Looking for Composition in the Swedish landscape.

The coast line that we visited in Sweden was beautiful and despite having a gruesome cold (serves me right for singing and dancing in the rain) I did get out and walk around, getting ferries across to small islands and seeking out interesting compositions to photograph. There is a simplicity to Swedish (Nordic?) architecture that…

MMT – Pt5 – Final Piece – Self Assessment

Before I become totally absorbed in Ideas & Processes I suppose I should finish off MMT. My off the top of my head thoughts are: The samples I’ve produced are better than I like to admit I take too long to recognise an idea that needs developing I’ve enjoyed the course more than I thought…

OCA – Developmental Sketchbook Day

Just home after a fabulous day at Manchester Art Gallery with OCA tutor Priscilla Edwards. I’m really hoping that OCA will hold more of these types of days. It was an excellent mix of gallery visit and practical workshop. It all began with an hour spent looking at the Kate Haywood exhibition with our sketchbooks…

Scary Scary Criticism, or is it?

I’ve gone a little off piste over the last couple of days and become obsessed by methods and the various different views of how to give and receive criticism. Fired up by reading an article from the University Of Colorado Boulder called Evaluating Art: The Principles of Critique I’ve started to put together my own…

Doodle Procrastination 

It’s amazing just how much I can get done when I’m avoiding doing any course work! My mystery knit along is getting done ✅  My latest (in a long line) of books about creative block is getting read ✅ And most of all my latest sketchbook of doodles is filling up ✅ 

MMT – Pt2 – Pj1 – Research – Part 3 

I was given a ‘joining’ gift by the seaside the other week. A wonderful friend invited me to stay at her flat in Colwyn Bay, I had the days to myself and in the evenings we chatted and knitted. Oh, and ate cake!! It was interesting being forced to be alone with time to spare….

Edinburgh – A Visit to the Dovecot Studios

I never go to Edinburgh without making a visit to The Dovecot Studios, and as always, yesterday’s visit was wonderful.  If you’ve never been I would highly recommend a visit, but go on a Thursday or Friday after 12 so you can climb the stairs to the viewing gallery and walk round looking down at…

ATV – Assignment 5 – Capsule Collection – Feedback

Rebecca’s comments came as a huge relief after I’d really felt that I’d sent my capsule collection off unfinished.  I’d aimed high with my intentions without enough thought to timescales, in hindsight I could have reined in my ideas but I’m still glad I didn’t, working on the garments was very interesting and they felt…