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  • FROM HER TO HERE

    A WORK OF (HE)ART - A STORY OF REJUVENATION Let's just agree to pretend that it hasn't taken me a year to post this... (blog written throughout the year) 25th September 2021 saw the second year of the cyanotyping community coming together to celebrate World Cyanotype Day, united in a love of blue and this magical alt-photography process. The piece was lovingly developed as a response to the prompt of Rejuvenation and celebrates of the highs and lows along the journey to understanding ourselves and growing as a person. I had a year's warning for this date... and I left it up to the morning of the deadline to finish my artwork. I got distracted for a while, thinking about the same topic which my 'interconnected' piece was based on last year - I thought of picking that back up - also with all the gardening I'd been doing lately, bindweed was on my mind and I started focusing on analogies. I'd had a lot of ideas for this in the months leading up to WCD - but something wasn't right about them. I was thinking too much, trying to make all these clever little analogies translate to the page and focusing on the outside factors (people, places etc.) of my journey too much, rather than on myself at each point. So, I refocused, I looked deep inside and I said "okay, let's just be honest" - I decided to make it about ME, for me. Selfish? damn fucking right. Here are some videos I made to explain what was going on (and going wrong!) In an unsurprising turn of events, I ended up loving the digital version so much more than the cyanotype. And I am more than okay with that. It wasn't a competition, it was a celebration, so there were no requirements to enter other than the use of cyanotype... so it took it easy. Lately, I've been really focused on not pushing myself to the point of resentment - something that's happened so often with other passions I've invested myself in. So, I decided, before I even started, not to push this too much - to accept whatever outcome came from the process within the deadline, and submit, no matter what. so that's how it went - here's what I submitted to the online exhibition: I've made good use of this 'little' sketch since the WCD deadline, making other little artworks using the individual figures, and made a few videos using the digital and cyanotype versions. I've been overwhelmed by the support on this little reel - I haven't had this much engagement and level of lovely comments on a post before, so I was really pleased that it came on such a personal one. It's got over 1k likes; I know social media praise isn't everything, but damn, that's got me glowing! This project has been so important to me, it's shifted a few blocks and already influenced a few other artworks and projects. I had the digital version printed in the largest possible size and it now hangs in my studio - sometimes I just stare at it, like "yeah, I made that..." both the journey and the artwork. It fills me with pride and inspired me to figure out the rest of the journey, because it is far from over and I know it's leading somewhere fantastic. And in the interests of growth - here's a shout out to 'the bindweeds' that force us forward and encourage us to strengthen our boundaries. P.S. please stop slipping back into my life and being all charming... thanks (not sure this still works... so much change! but if you want a poster larger than A4 email me!) let's take a second to appreciate this progress from initial sketch to massive poster: "Between her & now" initial sketch "From Her to Here" finished design Well, it's now September 2022, and not only have I not started this years' entry (due in 3 days... classic me), but I still haven't gotten around to redoing the cyanotype of From Her to Here ... but a pretty full-on year! There's obviously something blocking me from doing it just yet, and I am still on this emotional, spiritual and physical journey, doing the hard head & heart work, stumbling plenty, but getting up and carrying on eventually. I like to think that I've come a long way since I drew these versions of myself, and I know I have a long way to go yet, but when I look at them, I can thank them each, and promise that I'll keep going. I would love to redo this in another few years, to see how it may change, what milestones may be added, what things I might then be brave enough to show further back. love x

