Maria Boyle



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!

By mariaboyle, Feb 12 2018 04:44PM

Working on new pieces for the next ArtistsWorkhouse exhibition "I think this world is Magical". Evolving some pieces in different media, some prints and textile pieces looking at the same view through a window.

Not quite sure on how to respresent the leaves...Think its interesing working the same image across various formats and colours.

Started some interesting converastions with my collaboration writing partner Sheila for our Romeo and

Juliet exhibition and performance event. Looking at Queen Mab and the nature of dreams and nightmares; faeries, creatures, miniatures, thoughts and fears. Must look again at Hieronymus Bosch and his heaven and hell.

By mariaboyle, Jan 19 2018 03:13PM

Happy 2018! I don't tend to make New Year resolutions, but thought this year I woud make some artist related ones. To blog more reguarlary is one of them. Funny, when I get going I quite enjoy it, but somehow writing for me is so often work reated so it can feel like a chore in my head. Self reflection is good for the artistic practice, so here I go.

End of 2017 was mad busy with a big work project combined with some creative deadines. I do seem to work better when the deadlines are looming. One piece was for Dionne Swift's 'Collective Stitches' 2018 roving exhibition where ex students have been invited to submit a free machine embroidery piece 30x30cm. The challenge for me was only using machine embroidery as I tend to like to mix up materials and techniques. In addition the size was tricky as no matter how careful I was, and despite extending its size a few sizes it still kept shrinking! Quite a challenge. My piece was inspired by Swedish folk art and will be shown at the Knitting and Stitching Shows around the UK and Ireland, as well as the Netherlands with about 40+ other pieces from other artists. More details in 'CV' under 2018 exhibitions once available. Bit obsessed with this bird shape, I'm sure there will be more folk birds in 2018...

I am currenty working on some new pieces for the next ArtistWorkhouse exhibition opening on 2nd March called 'I think the world is magical'. I'm hoping I've had a breakthrough with a pastel drawing I've done, inspired by the distinctive windows of the ArtistsWorkhouse building. I will share more work in progress as I go. Planning to work again with linen, which I love!

By mariaboyle, Oct 23 2017 01:49PM

Great to be part of the Prism textiles 2017 exhibition in both Birmingham and London this year. The theme is 'Another time' and I exhibited two different pieces for the two very dfferent galleries.

RBSA Birmingham was a great new location for the group and was well received. We are currenty on in London at Hoxton Arches and again getting good feedback. We are on there till 29th October.

By mariaboyle, Jun 28 2017 04:43PM

A big thank you to those that visited us at ArtistsWorkhouse for the Regeneration open exhibition and our open studios event. I was great to chat to visitors and discuss our work.

The 'Regeneration' exhibition looked great and was a great addition. As per last year, the pop up cafe 'Cakehouse' again proved very popular!