It has been an incredibly busy period for me with two studio moves, a large hand printed order for Manx National and numerous workshops for both children and adults. So what is on the run up to Christmas horizon and where can you find my work this year? I have narrowed down retail outlets, making the work exclusive and achievable - so you can find cards and prints @ Manx National Heritage shops, The Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills and I will have a display at the Christmas Market at Tynwald Mills.
I have created a new piece for the Christmas show at Tynwald Mills and after this will be saving new work for an exhibition next year with Shelby Sandy-ford Sykes (so more about that soon). I am very excited and more particularly that I get time to create in the Studio, my refuge and idea factory - without time spent here, aside from my own work, there is less of me to bring to my workshops.
The next printmaking workshop in March 2017 is now full and I have a growing list for September 2017, so my advice, if you want a place is to book now. By the way, the Artreach Studios provides workshop vouchers, if you know someone who would love to make in a workshop.
Hope to see you at the Tywnald Mills Market over the festive season! Don't forget to send the children in for workshops and Skate Isle of Man is back at Tynwald Mills this Christmas!
It has been the most amazing Summer for workshops. The big highlight was the children's Art Boot Camp. I love teaching all ages, but that week was so intense, inspirational and special. Hearing parents comments, about how the children couldn't wait to arrive in the morning - flying out of their cars on arrival - forgetting lunches, coming home and talking about the day, full of excitement - it made my heart sing with joy. Best thing was, I felt exactly the same. Much forward planning went in to the week, and working into the evening preparing for the next day, it was worth every moment and I look forward to next year's art boot!
I ran two Frida Kahlo workshops through the Summer for adults. Kahlo's work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of a Mexican national and by feminists for her uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form - despite suffering life long health problems. I was extremely pleased with the response to the workshop and the huge variety of artwork created over both. The adults journal art workshops are being met with equal popularity. It was such a pleasure to run workshops and what resonated with me, were the amount of people attending who had not picked up a paint brush since they were children! There will be more journal projects in February 2017. You are all amazing and thanks for joining me.
Wrap up warm and get ready for Autumn/Winter art workshops.
Summer workshops for adults are now underway, and if you ever felt the desire to give creativity a go.......there has never been a better time! Creating art is a very effective way to stimulate the brane and anyone can do it. Many are afraid that since they aren't very good at making art, there is no point and they won't get any benefit from doing it. The truth is that at any level, there are therapeutic benefits from doing art, so the first step is not to expect a predictable outcome.
We are all born with an innate desire to express ourselves and art encompasses a wider range of activity, than you can ever imagine. Here are a few ways you can express yourself creatively and benefit from positive mental health to make you a happier, healthier person:Creating Art Relieves StressPainting, sculpting, drawing, printmaking, photography help you to relax and lower your stress levels, leaving you feeling mentally clear and calm. Art can provide a distraction, giving your mind a break from the usual streams of thoughts. We have an average of 60,000 thoughts per day and many of them are exactly the same day in and day out. Total art immersion in creativity can find you in what we artists call 'the zone' or state of 'flow'. You may need to stretch or warm up those creative muscles a bit, similar to if your were taking a yoga class, but you will soon begin to feel the benefits and recognise the benefits!
I will be set up in Bunscoill Ghaelgagh on Tynwald Day, so stop by and have a free try-out, and create your own card - perhaps this will be the first step in your new creative practice!
I can hardly believe the joy Summer sunshine has brought to our little corner of the Northern Hemisphere! Holding on to every second and soaking these rays in.
Meanwhile, big things are happening in my art studio, and I can hardly wait for the months of planning to begin to unfold. There are collab projects, and my own sweet ideas unfolding in a stream of new art workshops that I am offering.
Adult art workshops began for me, this year, with a number Art Journalling projects, the first of which was funded by Isle of Man Art Development and Occupational Health. Art Journalling can be a great place to work through thoughts and generate ideas, a place to make a mess, develop, sketch, research and it has become an art in it's own right. The workshops are designed to help encourage people to let go, try something new especially some wonderful art processes - hoping they lead people to a healthy art practice. It is a huge honour delivering creativity into people's lives, and Art Journalling can be the perfect beginning.
