BBC Cymru Fyw- interview (Ateb y Galw) English Translation.

Hey there!

I recently took part in ‘Ateb y Galw’ for the BBC Cymru Fyw website, after being nominated by Rhydian from The Joy Formidable. You can read it in Welsh here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cymrufyw/45786372#

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Here’s a rough English translation for those who would like to read it, but can’t speak Welsh. 🙂

What’s your first memory?

I’m not completely sure, but one thing I do remember doing is putting little dollies in empty Dominoes boxes (like a coffin) at my Nain and Taid’s house. My Nain always said I was morbid.

Who did you fancy when you where younger?

Ted, from the films Bill & Ted.

Most embarrassing memory?

Miming choir singing in a school play.

Last time you cried?

Don’t laugh, but at an exhibition about The Spice Girls.

Any bad habits?

I’m sure I have, but can’t think of any right now.

Favourite place in Wales, and why?

I like home, the Bethesda area is beautiful. I also like the Denbigh Moors, it’s a spooky place.

Best night of your life?

It’s between seeing The League of Gentlemen live, and seeing Sigur Ròs live.

Describe yourself in three words..

Quiet, Morbid and girlie.

What’s your favourite book or film?

New Zeland film, Eagle vs Shark. It’s sort of a Nerdy Rom-Com, with really dry humour. I really like it because of the lead female character, she’s completely different to the average Hollywood lead female. She’s the character that’s usually the friend of the lead. I identify with her completely.

Alive or dead, who would you have a drink with and why?
This one is really hard, but I’m going to say have a cup of tea with Harry Hill, because I’ve been watching a lot of his programmes recently and his humour really tickles me.

Say something about yourself that not a lot of people know…

I’ve never drank a cup of coffee.

Last day on the planet, what would you do?

Cuppa Tea and a slice of cake, of corse!

Favourite song, and why?

Toughie, but I’m going to choose ‘Unlovable‘ by The Smiths because of the line “If I seem a little strange well that’s because I am“. It’s a funny little song.

First course, Main course and pudding, what would you choose?

Chilli bean soup, Chicken curry from the Bethesda Takeaway and Chocolate cake with double cream.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would he or she be?

Lana Del Rey because she’s a Goddess.

 

 

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It’s been so long…

Well this year has flown by so quickly. The year has been really busy for me so far. It’s been another year where I felt Lost as an Artist, thinking “What am I even doing?” but then I bought some Pink Liquid Watercolour and everything got better. I looked through old Artwork, and kind of missed the Gobbier girls and the sketchier look. So I’ve gone back and picked out aspects of what I used to do, and I’m bringing them back. Although, since my revelation, I’ve been busy with commissions and other jobs that needed to be done first, so I haven’t had time to explore a lot of my new ideas… however I have a buzzing sketchbook. I have big plans for new ranges of products that go along side my Artwork. I will put together another post with some of my new images.

Recently I worked on some stage Lotuses for the gorgeous ‘The Joy Formidable‘ a Welsh band that recently toured with the Foo fighters. I’ve also been working on a selection of handmade bears for their album launch. They’ve been really lovely to me and asked me to make these things for them. You should check out their new album! I’ll write seperate post about the ‘JoyFormidabears’.

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New year, New workspace

My studio was hand built by my dad and I. It’s in my parents garden, and I share it with him. As time goes on, as my style evolves and my methods change, my half of the studio often needs a re shuffle to make it easier to work in. Over time this has included adding extension upon extension on my desk… which also means there’s space to hoard under the desks. Unfortunately, getting in there last week showed me that my workspace had become dysfunctional and it was a task to juggle things around in order to create my work… so a change was needed.

10.30pm/11pm Friday night my brain started kicking in and the brainwaves began. Saturday morning I took a trip to the shops to buy new shelving and a Tea trolley. Lunch time on Saturday the task began. I demolished everything and the mess was intense.

However, by Sunday night I had a lovely, clean and organised studio. There is still a little bit of work to be done, and I’m waiting for hobbycraft to make a lovely crafters trolley available again… and then it will be perfect!

BEFORE:

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AFTER (It’s much more specious in person)

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2017, summed up.

It’s that time of year again, where I remember that the blog needs updating. It was a very busy 2017. The year included lots of new experiences and more development in style, I tried to push Twinkle & Gloom forward and push myself harder. This year I aim to do the same, it’s always good to up your game!

Here’s are a few images that sum up my 2017! The images include live drawing events, craft fairs, vinyl covers and art.

Thank you everyone who’s stuck with Twinkle & Gloom.

Film images

You may, or may not know that Twinkle & Gloom also likes to dabble with a bit of photography. Photography is my creative hobby, because Art is my job I like to keep my photography to one side as no-pressure fun. My favourite subject to photograph is fragile nature and florals, but I also like to take photos of whimsical objects or fabrics.

I think the feeling I try to evoke in my images are feelings of nostalgia. Here’s a selection of photos that I recently took using a 35mm film camera. The images below also feature images of my own Artwork that can be seen on display in Conwy, North Wales.

I’ll be blogging again with some images I took today using a digital camera- I experimented with some ladies tights in order to capture a delicate tone.

Getting inky.

If you’ve read my recent posts you’ll see that I’ve been embracing drawing ink and experimenting with it a little. Although I’ve had great fun and splendid results, I’ve been left feeling uninspired in the past couple of weeks. I think it’s because I want to embrace my dark side a little more at the moment. Today I finally had a little breakthrough after experimenting with white drawing ink. I’m really loving the ghostly effect. It took a white to get used to, because it doesn’t work in quite the same way as black ink does.

My nickname in school was “ghost” so maybe I’ll play on this idea a little more 😉

I’ve also experimented with introducing glitter to the images, I was unsure about how it would scan but it actually looks really pretty.

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Experimenting with ink and triangles

Hello. In the past week I’ve been playing with more ideas so I can introduce new imagery to some of my pieces, to keep everything fresh and to frame some of my girls a little.

Most of my pieces are simple girls that are cut out on photoshop and placed on crisp white backgrounds, but some ideas feel like they need a little extra element. Over the last few days I managed to create some really nice results.

Here are a few good results;

 

Yesterday i even had a go at a really, really impulsive piece that turned out a little Abstract in places, but I really love it. Twinkle has really been looking to explore more darkness recently, and I think black ink is always a good place to start, so I might have some more time for a few more abstract pieces soon.

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