Studio Space

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As part of my degree I applied for a residency at Krowji Studio’s, Redruth. It was run as a competition for my year group and im over the moon to say i will be moving into a space in Spetember for a year! Three of my other friends; Jo, Cat and Tina also won and I’m looking forward to the next journey with them- well done ladies!

This opportunity is fantastic, I am hoping to be involved with Open Studios in December and next year.

In the meantime I have updated my website with my work, applying for art competitions and getting involved with art fairs. I have also started working at the school of painting as an employee after having volunteered there for 2 years!

More updates coming soon!

Sloop Show 2015

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Recently the Sloop Inn exhibition, St Ives, has been re curated with lots of new artwork on display until this December.

The above work ‘Winter to Spring’ (framed) is exhibited and for sale.

It is likely that i will not curate future Sloop exhibitions but if my work is featured again for sale here then it will be mentioned through my blog.

If you would like to purchase this please contact the Sloop Inn 01736 796584 or contact me at stephcroydon@hotmail.com

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Final Work- end of year show

I have been late sharing the end of year show as i have been busy taking my work straight to a second exhibition; the pop up shop in Camborne.

When i was given my empty exhibition space it felt huge and daunting, then i realised it wasnt big enough! However i was really happy with the display and the end of year show was great. I had some great feedback in person and by email.

My work was mixed media painting and textiles. My exhibition statement read:

My work is inspired by the quote ‘to make visual how the world touches us’ (Merleau-Ponty, 1993).

The connection I have with my surroundings is an important element in my interdisciplinary practice; in particular nature helps me to clarify my thoughts, having a calming and meditative effect on myself. This is then continued further in the process of making and interpreting my experiences.

Using melancholy, nostalgia, feelings and thoughts explored through places used as self-reflection and contemplation. I use the process of walking and being aware of and responding to my surroundings, recording my emotional response and observations.

In the studio I begin to translate these thoughts into my own aesthetic language using textiles, print, paint and stitch to develop 2D and 3D pieces of art.

Here is the work i can finally share, if you would like to know more you can email me stephcroydon@hotmail.com or come into the pop up shop. More images of my work will be available on my website soon and exhibited at the Trereife Design fair in August!

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Pop Up Art Shop, Camborne

University has finished and the end of year show/exhibition is over! A few of us have moved our final work to an empty shop in Trelowarren Street, Camborne. We are exhibiting for 2 weeks, 10-4pm.

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Although we are mostly promoting the creative courses on offer by Cornwall College, the exhibition is being supervised by the students whose work is shown (including myself). This is a good chance to hear from the students what its like to study a creative course, the varying work produced and the experiences and opportunities available.

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Leaving Uni…

I cant believe i leave university this week! I started blogging 4 years ago as i was starting my Access to HE course, it has gone so quickly. During that time my children have started school, i passed my driving test, had some great work experience, several exhibitions and trips to London.

I have recently updated my blog page and edited my website so they both have consistency in design layout as well as editing the art i have on display.

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I am hoping to launch another website soon where you can buy my original art and prints. I currently have work for sale in St Ives. I am waiting to hear if i have won a residency at Krowji, the opportunity to have a studio there will really help me to launch myself as a professional.

The final exhibition at college is this Friday 12th June and i will continue to post any upcoming events and news i am taking part in!

Painting For Sale

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I recently became a member of Penwith Gallery in St Ives and i submitted my painting; ‘Wilderness’, for the associate member exhibition. I was really pleased that it was accepted and is now on display until 22nd June (I think).

The painting is also available for sale.

There is a lot of other work on display from other local artists and is worth visiting.

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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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.