Happy new year!

So I’ve decided to get back into using my website for the new year, after over a year since my last

Acrylic on canvas, 2014
Acrylic on canvas, 2014

post! I’ve changed the layout and updated my gallery pages as well as others, have a look around and see what you think.

I’ve been very ill over the last few months (I spent a week in hospital at the end of October) and it’s given me a bit of perspective on what I’m doing with myself. I’ve done a lot of thinking about what I’m doing and how I’m doing it, and I feel that I’m in a better and stronger place with my work than I was last time I wrote on here. I want to focus more on the making rather than on worrying about selling, so therefore this blog will become a little more relaxed and a little more personal. I have also started painting in the last couple of months (the results of which you can see here), and it feels very refreshing to be doing something completely different and not worrying about things like confusing the brand, which I was told were super important when selling oneself as a creative professional. My hope is to do more of this, as well as exhibiting my felt work around Bristol and beyond.

My plans for next year also involve getting a part time job, so that I don’t have to worry about whether I’m getting paid for my work and can just make what I want to. While this may sound self indulgent in a way it’s my experience that I make much better work when I have this mentality! Having the time and space to just play is super important when it comes to creative work and this is where one ends up breaking new ground. When you’ve had this space you’ve then got a lot more to draw from when producing more structured commissions  with deadlines and things.

I’ve also started developing a plan to go back to Peru for a couple of months. I want to stay in the Ayahuasca retreat centre doing ceremonies again, but this time I’m going to do it as a kind of artists residency and spend my spare time painting (I feel painting would be more appropriate than the felting, if only because the climate means wool would go mouldy really quickly!). I’m thinking of aiming for the start of 2016 as I’ll have to save for it, though I’m thinking of applying for arts council funding as well, and I might try and raise some of it by pre-selling work through crowd funding (I’m thinking I’ll need about three grand altogether). It’s the first time in ages I’ve had a goal that I’ve been really excited about aiming for, and I’m feeling really good about seeing it as a long term goal rather than feeling like I have to do it NOW and if I don’t it will disintegrate. Maybe this is what growing up means?

So anyway, here’s to 2014 with all the falling apart that happened, and here’s to the pieces all settling back into place in 2015!

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