Notes from the Studio

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog and I’ve made some changes to my life in the last few weeks. I’ve been focusing on Kirkstall Art Trail for the last few months, an event I’ve been running for the last two years. June and July are a busy time for the committee and this year was fantastic.

Exhibition at Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park
Exhibition at Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park

Like many artists I have a portfolio of jobs including working at The Tetley gallery in Leeds. Recently I decided to leave my job as receptionist at the gallery to focus on my own practice and enjoy some free time. I’ve been working seven days a week for the last year or so against the advice of my family and friends!

Summer is a less hectic time for me as my teaching is usually term time, this has given me time to get involved in projects like the UDHR Quilt:

The UDHR Quilt Project is a collaborative craftivism project that looks to both celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and raise awareness about the numerous ways that the UDHR is being violated. The project involves embroidering all 30 articles of the UDHR onto 30 blocks, each block created by a different artist, which will then be used to create a large quilted wall hanging.

UDHR Quilt Project Cover
UDHR Quilt Project Cover

My quilt block is still in the early stages but I am working on Article 11:

  1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which they have had all the guarantees necessary for their defence.

  1. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Work in Progress, UDHR Quilt
Work in Progress, UDHR Quilt

I’ve also been able to start researching for my next exhibition in 2018, working alongside Whitby Museum. I met with the registrar and two of the museum trustees last week to discuss researching their collections and creating a body of work in response the museum. I’m looking forward to starting this research and seeing how the pieces will develop.

The last few months have taught me that it’s important to focus on what I want to do moving forward and I encourage you to sit down with a brew and do the same.

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