So I’m thinking … all those promises that we made to ourselves last New Year – can we look back and think that we did what we said we would do?
Did you stick to your word ? Did you do things for a little while and then maybe you ‘diversified’ your plans ( I don’t like to say failed!) Did you do anything memorable that wasn’t planned? Did life throw you a big fat snowball in the face that you had to deal with… and despite the odds you’re still here to tell the tale!
Looking back , What did you do in 2012 that was worth saying – “YES, I DID THAT” ?
Well here’s my reflective moment -
I said that I’d start doing some interviews with inspiring and creative people for the DappledSky site, I did that!
I said I’d do a creative share project – and in February I co-ordinated “Made to Exchange” on DappledSky, which was a challenge in some respects and rewarding in many other ways with international participants.
I said that I’d put my own creative plans into action and that I’d put my own creations into a fair or show of some kind. Well – I made some more of my characters, I wrote stories for them and I did some private commissions too. I dabbled in the local Pop-up Emporium, showcasing some of my brooches. Two of my characters were selected by Craftspace and MadeByHandOnline for the brilliant Unit Twelve Craft Open exhibition in November and I also showed my brooches and three figures at two great craft exhibitions locally in November and December. I didn’t sell any characters ( they are expensive) but I enjoyed making them and I’ve had more ideas on how to move them forward into other areas but I’d still like to get them into some galleries.
Here are some faces from DappledSky.com since it started …
On a more personal level…
My husband and I had a wonderful anniversary holiday and I’ll never forget being on the island of Simi, eating gorgeous food, sat next to crystal blue waters. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
I ended one full-time job and started a new part-time job – which came with the challenge of re-learning how you use Windows and other programmes I’d not touched for years.
I’ve met lots of new people and made new friends.
Not too bad! … I plan to keep this creative stone rolling for 2013 and see if it can gather some speed. I’ve been asked if I’d like to curate and exhibition and will start to discuss that in the new year. Next year I need to get the house sorted and get the studio room back into action. I want to make more leisure use of our camper van and have lots more fab homegrown holidays in the British summer sunshine …. now that plan might be a little more difficult to orchestrate!
Take a look around The Space a new digital platform for all sorts of art performative works, spoken word, visual arts, music, archiving and much more. Brought together by Arts Council England and the BBC, with the idea that for 6 months it will be a place where established and emergent digital artists will be able to show their work side by side. As the site fills up the space will become full.
You can click on each page to open in a separate window and then you can zoom in to make the text bigger if you need it .
So, grab a mug of coffee, a few biscuits and settle down for read. Hope you enjoy it.
Interview took place on Sunday 8th January 2012, a sunny but chilly winters day.
Hope that you liked reading all about Rachel and Paine. If you want to find out more about the projects mentioned in the article plus forthcoming exhibitions and places to buy their work, check out these links :
Saturday was a foggy cold grey day – the fireplace at home seemed very inviting! We decided to take a trip out to Unit Twelve at Tixall Heath Farm, near Stafford.
We get lost every time we go there – but that just adds to the adventure!
I wanted to have a browse around the current exhibition Jennifer Collier has put together called “The Ties That Bind”, which runs until 28th January 2012.
It showcases a series of arty aprons. All using various approaches, some are quite conceptual and others focus more on the embellishment techniques. The little descriptive cards inside the lovely little “Hanging Pockets” were worth reading, they gave us some insight to the makers process.
This was my favourite apron on display. Michelle Holmes “An Apron for Isabella Bird.”
Although beautiful in itself and with the intriging use of sunlight and photographic techniques to pattern the fabric, the back story written on the card added to the beauty. I adored the embroidered horse pictures and the colours, the rough style and delicate negative images, produced by sunlight. For a few moments I imagined the life of a lady explorer in the 1800′s venturing into America – and when I got home I found out more about Michelle’s muse - Isabella Bird
We loved the ceramics on display by Stoke on Trent based potter, Karen Shapley. Good suggestion for beautiful handmade Christmas gifts, if you are on the hunt fora special present.
“Entering through the metal gates of The Bradwell Works, into the yard of an old Victorian factory site, with dark brick workshops and crumbling woodwork, I can see faded paint metal staircase leading to Unit 2. The sky is very atmospheric, with the silhouettes of birds circling the steely-grey skies, screeching and searching for a morsel to scavenge. As I climb the fire escape I watch a bonfire burning beneath me, in a metal drum.
It’s like arriving into The Thunderdome.
Should I be worried about what lies behind the door of Unit 2. I slowly push it open … “
For the full write up of my adventure you can readthis article with more photos from my recent visit to the meet Cultural Sisters for a yummy lunch.
Cultural Sisters, carnival costume makers extraordinaire, arts and health creative gurus and downright nice folks.
Weather report – cold and bleak. Hospitality report – warm and tasty!