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A rollercoaster week!

First of all I would like to give a huge apology for not keeping up to date with the blog whilst the art weeks have been happening. It has been an amazing but draining experince setting up and being invloved in the exhibition, I say draining but don’t mean this in a negative way. It’s almost like the months of build up and anticipation are being released and I’m beginning to understand my work more and my confidence has grown in leaps and bounds after watching people fall into the miniature felted worlds I have created. The draining process has also ment that I have new room to grow fresh ideas within and I have so many plans for future pieces that I just can’t wait to get started!! 🙂 Tomorrow (saturday 27th) I will be in Number Seven demonstrating my felting process, It would be lovely to meet you 🙂 xxx

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Summing up before setting up

Earlier this year, I spent some time wandering around and across the Somerset Levels, allowing my meanderings to seep into my sketchbook, making mental notes about what inspired me.

As I started to pull ideas together, I was drawn to the structures that bridge the rivers, land and ditches and how the shadows and reflections they cast, extend the space they occupy.

Three in particular represented to me the imprint of agriculture, architecture and change on the Levels.

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My main inspiration has been the Cocklemoor Bridge at Langport, designed by Richard La Trobe Batemen, contrasting with one crossing the Parrett further downstream on Stathe Drive near Stoke St Gregory.

On first appearance, the Levels are a slowly changing rural environment, but at every turn there is evidence of the human impact through technology and materials. I have tried to capture this in subtle ways through visual and sound recordings that will be projected onto surfaces, creating change and movement.

Working from their structures and the imagery of shadows and reflections thrown by them, I have distilled shapes into surface pattern, cutting away areas to create new shadows and line.

Now to display it all so it makes sense to me and everyone who visits the Black Swan.

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With an international reputation for designing and building structures from bridges to furniture,  I’m very excited and privileged to be able to display Richard La Trobe Bateman’s scale model of the Cocklemoor Bridge alongside my own work.

Venues

The Levels and Moors is supported by the following venues:

Black Swan Arts
2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB
Tel 01373 473980 Email: office@blackswan.org.uk

Black Swan Arts is a popular arts centre in the heart of the vibrant and creative market town of Frome, Somerset. The centre contains galleries, shops, cafe, and the Round Tower where artist-led workshops and community events take place. We aim to provide inspiration for the creative talents of Frome and its surroundings. The galleries feature a mixed programme of contemporary art and craft.

Opening Times:
Gallery and Studios Monday to Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm;
Café Monday to Saturday: 8.30am – 5.30pm

Thornreed Studios
Lower Godney, Wells, Somerset BA5 1RZ
A home studios of artist Simon Ledson (www.simonledson.co.uk) and Jane Peck (www.janepeck.co.uk). The couple kindly offers space to host one of our artist during the Open Studios event.

Opening Times: During Open Studios Event only (21st September to 5th October) Open everyday, 11am to 6pm.

Number Seven
7 The High Street, Dulverton, Exmoor Somerset, TA22 9HB
Tel: 01398 324457 Email: info@numbersevendulverton.co.uk

Established in 2002 in the Exmoor town of Dulverton, Number Seven has gained a reputation for selling a selection of high quality  ceramics, sculpture, prints and paintings from British artists. It also offer good range of books and regular exhibitions. One of the owner Davina Jelley is our blogger since 2013 somersetartworksblog.blogspot.co.uk

Opening Time: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Somerset Guild of Craftsmen

The Courthouse Gallery, Home of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, Market Place, West Street, Somerton, TA11 7LX

Tel: 01458 274653  Email: courthouse@somersetguild.co.uk

One of the oldest Craft Guilds in the country and has been promoting excellence in design and craftsmanship for 80 years. Centrally based in the beautiful little town of Somerton, the ancient capital of Wessex, the Guild has a County wide membership of over 160 members. The Courthouse Gallery is open throughout the year showcasing an ever increasing range of members’ work for you to admire and buy knowing that you have acquired a piece that is beautifully and individually created by a local maker.

Opening Time: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm