Everything is Connected

I recently opened my first solo exhibition ‘Spaces’ at Entrepreneurs Network in Hanley - a collection of paintings, prints, textiles and ceramics looking at British wildflowers, with floral displays by Emily of Wilderness Floral Design. This work explored the relationship between the self, the natural world and the communities that surround us. Through connecting with these things,  my belief is that we can cultivate an appreciation for our surroundings, and so begin to nurture and look after them with intention.

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An Ode to Stoke

I used to think Stoke was a s***-hole. I moved to university in Manchester (not that far, but enough) and even did a semester abroad in Hong Kong. Stoke to me was a ghost town, where energy was sucked up by the dreary 80s office buildings, disused factories and miserable weather…Spending the last year and a half, mostly in Stoke (not without a few travels) has completely changed the way I feel about it, and that’s down to the community. It’s not without its faults – like anywhere. We’re the ‘Brexit capial of Britain’, have loads of disused, ugly and abandoned buildings, homelessness, drug issues, a strained NHS, disengaged youth, poverty and more. Just like so many other cities across the UK. But there are so many passionate people doing AMAZING things in the city that we should all get behind.

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Flowers as Words

‘What a charming conceit it is to communicate through flowers instead of words.’ - Taken from ‘The Illuminated Language of Flowers’ text by Jean Marsh. A book I picked up in a local charity shop, more so for the illustrations and not the words. Those words however resonated deeply and I’ve found myself returning to it it times of uncertainty or frustration.

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Trajectory

As projects and opportunities have arisen over the last few months, I have begun to feel that I am beginning to understand the direction I want to take my practice in. It’s been, at times, incredibly draining to find the energy to push through work that I don’t like or feel connected to, knowing that it’s an integral part of the growth process of a creative pursuit.

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Drawing out frustration

Over the course of last year, I’ve been working on painting, eternally frustrated that what was in my head wasn’t coming out onto the paper - I couldn’t seem to get across the mood or feeling that I wanted to. Contantly trying to free my style of working, but in doing so restrained myself even more.

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