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A new Exhibition on the Prairies :

Jill Tattersall will be coming to Sussex Prairies at the beginning of our open garden season  (June 2013 ) bringing her glorious artworks to exhibit in our Garden Room. As an avid fairy tale connoisseur I am intrigued by Jill’s alter ego the fantastic Mr Wolf . But we shall be talking about the Red Riding Hood factor later !

Jill  opens her house every year as part of the Artists Open Houses season (now on until the end of may 2013 ! )and the Wolf at the Door welcomes all manner of talented artists and crafts people to exhibit in an airy and lovely home and garden setting. So we feel very honoured that Jill has chosen us as the next crumb in the trail of breadcrumbs through the forest .

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Who is this Madame Lupino ?

Jill says :

I’m a compulsive taker of cuttings, sower of seeds and maker of gardens.  I used to earn my living as a medievalist and became interested in herbals and old books and encyclopaedias describing plants and their properties. 

I also loved seeing how people imagined and depicted gardens in earlier civilisations, before perspective complicated things!  Egyptian tomb-paintings, Persian garden rugs, the hortus conclusus of roman or medieval times…. Allotments haven’t changed that much over the millennia.  In hot climates with the desire for a place of coolness, privacy, quiet, and luxuriant growth the idea of the garden of paradise was never far away.

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So plants and gardens, their patterns and colours , their ebb and flow with the seasons, have been an important part of my art. Recently
I designed a curative herb garden in the shape of a medieval world map at the inspirational Dilston Physic Garden in Northumberland.  Drawing, history and plants all in one!

Most of my work is quite time-consuming. I often make the paper for a piece before I even start painting.  Colour is a predominating consideration in everything I do or make, and I use many combinations of paints, inks, dyes and pure pigment to build up intense colour.  I also use recycled and found bits and pieces where I can.

I’ve had many solo exhibitions all over the country and done quite a few garden- or plant-based commissions.  Ask me if you’re interested – recent examples include fig, medlar, quince, aubergine, kiwis, ginkgo. 

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How Jill Works : in her own words

Mixed media is a polite term for a messy and complicated way of working.  For a start, I often make the paper I work on.  Then, for any one piece I may decide I need plaster, glue, paints of various sorts, pigments, inks and dyes and a range of found or reclaimed materials.

I make the paper I use in my pieces outdoors when I can.   It’s a watery process involving multiple splashes and puddles and needs lots of drying space.  I start off with sheets of cotton fibres which I soak, pulp and then form into sheets – or cast over shapes – using a wire mesh screen.  The water has to be squeezed out and the sheets pressed flat.  This makes a beautiful and slightly unpredictable surface to paint on.

If you’re interested, ask and I’ll tell you more!

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