Off On Holiday

Photo of Achnahaird Bay by Graham Lewis, used under a Creative Commons license Right everyone, talk amongst yourselves, I’m off on holiday for a week. My son and I are heading off to the west coast of Scotland. Here’s where we’re going. It belongs to my cousin, Calum and it’s only a few miles from the beach where we used to holiday every year as kids. I’ve not been to Achnahaird for about 20 years and I shall probably bawl my eyes out when I see it again because it’s always been a bit of a lodestone in my life,…

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Internet Hand-holding

Hi, are you a MagpieGirl looking for your special deal? You need to go here. Sorry about this, Rachelle and I did the interview ages ago and I’ve only just realised that she didn’t have the new sales page details. Come up to the lab and seeeeeee what’s on the slab. So. With my usual inimitable flair I appear to have accidentally launched another new service mere days before I disappear off into the wilds of Scotland for a week. If you’ve read my Resources page but you’re still floundering and you’d like some individual one-on-one help, you can now…

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Ignore Your Ducks

Gossiping Ducks by foxypar4 Sometimes I have to slide sideways into things. Or trick myself into starting by making projects smaller than they truly are. I am cursed with perfectionism, so often the only way forward is to just close my eyes and jump. Which is how I found myself opening an online shop for my art. Without branding. Without a big launch. Without having all my drawings scanned and ready to go. Without enough mounts or packaging materials. With all my ducks decidedly not in anything even vaguely resembling a row. In fact, I’m not entirely sure where my…

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Things And Stuff

What’s Been Happening Lately? So, I sort of opened a shop for my drawings. There’s not much up there yet but if you’ve ever wanted me to send you a hand-drawn envelope containing a secret, you’re in luck! There’s also a couple of my more expensive archival drawings and more will going up next week. You may remember that back in February I did a 30 minute talk about blogging for the University Of Arts in London – the audio is now online. On Friday, I visited the American Museum in Bath with the lovely people from Textile Forum South…

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Louise Bourgeois

Old slips hanging from old bones. Drawings like dried blood. Worn fabric and harsh stitches. Like many in the art world, I feel the need to pay tribute to the redoubtable Louise Bourgeois, who died this week aged 98. I’m not sure when I first became aware of her work but the first time I saw it in person was at her 1998 solo show in The Serpentine in London. It was such a visceral experience that I had to leave half way through for some fresh air. I had to go and sit on a bench in the park…

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