I live 250 metres from the glorious North Sea and beautiful Pakefield Beach.My working life was spent in education. Now I love walking, talking and writing. ‘Confessions of a Dutch Reading Club’ was my first novel (Patricia van Stratum 2011). This was followed by ‘Reading Pictures’, a collection of fictional short stories set in Lowestoft (2016) Now I’m into poetry. In January I began an online poetry course with The Writers’ Centre In Norwich. I have performed some of my pieces at The Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. I am a member of Kirkley Village Writers, Pakefield Planters and the Marina’s, Next Stagers Theatre Group. In all of these settings it is a great privilege to work with so many talented, creative and inspirational people. I frequently visit all three of our theatres and my regular treat is to go the Ferini Art Gallery in Pakefield. Here local artists can display their work in this wonderful coastal gallery. It’s a great setting for a number of activities as well as a quiet place to enjoy the skills and knowledge of its talented curator.
Laina has lived in Reydon, Nr. Southwold, for 10 years and has become increasingly absorbed in painting the surrounding area. She has always loved painting and drawing and is continually looking at new techniques and mediums.
Her studio will be open to visitors on 22 & 23 June 2019 as part of Southwold Arts Festival’s Open Studio Trail. She has work at the Ferini Gallery, Pakefield, and will be exhibiting at Beccles Society of Artists and Southwold Art Circle annual exhibitions.
Laina works mainly in oils and pastel, but also enjoys mixed media and watercolour. She can be contacted via her website at www.lainawest.co.uk
I am self-taught in this wonderful world of Creative Art. I have always called it my apprenticeship for my retirement. I have been a Golf Green Keeper all my working life and have been in close contact with the four seasons. Watching all that Mother Nature can show you, it seemed natural for me to paint and draw wildlife.
Spadge Hopkins SOS committee member; WBA, NCAS and EAAF member is creating on a full time basis, informed by experience gained during a creative career that involved leadership, product design, the music industry and automotive engineering. Currently he tends to work in three dimensions and in metal.
His first mainstream public exhibition was in Ipswich in 2015 but he has been practicing and studying autodidactically, producing varied work for colleagues, friends and family since the 1980s.
Spadge’s first serious works were conceptual. The Machin(sic) series are made of found mechanical components in order to explore questions of value and are an expression of Spadge’s appreciation of the form and function of mechanical components that are so often unseen when they are performing their intended task.
His copper sculptures are variously figurative and explore two of the binaries of sculpture; volume and void; whilst playing with the use of light and shadow. Movement is a conscious theme in his natural history subjects whereas other pieces often concern mystery and the evocation of history.
A public art, rock-music themed commission for the City of Cambridge in 2016 and a continuing fascination with the subject, movement and shadow has led Spadge into producing a unique series of drawings of people laser cut in metal. These are lit in various ways and often move within the piece via small electric motors. Recently he has used the laser cutting technique to produce a series of animals some of which have been larger, outdoor sculptures.
Spadge has also curated a number of exhibitions. He lives and works in a rambling array of barns and sheds in Suffolk and has strong links with London, Cambridge and the West Country.
Sculpting in copper and steel at the moment. Natural history and iconic faces. Movement is often a theme either in the form itself or via electric motors. Natural light and shadow or projection and shadow often feature. Studio/gallery visits welcome by appointment.
I graduated with a BA(Hons) in fine art as a mature student in 1986 and have been mostly painting ever since showing my work in many exhibitions in, Norwich, Ipswich, Sudbury taking part in the Gainsborough touring exhibition of drawings, in Bury St Edmunds, Stoke-on Trent, Halesworth, and Aldeburgh for the last 4 years. I have also tutored art classes for over 14 years and continue this in Beccles. For the last ten years I have added collages and sculptural assemblages to my repertoire. I am very interested in the found object and mostly work on driftwood and found and gifted wood. I use the wood to give me ideas for the piece if the wood speaks to me that way. I also use myths, legends, history and other artists as inspiration. I often make and write small books to go with bigger works which contain research information and maybe my own poems. I open my studio every year for Suffolk Open Studios event and will be open for the middle two weekends in June.
Scribbly Roo is an illustrator and graphic designer. She channels her love of colour and pattern into multi-layered mixed media pieces, exploring themes of narrative and symbolism. In addition to traditional media, she also creates digital illustrations using an iPad. These contemporary creations are quite different to the rest of her work, utilising space and simplicity, echoing her passion for comic book art and graphic novels. www.scribblyroo.co.uk
I founded Nutmeg Puppet Co in 1979 and with a group of actors, theatre directors and writers, composers, musicians and visual artists have produced shows for schools, small theatres and festivals since then. I have also trained young makers and performers on the job. We worked for the Broads Authority for over 20 years, making and touring puppet shows based on considerable research and inspired by the ecology, plants, animals, social history, and folk tales of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. We also specialise in shadow puppetry, running workshops and making shows for adults and children. I make short films (Spooky Folk) and have taught animation (The Sound of Wangford). With Jenny Nutbeam I have made textile hangings for environmental organisations. I work with natural materials, leading family workshops to make puppet characters – animals, people, mysterious beings – and more recently creating installations (Waveney River Sculpture Trail, Craftco window, Southwold). A strong focus of my work has always been to try to re-engage people with the natural world, and to encourage children and adults to make things well using proper hand-tools. I teach the same methods as I use in my own installations.
Black Dog Arts aims to develop art and craft in the Bungay area. We are a volunteer run organisation, formed in August 2007.
Membership is open to anyone who supports our aim. The 100 or so members range from professional artists, art teachers and students, to amateurs and enthusiasts.
We hold workshops, talks and exhibitions in response to members’ interests and requests. We also offer mutual support and networking to people living in this rural area through our programme of activities
I am a self taught 3D artist using found materials – wood, metal, plastic – to create both figurative and abstract pieces mainly for outdoor/garden locations but also small pieces for indoor display. I refer to myself as a “creative bodger” and am more interested in the original idea and process rather than the ‘finish’ of a piece. I have been making ‘objéts’ since the late 60s, having been fired up by an Antony Caro exhibition of painted steel works at the Hayward Gallery, London. I collect discarded objects from skips and such like, and it may take several years before seeing something stimulates me to begin the creative process.
My 2D work is largely a continuation of following an impulse or idea and seeing where it takes me. Having developed a bold body of work in oils, I began several years ago to use pure watercolour, keen to find out how far I can take it into abstraction while still communicating something about what this landscape means to me. The latter seems to be something about honouring the grace of the ordinary, a phrase I picked up from H A Williams, theologian. My working class childhood in Yorkshire feeds this passion, having formed an emotional landscape in which simple hard work and duty were the manner of expressing attachment… couldn’t possibly say ‘love’ but maybe I should! I can’t be sure how anyone else receives my work, but for me there is the element of this ‘graceful ordinariness’ that I try to share. This recent piece is an example. Its a response to the Blyth Valley, as much of my work is. On this particular Spring morning, the mist and sunshine combined to create a serene quiet.
Website : www.ruth-mccabe- artist.co.uk