Tuesday, 14 June 2016

RETURN TO WORK


I have not blogged for ages I know and I must apologise but this year hasn't been great for me so far. For those of you who don't follow my Instagram or Facebook pages, the first three months of this year saw the very sad decline in my Dads health leading to his death in March and the three months since have been very hard. My Dad was wonderful, my greatest supporter as an artist , always encouraging and my biggest fan. He was always the same and had encouraged me to follow my passion all through my formative years, he never once doubted I would become a professional artist even when I did ( and some times still do!!). Due to these circumstances I have had several months of not being very productive and after his death I found the solitude of the studio almost unbearable - too much time and quiet to think about my grief. I am pleased to say that I have been back at work now for a few weeks and am being rather productive. 




I have been working on my knitted histology slides, I've been adding beaded nuclei and embroidering cell walls on each panel as you can see above. Almost five of the eight panels are complete.



Another way of feeling better has been spending time in the garden, here are some photos of the joys there; 








Thursday, 28 January 2016

MEDICAL ART AND SCHOOL WORK

Since my last post I have been working on further pieces for my MedImmune residency and on teaching year 7 and 8's one afternoon a week.

These are pieces I am working on with Eppindorfs , based on lipids and DNA....





I have also been working on the knitted panels that I want to look like histology slides, there is still a lot of work to do on them but the idea is growing....
I may have mentioned before that I was working on a paper cut as gift for Christmas and so I didn't post any images in case the recipient saw it so here it is..

As for the project I am working on with the students .....


 We looked at the work of Kandinsky, Klee and Calder and then I asked them to make a relief like I have done in my sketchbook photos above. Below are a few examples of their work...

 


Next we're going to make gargoyle type faces!!!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

LETS HAVE A CATCH UP!

















I know I have been very remiss at updating my blog of late and I must apologise profusely. However, I have been rather busy working on my bacterial plates piece and also working in a school teaching year 7 and 8 students art. I thought I'd share some images with you to show you what I've been up to....These images show all the plates now completed going from left to centre and then below is the right hand side.



This is the best image I managed to get of them all together...

As for working at the school- we have been looking at sea creatures like jelly fish, sea anemones, coral, etc as a starting point. Then from drawings we made of shape and pattern found in these creatures, we have created collagraphic prints printing in red and then over printed in black. Here are a couple of examples that the students created...After the printing we moved on to making 3-d weavings based on sea anemones like the ones below, the top one is my example and the following two were made by students....





I have also been making lots of things for Christmas presents some of which I will blog about in the New Year but not yet as the recipients may see the blog post!!! Merry Christmas to you all.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

PETRI DISH CROCHETED AND BEADED ART WORK



I have been quiet on my blog over the summer, I know, but I have been working on some new petri dish pieces. They started out life as polystyrene pizza bases and I have up-cycled them with crochet and beading to make them into petri dishes with cultures growing on them....


 ... and I am started to get quite a nice collection of them but I am not finished yet.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

ON HELIX CONFERENCE, WELLCOME TRUST GENOME CAMPUS, CAMBRIDGE.


 I am very happy to be exhibiting as artist in residence for One Nucleus at the On Helix conference happening at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Cambridge today. I have brought my set of six canvases based on genetics and DNA (pictured on the left),
my small anatomical paper cut series and a new set of eight paper cut/drawing pieces of work (pictured in the white frames below). I also have a pair of tables exhibiting my sketchbooks, portfolio and examples of crocheted work.



 





 
 .... Also excitingly, PharmaTelevision are filming interviews with several rather influential delegates today and have asked to use my work as a back drop, so I will also be credited for the artwork on their films. These two lovely ladies, below, are from a very interesting sciart organisation called STEAM:ED Collective based in London and combining unusual artwork with science. Watch this space as Bahijja and I may be collaborating in the coming months.....


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

GALAXIES OF CELLS AND PAPERCUTS



So here are the completed crocheted wire cells in their galaxy formation laid out on my carpet at home. I am really pleased with the effect I just have to work on the method for hanging them how I want them now.

I am currently working on some new framed works using drawing and papercuts for an exhibition coming up in July. The exhibition is organised by One Nucleus as part of the On Helix conference at the Wellcome Trust campus in Cambridge. The work is all based on human biology and is highly influenced by my on-going residency at MedImmune and my research there. Although these snaps taken with my phone aren't the best I hope they give you some idea of what I am doing.
There are lots of cells, tissue, neurones,  veins, nerves, arteries etc influencing my ideas and the idea of layers.