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'Honouring Weeds, Wildness and Skies' - Open Studios with Jill Impey, 10th & 11th August

'Jill Impey is a socially engaged artist working with printmaking, mixed media and audio-visual installation.

Her work seeks to connect with nature, to each other. It includes, projects with people at the centre as well as making postcard art, journals and almanacs. Through her artwork Jill explores the often unnoticed; weeds, wild flowers and mosses as well as the often talked about; weather and skyscapes, the minuscule and particular to the vast and universal.

Her collection, “Honouring Weeds, Wild Flowers and Seeds” came about as the result of online workshops that Jill hosted, for Participate Contemporary Artspace throughout the 2020 COVID Lockdowns, still running in 2024.

Each week, she chose a plant from daily walks and her own small wildflower border to honour, notice and identify by drawing and making a print/collage of that plant. Making in the virtual company of other artists was and is both inspiring and beneficial for her well-being. The “Gathering Mosses, Lichen and Fungi” collection followed and alongside these works, Jill delivered an Arts Council supported project “The Weather Report” creating daily photographic or digital drawings recording the weather in the vicinity from Shropshire to Barmouth, Plymouth and British Columbia.'

- Write up by Joey McAleese, SY Open Studios

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