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Project U-neek Event: Green Space Salons

Green Space Salons 01/08/2013

I was also invited to the last event of Phase 1 of Project U-neek, not displaying artwork this time however. This last event in Phase 1 featured the artwork of Alexandria Robinson-Sutherland herself, a nice idea to be able to show the artwork of the project’s creator at the last event and finalise this phase. The venue for this event was Green Space Salons, which is an unusual but interesting venue for an art event. Alex’s work primarily focuses on the natural and organic with an emphasis on the floral form, in this instance the artwork beautifully compliments the organic and ‘green’ nature of the salon.


The wall space inside the salon was used extremely well, the artwork was spread out between a couple of rooms and could easily be seen when passing through the space. You can see how the artwork fits in perfectly with the overall feel of the venue and I’m sure many patrons of the salon, who wouldn’t usually be familiar with the artist’s work, will be interested in the colourful, floral canvases.



The performing artist at this event was Tandy (or Tandi- not sure of the spelling sorry, would love to give a link) who performed a couple of cover songs and a beautiful original song, a very engaging singer. Again, the music was perfect for bringing the whole event together and was suitable for the venue and the artwork.




As this time Alex was the interviewee, the interviewer was Daniel Blyden who I thought asked just the right questions about artwork, methods, practices and Project U-neek. It was interesting to hear all the hard work gone into the project and also Alex’s thoughts on her own work. I found it quite intriguing that she said although she receives a lot of comments liking her work to Georgia O’Keeffe she cites Picasso as being her main creative inspiration. Personally I see a resemblance of floral and organic forms to O’Keeffe however the issues addressed do differ- I can definitely see Picasso’s difference of perspective and importance of the line reflected in Alex’s work.




This event also featured a great spread of refreshments, selected free treatments in the rooms of the salon and also a great variety of raffle prizes. I actually won a prize myself- afternoon tea for two in the Artwork Cafe where the previous event was held. Ah, lucky number 16.


In between the scheduled points of the evening there was plenty of time to meet other people and network. These events are particularly good for networking as they are formal openings but uphold a very relaxed atmosphere, perfect for emerging creatives with social anxiety like me. The atmosphere and the people behind Project U-Neek make an extremely comfortable platform for artists and those interested in the art world to come together and celebrate.


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Project U-neek Event: The Artwork Cafe

This blog post is a little overdue, however I’ve had a lot of stressful family and personal stuff going on since I went to the July 4th event  at The Artwork Cafe, Birmingham– so is life.

The Artwork Cafe 04/07/2013

I was invited by Alexandria Robinson-Sutherland, the creator of Project U-Neek, to display at the event alongside the featured artist/illustrator Agata Duda. I took along a few pieces of disaster spectacle artwork produced on my MA course I completed last September and some current smaller pieces from a project I’m currently working on. I usually work in series of images along a certain theme so I figured taking two series of works would demonstrate this and also allow me to talk about the theme and subjects behind each series.


The venue was great for displaying artwork/illustration on the wall for patron of the cafe to enjoy- I like that Project U-neek’s idea of displaying artwork in places other than studios and galleries. It manages to bring artists and their artwork to an audience that may not decide to walk into a gallery or have a specific interest in the art world. The focus on local and emerging artists also helps with recognition and experience of displaying artwork which is vital to the emerging artist. In this regard there also seems to be a great support system behind the artists that are selected, this definitely helps with confidence as an artist especially when talking about your own work in front of an audience.



There was also an interview with the featured artist conducted by Alex. An insight into the artist’s methods and motivation is always a great accompaniment to viewing their artwork. I also think this is an important part of bringing emerging artists to the attention of local and public audiences as I’ve found that sometimes the idea of ‘the artist’ can get misconstrued. In my experience, people are far more likely to talk to you about your artwork when they’re aware of your inspiration and how you try and present your ideas. It results in far more interesting conversations anyway.



The event had lovely refreshments and a raffle with a wide variety of prizes. In between announcements and the interview there were a couple of live performances by Asher Soul which I thought really bought the event together and showed support of all local art forms.

Overall this was a great event for the local community, the venue itself and ,of course, emerging artists.

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Thoughts of Inspiration

I received an ask on Tumblr about where inspiration can be found during an ‘art block.’ Where do you find something you can work with and your mind can relate to, to keep you creating. I thought I’d post my answer here too as it demonstrates how I’m always collecting ‘things’ to use in my artwork:


I guess I get it from all different kinds of places. I learned from university lecturers and my own experience that always collecting and having readily available ‘sources of inspiration’ to hand is a necessity.

I’m always collecting ‘things’ usually paper ephemera but can also be little objects, writing down quotes or words I’ve heard or seen throughout the day- having a notebook/sketchbook with you when you go out is so important. You never know when ‘inspiration with strike’ as they say.

I also have a folder on my computer and my phone of images that I collect- photos taken myself, images saved from the internet, images scanned in. Usually something that has caught my eye or made me think that somehow I’ll be able to use it later. I don’t always know how I’ll use it at that time but it’s something that interested me.

Another thing that is invaluable to know is that strikes of inspiration are rare. Continually making work, writing etc will breed it’s own inspiration.  Even if you make something that you don’t like- cut it up and stick it back together differently. Choose a word at random and make something to convey it there are many online communities that can assist with this.

The internet is also, of course, a great source of inspiration- follow artists works, writers prose, search randomly on google images. I’ve come to love tumblr as a continuing source of visuals that I find ways to put into my organised chaos of inspiration.

That was a bit of a long answer but hopefully at least you can see that even when I’m stuck with a block, I’m no more that a few clicks away from something to boost my artist’s brain.


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Artwork Update

A few more updated images of the large plane painting which is not completely finished yet. I have used this image and technique in a smaller work, here I am experimenting with scale.

The image itself I feel does has a larger impact on the viewer and sense of space, of course I do think that how the work is eventually displayed will also affect this. I will have to take this into account if it’s one of the works I choose for the end of year MA exhibition.

I slightly changed the technique I used for the text image transfer. I pulled away the entire paper sheet from the emulsion for the majority of the text and also used the usual technique of wetting and rubbing away the backing of the paper sheet in some places to give different texture.

The left half of the image is distressed with ink and water added to somewhat reference the heavy rain and wet conditions of the runway on landing. On this scale the ‘hard’ edge of the ink and text I feel is more visible however I think the lines of the image being this big do not look as ‘fragmented’ as I’d like. When making images on a larger scale like this I think I should limit the lines used in outlines and the text to emphasises fragmentation.

I’ve also included some close up images of the texture of the paper and the ink. All images are taken with my phone so not impressive quality but when everything is finished I’m planning on taking better images with my DSLR.

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New Large Artwork

This morning I started my first large artwork this semester. Obviously based on the 1999 Britannia crash in Girona, Spain as that’s the crash I’ve been working on the last month.

This is the first stage that makes it onto the 200gsm Fabriano paper. The text is a mixture of crash report text and headlines at the time of the crash, the two types of texts use different fonts.

The image of the plane itself is a quick drawing of mine scanned in, enlarged and digitally added onto the text. It is then printed out onto 30 sheets of A4 for image transfer onto the paper via an emulsion transfer technique. This techniques allows me to print the text on a large scale (without the cost of a professional printer) and gives the paper a rougher texture.  This stage shown in the photograph is the transfer being applied the Fabriano paper, when this is dry I then wet it and remove the first layer leaving the inkjet ink on the Fabriano

I then plan to draw and paint back into the image and use various ink techniques pertaining to the context of the crash.

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