Hopefully you’ve had a chance to visit our new Studio Artists Exhibition, Journeys. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be focusing on each of our artists and telling you more about them and the inspiration behind their piece of work.
This week….meet Lisa Atkin & Louise Moore
The working title of “Journeys” was a great starting point for me because my work is pretty much all about my exploration of my own personal journey through life ; where I’m at, what I’m drawn to, what I’m learning about and wanting to foster a deeper relationship with.
For a while now I have felt the need to deepen my connection with the land and our Ancestors here in Britain, and through this exploration I became aware of some of our Celtic and Pagan Gods and Goddesses . Specifically for this piece I realised the ancient wise crone Goddess known as The Cailleach was making her presence felt. She is illustrated by the embroidered motifs in the rock art ( as found on the neolithic burial chamber associated with her at Knowth in Ireland )
This work describes where I’m at right now in my beliefs and experiences ; Father Sun and Mother Earth, along with our Ancestors and Spirits of Place supporting my labyrinthian journey into self, the land we inhabit and connection to spirit .
My preferred medium to work in is usually ( very time consuming ) stained glass , but for this project I felt the vibrancy of colour, and the tactile warmth of felt was perfect to use.
This piece was wet-felted and then stitched with machine and hand embroidery.
Find out more about Lisa Atkin here https://lisaatkin.carbonmade.com/
My work is concerned with material and surface, with time and place and how the objects in this work refer to the journeys made by these items, through time. I have used maps from different periods of London’s history to create a piece that reveals layers of time and place in one area of the river Thames I love. Maps have always fascinated me, looking at old maps from history of a place and relating them to the physical place now that we live in, and the materials and objects found in these places, and their relationship to human habitation. The maps reflect different periods in the history of our city, and how humans have changed the function and purpose of the landscape over time. The rust pieces, collected from this area show their own journey and the aesthetic beauty of objects that have been discarded, and changed by being in the earth, that makes up this place. Clay is the foundation of this city and I have printed images from maps on high fired glazes porcelain and raw unfired stoneware clay.
Find out more about Louise Moore here http://www.valentinesmansion.com/art.php
“Journeys” is open every Sunday-Wednesday (ends 31st August), free entry.