Purple Faye Artist Demonstration at Holmfirth Artweek 2018

Holmfirth Artweek is a fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support held at the beginning of July from Sunday to Saturday. (1st to the 7th this year). It is one of the UK’s largest open art exhibitions, featuring over 400 exhibitors and over 2,000 artworks. The main exhibition is held in Holmfirth Civic Hall and there are dozens of fringe venues across the local area which have thousands more works of art and craft on show.

This was my 4th year taking part, you can read my blog posts from previous years here: 2017, 2016, 2015, and as in previous years I had two of my 3D acrylic paintings in the main exhibition and I also did an artist demonstration there too.

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Taking in day was on Sunday the 24th of June 2pm-6pm and all the volunteers who run Holmfirth Artweek did a brilliant job of organising it so it all went smoothly. I took along my “Yorkies” and “Panda Mother and Cub’ 3D acrylic paintings.

I also took along some of my cards and framed prints to sell in the market on the second floor there too.

My artist demonstrations took place on the Friday and Saturday (6th and 7th, 10am-9pm and 10am-5pm) where I showed the process I use to make my original 3D acrylic paintings. I also had more originals with me along with cards, prints and hand made kits so you can try the technique for yourself.

 

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There were lots of other artists doing their own demonstrations too and it was really great to see how they make their own unique work.

This year for my artist demonstrations I worked on some 3D acrylic paintings of highland cows, again. I’ll write a seperate blog post about those so you can see more easily how I made them. And for those of you that bought a kit from me to make your own hopefully you’ll find it helpful.

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The demonstrations took place in the Civic Hall where the main exhibition was, in the main room on the stage at the back, so we had a nice view of the exhibition from above.

You may have spotted my two 3D acrylic paintings hung up in the last picture, in amongst all the other lovely things. This year they were right at the front of the exhibition, just as you walked in the main doorway, which was actually the other side to where they were hung in the exhibition the year before.
Sadly this year I didn’t get any red dots, which means that they have sold, but I did sell one of my unicorn cards in the market and I sold lots of kits as part of my artist demonstrations. So I look forward to seeing how they all turn out.
If anyone does get stuck let me know and I’ll do my best to help you and if you didn’t have chance to buy a kit from me but would like to then let me know as I’m in the process of making more which I’ll be putting on my etsy shop very soon (if they last that long).
I hope you found this interesting and if any artists out there would like to know more about entering the exhibition or doing demonstrations at next year’s Holmfirth Artweek let me know and I can tell you how to do that.
Till next time,
take care.
Purple Faye x
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Making of the African Elephant 3D Acrylic Painting by artist Purple Faye

Here’s the step by step photos of how I made my 3D acrylic painting of an African Elephant.

I started by drawing it out on the cardboard, then cutting it out and laying it up to make it 3D. I then put the modroc on, using it to create the wrinkled texture. Once it had dried I then started painting it with acrylic paints. I started by painting the shadows so I could map out where they were going to be, I then painted over it all with a mid tone grey, the black was still slightly visible through the grey. It was then a case of painting in all the tones and details until I finally painted the background in a light peachy colour to compliment the warm grey tones of the elephant.

I painted this while I was in my pop up shop in Castleford in 2013, you can read more about my time there in the blog post I wrote about it here.

It was the first time I’d attempted doing anything like this on this scale and I was pleased with how it turned out. I’m still really proud of it which is why I use it on my promo material, leaflets, business cards, etc, as a way to show the process I use to make my 3D acrylic paintings.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Making of the Love Hearts 3D Acrylic Paintings by artist Purple Faye

Here’s how I made the 2 different Love Hearts 3D acrylic Paintings. They were started at an artist demonstration that I took part in as part of the Wakefield Artwalk at the end of November 2016, at the now closed Artwould 2 Gallery (which was situated at the bottom of the Ridings centre). I finished them at my studio once the modroc had dried a few days later.

I have both types available as 3D picture kits on my etsy shop

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They are one of the easier 3D picture kits of mine to make, so they’re perfect for beginners.

I started by drawing the love heart shapes on the cardboard then cut them out and assembled them on the blank canvas. I then used PVA/craft glue to stick all the bits together on the canvas. Next I applied the modroc and left it to dry.

Once it had dried, a few days later in my studio, I started to paint them using acrylic paints.

 

If you’d like to try it for yourself, or know someone who would, I have both types available as 3D picture kits on my etsy shop

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Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye Art Adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 31st Jan 2018

Last Wednesday (31st january 2018) was the first Wakefield Artwalk of the year. This year is a special year for the Artwalk as it celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary.

Here’s what I got up to on the night….

I started by visiting Neon Workshops to see the new rooftop installation by Richard William Wheater ‘Black Hole’.

“Black Hole is the third instalment from the artist’s ongoing rooftop neon text series called ‘Things people Say’. Over a period of Four years, certain phrases of conversation were logged by Wheater. Usually in social settings and under the influence of alcohol, to ensure such statements were non-contrived, honest and flippant, almost unconsciously voiced.

