Artists in conversation

This month I am featured in Findings magazine as part of their long running 'artists in conversation' series. It was lovely to be asked and very exciting to see it in print!

Christmas open studios

My first open studios at Cockpit Arts took place at the beginning of the month. It felt a little strange to be packing away my tools having only recently set up my new space! It was a lovely weekend chatting to visitors, getting to know other makers and generally feeling festive.

 I am in studio 307 with Fflur Owen who makes beautiful leather pieces.

I am in studio 307 with Fflur Owen who makes beautiful leather pieces.

 I got some big prints for open studios!

I got some big prints for open studios!

 My space all set up.

My space all set up.

 Lovely light coming through - I need to get a blind at some point.

Lovely light coming through - I need to get a blind at some point.

 A piece by Fflur.

A piece by Fflur.

 I still had access to my bench for a sneaky bit of making.

I still had access to my bench for a sneaky bit of making.

 Our studio is right at the end of the corridor which is perfect for open studios!

Our studio is right at the end of the corridor which is perfect for open studios!

 Cockpit looking and smelling (cinnamon and orange) very festive.

Cockpit looking and smelling (cinnamon and orange) very festive.

COSMIMA

COSMIMA is a jewellery collective of 5 makers (Daphne Krinos, Louise O’Neill, Chris Carpenter, Hidemi Asano and Ulla Hornfeldt) who have been exhibiting together for 14 years. Each year they have a November show in Clerkenwell and invite 4 guest makers, this year they were Adi Toch, Simone ten Hompel, Isabelle Busnel and me! It was a wonderful weekend…

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 Me, Adi, Isabelle and Simone

Me, Adi, Isabelle and Simone

 Set up downstairs.

Set up downstairs.

 The Clerkenwell Gallery, the COSMIMA collective exhibit together upstairs.

The Clerkenwell Gallery, the COSMIMA collective exhibit together upstairs.

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 My space!

My space!

 Adi Toch

Adi Toch

 Simone ten Hompel

Simone ten Hompel

 Isabelle Busnel

Isabelle Busnel

 There were lots of snacks and glasses of prosecco consumed..

There were lots of snacks and glasses of prosecco consumed..

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Moving to Cockpit Arts

I am delighted to have successfully applied for a place at Cockpit Arts, Deptford. My official start date was November 1st however I waited to move until I got back from Lustre! I thought I would pack up my studio one day, move it in the next and be making again by the following day - it didn't quite work like this and took a week really to get in and get settled. Here are some images from the move:

 Cockpit Arts, Deptford! Very excited to be here.

Cockpit Arts, Deptford! Very excited to be here.

 My studio at home just before I started to pack. I had one day as we’d hired a van for the following day :-)

My studio at home just before I started to pack. I had one day as we’d hired a van for the following day :-)

 So much stuff!

So much stuff!

 Making progress

Making progress

 Loading up the van.

Loading up the van.

 Getting things placed in my new studio and putting shelves up.

Getting things placed in my new studio and putting shelves up.

 Painting shelves

Painting shelves

 Dodging rain showers whilst getting things into the building.

Dodging rain showers whilst getting things into the building.

 Lots to sort! I started with logical packing but by the end I was putting all sorts in boxes - I’m still discovering things in strange places.

Lots to sort! I started with logical packing but by the end I was putting all sorts in boxes - I’m still discovering things in strange places.

 Getting there!

Getting there!

 A lovely calm section in front of my bench.

A lovely calm section in front of my bench.

 A couple more car loads over the course of a week or two.

A couple more car loads over the course of a week or two.

 Plants on the window sill.

Plants on the window sill.

Lustre

At the beginning of November I headed up to Nottingham to exhibit at Lustre. Lakeside Arts is a great venue within Nottingham University campus. We had lovely weather and it was great to get out of London and try a new event.

 My stand at Lustre - the show is in multiple rooms across two buildings and I was in the theatre - a little darker than expected!

My stand at Lustre - the show is in multiple rooms across two buildings and I was in the theatre - a little darker than expected!

 A close-up

A close-up

 Looking up!

Looking up!

 That’s me! Every exhibitor gets a lampshade with their name on for the duration of the show.

That’s me! Every exhibitor gets a lampshade with their name on for the duration of the show.

 Lakeside Arts

Lakeside Arts

 Migrating geese having a rest.

Migrating geese having a rest.

 The lake

The lake

 And that’s it. Quite a short show compared to others I have done. Just Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

And that’s it. Quite a short show compared to others I have done. Just Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.