Friday, January 26, 2007

Studio Friday: Look who I found

This week's topic for Friday January 26th suggested by Janet: LOOK WHO I FOUND... !

"I love to discover new artists and often find them through other peoples mentions of them. So, introduce us, in words and/or pictures, to an artist, craftsperson, or writer you admire and that we might not have heard of before (i.e. not a famous one). What do you like about their work? How does it inspire your own work?"

~ Janet.

I know i'm going to find this hard to pick just one or two people, so i'm going to have to start off with one of my best friends, Alys Paterson.

I first met Alys a few years ago, while she was working in a bookshop with another friend of mine. My memory of our first meeting is that she was incredibly giggly, wore a fantastic home made skirt, and was busy stitching together a miniture sausage dog brooch while downstairs the Hawney Troof were playing in a cellar. Later Alys was kind enough to do some artwork for my website, share many a craft fair stall with me, and also many a late night talking about boys.

One of the prettiest shows we ever had at the gallery was her show last year:


'A Little Bird told me' featured paintings, screenprints and the very popular vintage postcards with paintings on (I literally had to stop a fight between people over one of these). I'm lucky to have lots of bits of Alys' work around my house- little notes to make up for the times she is late to meet me, or forgets my birthday! Alys also makes some of the nicest felt brooches i've seen- see for yourself at her website : Handmade by Alys

Another favourite of mine, is another friend i'm afraid! Bjorn Rune Lie. Bjorn called into the shop one day with a handful of cards he'd made and asked me if we'd be interested in selling them. I took one look and said yes (the fact he is tall and Norwegian had nothing to do with it).

In 2005 I curated a show featuring Bjorn's work alongside that of Amanda Kindregan

I was really pleased the way Bjorn's screenprints and paintings worked with Amanda's woodcuts of Lumberjack Lolitas and whilst I couldn't afford to actually buy any of the work, I was, once again, lucky enough to be given a painting by Bjorn (and Lindsey his partner) for my birthday that year.

Being involved with curating shows has introduced me to a whole heap of amazing artists, i'm always scouring the internet for new people to show. Unlike lots of curators I rarely see the work in real life before agreeing a show- i'd say 80% of the shows i've put on have been based on websites i've seen. (So kids- make sure your website rules!) As I said at the start, it was always going to be hard to limit myself, so here's some links to a few other people whose work i've show at the gallery- none of them mega famous, each of them well worth a look.

Emma Caton- resin and tiny dead animals are amongst her tricks.
Lillith Travaglini- tape drawings, installations and multiple personalities
Gunilla Jähnichen- creepy oil paintings and super cute drawings

See other people's finds here


susan said...

i love alys paterson's work here! thank you for showing me. somehow, we have got to get our heads together to do some sort of england/new england show thing.
... what do you think?

Stephanie said...

Thank you for the great post! Really enjoyed 'meeting' these new artists!

kelly said...

how fun are these links!

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm loving learning about all these new artists today.

Camilla said...

glad you like them! I often post links to artists in my blog- so check back for more of my favourites!

MOLLY GRAY said...

love the pics.
see ya!

linda lu said...

This is a great post... great blog. I found you through the etsy ring. I'll be back!ww

Camilla said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!