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My Year in Review… And a list of accomplishments!

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As the year is nearly over, there is a little exercise I like to do, prompted by Alyson of the Art Biz Blog…: to list my accomplishments of the year. I believe we should all be doing this instead of concentrating on what HAS NOT been done…I have been doing it for a few years now so you may have seen a similar post before!

In 2012 I…

– participated in the Ideal Home Show in the RDS (Dublin) for the first time,
– purchased my beloved Berlingo Multispace, the perfect vehicle for an artist/crafter,
– drove to London to participate in an art fair in Chelsea, (more details here)
– appeared in Ireland’s Home and Interiors Magazine,
– had a duo exhibition with fellow artist Roisin O’Farrell at the Killarney Art Gallery
– had a painting selected for the Cork Street open Exhibition in London
– had a successful Solo Exhibition at the Boathouse Gallery in Kinsale, Co.Cork,
– participated in the Wine and Art night in the Malton, Killarney, for the 7th time,
– gained a few hundred followers on Facebook and Twitter,
– participated in the Art fair in the RDS (now Art Source) for the 3rd time,
– completed 5 commissions,
-put Killarney forward for the “Best Place to Live in Ireland” competition (we were 2nd, watch the video here..!)
– gave a new look to my blog,
– did 3 Christmas craft fairs selling my prints and my art jewellery,
– took better care of my Etsy shop,
– gave a painting demonstration at the Mallow Art Club, County Cork,
– held a “Special Christmas Shop” from my Facebook Page,
-and last but not least… I am growing a tiny human! 25 weeks and counting…

I’m glad I had a full and busy year… Since I was hoping to get pregnant and knowing that 2013 would be more quiet on the art side, I’m glad I took chances like the London fair, who didn’t turn out well but I had to try it..!

Now to make a list of goals for 2013… But first here are a few pictures of 2012..!

Ideal Home Show, Dublin

Untitled Art Fair, Chelsea, London

With Roisin O’Farrell at our Duo Easter Exhibition

Ireland’s Homes and Interiors

With Liz, owner of the Boathouse Gallery



My stand at Art Source, RDS, Dublin
 

 

Craft Fair in Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney
Enjoy the Celebrations, and see you next year..!
 
 

Untitled Artists Fair – London…

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A week ago yesterday I was making the long trip back home, driving from central London back to Killarney, after a weekend spent at the Untitled Artists Fair on King’s Road in Chelsea…

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road

The building and the location were fantastic, right in the middle of Chelsea… The setting up was a little less ideal however… With no allocated car park for the exhibitors, I was forced to find a small car park elsewhere and carry my stuff accross a very busy road 3-4 times with my trolley… Phew!

After setting up on Friday morning, I had a few hours to kill before the opening at 5.30, so I had a little wonder around Covent Gardens, an area I like a lot in London, (I was tempted by Portobello but had been there on my previous trip to London! )

The city was all prepared for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee…

The Apple Market, Covent Gardens

 

Friday night came and the opening was quite busy, but no luck for me on the night… In fact, not much more luck for the whole weekend unfortunately…! I managed to sell a few prints, but that was it unfortunately… Perhaps the jubilee events were taking away from the fair, or there was insufficient advertising..? Who knows… I was disapointed with the organiser of the event who never came around to see how we were doing or just to introduce himself in general, which I thought was a little rude..

On the bright side, the highlight of my weekend was definitely getting to meet some of my fellow exhibitors, I would love to introduce you to a few of them..

In the booth right next to mine was Graham Holland, he was a great neighbour to have and we got on like house on fire instantly. We had great laughs together. A londoner himself, Graham creates fantastic photo montages of London and different other cities in the world…

© Graham Holland

In front of me was the lovely Catherine Savigny, french painter and sculptor who had come all the way from Paris, handy I suppose with the Eurostar, I would love to do this trip one day..!

“Mother”, © Dan Hillier
http://www.danhillier.com

Dan Hillier was around the corner from me, a super nice guy who’s art I really liked: he takes old victorian illustrations and manipulates them to create new images entirely. Dan did pretty well at the fair, he was the only one who did that I’m aware of…

“Lost Flip Flop”, © Rachel Jeffery
http://racheljefferypaintings.co.uk/

I fell in love with Rachel Jeffery’s paintings… Living in Cornwall, she gets her inspiration from rock pools… Being a beach comber myself I was really attracted by the colours and the textures in her work…!

There was so many others… but a lovely surprise for me was to meet Bridget Skanski Such… Meeting Bridget and seeing her work felt like we must have been connected somehow somewhere, and you’ll understand why when you see her textile art…:

“Up the Hill”, ©Bridget Skanski Such
http://www.bridgetskanskisuchtextiles.com

Bridget and I use similar colours and shapes, but her work is made entirely of textiles… Ribbons, pieces of organza, and lovely intricate embroidery stitches…

I also met my twitter friend Dean Philips who makes sculptures out of… Blu-Tack..! Dean wasn’t exhibiting, he just came up to say hello since he lives in London… My first time meeting an online friend.
So, that was my weekend in a nutshell… Would I do it again..? Not this fair in particular, no. Talking to the other exhibitors from the UK was great to learn about other fairs… I think I would fly over though, with smaller unframed pieces in a big suitcase..!

So, I leave you now with some random London pics…:

 

 

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