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!
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.
Hi there, just a quick post today. I wanted to share the fact that you can now see 24 Twinkle & Gloom originals exhibited at Llandudno Library, North Wales. The exhibition is on until early September so there’s plenty of time to go and have a gander.
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.
On May the 20th, 2017 Twinkle & Gloom participated in some live drawing for the ‘Nova’ launch at the RCA, Conwy. The task involved filling in two large boards in the space of a couple of hours. Working on other boards was Artist, Doodles’n’Drips.
Apart from my participation in Welsh tv show ‘Y Lle’, I haven’t really drawn on a large scale since College. Looking at those big blank boards was daunting but once I got a few lines down it started to feel less so. I started with a piece inspired by the phrase ‘deary me’, a deery girl. I think this piece was less emotional and a little stiffer, because I was so nervous. The second piece came together quicker as I had gained more confidence with the scale and materials. This piece was about strength within and female friendship, the moon was an after thought. Overall I feel really positive about my creations, and it made me feel really good when people came to pass comment.
My studio has been extra organized this year. It’s been really nice to have the studio ready for action every day. I can sit down, put on some ‘The Smiths’ or some ‘Sigur Ros’ and get started right away.
Over the last few years the studio wasn’t quite working for me. I was stuck in my ways of where everything was kept because it was aesthetically pleasing (and under the desks were packed with hoardings) but I never had any space to sit down and draw. This would make my back ache after every session. Now, I have a desk I can sit at, and draw all day without any back pain.
In the photo below you’ll see a letter Reece Shearsmith kindly wrote to me after I sent him some Prints, and some drawings to sign. It keeps me going when I feel like giving up. It can be difficult in the creative field, one day you feel confident in your work, but the next you feel hopeless. Inspiration can be a fickle thing. So a nice little note from one of my all time creative heroes gives me a boost when I’m feeling glum.
Around me are my working tools, my mountains of tester paints and a collection of odds and ends. I have weird little dolls, Vintage cameras, tea cups and pots, Vintage tins and all sorts of other bits and bobs. One of my most precious items in the studio is my Taid’s shaving cabinet. It sits above my sewing machine. It was just one of those things I couldn’t part with, having looked into that mirror since my childhood. Now it helps me out in the studio.
I don’t often post twice in one day, I don’t often post full stop. At the moment I’m counting down the days until I see my favourite band, Sigur Rós play live (they’re now at equal level with my first love The Smiths). I was a little late to the party, but ever since I was introduced to them they’ve been played endlessly, they came to me at the time I probably needed them the most, when my Taid’s well being started to deteriorate. They’ve been with me through some sad times but have filled my heart with all kinds of emotions along that way. Jónsi’s voice in particular has the most powerful effect on me, his voice alone makes me weep, in a nice way.
So, anyway. I often binge on their music when I’m working in the studio and often get the impulse to draw something related to them. I always find myself doodling Jónsi, partly I think because it was his solo music that introduced me to the band, and also because he reminds me of Peter Pan.
Here’s my latest, and my most successful doodle. Clearly, it’s if Jónsi was from my Twinkle & Gloom world.
In the past week I have felt so inspired with the new direction Twinkle & Gloom is moving in. The rules I’ve given myself to work with have opened up new ideas. In the past I have dismissed my sketchier and more naive little girls as sketches alone, but now I’ve decided that their sweet nature should be celebrated. Flitting from my scribbly girls, and my more traditional girls is keeping me excited. Some ideas I’ve struggled with bringing to life are working really well with my new method. Here are just a small selection of the illustrations I’ve created in the past few days.
I have more completed images to show you, but they haven’t been uploaded onto social media yet, so please do check my Facebook/ Instagram.
The theme of the last few days seems to have been Work in Progress to Final pieces, so here I’ll give you a little bit more insight on the pieces.
Lets begin with ‘Blydi bwrw eto ye’. This piece is based on the stereotypical view that it’s always raining in Wales. Ironically I finished this piece on a beautiful sunny day. This is the piece I decided to enter into the Storiel Open Exhibition this year, I’ll let you know if it’s accepted.
There’s a project I started a long time ago titled ‘Too Much Tea’- if you’ve watched my S4C interview you’ll have seen me talk about it. This project was left to collect dust for a while but I’ve missed it ever so much. Recently I’ve been thinking about it a lot and decided it was time to re visit it. The project is inspired by the tales of horror such as if you swallow an apple pip a tree will grow inside you, I thought about it in terms of Tea and came to the conclusion that if you drink too much, you must turn into it! The series is a mix of whimsical and gruesome images. Here’s a little bit of work in progress with one of the final images, the second image is available to view on Facebook tomorrow evening.