12 Mar

A Dream come true ! Solo exhibition of textile prints at LCB Depot Leicester from 1st March – 30th May 2014

'My window for three months!'

‘My window for three months!’

I really am delighted to have a collection of textile prints displayed in the window and on the walls of The Print Room at the LCB Depot in Leicester!

'Mae-mae and the Butterfly' Multi-textured lampshade

‘Mae-mae and the Butterfly’ Multi-textured lampshade

When I look back to my Window Dressing days, I remember how I used to dream of one day having my own collection of textile prints, designs and hand made products to arrange and display in a window on the High Street!

This opportunity certainly feels a whole big step closer to realising my dream of having my designs stocked in beautiful shops and in galleries far and wide!

'spring fresh ! multi-textural, layered, delicate prints!'

‘spring fresh ! multi-textural, layered, delicate prints!’

The LCB Depot is a creative hub at the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter and a place where creative businesses can flourish and I am delighted that Leicester Print Workshop presented me with the opportunity to exhibit there!

'keys and birdcages, pretty lampshades'

‘keys and birdcages, pretty lampshades’

'Isobel and the crochet print' - Cameo

‘Isobel in crochet’ Cameo design

The Depot has a fantastic new onsite cafe – Grays Coffee Shop and Kitchen is open to the public Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, with great food and free wifi, so you can enjoy some refreshment after browsing my collection!

 

'Gary's Cafe - full of delights!'

‘Gray’s Cafe – full of delights!’

An Extract from my Artist’s Statement

Since joining Leicester Print Workshop in 2010, I had felt a desire to progress from printmaking on paper to developing my art into repeated print designs and to create a unique range of fabrics suited to making small scale textile products.This exhibition brings together the work and experiments that I produced during the year.

'The Birdcage and The Key'

‘The Birdcage and The Key’ repeat printed fabric

Working towards an exhibition has helped me to focus on combining my imagery with surface texture and pattern on fabrics. As well as using textile screen printing techniques, I have been experimenting with using the studio heat press. The foiling, flocking and puff binder print techniques that I have achieved using the heat press allow fabrics to have a two dimensional surface pattern and texture. I have used them to add to the delicate feel of my drawings and imagery.

'The Birdcage and They Key Cushion'

‘The Birdcage and They Key Cushion’

My ‘Family are Key’ collection of hand printed fabrics are the product of a very personal series of artwork which embraces my thoughts and feelings around motherhood and incorporates images of my two little girls as ‘Cameos’. My daughters are now a constant source of inspiration to me and I love to draw them and to photograph them discovering their world.

'flower garden layered prints'

‘Flower Garden’ layered prints

I love their appreciation of all things patterned and colourful and I find myself full of nostalgia of my own childhood when I see them play.
The choice of images included in my collection are a personal response to the innate sense of the passage of time that I felt once I became a mummy! As children grow, time moves on so quickly for a parent and we want to grasp special moments and memories and to keep them forever.

'Family Are Key'

‘Family Are Key Collection’

Not only did I want to include carefree images of my girls immersed in dressing up, but I have surrounded them with an almost fairytale mixture of sentimental items……
An old family pocket watch, my flower drawings inspired by my daughter’s favorite dress, butterflies flying freely through the garden, old rusty keys found in Grandad’s shed, Grandma’s china tea cups and a close elderly friend’s crocheted doilies.
In addition, the birdcages signify protecting and nurturing my children and giving them confidence and strength in preparation for them one day setting out on their own life journey.

'so proud of my window!'

‘lampshades from the street!’

I am really grateful to Sarah Kirby of Leicester Print workshop who came to help put up my exhibition and hung all of my framed pieces so beautifully! I wasn’t feeling too well on the day and my two loyal, creative friends Anna Michalska and Fay Benfield gave their time to help me hang my cushions and lampshades in the window! It was like old times with Fay Benfield as there was a time when we worked together dressing windows for House of Fraser in Leicester!

'Friends like these!'

‘Friends like these are what life’s about!’

 

'arranging the hooks!'

‘arranging the hooks!’

'Stringing the cushions!'

‘stringing the cushions!’

 

'My girls in Cameo!' hand printed, hand made cushions

‘My girls in Cameo!’ hand printed, hand made cushions

'through the window!'

‘a look through the window!’

I’m really delighted with how my work has fitted in to the gallery space and even more so that just by chance, their contemporary choice of chairs are lime green and grey in colour! I love the way that from outside, the prints mix with the reflections in the window of the grand old buildings of Leicester, a restaurant across the road and the passing cars.

