Victoria and Albert Museum

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Sue Lawty

Author: Sue Lawty
Very good two day symposium in Harrogate last Thursday and Friday. I so nearly didn’t book ‐ juggling and justifying the expense to the last minute…but being there served to affirm the fundamental value and importance of such events in a creative life. The focus: “ 16 leading international practitioners, curators and historians discuss the possibilities for creative expression...
Author: Sue Lawty
Just back from my first run for over 18 months! Tired muscles but the clearest of clear days at this time of year are a gift. High on the moors with running partner Eileen who has never given up on me. Treading ancient tracks - stones worn by thousands of passages of human feet. Frozen ground, long glistening combs of hoar frost coating the tussocky grass. Warm sun. Wild, empty, open - freedom....
Author: Sue Lawty
Since writing the previous blog entry - ‘Making Order’ - a friend has directed me to the opening stanza of William Blake’s poem ‘Auguries of Innocence” which to my shame I didn’t know. To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. In searching for the exact quote on the web I was...
Author: Sue Lawty
I have made two installation pieces in gallery101….‘Hieroglyph’ and ‘Order’ I want to talk about the second one first. Order Around the time I was invited to display my work at the V&A, I had been tussling with the notion of making a really large stone drawing ‐ something beyond my own expectations - something that would fill your field of vision ‐ to be...
Author: Sue Lawty
Two very interesting days in gallery 101. Two tables of sketchbooks, samples and work in progress. Many visitors, sometimes 2 -3 deep at the table, sometimes a lone soul. Always good to meet people and had many fascinating conversations. Some stayed for the whole 3 hours - some for 5 minutes. One of the nicest moments of the two days was when I was given a spontaneous (and tight!) farewell hug...
Author: Sue Lawty
I was recently given a stone of the most extraordinary proportions. It is 14 times as long as it is wide. It is 13.6 x 0.9cm It is beautiful, fine, smooth and slender with a quality of weight and shape that is suggestive of an ancient tool with which to write or for modelling clay. And yet it is perfectly natural ‐ just as the sea chucked it onto the shore. The beach it is from is a stone beach....
Author: Sue Lawty
In the big sky landscape of Northumberland 14 miles due west of Newcastle, Friday night saw the studio opening of good friend, Richard Kidd. Richard paints landscapes. Large, gestural, freely abstract canvases full of energy and movement evoking the wild rugged land of Scotland. Six months ago, forced vacation of his derelict industrial studio building on the banks of the Tyne meant a search for...
Author: Sue Lawty
This week I have spent three very full days within the V&A museum. I have been looking, drawing, writing, researching, photographing (photographed), giving a talk in the gallery and extending my extremely limited I.T / technical skills a little further. I have also been closeted for very many hours with the most stunning textiles which lie concealed, in row upon row of drawers in the museum...
Author: Sue Lawty
1969: Shirebrook Comprehensive School ‘Careers Convention’ and I ask the then Head of Chesterfield College of Art “I’m not great at it but I think I want to do art. How do I know if it’s the right choice?” His answer: “The only advice I can give is that you have to want to do it. REALLY want to do it. Want to do it more than anything else” Well to...
Author: Sue Lawty
Notebook entry:Wednesday 10 August 2005. Alpes Maritime Clues de Barles, near Digne. Pressed biscuit thin perpendicular ribs of rock, Lined one after another like a vertical mille feuille pastry sharp and incised worn into a deep smooth cleft snaking hundreds of feet upwards towards sky. Fine, thin ice cream wafers of rock fanning out from hillside. Later: massive storm. Thunder and lightening...

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