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My Artistic Affirmations

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

As my year of funding with Arts Council England comes to a close, I wanted to share my artist's affirmations, what I hold true and what I aim to live by as a creative.

◦ I am rooted in place- responding to the environment, materials, and feelings a location gifts in my prints.

◦ I leave a mark without leaving too much of a mark – being as low-impact as possible.

◦ I use environmentally friendly materials, where I can. - responsibly sourced, local, sustainable

◦ I am playful & experimental, considering potential use, before discarding or collecting anything.

◦ I record the 'why' as well as the 'what' and ‘how’ as I create.

◦ I embrace nature's cycles, noting the unique details of seasonal shift.

◦ I create the art and space I want to inhabit in the world.

I'm an artist, a printmaker, inspired by the natural world around my rural home. My practice is rooted in an engagement with the ferns, pebbles, and botanical details that surround me.

As a printmaker, I strive to capture the ephemeral beauty of nature's cycles. I'm fascinated by the first unfurling of fern fronds in spring, floral blooms erupting with colour in summer, leaves turning burnt umber in autumn. Even decay has its own splendour.

My work depicts treasured woodland discoveries - weathered nests, stones sea tumbled smooth. I print delicate wildflowers using a labor-intensive process that renders each tiny detail. Beyond flora, my prints also explore quietly resonant scenes of barns illuminated, tales within .

I'm drawn to imperfect ceramics mended with kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted with powdered gold. The cracks are transformed into seams of precious metal, emphasising history and aesthetic value over perfection. My prints echo this ethos, finding beauty in impermanence.

As a printmaker inspired by the rural landscape, I strive to capture fleeting and precious moments of nature. My work celebrates the poetry in old barns, woodland artefacts, and even decay. I'm devoted to creating prints as layered and lovely as the rural world that surrounds me.

Do get in touch if you'd like to talk to me about my work or arrange a visit to my studio.

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