Due to the Covid 19 pandemic I have not exhibited in any exhibitions or galleries so far this year. You can still buy online at my shop here. And now that we are coming out of lockdown you can see work in real life and also buy it at Ethel Loves Me in Rye or Henry Paddon Contemporary Art in Eastbourne.
St Peter and St Paul Church, Newchurch, Romney Marsh, Kent
My Sea Creature, inspired by basketry techniques used in willow lobster pots and fish traps, is on display in this pop up exhibition that is happening as part of Art in Romney Marsh’s 2019 installations in several medieval churches on Romney Marsh.
There is lots of information, photos, and examples of how baskets and nets were made and used for fishing in this exhibition at Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery this week. Contemporary work by Mary Butcher, Louise Paul and myself also on display.
My partner and I have recently got into charcoal production. The Artists Charcoal that we produce is made on the fire at home from bits of willow leftover from basketmaking.
Tin of willow just removed from the fire embers
It is an interesting process where the wood has to be burnt but the amount of oxygen it has access to is reduced. This burns off all the impurities in the wood leaving pure charcoal. We seal it in a tin and then put it on the fire.
We now have boxes of this charcoal for sale in Neames, the Art shop in Rye and Artwright in Hythe
We make it at home on a fire so it might not be up to the professional standard of some of the big suppliers so if you are an artist that requires all the pieces in a box to be a standard colour and softness it may not be for you. We have met artists that enjoy the variation however and of course our charcoal is cheaper