‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ – Lao Tzu
Apologies for the blogging silence, it has been an incredibly busy time over the past couple of months; there was an intense surge in written work needing to be completed including my dissertation, as well as finalising everything for my part in the degree show.
The run up to the degree show was filled with the slightly chaotic hustle and bustle of everyone in various groups on different days building the exhibition space itself, we then had to prepare and paint our own boards, I was lucky, mine wasn’t in too bad a condition.
Every step of the way has been a rich learning curve, including the preparation and hanging the exhibition. So many details needing to be attended to, tricks learned to make life easier and needing to have ones brain fully engaged!
I was incredibly happy with my space, it was in a great position in the room and really showed my work off well. The opening day of the show was exciting and nerve wrecking, busy and the sun beamed through the roof windows making it very hot!! A fantastic day though, people were genuinely interested in my cyanotypes and the process behind them.
Around 200 business cards were taken in the first day, mainly due to the fact that I had done about 8 or so different designs, so multiples were being taken at one time; another learning curve 😉 Very flattering though I guess.
Thanks to all those who managed to make the show!
After the excitement and adrenaline fuelled build up to the show opening, came the final assessment! It was a very positive one indeed, with talk of the possibility of doing an MA… main advice that stood out was to try not to lose the momentum that I had created; I am just about getting back into that place now. Really does feel like I am at the beginning of a very exciting path indeed creatively, thanks to the past three years!
Now the dust has settled somewhat, I am preparing my application to do the MA part time from September this year. Watch this space…
Recently took a visit to an open day at GS Artists Studio in Swansea to check out (fellow Aberystwyth School of Art Alumni) Sarah Poland’s fantastic work from her recent residency. So glad I took the trip down, well worth it! Such a lovely lady who has created some beautiful and very inspirational work. The way she juxtaposed her black and white photography with her paintings was just brilliant! I also loved the fact that she has used ink made from oak trees from her local woodland; gall ink, something I will be investigating further to perhaps incorporate into my own work. It was really interesting to see such large pieces of work, definitely makes an impact. Sarah was intrigued by my cyanotype work, we even discussed a possible skills swap!
In other news; I have been busily creating catnip chaos in the Kaotic Kittus studio getting my funky foraged finery ready for this years Wool and Willow Festival in Llanidloes. The festival is a celebration of all things woolly and willowy. Around 25 exhibitors, free entry, open 7 days a week from 10.30-4.30. Hope you can make it… Llanidloes is a lovely little town, very quirky and alternative, full of history and has a great whole-food cafe!
So, what is next?
My MA application is now well underway, been creating lots of artwork for the Oriel Seren Gallery in Machynlleth as well as for an upcoming two day event with The Bay Gallery and friends at the Bandstand in Aberystwyth this month (please check out my events page). I am also making lots of woolly Kittus stock for The Wool and Willow Festival… plus waiting for the sun to come out so I can do some more cyanotypes too?! Lots to do, and think about… 🙂