In March 2012 my husband Luke, at the age of 50, had major heart surgery at Papworth Hospital. While waiting with him in the recovery room I watched 8 patients be revived by the most amazing team of nurses and doctors. During those five hours I made a decision to do something that I would find challenging while raising money for the British Heart Foundation. I set myself a target of raising £5,000 in one year from March 2012 – April 2013.
To challenge myself I enlisted on a self-funded 100km trek in the Sahara Desert in March 2013 to mark the end of my year of fund raising. The Glimpses solarplate etchings on exhibition at Addenbrooke's Arts represent walks I took during the 11 months of preparation while training for the Sahara trek. They range from Cambridge Colleges on a summer’s day, in the Peak District in snow, on the coastal paths of Norfolk, around the fields of Cambridgeshire and also a trek in the mountains of Coorg, Southern India.
At the end of my fund raising year I exceeded my target and raised £9,895. I split the funds between the British Heart Foundation, the Joe Herrington Memorial Fund (this funds screening for heart conditions in teenagers through CRY) and the American Heart Association. I finished the 5-day, 119km trek in 39ºC temperatures, with shredded feet- exhausted but happy.
This series of work is dedicated to those friends who walked, laughed, encouraged and inspired me during my year of fund raising.
My ‘Glimpses’ collection of eight small, square solarplate relief etchings are all in varied editions of 25. Some of my hand-pulled original print editions will include chine collé, gold or silver leaf, or might have some additions of hand colouring using watercolour pencils. All my work is printed on Somerset 100% cotton printmaking paper. I only use specialised lightfast oil printmaking inks.
Dedicated to the following people
Ali Woollatt, Julie Broomfield, Lisa Kennedy, Tiggr Dearden, Vicki Shepherd, Tania Brint, Gail DeFries, Ruth Nicholls, Rebecca Cicolecchia, Mateja Jamnik, Clarisse Briend, Diana Day, Shirley Shipton, Helen Druiff, Barbara Taylor, Ute Semrau-Boughton, Karrie Fuller, Lesley Tubb, Tricia Beasley, Penny Chudleigh, Christine Latham, Karen Austin, Elaine Robinson and Beth Aplin.
You will find etchings and monoprints on display and some selected solarplate etchings. The Gallery opened its doors last week after taking over the Burwash Art site from painter Cheryl Warren who is soon to be off on an exciting travel schedule.
I will have 26 etchings on display at Addenbrooke's Arts from 12 March 2015. More details will follow but here are 4 etchings from the range.
Forest Walk 1/25
Fragile Stems 12/25
I have been experimenting with handprinted bookmarks. Here are the first ones off the press.
I have a new stock of greeting cards at my studio. Each one is £2.50, or 5 for £10.00.
I am back in the studio now after taking time off during the Christmas holidays however my studio water pipe is frozen rather hindering my progress!
This week though I have been working on two paintings that have been on the easel for some months now. The layers of paint are taking much longer to dry but here is one of them that I am hoping will be finally ready in a few weeks. It is an oil on Douglas Fir wood panel called The Shed.
I have had an interesting year.
Some of my highlights have been the launch of Cambridge Original Printmakers, working with Johnson Matthey on a team building event using art, my solo show at The Over Gallery and commissions for Eve Waldron Design and Addenbrooke's Arts.
I would like to thank everyone for coming to my 2014 exhibitions and I wish you a lovely Christmas break and a Happy New Year.
I have several prints in the browser at Cambridge Contemporary Art, Trinity St. You can choose from my new A3 prints from my Cambridge Walkabout range or some of my A4 solarplate etchings.
I will be at my studio and gallery from Monday 8 December until 20 December so please email me at email@example.com or telephone 07765 563908 to arrange an appointment. I have a selection of prints, framed and unframed, oil paintings on wood, gift boxed notebook and pen sets, individual cards suitable for Christmas messages and boxed cards sets that make ideal gifts and finally four of my mini oil paintings for sale too. There is something for everyone.
Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015.
So, tomorrow doors open at 12 noon. The fairy lights will be up, the mulled cider on, mince pies at the ready and I'll be at the back on the stage waiting to greet you.
So venture down to Victoria St, off Christ's Pieces and look for the fairy lights. The Hall is behind the Unitarian Church that faces onto Emmanuel Road.
Victoria St is situated between equal distances between Grand Arcade, Park Street Queen Anne and Grafton Centre west. Otherwise, cycle or walk - it's going to be a nice day tomorrow:-)
Doors close on Cambridge Christmas 2014 at 8.30pm.
See you there.