My January Collage Challenge

Art, Artist, Bristol, Drawing, Illustrator, Reflection

Time for a little self-promotion and to share with you my recent cutting project from January.

For everyday of January, I made a collage.

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Another photo post from me, Fiona.

I’m not sure whether this one is cheating within my series a tiny bit or not, as it doesn’t feel distinct to Bristol.

Back in September I did some of the Doors Open Day activities for the first time, despite living in Bristol for the large majority of my life.

Walking from Stoke Croft up to Bristol Museum was this door. This beautiful door!

I’m sure you will learn as time passes that I love textures, and that consequently means peeling paint and rust.

The weather has such a crazy impact on things, which I love.

The results can be devastating on a large scale, but beautiful on a small one.

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Ducks are just adorable

Art, Bristol, Photography

Everything’s been really busy with me at the moment, and I haven’t written for far too long.

In a recent Young Arnolfini meeting we were discussing our blog, and basically jazzing it up a bit.
We spoke about how we can improve it and what kinds of things we’d like to be posting on it.

We’ve recently acquired some lovely shiny new members, and with them come new ideas and we have an ever growing list of exciting things we’d like to do – which has been seriously exciting.

Back to the blog.

So yes, we discussed what kind of posts we’d like to be publishing here.

I take a lot of random photos on my travels in and around Bristol, and these are what I will be sharing with you.

I generally respond better to visual things than written, hence why I want to share some of my view points of Bristol with you, through photography.

The first is this beautiful graffiti duck, which I saw a little while ago walking back on an evening from a meeting at Spike.

It’s on the bridge between Arnolfini and MShed, if you want to take a look yourself.

I’d done the exact same walk more times than I can count before, but never noticed it. And that is what fascinated me.

As well as the fact that ducks are just adorable.

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More photos to come over the coming weeks; you lucky beans.

Fiona

An afternoon of balloon collaging!

Art, Artist, Bristol, Workshop

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to lead my very first workshop!

With 60 seven year olds from Waycroft Academy we created a beautiful array of hot air balloons for their own version of my Bristol collage.

The main way in which I work currently is with collage and cutting up textured papers to create my illustrations. After meeting with Jo Dennis, who is one of the year two teachers at Waycroft, we decided that creating their own version of my Bristol collage, see below, with each child making their own collage hot air balloons and buildings would create a fantastic display in their classroom. They had previously been doing collage work in some of their art lessons, and so my session came at a perfect time.

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The enthusiasm I got from some of the children was incredible! They made multiple balloons, and we used wax crayons and oil pastels rubbed over sandpaper to create a variety of interesting textures. The finished balloons are soon going to be mounted onto a blue display board along with the buildings they created.

After feeling a little nervous initially having 60 little faces focused just on me, their desire to learn and make took over and it was incredible. I felt proud of both myself come the end of the workshop, and all the children, as their creations are brilliant!

I have also been invited to lead the We Are Family Workshop at Arnolfini at the end of July, which I am feeling even more excited about now! That workshop will again hopefully involve a bit of collage, and will link in with The Promise, which is the summer exhibition beginning in July at Arnolfini. Watch this space for how my next workshop goes!!
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There’s something a little magical about train journeys

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There’s something a little magical about train journeys

You step on in one city and are easily (normally) transported to another. You’ve sat among handfuls of people who are essentially strangers, all travelling for different reasons, and that one thing that binds you together is that you have the desire to travel and see somewhere else.

One of my favourite bits of train track is along the south coast, through places like Teignmouth and Dawlish. You get to travel metres from the waters edge and it’s wonderful.

Being on a train makes me feel alive, and I often find it inspiring – inspiring me to go and get life, showing me how much more there is out there than I have seen so far.

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WSA Degree Show 2014

Art, Exhibition, University

Is is now nearly a year since I graduated with an illustration degree from Winchester School of Art, and last week I went back to Winchester for the first time since to see their degree show. I was really interested to see how it compared to ours when I was there, and to see what was the same and what changes they had made since last year. I was keen to find out how other students used the space and to see how they approached putting together this huge annual exhibition.

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The variety of work was as vast as I remember from my year, and hopefully that’s something you can see from my photographs below. I was slightly disappointed about the small amount of illustration work, I would’ve loved there to have been more, but I am a little biased!

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It felt weird but amazing to be back in the city and university where I spent three years of my life. I really made me want to go back! It also left me feeling really inspired and creative and ready to make new work.