Cas Holmes

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Gizella K Warburton

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Debbie Lyddon

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Ross Loveday

Mixed Media on Wood

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Whilst making some felt images relating to the landscape for my last module, i decided to cut up some of the pieces i made. i wanted to try some wood supports for mixed media work. I began experimenting with wool, wire, paper, paint and photos and these are some of the results:

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Spinning and Felting

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As a textile artist i have learnt how to make felted images using pre-dyed and carded wool, soft and clean and ready to use. I had the chance to learn how to spin wool and didn’t realise that this is still a process used by some people. I didn’t use a traditional spinning wheel I used a whorl (above) and they’re very easy to pop into your bag so you can spin on the bus or train etc. my teacher was very good and made it look really easy. Despite it being very relaxing i found it quite hard to get the hang of, none of my spun wool had any sort of uniformity to it and looks pretty rubbish!

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I was hoping to use some of my spun wool in my work but i gave up and went back to felting. However, in my felt pieces i did use factory waste wool which i used to build layers of tone. Here is one of the images i made from  a painted thumbnail in my sketchbook of my local woods:

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Felted wool, Jute, Stitch

Graduation!

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This post is long overdue but i finally graduated from my FdA Contemporary Creative Practice! When I started this blog i was doing the Access course in preparation for the degree, the time has passed so quickly. In six months time i shall be finishing the BA Hons!

Graduation was at Truro Cathedral and it was great to catch up with those who had left the course at the end of June. We had some fun making a video on the day too, something we didn’t have a clue we would be doing! Well done to everyone!

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