Blog

Updates, news and personal ponderings.
30
Jun

Open Studios Cornwall-Preparation

When you arrive at a show do you think about all that has gone by to arrive at that place? The hours of drawing, creating and experimenting. I’m afraid I don’t! I just enjoy that moment. I have then and there with each piece of work as I view it. I think about the colour, […]

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12
Jun

Plymouth College of Art Sessions

All part of my continuing residency, which I am incredibly grateful for and highly recommend. I have spent many happy hours in the print room. Dying, printing and experimenting with layers. Little samples to test how the screens build up over one another and I’m really pleased with the results. I have experimented with foils […]

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21
Apr

Work inspired by my underground trip

“A new challenge for me to sit and listen, to hear the world. What are these senses which for some overwhelm and for others have no meaning. They are deaf, dumb and blind. Open your mouth, eyes and ears, breathe deeply and smell, reach out and touch. Taste, feel, see, smell and listen to our […]

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19
Apr

Insideout- My trip in Ghost with Adam Chodzko

My trip underground with Adam Chodzko in Ghost In the dark confined space I took comfort from the deep resonating sounds of the voice. It was an intimate space, deeply secretive and gave light to ones innermost fears and thoughts. “This is where my father died”. It was a statement. Not one that invited comment or […]

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19
Apr

Print Room at Plymouth College of Art

I am thrilled with this opportunity and it is enabling me to work in new ways and media-particularly my textiles. 25 years ago I specialised in constructed textiles (weaving) and always wanted to print. This residency is enabling to do this and also to work on glass and other materials. My work has been selected […]

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26
Feb

Go lightly

My recent ski trip to Slovakia has surprisingly given new meaning and direction to my work. I’ve always been drawn to the majesty of arches. Often soaring above us making our presence seem so tiny and inconsequential. An early ride up the cable car (which I called the pumpkin) onto the slopes gave me a […]

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26
Feb

MAKING TRACKS We carve our way through time yet look back sometimes longingly at our past. We fight to preserve and do not embrace progress well. For it is ugly. We scorn those before us who raced ahead, devouring the land and failing to protect its future. Protect, preserve, recycle and strive for a sustainable, […]

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23
Jan

AA2A Residency

  I’ve spent a lot of time reading and researching lately. Knowing I want to combine screen print, stitch, drawing and paint. I love torn edges, natural and soft contrasting with or placed against crisp manmade ones. Taking my last print room experiments (block work) on canvas as a starting point and working into it […]

21
Oct

Harvesting Time

  I hope this will continue and be an ongoing project. This years work, I say optimistically is showing now until 31st October. During Open Studios the public had the chance to see work in progress and talk to the participating artists. I was talking to a friend about the project and had to laugh […]

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27
Aug

Open Studios 2012

  The hard work has all been worth it! Decorating, picture rails and gathering my work from far and near. New work completed adding to the collection and of course working with Helen Cobbald of It’s So Me. To see the stunned faces light up with pleasure and delight and to talk to visitors answering […]

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18
Jul

Harvesting Time Brentswood Walk

  Brentswood In 1879, James Dymond Langsford bought six acres of oak coppice known as Brentswood, in a steep wooded valley near St Mellion. He ‘ripped’ the south-facing slopes and planted, then grafted, cherry saplings. A juicy and sweet variety he called ‘Birchenhayes Early’ was the result. Granddaughter Natalie Allen recalled, “The branches met overhead […]

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28
Jun

June News

    The July Arts Market at Bank Square is almost upon us. I have a new fabric collection on the go. My silk scarfs and printed lengths are nearly done. A bit of a life time achievement really. When I chose my woven textiles at degree level, I knew, that one day any image […]

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14
Jun

Harvesting Time

A super new project for members of the Drawn to the Valley, Artists of the Tamar Valley group. See website and Facebook for details or contact Tessa Jane herself. Harvesting Time Introduction Day A big thank you, to Nick Viney for welcoming us at Leewood. We had a super day and it gave us a […]

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1
Jun

Tavistock Arts Markets

Work in progress ready for Saturday! A new assemblage. Loom is out of the garage and I hope to be sat in the Square weaving… 9am-4pm THIS SAT!! Bank Square Arts Market, Tavistock. We will be adding to the Jubilee celebrations! I’m not square I’ll be there!!!! A new range of prints are also proofed […]

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23
May

Morning light…

This is my favourite time of year….. The hedgerows are so beautiful with life literally bursting from them. I’ve been back to The Garden House a favourite haunt and have been exploring new walks with my dogs-was thrilled to see a fox yesterday! The greens are so fresh, with countless ferns; the shuttle cock and […]

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23
Apr

Delamore, Cornwood

I really enjoyed working with The Delamore Team today. Lots of laughter mixed with hard work. Truly inspirational to see what can be achieved. It is very difficult to ensure balance, variety and equality between genres, media and discipline. It’s the tenth year and this exhibition is very different to previous. The views from the […]

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29
Mar

t’ARTs!

