Wednesday, 27 March 2013

New VALA Art Center

This is the wonderful new VALA art center space in Redmond town center.  I'm there every Friday stewarding the gallery & creating work in the cosy studio nook...
I have some exciting plans to deliver community projects with VALA this year so long as we can find funding!  It's great to be affiliated with such a vibrant and forward thinking organisation which is fast becoming a linchpin in the local community. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013


It's been another week of paperwork.....I've spent most of the last two weeks applying for grants, responding to call outs & writing project proposals.  If even a couple of them materialise then I'll be a happy girl!  One good thing about all these applications is I've really had to think hard about my practise & define exactly what it is I do.  It's made me think honestly about my strengths & weaknesses and what my true aspirations are.  To help me I've been following an online course by creativity coach Mark McGuinness called Creative Pathfinder which I've found incredibly powerful and it's free!  Definitely recommend it.
I've finished a couple more stitched paper collages based on the collographs I did a couple of weeks ago....
....yes it's me fishing in my kayak!
I'm using alot of glitter and sparkle, not sure why, I've resisted it for years thinking it was too 'crafty' but I'm in a kind of 'just go for it girl' mood at the moment and anyway if it's good enough for Fiona Rae....!  I'd like to do some much larger pieces like this, I really enjoy stitching on paper, but I free machine on top of the collaged pieces so I'm restricted by the arm size of my domestic machine.  Oh well, small is good!

Thursday, 7 March 2013


I'm working on a small series based upon collographs made from 'found' items from the shores of the lakes.  The prints although really textural are a little subdued in colour and some are just too dark for my taste so I'm playing with added collage and stitch.  They remind me of what might be glimpsed under the surface of a lake, the hazy shape of a fish or rock, or perhaps what might be reflected on the water. 
What joy this week to see birds returning to the garden, this little fellow and friends were dancing on the garden fence this morning ....

...a welcome sign of Spring!
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