'In reflection'

‘in reflection’

'busy print cushion in a busy street!'

‘a busy printed cushion in a busy street!’

These photographs simply give you a taste of my work, but please do go and see my exhibition and enjoy the subtle textures created by various textile printing techniques.

Enjoy the gentle layering of colour and pick out the quirky little details and text in my designs! I now find myself at an ideal point in my life to further my business as a designer maker and I hope that you will support me by ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ this post on face book and telling your friends about me and my work.

IF you fall in love with a piece, you can reserve my work through the LCB Depot or Leicester Print Workshop or, if you would like to purchase a cushion please contact me direct on 077549 77796 as they are lovingly made to order!

Leicester Print Workshop have added an extra weekend course to there programme dedicated to screen printing on to textiles ! To join us and have great fun exploring the possibilities of working with textile techniques, click on the link and book your place !

I will be delighted to see you http://www.leicesterprintworkshop.com/courses/textile_screenprinting/

Or, if you fancy printing and making a stunning contemporary lampshade, this is the course for you ! http://www.leicesterprintworkshop.com/courses/block_printed_lampshades/ 

 

 

 

 

10 Feb

Family are Key Exhibition

Family are Key Exhibition 

01 March – 31 May 2014  at the LCB Depot

I was delighted to work with LPW as their  Textile Resident for 2013 and this exhibition brings together the work that I produced during the year. My collection of work combines hand drawn and photographic imagery and pattern. I named the collection ‘Family are Key’ as the imagery embraces my thoughts and feelings of motherhood and incorporates images of my two little girls as ‘Cameos’.

'From prints on paper to prints on textiles!'

‘From prints on paper to prints on textiles!’

If you would like to visit the LCB Depot to view my work,

LCB Depot is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm. The Print Room is sometimes used for meetings, so please call the LCB Depot on 0116 261 6800 to check availability before making your visit.

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE

04 Oct

‘The Big Textile Show’ was a brilliant success!

'with my exhibition of my silk screen printed fabrics'

‘Me with my debut collection of silk screen printed fabrics, cushions and lampshades ‘

I am so enjoying working with Leicester Print Workshop as their Textile Resident, producing prints and experiments on fabric whenever possible. When Lucy Phillips, Director of LPW asked me to take part in a new event named  ‘The Big Textile Show’ I was thrilled !

Working towards an exhibition helped me to focus on combining my imagery  with surface texture and pattern on fabrics. Foiling and flocking techniques allow fabrics to have a two dimensional surface pattern and texture, I have used them to add to the delicate feel of my drawings and imagery ! My work embraces my thoughts and feelings of motherhood and incorporates images of my two little girls as ‘Cameos’ on my hand printed cushions.

The Textile Show, held at Countesthorpe College in Leicester came about through the hard work and passion of two textile enthusiasts, Jen and Sue. It was great to meet them and it was so lovely to be amongst fellow textile enthusiasts selling their beautiful work, supplying materials of the best quality and sharing their expertise !  I had an amazing response to my fabric collection and almost felt overwhelmed by the compliments that my work received !

' The birdcage and the key fabric collection'

The ‘Birdcage and the Key’ fabric collection

 

' softly lit vintage key lamp in zest green'

softly lit ‘Vintage Key’ lamp in zest green

'perfectly plump hand printed cushions'

‘perfectly plump hand printed ‘Birds of Love and Cameo Cushions’

'Birds of love cushion'

‘Birds of Love’ cushion

'layers of print create a delicate mix of texture and line'

‘subtle layers of print create a delicate mix of texture and line’

 

'vintage blue ground, overprinted with gentle grey line'

‘vintage blue ground, overprinted with line drawings in soft grey ‘

 

I really enjoyed delivering a my workshop at The Big Textile Show !

‘Block Printing on to Fabric’ – I adapted the traditional art of lino cut to suit the two hour time slot ! The workshop was full and buzzing with creativity and lots of really lovely work was created ! It was great to see lots of the same friendly faces from my workshop listening to my talk on screen printing later that day ! I was able to demonstrate how layering of printing techniques can be very effective!

'block printed cotton with screen printed birdcages!

‘block printed cotton with screen printed birdcages!

 

'printing with hand made blocks on to cotton calico fabric'

‘printing with hand made blocks on to cotton calico fabric’

'a beautiful hand drawn peacock feather design printed in olive green'

‘a beautiful hand drawn peacock feather printed in olive green’

It was great to be a part of the very first ‘ Big Textile Show’ and I am already looking forward to taking part again next year!

