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Artwork Focus: Trying To Find My Artist Voice, Having My Artwork Put In The Skip & How I Was Inspired By Picasso

It is always hard to start your journey as an artist, with my journey starting in 1992. It has taken me around the world and I have exhibited at some stunning galleries, with an amazing collection of working artists and selling through my representative galleries.

Saying this, you always have to start somewhere and you ask yourself…

What do you create? Which medium do you chose? What subject do you paint? Where do you start in creating work?

I wanted to share my story below, to offer insight into my own artist journey, with the help to inspire…

Though, at first, my journey was a bit haphazard in creating original art, I eventually found my feet and it came to me naturally, drawing on my life long, never ending imagination. Saying this, it was in around 1991 when I first found the 2 mediums I love to this day…

…clay and acrylic paint

Artists past and present have a crucial influence in every artists journey. My life-time adoration of Picasso began in 1992 through books and gallery visits. By drawing inspiration from Picasso’s work, it meant that I explored many ways to create my artworks for my A Level Art and Design in 1995. I found cubism fascinating (specifically Picasso’s) and the definition below explains it in detail:

When I learned about Picasso I visited the Tate Modern and saw one of his sculpture portraits or busts and I was energized:

Pablo Picasso ‘Head of a Woman (Fernande)’ (1909) At: The Tate Modern, London

I knew my next step!! I began to create a sculpture created with:

  • A wooden base
  • Chicken wire forming the main shape
  • Plaster of Paris bandages
  • Card to create hair round the face and to form the pony tail at the back
  • Acrylic paint to create form, depth and to emulate how Picasso creates a 3D effect on a 2D canvas

I tested out all manner of ideas: drawings, paintings and then I realized that there was a way forward…sculpture. For one of my course work pieces, I wanted to explore and create my own unique sculpture, which reversed how Picasso created a 3D effect on a 2D canvas.

The sculpture shown below shows my unfinished sculpture, with my apologies for the poor quality photographs!:

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Above: Left = face / Right = right hand side of head with hair in a bunch

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Above: Left = left hand side of the head / Right = reverse of head with the stripes swept into a pony tail

Despite my enjoyment and desire to create new ideas, my teacher disliked it so much, she told me to put it in the bin or more precisely the skip!!

I am sure you would understand it was quite heart breaking; however, before I threw it away I took photographs. This piece, shown below, is a reproduction of a self portrait: my hair brushed back into a pony tail with wisps of hair surrounding my face.

Once the piece started to take shape and I felt obliged to stop this artwork and begin another. It was in 1994 that I began to explore the ideas of playing with mediums, like I mentioned above; however, this was strongly discouraged by my teachers!!

The good news is that their influenced stopped in 1995, when I began to do what *I* wanted to do and I started to build a portrait sculpture.

I continued with this new drive and confidence, by creating what *I* wanted to do and in 1995 I created a slotted card sculpture (shown below), painted with abstract designs with acrylic paint:

Despite this confidence, some pieces I was directed to create in a certain style and medium, so some works I compromised and created something more traditional. I managed to keep some of my independence by incorporated structural support in 1 of my 3 my final exhibition artworks:

https://laurahelliott.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/exhibition-review-my-first-group-exhibition/

Below is an example of Picasso’s amazing work that also inspired me:

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• My Guide: An Introduction To Metal Clay

My Guide: An Introduction To Metal Clay


What is metal clay?

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Metal clay is an exciting art medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze or copper which is mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds. After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways such as in a kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove, depending on the type of clay and the metal within it. The binder burns away, leaving a pure sintered or solid piece of metal.

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Above: ‘Spring Blossom’ feat Red Garnet, Amethyst, Citrine, Blue Apatite and White Topaz

The piece below is pre-firing Prometheus copper metal clay:

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Above: Pre-fired piece from the ‘Landscape Gems Collection’

The following image shows post-fired Prometheus copper metal clay which has sintered into solid copper. A sheet of solid copper in the middle as a comparison:

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Above: Prometheus Copper Metal Clay after firing. In the center is a solid sheet of copper as a comparison.

What work do you create from that medium?

