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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: oil, watercolour, acrylic, yarns and fabrics recycling and reusing loved objects. My style changes depending on my mood or the subject of the artwork. 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 while in academia. Now
1974 – 1977 Leicester Polytechnic – BA (Hons) Art and Design, specialising in Woven Textiles
1974 – 1973 Cardiff College of Art – Foundation Course
2020- 2021 Botanical Illustration, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
2021 - 2022 Landscape course, Leith School of Art

Exhibitions

LSA Landscapes, Edinburgh Pallet, June 2022

Leith School of Art: June 2022

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



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

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

Internship
Ann Sutton, Parnham House, Dorset, August 1977
Soutra with pylon
  • Marianne Bamkin
  • Soutra with pylon
  • Oil
Soutra with Trees
  • Marianne Bamkin
  • Soutra with Trees
  • Oil
Cearfraemill
  • Marianne Bamkin
  • Cearfraemill
  • Mixed Media
Lynn Dean nature reserve
  • Marianne Bamkin
  • Lynn Dean nature reserve
  • Oil
Foulden
  • Marianne Bamkin
  • Foulden
  • Oil
Dreich Crammond
  • Marianne Bamkin
  • Dreich Crammond
  • Oil

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