Thursday, 18 February 2016

Two Liverpool galleries and making paper beads

I've been quiet on the blog front recently, as I have been busy, both getting out and about and also working hard in the studio
Firstly I wanted to share my recent trip to Liverpool and the Tate where the Matisse works to know by heart exhibition is on at the moment..
I adore visiting art galleries, I always leave inspired, my head filled with new ideas.

I have always loved Matisse and this small exhibition  spans Matisse's life and as it's centre piece is the iconic 'The snail' collage.
It is a huge collage, about 3 metres square, and as a collage artist it was lovely to be able to get up so to one of his most famous 'cut out pieces'

There was a very exciting children's workshop going on at the time, looked like lots of fun!

Why visit one gallery when you can do two! So I also visited the Liverpool walker Gallery and the wonderful pre-raphaelite
Beauty and Rebellion exhibition.
 The exhibition concentrated on the links with Liverpool and the pre-Raphaelite movement. The city played an important role as many wealthy art collectors of the time were based in the city and commissioned works by artist such as Dante Gabrielle Rosetti and Sir John Everett Millais
Liverpool already has a fantastic Pre-Raphaelite collection housing works such as Dante's dream

The exhibition added many more to this with some beautiful works lent from private and public collections. There were many highlights, Monna vanna was one of them! 
unfortunately photography wasn't allowed in the pre-Raphaelite exhibition although I did take photos, where allowed, in some of the other rooms.

Monna Vanna wikepedia

Here are a few other pieces I found of interest,
This is Michael Raedecker's 'mirage' which is a combination of acrylic threads on linen.

The trees really seem to jump off the linen background.

This made me smile! A toilet' loophoniun' by Fritz Spiegl !   

 I also liked the collection of china fragments, I love collections of things, and the idea of displaying broken fragments of the past really appealed to me.

finally a little peep at what I have been up to in the studio.....


Lots of tearing and sticking going on...
Making paper beads too..... there is a connection... I will share once it is done. ;) if you are interested in learning how there are loads of you tube tutorials. I'm just making basic paper beads although you can do some amazing things to make them really exciting!

making paper beads


  1. Walking through a museum is one of my favorite things. So much to be amazed and inspired by. I love the broken china. The arrangement of the pieces in the wooden box creates a great collage.

  2. Looks like an ace trip and loving the art in progress. Happy PPF

  3. Thank you for the great photos of the art exhibition.
    You are making a wonderful project in your studio.
    Happy PPF ♥

  4. Looks like you had a highly inspirational trip to Liverpool. I do love visiting art galleries when you can see original work from artists you love. Your new piece looks wonderful already - looking forward to seeing how the paper beads link in!

  5. It was a great day out, a pity the weather was grey and rainy. Your paper beads look very interesting, looking foward to seeing what you do with those!

  6. I am very intrigued by your WIP...looks like modern stained glass. I like going to art galleries but my feet get a bit tired. Happy PPF xx

  7. Thanks for the museum tour, always interesting and Matisse was such a great and colorful artist. I already love your ongoing project, it gives me the feeling of wedding or some sort of ceremony. Most definitely it has a Scottish theme and I would guess this something is located near the sea or at least water. Can't wait to see what you make out of it. Paper beads is so fun to make, I once made a collar for a friend, and she wore it in her sons wedding.

  8. Looks like a super excursion-and very inspiring too! I love going to museums-one can really get lost in time there...
    I really love the acrylic and thread piece. Your project is looking gorgeous! I used to teach a class on making paper beads but haven't made any in a long time. They are fun!

  9. Loved having a jaunt through your world! Looks like a very exciting art gallery! I had to laugh at the toilet...I love the whimsy of that! Great pieces...but I love yours best... the juicy colours make my heart sing!! They are so happy...and I can't wait to see the completion one day!! I have in the past made those beads they are pretty cool!! Varnish makes them sturdy too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  10. Your trip to the galleries in Liverpool looks very inspiring. I love Pre-raphaelite painting, the colours are so jewel-like. I've never made paper beads, it looks like fun. I love the idea of making something from such a humble material as paper, so satisfying. xx

  11. Sounds like you had a great day out! Your new piece is looking amazing, I so love the patterned pieces of collage you used at the bottom.

  12. Great post. Thanks for sharing all the very interesting art. My grandma and I use to make paper beads. We are talking some 58 years ago. LOL

  13. I love to make paper beads they are so relaxing. Loved the pictures of the art Gallery they are fabulous.
    Happy PPF
    Vicki-Ann :)

  14. Loved this! All the cool art in the museum. I think i would like to give beadmaking a try too. So neat. Have a good weekend! xo

  15. Oh so much of interest here, so much eye candy, thanks for all the beautiful pieces you've shared here, those trees on the linen background are so catchy, they really do draw me in, very unique!
    So much inspiration and creativity blooming your way as always, I love the look of your new collage and wonder where it will lead? Oh and also love the broken china pieces all put together like that, thanks for sharing your museum day with us, a wonderful post!

  16. I can't wait to see what the connection between your gorgeous, colourful and patterned piece and the beads is?

  17. Wonderful! Can't wait to see how these come together!! I made paper beads ages ago - it is so fun! Happy PPF :)

  18. Sounds like you had a great day! I love visiting art galleries and exhibitions too, and I would have loved to visit that Pre-Raphaelite exhibition! Love your wip, and those paper beads look great!

  19. Gosh, what a wonderful trip you had - the exhibitions all sound fabulous, and I love the Loophonium, how fantastic! I have put a couple of pieces of favourite broken china into one of my printers trays but Wow, I love the nearly whole dinner plate and the idea of using broken pottery only - I wish I'd thought of that! Your new piece is looking exciting - I love the seed heads, and I'm really getting an idea of scale with it next to the paint bottles - it's going to be a real eye-catcher I'm sure!


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