I have never been drawn to digital drawing before as I like being unrestricted by a canvas size and I enjoy the messiness of the creative process. However, no access to the studios due to Covid has resulted in me bringing my messiness home, which with cream carpets isn’t a very good combination! When deciding on colour schemes I always mix lots of different colour variations until I find a combination I am happy with. To avoid the messiness, I thought I would try my partners iPad, so I downloaded the AdobeSketch app and started experimenting. It is such a good alternative – the process is quicker, you can make as many mistakes as you want and it is mess free!
I have put an image of my digital drawing alongside a process shot of me painting so you can see how the digital sketch translated onto the sculpture!
A collection of my newest hand painted ceramic tiles which are awaiting to be fired. They explore different glaze colour combinations and patterns! I am really excited to see how these will turn out. For those who aren’t familiar with the process, these tiles above are hand built and then left to dry completely before bisque firing (the first firing). The work is then ready to glaze. Unfired, the glazes look muted and pastel colours, however when they are fired for the second time, they turn rich and vibrant in colour. The transformation is truly amazing!
Keep a look out for when they have been fired and see how they change!
I recently was the guest artist for Art Cores Artist Takeover. I was given a 20 minute platform to talk about: my practice, the materials I work in, research, show some examples of my work, and answer any questions people may have. It was a great experience and surprisingly difficult in a sense that you aren’t talking to a person face to face! You can watch the full 20 minutes below! Enjoy!
The idea for Hetty’s Home Art was first sparked when Milton Keynes Arts for Health requested one of my drawings which is currently in an exhibition at Milton Keynes University Hospital, to print and handout to patients and staff. Hetty’s Home Art is a place where you can download free daily drawings and creative activities designed by myself and other artists. Colouring and creativity is thought to bring many benefits such as stress and anxiety relief, focusing on the present, achieving a meditative mind and most of all enables anyone to be creative, not just artists. With people currently having to stay home and possibly have a lot of spare time, I hope drawing will enable people to continue to be creative and provide a moment of fun distraction.
Full PDF versions are available on the website under Hetty’s Home Art!
I have been lucky enough to receive the Graduate Commission for the 2020 Atmosphere Festival which takes place every year in Worcester. The theme of the festival is “Love our World” and the commission required to be made as sustainably as possible. I decided to create artworks which were made from recycled wood as the amateur and old newspapers for the outer shell.
I did a lot of research into papermache as I haven’t used it before and even though I have had quite a few problems with surface finish, I finally managed to achieve the surface quality I was seeking. It is great making public sculptures for a city that is using art to make positive change! It has taken me approximately 4 weeks to get them to this stage! Just waiting for some materials to arrive and then I can fire proof and paint them!
Sculptures in the making
I had a great interview with David Edmund the festival Director at Severn Arts and to meet some of the team! This was made live on Facebook, the full interview can be watched below!
Since Covid-19 I have made a make-shift studio space/storage space at home where all my art supplies have been dumped and I have a small desk which I can glaze at, it’s not a very inspiring space but its better than nothing. With the weather being so nice I have been lucky enough to take projects outside where I can spread out and not be too worried about making a mess!
My ceramics practice has pretty much come to a stand still with having none of the equipment/facilities! its made me realise how lucky I am to have such easy access to them at Loughborough! I think I might order some clay so I can make some artworks ready to be fired when I get back to University, that way I am saving some of the making time that has been lost! I did make around 10 pots which need glazing so that is another 4 days work I can do at home!
I have found there has been lots of funding, opportunities, and marketing platforms made available to help keep artist communities going. I have found this really motivating and tried to involve myself in as much as I can. I have also started thinking about new approaches to my practice in terms of focusing on my 2D works and developing my collages!
This week I dedicated every day to practicing throwing. It was great to get really stuck in and focus solely on one thing! I have been learning a lot about the boundaries of the clay: how far I can push it until it collapses or how wet the clay can be when turning and shaving! I have also been experimenting with the form itself, creating different widths and movements of the shoulders, neck and lip. The image shows this weeks outcome, however this is only a fraction of the pots thrown, the rest didn’t make the cut! All the clay is recycled within the university so nothing that isn’t fired goes to waste!
This has been by far the busiest week since starting the ABF programme, with the fellowship review on Thursday, the CVAN takeover Monday – Saturday and lectures to the third year students…it has been non-stop! It was great to put the sculptures and paintings into a gallery setting and give the work space to be observed individually. The experience made me aware of how the ‘multiplicity’ aesthetic is incredibly poignant to my work as I felt due to the vastness of the space, there was an unwelcoming spareness within the installation set-up. It also really told a story of both how myself and Grace have developed over the last 6 months! For myself I feel I have really developed my ceramic process, skills and glaze knowledge, I hope the next 6 months brings lots more development!
The lecture to the third years went well! It felt quite strange talking about my own practice for half an hour, I had the worlds driest mouth by the end of it! We had a lot of positive feedback though and I will be giving the same lecture to the first years next week!
I was invited to take over CVAN’s Instagram this week. It was a great experience and enabled me to tap into a whole new audience for feedback and created the opportunity to connect with artists within my own region! If you haven’t already, head over and have a look at the wide variety of other talented artists which all have such varying practices.