Monday, July 4

Slow Summer

Well although my summer has been extremally busy since the exhibition, each day seems to be going slow.
i have a busy july ahead of me also but the new project begins in august for me.
Recently i visited the New Designers in London, i recomend all art lovers to visit, its an amazing exhibition, and hopefully i will be there next year.

I know this is a short entry, but like i said im a busy girl, i have no internet to hand as ive just moved out so wont be another entry for a while. as the DMU library isnt my best friend at the moment with silly opening hours.

Hope my follows, have a great summer.


Wednesday, June 8

Better late than NEVER

Just over 2.5 meters this piece took over 26hrs to make.
Laser cut pieces (the loose bits from the other pieces and samples)
Calico, tracing paper and fabriano paper, on wire.
This piece brought back great memories from my journey through college one perticular year, with a great tutor SALLY POSKITT. Whitout her I wouldn't be here today, she is and always will be a great tutor and I can NOT thank her enough for the help and support she gave me for a whole year. (Well pretty much still to this day.)


Throughout this project my life was average, easy going hard at work at uni, and paying the bills, glamorous I know, but I had some bad news about a dear family member very close to my heart, this amazing woman is everything to me, she's my daddy, my best friend and my rock. She's been there from day one, she's told me off and grounded me, gave me hug when i've cried and laughed with me when im happy, oh and laughed at me, plenty of times.
At the end of every phonecall, on every evening of every day of the year, she always says the same thing, and this is where the name for these pieces get their names from.
It gives me the greatest joy to name these pieces after my NANNAN.

nan - "be good"
me - "I always am"
nan - "Just like me"
me - "yup Just like you"

I look forward to hearing these words for a long time to come.
Love you nannan x

"Just like me" on the right "Just like you" on the left.

"Just like me" Different sizes, each  piece is a laser cut piece of Fabriano paper.
The design if from a crochet sample, I drew in the gaps to creat a lace type pattern I then spent hours recreating the patteren on cad, to make such beautiful work.
"Just like you" same thing just bigger and not sculptured. Set of 3, layered.

OH and to tell you all i'm of to cornwall, on friday with my family my Nannan going to be so happy down there, best money i've ever spent. Visiting all her favorite places, newquay, st ives and lands-end.

Wednesday, May 18

Too little too late

Hi all i know i havn't updated this in a while, and this wll only be a little post, the exhabition went extremally well. my family got up to see it was a great pleasure as well to see my old tutor, good old Sally, I wouldn't be were i am today without her.

When i find my memory card i will upload a few photos of my work in the gallery, unfortuantly I didn't sell anything but if you do like any of the work do let me know.

well thats it for now. do keep a look out there will be more really soon.

Tuesday, May 3

The Set Up

Well the time came today to go to the gallery and set up some work.
As you can see a few of my group are extremally happy to be there, yeah sure. this been at 11.30am and the stress levels are running high.
Although not us all there are some smiles about.

Below on the left we have Charlie aka 2D obseving her work been done, just kiddin she's a hard worker just taking a break. Another pair of hard workers of the day on my right we have Rini and Emma aka Chocoholic and Gobby, I see a smile.

Another big smile from louisa aka Weeza, working hard as always, weeza has been my support throught this whole event, we have shared some stressful times, but we keep smiling through it.

Although it may seem that i walked round with my camera all day i did NOT, indeed my work was delayed but i expected that as my place in the gallery is the door way No 1, the 1st you see good place i think, but this came with its downfalls waiting for people to move things, making sure everything had arrived so knowone would stand on my work while coming through one of 3 doors.
After painting plinths that wasn't mine, wall spaces that wasn't mine and eating a Mc D's it was my time, the time being 3.45pm.
In the hour and 45mins i had left of the day i did manage to get up one of my three pieces. SUCCESS!!
Things were looking up, and had taken a good turn from the hetic morning, I walked out of the gallery with a smile on my face, cuts on my hands and paint on my bum.
Then came more trouble, but all in a days work.
Happy reading my followers, and at the hour of 3am the following day, i wish you a happy wednesday and they will be more photos later on today.

Sunday, April 24

The statement

Not alot to update working hard getting my work done for the exhibition.
But i thought i may just share with you my Artist Statement. Was told to be less flowery, but then it wouldn't be me, and i think this is inportant.

let me know what you think.

Everything is beautiful in different ways or when partnered with other things. In this world we waste so much, remnants of fabrics, pages from books and clothes with worn patches. These are just a few to mention but things like these in my eyes don’t have a use by date, they just become interesting in a different way, a project to complete. Seeing the world like this opens up all kinds of possibilities, you see extraordinary things in the most unlikely places, a piece of art in a pile of loose threads, and this is exactly what inspired me to work the way I do.
Having a love for knitting I used this as a starting point, roaming charity shops for unwanted items knitting and crocheting with found balls of wool. This quickly developed into a pattern from my process of manipulation of items, a pattern that can be altered to any size and still has an impact. Finding inspiration from shop displays I knew big was the way forward. The love I have for natural tones, I walked the path of canvas and paper, transferring my pattern in many ways both by hand and machine. Laser cutting then became my new best friend creating a precise cut of such a delicate pattern, flooding with hundreds of remnants that any other would disregard, but in which I found beauty. Using both the piece produced and the remnants I have created the varied selection of art that you see before you, not wasting a section from the original pieces of paper or canvas, proving that the things we throw away in life can still be used and still is beautiful.
Like the world my art is unpredictable, and works with its setting, and in each place it will look different from every angle you will see something new. I invite you to explore my art, to see the beauty I have created and see the possibilities of a single sheet of paper of a piece or canvas.
Hope you enjoy reading.

Monday, April 18

Ramble along...

Hi all, I apologise now for any spelling mistakes I make, I am dyslexic and writing is my worst enemy.
Well I’m Manda, currently 21 years 10 months and 11 days old, but this will change tomorrow.
I’m a student at DMU in Leicester, studying the all so “exciting” Design Crafts course. I am a textiles and mixed media artist and along with my ramblings this will be the main focus of this blog. Hopefully.
To keep it short and sweet I’ll leave you tonight with a few photos of my most recent work that will be displayed in the “collate” exhibition at The Pedestrian Gallery Leicester. On the 6th, 7th and 8th of May.