Hadleigh Old Fire Station is home to 16 artists and 4 Community groups. During our Open Studios weekend (October 5th/6th) artist's workspaces are open to the public. It is an opportunity to see artists at work, view the work on display in their studios and to talk to them about their work.
A selection of my paintings can be seen at Cameo Boutique. Cameo Boutique is situated in the High Street, just a few minutes walk from the Fire Station, and offers a range of stylish clothes for special occaisions. I am grateful for the enthusiasm I have recieved from owner Trudy Dove, and look forward to working with her and her staff.
Alan Hockett and I will also be presenting work in the window of Stibbards. In total 50 artists, filmakers, poets and photographers will be taking part in various venues and businesses throughout Hadleigh. The Art Trail runs for the week from Friday 4th October - Sunday 13th October 2013.
Visit www.hofs.org.uk/events for all the infomation on events. Be sure to come along and join the fun!
On an early September morning the mist gathers, silently creeping, rolling over the sands without as much as a sound, while the tide remains ambivalent whether to follow.
Lookng for random marks and striking moments there are more than just footrprints to be discovered today - a castaway shoe resting on the tideline is accompanied by a blackened tube of who knows what. This solid black matches the dense black tar poured between the stones od the sea wall.
An imposing wall of stone gives it's all to hold back determined tides. The creeping nature of this dark mass is reminiscent of Cornelia Parkers latest work - casts of the empty spaces between Londons paving slabs. This wall of stone offers it's own intriguing shapes.
Meanwhile my preoccupation with blue holes momentarily gives way to empty holes, hollowed in wood which are accompanied by an ever increasing green carpet of weed. Weathered and worn by the constant wash of tides etching ever deeper lines in these solid old breakers.
Despite the breakers presence the hungry tide continues to eat away the stone, bit by bit. It is not content to be so confined. Scouring, scratching small holes revealing bare bones. It seems nothing can resist this constant harranguing and nibbling, as the ground continues to dissolve from under my feet.
And then I am completely engulfed by the morning mist, a reminder that the season is changing.
I am presently showing some work with colleagues from Artbookart at Chelmsford Library. It is a mixed show with a variety of artists books. We were delighted with the success in Norwich with the Summer Read Book Art Competition, and both my entry and Gwen Simpsons is on view here. Karen Apps has included her "Fifty Shades of Grey" which was featured on the One Show earlier in the year. Also included is work from Lola and Louise Swain, as well as several pieces by Sally Chinea. The work remains on show until the end of September.
Sally's embroidered sketchbook, and Poster for our next Book Fair in March 2014
Gwen's Mumbai Slum Dwelling, in response to Kathrine Boos novel Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Several pieces of Karen's work
Lola's sketchbooks with traditional hand marbled paper covers.
Louise Swain's Dream journal.
Here you will find a gathering of thoughts, notes, and images which inform my work. A "virtual sketchbook" of projects and ideas as they evolve.