Friday, 31 March 2017

Step one in something new

Started something a bit different this month in keeping with the making-use-of-existing-stuff-policy in force at home. Took a canvas and covered it in a heap of what was nearly binned paint. Mainly a process yellow acrylic.

I'm going to work up from here adding texture and collage to see where it takes me. Haven't quite got rid of the canvas texture, so there's a lot to add, but hoping to keep the the yellow glowing through in a sunshine-y positive fashion.

Where it goes. No one yet knows. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

City of Culture

Daniel and I had a little adventure into Hull at the weekend, primarily to see the monumental wind turbine blade residing in Queen Victoria Square.. but we also perused a couple of artsy sites including Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery where I found the following delights.

Georgie by Arthur Gaskin (above) and Study of a Young Woman by Thomas Cooper Gotch (below), both of which got me wanting to place bold colours next to elaborate patterns on paper..

In contrast, I also enjoyed this mellowed yin yang avocado painting by Helen Bradshaw from within the open exhibition..

And last but not least, these underfoot floor panels with their pressure shifting ink were addictive..

Monday, 30 January 2017


I made a chinchilla and I love it. It's soft, misshapen and all the colours of my mood. Thanks to Abel and Cole for the delicious flecked grey thread.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Sparkly Production Line

This year's Christmas cardlets have been influenced by my quest to lovingly rehome and/or productively use up the contents of mum's home.. 

Take one sewing machine, lots of sequins, some glittery thread and an old unused sketchbook. Here's a pile of results.. 

#thankyoumum #sequins #happy #merry #christmas 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Thought Bubble

I went to the 10th Leeds Comic Art Festival last weekend. This was a fairly spontaneous decision, on the background of a teeny bonfire related hangover.. But it did my eyes good, and like last time, I was impressed with the breadth and quality of exhibitors. 
Highlights this year include Maria Stoian,

.. Emmeline Pidgen who illustrated both the cover of the festival guide and this delightful chap..

.. Emily Rose and particularly her four days in Budapest Zine..

4 Days in Budapest Zine

Fox Pattern

.. and Anja Urhen.

My total favourite find was WarwickJC, from whom I acquired the following excellent dinosaur themed ice cream van.


Monday, 31 October 2016

TAnDem Conference

I went along to the 1st TAnDem Conference at the end of last month because I've been interested in arts and dementia for some time, trying to use my creative skills alongside those of caring to improve wellbeing
This was a varied and refreshingly accessible day - Examples of creative activity were shared.. existing doctoral projects were presented.. ideas, challenges and funding streams were considered for future research.. 
The breadth of people and organisations represented was properly inspiring. It really reinforced that the world of arts and dementia are coming together with some momentum.  There are inevitable challenges in co-production as a result of the gap between theory and practice, or the different approaches of researchers and creative practitioners.. but as with all healthcare interventions, robust evidence is needed to justify funding. 

This got me pondering again on the idea of actually doing some research.. And then today I spent a joyful afternoon at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in a creative group for people with dementia where the benefits were thoroughly apparent.

Maybe it's time to write a research proposal..?

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Moving life drawing

After a tumultuous few months, I'm back and staying put (for a bit) in Leeds. And so, in keeping with my way to feel grounded in a new (old) place, I'm on the hunt for a life-drawing class. Tried to go to one last night but epic-failed as it required advance booking.. and I didn't. I forgot that we're so bound to rules and systems in the UK! However, in a lovely twist of fate, this resulted in Daniel agreeing to be my half hour muse instead. And here's the result, complete with overlay as the pose slipped, much to Daniel's denial.