Phoenix Blog


July 18, 2021

As lockdown lifts our artists are beginning to get out and about and are visiting exhibitions. Maria Walker made a trip into London recently and has picked out some highlights from her visits to galleries on the Southbank and Bermondsey. The Hayward Gallery I started my day at the Hayward Gallery where you get to … Continue reading EXHIBITIONS REVIEW

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July 11, 2021

Rosaline Darby reports on an exciting workshop she organised for some members of Phoenix, despite the prospect of uncertain weather conditions. It was disappointing not to be able to meet as a whole group at our usual venue in July, the lifting of Coronavirus restrictions having been delayed, particularly as we are raring to go … Continue reading CYANOTYPE PRINTING WORKSHOP

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May 31, 2021

Some of our members are just too modest to write a blog about themselves so Maria Walker decided that she would just have to interview them instead and Robertta McPherson offered to go first. Maria:  Can you tell me what initially captured your imagination about textile art and who were your early influences? Robertta:  My passion for … Continue reading INTERVIEW WITH ROBERTTA McPHERSON

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May 9, 2021

Kate Davis reports on her project, which relates to a group venture about mudlarking on the foreshore of the River Thames, near the OXO tower in London. Most of the items found were affected by being in the water and gritty sand for some time. They included a variety of materials such as metals, wires, nails, … Continue reading THAMES MUDLARKING PROJECT

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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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