Thursday, 17 May 2012

Northern Adventures and Inspiration

Wow, it's been busy, I can't believe its been over two weeks since our lovely weekend up North. We had a lovely day in Whitehaven with our friends, their adorable children and a borrowed dog! I then met with a lovely couple in Eshott, Northumberland who had been put in contact with me through the gorgeous Eshott Hall. I've just sent off their mock up invitations, I really hope they like them.

We were so lucky with the weather and being up North we thought it the perfect opportunity to go and see the Puffins on the Farne Islands, unfortunately though, the winds were too bad out at Sea so there were no trips going. We had also tried to go this time a year ago, I think next time we try later in the year...

postcard and puffin from our first failed trip

However disappointing, every cloud has it's silver lining, the extra time gave us the opportunity to visit the amazing Barter Books, a magical second hand bookstore created in a disused railway station. From a love of restored buildings and (as you know) books it was a joy to visit and I could have easily spent all day in there!

It also gave us the opportunity to go and visit the amazingly talented Sarah Morpeth, an artist, personal source of inspiration, and I'd like to think new found friend, I have mentioned many times before. 

As our first 'paper' wedding anniversary present to each other Rob and I had commissioned Sarah to do a piece for us. We wanted to incorporate some lyrics from Our Way to Fall by Yo La Tengo, the beautiful song we chose for my entrance to our wedding ceremony. 

Through discussions with Sarah and very much in keeping with her style of pieces we chose to have two hares amongst the beautiful hedgerow which features in so much of Sarah's work. This seemed particularly apt as our two readings at the Wedding were 'Guess How Much I Love You' and an extract from 'The Velveteen Rabbit'.

The pictures don't really do it justice but the piece looks really great up in the flat and it is certainly a wonderful addition to the decor.

It really does looks great against the brick and we love just looking at it! The design is so intricate and I love the depth it appears to have, the paint touches Sarah has added are perfect and really give the appearance of layering.

You can also check out these gorgeous work in progress pics Sarah has on her Facebook page here, I truely am in awe of her creativity and patience.

After receiving the amazing piece we spent a lovely afternoon chatting to Sarah over coffee and amazing scones her mum had made. It was really nice to discuss her work and inspirations and hear all about her upcoming projects. She's recently had two artist in residence commissions, one based on the Isle of Mull, exploring further her interests in the film I know Where I'm Going. You can see more of her work on this project here. It was wonderful getting to see the work in process and hear about the story behind the piece.

Her other project is commissioned by North York Open Studios and based in the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond. Sarah has taken inspiration from theatre posters found in the museum and archives, as well as from her 'own sense of the layers of history in the Theatre, a fraying around the edges of memory'. As well as working with typography, her pieces also incorporate links to the woodland scenery. 

I love her references to memory 'moths that create holes in the past; drawing inspiration from the fabric of the building, from the places where the past is still visible...the patches of original paintwork, traces and leavings'. It truly is a fascinating project and I am really excited to hopefully go and visit the Theatre and her wonderful creations in June. You can read more about her process here and a link to the exhibition here.

Thanks again Sarah and all the best!

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