My journey in print, design, pattern, colour and textiles has gathered both pace and new inspirations.
Building on a range of products and designs developed last year I have continued to expand my ‘maker’ skills and ideas, evolving the collection through learning new skills and techniques. Collaboration with other artists through courses and workshops has enabled me to grow both the knowledge and the confidence to push my own creative boundaries.
Since last Open Studios, printmaking sessions at Rabley Drawing Centre, have enabled me to explore my interest in mark making. Whilst immersed in the process of using a press and etching inks it has been hard to avoid a deeper interest in colour as well as marks. I’m looking forward to more discoveries with Rabley in their coming autumn and winter sessions and the ideas developed there are transferring well to screens for use in print here at Pink House Studio. Examples of the unique paper prints I have been developing will be available at O...
It has been a great start to 2019 and in unexpected ways too.
BBC Wiltshire got in touch a few weeks ago having seen my website and wanted to interview me about how I use social media to promote what I do.
“Who me…?” whilst looking to see who else might be around was my initial response.
I always feel as though there is so much more to know and so much more I could be doing to promote Pink House Studio, so I tentatively emailed to check they had actually really thought I’d make a good candidate. A phone conversation followed, and last Monday I went to BBC Wiltshire (with a couple of cushions for comfort!). There I met the producer, Roo, who introduced me to the presenters of ‘The Social’, Sue Kinnear and Tim Weeks. We had an off-air chat and then before I knew it the live interview was happening!
When you start up a new creative venture, it's easy to contemplate how anyone will ever discover what you are making and so by necessity, the trial and error process of getting your message out there begins, often with no budget and no clue! Participating in the world where creative ideas happen and lovely things get made, you soon discover how many very talented artists and makers there are, creating beautiful innovative work. So when someone discovers you quite by chance, it's a lovely surprise and a great encouragement. This gallery found me, they seemed to be a good fit and so deciding to exhibit with them followed. So from January to May, a small selection of my designs will be featured in their EBB + FLOW exhibition. I'll be updating the work from time to time too. Do take a look in @Arteriawithgallery23 if you are in the centre of Lancaster.
Pink House Studio is a hive of activity in the run up to Christmas, having a deadline to work to certainly focuses the mind. In the pipeline are some new designs and some new products. I will be showing at St. Francis Christmas Fair in Pewsey and Etsy Made Local at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester.
As and when I have some pics to show they'll be on Instagram in the meantime here's a video of me screen printing!
I'm excited to be able to announce that my printed products are now included in a new online marketplace called Handmade ONLINE, part of Handmade in Britain. The website was launched on 11th April 2018. @handmadeonline_ will feature my work alongside over 120 carefully selected designer-makers!
The last two years have been very busy and purposeful. It all began with Instagram and walks in the landscape with my phone camera primed and ready to capture the exciting vision of Spring emerging around me. It had already been a tough year with my father’s death and the need to support mum more. So in an extra effort to be around for her I booked myself onto a course in my old hometown and went off to stay with mum for a week. I prepared for the course in part using these images chopped up and refashioned in Instagram plus some drawing and working with cut and folded paper and set about immersing myself in the world of screen printing onto textiles.