  • #30BY30 WEEK FOUR

    Hello, well, I haven't given up just yet... which perhaps was the real challenge all along!? It is currently day 30 of 40, and I have closed a total of nine projects. So, with 10 days left, I hope to (start and) complete the other 21 projects...some of which, I haven't even confirmed titles/ideas for, so yeah, it certainly looks like a panicked finish is in sight. I spent a lot of the week telling people about the vase and book, and the rest catching up on family commitments and tasks unrelated to the studio. But here's a little summary of the things I did achieve for this #30BY30 challenge. Previously closed projects: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 catch up on week 1, and weeks 2&3. PROJECT #9: DOES IT CYANOTYPE? so, pretty much as it sounds - taking a bunch of stuff and seeing if I can cyanotype it... and generally ignoring all advice on how to do it properly and just going for it. Most of these bits need to soak for days, so photos and video to follow soon + should really do a glass experiment. PROJECT STATUS: OPEN PROJECT #10: SIGILS PROJECT STATUS: CLOSED PROJECT #11: COLLAGE I'm not sure this one really needs much explanation - I have recorded some footage which I'll eventually add here... Basically, I used to collage ALL THE TIME as a kid, and it's something I haven't done much of in recent years. So I wanted to connect to that childhood passion, using/recycling 'scraps' from my passions and interests as an adult. I was more than happy to settle this as a complete project after my first collage attempt, because I think all I really needed from it was a reminder of how fun it can be, without overthinking it and trying to design a whole range. I'll leave that for another day, when I've not got 20+ other projects waiting for me. PROJECT STATUS: CLOSED PROJECT #12: MEMENTO MORI latin for "Remember that you must die" A project which explores and celebrates the beauty of death and it's inevitability. PROJECT STATUS: OPEN PROJECT #14: SELF DEFENCE Okay, this was a prompt suggested by Saskia when I asked for suggestions on Instagram... and I finally found something I was passionate about (and able to draw) in response. I do most of the explaining in this video, so I'll save myself some typing time and let you listen to me instead... here's some of the inspo I had in mind while I was sketching it up in my mind... progress thus far: There's still plenty more to draw; it isn't quite the quick, easy, flowing drawing style I managed in From Her to Here, so it's taken a little longer than I anticipated. PROJECT STATUS: OPEN PROJECT #18: BRIDESMAIDS This project is a commission for my sister Olivia, who wanted a digital sketch in the style of my "From Her to Here" piece, celebrating her best friends, and the morning of her wedding when they made up all the bouquets and button-hole pieces for all the bridal party. She loved that moment so much, but the photographer hadn't got a photo of all four of them together - in steps Libby. I have started designing this digital sketch, trying to work in all the little aspects that Liv has requested, and working to her chosen colour pallet (not my usual)... I think it'll come together nicely. I filmed my screen for the whole process, so I'm sure I'll be making some cute little videos in no time. PROJECT STATUS: OPEN PROJECT #20: LET THERE BE LIGHT This honestly has to be the quickest and easiest of all the projects so far!! I'm absolutely chuffed with the result and can't wait to use it regularly as a mood setter in the studio, something to calm me when I'm getting anxious or over stimulated and panicky. I'd been looking into trying to fit small lights into frames for a while now to backlight these delicious fennel firework patterned coffee filters, but I hadn't been happy with any of the test thus far. Then on Friday while giving it another thought session, I stumbled across this adorable little night light cube - that was it! It didn't have to be a frame at all, it just needed to be beautiful and backlit... this was even better because you then had FIVE surfaces to cover in yummy blues. Saturday afternoon it arrived and as soon as I could, I ripped it out of it's packaging, quickly did one "test" i.e. held up a small section of cyanotyped coffee filter, and said "YEP!", then just went for it! Armed with my trusty ModPodge (please sponsor me) and a whole lot of faith, I got straight to it, no plan, just passion. I managed to get the whole thing covered using one complete coffee filter, cut and folded around the box... I think my wallpapering lessons from my sister earlier in the week really aided this, so thanks Liv! And didn't I just pull it off - what a fucking triumph! Though I couldn't help feeling a little bit like Loki when he gets the Tesseract, the pride, the power... that magnificent blue glow!! PROJECT STATUS: CLOSED 1000% want to be selling these soon... imagine it with a cute cityscape or custom portrait collage... My mum suggested that I do the same thing on my aroma diffuser too, which obviously I need! NEXT WEEK: I obviously want to round off most of these projects, and go back to complete #6 the Meridian Clock too. I also plan to start a few of the following: 8. CURTAINS 13. EMBROIDERY HOOPS 15. SELF PORTRAIT 16. LOVE (book) 17. CROWN 19. UNDIES 21. XXX 22. FREYJA 24. FABRIC 25. PAINTING (following a prompt via FB) 26. WET CYANOTYPE 27. BLUE DAY / POWER OF BLUE 28. [TBC] 29. HELD 30. EMIN:ATE

  • #30BY30 WEEKS TWO & THREE

    Hello my lovelies, I didn't have much to report last week so I thought I'd combine the two (Yeah, I just didn't want to write it) So... things suddenly got very messy and busy in the studio over the last fortnight, I seemed to try and use ModPodge in nearly every project. We are currently on day 22 of 40, so grab a coffee and see what I've been up to. PROJECTS OPENED: 8 PROJECTS CLOSED: 4 (5 if you're reading it on Sunday!) PROJECT #1: SODIUM CARBONATE (continued from WK1) Thank goodness for that, on day 20 of 40 I was starting to get a little nervous that I'd only closed one project so far... I mean two isn't much more, but fuck it, let's celebrate! 🍕🍷 Because I'm still pretty bloody brilliant, just can't commit or concentrate 🤷 I cheated slightly by using leaves that my good pal Mother Nature had already skeletoned for me (instead of me having to boil them in this gross smelling chemical) - and created a three leaf Cyanotype which was half dipped in the mixture to turn it yellow. I'm actually really happy with this, and sort of wish I'd done a few more - so probably will soon. There was a lot more to the process, in terms of tests, I filmed a lot more 1: end result (still wet) 2: post vinegar rinse 3: post hydrogen peroxide bath 4: during the sodium carbonate bath as the colour starts to change from blue to purple to yellow (fucking magic) ... yes, I basically just copied that from my instagram caption, but the overwhelm is real, and there's more info below if you need it: While this is definitely something I'll be doing more of... PROJECT STATUS: CLOSED PROJECT #3: ARTBOOK (continued from WK1) Well, it would seem that I was SO pleased with the result of this in week one, that I just didn't touch it for a week or so. That's a lie, I picked it up a lot, flicked through, admired it; basically shoved it in the face of every family member who came near my studio... but I didn't add to it for a while. Earlier this week, I decided to be okay with the fact that I probably wouldn't be making any more pages - these are mini projects afterall, and maybe I said all I needed to say in those five little double page spreads... so it was time to glue it together, pop on a cover, and smother it in gold. I am still incredibly in love with this book, with every flaw, every swish of gold, every truth so blatantly displayed. I can't wait to make more.... and between you and me, there might be another one, sooner than you think under this 30 by 30 project, in response to the Grayson's Art Club prompt of 'LOVE' - my sister and I were discussing it at length while decorating, featuring lots of "OH FUCK OFF _ YESS!" in response to ideas.... it'll be possibly, the most personal and exposing project I have ever worked on and I invite that level of cathartic exercise into my life, especially during this damn retrograde!!! [videos to follow] PROJECT STATUS: CLOSED PROJECT #4: VASE oooooooooooooooooooooooohhhh the vase. Who knew, that at age (nearly) thirty, I would be so damn fucking proud of a paper mache project... well, I did a jolly good job of not planning or following a trusted recipe and making a fuuuucking mess in the studio. But, hey, it really came together! I tried to use as much recycled materials as possible for this, luckily I've kept all my paper recycling and packaging for the last year or so, and happened to have deflated the balloons sent to me for my friend's virtual hen-do last year, so I was pretty much set! After a far too watery first layer, I thought I'd get creative and (very loosely) followed a recipe for a flour based paste for my second layer. Quickly painted it in a thick layer of white gesso before sunrise as I had family commitments to attend to and knew I'd hardly be in the studio... The next morning I felt like it was time, and I began collaging on my fennel firework designs using the coffee filters which I had cyanotype exposed last year and were sat in a box being ignored... and topped it all off with a thick layer of ModPodge hard seal before heading off to my sister's for another day of decorating.... which gave me an idea - she had this new tub of PollyFilla which was like a mouse, and went on the walls so beautifully - I wanted it, I needed it, and after a few more days of us all being incredibly forgetful, I got it. Last night she popped over with a little box filled with filler for me to play with. I already learnt so many lessons for next time, which is good. I also REALLY wanted to dip it in concrete, so there's no if, I will be making more! WOULD YOU BUY ONE!? It's really making me think about how much more there is I can do with cyanotype than standard prints (not that they aren't tricky enough, and mesmerizingly beautiful!) but I've always wanted to make homewares and fashion items, and maybe I know how to do that my way now. I'm still waiting on things to dry so I can decide how much to sand and how much to paint, but I've already tried flowers in her, and SHE IS A BEAUTY - may need to treat myself to some new tall dried flowers and seedheads for this fennel stunner. Annoyingly, I didn't keep any fennel unpressed when I collected it... so if you have any, let me woo you! PROJECT STATUS: CLOSED PROJECT #5: MAKE IT HOLLY So this is a project I signed up to before Christmas, but I've only felt creatively capable during this #30by30 period - so why not include it in the challenges. I was asking for prompts and "make this in your style" challenges, and I already had one! Holly's brilliant project "Censor Me, I Dare You" focuses on the bullshit nature of censorship of the female body in the modern age - which really is nonsense. I really struggled to commit to my modifications on this piece - I think because I knew I only had one shot at it, and had already accidentally got Sharpie on it while marking out the possible text on acetate. I so wanted to produce something breath-taking, and I didn't quite trust myself to do that at first leap. In hindsight, I am glad that I procrastinated, because then I suddenly had the idea of the coffee filter instead of thick paper - a much softer modification, fleeting almost - like a fine scarf draped across the body. The lightness of the tear juxtaposing the harshness of the implied action. I found it really hard to write on this photo paper in my new dip fountain pens... I thought I'd take a slight upgrade from my trusty Waitrose kebab sticks (you know the ones), but bugger me it took a lot of getting used to! There is an obvious fuck up, but, hey, that's life; learning to love yourself is messy, and it's hard, and it hurts, you hesitate, you struggle, you shy away a little, but ultimately you shine. you can read more about Holly's work and this project on her website: www.hollyinks.com Why not come to the exhibition? Or buy an artwork: 50% of profits from each print sale go to the chosen charity of that artist... pretty cool idea right!? (I've requested Rowcroft Hospice) PROJECT STATUS: CLOSED PROJECT #6: MERIDIAN CLOCK This one's been an idea in the works for a while now, but I'm struggling to figure out how to make it authentically in my style - as I have many styles... but it hasn't felt right. Basically a friend and I, during a course on meridian corrections, came up with this idea to make a BEAUTIFUL clock which would easily tell you what was going on with your body at the time you were looking... as a physical clock on the wall, not just a paper or digital diagram you have to find to know. For me, I wanted it to know how best to plan my day, or to understand why I was identifying certain issues or positives at certain times and what it meant, and for Rebecca, as a practitioner to use it both personally and professionally as a tool in her magic-working. I may trying to sketch it out by hand with colour markers and fine liner pens instead of on Photoshop. I definitely need more time on this. Or possibly, to care a little less and just get it done, because I know deep down, she will love anything I make, and as this literally doesn't exist in the UK market for her, it is already guaranteed to be the best... things seem a little easier when you look at them like that. PROJECT STATUS: OPEN PROJECT #7: RUBBISH PHOTOGRAPHY Take the trash, enjoy the treasure. This was a beach clean project - a one day activity & creative session to create a small series of artworks depicting the waste on our shores. Once again, a project I have been meaning to try for a while, which is why this 30 by 30 is so useful for me - trying things out with the prerequisite of them being quick and not needing much planning or explaination, just giving it a jolly good go! I think there's something quite morbidly fascinating/ macabre about the similarities between the finished results of my artworks and what sealife see in the water - they are just shapes, shadows... non-threatening nothings, almost appealing; which is why they are such a danger to animals. The ghostly shapes, appear to float and dance and there is certainly a level of beauty, whether or not that should be celebrated or not is down to the individual. We can at least celebrate the fact that they are on my page and no longer in the sea or on the shore... (luckily took a bin bag, as there was more than one poo bag left sunning itself 🤢) I'm pleased to say that, although I got thoroughly distracted for the middle 6-7 hours of this one day project, working on all the other open projects (and some left over pizza), I now have 15 A4 cyanotyped artworks complete. I will be selling this series in my shop and donating 50% of the profits to charities (TBC) ... trouble is I now just can't decide whether to add to them now that I've 'closed' the project - fine liner details or gold!? [photos of prints TBC when dried & pressed, + videos] PROJECT STATUS: CLOSED more info on beach cleaning: https://beachcleans.org.uk/ https://www.beachclean.org/ https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/clean-up-seas-and-rivers-for-wildlife-and-people https://www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/join-a-beach-clean/great-british-beach-clean/ WEEK THREE.... I definitely have a few projects that I can't wait to start, and just as many that I'm quite hesitant about. But I will get through them all! I'm thinking of listing all the ideas I've got... as a guide when I'm asking others for suggestions of prompts. I'm also thinking of maybe getting a head-start on this year's Grayson's Art Club prompts because that really makes a lot of sense with them being due in March anyway. Sodium Carbonate Paint It Blue Art Book / Book of Poetry Vase Make It Holly Meridian Clock Rubbish Photography Curtains Does It Cyanotype? Sigils Collage Memento Mori Embroidery Hoops Self Defence Self Portrait LOVE Crown Bridesmaids #30BY30 #LFS30BY30 #ArtChallenge #Cyanotype #DevonArtist #30by30Challenge #LibertyFeist

