I was one of those 60s grammar school kids steered away from art in favour of something more “academic” that would lead to “ a proper job”. This cloud had a silver lining because I’ve spent my life permanently in Adult Ed art classes, art workshops and art holidays. Along the way I’ve met brilliant, gifted tutors and artists. In the last few years on-line classes have changed my life. I could never have dreamt that following an Australian artist’s blog would lead me to a teacher working in Seattle!
Last year I enrolled in Nicholas Wilton’s on-line Art2Life Academy and now I’m in the Alumni group. As a consequence, my work and my approach to it has altered with more mixed media paintings and the freedom working in series brings. I enjoy developing abstracted landscapes from minimal plein air sketches. Or starting with a playboard, building up layers to see where it leads.
I’m very grateful to HWAT for the wonderful opportunity to exhibit with them this year as an Emerging Artist and also to Scribbly Roo Hatty Leith for organising the project.
Chloe’s woven fabrics are inspired by our surroundings, exploring nature and architecture to inform designs, looking at details and simple patterns. Chloe works with photography and drawing to create graphic bold motifs which are translated onto the loom and into the handwoven fabrics.
On the loom, she considers use of yarn and materials to include intense bold colour and reflect on the inspiration, while thinking about what is suitable for the final product or design.
Chloe uses a few different techniques on the loom to be able to create the fabrics. Some fabrics are large simple flat designs which are currently being handmade into simple but unique products. She is also working on padded structural designs with embossed forms and structures which come straight off the loom with a quilt like effect. In future these will create more unique pieces.
Jess D’Alton Goode
Jessica D’Alton Goode is a mixed-media fine artist and award-winning children’s illustrator. Her first book, co created with author Ellie Stoneley, won Children’s Book of the Year 2016 with the People’s Choice Book Awards.
Her personal work specialises mostly in watercolour and acrylic paintings but also occasionally moves into ceramic pieces, and is inspired by the legends and myths of Great Britain and especially the animals that embody those tales. Crows, foxes, deer, falcons, hares, and even the wolf (now extinct in Britain) all feature in her work. Using gold detailing and dramatic composition, she aims to explore and illustrate the ancient relationship between us, our oldest stories, and the wilderness.