Jill MacKeith is the curator of a recent show in Stroud, ‘Motherhood & Metamorphosis’ at the Lansdown Gallery. Guest SITblog contributors and artists, Sarah Dixon and Sharon Bennett, interviewed Jill about the show and the thinking behind it.
How long have you been creating work using taxidermy?
I started creating my work in 2014 when I was studying Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University.
Your specimens are all ethically sourced. All of your pieces have such character and perfectly portray the animals used. Can you say something about your passion for animals and why you want to create such unique pieces?
Allomorphic was first conceived as a shop which focused on well made and artisan gardening, we sourced carefully our projects from independent gardening journals to handmade gardeners bags, aprons and strings. As the shop developed we introduced handmade tools and worked with local makers to introduce soaps and ceramic art works to our range. With the opening of our second shop we realised we were interested in living beautifully but always being inspired by the garden – it seemed with more space a natural fit that sculpture, paintings and making were also at our core, to this end we have started a collaboration with The Art Catalogue based in Cheltenham which manage one of the biggest art studios in Gloucestershire to bring artists and their work to our stores.
Opening on 21 September will be paintings by Betty Harrison.
‘’The idea for this series of paintings came from a simple wish to bring the outdoors inside, and an initial vision of how I would love to see images of life-sized animals leaping around the space. My desire is to capture the sense of the animal, their very nature and traits and of course, their beauty. The deer in particular, have been a joy to paint, the lightness and skittishness of their personality make them all the more intriguing; I love that they hide and watch so carefully then bound away into the shelter of trees and foliage.”
Exciting works by Andy will grace the walls at the Malthouse from Wednesday 21 June. Prints on canvas and paper framed and unframed, inspired by the Malthouse Bar & Kitchen.
A b/w series of photopolymer gravure etchings derived from experimental monoprints exploring themes of landscape, both remembered and real, through abstraction, pattern and texture + large-scale, unframed, monoprints and large scale digital prints on canvas.
Practice Digital are hosting two workshops this week for makers and creatives. On Thursday morning its a session on running an Etsy shop. Suitable for beginners and improvers.
On Sunday it’s an all day session on social media and photography online. With lots of individual attention and covering a wide range of situations, the workshops are designed to help you get more out of your online marketing.
Join us for a weekend of creativity. Meet and buy from individuals who design, make and create fabulous original work. Textiles, ceramics, couture clothing, wonderful books and two excellent Colleges presenting inspirational student work. Full details at sitselect.org/collectivesfair.html
In this latest film on Makers and Making commissioned by SITselect for the Select Festival 2017, Valerie Michael and Neil MacGregor talk about their work.
MacGregor & Michael create beautiful and lovingly crafted leather goods from their studio in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Meet Val and Neil in their Tetbury studio (studio 33) in May 2017 during the Select Trail where you can buy and commission their work.
Cleo Mussi creates inspiring and extraordinary work using discarded china. In this artist interview, filmed by Katie Watson, Cleo talks about her interests in environmental issues and new work involving weeds.
Meet Cleo at Frogmarsh Mill during the Select Trail where you can buy and commission her work. The Trail is open May 6/7 & 13/14 2017 – find out more on the SIT select website sitselect.org/sitselecttrail.html