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Art in the Park artists Andrea Sinclair and Leyla Folwell have been making some stunning new tiles for the bathroom. Using the shapes and textures of nature, oxides for colour and a simple glaze they have created some beautiful and unique tiles for our studio. Can’t wait to see them on the walls!

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!

We are very happy to announce that Art in the Park and one of our long time volunteers Chris Daniels has won the Topps Tiles Award for Achievement in Mosaics 2010-2011 (yes…that is a mouthful but we got there in the end).

Chris has come a long way, having not had the confidence in the past in his own abilities, art (namely mosaics) has helped him become more confident and also gain a valuable, creative and fun skill. What’s more is the fact that this piece of news has coincided with his 60th birthday! (Just gone the past Sunday) We want to congratulate him and wish him every happiness!

Represented by Art in the Park is artist Jane Higginbottom (who is also Chris’ teacher in mosaics) headed the Kaleidoscope Mosaics project which has won this prize. We ran a series of mosaic workshops as part of Creation’s Kaleidoscope project on the Aylesbury Estate last year.

The judge for this prize was David Tuhill who has taught at various art colleges including The Royal College of Art. He has experience at all levels of art and design education and has been part of various design programmes and businesses.

Here are the comments left by the judge:

Jane Higginbottom, ART IN THE PARK

“What a wonderful idea Kaleidoscope mosaic Project was, the pieces look beautiful on the weathered wall. They must have attracted a lot of admireres. I presume this was your initiative Jane and well done for that, I hope it’s something you can repeat on another occasion.”

Chris Daniels, HEART GARDEN PLANTER

“This plant holder looks so good in situ. Each bloom looks wonderful and compliments the one on either side of it. This goes on all round the holder and is further enhanced by the multi-coloured background. A splendid idea Chris and executed so very well; you win the award, congratulations!”

There was heavy rain today, evident by the pounding on our corrugated ‘skylight’ so we did not do as much gardening as we had hoped. We instead surveyed the beds to see what damage the recent snow and cold weather had caused. Everything seemed fine, the brassicas were ok.

Some jobs for us to do next week include pruning the dormant fruit trees and bushes.

In the studio, we took down the handmade Christmas decorations and made wall plaques from clay. The Heart Gardeners collected interesting plants and pressed them into clay  – we will fire them in the kiln after leaving them to dry out slowly. Similar to the sample ceramics we made previously.