Thanks for joining me!
I’d like to tell you a little about myself and what I do. I was a graphic designer and photographer for nearly 20 years whilst I lived in the UK. I ran my own business: it was hectic, stressful, but I loved it. Then, circumstances changed, and I was ready for a change so I moved to France. It was a random act in some ways: I gave it no thought, just did it.
That was in 2004, now here we are some 15 years later and I don’t regret a single thing. Don’t get me wrong, I had support, I wasn’t alone. For that I am eternally grateful, as without the support of my parents this move would not have been possible.
In the last 15 years I have migrated from graphic designer to mixed media artist. Here in France I’m an” artiste-plasticienne” (plastic artist!). That means I work with all kinds of mediums and don’t fit in to any specific box. If I was a painter, and that’s all I did then I’d be an “artiste-peintre”. So although the word plasticienne doesn’t sound very natural, or even healthy, it is apparently what I now am. But plastic and my art really don’t go hand in hand.
Since 2009, when I discovered the works of Arcabas, I have been hooked on using natural and recuperated materials as much as I can in my art. I’m not 100% eco yet, but getting there. I’ve learnt how to make many of my art materials from natural products. For instance, I grind coloured soils found both locally and further afield in to fine pigments. Sometimes I buy pigments too, as there are some amazing natural colours on the market. I have made natural glues for my collages. I found a way to make charcoal sticks from the vine and willow in my garden.
Then I started making paper. It’s so much fun, and every year from spring to autumn I raid my garden for materials. I’ve made vegetable papyrus from all sorts of vegetables such as cucumber and courgettes and made the more traditional style paper but using leaks, carrot tops, onion and garlic stalks.
I got into making 3D pieces using recuperated electrical wire, which once the plastic is stripped off leaves you with pure copper wire. More recently I have learnt how to make natural prints from plants. Now this has really got me excited. I plan to do lots more of that when the spring comes.
As you can probably tell, I like to play and experiment. But I feel that this year I need to settle down a bit and create a body of work that pulls all of these things together in a cohesive collection that finally looks like it’s just one person’s work, not that of several different personalities! That’s my resolution for 2019. So this, my first proper blog, will help me to focus on this resolution and allow me to share with you my continuing creative journey. No doubt I’ll still get sidetracked along the way with new experiments … that’s just the way I am. I never want to stop learning, and I love to share too, so what better place than here.
Thank you for reading this and I hope I will be a good blogger and remember to post regularly!!