July’s artist of the month is experienced arts practitioner, Jacqueline Davies. As someone whose work is often described as ‘happy’, we are delighted to have her as part of our team, bringing a bit of her own particular magic to our JumpstART art students.
Name: Jacqueline Davies
Can you tell us a little bit about your own practice?
I’m a painter, a printer, and a maker of things. I studied Printed Textile Design at John Moore’s University in Liverpool, but now reside in sunny Essex. With a passion for pattern and all things Mid-Century, my work is often described as happy. I have one foot in the past and one in the present and am heavily inspired by my vintage collections of fabric, cars and other objects that find me. I adore textile designers Ray Eames and Lucienne Day, along with Mr Walt Disney.
I have: designed an exhibition for The National Theatre; created “How To” guides for Channel 4; been commissioned by JD Weatherspoons to create paintings for a bar in East London; collaborated with international hockey player Chloe Rogers on a kit bag artwork during the London Olympics; and sold my paintings at M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs. I was an Associate Artist at Firstsite Gallery for two years and now regularly freelance for them.
What’s been your favourite artistic experience of the past 12 months?
I love to see things I’ve designed go off to print and become a product. That’s always a thrill for me. I enjoy designing for the Vintage Hot Rod Association and seeing my sketches come out to play at their event at Pendine Sands. But equally it was great fun creating on a larger scale for the National Theatre. Painting up theatre props and stage sets in a cold workshop was a challenge, but something that I am very proud of.
Which Suffolk Artlink projects have you worked on to date?
I deliver workshops for Suffolk Artlink’s JumpstART art courses, including the Textile course in 2014 and this year’s Protest Art course.
How has working with Suffolk Artlink influenced your work?
I love to share my practice with Suffolk Artlink. Everyone’s relaxed and ready to get messy and, together, we always create art works that I would be happy to pass off as my own. Sharing ideas and inspiration is at the heart of what we do, which is totally up my street. I have learnt from the JumpstART students the importance of painting what you love and using art as a way to indulge your interests and passions, so that’s what I do!
How would you describe Suffolk Artlink in 3 words?
Inventive, pleasure-seeking and zesty!
To find out more about Jacqueline, visit: www.jacquelinedaviesart.com