Monday, 30 May 2011

At the Private View - Byard Art, Cambridge, May 2011

A couple of pictures from the Private View at Byard Art. A wall of paper cuts and me with a very cheesy grin and some of my work in the window too. Its always a thrill to see my work up and out in the world.

Capturing Cambridge exhibition - montage of details

Here is a little mini - montage of parts of the pieces I am exhibiting at Byard Art. Do go along and have a look - the exhibition runs from May 28th - June 14th 2011. And you can always tell me what you think of my work and the work thats on show through my website...CLICK HERE

"Capturing Cambridge" exhibition Byard Art - Private View

It was the Private View at Byard Art for the start of the "Capturing Cambridge" exhibition of contemporary artists interpretations of the city of Cambridge. The other artists apart from myself are - Eleanor Curtis, Gareth Hacon,Elisabeth Lecourt, Beckie Reed, David Rhys Jones, Kevin Safe, Helaina Sharpley and Claire Turner.
Jewellery by Cambridge designers Lottie Farman and Rosy Gournaris.

For the show I have made en of my strongest pieces yet. Strong in their composition but also Ihave included elemnts that have more meaning than just using virgin paper and making a picture of a building. I have included myself and my husband as figures in the cut below. We honeymooned in Cambridge and have lovely memories from then. In other works there are two phone boxes together symbolic of a couple and in another the map I have used to drive to Cambridge all the years was used as the ground in front of Kings College Chapel.

"Love and the Round Church"

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Dipping into stories again...

After doing lots of architectural cuts very recently - I am soon to put the new pieces on my site - I thought I would do some work just based on an imagined narrative. I love Nursery Rhymes and stories of the sea. I made a drawing of a woman and a fish when I was at college, over twenty years ago and its an image that stuck in my mnd. I reworked it a few years ago and have revisited it again in this drawing. She is a wistful creature. Talking to the fish she is tapping into the wisdom of nature and trying to find her place within it. She is trying to open herself to new sights and sounds and places.

As part of the drawing there are words too:

Tell me little fish.
Talk to me of times past and times to come.
Tell me of new adventures and new horizons,
I want to see the world.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

How could I resist...

....taking a picture of these two sight - the gravestone of a "needy artisan" and the toys sat tidily in St. Mary's church in Saffron Walden.

Pargeting and medieval Saffron Walden

Trip to Saffron Walden, Pargeting and beautiful buildings....

Some of the buildings in Saffron Walden - some medieval loveliness...

Trip to the Fry Art Gallery and Saffron Walden

More pictures of the trip to Saffron Walden...

Saffron Walden and a trip to The Fry Art Gallery

Just last week we went to visit the Fry Art Gallery at Saffron Walden. I have known of its existence for a while, but weirdly, as its only 50 minute drive from me, I hadnt ever been. The Fry Art Gallery is tiny but filled with mid 20th century gems by Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious amongst others. Its a gallery of such Englishness. Cool muted colours and strong design flows through the word exhibited. At the moment there is an exhibition of the watercolours of Eric Ravilious. I have know his wood engravings for some time, but never seen the watercolours in the flesh.. And boy! they are wonderful. Restrained, muted and simply gorgeous. They have such a stillness to them.

The gallery itself is run by a set of trustees and voluntees were there on the day to man the sales of poastcards and books. Unlike the staff at Charleston, who had a haughty air of just about allowing the public in to see such hallowed ground of the Bloomsbury set - the men at the desk at the Fry were charming and slightly of the 1940's. Gentile, polite and friendly and clearly in love with the work on the walls. It was so lovely. I soaked it all up.

After staying for about an hour, we headed to the nearby park and maze, then a walk round the town to see the buildings, buy a drink and have a meander. Its a lovely little town Saffron Walden. We didnt see it all by any means. It has some beautiful architecture and reminds me heavily of a mini Salisbury - so I felt very much at home. Plonk a big cathedral in the middle and it would have been spookily so like home!