Friday, 22 February 2013

Pictures of Home


This week I've not been up to much actual 'making', so I'll keep this blog brief. In a time when I have a huge amount of pieces to make, suddenly I feel a bit restless and distracted, and don't feel like doing much. Typical! I've been looking at Cambridge a lot lately as I'm involved in an exhibition at Cambridge Contemporary Art in April, but I had the urge this week to jump ahead and make a start on my work for Paperworks, the exhibition I am curating at Masham Gallery in May.

I'm really excited about this show, the selection of work will be amazing and will certainly showcase the medium of paper brilliantly. I'm also excited about the work I will be supplying for it, as I feel I can have a crack at some subjects I've been meaning to work on for a while. Such as York!
York has been my home for over 3 years now, and yet I have only ever made one York collage (of Bootham Bar, below), despite the unbelievable array of beautiful buildings here. I would like to think that this year I'll get a chance to work on lots of York pieces, and I've started with one of my favourite buildings, The Treasurer's House, located behind the Chapter House of the Minister.

Bootham Bar, 2012

The Treasurer's House, 2013

I'm looking forward to working on more, and after a walk around the walls last week I am full of inspiration.

One more thing - I will be dropping off four new pictures at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle this weekend, which will be on display as part of their spring exhibition from March 8th.

Have a great weekend!

Rosie x

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello there!

I would normally send out a blog on a Friday, but I'm going to be enjoying a special day off tomorrow to have a look at a few houses (exciting!), so I thought I'd send out a little update today instead.

I've been working this week on a small selection bound for The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. I will be exhibiting alongside a fantastic array of contemporary artists in the Spring show, opening on March 8th. So far I have four pieces for them, including 3 brand new ones, and I may get another completed in time. I tried to find an interesting selection of subjects from around the North East, and ended up going back to one of my favourite subjects; The Zetland building in Saltburn-By-The-Sea. I think this must be my 6th work including this former grand hotel, but I just love it. I finished  this one this morning, which is quite appropriate since I spent last Valentine's day in Saltburn.

I decided it was high time I tackled at least one of the Tyne's lovely bridges, so went with my personal favourite, the swing bridge.

...And I finally had an excuse to have a go at a particularly gorgeous folly at Gibside Hall, near Gateshead. The Banqueting House is actually a self catering property, and is leased by the Landmark Trust if you're tempted (I am!).

Finally I had a lovely bit of news this week - the good people at Saltaire Arts Trail have accepted my application to take part in their Open House weekend in May. This means that somewhere in the UNESCO world heritage village of Saltaire my work will be on display in someone's living room, along with lots of other artists including my good friends Janis Goodman and Charlotte Morrison. Hooray!

Well, have a great Valentine's day, eat lots of chocolate and enjoy the rest of the week.

Rosie x

Friday, 8 February 2013

Sharpen your cutting skills with an offer from ArtisOn...


Lovely materials for collaging....

If you've been following my blog at all I would like to think that you are a fan of papercutting or collage (because frankly, the stuff on here that's just about me is pretty boring). If you have taken an interest in working with paper, and have ever entertained the thought of trying your hand, please allow me to alert you to a fantastic opportunity that you may want to treat yourself to...

This year I am running some brand new workshops at ArtisOn, the creative studios near Masham where I have been teaching one day courses for the last few years. As well as my popular papercutting course, I will be introducing a special collage course exploring this fantastic medium through projects inspired by some of the great collage artists. I will also be introducing a new further papercutting course, allowing those with a little bit of papercutting practice to hone their skills and take the next steps to mastering the medium.

Learn how to use recycled and unlikely materials...

The lovely people at ArtisOn have decided to celebrate this trio of papery workshops with an enticing offer:

Thats right! Why not dive in to the world of paper art with 3 lovely days of relaxed learning, delicious food and socialising with fellow paper lovers? In each course I will take you through a number of inspiring projects, introduce you to essential materials and show you the world of papercutting and collage through the work some great artists. All this is intercut with regular coffee breaks, biscuits, cakes, and a delicious lunch. All in a beautiful rural setting. I know I'm biased, but honestly, you'll have a great time. So why not take advantage of this exclusive offer while you still can?

Mid-workshop in ArtisOn's main studio...

Some collage results!

For more information, visit the ArtisOn site and read more about each workshop, or contact via my website.

Looking forward to seeing you there!