Welcome to the next in my Day in the Life series. Today I'm excited to introduce you to Bethany Walker, a mixed media artist, who is best know for her signature combination of materials - cement and textiles (yes two of my favourite things combined!). Here's a recent day in Bethany's life...
Friday 1 May
I naturally wake up between 6.00 and 6.30am most days; this morning it’s 6.30 as Thursday was a bit of a late night. The first thing I do, as I do every morning, is grab my phone and spend the next 15 minutes or so checking my social media forums (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to see what I’ve missed overnight – sad I know. Next, I get out of bed and head to the kitchen to make myself some breakfast, which this morning is berries, granola, yoghurt with a drizzle of honey – I’m on a bit of a health kick at the moment. Breakfast in hand I head back into bed, (which is a bit of a bad habit I’ve got myself into) turn on my laptop and respond to a few emails before jumping in the shower.
It’s now 8.30am and I’m ready to head off to the studio.
The first thing I do when I arrive at the studio is make myself a cup of tea (I can’t start the day without one) and turn on the radio. Before Christmas I had been working on a new project looking at the effect weathering has on the environment. Sadly, I had to put this to one side at the start of the year to focus on the launch of another project. Today I’m picking up where I left off and it’s all very exciting. I am sampling some new techniques which is the part of my practice I enjoy the most! Materials on workbench; paint, plastic bags, threads, scissors and my trusty heat gun… I’m ready to go. I spend the morning working through a variety of experimental processes, documenting each in my sketchbook. Before I know it, its 1 o’clock and I have a vast array of sample pieces lined up on the bench, all in all a very productive morning!
I usually eat my lunch whilst working but the weather is so lovely today that I sit outside, enjoy the sunshine and soak up some much needed vitamin D.
Lunch break over I head back into the studio to crack on with some work. Over the past year I have been working on ‘Interlace,’ a collaborative project with textile artist Ruth Singer. Our launch exhibition opened at Bilston Craft Gallery in March and ran until the end of April. The work is set to be installed at The National Centre for Craft & Design in July as part of Design Factory’s ‘Synchronise’ exhibition. Whilst the work is in our possession we thought it best to document it so this afternoon I have the task of cataloguing one of our collaborative pieces - ‘Spectrum’ (a 27 piece wall based installation). I make good use of the sun light and get just over half done before the sun goes in and it gets a little gloomy – I’ll have to finish it at a later date.
The rest of the afternoon is spent finalising the designs of a new jewellery range I have been developing recently. I hope to launch this new collection next month and don’t want to give away too much so won’t say anymore, apart from watch this space…
I leave the studio after 5pm to go to my Grandparents for a family get together. My Grandma has cooked up a real feast so I pile my plate high (health kick is now out the window) and enjoy catching up with my cousins and hearing about everybody’s week. When I get home I plan to work on my website for a few hours but for now I am enjoying spending quality time with my family; eating, drinking and having a good laugh.