IMAA Warehouse Residency 6

DSCF6864When we started the residency we asked ourselves three qustions..

What have I made? What do I plan to make? What kind of artist do I want to be?

I brought in the dress hanging on the gibbet coathanger that I made for Part 1 of my City and Guilds in Embroidery years ago, as this is what I consider to be the first piece of art rather than decoration I ever made. It’s the first thing I tried to make to invoke a feeling, a feeling of discomfort in this case. Based on the design sheet you can just see in the background of the picture, with the title “The media”, it was based around two articles from Marie Claire magazines, one about children at war and one about baby beauty queens.

I’ve now brought my talkie walkie doll into the studio, still in the bag she has been living in the loft in. I was going to take her out of the bag, but at the moment the bag is symbolic of protection, and somehow the doll is getting muddled with the little boy on the beach from my previous post, who just looked like a doll…

I’m in a real muddle creatively about what is going on here, but I suppose that is what a residency is all about?

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Print and mixed media with the Broadwalk over 50’s Art Group

broadwalk collage 2P1000066Have just finished working with the Broadwalk over 50’s art group. A lovely group who meet every Friday afternoon to make art. I have worked with them before and was delighted when they took up my suggestion to try print and mixed media. We started with collage and then basic print techniques using polystyrene, and then using our own artwork as inspiration we mixed them! Some found it quite frustrating to start with, but by the end everyone created something they liked.Broadwal collage 5Broadwalk collage printing