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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Moving out of my Pontefract Studio

Sadly I’ve now moved out of my studio in Pontefract (you can the read the blog post about when I moved in here). I say sadly because I can’t help getting sad when things like this come to an end, but I’m still excited and feeling positve about moving on and making my new studio at home work for me.

The plan is to make it better than before and will meet my current needs even better than my studio in Pontefract did. Not to mention the saving on the cost of rent too.

I still have my work in The Picture Box Gallery in Wakefield (14 Northgate, WF1 3AA near the bullring and Trinity Walk Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm)  which has helped with the decrease in space I now have to store my work. It also means that there is still a physical place where people can go to see and buy my work in person too.

Here are some pictures showing the taking down, packing up and moving out process, once I get my new home studio sorted out I’ll show you how that’s looking too.

If you follow me on social media there’ll be pics of how it’s progressing.

Instagram.com/purplefaye.co.uk

Facebook.com/purplefaye.co.uk

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Here’s a final video I shot having one last look round once it was empty, just before I shut the door and left my studio for the very last time.

Don’t worry this is not the end, just the beginning of the next chapter.

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Last Open Days at Pontefract Studio: Thurs 9th & Fri 10th Feb 11am-7pm

As you may already know the lease on my studio finishes at the end of February.

Before I start moving out I’m going to have open days on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February 11am-7pm

You can come to see my work and how I make it. Plus you will also get the chance to have exclusive deals just in time for Valentines day on the 14th.

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If you can’t make it to the open days but would still like to visit before I leave then let me know so we can arrange it.

These videos show how to find my studio if you’ve not visited before.

I look forward to seeing you there on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February 11am-7pm.

Studio Address:

1st Floor

Pearl Assurance House

1-3 Horsefair

Pontefract

West Yorkshire

WF8 1PE

(entrance is via the Fitness Solutions Door)

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Pearl Assurance House 1-3 Horsefair Pontefract West YorkshireWF8 1PE              (entrance via Fitness Solutions doorway) The shutters are closed in this picture

Purple Faye x

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Making of the “Jez” and “Ginge” kitty cats 3D Acrylic Paintings by artist Purple Faye

Here’s how I made the “Jez” and “Ginge” kitty cats 3D Acrylic Paintings. They are what I made as part of my demonstration at Holmfirth Art Week this year (which you can read more about here.)

The inspiration for them was the cute cats in the app game Neko Atsume (Cat Collector). I really liked how their simple design still looked cute. It reminded me of some of my earlier work where I gave the cats and dogs big cartoon eyes and I decideed that it was something that I wanted to return to.

Originally I was going to do a few in different poses, I am still going to do some more, but for the purpose of the demonstration I felt that I could show the process more effectively by having them in the same pose but with more subtle differences in size, texture and colour.

Last year when I did the demonstration at Holmfirth Art Week I showed the first few stages up to putting the modroc on but I didn’t do any painting, so this year I wanted to prepare some that were already at the painting stage so I would be able to demonstrate that part too.

My plan was to have one at each stage so that when people visited at different times of the day they would still be able to see the full process.

I started by drawing the basic outline of a cute cat on cardboard and cut it out, I then used this as a template to make the rest by drawing round it onto more pices of cardboard.

When it came to cutting these new cats out I’d change the shape slightly so each one would be slightly different then made them 3D in the same way by using more cardboard.

When I put the modroc on I gave each one a different texture using techniques such as scrunching, scoring and smoothing so that I could show what the modroc could do. I then left these to dry and sanded them before taking them to the demonstration.

If you would like to make one for yourself you can do so in a workshop with me at my studio in Pontefract, WF8 1PE (above Wetherspoons)

Contact info@purplefaye.co.uk

You can buy a kit from me directly, The Picture Box Gallery in Wakefield or from my shops on etsy and folksy.

etsy.com/uk/shop/PurpleFayeShop

folksy.com/shops/PurpleFaye

You can see videos of this on my youtube channel too youtube.com/purplefayecouk

I’m hoping to make some more 3D Acrylic Paintings of cute kitty cats with love heart noses soon.

What cat poses and colours should I do? Would you like to see more dogs and other animals done like this too?

Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks

Take care,

Till next time.

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye Online Shop on Folksy

You can now buy a select range of Purple Faye products from the Purple Faye shop on Folksy:

folksy.com/shops/purplefaye

Click the link above or you can go on purplefaye.co.uk and click on the shop tab

Products include ready made 3D Acrylic Paintings, Kits to make your own 3D Picture and a range of sizes so you  can order your own bespoke 3D Acrylic Painting to be made for you by Purple Faye.

About Folksy

Folksy is a place to buy and sell hand crafted or designed work from UK designer-makers based on the edge of the beautiful Peak District national park in Sheffield, UK.

Why do we ‘do’ Folksy? We mainly do it because we believe in:

  1. Craft skills. We love craft and design skills, the process by which people use their creativity and talent to make beautiful work. Most of all, we love making.
  2. Strength in numbers. Professional, portfolio and hobbyist designer-makers can reach a mainstream audience, test markets and grow their business more effectively on Folksy rather than through costly galleries and boutique shops.
  3. Cottage industries. Small scale production and handmade goods offer ways to be creative, manage resources effectively and support local economies.
  4. Meritocracy. Any designer-maker can list their work as long as it is hand crafted (no vintage or mass manufactured work is allowed). This creates a meritocracy where great work from hobbyists can rub shoulders with the best from established professional crafters. The work should stand for itself.
  5. David not Goliath. 🙂

Folksy is run by James Boardwell and has been since it started in 2008. The inspiration for Folksy came from seeing the energy in the craft communities in the UK as well as North America and Australia in the early 2000s. At the same time the web was offering ways to crowd source solutions to problems and James, having worked in researching and designing digital services for the BBC decided to build a great place for people to showcase and sell their craft work.

