June 20, 2012 Kate

Yesterday was my birthday and Hattie did me this wonderful card. It’s me, in my studio, complete with child peering around the door. I am taking part in Hebden Bridge Open Studios this year, on the 6th, 7th and 8th of July. I am going to turn a room downstairs into a gallery (with lots of lanterns in the hearth), and tidy the studio upstairs for anyone who wants to see it. It’s rather chaotic at the moment! I am venue 67. It’s marked wrong on the map in the Open Studios bruchure, and is actually very close to the…

June 10, 2012 Kate 1Comment

Dean Clough, Halifax, now have my lanterns on sale in their Design Shop. And my framed prints now cover the walls of Their Viaduct Cafe! (more…)

May 20, 2012 Kate 1Comment

I am so late with this! The Saltaire Arts Trail weekend was so busy. Thank you to everyone who came by and said hello. When that was all over I went straight into my next project. I will come to that… My lanterns, on their first weekend out, went down very well at 19 Titus Street, even though the lovely house in which I exhibited lacked a dark and dingy corner to show them at their best. My very clever friend Sarah Mason took some of these photos – the best ones are hers! I didn’t get much chance to…

May 4, 2012 Kate

Tomorrow, early, I am heading to Saltaire to set up my display. My lanterns – my first sample run of them – are all ready. I’ve spent this evening making paper bunting for part of the display… I’ve been a busy girl, and there’s lots of work on display.  I hope to get some visitors! I am at 19 Titus Street which is open 10am til 5pm, May 5th, 6th, 7th. I will be there tomorrow morning, and all day Monday if anyone wants to come and say hello!  

April 23, 2012 Kate 2Comment

Technical issues held up the laser cutting of my last lantern design today so I had  whole day of painting. Something I haven’t had for weeks and weeks! I’m well on track for the Saltaire Arts Trail and have a big pile of prints all gilded and wrapped. I am painting a large piece at the moment. It takes up the whole desk and this is just one end of it. It’s a commission for some nice (and very patient) people near Midgely.

Above Midgely
I painted while listening to After Henry from the Radio 4…

April 20, 2012 Kate

I’m about to take this new painting to the framers, ready for The Saltaire Arts Trail. It’s a bit smaller than usual. I’ve been experimenting with text! Only two seeks to go! I’ve also just finished gilding the range of prints I’m exhibiting there. I’m getting a few framed up this time. I am hoping to cut the last of the lantern designs on Monday. Then they will be packaged up ready to sell for the first time in Saltaire. I can’t wait to be able to post some photos of all of them finished.

March 28, 2012 Kate 2Comment

I’m very excited about this years Saltaire Arts trail. I’m exhibiting at 19 Titus Street with the photographer Martin Priestley. It is just over a month away, over the first May bank holiday weekend: I’m going to be allowed out – CHILD FREE! – for some of it to help with the exhibition. I’ve been preparing a range of prints to show and hopefully two original pieces. Having found a man that can (at last) I am pressing ahead with my little lanterns and am very hopeful to have them available for the first time that weekend. Here’s the latest…

March 8, 2012 Kate 1Comment

The lanterns keep hitting technical difficulties, so I’ve been making the use of the warmer weather to work on some new things. The front of Bridge Lanes faces the main road and is in the shade. But look at the back! It’s bathed in sunlight almost all day. My friend took the twins to the park for a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon last week so I went out drawing. This is going to be a big painting. As big as my desk will allow!

January 30, 2012 Kate 1Comment

I have been doing other things, but this is the project that’s been keeping me awake in the early hours of the morning. The twins have been sleeping fine! I now have three lanterns that I want to develop: The first is Albert Street in Hebden Bridge. The final design has bunting in the window of Ribbon Circus. The second is Old Bridge Gate, which I’ve painted several times because I love the house that’s covered in virginia creeper. And the third is autumn trees strung with fairy lights. That’s the one I finished last night after sitting with different…

December 14, 2011 Kate 1Comment

Robin, who should be asleep, is shuffling around under the desk. He keeps turning off the computer. But when the twins have slept these past couple of weeks, this is what I have been playing with: I have a second scene painted and intend to play with cutting it over Christmas. But this is the colour prototype of the first design. There’s a whiskey glass with a tea light inside. Now I just need to find a man who can make it for me! This one is of Albert Street in Hebden Bridge, with the old Zion chapel behind. The…