19 Sep

Super Screen printing evening at the beautiful ‘Folly Home’ Boutique !

‘Thank you for an amazing workshop! I had so much fun and can’t wait to do more! Thank you, Holly x

Everyone had such fun at Folly Home on Monday evening ! I’m feeling so inspired now after teaching these lovely ladies to screen print on to fabric ! We made good use of my summer images on silk screen and it was great to see how everyone played with layering and repeating the images ! Thank you so much to Kirsty, owner of Folly Home Boutique for hosting the evening and for keeping us refreshed with cups of tea and a delicious cake made by Aunty Eileen!

It really is great to be able to create whilst surrounded by such fabulous products for the home ! We had some really great comments and feedback too! Thank you everyone, can’t wait for our next workshop on Tuesday 1st October 6.30 – 9pm !

 

'Such Fun!'

‘Such Fun!’

‘Couldn’t believe how much we achieved and such fun. Zoe is wonderful and explanatory. Very inspirational. Didn’t want the evening to end. Thank you so much.’ Eileen x

'Helen hard at work!'

‘Helen hard at work!’

 

‘Really enjoyed the screen printing workshop, such a knowledgable teacher full of handy hints and tips!
Very friendly and fun workshop, would more than recommend. Can’t wait to sew my print into a cushion!’ Helen x

'Inspiring each other!'

‘Inspiring each other!’

 ‘Had a great time, didn’t want to go home, but Zoe had to go home! Cake, coffee, chat and a great tutor! Fantastic evening.’ Linda

 

27 Aug

Summer Workshop – Prints as fresh as a summer breeze!

'Colourful Campers!

‘Colourful Campers!

I am so super proud of these funky fresh children’s prints on canvas! We spent two excellent days capturing the  spirit of this years brilliant summer ! The children painted sun drenched  backgrounds of beaches and parks using poster paints on to a calico background. We made sure that we mixed in lots of white to keep everything pastel and soft! As the paint dried, the colours faded to give a sun bleached, beach fresh feel! The children chose from my images on six pre-exposed silk screens to add on top of their summer fun backgrounds. We mixed stronger colours to print the images, we used binder mixed with acrylic paint for a long lasting, vibrant effect! The children just loved printing bicycles, beach huts and camper vans in abundance!

Children used hand cut stencils to add colour to their camper vans, lollipops and ice-creams before silk screen printing the details on top! Wow ! What bright and breezy colours they chose!

'Sweet as Ice cream and lollipops!'!

‘Sweet as ice cream and lollipops!’!

'Relaxing on the bench'

‘Relaxing on the bench’

'Proud as can be!'

‘Proud as can be!’

'Beach Fresh!'

‘Beach Fresh!’

 

'Beach Party!'

‘Beach Party!’

'Super Summer Team!'

‘Super Summer Printing Team!’

'Super Fresh!'

‘Super Fresh!’


Thank you to the lovely Tina for helping out at the workshops, we loved having you!
I now feel so inspired by the children’s work that I can’t wait to produce some artwork and experiments of my own with my summer silk screens !! I can feel a collection coming on for next springtime !!

25 Jul

A fun filled creative evening at the fabulous Folly Home!

'Kirsty - owner of Folly Home gets creative!'

‘Kirsty – owner of Folly Home gets creative!’

 

Tuesday evening saw the first of our bespoke screen printing workshops for adults at the beautiful home boutique named ‘Folly Home’  in Hinckley, Leicestershire ! It was fantastic to meet the seven lovely ladies who came to learn the basic principles of screen printing on to both paper and fabrics !

It was great to work within the  creative setting of ‘Folly Home’ with it’s exciting mix of design-led gifts, contemporary homewares and vintage finds, inspiration was all around us! Whilst the fans kept us cool on a balmy summers evening, the ladies worked extremely hard from 6pm – 9pm, the atmosphere was fun and friendly, enthusiastic and driven with the occasional pit stop of cake and refreshment! I must say a huge thank you to Kirsty’s fabulous Mum Linda and Aunty Eileen who were truly amazing, busily washing out screens and squeegees all evening! Amazing! Thank you!

'The inspirational setting of Folly Home'

‘The inspirational setting of Folly Home’

Had a wonderful time thank you so much! Xx – Annie Mackey

'perfecting technique!'

‘perfecting technique!’

'a final print framed and ready to display!'

‘a final print framed and ready to display!’

