Dropped off some pieces at The Twig Gallery in Wrexham this week. A whole range of products including cards, jewelry, home products and wall art pieces. Found these lovely photographs from one of the kind people who runs the gallery of my work up. Please try to pop in if you are in the area, it is a friendly, community and voluntary based gallery with some really interesting work inside.
I have a year to catch up on, so in this blog post is a long one. I will start with the biggest news and then go through all the rest. This year has been the year for my art piece 'The Price of Freedom'. Last year it was in exhibition twice in The Qube in Oswestry then yet again in Funky Advark in Chester. This year again it has had two outings yet again, the first in Oriel Cric in Crickhowell then on to Undegun in Wrexham where it is still currently being shown. My favorite part of seeing my work o exhibition is going to see what types of work the curator has put near it, what they think goes with it. I am also enjoy seeing people's reactions when they do not know the artist is present. Many artists would have people touch their work, but I like it when people walk up and touch it to try to work out how it is made.
Art is there to inspire, it is there to make people wonder and explore.
It is sad that this piece still has such relevance after the outcry for help a few years ago. However I am glad that it is still reminding people that it is still a problem today in our modern world.
So there was the biggest news of this post. However I am pretty sure you would like to see what other types of art I have been producing this year. I am going to start with some life drawing I have been doing in Oswestry, Shrewsbury and even once in Llanfyllin. I have always struggled with life drawing, I always find it both soothing and stressful at the same time. However I feel it is important to continue going to this to develop my drawing and looking skills as well as going to meet new people. I find the human body beautiful and want to develop new ways of expressing it on to the page.
So the last section was all about life drawing. Now I am wanting to show you some of the textile work I have completed this year. I will start with one of the pieces I completed recently in a workshop that I am hoping to frame very soon. I had great fun experimenting with this work and whenever anything went wrong I was able to add more fabric to create a completely new piece. This is made of images, stitching more fabric and a lot of free hand embroidery work.
Finally the last piece I am going to share today. I decided this year I was going to try to make more presents for friends and family. I have just completed a second one but can't share that till after next month so you will have to wait. There is however sneak previews of that available on Instagram. However I will share with you today a cross stitch I did for a friends wedding earlier in the year. This is around A3 in size and was a killer to make. However I am so glad I made it, the couple were chuffed with it and it felt so much more personal than just money or a shop bought piece.
Right, I am glad I am all caught up with you guys for now! I'll be fixing up the website and trying to get back to blogging a little bit more. But remember to check out my Instagram if you want to keep track on me ;-)
I would like to blame my lack of action on my website on my bad internet, however it appears I have been a little off the radar for a while. My Instagram: LouiseSwanton is a lot more up to date. However over the next few days I will be updating my blog and website with what has been happening over the past year. Unfortunately I have not been creating much finished pieces the past year. I lost motivation, got a creative block and lost my confidence. This year has all been about playing with different medias, creating gifts for friends and trying out different workshops. I also bought my new house, got my first puppy and have started to get settled in to a new area.
And do you know what, it has worked. I am feeling a lot more confident again and am ready to develop work further and start a new project.
So keep on track of me and my art work on here or Instagram, as I am going to fill this blog with work.
Louise is an Textile Artist/ Designer and Secondary Art Teacher. www.louiseswanton.com