In a new series of posts Art in the Park artists are going to be sharing some of the things which have been inspiring them recently and some of the sights and sounds getting them into a creative move. The first post of inspirations comes from our ceramicist Leyla Folwell.
I am seeing…… Must take this opportunity to say that TV is the ruination of society, throw it away – you will have better relationships. TED talks are my favorite research media at the moment. Check this video out!
I am reading…… Eat,Pray,Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It s beautiful, reminded me of my time in India and it also reminded me to just ask the Universe for help instead of trying to do it all on your own. It works you know ; )
I am visiting…… I saw Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum. I really loved it, brilliant demonstration of what inspires and artist and how that can manifest. I enjoyed his playfulness, a pleasant release… I can be too intense about my topics for my work.
Very excited about seeing Picasso and David Hockney!
I am thinking about….. The Sketchbook Project
My chosen theme is Time & Distance, I am doing a journey from home on the 188 bus to the British Museum (a bit Perry inspired) it is studies of people and artifacts and photographic record of the roads. It s an exploration of reincarnated souls I think….
I am cooking…… Oh, I am not really I am living off soup, Cynthia’s rice & peas and Berroca vitamins! – I am usually better than this but just need things to warm up a bit so I can feel inspired again.
I am hearing…… My brother had a sort out in my parents roof and gave me my old cassette tapes – when I am driving I am enjoying the Scorpions and Judas Priest!!!! – I was a rebel lol!! As I type I am listening to Cat Stevens…. (retired rebel)
I am making…… Andrea http://www.artinthepark.co.uk/andrea-sinclair.html and I are making tiles for the Art in the Park bathroom. I love working with other artists, it gets lonely working on your own all the time…. ahhhhhh………… he he ; ) tough life!
I am currently working in Acton Park creating a Story telling seating area.
In celebration of the “Roots to the fruit project” as part of Black history month 2011.
I’ve been working with community elders and local children to create carved imagery for the Seating area.
The London Plane timber was donated by Ealing Council from a previously felled specimen.
The wood carves very well and has a distinctive grain pattern somtimes called lacewood due to its likeness to the patterns of lacework.
The project has been supported by Acton Arts Forum and The Apple Art block.
The work is to be unveiled on Nov 5th 2011, 2-5pm.
More on my work at www.timnorris.co.uk
Received some amazing pictures last week from one of our artists, Jill Newman. The images are of the largest ‘urban forest’ in the country, inside the Heygate Estate, Elephant and Castle.
It needs protecting from Southwark Council and property developers Lend-Leese who plan to demolish the old estate and build “luxury flats.” (Jill Newman)
Click here to see the rest of the images. I particularly like the black and white ones as it gives it a more magical quality, like a well-kept secret.
In 1977/78 I was 18/19 yrs old and at Herts College of Art and Design in St. Albans doing a foundation course in art. During this time, it was at the height of the Punk scene. I was a punkette and was already experimenting with deconstruction and recycling of clothes. The” Sex Pistols” had just played at the Art college and a local record company started up:” Waldo’s Record”s, calling all teens to go out and form a band! So began a strong vibrant local scene. Punks, skinheads, hippies, teddy-boys and the old Jamaican community all mingled together at “The Horn Of Plenty” pub to watch bands play every week.
A few of my drawings circa 1978 are being shown at the” Satellite” exhibition at the museum of St. Albans. They are fragments from a cartoon diary I made for the amusement of myself and my friends. They were never originally intended for public consumption, and not all of the material was suitable for the museum’s family clientele. However, to my delight, some pieces are included.
Details of the exhibition are found below.
St Albans Punk & New Wave ’76 – 81′ is an exhibition focusing on the explosion of creativity that followed the appearance of the Sex Pistols at St Albans College of Art and Design.
The exhibition will be linked to a number of complementary events during St Albans musicCity.
The Museum of St Albans
Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR
March 8 – April 2 2011
Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Acoustic New Wave Special hosted by Bill Johnson with Nick Stephenson, Gary Sear, Mark Lee and special guests
A collection will be made for Grove House
St. Albans ‘Music City’ Festival
In November, I released some portrait sketches of local SE17 characters (particular to the Pullens Estate) from their hiding places within my sketch books. They are presented as prints at the Electric Elephant Cafe, Crampton St. SE17 until the 28th January 2011. Below are some examples to peak your interest if it isn’t already peaked! (click thumbmail for larger image and brief character bio)
“SketchBook” Exhibition by Jill Newman
Self-portrait of artist as a young (and blonde) woman
Punky Neil by Jill Newman
Tony by Jill Newman
Lesley by Jill Newman
Jane by Jill Newman
Dave (affectionately known as “Crazy Dave”) by Jill Newman
Martin by Jill Newman
Tim “Trim” by Jill Newman
Some things about me and the Pullens Estate
I lived on The Pullens for about 15 years.
I had my two babies here and it’s the back-drop to their childhood. There were a lot of like-minded mums so bringing up our kids mostly was fun and sociable and inter-actively creative.
The estate had a high number of squats. Tenants and squatters united to fight and win a massive, televised eviction in the 1980’s. Battles were fought between putting on Pantomimes, Opera’s, festivals, Busking and numerous gigs.
Art and music really helped bring everyone together and raise morale.
Squatters went on to be given tenancies on their flats!
I used to work in Fair Shares food co-op and am delighted that it is still going strong.
There has been a more than generous proliferation of vivid characters living here – some who have ended up in my sketch books.
I now wish I had documented more people than did….. It was just something I did when a visitor called – in between cups of tea and cigarettes!
My collaborations with Art in the Park