“Bikes & Blooms” was my first solo exhibition of paintings and textiles which took place at Four Walls, Melton.
The theme in the exhibition was about change, and how change can be a positive development, sure it is sometimes painful but it usually turns out ok. More often than not it leaves you in a better place that you were before if you face it with positivity.
I started to paint again after a period of depression which I struggled with in 2019. I painted my way out of it (with some help along the way). Whilst thinking about what it means to be an experienced but older designer/illustrator, what it means to be a mother of teenagers, what use my work was to the world.
In a way it felt as though I had to start again. I dabbled in writing some poems and the dark art of social media. I looked at how I could still be valid in the ever changing world we now live in.
Over the years I have worked as an illustrator, designer and art director. My skills as an illustrator and photographer have always been useful when mixed with good typography and a bit of space.
Anyway I digress; back to the exhibition …
The development of the initial pieces was about nature.
Butterflies and dragonflies evolutionary process feel very much like a metaphor for the changing inner (and outer lives) of us humans.
The development of a dragonfly from nymph to dragonfly is fascinating. If you look at the development of a dragonfly from prehistoric times – they were possibly HUGE whereas now they are still large but actually smaller than they once were. How weird is evolution? Don’t even get me started on butterflies – how do they do that chrysalis/caterpillar/wings magic?
Changing populations means that transport links are needed to enable us to evolve and develop. Yet transport is also at the heart of the erosion of the planet. Our networks are viewed as being important, wildlife networks are sometimes less so. The internet of things means that stuff has to be made, get shifted about, be delivered. It is tricky to balance out the areas to conserve and how.
I love the design simplicity of a bike. It is a method of transport which is environmentally sound and pure of spirit. The bike as a motif features in much of my work. It not only looks iconic; it is an environmental campaigner.
The odd rock star has snuck in, as well as the occasional stars I have spotted whilst living in France and Rutland. All have stories of evolution and metamorphosis aplenty …
This is “Bike Chap V”. He’s part of a series – I gave the first two to #Twitterartexhibit and have made the first piece into a textile design which I’ve had made up locally into a cushion.
The old man on his bike rode through my camera whilst I was living in France. On his bike he looked like a mix of history and futurism as he cycled past. Ancient yet modern. Cool.
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