Work over the last few weeks has involved two different projects - researching and getting a few ideas on paper for the next Studio 21 project 'Addressing Space' and starting my book for a pass the parcel type sketchbook swap with four artist friends. In order to avoid confusion (in my head!) I began the sketchbook with the same theme as for Studio 21. I am exploring my workspace and how I use it so my sketchbook is titled Workroom and I started filling the first of the allocated 4 pages with interpretations of my exploratory sketches.
An initial drawing for Addressing Space work
The other participants will continue with their take on my theme, working on new pages and also back into the sheets others have worked on. The idea is that each sketchbook will passed around the 5 artists twice.
A detail from a sketchbook swap page
It's an fascinating project and I have already sent my book off and received another created in an entirely different style to my own - so exciting! Can't wait for the 20th of the month when they are all posted on again, who knows what the postman will bring?
Yesterday both Prism's 'Fragility' at Hoxton Arches and TEN's Open Studio in Reigate came to an end. Thank you to everyone who visited. The next outing for the Prism show is at the RBSA gallery Birmingham in October. TEN will be at Denbies Winery Dorking Surrey next summer but there may be something before that - watch this space! In the meantime I'm in the middle of a huge studio spring clean, it hasn't been fully sorted since the move over 4 years ago - sadly a ruthless cull is required, need to make enough space to work. Shown below is a detail of 'Hidden Strength' - if you missed it at Hoxton then Birmingham will be it's next outing.
It's that time of year again! For the second year TEN will be exhibiting in Reigate. We set up today, it's looking fab and the vast majority is new work - what busy bees we've all been over the last year. I'll be demonstrating embedding fabrics in needlefelt on Saturday 1st June and will also be there on Sunday 2nd and Thursday 6th. Everyone welcome.