Sick! Living with invisible illness

I have had the honour of taking part in Sick! and exhibition by artists with first hand experience of invisible illness.

"Created by maker Zara Carpenter with artist and curator Matt Bray the exhibition will act as a vehicle to open up the conversation about living with invisible illness, in order to reduce the stigma around the subject and encourage those who suffer from it to come out of the shadows and stop being invisible. The project is also being supported by Rikard Osterlund and Xtina Lamb.

We are of the belief that this conversation is important not only for those who have these conditions and who suffer in silence or are misunderstood because of lack of information, but to those who are doing the misunderstanding. Often our family or friends have an invisible illness, but we have no idea because it’s just not spoken about.

We chose the name Sick! for the exhibition because we didn’t want something that felt bleeding heart or maudlin. The exhibition will try and tackle this difficult and important issue with humour, irreverence and a directness that we feel is reflected in the title Sick!"

Check out the blog which is full of interesting articles and info about the show

We've had an amazing response so far, and my conversation with people who have visited the show have reminded me of why I am doing this and that I can make a difference.

Nouvelle Box have done a beautiful write up which you can read here

And there have been some other lovely press coverage of the show.

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Both from the Medway Messenger

Both from the Medway Messenger

100 artists

I'm very excited to be taking part in an exhibition hosted by the Kunsthuis gallery opening next month. Here's what they have to say about the show;

"Kunsthuis Gallery’s biggest and most ambitious exhibition yet..
100 Artists – 11 Countries” Kunsthuis Gallery presents 100 artists from the UK, The Netherlands, Iran, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, Belgium and the USA. The exhibition celebrates artists who demonstrate a fresh approach to painting, sculpture, jewellery, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, photography and textiles with a dynamic use of concepts, techniques and imagery. Our Royal Academy inspired Summer Exhibition will represent what is happening in the art world right now with the artists submitting one art work each totalling into a one-hundred work show."

So if you fancy coming down then RSVP to the opening night!

A lot of moving

Ummm so I've woefully neglected this little blog of mine. Please forgive me! I've had a lot of big life changes since my last post, firstly we decided to move back to the U.K.! 

Edinburgh to be exact. It was time to reconnect with the art world more, see my family and friends, plus Edinburgh is a beautiful, creative city.

We made it to the top of Arthurs seat

We made it to the top of Arthurs seat


I then decided, that one move not being stressful enough, I needed to move into a fancy new studio space. I've found a beautiful, light and friendly space in Leith, as a part of Thrive studios

I'm still setting up a bit but here's a little peak at the space. They still have a shared room available so get in touch if you're looking!

64 Albion Road, Leith, Edinburgh, EH7 5QZ



Wee work bench!

Wee admin desk

Wee admin desk

International Jewellery London in one week!

I am so crazy excited! In exactly one week I will be showcasing my new collection at International Jewellery London In Olympia.

My amazingly talented friends Maria and Dom have been working on some unique displays for my work. Maria came up with the concepts and Dom did the design and making. Here's a few action shot of Dom at work.

Check out Dom's website and see what other amazing things he has done here.

Hidden Damage

I've been working on my new project looking into mental health, the taboo surrounding it and how it effects the sufferers. I've been dealing with anxiety for about 6 months now and have dealt with other issues in my past, I have so many friends who struggle with their own mental health and it is estimated that one in four people suffer with mental health problems, yet still society seems to frown on discussing it or being open about your experiences.

This troubles me. How can we heal when we don't even feel like we can let people know there is a problem? One of my art heroes, Louise Bourgeois, uses mirrors in her work to represent the self, something that I've always been drawn to. However I think mirrors represent the presented self. They are a literal reflection of how we wish to be seen hiding beneath the surface is our true selves.

By using whole, broken, and repaired mirrors, my new collection explores the different stages of mental health and the pressure to present a perfect image of yourself, when inside you are broken.

I had heard of the Japanese technique called Kintsugi, the art of using gold lacquer to repair broken pottery. But it is more than just making a repair look pretty, it is about understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken. This is how I want people to feel about depression, anxiety, etc. I want people to see that they are beautiful for having been broken down and come through the other side. So I will make some pieces of repaired mirror using the Kintsugi technique.

This project is very close to my heart, and I will be donating 10% of the takings from each piece to local mental health charities. I'm also looking for models to volunteer for a photo shoot with the new collection, but I don't want any old model. I would love to have people who have suffered or are suffering with mental health difficulties to come and celebrate their beautiful broken selves! Please email me if you're interested.

I will be launching the collection at International Jewellery London, September 4th-6th 2016.

You can register here to visit the event, and click here to find out where I am!