Opens tonight!

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Hope to see you there. If you can’t make it tonight, no worries! The show is open Monday to Friday 9am -5pm.

And if you are attending the Victoria Festival of Authors, I am pleased to announce that the show has been has been held over for The Literary Twist on Thursday 28th September. Details here.



Fold or roll? Just remember the art supplies!

The beautiful Istrain coastline.

When I was invited to spend a month in the Croatian seaside town of Opatija this summer, I have to admit I hesitated: what would I do away from my studio for a whole month? It’s not that Opatija, an elegant resort on the Istrian coast isn’t a desirable holiday location: it’s got sun, sea, elegant architecture, good food and shopping. But a whole month?

Balcony conversation in Opatija.

Of course I said yes! And I very soon realised I knew exactly what I would do when I wasn’t swimming, sleeping or eating. I could take my art with me.

Recently I have been working on small collages I make using photocopied photos and scrap paper on cardboard packaging, (boxes from soap and toothpaste and chocolate bars, that sort of thing.) All I needed to take with me was some photocopies, some tubes of gouache paint and some colour pencils, and wait for everything else I need to appear.

My suitcase ready to go!

It didn’t take long to find the rest: once I had bought a packet of soap, some locally made skin cream and some (delicious!) chocolates from the Royal Hotel, I had all I needed.

The beauty of working with all these materials is that I can work small, which means I don’t need a lot of space. We had rented a teeny tiny apartment, but it had a table, and that was just fine.

Once I had cleared away breakfast, I could get to work.
All those chocolate boxes certainly came in handy!

It was hot. But that’s ok: I cut, coloured, painted, cut, glued, cut some more, glued some more until the original photocopies and cardboard boxes had been transformed into something new.

Then I got to go outside and swim!

The sea in Opatija is like a big, giant swimming pool.


Comes with unicorns!
And old geezers.