Today, I'm pleased to be able to share with you the lovely work of Sue Bulmer. Sue is an artist who works in a variety of media including watercolour, textile and stitch, print, drawing and mixed media. Sue has a very distinctive style which I have admired for some time.
Sue grew up in the North East of England where she developed an interest in art from a very early age. She went on to study Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, but after 15 years involved in the sciences, she felt it was time to return to her real passion.
In 2005 she enrolled on a Foundation course in Art & Design and hasn't looked back since. She feels that she is still constantly learning and that as an artist, you should never stand still for too long.
Her love of nature, landscape and the changing colours and textures of the seasons inspire her work. She loves to spend time out in the countryside and in her cottage garden, drawing further inspiration from her 200 year old cottage which is furnished with vintage finds.
Sue describes her work as "down to earth" and unpretentious. Current pieces reflect her interest in domesticity, relationships and he connections we have with others in our lives.
Last year was an exciting one for Sue as she launched a range at the British Craft Trade Fair, and spent time working on her fantastic blog. Sue has written a number of inspiring and useful posts around what worked well for her in preparation for the fair, and I for one have found these really useful.
Sue is particularly keen on blogging as a way to connect with, and form a community with, other creative practitioners. She finds it to be a really good way to share experiences, and helps to alleviate the feeling of isolation you can sometimes experience as a designer-maker.
2013 is set to be another exciting year. In February Sue will be Artist in Residence at the first Nottingham Festival of Words.
Here you can see a large piece of artwork Sue sketched live during the launch event for the festival back in September. This piece will be available for silent bids over the course of the festival.
During the event itself, Sue will be in the Foyer of the Newton Building of Nottingham Trent University, for the middle week of the festival, exhibiting her word-inspired work and running a participative art event for members of the public.
In March, Sue will attend SOCK Art Market at Loughborough Town Hall, and in April she will return to the British Craft Trade Fair for a second year, with two new collections of work.
You can find out more about Sue and see more of her work on her website, blog, Facebook page and you can follow her on Twitter.