messy book making and playing with paper - this is what my house looks like right now
I went to see this exhibition yesterday: pick me up in Somerset house central London - really inspiring especially for those that like doing things with paper, print and little arty books . . . . .
Curator Claire Catterall says this about it:
"We wanted to bring the best contemporary graphic art under one roof in central London. The industry is very much centered around East London and we wanted to create an opportunity for the public to see all the amazing work that is being produced. The original idea was born out of the growth of independent collectives and individual artists who are bypassing the traditional gallery system and setting up by themselves. There has also been a real resurgence of interest in screen printing and we wanted to offer the public the chance to experience it first-hand."source from here
Apart from the great work what really excited me was I got to speak to ROB RYAN - He has set up his studio down at the exhibition and I got to quiz him (okay I always do ask loads of questions generally I find it hard not to!) and find out some ins and outs about making a success of your art.
- persistence (he graduated from his Print MA at the RCA in 1987 and has worked hard since then)
- he wasn't an overnight success, he worked as a cycle courier etc alongside painting, printing and creating
- a good few years back now he signed up with an agency and got a couple of jobs - people liked his work and from there it all got a lot bigger
What did I feel inpsired by?
- the fact that he calls his studio on columbia road 'Ryan Town' - what a GREAT idea, I want to start my own little town, have my own little ideas, start my own set of rules, create to my own set of ideals etc etc - I'm thinking of setting up an Amelia Town somewhere, I've got to think where, and what . . - if you have any ideas please do tell me?!
Let's all set up our own mini towns and fill it with things we like to make!!!!!!