Why I think mosaic is the best art form to teach – 19/04/17
For those of you who don’t know my background, I gained a BA honours degree in constructed textiles and then, from 1995 to 1996, I trained as a secondary school art teacher. I’ve led on all sorts of art and craft projects over the years, but the one that is probably my favourite to facilitate is mosaic. Continue reading
Selling my Wares – 22/03/17
The aim of my studio at Hanley Farm Business Centre, is to provide a hub of creativity and to inspire the participants on my classes – so naturally there are quite a few mosaics dotted around. Recently, I’ve had several enquiries from visitors to my studio wanting to buy my little samples, but as they are an essential part of my teaching process, I can’t sell them. Continue reading
My husband is not a business coach – 16/03/17
I love my husband dearly. We have been together for twenty three years and married for eighteen. During our time together, we have made lots of big decisions on all manner of grown-up things, like Continue reading
Arty Parties – 08/03/17
Parties are not just for kids and they are not just for birthdays either. The dictionary’s definition of a party is:
‘A social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking and entertainment’.
There’s no mention of birthdays or children. Continue reading
Family time. Do something different – 02/01/17
Like many people at this time of year, we had family come to visit over the Christmas period. The weather wasn’t that great so we couldn’t get out for a walk and blow the cobwebs away, so we decided to do something different. On a blustery Saturday afternoon, my husband, daughters, brother-in-law, his wife and children headed off to my studio, armed with a leftover chocolate log and teabags, for an afternoon of creative fun. Continue reading
A degree in Knitting – 14/9/16
Once upon a time there was a little art student who went to university in Manchester and studied a BA Honours Degree in Constructed Textiles and Fashion.
This degree was a varied programme of study and over the three years, the little art student had many different briefs to work on, including many opportunities to draw, paint and generally be creative. There were also options to try a little bit of fashion design and this particular little art student remembers clearly a project that had to be inspired by the fashion of the Tudors and now, looking back, she can see why her teachers were not digging her revival of the codpiece and ruffled neck. Continue reading
Creative Woman of the Year – 19/06/2016
I’ve always been ‘creative’. I was a very resourceful child, constantly colouring, cutting, sticking, sewing and making something. I grew up watching Tony Hart on Take Hart – a children’s TV programme all about art and creativity. Continue reading
The Gloucestershire Federation of Women’s Institute – 02/06/16
Last week I had the pleasure of working with some of the ladies who attend the Hartpury Women’s Institute and spent the day with them, facilitating a session to create an eye-catching mosaic for each of their gardens. Continue reading
I’m a Business Award Finalist x2 – 12/05/16
Well, 2016 is turning out to be quite an eventful year already and it’s only May! In January, I moved into my new premises, a small but perfectly formed studio space on the beautiful site of Hanley Farm in Tidenham, near Chepstow. Continue reading
Do what you love, love what you do – 29/04/16
There have been many times I’ve left after delivering a workshop, party or school project and felt incredibly fortunate to have been paid for something I love doing. I remember running an arty party a couple of years ago, for a ten year old girl and six of her friends. I spent a couple of hours with the girls making vintage themed headbands and bracelets whilst listening to gorgeous 1950s music on an old record player. Continue reading
Hot Pink Cow – 20/03/16
I remember the countless times I moaned to my Mum back in the 80s, because friends had ‘copied’ me. They had bought the same ‘Frankie say’s Relax’ t-shirt, had the same bubble perm or wore the same lace glove on their right hand (I was a huge fan of Madonna in her ‘Dress you up’ phase at the time). Continue reading
Setting Sail – 31/1/16
I’ve been a self-employed, freelance artist and facilitator for nearly five years. In that time, I have run my business from home, taking over the kitchen table and the entire house with endless art projects and materials. My husband and daughters had become highly skilled at dodging artwork, in complete S.A.S style, that has regularly filled the dining room floor. Continue reading
As smiley as a Carol – 07/01/16
This week I moved into my studio – a brand new HQ for Rachel Shilston – Inspiring Creativity. The first couple of days have been busy, unpacking boxes and arranging, then re-arranging art materials in a creative manner. Continue reading
Bideford Black – 8/11/15
Here’s a question for you. What do a clogged up mascara wand, a pair of cage fighters and a printing press all have in common? Baffled? Then let me enlighten you. Continue reading
Farewell Place – 24/10/15
Yesterday I witnessed the artist Magdelena Jetalova, start the charcoal burn of her sculpture ‘Place’ on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Continue reading
A sheep, a charity and me – 14/10/15
Last week I went to a charity auction, but this was not any charity auction, this was a charity auction raising money for sick children in hospital. Giant models of a well-loved children’s animated character, Shaun the Sheep, were being sold to raise money and it just so happened that I had painted one. Continue reading
The Crafty Hen – 16/09/15
(Parent Advisory – there is a bit of fruity language, but I’ve been the consummate professional by cunningly disguising the words with asterisks.)
My hen weekend was an epic fail.
Why colour is key – 9/9/15
Colour has always been a key element in my work. I love the richness of colour, the effect it can have on mood, the impact it can have on a space.
The three S’s – 01/09/2015
When these three words all beginning with S are uttered together, they have the power of filling the calmest, most collected parents into a state of hysteria.
Let me explain… Continue reading
So where do you get your creativity from? – 26/8/15
People often ask me where I get my creativity from and I really do have to blame the parents.
Growing up in the 70s, Continue reading