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Coming back to sculpture

For months and months, maybe even over the entire pandemic and lockdowns I’d been on-off thinking in a very low-key way about sculpture. Nothing deep or important, just that sort of mind-wandering stuff. Like a little thing tugging at my sleeve from time to time saying “I’m right HERE! Pay attention!” For a while I …

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Alder Cone Ink

As New Year began with days colder and shorter, our Covid restrictions and curfew, a full house and a very significant change in our circumstances looming, I didn’t know where to start with getting back into a studio routine. A bit like that feeling when you’re staring into the fridge when you’re hungry but you …

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New Year Manifesto

Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you? – Elizabeth Gilbert | Big Magic This year, I want to commit fully to my art. I will invest time, energy and love into creating artworks, sharing the process, the highs and lows along my journey, and offering my work …

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Lockdown 2.0

Another lockdown, another book! This tiny book is the same as the one I made for 40 Rabbits. Made from vintage French school book pages, homemade gesso and covered with a failed painting. I set myself the boundaries of drawing one thing from my day, and only allowing black and white. The medium didn’t matter …

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Curiosité

During lockdown I retreated back into my regular comforting, therapeutic small sketchbook routine. I actually completed 4 little books during that time, because making little books to process and express an experience is what I know best (and that doesn’t include the one I made during the run of the Concertina Retreat!) You can see …

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Le Miel

‘Le Miel’ is the most recent recycled old book/sketchbook I’ve completed.I bought the book in a charity shop just after the end of confinement here in France. It’s a sweet little letterpress book from 1963 about the history and benefits of honey, along with recipes for eating, remedies and beauty. As I’m vegan I though …

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La mare au diable

On the May 27, 2019 I started drawing in La Mare au Diable (The Devil’s Pool) by George Sand I’d picked up a couple of days previously for 50 cents in the charity shop. The book may have been ugly but it was at least a hardcover, and I liked the texture, colour, size and …

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Plant magic

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you” – Frank Lloyd Wright One of the best things about the Concertina Retreat was the swapping of ideas, the inspiration and encouragement we all gave and received. One day we were prompted by the theme of ‘Botanical’ and images of ecoprints appeared …

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