Category Archives: Open House

Sunday…Weekly Snaps

December 4, 2016

Filed Under : Brighton - collaborations - colour - cycling - London - My Home - My St James - Open House - texture - Weekly Snaps - Winter

photo-04-12-2016-09-15-57-1 photo-28-11-2016-11-23-03 photo-25-11-2016-15-18-11 Paper Mistletoe by A Petal Unfoldsphoto-25-11-2016-15-29-12 Hand Cast resin Bangles by Tiki Brightonphoto-29-11-2016-14-33-12 photo-29-11-2016-17-34-46-1Veneta…a wonderful Restaurant in St James Market, London
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You can see the Steller Story version of this post here and you can also listen to a Podcast where I’m talking to Kat from Blogtacular here

Thursday…with a Scented Shed

November 17, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Art - Brighton - collaborations - exhibitions - My Home - Open House - synaesthesia - The Shed - Winter

photo-17-11-2016-08-42-16Each year at my Artist’s Open House in Brighton I create an installation in my shed/studio…themes over the years have included Shipwrecks, Pioneer’s Cabin, Nesting, Frozen in Time and the White Shed.

Earlier this year when I was working on the #myStJames project I visited Floris in Jermyn St, London; the oldest perfumers in the country, and I was absolutely fascinated with how a perfumer almost seems to paint with scent. ( you can read an earlier post about it here )

It made me become incredibly preoccupied with scents and memories which is why I decided I wanted to crete a space where people could almost smell their past and  to ‘dress’ the shed with a feeling of nostalgia and personal history; something smell and scent gives immediate access to.
photo-17-11-2016-08-26-12When I told Floris what I was going to do they kindly provided me with lots of scent samples which I was then able to subtly place within drawers, boxes, tins, jars and even a couple of handbags and a book; sometimes on their own and sometimes combined with other elements…I was also so chuffed when Susan Beech from A Petal Unfolds agreed to let me include some of her incredible paper flowers and Cable and Cotton gave me extra lights for the ceiling.

Also as a synaesthetic artist I often paint smell ( and taste ) and so also included within the installation some paintings which depict scent. photo-17-11-2016-08-32-17 When I was little my mum put a scented sheet of purple paper into a drawer in the spare room…I used to go in on a rainy day just to open it and take in that smell.
I can still recall it; not in a very tangible way, but more like recalling a dream; one of those you never forget…

As an abstract painter I enjoy emotional responses rather than representative, and was completely taken by surprise when I found myself weeping at the scent of ‘Iris’ having emotionally revisited one of the happiest times and places of my life 30 years ago, for a matter of the handbag above contains ‘ Madonna of the Almonds’ by Floris as well as a dusting of talc, the small top box contains ‘ 1962’ scent by Floris and the glass jar contains ‘Lily of the Valley’ by Floris )

( the binoculars case below contains Scent ‘No. 127’ by Floris, blended in the 1800’s. It’s one of my favourites because it is like directly smelling history )photo-17-11-2016-08-42-32photo-17-11-2016-08-36-10 ( drawer above contains ‘Palm Springs’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-36-59 ( drawer above contains ‘Cerifo’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-37-36 photo-17-11-2016-08-43-46 ( drawer above contains ‘Edwardian Bouquet’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-45-08 photo-17-11-2016-08-39-30 ( drawer above contains ‘Honey Oud’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-35-40 photo-17-11-2016-08-33-58 ( bag above contains ‘Mahon Leather’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-40-02 ( above is some of my mother’s old cream from the 1970’s and a box with pencil shavings inside )photo-17-11-2016-08-40-21 photo-17-11-2016-08-41-10 photo-17-11-2016-08-43-17 ( drawer above contains ‘1988’ scent by Floris )photo-17-11-2016-08-32-59 photo-17-11-2016-08-31-05 ( lilies and a painting of their scent behind )photo-17-11-2016-08-29-29There are 75 smells in the shed which you can experience in boxes, jars and drawers ( anything containing a smell has a little round sticker on unless it’s a plant ).