I am sharing with you one of my favourite art journal books (1000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations by Dawn DeVries Sokol), it is full of art from inspiring artists around the world and sure to make you want to paint, collage and print gallore and if you have been wondering about giving visual art a go, then I fully recommend art journalling as a good starting point! I will hold a new Journal boot camp workshop in September, a great kick start to get you going with a number of projects, a time to experiment with different mediums and get a feel journalling, paving - DON'T BE AFRAID!!!
I have a beautiful full class for Printmaking at the moment - I love working with a big group and along with delivering technique and process, I am filled with joy watching people share their discoveries and learn through practice. If you want to give this a go, there will be a new run of printmaking workshops in September.
Frida Khalo Wall Panels, Mixed Media Art workshop is about full (only one space left), this June and will include a step by step process, however it includes room for people to develop their own styling, I am looking forward to it. Frida is such an iconic figure of independence, strength and amazing art against all adversity.....this workshop will be sprinkled with just a little magical Mexican colour. I will be sure to post some of the results in my next blog.
Finally - my website will be undergoing a massive re-vamp over the next few months and will include a new shop and a series of online art workshops - more about that later! If you want to keep up-to-date with any art workshop news, live or online then subscribe here using the link below.
For now, I am going to honour the Sun while this amazing weather lasts (thunder and lightening is on its way (as I hope you all are).
The beauty of social media as an artist, is that it is a low cost marketing tool that has the potential to promote your work to an international audience. Instagram, in particular has some very special attributes for an artist, the feed is largely image based and so it is the perfect space to show case and curate your work. Instagram is a constant stream of images, so it's imperative your photos are eye catching enough to draw viewers in to engage with your work. Consistently good imagery and great content will earn you likes and follows. Here are 5 tips (for artists) to improve your instagram page. Instagram is fast and furious, a balanced approach to sending out photos is essential. 3 - 4 pics a day is cool, many more is spammy, less - and you may not get noticed.
1. Make your bio an eye catching and include a short description that sums up what you are and what you have to offer.
2. Be human and yourself - let the public get to know you, if they like your images, they will be drawn in to read your content.
3. Hash tag ###### - I will include a few top # in a future blog post, that will get you noticed. Keep hashtags relevant to your art biz, create your own hashtag, so people can find you easily.
4. Engage in conversation and commentary with your followers, those you follow and your target audience (as above - be human), these kind of conversations allows you to network and spark community.
6. Be consistent - show behind the scenes and use as a platform to promote your brand.
You can find the two Instagram pages that I curate using the handles @katejerry and @artstudioscope
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I will send out information about live and online art courses, offers and studio news just a few times a year - so I promise not to be spammy or share your information with a 3rd party!
Finally new prints are emerging from the studio!
I am realizing how vital is it is string at least two days of the week together to make art WORK. If you use your creative skills to make your living, then you will have realised that you always need TIME. The more time you have the more you want and need. My art practice is very much based on time spent playing with one idea leading to another......on a journey of mess, disaster, discovery and finally something that might have potential. Invariably the end result is not quite what you expected, but you have brought into existence something exciting and unexpected.
My studio becomes chaotic during creative work time and at the end of each day, I leave everything as it is........(apart from brushes and paint).......so when I arrive the next day I can delve in where I left off. Having a week in between with no activity is a disaster and usually ends an abandoned project.
Other news: I have a new outlet selling my work in the Peak district....thanks to Studio 61 - Karina Goodman Gallery - Studio 61 and there is a link here to the gallery facebook page! Otherwise you can buy my work at Manx National Heritage, Studio 42 in Port St Mary, The Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills or direct from my etsy shop (link in my website) or book an appointment to see me. Open Studio event IOM Arts Festival will be here soon (Bank Holiday), so take this opportunity to view a wide variety of art on out sweet Island, go an look at the artists working in their own studio spaces!
If you feel like creating some of your own art mess with me, I will be announcing a new series of art workshops for 2016, starting with printmaking in May. I am concentrating on other projects this year, so there will be less workshops........so try to book early if you want on!
