This summer I met Brendan Rawlings of Zen Wood Design and discovered his astonishing driftwood art. Below is the finished piece, published in Exeter Life.
Countryside Inspired Art
In this feature for Somerset Life magazine I explore the beautiful hand illustrated world of Sarah Drew of Bath Art Works. Read my feature here.
The art of Stained Glass
Earlier this year I had the privilege of meeting Angie Dibble of Hare Moon Stained Glass and discovering her bright and beautiful world of stained glass. You can read my feature with Angie, published in Somerset Life magazine here. See more of Angie’s stained glass and find out about her courses and workshops at www.haremoonstainedglass.com
Inspired By The Coast
I’ve always loved writing about the arts and as a hobby potter myself, it’s always an honour to meet a true ceramist. Early this summer I headed to beautiful Brauton, in Devon, to meet Jon Curtis, whose work is inspired by the coast and I discovered beauty at the breakfast table. You can read my feature, published by Devon Life magazine here.
Textile Revolution: Interview with internationally-acclaimed artist Kirstie Macleod
I was recently fortunate enough to interview internationally acclaimed artist Kirstie Macleod for Somerset Life magazine, as she has settled in the county. My piece concentrates on her Barocco project, which started out as a performance piece where Kirstie herself sat within a central Perspex cube wearing and embroidering the ornate red dress that filled the tiny space around her. In the 7 years since then the dress has traveled around the world being continuously embroidered and added to by 50 different participants to date.
“What started out as a roll of red fabric has now become a powerful piece examining cultural identity, and the merging of boundaries.”
You can read the feature online here.
The Art of Plaster
One of the things I love most about being a freelance journalist is the interesting people I get to meet – architectural sculptor Timothy Richards definitely being one of them. I spent a day at Tim’s workshop in Bath and discovered he’s actually a one-off in the world. In this feature for Somerset Life magazine I explore his exquisite models, which manage to embody the very essence of architecture. In these times when the mass produced seems to prevail, it’s so very refreshing to meet a true master craftsman who’s bucking the trend. Please have a read below.
Jess Pigott Art Feature
I recently interviewed the inspirational and very talented Jess Pigott, a 23-year-old art graduate from Somerset who paints brilliantly bold, emotive landscapes. Although she’s a new artist, she already has gallery representation and her paintings are selling for in excess of £2000 each. In this feature for Somerset Life magazine I talk to Jess about making her mark on the art world. Have a read below!
A Cake Less Ordinary
Archant’s Pure Weddings 2015/16 has hit the shelves and I’m pleased it includes my feature on master cake maker, Emily Hankins. I was lucky enough to spend a day with Emily recently and try my hand at cake painting – it’s certainly a skill I’ll enjoy working on.
Art for the Somerset Levels: Feature in Somerset Life Magazine
Maverick Somerset artist Harry Bunce, affectionately referred to as ‘Rural Banksy’ has created a mesmerising limited edition print to raise money for the Somerset Levels Relief Fund. In this feature for Somerset Life Magazine I visit his exhibition at Bristol’s Christmas Steps Gallery to find out more.
Art meets furniture: Interview with Tom Rowan in Somerset Life magazine
Last month I had the pleasure of heading to Barrow Gurney in Somerset to meet furniture designer Tom Rowan and interview him for Somerset Life magazine. Tom’s work will blow you away: inspired by passions, memories and dreams and fuelled by a passion for speed and movement, his furniture bridges that important gap between art and function. Take a look a my feature below, see Tom’s website here and Somerset Life’s website here.