Who says it doesn't get hot here in England? We are currently wilting our way through a record-breaking heatwave. That hasn't stopped me from all manner of making that involves heat: paper burning, hot blown glass, and welding.
While summer weather may not actually arrive here in England this year, there's plenty of daylight for long hours in the studio this time of year. Good thing, since there are lots of exciting things underway.
I have been out of the studio for much of May, taking a breather before the summer push to prepare for my MFA degree show in September. Nonetheless, I managed to slip a few projects into the mix this month.
The easterly winds from Siberia have finally stopped blowing here and sweet Spring is for real, it seems. All the more reason to embrace good things happening in the studio, including new work and a minor studio accident!
March roared in with a heavy workload and travel-wrecking winds, but that didn't thwart efforts to finish and ship eighteen pieces of original artwork, introduce a new series, and participate in a one-week residency in Germany. Read on for all the details. "Out like a lamb" feels elusive but I'm optimistic!
Introducing Stitch, a new series that celebrates the beauty of stitching into paper. As with my Playing With Fire series, this work will explore form, line, texture, and pattern using simple materials that transform in surprising ways.
If you can believe it, the light is already rising here in the UK with afternoons growing a tiny bit longer each day before it gets dark. I am always heartened by this, even in gloomy February. It reminds me that Spring is coming with the darkest days behind us.
Which was the theme for my installation at last month'sBlue Monday exhibition at 44AD Gallery in Bath, shown above.
In the meantime, things are humming in the studio where we're working on 15 pieces for three separate projects that all will be finished before it's officially Spring next month. For a peek behind the scenes and more, read on!
Where did the year go? Blink and it's over. That's how this year felt to me at least. My Word of the Year has been abundance in all its forms: time, ideas, opportunities, success, well-being, friendship, and love.
It's been a packed October with lots happening with on all fronts, including two exhibitions, new art sales and rentals, a new term at school, and Affordable Art Fair Battersea London. Plus I managed to squeeze in a quick trip to the US to see loved ones!
This month I have been collaborating with artist Angel Greenham at Trowbridge Arts Center as part of her summer residency in The Cells. We spent last week immersed in this fascinating space, creating unexpected interventions with found objects, juxtaposed materials, motion, and light.
Life comes full circle sometimes, doesn't it? At the age of 19, I spent my Junior Year Abroad studying in Montpellier, France. Decades later, I am once again an international student at the Bath School of Art & Design's MA Fine Art program.
When I decided to pursue my MFA last year, I knew there would be times like this past month when I would just have to power through a pile of work and competing deadlines. Between client commissions and major projects due for school all at once, it was a bit of a manic May.
In early April, a large order of Hand-Embellished Prints left the studio to make their way overseas for framing and then final installation in their new home. While I can't yet reveal who this project is for, below are more behind-the-scenes shots of the work in progress.
With a string of non-stop projects to kick off the year, I have been relying heavily on a core set of trusted tools and materials to keep things moving with minimal hitches. It's only through years of trial and error that a few of my favorite things have come to be.
The Phoenician Resort is an iconic luxury retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona. A massive multi-phased renovation has been underway, including a new three-story spa that opens this month. I'm so pleased that four of my pieces will soon be gracing the walls of this gorgeous property.
This coming Wednesday evening and most of Thursday, the 6th-7th November, we're having Open Studios for my MA Fine Art program at Bath Spa University. There's all kinds of interesting things happening in our studios - if you have a moment, pop in! I'd love to see you there. Details below.