Friday 1 December 2023
On Friday 24th of November I traveled to Hope and walked to the summit of Win Hill with my sister, Clare. J. B. Firth writes on page 206 of The Highways & Byways in Derbyshire, There is no more restful scene on which the eye of man can rest than the Vale of Hope as seen from the summit of Win Hill.
This was the first journey and walk in the skirt inspired by Hope, Paul and Penny Robinson. It was a short but meaningful walk, discovering how the skirt felt, moved and functioned (and how I felt, moved and functioned in it). I was delighted that the yellow ric-rac mirrored gorse, furze or whin, and the blue ribbon matched the cloudless sky! I'd not expected to reflect nature with these gaudy colours.
Monday 25 September 2023
Wednesday 26 July 2023
In March I responded to a call out from air arts and was delighted to be selected to provide lunchtime workshops for staff at Royal Derby Hospital.
I was particularly interested as the brief asked artists to respond to the UHDB Medical Museum collection - a unique archive of over 1000 objects that provides an insight to the history of medicine and Derby and Burton hospitals. The brief also requested that an element of celebration and/or the colour blue be included to mark the 75th Birthday of the NHS on the 5th of July 2023.
Below are the items I picked from the collection. I've developed a lunchtime mono-print drawing and block-printing activity that I really hope staff will enjoy.
Wednesday 29 March 2023
My Tuesday mornings are rather exciting as I'm running experimental drawing sessions with fabulous students from Horizons 6th from at Derby QUAD.
We had our third session this Tuesday, hardly ever take photos (no time!) BUT managed to take these beauties this week. Last week we went on a gathering walk near the river by the Museum of Making, we also took photographs along the route. This week we made drawing tools from the natural materials gathered and the photographs inspired mark-making and drawing.
To keep the DIY ethos going, the group used pestle and mortars to create 'paint' from turmeric, spinach, blueberries, beetroot, coffee, charcoal and soil! Amazing and sometimes unexpected colours were released.
Jamie captured his beautiful river photograph with the leaf drawing tool and charcoal 'ink' 🖤