Monday, 27 October 2014

Studio Snoop: Laura Menzies

If you've been following  our blog you would have seen our 'Artist Introduction' series for our Storm Front exhibition.  Well, we've revisited one of our artists from that show to see what she's up to now (and to have a good old nosey around her new studio!)  If you want to read a bit about how Laura got into art and her processes, click here before you read on!

Laura in her studio

Lauras Studio is located in the Troubador building on Falmouth Wharves.  We climbed four flights of cold concrete stairs to a dim corridor but once inside Laura's studio we could see why she chose it, so read on to find out what Laura's been up to, and to have a glimpse inside the studio...
Another Space on the Warf

What have you been up to in your artistic practice since we last spoke to you?

I moved into my studio at Falmouth wharf in Feburary and have started work on a new body of paintings which are slowly taking shape. I have also been involved with several exhibitions and in July I completed my first residency at TAP project space in Southend, which was a fantastic experience that I learnt a lot from. 

Laura's Desk

Have your inspirations changed at all?

The paintings I make are abstract works that reference my surroundings, my personal life and my everyday experiences.  I have recently been introduced to Japanese aesthetics and the concept of Wabi Sabi which I am excited by, as it directly relates to some of the principles I strive to achieve in my paintings such as simplicity, suggestion and incompleteness. 

New work

Laura uses layers in her work

Are there any other areas of art you want to explore within your practice?

As a painter I feel I have just scratched the surface on what I hope to achieve artistically and want to keep challenging and extending my painting practice.  Having said that I would like to incorporate some printmaking back into my practice, to see how another element would change the dynamics of my paintings and open up new possibilities for different formal and narrative relationships to become evident. I am also becoming increasingly interested in poetry and text and would like to experiment with these in some way in the future. 

Stacked work

You are doing a talk as part of your week in the 'limelight' at Falmouth Art Gallery.  Can you tell us a bit more about that?

I approached Falmouth Gallery several months ago now enquiring about their Limelight space and was told that I could have the space for a week in October and could do a talk to coincide with my work being in the space. I thought that doing a talk on my work would allow me to engage with a new audience, would push me out of my comfort zone (which I feel is important)  and would also be a good opportunity for me to reflect on my practice and review where I current am. 

Work on an easel 

Could you tell us a bit about how you use your studio? 

When I am working I am very messy and have lots of paints, pallets, tools and paintings all around me. I do however always make sure that I leave the studio clean and tidy so that when next go in everything is in its correct place and I can start working straight away. 

Ready for work!

In these posts we like to give you a taster of the artists work environment but if you want to see more of Laura's work, head to her website:

And if you want to keep up to date with her work here's a link to her Facebook, and the event page for her talk at Falmouth Art Gallery tomorrow:

We hope you've enjoyed this post.  If you are an artist and you are interested in having us snoop around your studio comment below, or drop us an e-mail!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Fannie & Fox Private View

On a wild and blustery Friday night, we braved the elements to visit Fannie & Fox's Autumn show private view.  


After stopping to admire the beautiful window display of Autumn leaves by Julie Howe we entered a fantastic world of Cornish art, buzzing with people.  

Pam Tongue (Middle) set up Fannie & Fox as a collectively run art Gallery with between 7 and 12 artists participating at any one time.

"We offer an eclectic mix of fine and applied arts, all created locally.
As an artist led initiative we offer very affordable prices and
the opportunity to meet the makers in a friendly, vibrant setting. 
Fannie & Fox is also a great space to discuss projects and commissions 
or just browse."

We love the idea of creating a space which encourages the creation of affordable art and having met many of the artists at the private view we can attest they are indeed very friendly and more than willing to talk about their work and processes! The gallery changes displays with the seasons and after feeling completely Autumnal after visiting this time, we have decided that Fannie & Fox is our new barometer on seasonal changes!

So, have a little look around;

Fannie & Fox Co-operative Society

Buying cards
Close up of the Window display
The most amazing popcorn!
Autumn is definitely here now!

All the pieces on display worked together to give an atmospheric reflection on Autumn. Here are a few pieces that we loved from the event (if you want to find out more information about the artists, we've put links under the images).

These badges were made by Artist and printmaker Julie Howe, there's something striking about the design of these pieces.   

Click here for Julie Howe's blog

Anyone who follows the blog will know our love of Laura Menzies work and she's been busy creating new pieces that we were instantly drawn to. (Also, look out for a 'Studio Snoop' post about Laura soon!)

Laura's website is just one click away!

Rebecca Sims intricate and dream-like crown was a central attraction in the gallery.

To see more of Rebeccas work, click here!


Zenna Tagney exhibited the most hauntingly beautiful sculptures like the one above.

Zennas website

We loved the private view (and the popcorn!) and would definitely recommend going down to see it for yourself, have a browse and chat to the artists as they each take it in turn to man the shop on different days throughout the month.  And if you can't make it to Penryn, here's a link to their website.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Summer Blog and Upcoming Plans

North America Summer 2014

This summer has been extremely exciting for us. Both having finished university this summer we decided to travel to North America to celebrate. Our trip was very inspiring and has started a lot of wheels turning for us in how we plan to take midsummer nights forward. Now that we are back we are pleased to say we have lots of really exciting opportunities on the horizon and will be keeping this blog up to date with all the development.

Here are some photographs from our trip to give you a little taster of what kept us so busy over this summer: