Phoenix Blog


April 18, 2021

This second and final part of Lynne Butt’s series on Sketchbooks demonstrates how integral it is to make notes as a progression of ideas, whatever your medium: “My spiral book, size 21cmx29.7cm, is more a record folder than a sketchbook containing drawings and photos of work in progress, as I prefer to work up my pieces … Continue reading SKETCHBOOKS – PART TWO

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March 27, 2021

Lynne Butt brings to life her love of sketchbooks, along with her fellow Phoenix artists: Sketchbooks…..An indispensable tool for artists A finished piece of art grows from a sketchbook. They are the place where the seeds of ideas are stored, where they germinate and grow. Sketchbooks take many forms…..books, boxes, pin-boards, loose papers gathered together, … Continue reading SKETCHBOOKS – PART ONE

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February 28, 2021

Maria Walker takes inspiration from the everyday events of the past. THE LIGHTFOOT LETTERS  This story begins with a bundle of old letters I found one rainy Sunday afternoon in an antique centre in Cheshire in 2009.  I had originally intended to cut up the letters to use in the mixed media collages I was … Continue reading FEATURED ARTIST – MARIA WALKER

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February 7, 2021

TEXTILE RETROSPECTIVE BY JOAN BINGLEY Past and Present – Finding Connections from Nature One’s present often echoes one’s past. Looking at samples of textile work completed over my lifetime, I find that subjects, colours and techniques recur and perhaps a paraphrase of Wordsworth’s “The child is father of the man” should be coined to describe … Continue reading FEATURED ARTIST – JOAN BINGLEY

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January 17, 2021

Here we reach the fourth and final part of Maria Walker’s captivating series on mark-making. “Mark making is the broad term used to include all marks that are made visible as a manifestation of applied or gestural energy”. The Tate Over the past three blogs we have explored marks made through writing, using tools found in your … Continue reading MAKING MARKS – PART FOUR

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January 11, 2021

Maria Walker  continues her epic mark making series, capitalising on the natural world’s ability to continually inspire us. Natural Talent     “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso Our previous blog demonstrated the variety of marks that can be made from humble … Continue reading MAKING MARKS – PART THREE

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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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