Tag Archives: artistic collaborations

My Part In Her Story

5 Mar

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I’ve been teasing you with snippets of a collaboration I’ve been working on with graffiti artist, Unity. We talked around some ideas and came up with the subject of Herstory to develop something for the International Women’s Day exhibition at Swansea’s Cinema & Co. We made a list of women who inspire our creativity and I researched them to come up with some visuals. Unity started the ball rolling by drawing the lettering and spraying the first layer of paint onto a large canvas and then it came over to me – Unity lives in the next city.

I had gone through a few different approaches to the images of these women – collaging, painting, screenprinting, but I finally decided to scribble them, well I would, wouldn’t I? I used mostly sanguine conté crayon with a little white here and there for highlights. I wanted them to emerge softly from the background rather than dominate the picture, because that’s how inspiration works for me. And now it’s gone back to Unity to finish. I’m really excited, I don’t know what to expect!

 

International Women’s Day at Cinema & Co, Swansea, March 8th, 18.00 – 20.30 – or later if we’re still rocking the bar! With 30 artists plus film, performance, music and a Pakistani pop-up kitchen. And Cake!

A Bigger Little Bit

4 Mar

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I’m teasing you here, showing you a bigger little bit of my collaboration with graffiti artist Unity. It will be revealed on Thursday at the opening of “International Women’s Day: Swansea Creatives” at Swansea’s Cinema & Co.

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A Snippet Of Inspiration

3 Mar

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Another snippet of my collaboration with the artist Unity….about the women who have inspired our art …. something that will be revealed on International Women’s Day ……. see below …..

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Sunpan And Gong

10 Dec

The Bagpuss Window, a semi-derelict anarchic artspace, flashed into existence for three short weeks in September (2015) and then ended as abruptly as it started as the wrecking crew moved in to demolish the building. Fellow artist Melanie Ezra and I took it on at very short notice from developers Coastal Group and opened it up for artists, musicians and poets to see what happened. It was fabulous. Creative people from across Swansea and beyond wandered in and used the space to develop new work, ideas and collaborations. Film maker Melvyn Williams and I recorded what was going on and Melvyn has been editing the footage into short videos to show what happened.

Here’s the first, featuring Sharon Edlington-Douglas and David Pitt who bumped into each other one day and started playing their instruments, Sharon with a Sunpan and David with gongs. The door was open into the High Street, we were having a glorious Indian Summer, and the extraordinary sound reverberated along the road. I became absorbed in the music as I drew on the wall of the decrepit old shop and people wandered in to walk a labyrinth made from bark chippings by David and local archaeologist Dewi Bowen.

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Dewi has written a book about ancient stone monuments in Siluria, South Wales, you can find out about it here. David is involved in keeping alive the Mari Lwyd in the Swansea and Gower area – you can read more about this fascinating tradition here.

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