10 Dec 2010

Mexican Bird

I didn't buy so much when I was in Mexico, but I did by this chap from the flea market, I just couldn't resist and it was only 50 pesos (about £2.50).  I am getting him framed up along with my other bird prints and start a wall of birds, not that I am obsessed or anything!

7 Dec 2010


I recently went to this lovely pop up shop Settle, its open until 7 December (should have blogged about this earlier).  I discovered the work of Helen Minns there.

Here are some cards I bought from her. I love her use of texture, pattern and colour and she uses birds, so what's not to like!

5 Dec 2010

Sketch books

I was tidying out one of my cupboards recently and came across some old sketch books. 

They were from my last year at college.  Looking at them takes me straight back to that time, they are very raw and full of passion and energy and very full of angst. I'm not sure how I found the time to be so full of angst, it must have been very tiring. 

I do like the sense of freedom within the sketch books, it makes me want to get my paint brushes and glue out and make some collages.  I'll post them when I have had a chance to do some, it will be interesting to compare them with the pieces I used to make.

28 Nov 2010

Artists who inspire me - louise Bourgeois

I went to see the Louise Bourgeois fabric drawing exhibition at the new Hauser and Wirth space in London.  If you have an opportunity to go, do it, it was the most inspiring show that I have seen in a long time, the works were so beautiful.  The works were made between 2002 - 2008, I hope that I am able to be so creative at that time in my life, to still have the hunger to make work and to continue to experiment.

The pieces are all untitled.  You can find further information on the Hauser & Wirth  website (the images come from there).  There is also a book that is definitely on my Christmas wish list.

25 Nov 2010

Mexican Inspiration 2

I guess I have a thing about markets as the 2 places I got most excited about whilst in Mexico where the flea market, see previous post, and La Merced (the main market in Mexico City).  It was a warren of a place easy to get lost in, I could have spent hours there just wandering soaking in the atmosphere.

21 Nov 2010

Mexican Inspiration

Its been a long time coming but I am finally getting round to a blog post.

My trip to Mexico was amazing (though feels like an age ago now).  Here are some photos I took at the flea market.  The way stall holders arranged their goods was so beautiful and must have taken some time, it seemed a shame to buy something and spoil the arrangement.

You can see more of my Mexican pictures here.

21 Oct 2010

How to install a very large piece of work

I was recently asked to make a very large bird installation for a client.  The frame was 270cm x 140cm, the biggest frame I've ever worked with.  It presented quite a few difficulties but as you will see from the finished results it looks amazing. 

Jayhawk, who are specialist art movers got the work in the house and installed it.  It was amazing to watch them go about their work.  It took 4 of them to get the work in.  The piece had to go in by the first floor window as it was too big to go up the stairs. They used a truck with a moving platform raised to its highest height and a ladder on top.  Which sounds a bit haphazard but was very effective.


here it comes

nearly there...

still a bit more to go

its in
 For some reason I didn't take any pictures of the hanging process, but here is the piece up. 
the finished installation