I am a 52 year old long-time married mother of four, part-time barista, born in London and living in Leeds. I approached the sketchbook within sight of the looming deadline (this is typical) and with a sense of panic - this is what usually gets things done. That I have filled every page is a huge achievement: I don't often manage to finish things. The potential of the new motivates me, sticking with it is hard. My process? See what happens (planning isn't a strong point for me). I'm often surprised by what emerges and realise that things have been churning away in the dark recesses before I ever approach the Blank Sheet of Paper! I am inspired by pattern, colour, reflections in puddles, music, gold, old,old Gothic religious art, illustration, texture, fabric, faith, words, other artists. It is important that the things I make mean something, have a message. I have been on a long journey of discovery over the years: a slow one it often seems but with hindsight a steady one, moving from fear to freedom; from containment to release; from the weight of the expectations of others towards the ability to experiment and express what is within. I am trying to see the journey as the thing, rather than the finish line, and to see the glorious beauty of the everyday. The sketchbook project has been good for me, a revelation.
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