Catch 22?…blog update

Readers of my last post will be aware that I am developing some new work based on my love of the landscape – the contrast between the apparent permance of it and it’s fragility particularly appeals to me. Inspiration comes from the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and the North Norfolk coast – these areas are very special to me, I always feel ‘home’ when I’m there. I also love words, and for this new work I was also inpired by an extract from Robbie Burns’s ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ beginning ‘But pleasures are like poppies spread..’ (see previous post if you want to read the extract).

imageimageAnother poet was brought to my attention (again via Countryfile) – Simon Armitage; in particular his Stanza Stones poems which have been carved into rocks around a trail from Marsden to Ilkley. Not being sure about the laws of copyright (with regards to living poets) I am not reproducing the poems here but if you check out the websites you can read them. Armitage’s observations about the landscape and weather are magical, evoking a real sense of place.

So, suitably inspired, I have carried on developing and experimenting!

imageimageExperiment with different coloured tissue paper below – reserving judgement at the moment!

imageimageSome pieces I’m happy with and others I’m not so sure, so experimenting with cropping them.


imageI do feel as if I am putting together a body of work –

imageand therein lies the rub! To be able to show potential galleries/sell them, the works need professionally mounting and framing (when will I learn to make my work a standard size!) but how do I afford that without selling some…..Catch 22! Any tips from you guys would be greatly appreciated!

Meanwhile, on with the work…..



6 thoughts on “Catch 22?…blog update

  1. lovely fresh work
    2 sggestions, maybe try stretching your paper ( wet paper, tape to a board, it shrinks tight as ir dries), and then you could mount and frame some yourself in ‘off the shelf’ frames. Take some to gift shops etc, maybe some just in mounts and cellophane, try and sell like that. That might raise the funds to get a couple professionally framed to take to a ‘ proper’ gallery in the autumn

    1. Thanks for the suggestions! Will definitely give it a go. Thank you for all your support – being an “artist” can be quite a solitary occupation so it’s great to chat!

  2. One thing I saw that was really clever – someone selling prints that were produced to fit neatly in stock IKEA Ribba frames – so they could buy the print and then purchase the frame themselves! I’m thinking of doing something similar – selling work in mounts. I’ve found that framing them myself really pushes the price point up.

    1. Yes, a friend from uni told me something similar and I did do some work specifically to fit some frames (bought for half price from Wilko’s). Will definitely try to produce more work that is a standard frame size to hopefully fund the larger stuff!

    1. Oooh – I’ll check The Works out – I don’t mind experimenting when things haven’t cost the earth! Just wish you could get studio space for 99p ha ha!

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