‘’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.”
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
Jilly Edwards, a Patron & Ambassador for SIT select, is a contemporary tapestry weaver. She always travels with sketchbooks, journals and reading books so she can record moments and memories, recording these responses in quick gestural marks, whether of colour, shapes, textures or words. So when she returns to the studio she has an ‘aide memoire’ to help embellish her ideas. SIT select filmed Jilly in her new home and studio in Bristol.
Ros has been painting plants for many years. Recent work is painting plants where they grow naturally and where the human footprint is at a minimum. Her aim is not botanical representation.
‘’When I stand in front of a wonderful, riotous, colourful garden border or witness the intense variety found in a wildflower meadow I am overcome by a deep feeling of pleasure. Through painting what I see I am trying to capture and communicate all that being there means to me -the energy, colour, variety and beauty of the natural world and its ability to restore and invigorate.
Join us for a weekend where artists / designer makers open their studios and arrange exhibitions of their work this Christmas. Come to look, enjoy and wander the Stroud Valleys and buy handmade craft.
Stroud and the surrounding area is rich in creative talent and the Select Trail provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the glorious valleys and countryside as well and meet the makers and see the work they create. It is a wonderful way to buy and own a piece of original handmade work lovingly designed and made.
Anna S King has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Europe and Internationally for the past 50 years.
She studied at Gray’s School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. A retrospective of her work was held at National Museum of Scotland in 2007 and she has exhibited at Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects and SOFA Chicago.