Maria Boyle



By mariaboyle, Jul 31 2018 01:48PM

Its the last day of the month again and Im just getting my July blog in!

The heat wave continued and we have just had a bit of rain at the weekend, the first for months! Garden sure needed it, and thankfully its a touch cooler. Im not a hot weather gal!

This month I have been thinking a lot about my practice and where its going. Brought on by lots of chatting about creative practice at Face to Face meetigs at ArtistsWorkhouse, which has been marvellous. Also visits to London and Birmingham for some veyr interesting exhibitions...

First, the Society of Designer Craftmen had an exhibition and shop at a new venue at Chelsea school of art. I was'nt exhibiting this time but great to support and see other members and their work.

Of course opposite is the Tate Britain so had a lovely wander around. In particular I was taken with the paintings of Lisa Brice, very emotive and really wonderful colour pallette, blues and reds, wonderful!

Then I travelled over to see the Summer Exhibition at Royal Academy. I was curious to see whether there were more textiles with Grayson Perry as curator. There were, but they were a curious mix...the heat of travelling around London had worn me out a bit but there were some memorable pieces, particularly Debbie Lawson and 'Red Bear'. Great idea, and a well crafted execution which is how it should be for me, not just the idea and not just the craft.

Finally a visit to The Mac, Birmingham to see the latest exhibition form the wonderful 62 Group called 'Ctrl/Shift'...too many amazing artists and works to mention, so if you love contemporary art and/or texiles do visit. Its on til 9th September and really worth a visit, some fantastic pieces.

Society of Designer Craftmen shop at Chelsea School of Art, July 2018
Society of Designer Craftmen shop at Chelsea School of Art, July 2018
Lisa Brice painting at Tate Britian, July 2018
Lisa Brice painting at Tate Britian, July 2018
Lisa Brice works at Tate Britain, July 2018
Lisa Brice works at Tate Britain, July 2018
'Red Bear' Debbie Lawson, Summer Exhibition at RA, July 2018
'Red Bear' Debbie Lawson, Summer Exhibition at RA, July 2018
Publicity poster for Ctrl/Shift exhibition for the 62 Group, July 2018
Publicity poster for Ctrl/Shift exhibition for the 62 Group, July 2018

By mariaboyle, Jun 30 2018 05:31PM

Well its been another very busy month and I've only just managed to get my June post in!

July tomorrow! Its been an amazingly dry and hot month with fantasti blue skies every day! Currently my wethare station says 36C in my garden!!

We have also had the Romeo and Juliet exhibition and writers performances which all went very well. Had a good response to my new work, especially the lime silk 'Dreams'.

We now have the annual ArtistsWorkhouse Open exhibition, prize giving tomorrow!

The pop-up 'Cake house' is again selling its delicious selection of cakes, and tomorrow the bar will be open so will be a real party atmosphere.

Also another 'Face to Face' meeting, this time at Little Buckland Gallerty near Broadway where we will have our exhibition in April next year. Great gallery with many rooms of lovely pieces, worth a visit! Even though my name has not been officially picked out of the hat and been paired with an artist I am already thinking on our subject 'Penda of Mercia'. I spent a productive afternoon at the gallery last week doing a woad dye bath which I have not done before as a) it is an expensive dye, and b) its a very time consuming process.

Stlll I am pleased with resuts on wool flannel, linens and even leather!

Cant believe its July tomorrow...

By mariaboyle, May 31 2018 07:01PM

My three pieces for Romeo and Juliet exhibition are completed and ready for hanging for the exxhibition opening on 8th June.

Collaborating with writer/artist Sheila Farrell in response to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet we were drawn to the Queen Mab speech made by Romeo’s friend Mercutio (Act 1, scene 4) that speaks of the mischievous fairy Queen Mab who meddles with our dreams.