At the end of the evening, it was so lovely to see the ladies with a fabulous variety of prints on fabric and on paper, in beautiful colours, pleased with learning a new skill and having had a lovely sociable evening ! If you would like to join us on our next bespoke screen printing workshop at Folly home, click on the link  http://follyhome.co.uk/workshops  and book yourself a real treat! We look forward to sharing a creative evening with you!

‘Had such a lovely time last night! Thanks so much!’ xx –

Kirsty Pollard, owner at Folly Home

'I am thrilled that my cards are now available at Folly Home!'

‘I am thrilled that my cards are now available to purchase at ‘Folly Home!’ x

14 Jul

A colony of colourtastic bunny rabbits for Warren Hills Primary School!

'Bunnies spring to life!'

‘Bunnies spring to life!’

'Carefully does it!'
‘Carefully does it!’

 

 

Five fantastic days of working with the children of Warren Hills Primary School in Coalville produced 64 colourtastic, beautifully finished bunny rabbits! 8 children from each year group, from nursery to year 6, were selected by their teachers to be part of the project as a special treat ! The aim of the project was to produce some striking, contemporary artwork to go on display in the newly decorated school reception area! Warren Hills School needed a project that was unique to their school and that reflected their logo (a rabbit!) and their school moto – ‘Learning Together in Friendship’

 ' Stunning Yr2 pattern work'

‘ Stunning Yr2 pattern work’

The children provided me with really great line drawings of bunny rabbits, I selected the best four drawings and exposed the images to silk screen, I printed 64 bunny rabbits on to calico fabric and devised a project that meant that each year group added colour and detail to their bunny rabbits in a different way! Here are the stunning results and some shots of the children on a mission to do their school proud with their very own piece of modern bunny rabbit art!

 

'proud of my poly printing!'

‘proud of my poly printing!’

‘I loved every single bit of it! I mainly enjoyed putting the patterns on my rabbit ! Thank you Zoe. From Kacie –  Year 6
'perfectly pink!'

‘perfectly pink!’

 

'Learning Together in Friendship!'

‘Learning Together in Friendship!’

 

'creating our WOW piece!'

‘creating our WOW piece!’

All of the children worked so incredibly hard that it was really tricky to choose one child from each year group to come and join in with making a large scale ‘WOW’ piece as a conclusion to our bunny rabbit project! Here are the dedicated children making a large scale piece to compliment the series of bunny rabbit canvases!

The photographs say it all really, illustrating the school motto beautifully – ‘Learning Together in Friendship!’

'dedication/concentration!'

‘dedication/concentration!’

'a patchwork of all techniques combined!'

‘a patchwork of all techniques combined!’

‘I have learned something new and it was fun! thank you Zoe Potter’ – Jordan Year 6

 

'drying time'

‘drying time’

12 Jul

Art at The Heart of Beacon Academy – Monday 1st July 2013!

'So proud of what we achieved together!'

‘So proud of what we achieved together!’

 

What a day and evening to remember !

We had a really brilliant afternoon, the school was literally buzzing with parents and their children! I am so very proud of the children of Beacon Academy School and of what they have achieved, they are so willing to learn and to explore new techniques!

It was just fabulous to give the children an opportunity to  show there parents and families just how hard they have worked to add colour, texture and contemporary art work to there school!!

I so enjoyed seeing  children sharing their creative achievements with their Mum’s, Dad’s and siblings and to hear them working together and busily finding the answers to our Art Trail and Quiz!
Thank you to all who made the afternoon and evening possible!

‘I am so proud of what has been achieved! 2 years of artist in residence! Really part of the furniture now Zoe! We are delighted to have you on board! True inspiration!’ –

Clare Spence Head Teacher Beacon Academy School Loughborough


 

'The lovely Gemma and Katharine from Leicester Print Workshop!'

‘The lovely Gemma and Katharine from Leicester Print Workshop!’

It was amazing to have our own pop up gallery set up in the Community room at Beacon Academy. Thank you to all of the talented artists who gave up their time to join me in exhibiting our work for our evening guests to browse and buy!

We were also delighted to have Gemma and Katharine from Leicester Print workshop come along to support our event and to experience first hand how the children have used screen printing to help transform their school environment and curtains!

‘Gemma and I really enjoyed Monday evening!’ – Katharine Brown – Communications and Admin Officer – Leicester Print Workshop

'Beautiful Autumn Mandalas!''

‘Beautiful Autumn Mandalas!”

We really did have an amazing response to our afternoon and evening’s efforts !

