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Marianne Bamkin

Marianne Bamkin
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I celebrate the beauty that can be found in old, forgotten and unloved features in the landscape; a dirty boat for sale; the glory of wind-turbines standing in magnificence while sheep graze under them; a ruined building. On the other hand I try to recreate the detail of butterflies, for example, as woven sculpture, using texture and colour to give them life. I am impelled to record what I see and feel, usually working directly from observation. This philosophy of working from nature is inspired by the Impressionists and Pre-Raphaelites.

I have strong environmentalist beliefs which seep into my work. I use a variety of media: watercolours, acrylics, yarns and fabrics and have number of styles depending on my mood or the object. I am currently working on three different themes. The power of wind turbines, their stateliness and environmental benefits with land around them still being green and productive. Edible Flowers, being beautiful, functional and tasty. Finally, domestic objects that have caught my attention during lock-down, lurking in corners of my house.

My love of colour and shape and creativity has been strongly influenced by my training at Cardiff College of Art which used the Bauhaus theory of Basic Design. I enjoy experimentation and pushing my skills to learn new techniques and media and advance my range as an artist. Over the past four decades I have used Art as a channel for my creativity to the benefit of my mental health while I have pursued
1974 – 1977 Leicester Polytechnic – BA (Hons) Art and Design, specialising in Woven Textiles
1974 – 1973 Cardiff College of Art – Foundation Course

Open Windows: Simply Scottish Coffee House, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, UK. Part of a celebration of local artists in the town’s high street. June 2019

Open exhibition, Melbourne Festival of Art: Melbourne, Derbyshire, UK. September 2010

Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton, Derbyshire UK. 1995

Nottingham Open Art Exhibition: Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, Notts, UK 1990, 1991, 1992

Workshops I have taught

June 2017 and June 2018, Watercolour Fun – painting watercolours outdoors inspired by the landscape at Whistlewood Common, Melbourne, Derbyshire
March 2017 and May 2018, Natural dyeing over a camp fire - exploring batik and other forms of resist patternmaking at Whistlewood Common, Melbourne, Derbyshire.
July 2018, Wild weaving: Tapestry weaving techniques in an open landscape – inspired by the colours around at Whistlewood Common, Melbourne, Derbyshire
June 2019, Tapestry Weaving and basic weaving techniques, ReTweed, Eyemouth

Woman of the Week: Bristol Evening Post August 7th 1981

Ann Sutton, Parnham House, Dorset, August 1977
Wind Turbines above Soutra
  • Marianne Bamkin
  • Wind Turbines above Soutra
  • Watercolour