Nocturnal Issue II - Page 6

WHAT WAS STUDYING ART LIKE AT UWE? ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR ARTISTS THAT INFLUENCE YOU? I did a drawing and applied art course, which was a mixture of everything. I also did some screen printing there, which was how I first got into it. My tutor then recommended I did a screen printing course at Spike Island, so now I’m a member there. Bristol’s amazing for art, when I first came here I couldn’t believe how many little independent art shops there were and how much was always going on, it was all so interesting. There are so many opportunities here and everyone is very big on keeping things local so there is a great community feel to the city. Yeah, there’s Angie Lewin, she does a lot of botanic art and she does fabrics, which I’m really influenced by because I’d like to take my art in that direction. A Bristol artist I like at the moment is Chitra Merchant. She does screen printing too, I adore the way she builds up layers in her work and her use of colours, it’s very inspiring. WHAT ARE YOU FOCUSING ON NOW? I definitely want to get my work into more shops, so at the moment I just need to focus on producing more screen prints to sell. I have spoken to a few shops and everyone is very welcoming so hopefully it will happen in the near future. YOU CAN JUST DRAW ANYWHERE ANYTIME