Woolly Jones – Exhibition Blog Post

Woolly Jones –
Exhibition Blog Post

We wanted to share the fun a bit further for our online exhibition, so we asked participant; Rebecca Jones for an insight into her artwork…

“As a Dundee-based artist, I always look forward to January to take part in Fun a Day Dundee (FADD). I’ve participated in the project since 2012, and it’s been wonderful to see how much the FADD community has grown.”

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“In general, my art practice is based around the use of colour, line and shape. Intuitive drawing is one of my main passions – drawing and making with no set idea in mind and using colour and aesthetics to create playful, bright and abstract works.”

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“I use a wide variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, screen printing, textile design and textile sculptural forms. Throughout my degree (Fine Art DJCAD 2011) I was drawn to the practical processes of knitting and crocheting to create non-functional objects/miniature soft sculptures. These aspects of my work are still relevant to my two-dimensional pieces – circle-like shapes appear as self-contained objects, the mark making and texture relate to the sensation of touch and physicality of these shapes as real life forms.”

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“During FADD2020 I’ve been learning to use Adobe Illustrator and Painter Essentials 7 to make digital artworks. The decision to attempt more digital work has been the result of rapid changes to my health after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2018 (a chronic pain condition categorised by fatigue, nerve pain, cognitive issues and many other symptoms). My physical limitations pointed me towards a more accessible way to create, especially on days when I’m unable to get out of bed. I have a desk space set up so I can work directly from bed and rest at the same time.”

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“The Fun a Day project was a good kick start to the year, spurring me on to create 79 digital pieces throughout January. Over the month, the drawings began as simple expressions of shape and colour and developed into more complex combinations of clashing colour, bolder compositions and detailed ‘objects’ in each work.”

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“Since January, I’ve continued to use digital designs as inspiration for screen printing, in particular one-colour textile printing focusing on the linear shapes and forms I developed throughout FADD2020. ”

Check out our other blog posts for the 2020 Exhibition Weekend by searching for ‘Exhibition Blog Post’ in the title!

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