Sunday, 10 February 2013

Shadowlands - a recap

So last weekend, me, my mum and my little girl headed off to see some of my prints in situ at the Shadowlands Exhibition in Sheffield.  A fantastic little boutique called Bird's Yard hosted the event, organised by Claira, who runs Vertiline in Love at Bird's Yard.  Vertiline is a long-time stockist of my work and it was a real thrill to see the shop in person at last.

I had a lovely trip down to Bolton, where I was staying near my mum's house for the weekend.  Here's the weather overlooking Rivington Pike in the morning when we set out for Snake Pass and beyond.

When Claira put out the call for contributors, the brief was to produce a black and white or grey print on the theme of Sheffield.  Now aside from the fact that my cousin worked as a clown in Meadowhall when she was a student, and two of my friends from sixth form now live there (separately, I might add), I know very little about Sheffield.  I doubt it's much different to many Northern towns with an industrial heritage, but for me the unique selling point of the city is its background in stainless steel, the kind that we hold in our hands every day, every time we sit down to eat.

I put ink to card and further inspired by DIY culture and um, those shirts that Nicky Wire used to wear (hashtag: notsheffield), created an outline of my chosen phrase, then got to work filling it in with prints of flatware.

And here it is in situ.  I was very proud.  My mum was very proud.  My small child ran about like a wild beast released.  The photos might look like I'm going for hipster/amateurish but the look owes more to 'holding onto small child's hood with not entirely free hand, with stairs'.

We admired everyone's work, browsed every last inch of the shop (my mum loved the bird and button cushions but couldn't decide on a colour and would like me to buy one for her online once she is used to her new living room, please), had a very serious word with small child for touching fox necklaces, ate some delicious goodies then headed immediately across the lane for the best tea in Sheffield.  We weren't disappointed.

The exhibition is still running this week, but Bird's Yard is open on a permanent basis so I urge you to catch one or the other as soon as you can.  Vertiline in Love also provides mail order online.  She has Kate Broughton nail transfers, you know.