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Above: ‘Wish Upon a Star’ feat Tanzanite, Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay & 9ct Gold Plated 925 Sterling Silver
Due to my life-long passion of clay and sculpture, I expanded my work in 2012 to use the exciting medium of silver, copper and bronze metal clay, in concert with my ‘Landscape Moods’ series of paintings. Metal clay allows me to sculpt work in a free form and expressive manner, allowing me to create a wide range of sculptural metal jewellery and this has been titled the ‘Landscape Gems’ series.

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Above: ‘A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine’

My metal clay work has enabled me to indulge my love of sparkle and genuine precious and semi-precious gemstones in both faceted and bead form. I personally source all the gemstones I use, which include: Diamonds sourced via the ‘Kimberley Process’ (faceted and rough), Ruby, Garnet, Emerald (Brazilian and Colombian) and my personal favorite gemstone which is Paraiba Tourmaline (from Mozambique).

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I have called this series of jewellery the ‘Landscape Gems ‘ series which is sculptural and organic which are designed with a range of media, including: high quality 100% genuine gemstones, gemstone granules, gleams, mica powder, solid silver, enamel and recycled elements such as vintage watch parts. I additionally incorporate media such as metal sheets, gemstone settings, wire, beading thread, metal findings, charms and polymer clay. Each of these mediums provides me the opportunity to further develop and enhance the beauty in each piece of jewellery in this series. By combining all these elements it, therefore, enhances the unique fingerprint of Mother Nature found within all genuine gemstones featured.

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My artwork and jewellery both explore colour and form and I feel that one informs the other. Metal clay is such an exciting progression and this medium allows me to further explore my distinct signature painting style within a three-dimensional framework.


All artworks & designs displayed are by © Copyright Laura H Elliott BA (Hons), Dip.

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• My Guide: Kiln Gloves = Safety First!!

My Guide: Kiln Gloves = Safety First!!

I always say safety first!! When you use any kiln or to handle hot mediums, such as fired metal clay or glass, make sure you have a really high quality pair of gloves and eye wear.

Please note: I am not a safety advisor, just someone who is giving you some of my experiences with the kiln gloves I have used.

Always seek professional advice and speak to the manufacturer of any products you buy to check for suitability.

A useful and informative health and safety PDF article is at the link below:

http://www.bexley.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx%3Fid%3D5921%26p%3D0&sa=U&ved=0ahUKEwjA6PH2i6TSAhXIKMAKHR7UCIkQFggLMAA&usg=AFQjCNHrO4C7Bjg79QIH7Yg9amEZo57LAw

I purchased my first kiln and a pair of kiln gloves (at the same time) from a supplier of ‘generic’ or unbranded products, but foolishly didn’t check if they where suitable for the temperature the kiln reached.

My top tips are:

  1. Check the gloves are 100% heat proof to the temperatures you will be handling:

My first pair of gloves became burnt on the surface and the heat traveled through and burnt my hands. The gloves are shown below with areas of the gloves are grey and other areas are blue. I found that the best sections that are heatproof, where the blue areas. The pictures show how my gloves accidentally touched a kiln shelf and how this high temperature burnt my gloves and, ultimately, my hands underneath!! Ouch!!

Very dangerous!!

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2. Check they are the right fit!

The other thing to seriously consider is the size of your hands. Buying the correctly sized gloves means you will be able to handle the kiln fired pieces safely.

A good fit is a safe pair of gloves!!

The 2nd pair I bought are far safer:

  • They fit my small hands
  • The heatproof blue material covers 100% of the gloves surface
  • They cover my wrists and part of my forearm

These gloves are from a company called Raynor, as shown below:

3. My last tips are a list of great products you can purchase to protect you:

Kiln Spatula

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Safety Goggles


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• Exhibition Focus: The Link Gallery ‘International Women’s Day’ ~ 7th-28th March 2017

The Link Gallery is hosting a collaborative exhibition celebrating, inspired by and reflecting on International Women’s Day 2016.

This exhibition will run 7th – 28th March 2017 and is open to the public free of charge.

About my featured artworks: 

Artwork One: ‘Shedding Punk’d Viper'(below)

“Shedding Punk’d Viper is a play on the combination of punk art and abstraction. This painting injects a soft, feminine touch into a hard, undefined and often aggressive area such as punk art. Each sweep of fluorescent and bright colours further develops punk and abstraction into a women’s realm.”