Thanks for reading and hope you are all saving some time to create!
See you all soon XX
I never begin a new year with resolutions I can't adhere to. The end of 2015 was one of reflection and re-organizing. I spent a little time soul searching, just a little indication to let me know - am I on the right path? Strangely and with serendipity, reassuring answers kept popping up, letting me know that this was in fact the way to go.
Years ago I was interested enough in Tarot reading to purchase a set of Tarot Cards. The cards are kept ceremoniously wrapped in silk, in a hand crafted wooden box made from Rose Wood and have been left untouched for a number of years. I am not so interested in fortune telling, it is more about guidance and reassurance, taking stock and keeping you on the right path (making clarity of your thoughts). Taking my old cards out of the box, some weeks ago now, I felt that it was time to renew this interest and purchase new cards, as the deck didn't seem to inspire me (choice was limited back then in the 90's).
I can't believe how much choice there now is for divination card decks, and such beautiful artwork!
So If you are showing some interest in tarot or other oracle cards, then it's not easy finding a deck as there is so much choice out there. Here are the decks I am loving at the moment! Artwork by Susan Seddon and Danielle Noel.
Last post before Christmas!
adults christmas card and tag art workshop
Yup, it's been busy around here as usual and I am about the complete the last little run of art workshops before a wee break for Christmas! So I thought I would post a little round up of what's been happening in the workshops lately (not the studio for a change).
ceramic workshops for adults and children
All created by children and some in our Mum and Me workshops. We started back in November with our ceramic workshop, lots of process and waiting involved with these.........making, drying, firing, glazing (oxides).....firing. The effects are lovely!
screen print workshops for adults and children
A mixture or screen printing to fabric for adults and children, can you believe that the 3rd image was created by a 11 year old? Okay so Elsie has been attending our workshops for 3 years now and through practicing the technique (on a few occasions) she is really able to understand the process and make the most of it!
abstract acrylic workshop
Experimental paint techniques and harnessing the transparent effect of acrylic paint, painting with freedom and intuitively...............Using colour harmony. It is harder than you think! More adult acrylic paint workshops next week. Bit of a round up of the children below! Happy holidays!
We have had a great show..........
............however this is the last week in which you can view this explosion of colour at the Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills (above the Christmas shop). So if you still want to see the show, take the opportunity now! There is a mixture of painting and printmaking on show by myself and artist friend Colette Gambell.
Nollick Ghennal & Hullad y Nollick cards released.
.......so I used the opportunity of my exhibition opening to release this years new Manx Gaelic Christmas cards, and to break with tradition, I have added 'Christmas Owl' to this years mix. Last years cards are almost sold out, and these are also limited editions with only 200 of each in print! There is the original owl drawing on my mood board! I also have a card giveaway offer on in the studio - a Studio Christmas offering! To enter, simply repost this image + follow, share, and tag https://www.instagram.com/katejerryart/ + #studiochristmasgiveaway on instagrame or https://www.facebook.com/katejerryfineart/ on facebook. On the 1st December I'll choose two lucky people to receive x4 packs of these Manx Gaelic Christmas cards which means TONS of happiness to your friends this Christmas Winter Solstice! Winners will be chosen from both instagrame and facebook!
You can also purchase these direct from myartstudio or via my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/…/beautiful-manx-gaelic-christmas-card… or from Studio 42 and the Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills. They are sold in packs of 4 (2 of each design) @ £6.50 per pack! If you are interested in any prints, paintings for Christmas presents, let me know and I will book you an appointment!
There will be more news before Christmas ......and exciting projects in the new year! Always appreciating your support. Best wishes from myartstudio x Kate
There is a change in the air.... I sense new adventures on the horizon (that is a familiar word at the moment)...I posted this art workshop for children on a popular facebook page recently so thought I would share it for you here. A seasonal art project to do with the children over the holidays!
I am a mixed media artist, art tutor and motivator and live in the Isle of Man, sharing a few things about my life and work! E-courses and online art motivation workshops coming soon!