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Creative Women in the South West – Janie Burnett-Bleach

After a bit of a break for a work trip away in October, I’m continuing my series of photo essays on creative women in the South-West of the United Kingdom with some images of Janie Burnett-Bleach, a fantastic mixed-media artist who lives in a wonderful nature reserve in Martock, Somerset.

Janie produces mixed media pantings and sells only original works of art, it’s extremely important to her that each piece is completely original and different.  She also makes free-motion embroidered accessories, and teaches arts and crafts mixed media workshops to all ability levels from beginners through to advanced.

I asked Janie when and how she began producing her unique work, she said “I have been crafting or producing art for as long as I can remember, as a child I never wanted to do anything other than be an artist and could always be found surrounded by paper, paint and a wide array of other mediums. After college and university I worked on art in various forms part time whilst working full time until my 40th birthday when I decided I had to take the plunge into full time artist.”

Janies work is inspired by the natural world, in particular the nature reserve where she lives.  She also finds inspiration in the mixture of mediums which she works with, experimenting and mixing them within one picture, creating texture, interesting surfaces and finishes”

“Looking to the future, I plan to continue with my mixed media painting and put an emphasis on teaching others in workshops. I am also working on building a design portfolio in the crafting world where I currently have my own clear stamp range. I work hard to bring the crafting and the art worlds together as very often they are seen as two different entities. I will also be doing some traveling in 2018 to further inform my work and subject matter.

You can follow Janies work on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/janiebboriginals

Creative Women in the South West – Lynne McDonagh, Copper Lark Studio

Continuing my series on creative women in the South West, I recently photographed Lynne McDonagh, of Copper Lark Studios –  a mixed-media artist working mainly with metals, clay and found objects. She creates jewellery with her own handmade porcelain and Raku fired beads and also produces small ceramic homewares and wall hangings.

You can view some of the images below, and scroll down to read more about Lynnes work.

I asked Lynne how it all started:

I’ve spent more than 20 years Producing mixed-media art work and jewellery, although it’s only in the last few years that I’ve had the courage to pursue my long term dream. I originally studied silversmithing and ceramics back in the 1990s and I totally connected with the alchemy of transforming metal and clay. I would have loved to forge a career in the arts but I needed a regular income to pay the bills. Then, a few years ago, after being made redundant for the second time, I decided it was time for a big change. I booked myself in for refresher courses in silversmithing and ceramics, slowly put my studio together and set about rediscovering my style. Now I’m building my business, Copper Lark Studio, selling jewellery and ceramics on line with Etsy.

What inspires your work?

I’m inspired by natural weathering and I delight in the offbeat, the quirky and irregular. I love ancient artefacts and mysterious objects that are washed on to the shoreline. These things Fire my imagination and connect my art with another passion – history. colour is so important too. I naturally incline towards an earthy, subtle, palette, so living surrounded by sea and green open spaces is a constant inspiration.

What are your plans for the future?

I’d like to grow my business online. I’m working on my own website which will be launched very soon. I’m also keen on working with retailers and I’d love to get my work accepted by a gallery. I’m also looking at more craft fairs and markets.

You can check out Lynnes stunning work in her Etsy online shop here: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CopperLarkStudio

Creative Women in the South West – Jo Heath, Beespoke of Devon

Next up in my series of photo essays “Creative Women in the South West” is Jo Heath of Beespoke of Devon.  Jo is a fantastically talented woman, and she’s based in Exeter where she creates beautifully fragranced natural wax candles, using both soy and beeswax.  Her candles are a mix of pillar candles, and container candles, using tins, glass and ceramic containers. She also produces fused glass products to complement her candles and the aromatherapy soaps she creates, along with a range of aromatherapy cosmetic creams and oils for men and women.  Click through the photos to see her at work, and scroll down to read more about Jo and her work.  You can see her products over at Beespoke of Devon


I asked Jo how it all started:  “3 years ago I attended a candle making workshop as I wanted to use my aromatherapy knowledge to help my clients benefit from using natural essential oils in their home” and her love of plants and aromatherapy knowledge really shows through in the wonderful blends she creates – the candles smell amazing!

She has recently developed a range of fused glass candle plates and soap dishes to complement her candles and soaps and the inspiration comes from all sorts of places, art galleries, museums, books and online ideas via Pinterest all contribute to new fused glass designs and ideas.  She also finds that lots of trial and error is involved when working with glass and kilns schedules, and Jo sandblasts the glass to give it a beautiful frosted appearance.

In the future Jo is planning to increase the outlets stocking her wonderful products and is currently developing a wholesale enquiry package and creating a new website, and ultimately wants Beespoke of Devon to take over as her main work. www.beespokeofdevon.co.uk

Tarantella Italian Restaurant Google Maps Business View Tour

I produced a Google Maps Business Views Tour at Tarantella Italian Restaurant, St James Street, Weston-super-Mare – I love the gorgeous coloured lighting across the top, so pretty!  Go and have a quick spin 🙂