I’m thrilled to share these fantastic thank you’s with you –

‘I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for last nights event. I was so impressed with all the creative artwork on display and the real sense of pride oozing from the walls.
The reception party that welcomed me was fantastic. Katie was so polite, gave me the tour and explained about everything we saw. She was the perfect host. I even had a go at Screen printing and will look forward to seeing the finished curtain!
Finally, as I left the building, I was spoken to by two girls in reception. They asked me if I had enjoyed myself and what I had seen that I liked the best. They were a real credit to the school and their parents of course.
I left The Beacon Academy with a huge smile on my face. Congratulations and my thanks to all who put the time in to make it so interesting.’ – Ashley Russell – Neighbourhood Development Officer
'Unique DNA Cushions!'

‘Unique DNA Cushions!’

‘Earlier this evening I was given a tour of your school during your Art & Creativity Event. From the time I was greeted at the entrance to the time I left I met staff and children who gave their time to talk to me and to share their enthusiasm for what they were doing (and to get me involved in their craft activities!).
I will be grateful if you could pass on my gratitude to the staff and pupils alike who made me feel welcome and opened my eyes to the opportunities you offer.’
Many Thanks Ben Faust
 
 

10 Jul

‘The Brightest of Beginnings’ Flower garden murals at Ashby Hill Top Primary School

'Wild Garden Flower Mural Design 1'

‘Wild Garden Flower Mural Design 1’

 

'Wild Flowers Grow!'

‘Wild Flowers Grow!’

'Wild Flower Garden Design 2'

‘Wild Flower Garden Design 2’

 

'The Brightest of Beginnings!'

‘The Brightest of Beginnings!’

The children and staff of Ashby Hill Top Primary School wanted to brighten a rather dull playground wall with a hand painted mural and thought that it would be great to produce it during their ‘Art Week!’

Together we decided upon two 8′ x 4′  ‘Flower Garden’ murals to fill the wall. They were to be vibrant and full of life, reflecting the school’s motto, ‘The Brightest of beginnings !’

The children provided me with the most beautiful line drawings of flowers that they had produced with teachers! It was an absolute pleasure to use the drawings and develop two designs, both featuring mirrored flowers on either side and some feature flowers in the middle! I came up with two colour schemes and produced a painterly background for the designs to inspire the children!

I spent two absolutely fantastic days working with groups of ten children at a time, we were able to make sure that each and every child in years 3 and 4 experienced working on the designs and that they contributed in their own unique way to the pieces of work!

I am delighted that from now on the children will be able to enjoy a brighter wall to kick a ball against and continue to do so for many years to come!

 

‘I just wanted to thank you again for the super art work you have completed with the children today and yesterday. They have all thoroughly enjoyed themselves, thank you so much.’ Veronica Farr – Ashby Hill Top Primary School

‘The children had a fantastic day and we are looking forward to displaying the murals.’ Tracey Hooper – School Business Manager

‘This was the best art I ever did in my life! Zoe is really good at art ! I’ve really enjoyed myself!’ Christian – Year 4

‘It was one of my favourite art lessons with Zoe because I did fun jobs!’ William – Year 4

‘I really enjoyed working with Zoe because we did fun art and had a fantastic time! Jasmine – Year 4

17 Jun

Bluebells Blossom at Thringstone Primary School!

'Bluebells are just brilliant!'

‘Bluebells are just brilliant!’

A project inspired by ‘The Bluebell Line’ The railway constructed between 1881 and 1883 between Coalville and Loughborough. The line was known as the ‘Bluebell Line’ due to the flower growing along much of the length of the line during the spring.

'Tip toe through the Bluebells!'

‘Tip toe through the Bluebells!’

“Today was the best art lesson I’ve ever had! Thank you for coming in. I never new I was that good at Art!” – Connor Year 6

“What an amazing experience. I LOVED IT!” – William Year 6

“Time flew, I was trying something new with Zoe Potter” – Jasmine Year 6

“I have had a great time working with Zoe ” – Ivan Year 6

“It was the best!I liked everything! Best experience ever. Thank you!” Cameron Year 6

I am delighted to share just a few of the fantastic thank you’s that I received from the children of Year 6 at Thringstone Primary School ! It was lovely to capture elements of village history with emulsion transfer and paint techniques and then spend two afternoons painting the famously beautiful Thringstone bluebells!

'Sea of bluebells!'

‘Sea of bluebells!’

“Today was brilliant, I liked making the pictures look older and I loved painting the bluebells. Thank you for giving me a wonderful day! It was really fun!” Ysabelle Year 6

“Today was an excellent experience. All of the techniques I have learned today are things that I have never done before. The complete project looks beautiful. I am really proud of mine and Fay’s Art work! ” Emily White Year 6