Sunday, 22 April 2012

Heartlands: Ready, Steady, Go!!

Once upon a time there was an artist called Louise who had a dream of opening a gallery to show and sell her own work and that of other artists. In 2011 she and Peter opened Studiofourseven in Redruth with this ethos:

We love art. Absolutely adore it. And so we wanted to create a fantastic environment for artists to display their work and for people who love art as much as us to come and buy some.
So, after much thought and a fair amount of hard work, Studiofourseven was born.

The gallery was an immediate success, with an eclectic mix of arts including lino prints, textiles, ceramics, paintings, photography, jewellery and mosaics. 

Fast forward to January 2012 and Louise had a new dream - to form a collective of 16 artists from Studiofourseven who would take the gallery to a new level at the brand new project that is Heartlands. 

So, after much thought and a huge amount of very hard work, Fourseven Collective was born:

A Collective of 16 artists offering Art, Paintings, Print Making, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, Jewellery and much more all under one roof at number 2 Artist's Terrace, Heartlands - the new regeneration on the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site centred around the old Robinson Shaft at Pool, Cornwall.

At the heart of the collective and the gallery at Heartlands is the same ethos that made Studiofourseven gallery so great to be part of as an artist, and for the customers who came to the shop: a love of art.

On Friday 20th April Heartlands and the Fourseven Collective gallery and shop opened with three days of celebrations following.

So come and visit - you'll be sure of a very warm welcome:)

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Poetry for the soul ~ National Poetry Month

Poetry is good for the soul: it's a well known medical fact, and April is National Poetry Month, the UK book trade's annual celebration of poetry.

The nature of this celebration is to experiment, take risks, collaborate and find exciting ways to introduce a general readership to our national art.

National Poetry Month was introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry, and the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture.

My take on this is to use poetry text in the jewellery that I make, matching it with vintage and reclaimed materials, so that the words become an integral part of the piece.

Words, both written and spoken, are sound energy, and as such have meaning beyond the immediate word. In poetry, this effect is intensified by the poet's art. My intention is that my work captures some essence of the original poem.

The Japanese haiku is a poetic form that paints a picture in the reader's mind:


And Sylvia Plath's poetry is sublime: