Open Studio with Kathy Herbert
Drop in to visit our Artist in Residence Kathy Herbert as she opens her doors to our Artists Studio on Wednesday 11 December 2013 from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Kathy has been with us since July this year.
Kathy Herbert at Mary Burke's Preview Night 'Memory Traces'
"I have been here in Draiocht since the beginning of July. During that time, I have been working outside, finding Nature in the Car Parks around the Town Centre. For the first few weeks I was watching insects and birds, and the number of bees enjoying the flowers among the hedges. I drew the insects and made imaginary ones from florists’ wire.
The trees began to assert themselves as Autumn came along - one of the most beautiful in many years. The weather was mild and bright, but the colours were dramatic! I found myself focusing on the leaves. I drew them and painted them and some of these images can be seen in the window of Draiocht.
I walked around photographing leaves, them giving some of them numbers in Leaf Survey. I then drew leaves in chalk in the car parks and photographed them. That work is called Leaf Graffiti. I wonder if they are still there? Any rain would wash them away. I have recorded all this work and drawn the routes I took onto a map.
I also made some studio work - a three-panelled piece showing leaves going from green to brown and falling: I have made leaf-kites which are waiting for a breath of wind to fly! I have also been working on a piece called Word Tree which was exhibited in Satellite Project Space last October. The sketches for this work can be seen here also."