I’m delighted to announce I will be at Todmorden Open Studios 2018. My work will be on display at Tod Studios on Stansfield Road from September 7th – 9th. I shall be there every day to meet visitors and talk about my photography. You will also be able to buy prints, knits and my new book (more on this very soon!).
I’ll be sharing the space with Naomi von Monsta, Ali English, Amelia Harper and Johanna Öst. I’m so excited to see all our work together for the first time. There are artists and venues all over town participating in Todmorden Open Studios 2018 – click here to view the brochure. Come make a day of it and see some wonderful art in our lovely town.
Below is my interview for the event. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you about my work in person over the weekend.
How long have you been an artist or maker – is it your full-time occupation?
Officially I began calling myself an artist last year when I launched my photography portfolio Mooredge in the Mist. However I’ve always been creative and am happiest when making something. I’ve explored lots of different disciplines over the years but always come back to photography and ‘woolly things’ – knitting, feltmaking, spinning and weaving. I now create full-time, alongside writing for magazines and blogs and taking care of various websites.
How did you come to be involved in the art world?
I studied art and design at Bradford College and then did a degree in Graphic Design at SIAD. After graduating I side-stepped into the world of museums for many years. During that time I got to work in several inspiring heritage sites including Cartwright Hall art gallery in Bradford. My husband is an artist and many of my friends are artists or makers of some sort. Their support and encouragement is what prompted me to return to the world of art.
Are there any artists who inspire your work or who are just favourites of yours?
So many! My tastes lean to the mythical and I particularly love the Pre-Raphaelites and the English Arts & Crafts movement. John Atkinson Grimshaw’s magical use of light is very influential in my work (although I have a long way to go before I could compare!). Contemporary artists whose work I admire include Brian Froud, Alan Lee and Julia Jeffrey.
Have you been involved in Todmorden Open Studios previously – what do you enjoy most about it or, if this is your first year, what are you looking forward to most?
I first took part last year and had a marvellous time. It was wonderful to meet other artists and visitors. And seeing my work framed and displayed on a wall for the first time was quite thrilling.
Describe your workspace or studio – do you have a favourite piece of equipment which you’d be lost without?
I’m not tied to any one space, I can work wherever my laptop is (for editing photos), and take a camera everywhere with me. My favourite place to be is out in nature, camera in hand and observing the world around me. Obviously I’d be lost without my main camera – it is a fairly basic DSLR but it does the job admirably.
Is there anything you must have or do before you start your creative work – a personal routine, for instance?
For actually taking the photos, just time. To slow down and wander and explore at my own pace. When editing, good music, copious tea and chocolate helps! And when I’m working on the knitted collections I like to be accompanied by a good period drama on the TV.
What is a typical day/session like when you’re creating?
Every day is different, and it all has to fit in around the domestic side of life. If I’m not out in the hills taking photos, I could be editing, writing, updating websites, packing and posting orders, wrangling social media, designing and knitting. You have to wear many hats as an artist and small business these days!
What has been your proudest moment so far, creatively?
Every time I see my work published I have to give myself a little pinch, it’s really a dream come true. I’ve actually just created a little self-published book which will debut at Open Studios. I really love seeing my work in this format and I hope others do too.
What would be your dream location in which to see your work?
I’d love to have a solo exhibition somewhere historical – I love to visit and photograph old houses, castles and abbeys. Being able to immerse myself in a particular place and display the resulting work there would be amazing.
How would you like to develop your work in the future or is there anything new, creatively, that you would like to try?
I’d really like to create more felt landscapes based on my photography. I enjoy the process but haven’t yet created anything I’m happy to share. I’d also like to explore lino printing. It was a favourite technique at college and I’ve dabbled in it since but I’d love to get back into it properly. I just need to find the time!