All posts filed under: my work

Please Support Me

I would be beyond grateful for your support… It has been a while since I have been successful financially and my confidence has taken a battering and is bruised – my bank balance is scanty. When people see my work online I have reason to believe that they automatically assume that, as a professional, I am solvent and have little need for encouragement or patronage. This is not true. Brightsoul – Spiritually Inspired cards. With busy lives it can easily slip minds to buy a card for Auntie Dot’s birthday or baby Alfie’s christening. The simple solution is to have a selection of cards in the draw for any/all occasions. Brightsoul cards are visually appealing and non-occasion specific. With metaphysical and esoteric imagery they are open for individual interpretation and perfect for giving. They are also great to frame and hang on your wall or display on your altar – (if that is your kinda thing)! Shop here. Brightsoul’s mission is to create beautiful cards with a subtle, yet inherent, bright message to help promote …

5 Common Traits of an Artist

This is something that I have been considering since age 11. What does it take to be an artist? – (not: What does it take to be a successful artist? or perhaps what is a successful artist!?) – Oh boy I can easily tie myself in knots with this one. Artists come in many creative guises but I believe we all share certain traits. here are my top 5 traits: Artists don’t have a choice: I firmly believe that something, some other energy source outside of me, drives my creativity. I often feel that being an artist is a burden that I would prefer not to carry. Please don’t get me wrong, I love creating and when circumstances align I am happiest when busy in my studio; but there are many days of self doubt, lack of inspiration and lethargy. If I am not creating I feel a heavy weight upon my shoulders. Being creative is crucial for my well being and good health – I am obliged to continue come what may. Artists are …

Sewn Up Delights

I love sewing old fabric scraps into wee sculptural forms which have a natural inherent fragility due to my choice of material and scale. I start with no fixed idea in mind and allow the form to naturally evolve – twisting, turning, snipping and stitching. Whilst sewing I consider the history hidden within the fibres and embrace tears and stains as evidence of a life lived. In my work, as in life, I find wonder in imperfection. I may incorporate an eclectic find into my creation – an old bead, nut, bolt, coin, some hair, fur or bone. Something which resonates with me in the moment. And so with no preconceived idea I am always thrilled and amazed at the final piece which seems to have been birthed through an unconscious burst of creative energy channelled through me. The field of fiber art is undergoing a quiet revolution these days. Often frowned upon by the traditional ‘art establishment’ I scent a whiff of change in the air and look forward to a greater understanding and …