Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


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This is where I write about some of the things that inspire my work,
news of exhibitions and works in progress

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

The Summer Exhibition Royal Academy 2018 Part 1 Royal Valkyries

 This colourful and mighty extravaganza of a sculpture is the first thing I saw as I entered the exhibition. To me it is 'uphostery on steroids', with crochet, knitting and dripping with haberdasher's bling. The sheer size of it is amazing and impossibe to photograph with just my phone. A video might have done it better justice but with so many people milling around not practical. I like it for it's over the top-ness, just right for the space and interesting viewed from all sides and against the windows of the vaulted ceiling.

Carshalton Artists Open Studios 2018

 above 1 week to go and here at Location 1 on the CAOS Map with fellow artists Hana Horack, Tessa Spanton, Jackie Smith and Gavin Mundy, who will be at Stonecourt in Grove Park. Very excited.

 Five artists We shared the space to exhibit outr work. Jackie, Sam and myself ran workshops on different days. Hana set up an instalation for the first weekend and we did live painting. I enjoyed being part of this group and thought we made a great team.

                    I had a range of cards made from some of my paintings.

I ran some drop in silk painting tasters

I did some small demonstrations of silk painting

Top right Jackie ran print making tasters, bottom right Hana's instalation, lovely with the afternoon light filtering through.

Carshalton Ponds, North Street is on the other side of the road from the Grove Park and Stonecourt.

and finally.... its' a wrap!! Here we are at the end of 2 long very hot busy and satisfying weekends.