Sunday, 29 September 2019
A couple of years ago, when my depression was quite bad, l took up drawing again. I bought some double sided, concertina, hardback books. I would sit infant of the TV in the evenings and just draw and then colour them in in feltipped pens and pencils. it helped to calm me down and also cheer me up. Here are some of the images l created.
Art saved my life
Saturday, 28 September 2019
Once upon a time when Brickbox was still in Tooting Market,London, I used to help run Art sessions there. This one weekend we ran a Printing workshop for children and adults and it was great fun.
We started off by showing people how we put the ink down and roll it out. We put the ink onto a glass slab, so as to have a few people doing it at the same time. Also doing this way, we didn't need loads of screens and rollers.
We then gave the children and adults sticks, foam shapes, toothbrushes and a few other objects, so they could experiment to see what patterns they could create .... on the pulled paper!
We got some very interesting images.
We then displayed them inside the coffee shop.
These next two images are very interesting one. Two boys spent ages trying to work out how to print their names the right way round, not back to front. In the end only one of them succeed but I was still very impressed with their determination and the end results.
Thursday, 26 September 2019
I quite often look back at some of the work l did, when l was doing my degree. This was an exhibition l created for St.Georges Hospital, it was based on faces and shoes. I asked random people in Wimbledon, if l could take an image of their faces and then their shoes. Then l mixed up the images and put them up on magnetic boards. I put a notice between the two boards that said " Go on ... Have fun ... l dare you" and "Which person do you think wears each shoe"?
Stood back and watched what happened. People were trying to take part even before l put up the boards! :) The funniest part for me was watching medical students, working out what went with what. Listening to their conversations and the number of them that got so engrossed they were late for work!! Over the week the boards were up , many of them came back every day. I also had a pad hanging next to a board for comments. Many of the comments were so funny. For example .... "please take these boards down because l keep being late for work" .... " I am visiting my mum but l would come any way, just to have fun" and one from an 8 year old child ... " Please can l take this home with me"?
This was another game that l created using small tiles with images on that formed jigsaw puzzles words. This exhibition created in the collage entrance hall. Students and lectures alike seemed to get really engrossed... !
This was my third year exhibition, in my 5 year part-time degree. I interviewed people involved with death. A Methodist Vicar, The Chief Imam of the London Central Trust and the Islamic Central Centre, in Regents Park, A Humanist, The leader of the Buddhist Temple in Wimbledon, Funeral Directors in Putney and Wardens in the Crematorium in Roehampton. I interviewed and recorded each person and then took their images. I asked each person what their views on death were, personal and religious themes were talked about.
Another exhibition l was involved in while still at collage, was held in the gallery above the Library in Wimbledon.
These three paintings were part of a workshop l did, working with young self harmers. I was so emotional when l finished the workshop l felt l had to create these three images. People either hate or love them.
When my husband was in the Army, each man had what they called a "Housewives" kit. It consisted of sewing equipment, sometimes an image and quite often a letter from the wife, mum or children or a poem.. So l created this one but with different words, poems etc, to do with a modern life style.
The other items in the glass cabinet, were objects that l made as part of a challenge we were given in collage. We were given square pieces of plywood and asked to make something out of them! I used objects that l found in a second-hand shop and a few strange pieces l found in a grave yard!
It is fun sometimes to look back at work you did when your training. I was 50 when l started the degree. My children challenged me to do this degree because l had always wanted to go to Art School but my parents wouldn't let me go. Then when my husband and l came back to live in London, my children said, "Why not do a degree now mum"? I had no answer so had to go and l didn't expect them to accept me. Much to my surprise they said, " Yes and we have a place for you on a new degree course .... starting next Tuesday!!!Ha!
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Art is hugely important in my life .... in fact it has saved my life quite a few times. Having said that , when my children were small, l put Art on the back burner. Well actually l still did Art but child based, so to speak! Even so, l think many of us find that family commitments come between us and our creativity. How do we over come this problem? Well for many years l was told to just find 10 to 15 mins a day to create in. I found this so frustrating because l thought that once l had started to create , it was over so soon and l just became angry. Well .... last year in Australia at the tender age of 66, l discover the secret! 😱😂
I am also a very messy and unorganised painter, just ask my family!!! 😱😂 Anyway l spent most of the day looking after my two and a half year old grandson, so free time was limited. Also at the end of the day , around eight o’clock, l was shattered. Not that young anymore, even though l don’t feel old in my “head”. I was becoming very stressed because l was unable to create. Something had to change. So l decided l would try and do some sketching or doodling for 10/15 mins each day after all. And although l thought it wouldn't work ....l surprised it did. I would sketch in bed or if a coffee shop if we were out.
I realised also that l could do Gelli printing in short bursts too. Also l had so much fun, not concentrating on colours or stencils and just using what ever came to hand first. No stress just fun!!
Something to turn into a card maybe?
A background page from one of my journals.
An image in a self published book!
So tomorrow l will show you some more of my Art and some more sketches.
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