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Exploring Ceramics using Cyanotype process

Ideas are starting to formulate themselves more clearly following a route from 2012 via cyanotype on tissue paper on found plates at the Abandoned Farm, through exposing Cyanotype on bisque ware in 2015 and this year creating a set  of 'tiles' in collaboration with poet Gwen Williams to celebrate HT 57061

Helfa Gelf Residency at Ruthin Craft Centre 2015

New Commission - Sefton Coast Sculpture Trail

Marsh Award

Lost in Art got a big boost in Novmenber when we won one of the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education (an annual Engage award aiming to recognise those working in gallery education who have shown dedication or innovation in their work)

 I had been  put forward by Sian Fitzgerald, Denbighshire County Council Arts Officer, who founded and devised Lost in Art. Its longevity has meant that it has become a flag ship project; pioneering intergenerational primary school partnerships as well as an artist mentee scheme and research programme. The prize was presented to Sian Hughes as the lead artist delivering the workshops at the National Engage Conference in Leeds in November.   Read More

Sefton Mass Art Beach Project

Worked with Sarah Jane Richards  encouraging 174 people to make as many sand lizards as they could. 

The idea was to  highlight the Sand Lizard as an endangered species on the Formby Coast. The project was developed in conjunction with the Sefton Coast Rangers




 I have been developing work out of doors  in order to work with materials in situ  while i'm in Scotland. In this way I'm planning to create filed note books and will re-visit  the Abandoned Farm as well as the various shorelines of the Kyle of Tongue.





An overview in pictures of some of the main projects undertaken this year.

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Exploring Cyanotypes

I ran a workshop in Llanfairfechan last Saturday, 16th November, following the interest that had been shown in the process by visitors who had come to my studio during  Helfa Gelf this year. 
We  had a  warm and creative day! 

A good workshop. Well prepared and well instructed.                
Nice biscuits! Fun session – no pressure – so really enjoyable –      thanks.                                             Inspired to continue to try some more at home.                                                                                                                        A really good day.


Scottish National Portrait Gallery National Galleries of Scotland Edinburgh

Drawing with Light 

I was invited by Meg Farragher, Families and Communities Learning Co-ordinator at the National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery to run a series of Cyanotype workshops entitled 'Drawing with Light', for  people with dementia. These were delivered within the Gallery's programme of Community engagement. 

The Gallery already runs regular Reminiscence groups and now want to explore the possibilities of developing creative workshops in a Gallery setting as we are doing with LOST IN ART  in Ruthin.

Seven  groups took part from a number of Care and Residential Homes, as well as from a Chinese Community support group.

We explored the 'Ambulatory' section of the Gallery, looking at a variety of design elements and a focus painting, before returning to the workroom to create Cyanotypes on the theme of plants and natural forms. 

The Cyanotypes were put in a frame for participants to take home.

Cyanotype Workshop - Llanfairfechan

I ran a Cyanotype workshop for a group of friends who wanted to get together to use a Workshop token that had been given as a gift. They came for the day and we were lucky with sunshine so were able to work out of doors as well as in the studio. ..lots of creative work was achieved. 

- life back in the frantic lane; which is one of the reasons our lovely workshop day was so good- time away from everything else

Thank you for letting us share your studio. It was so inspirational and such a lovely group made for a great day!

Inspired by your white framed images I've been busy painting up some old frames and have them on display in our newly decorated bedroom.....A truly tranquil space. Thank you for assisting and supporting me in my creations. 

Another Giant Kelp.....

The second weekend has just finished and I've had a great number of  enthusiastic visitors - and over 20 people registering their interest  in workshops - watch this space for dates! 
The sun was kind and we managed a few pieces out of doors - but there was also plenty to see inside - and hot drinks when it rained.
Look forward to seeing more of you on the last weekend in September!


Patients at the Royal make blueprints with Bluecoats

Making an Impact

The Royal, in collaboration with the Bluecoat Display Centre, has launched an interactive art project which involves patients in its Radiology Department creating ‘camera-less photographs.’

For the past four Thursdays, the Royal had an artist in residence to help patients waiting for Radiology (X-Ray) tests to produce artwork using a process called Cyanotypes. This creates precise blue and white photographic images from objects, texts or acetates placed on sensitised paper. The process is how ‘blue prints’ were created in the early 19th Century.

