It was the opening night of the Trans/Forms exhibition last night, and what a wonderful night it was! We had intense and beautiful live art from Raju Rage and exciting and celebratory drumming from Afon Sistema, which took us out of the gallery and through to the canteen to entertain unsuspecting punters. The co-created memorial for transgender day of remembrance had a good start on it, and is looking really beautiful. It’s great to see my Man Cunt paintings framed and on the wall for the first time,
and I was very excited to see Ludo Foster’s beautiful, subtle drawings and Rachel Green’s bright and bold sculptures alongside each other. Altogether it’s so great to see such an eclectic mix of amazing work by trans people altogether in one place!
I’m so grateful to all the people who believed in the project and supported
it, and I’m so happy that we were able to manifest such a powerful and beautiful thing. Thank you to all the artists for being willing to show themselves through their work, to CoResist who I worked in collaboration and who worked out a lot of the practical stuff, to the coexist gallery managers for being so accommodating, and to my friends and housemates for putting up with me for the last week.
This is the first time I’ve done something like this and I’ve certainly learnt a lot, there are a lot of things I’d do differently at future events. I’m very open to feedback, it would be really great if people could let me know what they think works/worked well and what could be improved and I’ll strive to accept feedback with grace and not take it personally (unless it’s from someone being transphobic in which case they can fuck right off).
I’m currently having a 10% off sale on prints over at my Etsy shop. I have my first solo exhibition over at the Grant Bradley Gallery at the start of October, and I need a bit of extra cash for framing, transportation etc, so I thought it would be a nice thing to do to thank people for helping out. If there is a picture on my site that you would like a print of but isn’t in my etsy shop let me know and I can get one made for you. The sale will continue until the end of September, so check it out here!
In other news, the piece I am currently auctioning on ebay to raise funds to help the people fighting the badger cull is on £56 with 3 days left, which is great news!
I am currently auctioning this piece of mine on ebay with all the proceeds going towards Stop the Cull, a group helping resist the badger cull currently being trialed in the UK. This is an original wall mounted relief piece, 100% needle felted in wool and mixed fibers on a fabric backing. It measure 30x25cm and comes ready to hang.
As many of you will know, the UK government had approved a trial cull in the West Somerset and West Gloucester areas, despite the fact that there is little evidence that this will prevent the spread of bovine TB and some evidence that it will actually make it worse. I think it’s a tragedy that such beautiful animals are going to be made to suffer, not to mention that we don’t know what the knock on effects of reducing the numbers by so much would be for the rest of our eco system
I will also be selling cards and prints with proceeds going towards Stop the Cull, so keep an eye open.
This is a piece I will be showing at the Hamilton house pop up shop and gallery, which is running from this Wednesday to Sunday (June 5th to 9th). It was inspired by a Swedish folk tale about a boy who isn’t afraid of anything, and so when his family’s cow is stolen by trolls he doesn’t hesitate to venture into the forest to get it back. In the forest, he meets a few beings who try to scare him, but when he proves to be immune to them they decide to help him on his quest. The first being he meets is the Witch of the forest, with wild green hair. Here she is trying to be as scary as she can. The piece is 80cm x 40cm and is entirely needle felted.
At the pop up shop I will also be selling prints of this and other work, as well as greeting cards and figures.
I thought people might be interested in how my work comes together, so I took pictures of the witch as I was making her. Here she is all the way from a weird Gonzo-like creature to her full glory.
Greetings to you all, and I hope you are enjoying the recent warm sunny days! Lots of things are changing at the moment, and I am stepping into the new season with a few announcements of upcoming events and exhibitions.
Firstly, I will be taking part in the “In House” pop up shop as part of the Coexist open day on Stokes Croft, Bristol (where I have my studio). It runs from June 5th – 9th with the open studios on Sunday the 9th. As well as having one of my big pieces and several dolls in the shop I will also be selling greetings cards and prints, and there will be lots of other lovely things made by my studio mates to see and buy.
Starting around the same time as that, I have had a piece accepted for the New Visions III exhibition at the Grant Bradley gallery in Bedminster, Bristol. This is a large open submission group exhibition showcasing emerging and established artists and runs from the 8th of June and the 27th of July 2013, with the private view evening being held on the 7th of June.
Thirdly, and most excitingly, in October I have my first solo show at the Grant Bradley Gallery, where I will be showing a mix of work I have produced to date, including large wall-mounted pieces and smaller art dolls and other figures plus some site specific works. All pieces will be for sale, and I will have prints and cards available also, including limited edition full size prints of my large pieces.
Moonling is an old English word meaning “simpleton”, similar to Lunatic, as the moon is said to cause madness. It is the place of dreams and visions, enlightenment and illusion. It is also the first stop on the way from Earth. Sometimes the pull is strong
This piece is 20x20x5cm, it is entirely needle felted and mounted in a wooden box.
(Also shown – the wonderful quality of the camera on my new fancy phone. I will however be replacing it with a better picture once I get my proper camera sorted)
I thought I’d write about one of the pieces you may have seen in my gallery on here, Merlin, or The Hermit. He is the first full body doll I’ve made and stands at about a foot tall and is entirely needle felted. He was inspired by the Hermit from the tarot deck. Rather than being simply one who hides away as he is often seen, the Hermit is the sage who stands on the mountain top with the lamp of enlightenment on his staff, showing the way for others. He is Yod, the open hand, giving people the opportunity to find knowledge. He is also Virgo, and, this being my sun sign, I feel a strong affinity to him, which is why I chose to make him as my first doll.
Here is a much better shot of my latest piece, just before it went off to get framed.
The idea of going “down the rabbit hole” is these days generally associated with Alice’s descent into the other world of Wonderland. However this imagery is much older than that. There are alchemical texts which depict the aspirant following a rabbit into its burrow as they delve into the mysteries of the universe, and there are also parallels with shamanic cultures where burrows and other gaps in the earth are entry points into the underworld, often with animal spirit guides leading the way. In my version the being contemplating the descent is fiery and bright, as the fire descends into the Earth and unites them as one.
The piece stands at about 25cm high and 10cm wide (I will measure it when I get it back from the framers and put in the exact measurements!) in a found wooden box and is entirely needle felted from wool and mixed fiber bats.