Mab comes from Celtic folklore and for me the speech put in mind the images of the strange creatures in the corbels at Kilpeck Church in Herefordshire. Sheila grew up in Ireland and was surrounded by a culture of such mythical tales. So, we played with the notion of the uncanniness of dreams.

My 'Dream Collection', in the use of imagery, colour and materials aims to capture a sense of the hyper-reality of our dreams and nightmares and of the familiar and unfamiliar touched with faerie magic. I have incorporated Sheila’s words into the works.

I am pleased that with the different use of materials and techniques three different dream moods are evoked.

From Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Act 1, scene 4

ROMEO: I dreamt a dream tonight.

MERCUTIO: And so did I.

ROMEO: Well, what was yours?

MERCUTIO:      That dreamers often lie.

ROMEO: In bed asleep while they do dream things true

MERCUTIO: Oh, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.

BENVOLIO: Queen Mab, what’s she?

MERCUTIO: She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes

In shape no bigger than an agate stone

On the forefinger of an alderman,

Drawn with a team of little atomies

Over men's noses as they lie asleep;

Her wagon spokes made of long spinners' legs,

The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers;

Her traces, of the smallest spider web;

Her collars, of the moonshine's wat'ry beams;

Her whip, of cricket's bone; the lash, of film;

Her wagoner, a small grey-coated gnat,

Not half so big as a round little worm

Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid;

Her chariot is an empty hazelnut,

Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,

Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers.

And in this state she gallops night by night

Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love;

O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on curtsies straight;

O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees;

O'er ladies' lips, who straight on kisses dream,

Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,

Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are.

Sometimes she gallops o'er a courtier's nose,

And then dreams he of smelling out a suit;

And sometimes comes she with a tithe-pig's tail

Tickling a parson's nose as 'a lies asleep,

Then dreams he of another benefice.

Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck,

And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,

Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,

Of healths five fathom deep; and then anon

Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes,

And being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two

And sleeps again. This is that very Mab

That plats the manes of horses in the night

And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs,

Which once untangled much misfortune bodes.

This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,

That presses them and learns them first to bear,

Making them women of good carriage.

By mariaboyle, Apr 25 2018 08:08PM

What a strange month of extreme weather, rain, heat, wind, hail stones etc. Winter, Spring and Summer in just a few weeks!

The longer days are fabulous though, lots of lovely light. Been working on finishing my Romeo and Juliet pieces at the studio, nervously adding more printing and painting being at that tricky almost finished stage, nervous not to ruin it or overdo it. Working towards three wall hanging pieces; one silk velvet, one linen, and one noil silk (see below).

There will be two performance evenings, 8th and 16th June, with the writers performing their original works, plus the artworks exhibition, 9th -17th June, all at the ArtistsWorkhouse, should be good!

By mariaboyle, Mar 26 2018 04:19PM

March has been a month of some extreme weather with associated challenges to get to exhibitions and workshops!

The ArtistsWorkhouse 'I think this World is Magical' exhibition opening was delayed to the Saturday afternoon as the roads were too tricky for people to travel. The exhibition went well and enjoyed by those who ventured out in the cold and ice. Extra bonus for me as one of my 'Through the Arched Window' Artist Proof prints sold!

The Romeo and Juliet collaboration with Art\Write continues a pace with enjoyable sharing of ideas and discussions. Its gonna be great! Really got into the theme that Shela Farrell, my paired writer, and I have decided on; Mercutio's monologue on Queen Mab and the nature of dreams. Been developing lots of drawings.

Last weekend snow came again together with a challenging drive up to Glasgow for a week with Joanna Taylor-Kinnersley dyeing and printing. So fabulous to work in such a well equiped studio and chat to such a knowledgable artist and meet other likeminded creatives Annabel and Christine. Drawings transferred to silk screens, cloth dyed and printed plus some technical effects with devoure, discharge and flock. A great week with great company! And a good start on some work for our next exhibition.

Hopefully Spring is on the way now after a few false starts, at least the days are getting longer!