This year at the gallery we had our own little Christmas day lunch, seeing as it’s my last Christmas at the gallery & Winchester we went all out with crackers and a yule log (my favourite festive thing)! Offering mince pies to customers was a great way to spread the festive celebration.
This year I have decided to experiment with spray paint as its quick and takes no time to dry. I made a stencil of a christmas tree and cut lots of card from old sketch books to make into my Christmas cards. The best thing is that you can make a big batch and then customise with different glitter colours and motifs so each one can be unique.
This is an image of my favourite photo at Jow Lows gallery- The Lamp. It was shot a few years ago on a frosty morning, up close you can see the detail of every cob web hung around the lamp and in the distance is wolvsey palace, blurred but you can still make it out. I suppose it reminds me of the lion the witch and the wardrobe lamp..it possess a kind of magical theme.
With the run up to Christmas it’s been selling like hot cakes and im constantly framing it all different sizes. It’s amazing how much of a transformation a mount and a frame makes to a photo. Framing is an important part in art decor, not just for the pretty finish and to enhance the quality of an image, but also to preserve the limited edition prints by using archival materials, to ensure longevity.
Every Christmas I love to visit London to see the impressive Displays that instrument the advertising of so many stores. Some are incredibly inventive and original, some tell or a story or carry a theme. I have always had an eye in previous retail work to display the windows in an eye-catching way to promote stock, and it was always important to keep the process moving to keep up with trends and special times of the year. The power of the object seems popular throughout displays, seductive themes of dadaism and surrealism pop up now and again, however recently I have seen more minimalist themes, with clear and simple decoration with elegance, which includes more focus on the goods. They have an ability to communicate by revoking something from reality, and with a 3D sense it eliminates a sense of stillness and enables the viewer to interpret their own imagination and thoughts.
These are some of my favourite Displays…
New Yorks Cartier Display- The display makes a journey out of the window and out covering the building in the form of a wrapped bow! It makes everyone look tiny in comparison and was a great attention seeker!
Cole Hardware store in San Francisco- broomstick theme for Halloween
Selfridges – Bright Young Things Window
In contrast these display have been made by students by scraps from their own homes and studios..the effect of this hands on display it quite abstract in away and quite contemporary, reflecting a child like display. I have taken a liking to them as they project a humorous kind of strategy.
On my way to work every Saturday I walk past Bell Fine Art, this one day I walked past the window and had to stop. Short story is.. I fell In love with this painting that took up this whole window. It reminded me of a walk I took In the woods with my family. I researched the artist who painted it- he is called Doug Eaton, and paints these mesmerising landscapes of pure vibrant colours. He seems to be interested in soft against hard edge, dark against light, hot against cold. Strange thing is, I don’t usually like yellow…anyway I had to put it on my Christmas list!