Sunday, 2 February 2014

...and the sun came out...albeit briefly!

...what a lovely sight to see this morning...the sunshine!..
....I know I'm not alone, but I didn't realise how much it effects  my mood and outlook on life, but... to be honest, like a lot of places, the last two months have been sooo dark and miserable in terms of weather January has been and gone in a blurr of indecision's and soul searching!
Living on the east coast, if its not the sound of the rain on the windows that drown out the sounds of the birds - seagulls!...its the roar of the sea...it must be loud as we are 5 minutes walk away! Hubby, Kevin  went to Bridlington yesterday and took some photos of the magnificent waves...would you believe these photos were taken within half an hour of each other...ok one is a long exposure (ND) but hey, shows how the tide can turn...and we have been fortunate, after seeing some footage of the waves in Cornwall...these are only small in comparison!


 I eventually delivered my assemblage boxes to Artlink, I was really impressed with the venue, and the people were lovely and really helpful. ...

Preview: Friday 7th February 2014. 6pm - 8pm 
exhibition: 8th February - 15th March

Artlink have brought together some very exciting national artists working in unusual ways to create its very own curiosity shop housed in a cube inside the gallery.
The show will exhibit the works of the following artists, whom are local, regional and national, Claire Moynihan, Michael Kusz, Josie Beszant, Martin Huxter, Jo Smith, Janilaine Mainprize, Danielle Stubbs, Nicky Dillerstone, Anna Bean and SarahPennington. These artists have a wide variety of techniques and skills from feltmaking, photography, metal work, ceramic sculpture, textile art, painting and found object collage.









I'm looking forward to the preview on Friday and meeting up with some of the other artists exhibiting there....

"Under construction" (see below) is based on the plans to save our coastline, the blue plans reflecting our coastline...


There was one other I almost sent but I had some probles with the glass front...so it will have to wait until my next exhibition at easter......as you can see, it still needs some work...the letter holding the glass is from 1939
...and it starts ..."I am writing"...the letter was quite sad, someone asking to meet her father, after years of trying...hence why there's a lot of blue...when I'm totally happy with it I'll post some more photos...



 ...it's late so I'll sign off now...I'll try and blog again soon, I've got some news on the exhibition front I want to share...its a bit of a random blog, but I really need to get back into my routine of Sunday blogging...
So,  time to read a chapter of "The Peacock Emporium" by Jojo Moyes, a birthday book from hubby before I turn in..
...night ...










Sunday, 5 January 2014

Art@41 : ...looking forward...

Art@41 : ...looking forward...: "New horizons?!" (quick snap while out with hubby during the festive season) ....well to do that I should say,  looking back ...

...looking forward...

"New horizons?!"
(quick snap while out with hubby during the festive season)
....well to do that I should say,  looking back 2013 was definitely a year of challenges and changes!...(I seem to notice this was a pattern from many so I know I'm not alone!) which is why I'm looking forward to 2014 for many reasons!...

...a new day, a new month or a new year brings new opportunities...staying positive and seeing projects through to the end is something that takes patience, determination and .....to some creativity!....mine appears to have taken to hibernating over the festive period, which isn't such a bad thing as we all need a break...but I have a deadline of the 20th January for 5 assemblage boxes going to an exhibition in Hull!

I have to admit I have laughed and enjoyed "building" at my latest piece....while making space for more of my collectible ephemera...I came across an old wooden construction set I'd acquired...so after musing over some ideas "under construction" is my next piece...I just need to find some old building plans and hopefully it will be ready in time.
"under construction" next to "Key finds"
These dark months have been made bearable by working in my studio most evenings...I'd never have thought 5 years ago, I'd have a fantastic purpose built studio in my garden...I just love it!.. hubby has moved his photographic studio in with me....which is OK actually....he provides much humour, tea and biscuits!...

....and my lovely and very unexpected Christmas gift from my son has been installed and already been in use...