Folksy launched in summer 2008, employed its first member of staff in 2009 and has since risen to become the most popular UK site for independently crafted and designed gifts and supplies with over £1 million in sales and a community of 13,000 or so designer makers and a bazillion* buyers.

(*OK, not a bazillion – how much is a bazillion anyway? – but a lot). Find out more here

 

Free Listings Weekend

This bank holiday weekend Folksy are offering 20 free listings, plus you get 3 free when you first set up a store with them too, so that is why I now have 23 things in my Folksy shop.

We’ll see how it goes, I may add more things to it or try somewhere else. Where do you use and recommend?

 

A selection of my work is still in The Picture Box Gallery in Wakefield available to buy:

14 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3AA

Open Mon-Sat

9am-5pm

You can still buy from me directly too, just email me at info@purplefaye.co.uk

If you are local and wish to buy and collect from me at my Pontefract studio (save on the costly postage prices) just let me know so we can arrange it.

 

Which way do you prefer to buy from me?

  1. Order by Email
  2. In Person (from Pontefract Studio)
  3. Online Store
  4. From the Wakefield Gallery
  5. Some other way

I really appreciate any feedback you can give me about this.

 

Enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend,

Take Care,

Purple Faye x

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1st 3D Acrylic Painting Workshop at Purple Faye’s Pontefract Studio

Last Saturday (12th March 2016) I did the first workshop in my new Pontefract studio. Laura had done a workshop with me before when I had the shop space in Castleford, so it was nice to see her again.

Here’s what she made…..

 

If you’d like to make your own 3D Acrylic Painting with me in my Pontefract studio you can book in by emailing: info@purplefaye.co.uk

Studio Address:
1st Floor
Pearl Assurance House
1-3 Horsefair
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 1PE

 

A bit more about the workshops:

Workshops: Make Your Own 3D Acrylic Painting with Purple Faye

Transform ordinary cardboard and modroc into your very own beautiful 3D Acrylic Painting to treasure forever.

The workshops will focus on using artist Purple Faye’s techniques with cardboard, modroc and acrylic paint to make 3D Acrylic Paintings at her studio in Pontefract.
 
Participants will be guided through the process by artist Purple Faye and given hands on help to produce their own 3D Acrylic Painting.
 
Starting with drawing, then manipulating the cardboard and modroc, finishing by painting with acrylic paints.
 
All materials and tools needed will be provided.
 
Time to allow the modroc to dry will be required so participants can choose to complete their 3D Acrylic Painting over one full day (with a refreshment break to allow for the modroc to dry) or over two half days.
 
(Choose between Thursday, Friday or Saturday)
 
By the end of the workshops participants will have created their own 3D Acrylic Painting to take home and keep or give as a gift.
 
How to Book
 
Book by emailing: info@purplefaye.co.uk

 

Prices

(All materials and tools needed included)

*Please note that children must be accompanied by adult supervision*

£35 per adult (making one 3D Acrylic Painting each)

£40 per adult + 1 child (making one 3D Acrylic Painting together)

 

These workshops are suitable for all levels, from beginners to more experienced artists/crafters. Please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. Bring pictures of anything that you’d like to make your 3D Acrylic Painting of.

 

Studio Address:
1st Floor
Pearl Assurance House
1-3 Horsefair
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 1PE

 

How to Book

Book by emailing info@purplefaye.co.uk

 

If you can’t make it to a workshop then kits are available to buy too

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x
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Making of the “Mallard No. 4468” 3D Acrylic Painting

Here’s how I made the “Mallard No. 4468” 3D Acrylic Painting.

See the video on youtube here (https://youtu.be/DT0qga25ork)

A bit about the Mallard No. 4468 :

A London and North Eastern Railway Class A4 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive built at Doncaster, England in 1938. It is historically significant as the holder of the world speed record for steam locomotives.

The A4 class was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to power high-speed streamlined trains. The wind-tunnel-tested, aerodynamic body and high power allowed the class to reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h), although in everyday service it rarely attained this speed. No regular steam-hauled rail service in the UK reached even 90 mph, much less 100. Mallard covered almost one and a half million miles (2.4 million km) before it was retired in 1963.

It was restored to working order in the 1980s, but has not operated since, apart from hauling some specials between York and Scarborough in July 1986 and a couple of runs between York and Harrogate/Leeds around Easter 1987. Mallard is now part of the National Collection at the United Kingdom’s National Railway Museum in York. On the weekend of 5 July 2008, Mallard was taken outside for the first time in years and displayed beside the three other A4s that are resident in the UK, thus reuniting them for the first time since preservation. It departed the museum for Locomotion, the NRM’s outbase at Shildon on 23 June 2010, where it was a static exhibit, until it was hauled back to York on 19 July 2011 and put back on display in its original location in the Great Hall.

The locomotive is 70 ft (21 m) long and weighs 165 tons, including the tender. It is painted LNER garter blue with red wheels and steel rims.” – taken from wikipedia.org

 

I always like to get feedback so please leave a comment or email info@purplefaye.co.uk

Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x

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