I’m on the trail!

This week sees the publication of the fabulous ‘Adopt An Artist’ and yarn bombing trail leaflet for the Taunton Live Arts Festival 2018 … and I’m on the trail at locations 10 and 28!

Location 10 is the wonderful Polkadot Gallery jewellery shop in Riverside Place, just off St James’s Street, where I will have a selection of quilled and paper bead jewellery on display (and for sale!) during the whole month of July. It’s a real privilege for me to be able to show my work in such a prestigious location.  I am extremely grateful to Festival organiser Jenny Keogh for arranging this ‘adoption’ placement (which came as a completely unexpected surprise!), and also to Gallery Manager, Sarah Joblin, for welcoming me so warmly.

Location 28 is the beautiful parish church of St Mary Magdalene in Church Square where I will be displaying a new collection of quilled collage pictures from 19th July until 2nd August.  This will be my second ‘adoption’ by the church where I also displayed my work during the Festival in 2016, and it is a real honour to have been asked to return once again.  Some of the pictures I will be showing have already been showcased here on my blog in earlier posts, all tagged with the label ‘Insignia collection’.

If you are in Somerset next month, I do hope that you will take the opportunity to follow the Festival trail and see the amazing creative work that will be on show all around Taunton.  If you visit four ‘Adopt An Artist’ locations, you can even enter a competition to win the prize of an original piece of art by Jenny Keogh – see details below:

If you are coming to the Festival, you also won’t want to miss the Big Saturday on 21st July where I will be demonstrating quilling in the Artists’ Quarter in Goodlands Gardens alongside many other talented participants. There will be food and a programme of live entertainment too.  I just can’t wait …

 

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The Art Of Storytelling

In my last post, I reported on the video interview that was filmed by documentary-maker Owen Nutkins featuring me and my quilling, during my recent residency in Taunton.

The finished documentary containing this footage has now been released and you can view it here:

 

Its title, ‘The Art Of Storytelling’, reflects the content of the video which examines ways in which a group of different artists – myself included – endeavour to tell stories through their art.

It was a privilege for me to be involved in this project, and it was great to have the opportunity to speak publicly about quilling in a way that may, hopefully, help to bring it to the attention of a wider audience.  The other participants represent a wide variety of artistic genres, and so we all had very different ideas to contribute.  Storytelling through art is certainly a very interesting topic to explore.

I have managed to collect a few ‘screen grabs’ from the video, and am posting them here because they provide an excellent record of the exciting two weeks that I spent in Taunton.  Here they are:

The interview at Hestercombe with an inset photo of me teaching quilling

 

Quilling at Hestercombe in a biting easterly wind!

 

Quilling outdoors on your lap is certainly not easy!

 

At work quilling during my residency at CICCIC

 

Quilling a new design using pins on a board

 

A selection of my quilled pictures on the gallery wall at CICCIC during a meeting of the local Creatives Club

 

All these moments have taken on a somewhat dream-like quality for me now, but fortunately it will not be long before I am back in Taunton once again to play my part during the forthcoming Taunton Live Arts Festival 2018, whose organisers – Jenny Keogh and Liz Hutchin – are also featured in the documentary.

I hope to have plenty more news from my activities in Taunton before too long.