Why I’m creating a new one off print each day in December.
I’m so lucky to have a beautiful open garden that is surrounded by lanes & fields, however for the past year I’ve hardly been in it, never mind tended it. With my youngest daughter turning 1 last week I realised that I had spent the past year fire fighting my home-life and my young business, squeezing my printing & other business needs into her lunchtime naps! I had stopped looking at things, I mean, I’d stopped really seeing.
In the summer its easy to take to take nature for granted, there is beauty everywhere, its obvious.
In winter you really have to look a bit closer.
Last week the weather was really foul, stormy, wet and nothing but grey! I started to wonder if it was possible to go out each day and find something literally on my doorstep that could inspire a new print. Then I couldn’t stop thinking about it & I kept popping out to have a look around in my wellies & raincoat – madness? but the ideas were already buzzing, so here we are!
Each day from December 1st until December 24th I will create and post a unique bowl print using various printing techniques, including silkscreen, monoprint, botanical & jelly prints, you can follow my progress on Instagram (kathyhuttonprints) using the hashtag #bowlsfordecember
What will I achieve? I’m hoping to start really seeing things again, the little things that are just passing through the seasons, they deserve to be noticed & perhaps documented in my own little way.
I’m also hoping to get to know my plants a little better, I might even look up their names!
By using the plants I find as inspiration I might break away from the blue’s & grey’s I’m so comfortable with, I’m going to take a few risks. With my marks too, nature might teach me a few new tricks!
Mostly I’m hoping that this project will help me to see the beauty on my doorstep even on the murkiest of days.
I was initially inspired to start this project by Emma Mitchell of Silver Pebble who set up ‘making winter’ a way of sharing the little things we do to see us through the grey months (including making Parkin!). This got me thinking about winter in a new way, you can read more about this on her Blog or join in on Twitter & Instagram with the hastag #making_winter