Phoenix Blog


January 3, 2021

Maria Walker guides us through part two of this inspirational mark making series:  The Great Indoors “It is all a game of construction – some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen” Jackson Pollock Part one of this “Making Marks” blog concentrated on marks made using traditional artists’ materials such as … Continue reading MAKING MARKS – PART TWO

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December 27, 2020

One of our talented artists, Maria Walker, exploits her passion for mark making in this four-part series, where she encourages us to explore and “play” with making marks. INTRODUCTION “Mark-making” is very much like Marmite – artists claim to either love it or hate it! But making marks is actually an essential aspect of our … Continue reading MAKING MARKS

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Featured Artist – Alison Hird-Beecroft

November 29, 2020

What is Stitch? Alison Hird-Beecroft takes us on her journey through stitch, and embarks on a passion which has become the driving force to her remarkable creativity. I was preparing a piece of work for an embroidery exhibition.  I had woven a piece on a peg loom in colours and textures that I was pleased … Continue reading Featured Artist – Alison Hird-Beecroft

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Artists’ Tools: Part 4

November 8, 2020

Our fourth and final part in this series on artists’ tools explores the potential for making our own tools to fit a purpose or explore artistic potential, which makes for an exciting,  productive and engaging way of connecting with the finished piece. We will also show you the fun some of us have had making … Continue reading Artists’ Tools: Part 4

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Artists’ Tools – Part 3

November 1, 2020

The English proverb:  “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” probably holds true for this third part in our series where we will be showing how we improvise in our art practice by making use of everyday objects, and adapting those designed for other purposes. Joan Glasgow turns to the cocktail stick continually. She uses it for … Continue reading Artists’ Tools – Part 3

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Artists’ Tools: Part 2

October 25, 2020

Vintage and antique tools are some of the most treasured and sought-after possessions, whether its for nostalgic reasons or simply because there is nothing better on the current market, our relationship with our tools play an important part of our creative process. In this second part of our tools blog we will be showing you … Continue reading Artists’ Tools: Part 2

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Artists’ Tools

October 17, 2020

What are your go-to tools when designing or creating?  Rosaline Darby has collected ideas from all our artists and presents us with some exciting images and stories from a range of contemporary tools to some which may take you down memory lane.  Written in a four-part series, you’ll be keen to continue to the next … Continue reading Artists’ Tools

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“Home” in detail continued

September 13, 2020

Our final four artists reveal some fascinating insight into their contribution to our group project. During lockdown, my home became a place of sanctuary and spirituality. I was and remain privileged to have the space for quiet contemplation and reflection.  In addition, the daily walks with my husband provided rich inspiration in the foliage from … Continue reading “Home” in detail continued

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“Home” in detail continued

September 6, 2020

Our “Home” project continues with a further four of our artists giving us more information about the inspiration behind their submission. This is a digital drawing using Apple Pencil and Procreate on iPad Pro. Lynne Butt Lockdown was a lonely time for many but for me, being cooped up day after day with my husband … Continue reading “Home” in detail continued

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Featured Artist – Jo Coombes

August 30, 2020

We are delighted to continue with the second instalment of Jo Coombes’ fascinating series on her retrospective and current practice: Part 2 – Façades and Follies The world has many dark moments and turmoil, often as a result of human actions, neglect and beliefs.  I try to respond to some of these events. The horrific … Continue reading Featured Artist – Jo Coombes

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