Sunday, 30 July 2017

Beatrix Potters Hill Top Farmhouse

On a recent trip to Ambleside, situated in the Lake District, we visited Beatrix Potter's 17th Century Hill Top Farmhouse
The property was purchased after the release and unprecedented success of her first book-The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
The Farmhouse was subsequently left in the hands of the National Trust in 1943 when Beatrix Potter passed away. 

You are initially invited down the garden path into a setting that will prove both evocative and somewhat surreal to any
admirer of Beatrix Potter's works. The vegetable garden will undoubtably rekindle childhood memories of mischievous
rabbits in little blue jackets bound for adventure. 

Hill Top remains lovingly and authentically the home of Beatrix Potter, a detailed time capsule of her life and works,
still brimming with personality. The hay meadows are dutifully managed, serving as a poignant reminder whilst similar
sites around the country are suffering degradation and decline.

Hill Top is a microcosm of agricultural, cultural and historical significance; fittingly and perhaps most importantly,
it remains a source of inspiration, a timeless classic.

It's worth mentioning that some of the products in the gift shop are exclusive to Hill Top and that purchases help to
conserve these wonderful and significant sites.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Feature Friday: Charlie Sutcliffe Art

Where are you from?
I was born in England - where the Thames meets the sea. I was raised on the South Coast near Brighton.

Where do you currently practice your artwork?
I work from a studio in Ruzafa, Valencia, Spain. The neighbourhood is a vibrant patchwork of artists and designers.
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
Technically, I went to university to study illustration... but at the time I was more interested in building a woodland house
in the forest next door. 

How would you describe your artwork/process?
As a constant voyage of experimentation and investigation.
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
Everything that surrounds us. Flea markets are a big win as they are the best museums.

What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
The pleasure and honour to be able to carry on doing what I do.

What are you working on at the moment?
I´m completing a set of large papier mache sculptures which combine the mechanical with the organic.
Drawing in the botanical gardens and also preparing flora for a set of photograms. 

Where can people see your work?
We are currently showing in Laura Cobo, Valencia until the 10th of June before touring Europe
as well as the usual places.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Feature Friday: Demelsa Haughton Illustration

Where are you from and where do you currently practice your artwork?
I live in North Yorkshire (UK) with my partner and our three children. I work from home which is a lovely commute!
My studio is 'under construction' at the moment so for now I work wherever I can find some quiet. 

Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
All self taught. I've always drawn and painted with traditional media but I was introduced to Photoshop and Illustrator
while doing a degree in fashion and fell in love with it. I did many, many frustrating tutorials to get the hang of it and I 
now remember approximately 1% of what I learned! I only use the basic features which is enough for how I use it though.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
I usually, but not always, start with a simple pencil sketch which I upload to Photoshop to paint. Sometimes I will know
where I am heading with a painting, other times an idea will come to me while aiming for something completely different.
Working digitally allows me go in different directions without having to start again and waste precious time.
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
I love all things other worldly (the ultimate escapism) so that probably feeds my work quite a lot. I still feel heavily
influenced by my favourite books and films from my childhood, anything by Roald Dahl, The Lion The Witch and the
Wardrobe, Wizard of Oz, Labyrinth etc. 
What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
The first picture book I illustrated was published last year which was a highlight. But every time I sell a greeting card or a
print is a bit of a highlight too!
What are you working on at the moment?
As well as building up a greeting card and art prints business I'm also currently working on a second children's picture book
for Australian publisher Tusk Books.
Where can people see your work?