A long time ago before two more children and a new husband I worked in The Market Hall in Shrewsbury (it was early days, the beginning of its fabulous re-birth) I ran art classes for kids and had a studio tucked behind the Birds Nest where I painted. On a daily basis I met wonderful, creative people and the community I accidentally tapped into has continued with me ever since.
I think it was serendipity, although it might also have been a shit load of merlot that made me so sociable and in the right place at the right time. I started writing (not brilliantly but I enjoyed it) I had a column in the Ad Mag!! (well I did say I wasn’t very good!!) And I was Features Editor for Severn Magazine for two years. In the magazine I was lucky enough to write about the fantastic creatives I had come across. Among them some celebrated names in the Shrews included Matt Sewell, Richard Hammerton, Shomi, Adam Birch, Linda Edwards the list goes on. I loved that job (well I would have had to love it, I never actually got paid for it.)
Life moved on, I made Boob Wallpaper, I left the studio in the capable hands of Risdon & Risdon, I made some babies and I re-married a lovely loud man.
I have had an itch at the back of my head for the last two years, the beginnings of blogs still sit on my icloud; topics include the ever developing size of my arse and lack of excercise and, my still favourite unpublished ‘Why the emoji is the downfall of society’. The latter is still very tempting to re-visit but alas I worry I would just offend everyone I know… don’t get me started on Patrick Stewart, formerly a Shakespearian actor playing an emoji turd in the film based on this lazy form of communication.
So here I am being an Artist In Residence at the fabulous new Studio 39 in Coleham and I am going back to my roots and back to that itch. PS we create was launched two years ago and has been party to so many brilliant projects, connections and collaborations. I look forward to introducing you to some of the creative folk I have the privilege to call my friends and collaborators. I cannot wait to get started, the only problem is who to choose first. Names might have to go in a hat; what I do know for sure is my hat will floweth over with choice as Shrewsbury is brimming with the talented.
In the mean time, if you are in Shrewsbury this weekend there is so much arty stuff going on!
Open studios continue tomorrow at Risdon & Risdon, Linda Edwards, Lindsey Kennedy, Parker & Arrol
and Jill Leventen.
The Belle Vue Arts Festival is in full swing with loads of cool stuff going on pop over to their website to see the full programme.
You can find most of them on instagram
@risdonandrisdon or www.risdonandrisdon.co.uk
@lindaedwards or www.lindaedwards.co.uk