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Michael Sheen Is Finished!

5 Dec

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I finally stopped working on Michael Sheen lunchtime today – I’ve been stitching him up for a week and a half. In my spare time mind, not 24/7. He’s nestled with all the other Michael Sheens down at GS Artists on Swansea’s High Street right now, waiting for the big exhibition opening this Saturday at 4pm.

Will It Ever End?

4 Dec

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Still at it, stitching my portrait of Michael Sheen. Getting there but not got there yet. I must hand it in by lunchtime tomorrow. It’s going everywhere with me at the moment, to the pub, to the art gallery. I’m sitting and stitching like the knitters in front of the guillotine back in the French Revolution.

 

 

 

Yeah You Guessed It ….

3 Dec

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Yeah you guessed it …. I’m still stitching that portrait of Michael Sheen.  He has a mouth now and the beginnings of eyebrows and his face is nearly finished. I think I can get his hair done this evening. I have about 36 hours to finish it.

Switching Stitching

30 Nov

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Still working on Michael Sheen. I’ve nearly finished stitching his face so I had a bit of a change and switched to working on a few curls. His hair is quite salt and pepper in the reference photo, which gives very good definition to the curly bits. I’m making this for the 9 to 90 creative festival in Swansea,  …..coming up soon

Still At It With Michael Sheen

28 Nov

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Doing it slow ….. very slow ….. will I finish this by the deadline?

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Slowly Stitching Sheen

27 Nov

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Still stitching away at my embroidered portrait of Michael Sheen. Local artist Ann Jordan got in touch to comment that people often don’t realise the immense amount of time put into textile art. She has a fabulous solo show, Life And Loss, at Volcano on Swansea’s High Street at the moment, running until December 2nd. It’s well worth a visit.

 

If you fancy doing your own Michael Sheen in collage please join me and Patti McJones at GS Artists this Friday – follow the link here to book in. It’s free but they appreciate pre-booking so they can work out the catering – they’re providing a free high tea too.

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Carrying On With Michael Sheen

26 Nov

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It’s slow but I’m carrying on with my stitched portrait of the Port Talbot actor, Michael Sheen.

I’m doing it to enter the 9to90 Creative Festival that’s happening in Swansea this month. Lots of artists are running free community arts sessions – Patti McKenna-Jones and I are ging to be GS Artists this Friday with out collage workshop.

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So if you fancy collaging one of the two topics of this year’s festival, Michael Sheen or a new coat of arms for Swansea, follow the link here and book in. It’s free and all the materials will be provided. Would be lovely to see you….

Massed Michael Sheens

25 Nov

 

I spent a very absorbing couple of hours this evening developing an embroidery of the actor Michael Sheen at the Sew Swansea workshop. It’s part of the 9to90 Creative Workshops this year.

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I haven’t done embroidery for decades, not since I was a child, watching my mother embroider and trying out little bits of stitching on scraps of material. It seems very much like drawing, but slower.

Patti McKenna-Jones and I are running  free workshop this coming Friday – please see the leaflet above.

The 9to90 sessions will culminate in an exhibition of massed Michael Sheens at GS Artists next month…..

What’s That When It’s At Home?

24 Nov

I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for decades, just getting on with it, doing my art, mostly sketchbooks from reality, life drawing and printmaking, while working with marginalised people – the homeless and the drug and alcohol dependent. As far as I was concerned, these were not two different things, but are inter-dependent. When people asked what I did, it took ages to explain. Now, apparently, I’m a socially engaged artist. So there we are.

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It isn’t just about how I integrate living as an artist with working with people at the edge of society – it also informs the artwork I do. For example, I made this monotype (above) from my first visit to Pakistan over a decade ago now. It was a relatively peaceful period and we were visiting the Khyber Pass and I was inspired by Afghan refugees travelling back to their homes.

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In my sketchbooks, I draw from real life, both the ordinary that’s around me every day and the special events like demonstrations and meetings. Here’s a drawing I did on the march to commemorate Greenham Common back last year.

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Sometimes my work is directly political, like “Here Be Dragons” that was commissioned last year by Sky Arts TV channel.

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And the flag of Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd designed for the AUOB Cymru marches.

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Recently, I’ve become an artist-in-residence and researcher in the FIRE Laboratory in Swansea University’s Department of Bioscience, working at the interface between art and environmental science.

Or I just draw people getting on with their lives on the streets of Swansea….

 

So when people ask what I do, now I say “I’m a socially engaged artist” and they go “So what’s that when it’s at home then?”

 

And it takes ages to explain …..

Tucked Away

21 Nov

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Just a quick sketch that I did at GS Artists a few days ago, scribbling people in the audience. These little drawings underpin my artistic practice, I have thousands of them, tucked away in cupboards all over the house.

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