Friday, 17 February 2012

Charms and Miracles






As part of the 'Miracles and Charms' exhibitions at The Wellcome Collection (go and see them - they end soon and are wonderful!) I went to an evening of talks and films about the ideas and practices surrounding pilgrimage. It was a really interesting and inspiring evening making me consider the secular pilgrimages and acts that we practice in our own lives...in some respect we all made a pilgrimage to the wellcome trust and the bookshop and cafe became the souvenir shops of lourdes for one night...
When I got home I watched this film (click on the link above) about contemporary amulets and the significance of objects, which I found particularly interesting as someone who hoardes to no end and am consistently fascinated by the idea of superstition and that people can bestow such a belief on to an object or action.
I love being able to display my hoardings and look at them and I find a lot of my visual inspiration comes from the way I display and rearrange the things I hang on my walls and display on my shelves, and to some extent would value these objects as much more precious then more financially valuable things I own (computer, camera, phone etc). But, when I really think about it - I could live without these...however like the people in the film there are a few very small, but very certain things I could never let go of, or would be devastated if they were lost. For me, these are the letters I have stored (along with the gifts, if any, that came with them) for years from friends and family...some of which I can remember word for word and remind me of a time or feeling in my life. I don't particularly bestow any superstition or expect any protection from these objects, as you would a talisman or amulet but feel they still hold great significance to me now and I expect will in years to come.

p.s I will update my blog with new work soon...there is lots in the making...

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Coast Magazine



The March issue of Coast fell on my doormat this morning...here are some quick pictures of the drawings I did for this month.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Curious Pursuits is now open!


Make sure to go to this if you are in the Manchester area - I have a couple of prints on show in amongst the books! Organised by the intriguing art historian collective Porter and Jenkinson.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Homes and Antiques


My 'klutz puppies' spotted in this months 'Homes and Antiques'.

Hornseys


I am now selling my prints up in Ripon at Hornseys gallery. You can browse my prints HERE - make sure to have a look at all the other lovely things on the website while your there, or even better if you are in the area - pop in and say hello to Hornsey himself!