You can pick and choose and let the smells take you back to places you’d forgotten or never even thought about.
The identity of the smell itself shouldn’t be important; it’s where it takes you in your memory which should be savoured.

So far people have had some incredible responses and everyone has come out telling me stories of smells from their childhood or past…some of my favorites so far have been:

‘I’ve just smelt a ghost’

‘That smells like an old lady’s chair’

‘Oh my God, that’s the school soap!’

‘I’ve just visited my Grandpa’s front room’
photo-13-11-2016-11-33-21( tin above contains ‘White Rose’ scent by Floris )photo-08-11-2016-16-20-34( incredible hand made paper flowers inside a drawer with the scent of Floris’s ‘Edwardian Bouquet’ from A Petal Unfolds )

I’ve also included some smells which are not so nice…not many, but I wanted people to experience a range, so if you visit, beware of this tin…it contains asafoetida!!photo-17-11-2016-08-46-25There’s nothing quite like opening a drawer or a box which not only has some interesting bits and pieces inside but which also has a specific scent…I have absolutely loved putting this installation together and I think it is only the start of a new phase for me of working artistically with smell!photo-12-11-2016-17-24-58You can visit the Open House and experience The Scented Shed, in Brighton during the last 3 weekends of November 11am – 5pm, and you can follow the accounts @64sandgate on Instagram and Facebook for more details

Weekly Snaps…( with uploading hitch )

May 31, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Art - Brighton - colour - Cornwall - cycling - My Home - Open House - Spring - Summer - Weekly Snaps


I tried so hard to get these ‘Weekly Snaps’ up here on Sunday evening at the same time as my Steller Story, but for some reason my blog is proving a bit of a nightmare re uploading images at the moment, so these images have taken about 2 days to upload after re loading and re loading as they just keep freezing mid import…maybe it’s because I’m away from home or something, but here they are now!

( there are extra images and film on the Steller version of this post if you click on the link above )image image image image image Photo 25-05-2016 Photo 26-05-2016, 17 35 25 Photo 26-05-2016, 18 16 30 Photo 26-05-2016-2 Photo 27-05-2016, 07 24 19 Photo 26-05-2016, 10 38 16 Photo 24-05-2016 Photo 26-05-2016, 11 20 32 Photo 28-05-2016, 15 49 30 Photo 27-05-2016, 18 14 01 Photo 27-05-2016, 16 49 09 Photo 26-05-2016, 16 29 22 Photo 27-05-2016, 18 13 04 Photo 27-05-2016, 16 54 57 imagePhoto 28-05-2016, 10 47 40 Photo 28-05-2016, 19 00 38 Photo 27-05-2016, 10 11 34Photo 28-05-2016, 14 03 14 Photo 28-05-2016, 15 54 05 Photo 28-05-2016, 17 13 18 Photo 28-05-2016, 17 19 01 Photo 28-05-2016, 15 53 46 Photo 29-05-2016, 16 34 36 Photo 29-05-2016, 16 32 00 Photo 28-05-2016, 17 17 31 Photo 28-05-2016, 20 05 10

Work featured from a Brighton Open House in Stanley Rd from and


Sunday…with Paintings, Artists Open Houses and The Worldwide Tribe

May 15, 2016

Filed Under : Art - Brighton - colour - Open House - The Shed - trips

IMG_6791I find painting quite a temperamental part of my life; it’s almost like the painting part of me is a separate part of me who I hang out with periodically throughout the year.

The ideas have to sit with me for quite a while, almost to the point where I think I’m avoiding picking up my brushes, because I start to feel that the idea itself is inevitably going to outstrip my basic execution on the canvas…

I paint in 2 different ways: my synaesthetic paintings are an abstract meditation of my experience with the senses; I take away emotions connected to the sounds, smells and tastes and focus on what is actually happening visually in my head…sort of like notation.

My other paintings are emotionally based and often focus on how small and insignificant I feel within the elements; a feeling which I think keeps me aware of how much more powerful nature is, and which steers away from those hubristic feelings humans find so easily accessible.

