The last few months have been a very steep learning curve. I made the decision to take part in Warwickshire Open Studios. This is the two weeks where artists in Warwickshire display their work in studios, homes and venues throughout the county for the public to visit. A group of four of us has joined together to share a space. Deborah Dutton will be hosting at her house and studio, the delightful Pig Cotes Barn near Priors Marston.
It isn’t just a case of printing some photos and turning up. I considered displaying at my own house, but family circumstances would have made that hard. Deborah had put an invitation to share her space on the Warwickshire Open Studios website, and having known her and her work for a few years I contacted her. We had a very useful meeting, discovering our skills might complement each other and there turns out to be quite a varied group. Deborah – a textile artist, Sarah Caisey – a pet/people portrait artist, Helena Verrill – an origami expert and painter, and myself – ……..
The Difficult Work
I had to find a term to describe myself, I want to present more than my photographs showing what else I also enjoy creating. I came up with the ‘print-creator’ tag. It covers the photography and linocuts also the cyanotypes I want to try next and who knows what else! The ‘artist’s statement’ about myself which was painful to write, to work out why I do what I do. To me what I do is natural to me, to describe it seems bizarre. I bit the bullet and sent my thoughts to a couple of friends, their responses were more eloquent than I could write. Another thing ticked off the to-do list. Finding the photographs to go in the brochure was a little easier as I was more in my comfort zone.
It was then the small matter of the major stuff to get done, printing, framing, ordering, making the list goes on. This having to be done alongside everyday life. Everyday life in my house is slightly different to typical homes due to it revolving round school hours, meal times and the added bonus that anything left around could be put down the back of the radiator or thrown on the floor.
The Final Push
Sarah designed and ordered the flyers, Deborah has sorted her house and studio areas, Helena demonstrated her origami at the Rugby preview exhibition (on until 6th June) and I’ve done my usual thing of driving round the area picking up and delivering what was needed.
There is going to be a final push for the next two weeks, so if the kids could be even more tolerant than they already have been that would be wonderful.
Come and see us if you’re in Warwickshire in the last 2 weeks of June!