Finally beating the creative block…first page of the book of anthologies for my final MA piece coming along nicely.
“My daughter has Flat Pig. A toy I was not fond of as it is visually lacking. She was given it when she was born. It is still loved very much and she is now 10 years old. Among all the cute teddies and other cuddlies for me it was an odd bond. However, now I love it too. Flat Pig still lacks for me any visual impact but as she loves it so much and when i look at it i see beyond the toy and can visualise her playing, cuddling, chatting to it. I will also confess Flat Pig has stood the test of time among all the toys we own. I have put him away to give cute teddy a chance and hope she bonds with my favourite bear among her bears. Only days later to be asked by a very worried face ‘ I can’t find Flat Pig’ and had I seen it. I can post his picture later too. He is currently being cuddled by her fast asleep arms.
When asked why he is so special I was simply told ‘ …because he is Flat Pig’. In a way that also said ‘…can’t believe you asked me that, can’t you see it!?’.”
‘My Flat Pig’
Originally the Artworks have been hand illustrated by me and coloured by adults and children during my Interactive Art workshops (which were held to raise funds for charities Breast Cancer Care & Beating Bowel Cancer).
I’ve spent several days cleaning up the images on photoshop, altering the contrast levels and cleaning the background of marks, but striving to keep the pictures as close to the originals as possible, showing both the precise intricate patterns onto the characters garments and the ‘outside the lines’ colouring and scribbles from the little ones who got involved….
These three will be produced as framed, A1 Giclee prints
So the last twelve months I’ve been updating lots on my Interactive Wallpaper Project, in which I’ve hand Illustrated a roll of wallpaper, taking it around London Galleries and Spaces including: Debut Contemporary, CGP Gallery and Free Space Gallery asking members of the public to colour in or paint the characters.
I’ve now set up a Just Giving Page in which people can name a character in honour a loved one or indeed themselves as a lasting tribute to everyone whose fought Cancer. In return for the donation I will name a character of you choice after that person, or for a donation of fifteen pounds I will Illustrate that person onto the wallpaper by hand.
The two completed rolls of wallpaper will be exhibited at a solo show at Free Space Gallery in February 2015.
I lost my dear Stepfather Tim to Bowel Cancer in 2009 and now want to put my creative energy into a project to help others and to honour Tim.
Read my story here and please do share and get involved x
As a child with my Mum and Tim
Thursday morning I held my second ‘Interactive Art Event’ at Free Space Gallery. The first workshop was held on a Thursday evening bringing in a viewers of the A41 project and the second on Thursday morning during surgery times (‘Free Space Gallery‘ is part of Kentish Town Health Centre). Thank you to all who came along, you really brought helped brig the wallpaper to life and a huge thank you to those who donated to Breast Cancer Care & Beating Bowel Cancer.
Friday was my last ‘Stress Busting Colouring workshop’ at CGP Gallery, In which I have run six workshops altogether (one every Friday during the school Summer holiday period).
I created a new roll of Interactive Wallpaper for these workshops in which families have been dropping into the gallery to add their mark to……..What a wonderful few weeks it has been! the development has been mapped onto the wallpaper as it’s grown, becoming brighter, flamboyant and even chaotic in places….I LOVE IT!
Please keep an eye out as I have been discussing some exciting fundraising plans with the people at Beating Bowel Cancer this wallpaper is just the start.
I’d also like to say a huge Thank you to all of the adults and children who came along and contributed to the wallpaper, you really have brought it to life!
A finished series: ‘Vintage Dolls’ … simply back to the source of my muse…the Doll!
Now for scanning and framing!
Acrylic, emulsion, gesso, ink and collage on paper.
It’s been a week packed with research and drawings, with a trip to the Museum of Childhood on Tuesday, Pollocks Toy Museum on Wednesday, The Corner shop on Thursday and a trip to the Geoffrye Museum on Saturday.
The Vintage Dolls are developing FAST….a trip to the Geoffrey museum to look at wallpapers and decor filled me with inspiration, sketching the wallpaper patterns from the late 1700 ‘s and early 18oo’s started making me think about how the pattern could be re-used in a contemporary context.
I found my ideas changed and developed rapidly as I worked; my love for print and Surface Pattern were evoked……and new processes discovered:
Masking tape cut into shapes reminiscent of vintage wallpaper and arranged onto image
background painted over
Once paint is dried masking tape resist is peeled away leaving a white pattern
Decided to use a bit of collage………….