I’ve found over the years that working on the combination of emotional paintings and synaesthetic paintings keeps me balanced…I have to work with both, and I have to give both their individual time…a bit like living with 2 very different children.

Back in February I visited the Calais Refugee Camp with The World Wide Tribe and Davorka Andjellic ( @tilly2milly on instagram ) to create a visual document and share the trip on Instagram and which I wrote about here the day before the French Police moved in and torched, tear gassed and bulldozed a large part of the camp and the same part we had spent most time in during our visit; the part with the church, the mosque, the school, the library, the first aid, the shops, the cafes…not to mention all the unaccompanied minors and displaced families…
Photo 27-02-2016, 15 02 55When I was at home I felt al sorts of emotions; anger, sadness, fear, relief, but I also had a feeling of helplessness…

Jaz, who set up the World Wide Tribe, had worked in fashion and travel but after visiting the camp last August became completely taken over by the overwhelming need to help people on a grass roots level within this crisis and has since become an incredible force for change and awareness with her close team.

I could completely see how this could happen as meeting people in the camp there; tender, intelligent and kind human beings, makes you so aware of how lucky you are and how helping them should be so easy…

But it’s not always that easy for many reasons…donating money is a great starting point as even if it’s a small amount it not only helps massively but it also makes you feel connected with the crisis. But I felt I should do more, but it’s impossible for me to turn my life around and spend a couple of months volunteering in one of the camps at this moment on my life: I am a single parent with a teenage son and I have masses of domestic responsibility…and so then again I was left feeling a bit pathetic and at a loss for what I could usefully contribute…

However, I am creative, and I thought that maybe that could somehow work to be my contribution…

The Worldwide Tribe champion creative and art based projects within their help programme, recognising the therapeutic benefits as well as how through art and film making the awareness of this crisis can gain a much wider awareness and appreciation, and I really believe it’s creatives who have a capacity and responsibility to highlight and shift social change…Photo 27-02-2016, 16 49 05Davorka and I were both inspired by the incredible structures in the camp; shelters which had been built by the refugees and volunteers together and which had all become personalised homes with individuality and a sense of privacy…IMG_3328Alpha was refugee and an artist and who adapted his shelter in an extraordinary way and became a gallery…
Photo 27-02-2016, 16 19 27As Davorka is a teacher, as soon as she was back at school she created a whole project with her class based around the idea of refugees and these shelters, their homes; helping children create such instinctive and brilliant responses which are below…Davorka children's work 2Davorka children's work 1Davorka children's work 3Davorka children's work 4Davorka children's work 5IMG_1606IMG_1607IMG_1608IMG_1609

My responses were slow…things percolated inside my head for a couple of months, but I couldn’t pick up a brush…

And then I realised that I should paint something to do with the structures themselves; the geometry and colour…and also what I couldn’t see inside…IMG_3340 Photo 27-02-2016, 17 00 12IMG_3339 Photo 27-02-2016, 15 23 42 IMG_3207Photo 27-02-2016, 14 49 51Photo 27-02-2016, 14 43 48I was also really struck by the massive use of gaffa and parcel tape within the camp…it’s a incredibly useful but obviously temporary tool, which summed up a lot of the transience for me…Photo 27-02-2016, 16 40 08 Photo 27-02-2016, 16 41 22 IMG_3269 And I also wanted to utilise the uncomfortable feelings I had about feeling a bit like a voyeur…I was taking photos of people’s homes; catching slices of their lives through odd shaped windows and gaffa taped shapes…Photo 27-02-2016, 15 03 36Photo 27-02-2016, 18 20 01Photo 27-02-2016, 18 00 12

So the paintings are basically about the inside and the outside view; the temporary, the shelter and the hope…

Each painting has a slice of golden outside; a peep at something better through weathered feelings and tarpaulin…IMG_6809

…these are some of my process shotsIMG_6737 IMG_6756 IMG_6742 IMG_6743 IMG_6744 IMG_6747 IMG_6754 IMG_6755 IMG_6757 IMG_6781IMG_6782 Photo 27-02-2016, 16 49 05IMG_6785 IMG_6786 IMG_6788 IMG_3362 IMG_6796 IMG_6794 IMG_6814 IMG_6810 IMG_6813 IMG_6812 IMG_6811 IMG_6808 IMG_6815 I wanted to create a collection of the paintings of different sizes to give the feeling of the shelters themselves.