...I've tidied up a bit...like you do!...
...so I can make more mess...but it is constructive!
I recently had a small stall alongside an exhibition at Woodend Gallery, Scarborough called "Make it slow"...this was one of my favourite pieces "White flow" by Fenella Elms..it was absolutely fantastic...the exhibition wanted to introduce new audiences to contemporary art with unusual and progressive crafts. (lovely write up in Jan/feb Crafts magazine pg 66) it doesn't finish until the 31st January so still time yet to visit....
Fenella Elms "White flow" - porcelain

Something else I attended with my friend Helen Birmingham was the much anticipated "Art party conference" held at the Spa in Scarborough mid November....
...the event was organised and hosted by Bob and Roberta Smith...
 (& I believe funded by the arts council)
it was definitely different, a bit staged in parts as it was predominantly the backdrop for a film funded by the arts council...but non the less, it got folk talking about arts with in the education system...I was chuffed I got to see Cornelia Parker talk about her childhood memories amongst others...and I loved Karen Thompson's "Goveshy"take on the whole event...

Janet White...installation
images made in response to Mr Gove
by students at the school I work at.


...just a few pictures to show off the event! it should be interesting to see the finished film...as I have already felt the effects of Mr Goves take on the arts within education ( reduced art taught in schools meant redundancy from art/textile post a few years ago) I hope it makes a few important ripples that could lead to art being taken more seriously and better  represented within our schools.



A long overdue blog and a few images to hopefully keep you interested in what I have been doing...my creative hibernation is about to finish as the festive season comes to a close....
I look forward to sharing new works, events, visits and much, much more over the coming year.

Thanks for following and continuing to read my blog.... 
Happy new year, take care & I'll be back again soon


Sunday, 3 November 2013

...quietly plodding on!

......long time ...no blog!...no excuse really apart from I've gotten out of my routine and my Sunday reflective blogs seemed to, as they say "appear lacking some what!"
It's embarrassing to admit that my last blog about my work was mid August!...
(shaking my head in shame!)
...since then I have done two exhibitions and not even mentioned them at all! whats going on?!

Well, as I work full time now I seem to disappear off into my studio on an evening and weekends (especially Sunday mornings!) and guard my creative time ferociously!... thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
I so wanted to be able to work full time.... as an artist! but, sadly needs must & so I am no longer my own boss through the day...hey ho at least the job I do doesn't have homework or overtime and is regular hours and as its in a school I also get holidays and weekends off...the school, staff and kids are good too...so I can't really complain there...it's just when I'm there I think of all the art I could be making in my studio! (don't tell the Headteacher!)
 ...I've been working now for half a term & I've now got into a routine and allocated hours for work v's creativity... so now all I have to do is crack on and stop experimenting...I feel that I never actually have anything to physically show....well....lots of disasters...and I have to confess I'm getting quite good at them too!

But on a positive note
...recent events...
...Staithes Art and Heritage festival...
...was.....fantastic!....both Hubby and I took part alongside another 125'ish artists...the whole event from the organisation to visitors (and lots of customers) even the weather even in our favour...was just superb and thoroughly enjoyable! 
If you don't know about it, the whole event is organised by a voluntary group (hats off to them as it's put together exceptionally well!) we were allocated a holiday cottage to exhibit our work in, the owners also stayed the weekend as they wanted to experience the event too. There were pop-up cafes and the whole place was alive and heaving with activity, the atmosphere was buzzing and everyone seemed in great spirits. Every possible space from holiday cottage to gunnel and snicket  hosted artist venues...
 ...this was the view out of our cottage we were exhibiting in, even that was a piece of art in my eyes!


...and this is where we stayed over the weekend...Guisboro Hall...quite luxurious but it was part of hubby's 50th birthday celebrations....(sometimes needs must!)
sorry to say I didn't really take many photos and we were genuinely busy from 10 - 6pm every day so note to self, make the time to take a few photos of the event next time!
...and also...

I'd been approached by the Yorkshire Post to do an article on my Studio a while ago....they interviewed me not long after it was built...and then I never heard anything!....so it was strange to be confronted by yourself whilst reading the paper in September!...
...next there was...
4:Perspectives
......Four artists, four unique perspectives of the sea and everything it beholds.

we, that is me, hubby Kevin Mainprize, Jane Sullivan and Ryan Chadwick have just finished a quick "pop-up" exhibition at Yorkshire Wolds Gallery, it was OK....different clientele and I like the fact that as a gallery it has a cafe tied to it...not for me but for visitors who wouldn't normally visit a gallery but ventured in as it was offering refreshments...you know what I mean!






