Viva Lewes

I had the slightly strange experience of thumbing through a magazine to find an interview with myself. Obviously I knew it would be there but still quite a weird experience!

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Last few days…

This week is super busy getting all the work finished off and packed up ready to go to Lewes next week. I am really looking forward to this trip, I’ve heard plenty of good things from a whole range of people especially about the charity and junk shops. More details shortly about where and when in case anyone is in the area.

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Project Refugee

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across this exhibition not having heard anything about it previously. I found it profoundly moving and thought provoking.

Apparently there are 65 million refugees in the world the same number as inhabitants of the UK. A Refugee shelter was brought over from Lebanon and built in the gallery space. The objects that you might expect to find in a shelter were cast in plaster and placed inside. Some objects were cast in bronze and my reading of them is that they are objects that are desirable but not available. At several points there were head phones to listen to stories from refugees about how their situation impacted on things like education, health, family and contraception amongst other things. A great deal of food for thought.

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Some lovely specimens

I popped into the Millenium Gallery yesterday to have a look at the current exhibitions and came across these delightful magic lantern slides. They were created in the late 1800’s by Henry Clifton Sorby and so far no one else has managed to master his technique for squashing and preserving specimens in this way. They are incredible! Such vivid colours and every tiny detail has been preserved. An utterly delightful collection.

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Big stuff today…

Well the weather was glorious today (as the weather app had promised) so having planned ahead and prepared some big sheets of paper I took full advantage and created some large cyanotype prints. This was the best of today’s experiments.

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The joys of cyanotype

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!)

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