Artwork Two: ‘Spotty Punk’d Panther’ (below)

“‘Spotty Punk’d Panther’ is a true counterpoint to the painting exhibited along side ‘Shedding Punk’d Viper’. This painting features a soft, yet abstract, bouquet of pink, aqua blue and purples coupled with sand, gloss and metallic effects. This painting injects a truely feminine side into a hard, undefined and often aggressive area such as punk art.”

Biography:

“It is from a life-time of creativity which culminated in Laura’s achievement of an Art and Media Bachelor of Arts with Honors in 2008. This multi disciplined degree expanded both her practical skill set and academic thought processes. Each painting in this series, started in 2002, has been driven forward by further exploring abstract expressionism, with a feminine touch. These artworks are continually influenced by her thought processes, emotions and mood at the time of creation. This free expression enables Laura to explore such techniques from a female perspective.”

About the Link Gallery:


“Since its opening in 2001 the Link Gallery has held a continual programme of exhibitions by a wide variety of established and emerging local and regional artists, including solo and group shows, community projects and annual exhibitions. Admittance is free of charge and the gallery is open to the public all year round.

The Link Gallery is in the West Downs Center, in a space that was created as a result of the transformation of the West Downs Preparatory School into the West Downs Performing Arts and Conference Center, which was opened by Lord Putnam in 2001. With the recent development of a purpose-built Arts Center on the King Alfred Campus, West Downs has now become home to the University of Winchesters Business School.”


Website: 

http://www.winchester.ac.uk/aboutus/ArtatWinchester/TheLinkGallery/Pages/TheLinkGallery.aspx


All artworks & designs displayed are © Copyright by Laura H Elliott BA (Hons), Dip.

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• Artwork Focus: ‘Halcyon Days’

To buy Halcyon Days with Degree Art Gallery click here

‘Halcyon Days’ explores the concept of vintage and aged photographs. I have been sorting through my family photographs with some from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The photographs have a textural quality as the photograph has been handled and stored in many different places. As time passes the photographs have turned from a black and white to a sepia photograph. Time has also affected the edges, adding texture and colour.

Above: ‘Halcyon Days’ by © Laura H Elliott

The main detail in this painting is the large tree in the middle of the piece. I have been fascinated by how the winter changes the trees in the UK, specifically the leafless British oak. These trees around me in the UK and have complex textures with the bark features beautiful unique bark designs. This tree has the feeling of a gothic film, with the shape and curves implying movement.

Above: Detail of ‘Halcyon Days’ by © Laura H Elliott

An additional feature in the main painting is the use of masks/ stencils with pigment inks, a technique often used in cardcrafting. The use of old fashioned designs often called doilies add a soft, feminine dimension to this bold artwork.

Above: Detail of ‘Halcyon Days’ by © Laura H Elliott

These paintings are influenced by these sepia photographs and vintage card making techniques, I have used a muted palette and distressed and smudged the edges with specialist ink and pigments in the tea-bag and black tones, including decorative prints and patterns.

Above: ‘Halcyon Days’ and 3 studies by © Laura H Elliott

The main painting was created after the completion of three studies. These three studies each explore form and shows the development of an idea from semi-realist ideas to abstraction. Each of these studies have encorporated the effect of my family photographs by the use of pigment inks around the corners and edges which furthur enhance the feeling of depth.

Above: Detail of ink edges on the ‘Halcyon Days’ Study by © Laura H Elliott

The ‘Landscape Moods Collection’ feature combinations of abstract and expressionist styles created by acrylic washes in the background represent a textural sky line with added depth. The differentiation of the foreground is developed by using thick impasto paints, with a palette knife and a large brush for added texture.

Above: ‘Halcyon Days – Study 1′ by © Laura H Elliott

Above: ‘Halcyon Days – Study 2′ by © Laura H Elliott

Above: ‘Halcyon Days – Study 3′ by © Laura H Elliott

The main painting includes the following mediums: acrylic paint (gloss and matt effects), genuine gemstone granules: Ruby (July birthstone) and Orissa Garnet (January birthstone), gilding flakes/ leaf, sand, glass beads, ink texturing/stamping, lace stencil, conté pastels, gemstone granules, mica powder and sponge painting techniques.

