Monday, 25 February 2013
Today was our second day at Persistence studios talking about creative businesses. We had two more guest speakers and i particularly enjoyed hearing from Emilie Taylor. Emilie took the 'starting out' course 5 years ago and was able to form a plan with very clear ideas of where she wanted to get to and how she was going to go about doing it. Throughout she has maintained a job working with people who use drugs and alcohol and homeless people, this helped her to sustain her artistic practice and not only that but has lead her work in many respects. I liked how her work had this socially engaged element to it as well as creating work for herself. Below is an example of one of the projects she has carried out. Emilie worked with twenty residents from Phoenix Futures Residential Service to create large scale ceramic art works that depicted their individual experiences of drug use, dependency and recovery (see below)
She talked about the goals that she had set herself and what she had learnt along the way, i admired how she was able to stick by her values and beliefs, turning down work that didnt match up or coming to an arrangement that worked both ways.
I remember seeing her work recently in the Millennium Gallery's exhibition 'Force of Nature; picturing Ruskin's Landscape' (above)
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
These two drawings are both very long so it is hard to show them properly on here. I've taken small sections of both the Burbage snow drawing, Peak District, Yorkshire (above) and the Jurassic Coastline drawing, Dorset (below) At some point in the near future i will upload both whole drawings to my site.
Yesterday I went out to the Peak, wandering around Burbage in the snow. It was a nice day for drawing indeed, the landscape already looked as though it had been rendered in ink on a white page. I sat on a cold rock for what must have been hours, trying to capture the scene with my brushes. I like the idea of drawing the essential, how Chinese masters could illustrate the landscape with one or two strokes of the brush.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Yesterday was my first proper day in Sheffield. I started my course with Yorkshire Artspace which i enjoyed a lot. There were quite a few people there and it was nice to see such a variety of makers and artists in one room. We heard from a couple of speakers who came in to talk about their practice and we started to look at where we all individually wanted to be and realistic steps that we needed to get there. The wealth of knowledge shared by the people on the course is reason enough to go, one lady gave me two very useful contacts one of which was for a studio space. After the course had finished i rang up the number she gave me and went to look at the shared studio space he had available. It was super cheap and small but big enough for what i need it for. I got a really good feeling from the place and i was so excited i decided to take the space there and then :) I'll take some photos of the place when i get the chance and upload on here.
The day before yesterday I went to this exhibition in Millennium Gallery in Sheffield. I loved it! There was a really interesting mix of contemporary work to do with landscape and work from old landscape heavyweights such as J M W Turner.