i am always intrigued by what motivates artists and makers to start working; what made Joan Eardley paint en plein air, where do the curves and lines of a Barbara Hepworth sculpture come from and why did Grayson Perry take Alan Measles around Bavaria?
although i graduated eighteen months ago, i’m still developing my creative process; exploring what i want to make, trying out new ways of working, and being continually inspired by the many things i’m attracted to. Furthermore, there are challenges of balancing all of these things with the needs of health, family, home, finances, customers, suppliers, outlets, trends and what i actually want to make. practice makes perfect, as they say, so with this in mind i set myself a new challenge for 2012 => to develop a new body of work that encompasses all of my passions and to see what happens!
taking inspiration from what is around me, i reviewed all the ceramics and drawings i’ve made over the past few years and began to focus on things i felt really proud of especially where i felt i’d communicated my passions clearly.
three aspects of my practice came into focus:
- my attraction to everyday things
- my love of walking and the way i record these adventures and
- my passion for making in a variety of materials including clay, fibre and wood.
a key point in my transformation from student into maker came with the series ‘a weed is a plant’ that i exhibited in my final year at Glasgow School of Art. in this project i felt that i’d clearly communicated something of myself on a number of levels as well as sparking thoughts, releasing stories and cherished memories in those engaging with my work. other than being paid for what you do what more could a maker ask for.
over the next few weeks i hope to share some of the background to the inspiration, development and making of this new body of work and how i get on.
it is certainly going to be an exciting time. I’m currently exhibiting some of this work at Touched by Scotland, Oyne, 3rd March – 1st June 2012 and I have been invited to exhibit in the COAST 2012 ‘Show your Hand’ exhibition 25th – 27th May 2012.
***Hot off the press*** – I have been invited to exhibition (my biggest to date) at Gallery Heinzel Contemporary Art, Aberdeen – 28th April – 2nd June 2012. wish me luck, i’m off to the workshop!