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Elizabethans

I just made an iMovie video called Elizabethans.

I have put all my Elizabethan Characters together. Why am I so attracted to this period? I think it is the theatricality and the magnificent apparel. Originally I started drawing with inks and bleach and adding gold. I then experimented drawing onto porcelain using oxides and under-glazes. They were then put in the kiln and had a high porcelain firing.

This is when the magic happened for me. The unpredictable fusing of the glazes gave some amazing results as well as rubbish. This excites me and I have continued to use this method. I make my own porcelain tiles and paint the simple images onto them. When I open the kiln it is always with fingers crossed. So I put my Elizabethans together with music for a Galliard dance to make my short video. I love the miniature work of Nicholas Hilliard, “Selfies” of their time.

Bed People

We spend a lot of our lives in bed, and it is here your dreams and fears are played out. The bed is usually your first major buy when you grow up and leave home. Its here you return to each night to renew for the next day.

Our ancestors believed sleep was akin to death with the devil waiting to pounce. Superstitious rituals were carried out, including wolves’ teeth worn around the neck or an iron dagger hung over a baby’s’ cot to prevent the babe being turned into a demon’s baby. 

I have started this series of Bed Fellows and it has fired my imagination. I have looked at how other artists in the past have represented the bed:
Manet -Olympia, 
Vincent van Gogh – The Bed
Rauschenberg -Bed
Rembrandt – The French Bed
Tracy Emin – My Bed
One of my favourites is the The Cholmondeley Ladies by an unknown Artist.