Thursday, 18 January 2018

Being an Artist and a Mum

For 5 years I haven't blogged,
I haven't completed any new works for Trigger Editions,
I haven't taken work to Artist Book Fairs,
I haven't felt able to contribute.

Should I feel disappointed?

As a woman and mother in the 21st century shouldn't I have been able to nurture my children whilst simultaneously maintaining my 'art practice' in the usual way? So many seem able to.

You can't turn off that part of who you are and, indeed, who would want to? Not producing artworks in the way I would have previously, over these last years has felt so wrong, like a spider not making webs, and yet this, due to many factors, is the choice I was led to make and I don't regret it.

My boys have needed all of my attention, all of my strength. My eyes have been down, fully occupied by these very needy little beings, caring for them and others walking this particular stony track with me. Many others have found the strength, time and space to continue making art and I am in awe. Had circumstances been different, that would have been me.

Thankfully, however, it turns out that ideas don't stop coming; the motivation doesn't disappear and the impulse to respond creatively is wonderfully insatiable. I have been so creative and incredibly productive. I consider myself to have been an artist in residence for 5 years, experiencing, analysing, playing, discussing. Now it is time to respond.

For five years I have shared with other parents and caregivers; I have created crazy, awesome cardboard, Lego and play-dough constructions, adapted toys for creative play, made whole immersive worlds for my boys and their friends, designed creative activities for playgroups and workshops. I have contributed and have loved it. I have grown.

So what exactly is my 'art practice'? My challenge now is to bring together the very messy creative explosion, which is bringing up children, with this world of artist books and art multiples. There is so much of this creative experience that could be collected and packaged into a shareable form. There is so much of the human experience to be exchanged and reflected upon, to be given and received. There are so many ways in which creative expression and creative gift exchange can assist those struggling with this particular life challenge, even if it is just to help provide inspiration for a rainy day.

With all these ideas brewing and the end of my five year 'Art Residency in Motherhood' a few months away, I've decided to launch 'Little Triggs' to share creative ideas, products and art editions with kids and families in mind. Coming soon... Get in touch if you would like to share in this new adventure.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Made in Bristol

Another lovely day, this time at Made in Bristol at the Colston Hall in Bristol with Amy Close and Sheona Beaumont. The sun was poring in the windows all day and I had a lovely time chatting to visitors. 

If you are interested in purchasing anything from my stall that isn't already on the web-site do e-mail me. Prices are below:

Antique illustrations from withdrawn library books
Tiny frames £7
Smaller rectangles £18
Square box frames £25
Large 3 image frames £45

Morning by morning prints 
Framed £25
Unframed £10

Library Dust books
£60 each

Limited edition Christmas cards (baby socks)
20 for £10

Jane Taylor-Weekes black and white book £38
                                 I am / you are book £40
                                 be longing cards £1
                                 Unfathomable Ocean maps £10

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Bath Christmas Market

We were gutted to have to leave the Bath craft fair at 2.30 on Saturday. It was great talking to people at our stall. Do get in touch if you want to know more. I have lots of new prints that aren't online yet. If you are around come and visit us at the Colston Hall in Bristol this Saturday.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Art Fairs in the run up to Christmas and other things.

I had a lovely time on Saturday at the Artist Bookfair in The New Art Gallery Walsall.
Trigger Editions is now featuring work by artist Jane Taylor-Weekes. (Lots more photos and info to follow.) I really enjoyed meeting people and discussing Jane's 'Unfathomable' pocket maps of the ocean. We are currently working together on a new series of lino prints for the Winter season of art fairs.

If you would like to see or purchase any of my or Jane's work come and find the Trigger Editions stall. On the morning of Saturday 1st of December we will be in the Quaker meeting house, Craft Fair in the Bath Christmas Market, just till 2pm, and on the 8th we will have a small stall upstairs in the Colston Hall 'Made in Bristol' Fair.

Alternatively if you would like to learn some craft techniques yourself I am running a Christmas Craft Event in The Elmgrove, Redland Road Bristol, called 'Deck the Halls' see below.

Contact me personally for tickets or via the Facebook event page.
Looking forward to seeing you!

Friday, 12 October 2012

An installation shot from The Artists' Postcard Show - Spike Island

Lovely to see one of our pieces in such good company earlier in the year. It was a fantastic show. We LOVE artist postcards. Read more about the show here...

Just been discussing showcasing some new postcards and book works by artist Jane Taylor-Weekes. Really exciting for Trigger Editions! Watch this space.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Artists' Postcards

We are really excited to be featured in this new book soon to be published by Reaktion Books. One of our Unsaid Words postcards will be illustrated. Can't wait to check it out. Looks like a fab book, full of inspiration. Definitely on our want list!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Our limited edition Christmas card for 2011

Here is a preview of our lovely new card for Christmas. We have printed a limited edition of only 250. They are printed on 350g card and have been left blank inside for your own message. A set of 20 can be purchased for £6. As these will only be on sale for a limited time please contact us via e-mail or in person if you would like to purchase some.

Wishing you a truly joyful Christmas with love from Sarah at Trigger Editions.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Artists' Book and Independent Publishing Fair12pm – 4pm

Join us for our annual Artists' Book and Independent Publishing Fair where you will be able to buy your own affordable books, zines and multiples by artists from the 
UK and beyond

.Letterpress printing and simple book binding workshop
Book artist 
Simon Goode will be teaching traditional letterpress printing using lead and wood type, and participants will have a chance to print and bind their own artists' books. This is a free drop in workshop for adults and young people.

Sarah Bodman, research fellow for Book Arts at the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West England, will give a talk at 3.30pm on her favourite artists' book works.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Spike Open

All set up finally at the Spike Open and ready for BABE tomorrow at the Arnolfini.