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An experiment with kintsugi (part 2) and a summer exhibition

June 21, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
"Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry" - Leonard Koren. Having gathered and a selection of handmade pots and had a go at the kintsugi technique (see my previous post), it was time to create the photographs I envisaged. And what I had in mind was a series of very simple still lifes: minimal, muted in colour palette and with beautif...
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An experiment with kintsugi, or the art of golden repair

June 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I first came across the Japanese art of kintsugi a couple of years ago: translated as "golden repair", it's a centuries-old practice in which broken vessels are repaired with a gold lacquer, creating a golden seam along the line of the break. Rather than trying to disguise the damage, it is accentuated and celebrated as part of the object's history...
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The studio and garden of artist Jim Tucker

May 17, 2018  •  3 Comments
I've always loved visiting artists' studios and living spaces - Barbara Hepworth's studio in St Ives, and César Manrique's homes in Lanzarote come to mind as some of the most inspiring places I've been to. It's not just the textures, the materials, or the glimpse into 'behind-the-scenes' that I love; I also find it fascinating to see how an artist'...
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Inspiring spaces: the studio of La-Eva

March 31, 2018  •  1 Comment
I recently had the pleasure of spending a day with Louisa Canham, owner of organic beauty brand La-Eva, in her Oxfordshire studio. A day of beautiful fragrances, early spring sunlight, joyful music, endless cups of peppermint tea and conversation. I'd been inspired for a while by Louisa's dreamy, evocative Instagram feed; I'm always drawn to creati...
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Cards for Christmas (for a good cause)

November 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
One of my favourite moments as a photographer is when I open the padded envelope from the printers and gently pull out the carefully-wrapped new prints inside. I'm sure you'll have felt it yourself, the satisfaction of getting a favourite picture off the screen and into print - being able to hold it in your hands, touch the paper it's printed on, h...
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