New Start for a New Year

The weeks have flown by so far in 2024 as I have been extra busy working on text and supplying images for a forthcoming book.  It’s an exciting time and more details will follow later in the year.

These cold winter months have also been a good time for me to develop a range of new artwork as I prepare for exhibitions.  An eye-catching display of some of my artwork is in the upstairs gallery of Mackenzies Smokehouse in Blubberhouses, near Otley.  It is a most beautiful location where I enjoy spending time photographing the stunning nature from the upstairs window:

Snow in February
Looking out from the gallery in 2023
Autumn was changing to winter

When I was 15 I began collecting discarded single-use items such as National Lottery scratch cards as I saw a way to incorporate these unwanted items into my art.  Below is how I collaged local scenery here in the Yorkshire Dales based on ideas from my own photography:

I also enjoy holding workshops at Mackenzies and below shows an image from the Christmas event I held downstairs in the farm shop, which then raised funds for Maggie’s Cancer Support in Leeds.

Everyone is busy at work
Example of a Christmas collage created by a participant at one of my workshops

My workshops are an ideal opportunity for adults and children to get creative in a relaxed, sociable atmosphere. The next at Mackenzies will be a Mother’s Day-themed workshop on Saturday 9th March from 10am until 12 noon.  Below is an example of how I showed children a way of making a Mother’s Day card by recycling old Spanish ONCE lottery tickets that had been donated for my art!  Bookings for the next workshop are being taken via Mackenzies.

Activities for young children
Showing more advanced learners how to create my intricate mosaic-style collage art

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