We’re so over skirting boards!

Over night, the picture fairies came in and magically hung my paintings on the vacant wall. Where I had nothing to attach them to, the means of attachment appeared; and where dizzying heights would have dizzied me off the ladder, a sure-footed goat of a helper hung two paintings by barely visible fishing line. Some others had to sit this round out but they’re in a drawer nearby and, like the burglar’s mate, I can spring them any time.

I’ll most likely be there 11-2 on the 28th-30th and 4th-5th, with the very experienced Caroline and Andie picking up in the afternoons – their work is on the other walls.

If you spotted that absolutely beautiful clock in the first picture above – well that tells you what the room is like. The rest of Sakala? Full of parasols, wraps, skirts, tops, bits, bobs, and trinkets in the most vibrant colours you can imagine. I won’t get out of there without at least one thing I never knew I needed, and that will be every day!

Strayfish Arts on the trail

Sometimes you just have to give paint and water the day off to play together. Left to get on with it, these have made some fine little labels and business cards in earth and sky colours. All very abstract although I’m sure I saw a rabbit in one of them!

Now, remember those rubber stamp printers where you fiddled around picking up individual letters or numbers with a pair of eyebrow tweezers and stuck them in rows on a little platform to make an address? Well I need the 21st century version of that!

#labels #businesscards #handmade #homemade #steyningarts #arttrail #sakalasussex

Steyning Arts Trail – what’s coming to Sakala

I’ve been doing some unwrapping today and i absolutely can’t wait to get these on a wall! With many, many thanks to Frames at the Golding Barn industrial estate, these are ready to meet their public.

Mounted and framed under glass. Size approx 27″x21″.

This piece, impossible to photograph so it definitely needs to be seen in person, this is a work of gloss on gloss on gloss. Acrylics on glossed black card and echoing in abstract some of the gilded work of Klimt.

Mounted but not framed. A1 size.

Born of a lockdown bus trip via webcam from Lancaster to Keswick, this piece is made from strips of mirror foil, painted with dilute watercolours and acrylics, some allowed to drift downwards by gravity and find its own way to the bottom, some blown onto different courses using a handheld air blower. There are so many reflections here, again it’s a monster to photograph. It does have its own video though, and there’ll be a QR code nearby for visitors to access it.

These were made as a pair, the one on the left a print of the one on the right. But they carry different textual elements; one from the I Ching, the other the Tao Te Ching, both Chinese philosophical guides. I chose the first source for text from a page opened at random in the I Ching (on the right) and then mirrored that page for the Tao Te Ching text on the left. They work well as a pair or as standalone pieces.

I think I need another house with nothing in it but white walls. Oh right – that would be a gallery, wouldn’t it!

Steyning Arts Trail August 28th-30th and September 4th-5th. Sakala, High Street, Steyning.

Strayfish Arts at Sakala!

I’m so pleased to be exhibiting at Sakala in Steyning High street. I knew this shop when it was barely more than a cupboard in Cobblestones and when my sister saw a photo of it, she wanted to move in. Everything is directly sourced and the makers paid properly for their work; this is where buying local means buying from local communities of small scale makers, often women, helping them out of poverty. Take a look at their Instagram account and prepare to be swamped by colour!

I said earlier that I’d be taking mostly small pieces, the kind you can carry home under one arm or slip in a shopping bag, but I might have a couple of bigger pieces hot off the easel by the time we get to the end of August. Those would be unframed and a bit unwieldy in a half-decent breeze so you’d probably need transport.

Trail dates are August 28th – 30th and the 4th and 5th of September although Sakala is open during regular shop hours too. Hope to see you soon, COVID, as ever, permitting!