** I was awarded Artsmix Emerging Artist 2010 (Craft Practitioner) **
Check me out! Yes I know I can hardly believe it myself. On Wednesday 31st March, I attended the Artsmix 2010 Emerging Artsists Awards. I was nominated for the award last year and was thrilled to pieces but to win...is something else. The piece I entered into the awards was Travelling Butterflies. This piece has recently been on exhibition in Debenhams Leeds (also through Artsmix). I wanted to create a piece which was simple in design yet took hours of patience to make. Each butterfly is created from collages of stamps and handcut along with a piece of raw silk - this isn't apparent until you study the piece up close. The 42 butterflies have been carefully arranged like a butterfly frame in a museum. As the winner, I am the proud owner of a fantastic award (original screenprint by a member of Artsmix), received a cash prize, work towards a solo exhibition and mentoring sessions with my award sponsor.