Yes how exciting, Ooh la Lapin has had a makeover! Well I thought it was about time, I have chopped and changed and I know that the the time was right to pretty up the site. I must say I am very happy with the ‘new look’.
Today really feels like the first day of Autumn, I am wearing ribbed tights, brogues and a chunky knit. The air is cooler and leaves have started falling. Before we know it the evenings will be getting darker! I have been doodling away, reading, installing the ROCPO exhibition and nesting in my house.
Today I was in the beautiful aspex gallery with some of the Southsea Sisters making flags to decorate Albert Road for Southsea Fest! With my trustee suitcase of vintage fabrics, and plenty of good company and tea we spent 2 hours sewing these beauties. Photos will follow next weekend when the flags are put up!
I was so excited to be offered the job of curator for The Gold Room gallery and one of the first things I set about doing was planning a small shop space. Im hoping the pop up shop will get people down to the gallery to buy small affordably pieces and enjoy the ever changing program of art. The shop will launch in mid September and I’m pretty excited. Here are some of the things you will find in the shop.
First up is Louise Wright a fantastic illustrator from Derby.
The second artist is Memo, an illustrator based in Leeds. Im really excited about putting in this order!
Also some rad screen prints from Joff.
One of the perks of working for a gallery is looking forward to the ever changing stock by artists and makers in the shop. The downside is splurging your wages…
Today at work we made a nonsense zoo, Rorschach blot pictures and things out of clay. Working in gallery education totally rules.
So Monday and Tuesday this week the whole gallery team at aspen visited beautiful Bristol! I was oh so in love with Spike Island and its various inhabitants, mostly Situations. Situations blew me away with tales of NowhereIsland and two live lions roaming around a 1920’s cinema as part of a one day installation. On Tuesday we visited Antlers (a roaming gallery) with a love of hand drawn, foxes and the slightly macabre. Then lastly the awesome Arnolfini gallery where we were treated to a beautiful lunch by the gallery and a one to one with its director Tom. Super super!
Thanks so much to the wonderful students from Portsmouth University who came and interviewed me yesterday about my art work and how I became an artist. To be honest its an emotional journey how I got ‘here’. The interview will be broadcast on June 1st and I hope it inspires others to pursue a creative life.
Sometimes being Mum to 2 kids, one disabled, work, trying to lose weight (awful body problems, hangover from being anoraxic) and other bull shit gets too much. Then my body has an ‘episode’ and I get excruciating stomach pains, panic, dizziness and other awful things. So today I am going to bed, watching dvds, eating nice food and resting.
Here are some photos I took yesterday of where I work…
Just crazy crazy madness regarding the Heroes exhibition plus working at the gallery everyday with schools. We are so stoked that Sock Puppet Productions are making a documentary about us and our exhibition AMAZING! Also the fantastic Billie Rae will be photographing the show installation as part of a project ‘behind the scenes’.
This room will be transformed over the weekend and will host the bar, d.j and blanket fort.
Work will hang here.
Angelo and Ashley
Just spent a little time creating a little Ooh la Lapin world in the gallery shop today!