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  • Liberty Feist Studio | Cyanotypes & Fine Art | Torquay

    1/3 Hi! I'm Liberty, welcome to my studio Ever since I was little, I wanted to create, and help people; it took a few years to realise the two could go hand in hand... So here I am, making beautiful artworks and homewares in my little sea-view studio. ​ Much of my work explores femininity, boundaries, self-worth and affirmations; I am here to make art for people, whoever you are, I hope it resonates. ​ My chaotic creativity thrives on the nature around me; drawing inspiration from the coast and countryside of Devon, bringing the outside in, and finding new ways to capture it for forever. You will often find me twirling in the woods, visiting friends' farms, picking flowers and connecting to the things that feed my soul, and fuel my creativity. ​ I passionately believe that art is therapy and it should be utilised and celebrated as such! ​ I invite you to delve into my selected portfolio and welcome you to connect! SHOP ORIGINAL CYANOTYPE ARTWORKS Quick View SETTLE Price £80.00 Quick View SURROUNDED Price £80.00 Quick View EMERGE Price £80.00 Quick View ORBIT Price £80.00 Quick View SEPARATION Price £80.00 Quick View SEPARATE Price £80.00 Quick View SETTLE Price £80.00 Quick View SURROUNDED Price £80.00 Quick View EMERGE Price £80.00 Quick View ORBIT Price £80.00 Quick View SEPARATION Price £80.00 Quick View SEPARATE Price £80.00 EVERYTHING IS A CANVAS quote marks For my 10 year anniversary I commissioned a piece from Liberty having been a follower of her work, and could not have been happier with the outcome or the process leading up to it. Not only was she able to create something special and meaningful, the design was outstanding and better than anything I could have imagined. I was kept up to date throughout; Liberty truly took an interest in the work and I would recommend her services to anyone, truly fantastic!!! quote marks LEAVE A GOOGLE REVIEW THEY SAY THE GREATEST PROJECT YOU'LL EVER WORK ON IS YOURSELF.... SO I THOUGHT I'D DOCUMENT THE JOURNEY: FROM HER TO HERE A STORY OF REJUVENATION SEE THE LATEST UPDATES FROM THE STUDIO ON MY BLOG & INSTAGRAM #30BY30 WEEK FOUR #30BY30 WEEKS TWO & THREE #30BY30 WEEK ONE ...CHEEKY ooh! you've reached the bottom - TOP - SHOP - BLOG - LINKS - where to next?

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  • VIDEOS | Liberty Feist Studio

    HEAR ME ROAR (/RAMBLE) Now, possibly more than ever, we are connecting online - so I’ve opened up my studio via YouTube & IGTV to bring you video updates on my art experiments & walks. Come and see what I’ve been making and let me know what you think. Sign in Some recent cyanotype makes... Play Video Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Now Playing Some recent cyanotype makes... 00:54 Play Video Now Playing A brief introduction... 00:55 Play Video Now Playing A quick reel to help me try to explain #Cyanotype to seven year olds tomorrow 😳 🤞✨ArtForKids 00:25 Play Video Now Playing My '30 BY 30' art challenge... project one: Sodium Carbonate 02:59 Play Video Now Playing REJUVENATION PT3 09:45 Play Video Now Playing REJUVENATION PT2 06:59 Play Video Now Playing REJUVENATION PT1 07:06 Play Video Now Playing "I find no sadness in blue..." 00:56 Play Video Now Playing RE:KLEIN - Yves Klein inspired wet cyanotype tests 06:46 Play Video Now Playing MORE BOOBS PLEASE - a #WednesdayWords rant 08:30 Play Video Now Playing CyanoFail - "I probably should have researched this first..." 00:16 Play Video Now Playing #WednesdayWords: SAMPLE SALE (Cyanotype Experiments) 07:05 Play Video Now Playing CYANOTYPE EXPERIMENT: WOOD PANEL PT.1 02:28 Play Video Now Playing Alice pt.2 (art gift commission for my parents) 05:47 Play Video Now Playing Alice pt.1 (art gift commission for my parents) 02:43 Play Video Now Playing A Betty project for Grayson's Art Club: WORK (day 2) 14:39 Play Video Now Playing WORK - a cyanotyped art smock for Grayson's Art Club 01:14 Play Video Now Playing A Betty project for Grayson's Art Club: WORK (day 1) 06:53 Play Video Now Playing MUCHA DREAM ABOUT NOTHING pt.2 - making a digital collage, for a cyanotype (Grayson's Art Club) 01:16 Play Video Now Playing MUCHA DREAM ABOUT NOTHING - making a cyanotype for Grayson's Art Club 03:15 Play Video Now Playing An arty day at OLD MILL CREEK - time-lapse 00:28 Play Video Now Playing Site-responsive cyanotypes pt.2 01:53 Play Video Now Playing Site-responsive cyanotypes pt.1 02:11 Play Video Now Playing FEIST FANCY-DRESS FRIDAY FILM NIGHTS 00:54 Play Video Now Playing Galentine & Valentine - Limited Edition Prints pt3 00:29 Play Video Now Playing Galentine & Valentine - Limited Edition Prints pt1 00:29 Play Video

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