The project is being led by Bluecoats affiliated artist Sian Hughes and is aimed at helping to reduce the anxiety of patients waiting for diagnostic tests and results. It is also about involving them and staff to create an artistic centre piece for the waiting area later, which will be installed later in the year.

Sian said: “This project at the Royal is part of the Bluecoat'sMaking an Impact’ outreach project, which aims to reach new audiences and to demonstrate the benefits that craft can have on a person’s health and wellbeing.

“Good health and wellbeing are reliant on an array of multiple factors, not just physical, but also psychological and social. We firmly believe that the arts have an important part to play in improving the health and wellbeing of people in many ways.”

The project was piloted last Thursday and has received excellent feedback from patients and staff.





 Gladys Rooney from Broadgreen, who was in the department to have a scan on her leg for a suspected blood clot, said: “It can be a nervous wait and this helps to relax you, take your mind of things and helps the time pass quicker. It also makes people talk to each other instead of all sitting in silence. They should do this in other departments. I was pleasantly surprised with the art work, I didn’t think it would turn out so well.”  


Jean Melling from Allerton, who was accompanying her daughter, said: “It helps to take the stress out of waiting for your tests and all this lovely art work helps to liven the place up and give the waiting area a bit more colour. I’m looking forward to taking my artwork home to show my grand-daughter, she’ll be sorry she wasn’t here to join in.”




Liz McDonald, superintendent radiographer at the Royal, said: “This project has been fantastic for the patients involved and really helped to relax them and keep them occupied at what can be quite a nerve-racking time. And if our patients are relaxed and more at ease, then are staff are happy too.

“The art created will also be a wonderful addition to our waiting area, which will benefit future patients and staff for many years to come.”

The final day of the project runs from 10am to 2pm on Thursday 28 March at the Royal in the Radiology department. Follow @RoyalLpoolHosps on Twitter for photos and comments throughout the day.


The final stage of the commission went up last week.  This wall links the clinics Ruth and I worked with, but it was a  challenge  due to the curve. We chose wave shapes using sections of our images for the designs and worked with Karl Agilis  who not only applied the designs for us but also cut out the perpsex shapes that fit the curve perfectly.


















PAIN UNIT ceiling tiles in situ

PAIN UNIT Ceiling Panels


The pain clinic provides couches for people who are suffering from pain from surgery or their medical condition. The imagery in the ceiling light panels is designed to be both soothing and absorbing: I have hidden a number of objects in the pools that can be looked for and counted.

















I took photographs of the seashore at Llanfairfechan and enhanced the images with colour - each set echoing the main colour theme of each room. The Ceiling panels are in between the four beds so are designed to be viewed by  patients on either side of the room.




Early images of some of the light boxes after installation -

I exposed the original Cyanotypes on coated photographic paper in my studio following advice from Photo Paper Direct.   I then worked with  c3imaging   to scan, enlarge and print the originals onto specialist paper for the installed light boxes. C3imaging's  attention to detail enabled both the light boxes in ENT and the ceiling panels in the Pain Unit to be successfully realised.  


Brief was to produce artwork to provide a relaxing and uplifting feeling to a waiting area with very little natural light within the newly refurbished department.

These three A0 light boxes, each 1120 840mm, are designed to give a splash of light and colour to the space.

In staff consultation and there was a positive response to natural imagery and to the idea of integrating elements that would  allow people to explore and discover layers in the  work along with a splash of colour to pick out the design flow of each piece.

I visited staff and outpatients at the audiology department and found that the seashore design elements – seaweed, feathers and shells – that I had been working on were particularly apt. The fluid in the inner ear, I was told, the endolymph, comprises the same chemical elements as seawater, while the delicate cochlear in drawn outline, resembles the Nautilus shell.

I used the same design elements in each to give unity to the three pieces and used text to give each their own theme. The words are those given to me directly by staff and out patients and reflect various experiences of  living with hearing loss and hearing aids.  The resulting layers allow people to explore the work in more depth.

LOST IN ART 2 working with a retrospective exhibition of work by MICHAEL BRENNAND-WOOD


I'm pleased that the Abandoned Farm Series is attracting affection and interest. Several people bid for it at the Auction - and it went to a good home!

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