They currently have their first showing in Brighton in the Artist’s Open Houses on the Fiveways Trail…IMG_8339 and it was a great feeling to see them put up all together on one wall last week…IMG_8327

The paintings are on display throughout May weekends in Brighton here at 3 Surrenden Road, BN1 6PA, and then they will  be shown at The Barbican as part of ‘Papers’ a one day festival of the art, culture and architecture of the refugee crisis being held on June 12th by The Architecture Foundation in connection with The Worldwide Tribe, and amazingly Alpha’s house which I mentioned earlier in the post will be reconstructed for the exhibition. ( You can have a look and also book tickets here

The paintings are for sale and 50% of the price will be directly donated to The Worldwide Tribe…( You can view and purchase them in my Big Cartel store here )

And if you would like to donate to The Worldwide Tribe you can easily do that here

In the next couple of months I will also be launching a really exciting digital and ceramic art project with The Worldwide Tribe, so will keep you posted here and on Instagram as well as all other social channels .Photo 18-04-2016, 14 43 05


Wednesday…with the Brighton Christmas Open House

November 25, 2015

Filed Under : Art - My Home - Open House - The Shed - Winter

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Twice a year I open my house in Brighton to the public; once for 4 weekends in May, and then again in November for 2 weekends before Christmas…
This November, 12 other artists and makers are showing their work in the house alongside my own work…

There’s one more weekend left of this Open House, so do pop in if you’re in the area…

( full list and links to makers at the end of the post )
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Photo 25-11-2015, 09 58 00 Photo 25-11-2015, 09 57 28 and there’s also my shed installation which has an ‘ice pops’ theme this Christmas…Photo 25-11-2015, 14 40 43 Photo 25-11-2015, 14 41 15 Photo 25-11-2015, 14 42 32 Photo 25-11-2015, 14 41 28 Photo 25-11-2015, 14 42 11 Photo 25-11-2015, 14 44 21

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See the Steller Story version here

Tuesday…with Weekly Snaps catch up

November 24, 2015

Filed Under : Art - Open House - Pop Up Shop - Weekly Snaps - Winter

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Every day I make the simple plan which is ‘to catch up with everything’ and everyday for about 2 weeks it hasn’t worked!

I do have a list of ’to do’s’ every day too, but I more often than not think that once I’ve got those little jobs done I can start my day…unfortunately the start of those days seems to be at about midnight when my body says that it’s the end of the day…so things are falling behind with the ‘weekly snaps’ hence here is a 2 week catch up on a Tuesday rather than a Sunday…anyway, maybe the fact that at least they’ve appeared will get me back on schedule!

So…here’s a 2 week concise compilation of arrangements, pop-up shop at West Elm London, Open House organisation…and Cheeks taking it easy!

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( the Mibo display! )Photo 14-11-2015, 12 00 06 Photo 14-11-2015, 09 40 55 ( one of my paintings of ‘The Taste of Strawberries and Cream’ being hung in the window )Photo 14-11-2015, 12 04 46 ( Cécile Gilbert from Tiki jewellery with Sophie Abbott )Photo 14-11-2015, 11 00 27 ( some of my 5ftinf new products )Photo 15-11-2015, 16 09 14( Sophie Abbott’s paintings )Photo 15-11-2015, 16 08 31 image( my wrapping paper with added berries, mimosa, wax flower and eucalyptus )Photo 15-11-2015, 16 11 11( Holly Bell’s ceramics )Photo 14-11-2015, 08 35 33 Photo 23-11-2015, 20 24 26 imagePhoto 11-11-2015, 14 06 14 (1) Photo 18-11-2015, 08 52 39 Photo 22-11-2015, 12 26 23 imageChristmas decorations by Emma Herian, candles by Sushou Organics, cards by Tilly2Milly, ceramis by Charlotte Jones and leather belts by Hawkmoth LeatherPhoto 19-11-2015, 14 32 18 Photo 19-11-2015, 13 08 05 Photo 19-11-2015, 14 29 38 Photo 22-11-2015, 16 55 11

