Back in the studio this week I have had to put aside drawing for a while to get organised for an exhibition coming up in May. This one is going to be entirely about cyanotypes created from my collections of doilies, tablecloths and clothing. I really feel like I am getting somewhere with it already (I think it might be because this project has been in my head for a long time and needed to get out!)
Well this week at Canford School has flown by! Its been a privilege to spend time in such beautiful surroundings and engage with students about their work. Lovely to have an opportunity to spend time drawing one can never get enough of that! These are the three drawings I managed to get finished during the time.
I have enjoyed drawing so much over the last few weeks its been quite hard to pull myself away from it as I’ve got other commitments this week away from the studio. The marks and materials have been totally absorbing and overall its become about the process and layers more than anything else. Next I think there maybe a series of smaller abstracts that are just about process and layering. For now some bits and bobs from recent drawings.
I will be showing some of my India drawings for the next six weeks in Sheffield upstairs in The Tramshed. It is my favourite bar and they have regular exhibitions showcasing artists from Sheffield so I couldn’t refuse the offer to show some drawings!
I love this word.
It encapsulates so much about how I think and work. It is the Japanese concept of giving respect and reverence for the marks of experience and age that create beautiful patina’s and clues to histories and past stories an embracing of the damaged and imperfect. These images from India fit that aesthetic perfectly.