Destined to be forgotten within moments, now the phrase, the person’s name who said it, time, date and location have all been laboriously fabricated and displayed in neon on a roof top for a twelve month period.

Wheater is the founder of neon owrkshops, a company that has fabricated a lot of neon text of the years, for a number of very successful artists.

Things People Say responds to this experience, suggesting that everyone can say something worthy of a large neon installation, arguing that the importance of a statement is often purely the contextual shoulders that it stands on. The work questions our growing obsession in worshiping the individual.”

Next I walked up to the new Unity Social Pop Up Cafe Bar to see the work of local artists Dave Foley and Jamie Oldroyd. They were inviting people to participate in making art by contributing to unfinished paintings.

From there I went over to the Theater Royal Wakefield cafe to see Jan Parsons work and then on to the Art House to see all the work that was on display there.

This included the Wakefield Arts Partnership Collaborative Commissions by Holly Rowan, Joseph Jackson, Yoke (Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward) and Emma Papworth. The Artist in Residence Exhibition by Rich White and Working Landscape collaborative event with Peak, an arts organisation based in the Black Mountains.

The last destination was Westgate studios to see the exhibition by Antje Rayner and the new Wakefield Art Club. The clay sculpture Unicorn and pinch pot that I’d made with them the day before was on display, which was a nice surprise.

The next Artwalk this year is the last Wednesday of March (28th) where I’ll be exhibiting my work in one of the empty Westgate studios (like I did last year which you can read about here)

Hope to see you there

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye art adventure: Lanzarote – January 2018

At the beginning of January this year (4th-18th 2018) I had a lovely couple of weeks in Lanzarote enjoying the sunshine. While there I was pleasantly surprised to find that near the apartments we were staying at there were lots of sculptures, and it looked like they were putting more up too.

Here’s a few of them:

There are a few free outdoor gymns near where we stayed which I had fun playing on and my boyfriend actually used properly.

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We had a lovely view from our apartment

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We made a couple of cat friends, we called them Derrick and Scabby Fluffycat

The swimming pool looked really inviting and refreshing but was absolutely freezing, so if you wanted to cool down it did the job very quickly but wasn’t so good for actually swimming in for very long.

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It got a bit windy some of the days and the surfers came to the beach to make the most of the big waves the wind created.

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We had a lovely relaxing time there and are already thinking about going again next year.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my photos of some of the art from Lanzarote, hopefully next year I’ll have even more to show you.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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New Purple Faye Product: New ‘Make Your Own 3D Picture Kits’

You may remember my previous blog posts about developing my ‘Make Your Own 3D Picture’ well over the summer I worked on some templates and chose four designs to make up into kits including these templates, two sizes of each. Unicorn, Cat, Highland Cow and Love Heart. I’ve recently, over the past couple of months, added four Christmas designs too. Christmas Tree and Star and Candy Cane and Snowman.

I’ve taken these to a couple of craft fairs to test the water and I’m pleased to say that they sold quite well so it’s something that I’m going to expand on in the new year with new template designs.

If there’s any that you’d like me to make then just let me know in the comments.

Currently the small kits are £5 and the large ones are £10, available from my etsy shop

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There are also a couple of each available to buy in Wakefield from The Picture Box Gallery (near the Bull Ring and Trinity Walk, across the road from Yorkshire Bank)

 

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Let me know what you think in the comments.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Bye Bye Big Studio in Pontefract

On Friday the 13th October 2017 I gave the keys back to my big studio in Pontefract Pearl Assurance House.

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I only got the keys on Friday the 10th of June 2017 but unfortunatley the lease was only on a monthly basis and the Landlord had given us notice. (He’s sold the space to someone else to use as a gymn, even though there’s already a gymn on the floor above, but there we go.)

I moved out of the smaller room there in Februrary 2017, which you can read about here, and I was enjoying being back. Especially as I had so much room this time.

One of the first things I did on moving in was remove most of the green and pink covers off the lights, this was a more fiddly job than I thought it was going to be but was worth doing. It made the space look brighter and made it easier to see my work at the correct colour.

I was quite busy doing events elsewhere during the short time that I had this studio, Holmfirth ArtweekArtist Demo for Wakefield Art Club and Wakefield Artwalk and the Exhibition at the Theatre Royal Wakefield (read about each by clicking the highlighted titles)

You can also see videos of these on my youtube channel here.

So this meant that for a lot of the time I was moving things in and out as I needed to, it still took a couple of days to get packed up and moved out by the key hand in day though.

I would like to say a big thank you to Axisweb for giving me the opportunity to be there, even for the short time I was, and even though I’m not actively looking for a new studio at the moment if something does become available I would consider it. Even another short lease because that usually means that it’s cheaper than something more perminant.

For the time being I’m back in the spare bedroom at home, which needs a bit more organisation as it’s a much much smaller space but I was still using it as a studio to do bits at home at the same time as having the bigger space in Pontefract anyway, so I know I can make it work.

I’ll let you know if I decide to move into another studio space.

Till then,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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