Thursday, 26 January 2017

Introducing Luna Hops

I spent last week painting one of Cotswold March Hare Festival's large hares, you'll know already if you keep up with my sporadic blog posting or social medias. My sponsors at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester kindly let me use the pop-up studio as I wasn't convinced the fibre glass creature would make the journey up to Wilmslow in one piece. It was cosy and peaceful and I had a wonderful stream of folk popping in to see what I was up to. Lovely week!


I went about designing the hare in flat profiles in the hope that the design would wrap around the hare nicely- of course my mural projects are generally on a flat surface so that's what felt most natural to me, and luckily worked ok.




Along with New Brewery Arts the project was also sponsored by Corinium Ales and Geoffrey Carr Garden Design, so between us had a dream brief drawn up with the theme of this year's trail as 'heritage'. I looked at the history of brewing in Cirencester and old images of New Brewery Arts with it's former large chimneys and the Barrel Store which I'd already worked on the branding of, it was a no-brainer. 

After pencilling on where everything would sit, I went about painting in acrylic wreaths of hops and barley for making the ale, pub relics, brewing equipment in the most amazing copper and a couple of Cirencester ties- the hare mosaic from Roman times and Sophie Ryder's beautiful grey hound sculptures which (used to) sit outside.








My wonderful sponsors, Geoffrey Carr Garden Design, Yours truly, Tracey from New Brewery Arts and Lucy of Corinium Ales. All excellent people.



You'll notice I've only really got images of the hare from one side, but with any luck I will have a time lapse video of the whole process I'll be able to show you soon, excited for that.

I'm feeling a bit love sick since I finished up if I'm honest! Over the course of the week 'it' became a 'she', and we all finally settled on a name, 'Luna hops'. Luna, Latin for moon- being a moon gazing type stance, again with the local Roman links and a nod to Lucy's fabulously named (delicious) beers, and Hops, used to make the beer and a play on hares-a-hopping! Clever, eh? She's off for a high shine varnish at the car garage so she'll be able to withstand whatever the British summer throws at us, and goes on show with the rest of the 80 hares throughout the Cotswolds from March 25th this year, before getting auctioned for charity in the Autumn. Hope you like her, I can't wait to see the rest of the 'Flick'.


S x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Cirencester March Hare Trail

A belated happy new year to you! I hope you had a wonderful festive time, I'm easing myself very gently into 2017 and have some nice plans to tell you about...

I've been working on something quite different since Christmas, a departure from my usual flat walls, a large fiberglass hare! He'll form part of the Cirencester March Hare Festival where, once finished he'll join many others and become part of a public art trail which will encourage people to explore the beautiful Cotswolds. Why a hare, you ask? Hares have historical ties to the area, for instance the hare motif in mosaic works dug-up close by. You know I'm rather fond of them anyway, they crop up quite regularly in my work which means I'm pretty thrilled to be asked to paint a huge one! For details on when the trails are a-go, check the website here. I believe the launch is around Mother's day- what could be a nicer thing to do indeed? The hares will be auctioned in Autumn this year where they'll hopefully raise a tonne of cash for charities including National Star and historical renovation works in the towns and villages the hares have appeared in. I'm all for that.



Next week the nice folk at New Brewery Arts are letting me take over the pop-up studio next door, where you can catch me painting the large creature. Pop in and say hello! They are also the sponsors for my Hare, along with Corinium Ales and Geoff Carr Garden Design. Dream team. It's been quite a challenge thinking in dimensions and I'm not even sure how long it'll take me, but am sure up to doing something different to start the year off...

Will show you the progress shots soon, have an excellent weekend! S x


Monday, 17 October 2016

Wilmslow Art Trail 2016 in Pictures

This past weekend has seen me sat in a pub for three days. Not unusual for some, you may think, though this past weekend I've been in with the good folk at Brewhouse and Kitchen who have been my host venue as part of Wilmslow Art Trail, where various artists and craftspeople have taken over venues across the normally sleepy town...


To be honest, I'd never done such a thing and had no idea what to expect- my paranoia of being on display and in the public eye with other professionals in a place new to me made me all kinds of productive! I hadn't painted on a canvas in probably 10 years, but I did. I knocked up some screen printed cushions from an older drawing, I'd been meaning to for ages. I launched my new A to Z Wall Hangings, I'm very excited about. I painted my heart out on wooden blocks and got out of my jeans and into a dress, for heavens sake!


The feedback and encouragement from everyone who came to see my work along the trail was just fantastic, and I feel like I live in Wilmslow a bit more now, which is nice. Thanks so much to everyone who came along and said hello, and of course to those who organised the event and to The Brewhouse for having me!


S x

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wilmslow Art Trail

It's all go here as I prep for my first Wilmslow Art Trail in our new home. A load of artists take over a load of venues in the area this Fri 14th - Sun 16th October, how about that! You'll find me exhibiting with the good folk at Brewhouse and Kitchen fri & sat 11-6, sun 12-4.30. Hope to see you there!



S x

Friday, 16 September 2016

Shiny & New!

Hi folks,

I wanted to let you know about some new products I have in my shop! As much as I absolutely *love* doing work in collaboration with others, I was very conscious my own range was looking a little tired, so it's been a joy to come up with some new bits for you to peruse...








I'd love to know what you think of everything, there's new stationery, a new Avocado print to match the ever popular Fig, embroidered wool brooch pins, and shiny enamel pins from my little illustrations! I'm wearing mine on everything, and Jordan is sporting a Seagull on his cap. Representin'. Have a look here if any of that tickles your fancy.

I've also been holding a stall at Wilmslow Artisan Market which is on the 3rd Saturday of every month, 11-4pm so come along if you'd like to do some nice shopping, eating and say hello in person!

S x

Friday, 26 August 2016

Mural Artworks & all change

My poor, neglected blog! I can only apologize...all is well over here, I've had my head down keeping busy and we've since moved to Wilmslow, Cheshire after Lionhead Studios, where my partner worked was closed down. After being entirely stumped having just settled into Farnham quite nicely, thank you, It's luckily turned out to be a change for the better. I'm a firm believer of 'everything happens for a reason', (I have to be!) So now I'm here, enjoying walks in the green Cheshire countryside and the awe-inspiring Peaks, and everything wonderful Manchester on our doorstep has to offer...I want to go to North Wales, I want to go to Yorkshire, I want to go to Cumbria...so much of the North to explore!



I'm still settling in and keen to get back to business! I've been creating and photographing lots of nice new work for my online shop, thinking about Wilmslow Art Trail in October (and Christmas, gulp!) and finally adding the mural work I've done earlier this year to my website. Hook me up if you've any recommendations in the area or if you'd like one of my murals for your very own- I'm dying to do some private commissions for kids bedrooms and cafes and schools and such! 

Until next time, 
S x

p.s. I'm over on Instagram, follow me there for a more regular correspondence! 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Leaving Helsinki commission

I was recently commissioned by a group of friends to paint something to remember Helsinki by, for friends of theirs leaving Finland. I loved working on this and reminded me of my own time living in the city, just over a year ago. This is the perfect travel-sized solution, and will hopefully remind them of happy times spent in Helsinki too!