This Sunday sees the first of the Bank Square Arts Markets. April Fools Day but not a prank! There will be over 20 of us set up in The Pannier Market, Tavistock 10am-4pm. Cafe and toilets, bookstall, Photography, Fine Art,Textiles, Ceramics, Wood, Metal, and Jewellery. Fabulous things made by fabulous people. Original, hand made and […]

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4
Mar

International Woman’s Day March 8th

B-spoke Festivals present…When Annie Met Sally: Women’s Film and Art Festival. Fri 9th, Sat 10th & Sun 11th March For an entire weekend B-spoke Festivals are bringing to you an exciting exhibition celebrating the works of some of the greatest British female directors and artists working in the industry today. Over three days The Falmouth […]

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10
Feb

Upcycling!!!!!

Currently sitting quietly at home waiting for a new place……… This is one of the new pieces I have up cycled. It was like being outside painting on a 3D surface. When you walk round a bend you get a new vista. Here I’d turn the corner and find a different angle to paint on!

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30
Jan

Colour and light….

….is closed. Such is life and a sign of our troubled financial times. However as one door closes another opens. I have arranged for new work to be on display at The Garden House in June and have had work accepted at Delamore. Thier doors will be open to the public for thier 10th Anniversay […]

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21
Dec

Nearly there!

  My new work is finnished and framed! Not showing that here, you will have to come to the exhibition and see it for real! One piece of furniture complete, varnished and wrapped for safety. The second piece is currently on my kitchen table for ease of height, light and execution! Not sure where Christmas […]

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6
Dec

New pieces for my collection!

Well the markets are done for this year and I have a meeting next month, with the council to decide on thier future. A lot of work but very rewarding too! So today I focussed on my work and the up and comming exhibition at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity, which is in early January.  […]

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28
Nov

Bank Square Artists Markets

As the organiser of The Bank Square Artist’s Markets, I get some fab treats! It is a lot of work, but I really enjoyed being part of this years Dickensian Evening in Tavistock. The Arts market is a regeneration project aimed to breathe new life into what was once the market place of Tavistock, Bank Square. We retreated […]

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8
Nov

Recharging

The barren and wild lanscape contrasts with this delicate flower. Turquoise waters, brilliant reds and purples and then the black volcanic land. An amazing place with caves and blind crabbs! So where? Lanzarote!  

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4
Oct

South West Crafts Gallery, Tavistock

This is such a little gem. Full of lucious things. Great for presents and special useable items for your home. Well worth a visit anytime, but especially now that my new works are on show!

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4
Oct

New textile works

Based on the poem “Spring and Fall”, GM Hopkins I am developing a series of works which explore how life hardens us. In the poem Margaret is grieving over the falling Autumn leaves but the poet warns that as time goes by life will bring far worse experiences and will desensitize us.

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22
Aug

Preparing for Open Studios 2011

I am preparing for the Drawn to the Valley Open Studios 2011 and suddenly knew what I wanted to do next on this piece! Oil washes underneath and now this has leaves and printed thistles! Inspired by the Smoke bush in my garden who’s deep burgundy leaves are so rich and Autumnal and GMH’s poem Spring […]

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7
Jul

BANK SQUARE ARTS MARKET!

BANK SQUARE ARTS MARKET, TAVISTOCK   An exciting new venture begins on Sat 16th July 9am-3.30pm! Artists will be coming from Totnes to join ME and other local Artists including some from The Drawn to the Valley group to sell and show their original Arts and Crafts. A regeneration project supported by The Chamber of […]

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4
Jul

Macro work!

I find using a macro lens challenging and exciting! Getting up so close to plants and surfaces really gives you an alternative take on life. Sometimes I feel this is how fairies see and other days I am totally absorbed by the colour or surface, as if I’ve never seen it ever before! Have you […]

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17
Jun

A new experience!!

My first blog! Bear with me this is a big thing for me and I’ll get better! So I’m learning today and just want to add a picture or two to these few words.

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