I use found scraps mixed with paint, glue and stitching to create energetic and intricate collages. Often, I collage to capture and consolidate a particular memory or feeling, linked to a person, place or event.
Unusually for an artist, I see ‘community artwork’ as part of developing my own artistic ideas, rather than as a separate and unrelated entity. Community involvement happens to different extents in most my pieces; whether that be someone bringing me their sweet wrapper to incorporate in a piece, or working with a group of school children to design and create an artwork that will communicate a specific message. My ability to enthuse people creatively has been endorsed by numerous colleagues and professionals I have worked with. My recent Arts Council funded project was hailed ‘a magical thing to be part of’, and ‘wonderfully imaginative’ by participants and audience members.
Portraits can be made up of photos, tickets, and memorabilia from the life of someone special. Allow 3 months for a commission
When I come back from a new place, I often consolidate my memories by building up a collage, using whatever tickets, sweet wrappers and other scraps are festering at the bottom of my bag!
This is a commission for a 40th birthday, and is created from a box of the birthday girl’s memories – including badges, cards, notes, tickets, old school shirts and photos. The scene is her Grandfather’s cottage, set in the Irish hills, where the family have shared many happy memories.
These collages are all collaborations with schools, WI groups, and community organisations. If your group is interested in collaging, do get in touch!
I enjoy drawing too, and host a portrait class at my studio on the 3rd Monday of every month