Making

I graduated from Grays School of Art in 2007 with a Master of Fine Art. I work at home in my woman-shed and my painted projects are varied. Sometimes they support my written work, as in the illustrations for my stories, at other times they may be linked to my Grandmother research usually finding creative ways to pass on Family History. Other projects include scenery for Riding for the Disabled events and other community events. Folklorish art, such as mummers/guisers costumes and the renovation of old chairs.

This is the family history in a large hexadecagon (each surname has a segment) for our son and his wife Emily in New Zealand.

Here is a segment of the family history with my name.

Chairs are enticing things to decorate. Representing an absent presence they accompany us through our lives.

These three chairs I found in recycling yards and I chose them because they showed wear and tear of decades and had been carefully mended.

These were designed for the new community centre in Luggate. With their mended and worn surfaces they remind us of our forebears. The present members of the community are invited to sit and remember who went before.

Family History Projects

I have been exploring less obvious ways of passing on family knowledge. In my interviews with grandmothers, I ask how they are managing to answer the awkward question, of what the heck the family will need, or want to know after we have passed on. What these days will be considered useful and valid in the future.

Kalamazoo 2017 The Family Cabinet of Curiosity. I wanted to give the grandchildren aged 9 and 11 some objects from their great grandparents in Cornwall. To keep them safe from being lost I created a Cabinet of Curiosity around them. The british Museum was at the time opening their new improved one from The Rothschild donation in London.

there are five categories: Scientifica, Artificialia, Naturalia, Exotica and the miraculous.

Here is the silver teaspoon I gave Finlay. My mother bought it when on holiday in Scotland.
Personal Painting Projects

I like to use creativity in my life wherever it feels like appearing. I like to be a free agent. I used to worry about what kind of practice I was developing. Now I am happy to be able to enjoy the making and writing projects. I can tuck a poem into a stone wall, write and illustrate a story, paint a chair for a grandchild or even create my own family Cabinet of Curiosity out of an American kitchen cupboard.

Here is one of our family treasures. A brass hubcap from a horse drawn vehicle in Cornwall. It says Jasper, Builders and Callington on it. My father came from the Jasper family in Callington Cornwall where I was brought up..
I remember someone giving this hubcap to Dad having found it in a pile of scrap metal. My son called his son Jasper so I thought it was apt for him to have it.

This was the first book I made for a grandchild. It told the story of the christmas we spent together, with his family tree incorporated into the story. After I had posted it to him I felt a sense of loss, so I remade it and ever since then I have sent a copy and kept the master.

This was also for Noah. Using toast as a sneaky way to introduce a slice of family history. Although it is mostly about the history of toast and where it appears in children’s stories like Winnie the Pooh and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, I also put in family memories of toast and sent along a toasting fork for him to make toast.

Community Projects
here I am in 2109 in Balmedie’s Eigie House for grandma quiz.

Following on from a farm childhood where used a pony to get around I drive horses for the Garioch Carriage Driving for the disabled at Strathorn Farm.

I respond to invitations from the local community. It might be a talk to a seniors group or the donation of a decorated chair.

these chairs were for the Sand Bothy at Balmedie. Our local community hub.
When I have been Mrs Claus at Christmas time I sit in this chair.
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