Posts filed under: Studio updates

Titles are contradictory creatures. Sometimes they push themselves forward from nowhere, fully formed, demanding an art work to complete them. Other times, art lies lonely on the table, looking good, but without a name and so their identity remains somehow shrouded. Some artists care not about titles. Or at least they feel that Untitled is......
Visitors to my house often asked the same thing: Why don’t you have any of your own art on your walls? There were two reasons. Firstly, I like to look at other people’s art. Secondly I had never made anything that I deemed ‘good enough’ according to my own criteria. Tonight that ended and we finally –......
This summer has been a plodding art season for me. I never stopped producing because deadlines forced me in the studio but for a variety of personal reasons these last few months have felt, creatively, like wading through treacle. It seemed appropriate therefore to use the occasion of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year......
I am asking questions. What if? What next? When? Why? With whom? Where? Did I miss the mark? Can I catch up? Does it matter? Will I ever know? Life  is a collections of scraps. Memories. Wishes, Considerations and contemplations. Possibilties, plans and permutations. How we curate them alters the story we tell ourselves. Had I......
Things have not been going to plan. Which turned out to be good thing, because from pain, discouragement and uncertainty came a new, unexpected artist’s book. With two exhibitions hot on the heels of each other early next year, I need to be producing good work steadily. If not rapidly. My exhibiting parter Leah Higgins commented......
Public art workshops are, I have learned, risky. You can plan what you are going to get the group to do, but they are going to do whatever they darn well please once they get there. They will go off on tangents. They will do things the materials were not meant to do. They will......
One might be forgiven for thinking that my academic degrees in law and criminology would be totally unrelated to making graffiti inspired art. In fact they come in jolly useful, and not just because I understand when it is possible to spray paint a brick wall without ending up in jail! Today my Jerusalem Old......
When I was in Jerusalem a couple of weeks ago I fell in love with the battered, scratched and graffiti daubed metal doors of the old city shops. I decided have ago at painting one of them, aiming not for an exact replica but a generalised impression. Now, bear in mind, that I haven’t got......
I recently spent a week in Jerusalem with an apartment very close to the Old City. I expected that on our day trip to the West Bank and Banksy’s hotel, I would find lots of graffiti to photograph. However, I was totally unprepared for finding so much in the Old City itself. The graffiti there......
Last year I made the Monte Camino series – a set of textile panels about my Grandparents war stories. You can follow their full story through several blog posts starting here. I was delighted that they were shown at Stockport War Memorial Art gallery but I was never really one hundred per cent content with......