Cecilia – Laura Ashley Shaun the Sheep

A really fun project I worked on earlier this year was painting Cecilia – Shaun the Sheep for Laura Ashley. A beautiful quilt design featuring some of their most iconic prints. It was great working on such a beautiful project, the Laura Ashley … Continue reading

Coastline Traces – Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail

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I am incredibly excited to have been awarded the Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail commission along with my good friend and fellow artist Sian Hughes.

Over the next few months we will be working flat out to deliver numerous workshop for people from Sefton which will form parts of the six sculptures to be installed along the coastal path.

The Sefton Coast is an amazingly rich landscape with rare flora and fauna including the sand lizard, natterjack toad and red squirrel as well as important Neolithic and Mesolithic archaeological sites, shipwrecks and smuggling, asparagus and rabbits and all set against miles of stunning pristine beaches and sand dunes. We will be working with clay and resin, mosaic, glass scraffito, wire sculpture, cyanotypes and embossing aiming to create a visually exciting and information sculpture trail along the coastal path.

 The project is called Coastline Traces and we have a website and facebook page which we will be updating regularly with our progress. Please do follow, like and share us on:

www.coastlinetraces2015.wordpress.com and on Coastline Traces Facebook

 

Shaun in the city – Cath Kidston commission

Here is the journey of Paradise Bunch Shaun

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Welcome to Arena Studios naked Shaun!

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Making himself at home in my studio – Prepped and primed and ready to go.

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Working around Shaun, I put one colour on at a time, here I’ve just started the greens.

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Nearly finished! Such a great pattern to be working on this time of year.

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I think he likes having his tummy tickled!

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Final touch up

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Finished – pretty Shaun.

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Packed and wrapped and off he goes.

shaun live

Happy on the street

Paradise Bunch Shaun is number 18 on Timmy’s Trail and can be found on Earlham Street, London.

For more information on Shaun in the City visit http://www.shauninthecity.org.uk

The Art Maze, Cheltenham 1st-19th April 2015

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I am thrilled to have been selected to create some walls for an Art Maze that is being built in Beechwood Shopping centre in Cheltenham as a Pop Up Exhibition by The Art Playground.

Based on some previous small paintings, I have created a large scale triptych painted landscape that explores optical illusions and impossible spaces. Through my use of colour and shape I hope to playfully confuse the areas of the maze and question the mazer-goers spatial perceptions.

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Tools

Sky painting, sun set

After sketching out the shapes I start to paint in the sky

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Blocking in some of the shapes

painting buildings

Using a roller and masking tape I paint in the buildings

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Installation at The Art Maze with help from Guy Harvey

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The finished piece, installed and ready for the public

The maze is open to the public from 1st -19th April, displaying artwork by Kristi Minchin, Kathryn Rothery, Hannah Ellis, Suzie Early and Jess Polglaze with the centre piece by Emma Reed.

http://artplayground.org.uk/portfolio/the-art-maze-april-15/

https://www.facebook.com/ArtPlaygroundCheltenham

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Public Art Commission – Reach Art Project Lytham St Annes

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I am really excited about being chosen as one of two artists to work on this project related to St Annes Swimming Pool on the Fylde coast.

St Annes Swimming Pool, which is run by Fylde Coast YMCA on behalf of Fylde Council, reopened in January 2014 after a £625,000 refurbishment to changing rooms, the spectator area and café and entrance/reception area.

St Annes Swimming Pool sits within a significant heritage context, within the grade 2 listed registered landscape setting of the Promenade gardens, on the site of the former open air baths. It has a strong connection to its place and with the local community.

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The aim with this project is to look to develop proposals that see an improvement in the signage and access to the building, as well as improvements to the external environment within which it sits, all complementing the improvements to date that have taken place within the building.

I will be focusing on visual imagery and how this venue might be profiled  in and around the building and along the main thoroughfare through Lytham St. Annes.  Artist Sophy King will work with the Landscape Architect and focus on the immediate heritage and environment around the Swimming Pool. http://www.palace.co.uk/sophking/

For this first phase of this project Sophy and I will work collaboratively on an intensive programme of creative engagement activity aimed at involving the community in developing ideas and proposals for the art works. This process will involve workshops with community groups, users of the pool and local schools, as well as onsite engagement with the public, to develop ideas and proposals for permanent interventions into the scheme.

This job represents a fantastic opportunity for me to learn more about working within the public art area and to develop my outlay and experience as a visual artist. It also is a great chance to work with the inspiring artist Sophy King and has the added benefit of having mentoring sessions with artist Alan Dunn.

We have set up a blog and face book page as places to exhibit the work created and collected during this first phase and to share the developments of this project, please follow the links below for more information:

http://reachartproject2014.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/reachartproject