I managed to read a novel - "Mockingbird" (about a young girl with Aspergers who is looking for closure), enjoy the new Craft magazine - and read about the new "slow art" exhibition that starts at Woodend Gallery on 15th November, do some doodles, make 12 book innards and capture a few ideas in my sketchbook whilst on duty...as well as catch up with a friend I hadn't seen for years...sweet!

....and finally...
a bit of de-construction (or destruction!) in the name of creativity!...
from a broken tea chest and a bit of help from my jig saw....
...to some new lasercut pebbles! (on the right!)
...in the pipeline (so to speak!)
...I'm currently finishing off some work for an exhibition for Hull University called "A graduates tale"thats on over the christmas months... then I'm taking part in the "Not on the high street" art & craft fair nestled nicely at Woodend gallery during the "Slow art" exhibition on Friday evening 29th November & Saturday 30th November through the day...along with the christmas orders that are starting to come in...so no excuse and no time for slacking!

Hope all's good with you all, thanks for reading and hopefully back again a bit sooner next time,
bye


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Art@41 : Cynosure..... a book by Kevin Mainprize.

Art@41 : Cynosure..... a book by Kevin Mainprize.: Hi Everyone, I just thought that I would keep you informed about a book my husband, Kevin, has published. Cynosure and Cynosure... the d...

Cynosure..... a book by Kevin Mainprize.

Hi Everyone, 

Sorry I've not been blogging for a while, what with a new job, a month of celebrating hubby's 50th birthday and things, I seem to have struggled to put brain in gear and fingers to keyboard!...

...anyway...

...I just thought that I would keep you informed about a book my husband, Kevin, has just published. It was something he had set out to achieve this year and its great to see that plans (coupled with hard work and determination) can become reality.

Cynosure and Cynosure... the diminutive are fine art photography books, each similar apart from size. Cynosure is a detailed book while Cynosure....the diminutive is more pocket sized....not only is it great to be able offer different hard and soft back editions of varying size but he also listened to what others said in terms of making the book accessible in terms of price...
In these books he has used a photographic technique called neutral density. The selected images reveal parts of the East Coast of Yorkshire in long exposure and square format.... just follow the link below for more details, go on take a peek!


Here are a couple of teasers.....enjoy & thanks for looking....


                                                                        Escape pod.

                                                                     Rising from the mist.


you can also follow him on facebook...

hopefully back blogging in the next few weeks, take care....bye









Monday, 26 August 2013

...6 weeks of messing!

....as in getting covered on starch, glue, varnish and Avalon! and I still haven't cracked it!...I'm still in awe as to how when I go to exhibitions I see such wonderful textile sculptures that look effortlessly made and hold their shape obediently....yet mine seem to look clumsy, begin to squash and then eventually...'nuff said!

I have managed to produce a couple of cairns but I have't achieved what I set out to do yet...so it's still a working progress...I just thought I'd share and maybe get some feedback on what you all think...

As you can see I've had to use a cheeky metal rod to keep them from toppling over, It doesn't have to there but I actually don't mind the man-made support!


I'm determined to make thread and cloth pebbles....I've been researching and experimenting but as yet nothing is holding its shape so they can't join the cairns yet!

I can't believe that I have been faffing about, on & off for almost 6 weeks...trying different techniques and to be honest they look worse now than they did at the beginning!









...I'll preserver and you never know, the penny might just drop...I've revisted  looking at artists such as Do Ho Suh, I saw his work at the Frieze a few years ago and was blown away by it...

















...and I also found this artist who uses paper and  string called
nithikul nimkulrat the work reminds me of Juan Plensa but using softer more pliable materials, less harsh...
I have tried to photograph the cairns in their glass domes...but I need some more blackout material...anyway you get the general idea and when I'm happy with everything I'll photograph them properly....but for now...

anyway, its late, I just thought I'd show you what I've been doing....as promised!

...Night