To buy Halcyon Days with Degree Art Gallery click here

The main painting size (w x h x d): 30 x 48 x 0.75 Inches / 76 x 122 x 1.5 cm

The three studies sizes (w x h x d): 10 x 10 x 1.5 Inches / 25 x 25 x 3 cm


All artworks & designs displayed are © Copyright artist Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)

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The Palette Pages Artist Interview Laura Elliott: http://www.thepalettepages.com/2016/03/28/lauraelliott/

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• How-To: Polish & Remove Tarnish

How-To: Polish & Remove Tarnish


1) Remove chain and bail

Tarnished Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay

Above: Tarnished Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay


2) Remove gemstones and delicate parts within the design

Remove Gemstone From Tarnished Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay

Above: Remove Gemstone From Tarnished Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay


3) Remove Tarnish:

Here are 3 of my products I use, some tips on their uses and a few tricks I have learnt for cleaning tarnished silver and other metals:

A) Renaissance Micro-crystalline Wax

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Renaissance Micro-crystalline Wax

The Renaissance Micro-crystalline Wax is a high quality polish and tarnish preventer used by the British royal family. I highly recommend this product.

B) Pickline Granules:

Picklean is made primarily for removing firescale from fired metal clay. Saying that, I fine it useful for hard to remove tarnish. 

About Picklean:

Picklean is a revolutionary new safety pickle made from 100% non-toxic, food grade materials. This safety pickle really is SAFE, you can even place your hand in the warm mixed solution and you will not feel any acidic burn normally associated with standard safety pickles.

How to use: 

To use, mix 1 tablespoon of Picklean granules with 200ml of warm/hot water. Place the copper, bronze or silver piece into the solution immediately after quenching and leave in the solution for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove the piece from the solution and brush with a brass or stainless steel brush. 

C) The Home-made Aluminium Foil Method:

The Aluminium Foil Silver Cleaning Trick

The Aluminium Foil Silver Cleaning Trick

Tarnished silver is no match for this aluminum foil “recipe”:

  1. Place hot water in a bowl, one liter of water
  2. Add one tablespoon of baking soda
  3. Crumple up the foil and add to water and baking soda mix
  4. Drop silverware in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it’s very tarnished), then remove using kitchen tongs.

Magic!!

If built-up tarnish persists:

  1. Make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons of water
  2. Apply with a damp sponge
  3. Gentyly rub onto silver
  4. Rinse and dry

It is as easy as that with items we often already have in your kitchen.

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‘Red Fire’ feat Fine 999 Silver Metal Clay & Red Garnet ~ Sold


All artworks & designs displayed are © Copyright by artist Laura H Elliott BA (Hons), Dip.

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• Artwork Focus: A Clock Filled With Meaning

The World of Our Grandpa’s Sayings 

My work has been created over a 20+ year period and I want to write an ‘Artwork Focus’ each month to highlight certain pieces of my work to break down why and how the pieces where created. 

The first ‘Artwork FocusA Stitch in Time, Saves Nine’ by Laura Elliott.

This clock was premiered at Flux Exhibition at The Royal College of Art and subsequently at the Menier Gallery – Exhibit Here.

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About the clock:

“This piece is inspired by my great-grandfather who always had a saying for all areas of life and is titled after one of his sayings “A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine”. I have heard them growing up as they where used by my whole family. I see each saying as an idea and concept and this was the basis for this clock, with the saying relating to the fact the design was a clock, something I had fun with.

This clock features 227 carats of the genuine semi-precious gemstone called Labradorite. Labradorite can display an iridescent optical effect (or schiller) known as labradorescence. The term labradoresence was coined by Ove Balthasar Bøggild. The image below is a rough sample showing how Labradoresence appears when a good quality Labradorite is polished:

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It was due to my life-long passion of clay and sculpture as to why I expanded my work in 2012 to include the exciting medium of silver, copper and bronze metal clay; in concert with my ‘Landscape Moods’ series of mixed media paintings. Metal clay allows me to sculpt work in a free form and expressive manner, allowing me to create a wide range of sculptural metal clay designs and this has been titled the ‘Landscape Gems’ collection. I view these designs as a mini ‘Landscape Moods’ painting which is in a solid metal design that can be worn everyday.”

‘A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine’ by Laura Elliott will be exhibited at The Menier Gallery, London: 18th – 23rd July 2016

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All artworks & designs displayed are © Copyright by artist Laura H Elliott BA (Hons), Dip.

View my professional gallery of works at:

View my work quick link @ http://www.lhe-art.co.uk

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