I have been neglecting you all lately and I'm very sorry! I’ve been to loads and loads of art shows and opening nights in the last few weeks and am finally catching up. As the shows aren’t all on now, I’ll give you a quick rundown of the best ones:
Ben Fist at Electrik Sheep – Ben Fist is a designer based in Glasgow, applying pattern and colour to Victorian photos. Lovely, unusual and covetable (http://www.electriksheep.co.uk/).
Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fair at The Sage – a real eclectic mix, generally not my cup of tea except for some work by my Mushroom Works colleagues and Lyn Hagan’s beautiful, embroidered pieces including some maudlin post-mortem photos and quirky samples (http://www.lynhagan.com/).
In The Beginning at Brighton Road Studios – First exhibition before the building is converted into artists studios next year. Featured a very diverse range of art/design from both established and emerging artists. Especially liked the lovely handmade wallpaper from Kate Usher and an interactive sculpture by Sophia Fox featuring some gorgeous plaster bunnies.
Northerness at Northern Stage – by Set of Drawers (www.setofdrawers.co.uk) lovely, lovely illustrations by 5 artists about what the North means to them. Favourite piece was Clare Armstrong’s mixed media bottle of dog aka Newcastle Brown Ale (http://www.hooboobunny.co.uk/).
Sorry for the brevity, I promise I’ll not leave it so long between posts next time!