Photo 12-11-2015, 10 38 21and I also tried to revive a de-hydrated hydrangea…Photo 12-11-2015, 10 29 53…and failed!imageYou can see the Steller Story ‘Weekly Snaps’ here

Tuesday…with Cable and Cotton

November 17, 2015

Filed Under : collaborations - Open House - The Shed - Winter

Photo 17-11-2015, 12 02 23A few weeks ago I was invited to collaborate with a fantastic independent lighting shop in Brighton called Cable and Cotton who produce the most colourful and creative strings of handmade cotton lights…you choose the string length and then you can choose as many or as few colours as you want ( it explains it all here )…I was asked to create an alternative Christmas window for their shop in the Lanes in Brighton, and as the shop is basically packed with amazing colours,  you can probably imagine I was in colour heaven…

imageimageimageimagePhoto 05-11-2015, 10 15 29 (1)…at the back of the shop is a wall of coloured lights which is so beautiful and started to inspire what I was going to put together for the window…
Photo 05-11-2015, 10 23 37Photo 26-10-2015, 10 59 03Photo 02-11-2015, 06 51 26I decided that I wanted to echo the mass of colour in the shop and make the window cosy and magical at the same time…I’ve also been preparing my new Christmas shed installation, so I cleared some space and had a practice with some of my colourful objects…Photo 01-11-2015, 12 42 20

…so when I started on the window, I sort of knew where I was going with it, but also wanted to be able to improvise within the idea…Photo 09-11-2015, 11 49 52 Photo 09-11-2015, 12 27 56 ( and make quite a bit of mess in the shop! )Photo 09-11-2015, 13 11 15 Photo 09-11-2015, 13 36 43 Photo 09-11-2015, 14 09 05 Photo 09-11-2015, 14 09 45 Photo 09-11-2015, 16 54 16 Photo 10-11-2015, 13 45 51 Photo 10-11-2015, 13 47 31 I love organising colour and working detailed object arrangements in amongst natural colours, so working coloured lights into it was a wonderful opportunity…Photo 10-11-2015, 13 49 58 Photo 10-11-2015, 13 53 19 Photo 10-11-2015, 13 55 06 Photo 10-11-2015, 13 57 54 Photo 10-11-2015, 14 01 14 Photo 10-11-2015, 14 02 07 Photo 10-11-2015, 14 03 22 Photo 11-11-2015, 15 22 35 As part of my shed installation for my Christmas Open House this year, I’m also using some strings of lights which really lend themselves to creating a festive and magical atmosphere without resorting to the often over done Christmas glitter and snow…Photo 17-11-2015, 11 30 21 My inspiration this year is a combination of Narnia ( and Edmund’s love of Turkish Delight ), mixed with the white of winter…

I’m a massive colour lover, so working with white is quite different and I’ve realised how important it’s role is in my life…it completely calms me down!Photo 17-11-2015, 11 31 04 Photo 17-11-2015, 11 39 33 …the shed isn’t finished yet, but it will be when we have our first Open House day this weekend…and suffice to say there will be an abundance of pretty, glowing lights from Cable and Cotton as I basically can’t get enough of them!!Photo 17-11-2015, 11 42 48 Photo 17-11-2015, 12 07 37If you’d like to see my window display in Brighton and visit the shop, Cable and Cotton are located at 24 Meeting House Lane, Brighton, BN1 1HB ( more info about the shop here ). You can also choose and order their strings of lights in their on line shop and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

You can see the Steller Story version here