Feet and Hands – Paula Rego

Last weekend I finally managed to visit Paula Rego’s Obedience and Defiance exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. It is an exhibition full of paintings and drawings that span the length of her career.  Her work is full of symbolism, with animals used often to depict the ways we harm and care…

Craft and Mental Health

There has been a lot written about craft and mental health, and there are a growing number of people who engage in craft related activities as a form of mindfulness or relaxation. It has become big business, from colouring books for adults to knitting clubs, and there has been huge resurgence in ceramics due in part…

Drawing and line

Line drawing has always been an important part of what I do as an artist – I love to draw a  sweeping line which twists back on itself, free and full of movement. I feel that line, unlike flat shapes, can describe movement and fluidity, especially when it has been drawn quickly, blindly, swoopingly. Line…

Alexander Calder and the wonder of art that makes you smile

I’ve just left the Calder exhibition in Tate Modern with a big smile on my face which even grumpy London couldn’t shake. It made me think about art and why some artists and artwork can have this effect on you. I know I’m not the only person who felt it – before I went to…

Feminism and Blacksmithing

I am a woman and an artist blacksmith, which leads to conversations that begin like this – “What do you do?” “I’m an artist blacksmith, what do you -” “Oh reaaally? I’ve never met a blacksmith before!” “There aren’t many of us.” “But you’re a girl!” “Yup, I am a girl.” “But how do you…